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  • Two Free iOS Writing and Note Apps

    22 August 2014, 9:21 pm by: Vern Seward

    Need a note or writing app? Vern Seward points out two in this week's Free on iTunes. Matcha and FetchNotes.
  • Why Everything Gets Better With Apple, Worse for Others

    22 August 2014, 5:10 pm by: John Martellaro

    The evolution of technology often results in frustrating corporate pratfalls. Companies, desperate for growth, perhaps survival, make decisions that annoy, even alarm us. Why doesn't that happen to Apple? John explains.
  • Bill Gates’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Video

    22 August 2014, 4:40 pm by: Bryan Chaffin

    Former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates is just one of a ton of folks who have accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge-we posted Apple CEO Tim Cook's public challenge last week-but his video has a higher production value than most. In fact, it's awesome. And funny,…
  • Coin Credit Card Launches Beta, Pushes Final Release to Spring 2015

    22 August 2014, 4:07 pm by: Bryan Chaffin

    Coin, the company that makes the self-titled Coin credit card replacement, announced a beta program for 10,000 users willing to try Coin Beta. The program is designed to put the device through real-world testing while the final release of Coin Gold is pushed…
  • TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-22

    22 August 2014, 3:08 pm by: Jeff Gamet

    Apple's HealthKit was originally presented as a way for iPhone owners to collect their own health and fitness data and share it with healthcare providers, but now that may include insurance companies, too. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to…
  • Win a Canon EOS Rebel T3 DSLR in the Rebel Photographer Giveaway

    22 August 2014, 1:37 pm by: Bryan Chaffin

    What's better than a deal? A giveaway, of course, and that's what we have for you today. The Rebel Photographer Giveaway includes both a Canon EOS Rebel T3 DSLR Camera and The Fantastic Photography E-Learning Bundle so you can take better pictures with it. The…
  • Apple Releases OS Yosemite Public Beta 2, iTunes 12 Beta

    22 August 2014, 10:44 am by: Jeff Gamet

    Mac owners participating in the public beta of OS X Yosemite were treated to a nice surprise Friday morning when Apple released an update for them, along with a beta version of iTunes 12. This is the first update to the public beta, and it brings this version…
  • Report Claims Apple Scrambling After Last Minute iPhone 6 Screen Redesign

    22 August 2014, 10:27 am by: Jeff Gamet

    A new report claims Apple is in a serious bind as it rushes to get enough screens in place for next month's expected iPhone 6 launch. The alleged issue stemmed from the need to redesign the display's backlight because it wasn't bright enough, which halted…
  • Apple Adds Humana, UnitedHealth to HealthKit Discussions

    22 August 2014, 9:32 am by: Jeff Gamet

    Apple continues to expand its circle of potential HealthKit partners with dialogs now happening with both Humana and UnitedHealth Group. Both companies are big-name health insurance providers, and the talks could mean Apple is hoping HealthKit will be part of…
  • OS X Finder: Customize Your Desktop

    22 August 2014, 8:45 am by: Melissa Holt

    Did you know that you've got all kinds of options for how your Mac's Desktop looks and behaves? It's true. You can make the icons that appear there much larger or smaller, increase or decrease the space between them, and even force the items on your Desktop to…
  • Week of Who, Day Four: Inspector Spacetime

    21 August 2014, 8:02 pm by: Kelly Guimont

    Day Four of my Week Of Who commences with a small Doctor tribute that has snowballed. On the TV show Community, a couple of characters are obsessed with the show Inspector Spacetime, a British show about a guy who travels through time and space in a phone…
  • Apple Releases Keynote 6.2.2 with ‘Stability Improvements’

    21 August 2014, 6:52 pm by: Bryan Chaffin

    Apple released Keynote 6.2.2 on Thursday. The patch notes are particularly sparse, noting only that, "This update contains stability improvements and bug fixes."
  • Apple Releases iMovie 10.0.5 for iCloud and iMovie Theater

    21 August 2014, 6:45 pm by: Bryan Chaffin

    Apple released iMovie 10.0.5 on Thursday. The patch notes say the update addresses unspecified iCloud and iMovie theater issues.
  • Antminer S3 453 GH/s Bitcoin Mining Rigs Improve Energy Efficiency

    21 August 2014, 6:27 pm by: Bryan Chaffin

    As Bitcoin mining gets ever-more competitive, energy efficiency has become just as important as price. Accordingly, I took note of the Antminer S3 miners being offered at ZoomHash. They're 453 GH/s miners that use just 355 watts of power at the wall. In…
  • TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-21

    21 August 2014, 6:13 pm by: Jeff Gamet

    Samsung doesn't have to pay Apple's patent infringement trial legal costs because the iPhone wasn't famous when the company copied it. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to try to sort out Judge Lucy Koh's logic, plus they take a look at…
  • Apple’s Stock Holds Above $100 with New Record Close

    21 August 2014, 5:20 pm by: Bryan Chaffin

    Shares of Apple Inc. have maintained their position in record territory above US$100.30 per share, a record that had stood for almost two years. $AAPL ended Thursday at $100.58 per share. For those keeping score at home, that's a new record closing high.
  • Five Deals on Mac Apps: TuneUp, TwistedWave, Stuffit Deluxe, Elite Keylogger, Crossover

    21 August 2014, 3:52 pm by: Bryan Chaffin

    For today's deal, I thought I'd do a round up of some of our deals on Mac software: TuneUp, TwistedWave, Stuffit Deluxe, Elite Keylogger, and Crossover. TuneUp cleans up your iTunes library, TwistedWave is an audio editor, Stuffit Deluxe is the standard file…
  • An iPhone Veteran Evaluates an Amazon Fire Phone

    21 August 2014, 2:20 pm by: John Martellaro

    Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced the Fire Phone on June 18 with several novel features and a 4.7-inch display. John Martellaro takes a close look at the Fire Phone with a technical review that steers away from politics and towards what the iPhone or any…
  • 3 Free iPhone Apps for Ordering from the Starbucks Secret Menu

    21 August 2014, 10:29 am by: Jeff Gamet

    Ordering an espresso, vanilla Frappuccino, or even an iced soy chai is easy enough at Starbucks, but how about a Snickerdoodle or Cap'n Crunch Frappuccino, or Apple Juice Blossom? Those are all part of the Starbucks "secret menu," and we found three cool free…
  • Samsung Doesn’t Have to Pay Apple Attorney Fees Because iPhone wasn’t Famous

    21 August 2014, 9:02 am by: Jeff Gamet

    Apple's bid to make Samsung pay US$16 million for attorney fees it racked up in the 2012 trial accusing the electronics maker of copying the iPhone's design was shot down by Federal Judge Lucy Koh this week. The Judge said one of the reasons Samsung doesn't…
  • Week Of Who, Day 3: Craigy Who and Mr Timey Pants

    20 August 2014, 9:40 pm by: Kelly Guimont

    Today's entry in the Week Of Who is near and dear to TMO Towers, for the Doctor Who fans around the Towers also enjoy The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Craig was a musician back in the day, and at one point he was in a band called The Dreamboys, with his…
  • ACM 268: Apple Copycats, Ad Agencies, and Steve Ballmer: Sports Mogul

    20 August 2014, 6:49 pm by: Jeff Gamet & Bryan Chaffin

    Copying isn't the same as innovating, but it seems plenty of people are confusing the two with Xiaomi. Jeff and Bryan explain why the electronics maker isn't China's Apple, plus they look at the future of Apple's marketing strategy, and note Steve Ballmer's…
  • Jeff Gamet, John Martellaro Talk Sci-Fi Tech on MacVoices

    20 August 2014, 6:38 pm by: TMO Staff

    The Mac Observer's Jeff Gamet and John Martellaro paid a visit to Chuck Joiner's MacVoices this week to talk about how sci-fi tech has shaped out world, and what they expect from technological advances still to come. They also debate whether or not we expect…
  • Limefuel Lite USB Battery Pack for Dual Charging: $34.99

    20 August 2014, 5:26 pm by: Bryan Chaffin

    We have a last minute deal for you on the Limefuel Lite USB Battery Pack, a portable charger for iPhone and other portable devices. It features a 15,000mAh Lithium-ion battery, which is a lot of juice, and it has two USB ports so you can charge two devices at…
  • Guest Pass for iOS 7 Allows Access to Your Wi-Fi Network Without Revealing the Password

    20 August 2014, 2:22 pm by: John Martellaro

    The Guest Pass app page sums it up: "Do you share passwords with people to join your Wi-Fi network on a regular basis? Guest Pass makes this easy. Just fill out the simple questions in Guest Pass and e-mail the resulting Guest Pass without ever leaving the…
  • Parallels Announces Desktop 10 for the Mac with Yosemite Support

    20 August 2014, 1:25 pm by: John Martellaro

    Parallels has continued to make significant improvements to its virtual machine software for the Mac, Parallels Desktop, that allows a Mac to run just about any other OS, especially Windows and Linux concurrently. This year is no different, and the list of…
  • TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-20

    20 August 2014, 1:07 pm by: Jeff Gamet

    Analysts and pundits are weaving some pretty big tapestries for Apple's product plans based on only a few threads of information they're getting from the supply chain. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at reports claiming Apple's…
  • RunKeeper Wants to Give You Presents for Working Out

    20 August 2014, 10:58 am by: Jeff Gamet

    Exercise may be its own reward, but RunKeeper thinks a little something extra couldn't hurt so it teamed up with Kiip to give its app users rewards for meeting new workout goals. The rewards will be offers for free or discounted health and fitness-related…
  • Analyst: No Apple iWatch this Year

    20 August 2014, 9:44 am by: Jeff Gamet

    Apple's rumored and highly anticipated iWatch won't make it to store shelves this year thanks to production issues. That's the word from KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo who said the device is proving to be very difficult to build thanks to a new…
  • 3 Handy Tips to Make Preview More Productive

    20 August 2014, 8:45 am by: Melissa Holt

    Melissa Holt thinks Preview is pretty much the bee's knees when it comes to viewing and annotating PDFs. So in this Quick Tip, she's going to talk about three of her favorite tricks for using it. She probably won't explain her love of antiquated phrases like…

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