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  • Rachio Iro - The Smart Sprinkler Controller

    10:30am By Juan Collao
    Think home automation can only be used inside your home? Juan Collao explains how watering your lawn is one area you absolutely must automate in a smart, connected way. He has the device to do it with, too: Iro from Rachio.
  • Apple Has Starring Role in New Crypto War

    Fri 10:00pm By Bryan Chaffin
    It seems safe to say a new round of the Crypto Wars is in full gear. In fact, let's officially call it Crypto Wars 2.0, because proxy parties are keeping the fight simmering in the background between full on salvos from the main parties involved. Meanwhike,…
  • How to Create Signatures in Mail.app in iOS and OS X

    Fri 5:40pm By Nancy Gravley
    Apple users can add personal signatures to their emails on both their Macs and their iOS devices. They can promote a cause or a product. Let everyone know how they feel about a particular topic, or just make the recipient smile. It's easy to set up, and Nancy…
  • The Reason Why No Company Can Duplicate Apple’s iPhone Appeal

    Fri 5:00pm By John Martellaro
    Competitors to Apple's iPhone spend billions in development and advertising. Sometimes a competing smartphone will actually have a nifty operational or design feature the iPhone lacks. Then why is it so fundamentally difficult to compete with Apple for…
  • Wondershare PDFelement for Mac and OCR Plug-In: $39.99

    Fri 3:40pm By Bryan Chaffin
    PDFelement from Wondershare is a PDF editor designed to be simple for users, while having advanced features available to expert users. This software allows you to edit PDF documents, including text, formatting, images, and other elements. You can also convert…
  • TMO Daily Observations 2015-07-31: New Apple TV Rumors, Google Defies France

    Fri 1:49pm By Jeff Gamet
    Reports that there's a new Apple TV coming are back, and they say we'll see the new hardware in September. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on what may be in store for the next Apple TV update and whether or not they…
  • Google Stands Up to France, Refuses Global “Right to be Forgotten” Order

    Fri 10:42am By Jeff Gamet
    France is trying to force Google to remove search results for certain people around the world through the EU's "right to be forgotten" law, and the Internet search giant is saying no. Instead, Google is willing to block those search results in countries…
  • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus: Turning Off Reachability

    Fri 8:56am By Melissa Holt
    "Reachability" is Apple's term for how the screen slides down when you double-tap the Home button on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. While that feature can be useful if you're using your device one-handed, it can also be a pain in the tuckus if you're constantly…
  • New Apple TV Hardware Reportedly Coming in September

    Thu 6:43pm By Bryan Chaffin
    The long-awaited Apple TV refresh originally planned for June is coming this September, according to Buzzfeed, where John Paczkowski is now the managing editor of the site's San Francisco bureau. This time, "it's for real." The device's release is intended to…
  • Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor Released for Mac and Linux

    Thu 5:10pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Feral Interactive announced that Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor has been released for Mac and Linux on the Steam platform. It's coming to the Mac App Store in early August, as well. The action adventure game is set in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth just as…
  • Safari Offers Longer Battery Life than Chrome or Firefox

    Thu 4:51pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Using Safari on a MacBook will give you longer battery life, according to tests run by the BatteryBox Blog. The company tested Apple's Safari, Google's Chrome, and Firefox on video sites, music streaming sites, webmail sites, news sites, and more, and found…
  • How to Use Siri on Apple Watch to Create Immediate Countdown Timer

    Thu 3:10pm By John Martellaro
    Occasionally, when one is under severe time pressure, many crucial things have to be done, say, just before a meeting or big event. While one could change faces on the Apple Watch and bring up the chronometer and a timer, there's a much faster and more…
  • Drive Genius 4 for Macs: $49.99

    Thu 2:39pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Drive Genius 4 is a must-have for many Mac users, and we have a deal on it today. It can create a bootable partition for you to use to repair your startup disk, it will find and delete large and duplicate files, it will fix problems with your file system,…
  • Cusby: A Modular & Expandable USB-C Dock for MacBook

    Thu 1:40pm By John Martellaro
    Cusby has launched an Indiegogo project to deliver a modular and expandable USB-C dock system. As the developper describes it: "It starts by connecting a Cusby unit to any USB-C port.... From there, multiple Cusbys can be linked together like Lego blocks to…
  • TMO Daily Observations 2015-07-30: iPad Stylus-palooza, New Apple Campus Cafe

    Thu 1:10pm By Jeff Gamet
    If Apple's patents are any indication, there's an amazingly cool iPad stylus in our future. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's potential stylus and share some of their current favorites, too. They also explain why Apple's…
  • New Patents Hint at Apple Texture-simulating Uber Stylus

    Thu 10:50am By Jeff Gamet
    For a company that said the only stylus we need is our finger, Apple sure has a lot of patents. It's patents describe what sounds like the ultimate stylus, complete with sensors and haptic feedback to simulate the feel of different textures.The Mac Observer…
  • Those Awesome LEGO Star Wars Pics are Now in a Book

    Thu 9:23am By Jeff Gamet
    Vesa LehtimÃki is well known for his amazing LEGO photography, and now-or at least soon-you can get a collection of his awesome images in a new DK book. LEGO Star Wars: Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy puts together the photos he took using his kid's LEGO…
  • Apple Campus 2 Will Have Full Blown Visitor Center with Store, Cafe, Observation Deck

    Wed 9:18pm By Bryan Chaffin
    If you've been following the development of Apple Campus 2-the so-called Spaceship HQ-you may have been wondering if you'd get to see it yourself. Turns out you will, because Apple is building a full blown visitor center, complete with an Apple Store, a cafe,…
  • ACM 317: T-Mobile’s Crazy iPhone Deal, Fitness Tracking Accuracy, Listener Comments

    Wed 8:30pm By Jeff Gamet & Bryan Chaffin
    T-Mobile is shaking up the mobile phone contract market again with a really great deal for potential customers looking for a new iPhone. Jeff and Bryan dive into why T-Mobile's JUMP! On Demand plan is so cool for its customers, and could lead to better deals…
  • iFixit Pro Tech Screwdriver Set and Jimmy Bundle: $59.95

    Wed 7:25pm By Bryan Chaffin
    I love iFixit's tool sets, so I'm pleased as punch to tell you we have a deal on one a bundle of iFixit tools for you. The first part of the bundle is the iFixit Pro Tech Screwdriver set. It has 15 fixed-bladed screwdrivers with those specialty heads for…
  • How to Pre-authorize Your iPhone to Use Apple Pay

    Wed 3:10pm By John Martellaro
    This handy trick, quietly introduced in iOS 8.3, can speed up your Apple Pay experience. Or help quite a bit when you know you'll be one-handed at checkout. John Martellaro shows you how to do it.
  • TMO Daily Observations 2015-07-29: Fitness Tracker Accuracy, Logitech’s new Mouse

    Wed 12:58pm By Jeff Gamet
    Nike's FuelBand lawsuit settlement serves as a reminder that fitness trackers aren't necessarily accurate. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on fitness tracker data, what works for them, and why you shouldn't give up on…
  • Photoshop CS6 Stragglers Out of Luck for Camera Raw Updates

    Wed 10:15am By Jeff Gamet
    It's no secret that Adobe left its Creative Suite 6 apps behind when it moved to Creative Cloud and annual software licenses, and if you've been holding out hope for extended support for the old versions of Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, get ready for…
  • iOS: Deleting Siri’s Training Data

    Wed 8:55am By Melissa Holt
    If you're getting frustrated with Siri's inability to understand your commands, then you might want to try resetting the service on your iOS device. Siri learns how to better interpret your voice the more you use it, but if that training has gotten messed up…
  • Buy iPhone 6 from T-Mobile Now, Swap for iPhone 6s for Free, Apple Music Exempt from Data Limits

    Tue 8:06pm By Bryan Chaffin
    T-Mobile ratcheted up its pressure on the carrier business in the U.S. by announcing that JUMP! On Demand customers who buy an iPhone 6 this summer can swap it out for whatever Apple announces this fall. For free. The company is also exempting Apple Music from…
  • CoMacadore Plus - Mac OS 6.0.1 Running on an Amiga 500

    Tue 7:10pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Old timers might remember Mac vs. PC flame wars, but in my experience they paled in ferocity to discussions between Amiga fans and Mac fans. But lo! There will be peace in our time, or at least a little hardware-based emulation. Reddit and imgur user wowbobwow…
  • Your Fitness Tracker May be Wrong, but that Doesn’t Make it Bad

    Tue 6:11pm By Jeff Gamet
    Nike has agreed to pay out US$2.4 million to settle a lawsuit where it and Apple were accused of misleading consumers into believing the Nike FuelBand logged accurate fitness tracking data. The pain point in the settlement isn't the money; instead, it's the…
  • The Surreal Selfie Stick (Video)

    Tue 5:55pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Remember that super awesome image we thought was a pano shot while rolling down a hill? Turns out it was taken by Randy Scott Slavin, a New York City-based director and photographer. The original image was stitched together from many images, and is part of a…
  • Logitech’s MX Anywhere 2 Mouse is a Joy to Use

    Tue 5:30pm By John Martellaro
    The Logitech MX Anywhere 2 wireless mobile mouse is designed especially for mobile OS X and Windows users, and that means tracking on just about any surface, including glass. Notable is that it can be used with Bluetooth or a USB dongle. The scrolling…
  • Pay What You Want for the Game Developer Bundle

    Tue 4:57pm By Bryan Chaffin
    We have a new developer bundle for you called Game Developer Bundle. Even better, it's a pay-what-you-want deal. Pay anything-as little as a penny-and you get the Game Development for Non-Coders' 5-Course Bundle. If you beat the average price, which is just…
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