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  • Apple Fixes iCloud Security Gap, ‘Actively Investigates’ Celeb Photo Theft

    1 September 2014, 5:52 pm by: Bryan Chaffin

    Apple closed a gap in iCloud security over the holiday weekend, a gap that facilitated brute-force password breaking. The move comes in the wake of celebrity nude photos that were allegedly stolen from PhotoStream iCloud storage and distributed online. Apple…
  • Happy Labor Day

    1 September 2014, 8:00 am by: Jeff Gamet

    In observance of Labor Day, a U.S. holiday, The Mac Observer will be taking the day off for a little outdoor fun with friends and family, and we hope you are, too. We'll resume our regular publishing schedule on Tuesday, September 2. Enjoy the holiday!
  • How to Use a FLIR Camera to Steal a PIN Code, and How to Stop It

    31 August 2014, 5:23 pm by: Bryan Chaffin

    The FLIR One camera is a very cool personal thermal imaging camera that attaches to your iPhone. That's cool. I love this thing. It makes thermal imaging inexpensive and highly portable. It turns, out, however, that it also makes a long-known method of…
  • Apple’s Spaceship Campus through a Drone’s Eye

    31 August 2014, 3:54 pm by: Bryan Chaffin

    Check out this very cool video of Apple's spaceship campus construction site, shot through a GoPro Hero 3+ Black edition mounted on a drone. We've seen several great photos from KCBS reporter Ron Cervi, but YouTube member jmcminn's high definition video is a…
  • Get Free Bitcoins with 45 Website Faucets that Really Pay [Update]

    29 August 2014, 8:00 pm by: Bryan Chaffin

    I've gathered 45 different Bitcoin "faucets"-websites that pay out free Bitcoins just for loading up a page full of ads-and tested them to make sure they actually pay out. I started off with eight sites, but this update adds several more and removes some…
  • Level Up Contacts with Contact Center

    29 August 2014, 7:56 pm by: Kelly Guimont

    Everybody has their complaints about the iOS (and Mac OS) Contacts app. They're all different, but I don't know a single person who LIKES it, but we all grit our teeth and get by. Now Contrast, the folks behind Launch Center, are taking on the challenge of…
  • 8 Predictions for Apple’s September 9 Media Event

    29 August 2014, 6:40 pm by: Jeff Gamet

    Unless you live in an isolation tank, it's no secret that Apple is hosting a big media event on September 9 in Cupertino where we will likely see an impressive list of announcements from the likes of Tim Cook, Phil Schiller, and Craig Federighi. Apple isn't…
  • How To Tell iMessages From Text Messages

    29 August 2014, 5:15 pm by: Kelly Guimont

    Kelly shares a handy tip for how to sort out text messages vs iMessages and why some of your messages don't show up on your Mac at all.
  • 2 Deals and 4 Freebies

    29 August 2014, 5:02 pm by: Bryan Chaffin

    It's a holiday weekend, and I thought I'd round up a bunch of deals for your convenience. So how about two deals and four freebies, courtesy of our friends at Stack Social?…
  • Apple’s September 9 Event Won’t be What we Expect

    29 August 2014, 3:44 pm by: John Martellaro

    Apple's September 9 event won't be about techy things that bloggers want. It won't even be about what the best minds of the Mac Web think Apple needs to deliver. Rather, it'll be about delivering a remarkable, convincing vision that captures our imagination…
  • Emoji-Only Social Network Emojili App Released on iTunes

    29 August 2014, 1:56 pm by: Kelly Guimont

    Emoji-only social networking site Emojili has released their iOS app for free in iTunes. Those with reserved usernames can unlock them, but there's also a signup option for those brand new to the network.The Mac Observer Spin: This might be fun, if enough…
  • TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-29

    29 August 2014, 1:08 pm by: Jeff Gamet

    Apple isn't saying what they're announcing on September 9, but there's plenty of speculation about new products and updates. Kelly Guimont John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on what products Apple will introduce, including the iPhone 6 and…
  • New Photos Show iPhone 6 in Grey, Gold, Silver

    29 August 2014, 11:05 am by: Jeff Gamet

    New photos of Apple's unannounced iPhone 6 have surfaced only days before the company is expected to unveil the new device at a special media event, and along with the space gray and gold models we're already familiar with, they also show a silver version. If…
  • Bloomberg Backs Up Wearables Announcement at Apple’s Sept 9 Event

    29 August 2014, 9:42 am by: Jeff Gamet

    First Re/code said Apple will unveil its wearables product line at its September 9 media event along side the iPhone 6, and now Bloomberg has sources backing up those claims, too. Apple is hosting a special media event on the 9th at the Flint Center in…
  • iTunes: Deauthorize Before You Sell Your Mac

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

    Selling your Mac? Then you'll want to read this article. We're going to cover what to do to revoke that old machine's permission to play your iTunes media (and how you can do that remotely if you've already gotten rid of your Mac).
  • Apple Granted 14 Years Protection for 5th Ave Glass Cube by Patent Office

    28 August 2014, 8:01 pm by: Bryan Chaffin

    Apple was granted a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on the design of the glass cube entryway to the company's 5th Ave. Apple Store. The patent was filed in 2012, it gives Apple 14 years of protection for the design.
  • Apple: HealthKit Data Off Limits to Advertisers

    28 August 2014, 7:39 pm by: Jeff Gamet

    Apple's HealthKit will be off limits for advertisers, which means app developers planning on supporting the health and fitness logging platform won't be able to make money by selling information about how far we walk or how much we weigh to other companies.…
  • How To Free Up iPhone Storage by Deleting Photos From Messages

    28 August 2014, 6:40 pm by: Kelly Guimont

    If you send and receive a lot of photos in Messages, you might find it taking up a lot of space on your device. Kelly explains how to save the images you want to keep and how to delete the ones you don't.
  • Last Chance for TuneUp Deal at $19.95

    28 August 2014, 6:05 pm by: Bryan Chaffin

    Our deal for TuneUp was a big hit with our readers, but it's coming to a close. TuneUp is a utility that cleans up your iTunes library. It will fix your track names (nuking things like "Track 01" in the process), fills in missing cover art, finds and removes…
  • Why a 12-inch iPad is Almost Certain

    28 August 2014, 2:00 pm by: John Martellaro

    Why do people stand in line every year for a new iPhone? Why is iPhone technology changing so fast? Conversely, why are iPad sales more or less ho-hum? Why isn't iPad technology exploding? John Martellaro reflects on the situation.
  • TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-28

    28 August 2014, 1:50 pm by: Jeff Gamet

    If's official: Apple is hosting a special media event on September 9, presumably to introduce the new iPhone 6. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin and join Jeff Gamet to talk about what they expect from the media event, and they also discuss whether or not…
  • Apple Issues Invites for September 9th Media Event

    28 August 2014, 12:27 pm by: Bryan Chaffin

    Apple has issued invitations to the press for a media event on September 9th. Titled simply "Wish we could say more," the invitation features little that anyone will be able parse for hints of what's coming.
  • Twitter Opens Analytics Tools to All Users

    28 August 2014, 11:47 am by: Jeff Gamet

    If you're curious how many people read your Twitter posts, what type of people follow you, and what they're interested in, all of that information is now at your fingertips. This week Twitter opened its analytics tools to all of its users for free, and there's…
  • Report Claims this is the Year of the NFC iPhone

    28 August 2014, 10:42 am by: Jeff Gamet

    Reports that Apple will include Near Field Communication, or NFC, in the next iPhone have routinely preceded device updates, and so far have proven to be wrong. Now there's word that this time Apple really, really, will include NFC in the iPhone 6, which is…
  • Apple Denied Samsung Sales Injunction Yet Again

    28 August 2014, 9:24 am by: Jeff Gamet

    US Federal Judge Lucy Koh shot down a request from Apple to grant a permanent injunction blocking the sale of some Android-based Samsung mobile devices over pantent infringement claims. The motion was part of Apple's second patent infringement case with…
  • The Ruby On Rails Rookie To Rockstar Training Bundle: $49

    27 August 2014, 7:16 pm by: Bryan Chaffin

    Check out the Ruby On Rails Rookie To Rockstar Bundle, a deal on six training courses with more than 45 hours of Ruby on Rails instruction. The courses include The Startup's Guide To Web Development With Ruby On Rails, Ruby On Rails For Beginners, Learn Ruby…
  • ACM 269: China’s OS Ambition, iWatch Rumors, Cool Headphones

    27 August 2014, 6:29 pm by: Bryan Chaffin & Jeff Gamet

    Bryan and Jeff dig into China's plans to unseat Western tech companies with a home grown operating system. Plus, there are new iWatch rumors with all sorts of interesting ramifications (if true). And for headphone enthusiasts, they take a closer look at Blue's…
  • How Duke Turned an iPod Giveaway into a University-Wide Digital Initiative

    27 August 2014, 5:24 pm by: Kelly Guimont

    A decade ago, Duke University gave iPods to incoming freshmen. That idea evolved into the Duke Digital Initiative, a way to integrate emerging technology into courses. Kelly looks at how that initiative has grown and changed in the last ten years.
  • Text Expander iOS 8 Keyboard Replacement Goes to Public Beta

    27 August 2014, 2:24 pm by: Bryan Chaffin

    Smile Software announced Wednesday that TextExpander touch 3 was being opened to a public beta. This will be a keyboard replacement for iOS 8 (via Apple's new keyboard extension) that allows you to use your TextExpander snippets in every iOS app-even Apple's…
  • Apple Reportedly Plans to Launch Wearables ‘Alongside’ iPhone

    27 August 2014, 1:49 pm by: Bryan Chaffin

    Some hedge analysts might be saying that Apple is having to delay its foray into wearables (i.e. the "iWatch"), but Re/code's well-informed John Paczkowski said that Apple will unveil it "alongside" new iPhones at the September 9th media event he also broke.…

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