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  • Senator Warren: Apple, Amazon, Google Killing Competition

    3h By Jeff Gamet
    Apple, Amazon, and Google are abusing their market strength to block competition from smaller companies, according to Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). In a speech  at the America’s Monopoly Problem on Wednesday, she said the three companies are using their…
  • Last Chance for the World Class Mac Bundle: $24.99

    3h By Bryan Chaffin
    It’s the last chance to grab  8 Mac apps in the World Class Mac Bundle. It includes iStat Menu 5—a utility I can’t imagine not having—Freeway  Pro 7, uBar 6, Painter Essentials 5, DropZone 3, Xee 3, Data Rescue 4, and Hype 3.5. Those are solid…
  • Apple’s Change From OS X to macOS Hardly ‘Muddies the Waters’

    4h By John Martellaro
    On June 30, an article was published at Computerworld claiming that Apple’s change from “OS X” to “macOS” will “do nothing for the Mac except accelerate its downward spiral as a fringe hardware product… and muddy the waters.” John Martellaro…
  • TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-30: The Apple, Amazon, and Google Competition Lockout

    1:51pm By Jeff Gamet
    Apple, Amazon, and Google are all big players in the tech market, and Senator Elizabeth Warren says they’re stifling competition. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at the Senator’s concerns and share their thoughts on competition in…
  • OS X Pages: Converting Documents to PDF

    10:03am By Melissa Holt
    Using Pages, Apple’s document-creation program, you can export your documents to PDF, Word, plain text, and even ePub formats to send to other people. Sharing is the name of the game in this Quick Tip!
  • Tweetbot’s Twitter Timeline Filters Get Even Smarter

    8:44am By Dave Hamilton
    Last week Tapbots added Timeline Filters to their Tweetbot Twitter client for iOS, allowing you to control what you see — and what you don’t see — in your Twitter timeline. Today they enhanced those filters even more with the ability to use “OR” and…
  • Kindle Page Flip Comes to iPad and iPhone

    Wed 11:23pm By Dave Hamilton
    Version 5.0 of Amazon’s Kindle App for iPad and iPhone adds Page Flip, a new and natural way to navigate through books without losing your place. If you’ve ever been frustrated having to flip to see a map or something on another page, Page Flip solves…
  • ACM 366: App Store Surveillance, Google’s Phone, and Bryan’s Rant

    Wed 7:36pm By Bryan Chaffin
    In this episode of The Apple Context Machine, Bryan and Jeff discuss new regulations in China that could make Apple part of that country’s surveillance and censorship apparatus. They also talk about Google’s plans to make its own Android devices, and…
  • Why I’ll be Buying a New iPhone 7

    Wed 6:21pm By John Martellaro
    Some say, the iPhone 7 will be a yawner. What’s forgotten is that our appetite for new (useful) toys and being state-of-the art always outweighs the cynicism of skeptics and critics. John’s going to have a new iPhone 7, and states why you should think…
  • Dr. Mac’s High Points from Apple’s WWDC

    Wed 5:25pm By Bob LeVitus
    Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus rounds up his highlights from Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC), including macOS Sierra, iOS 10, watchOS 3, and tvOS.
  • New Regulations Could Make Apple Part of China’s Surveillance and Censorship Machine

    Wed 5:05pm By Bryan Chaffin
    China rolled out new (and somewhat expected) regulations Tuesday governing app stores for mobile devices. Those regulations could have the direct effect of conscripting Apple and other app store providers into China’s surveillance and censorship machine.
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Available for iPhone, iPad

    Wed 4:52pm By Jeff Gamet
    LEGO and Star Wars are a match made in heaven, which makes it pretty awesome that LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens is available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. You can play as Poe Dameron, Rey, Finn, BB-8, Han Solo, Kylo Ren, and more in adventures on…
  • TaskPaper Text Editor for Mac: $12.95

    Wed 3:53pm By Bryan Chaffin
    We have a deal for you today on TaskPaper, a text editor for the Mac designed to help you keep track of what you’ve done. It will also auto-format projects, tasks, notes, and tags. While a Mac app, it uses a file format that is supported by some third…
  • TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-29: Apple’s Camera Blocking Patent, iPhone Design Lawsuit

    Wed 2:13pm By Jeff Gamet
    Apple patented a way to block our smartphone cameras from recording. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on the patent and its potential for abuse. They also look at a lawsuit alleging Apple stole the idea for the iPhone.
  • Apple Patent Blocks Smartphone Recording, and it’s Creepy

    Wed 11:45am By Jeff Gamet
    Musicians and other live performers could have a new way to stop attendees from using their smartphones to record video, photos, and audio at events thanks to a new patent from Apple. The iPhone and iPad maker was awarded a patent this week for a system that…
  • OS X: Safari’s “Close Other Tabs” Option

    Wed 9:15am By Melissa Holt
    Today’s Quick Tip is about a nifty little Safari feature that’ll let you close all of the tabs you’re not using, in a flash! We’ve got the details on the different ways you can do this, so come read all about it.
  • Apple Hit with $13B Lawsuit for Stealing the iPhone Concept

    Tue 5:35pm By Jeff Gamet
    Thomas Ross says he invented and patented the idea of the iPhone in the early 1990s, so he’s suing to the tune of US$13 billion Apple for stealing his intellectual property. Never mind the fact that his patent was declared abandoned in 1995, he didn’t go…
  • A Primer: LCDs, OLEDs, Quantum Dots and MicroLEDs

    Tue 4:20pm By John Martellaro
    Flat panel display technology continues to evolve. A decade ago, we had Plasma and LCD TV sets. LCDs were adopted for use in iPhones and iPads, but they require backlighting. Then we had OLEDs (used in the Apple Watch). Now there’s Quantum Dots and…
  • Virtual Reality Box Headset: $18.99

    Tue 2:48pm By Bryan Chaffin
    We have a deal for you today on VR Box, a virtual reality viewer compatible with iOS and Android devices with 4.7-inch to 6-inch displays. It has an optical axis slider for controlling distance and a T-shaped strap designed to fit a wide variety of head…
  • Cozmo Robot from Anki Emotes, Learns, Plays

    Tue 1:32pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Check out Cozmo, a robot from Anki, the folks who made their name with the race cars you control with your iPhone. Cozmo “talks” using sounds that remind me a little of R2D2—but only in spirit—and it has a display for a face that emotes. Anki says…
  • TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-28: iPhone Audio Ports, Facebook is Creepy

    Tue 11:00am By Jeff Gamet
    Speculation about the audio ports on the next iPhone are still going strong. Today Dave Hamilton joins Jeff Gamet to talk about the potentially missing headphone jack on the new iPhone, digital to analog converters, and how we listen to our music. They also…
  • AAPL Third Quarter Earnings Report set for July 26

    Tue 10:05am By Jeff Gamet
    Apple’s third fiscal quarter earnings report is scheduled for Tuesday, July 26th. Investors will be watching the iPhone and iPad maker’s numbers closely after last quarter’s disappointing results, and the lack of new product announcements during Q3.
  • Google Brings Higher Resolution Satellite Imagery to Google Earth and Maps

    Mon 10:49pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Google announced Monday the rollout of new imagery for Google Earth, and by extension Google Maps. The company said it was incorporating a new cloud-free mosaic of Earth in Google Earth utilizing higher-resolution images from Landsat 8, a satellite deployed by…
  • Google Bloks Will Offer Kids Hands-On, Collaborative Programming Concepts

    Mon 9:12pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Google announced a new “research project” called Bloks, a wonderful concept that brings programming to very young kids with real-world block-like components. It’s an ongoing project that Google is opening up to the world, but the company is starting with…
  • PRE-SALE: The Complete iOS 10 Developer Course at $29

    Mon 5:28pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Our friends at Stack Commerce have been putting their collective noggins to work with this deal. It’s a pre-sale on The Complete iOS 10 Developer Course with 80 hours of content on coding for Apple’s next generation iOS. It’s discounted to $29, and…
  • Game Foul: Ford Dealership Steals Firewatch Art

    Mon 5:15pm By Jeff Gamet
    No matter how hard our kindergarten teachers tried, some people never really wrapped their heads around the idea that stealing is bad. Take, for instance, the Quirk Ford dealership in Massachusetts and the Firewatch artwork it stole for a promotional event.
  • iPhone 7 Sans Headphone Jack: The Debate Continues

    Mon 3:20pm By John Martellaro
    Reliable sources are suggesting that Apple really will remove the 3.5 mm audio headphone jack from the iPhone 7 this fall. The community seems evenly split about the prospect, with some shrugging and one notable author declaring that this is a hostile and…
  • TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-27: AAPL, Brexit, Google Blocks

    Mon 1:58pm By Jeff Gamet
    Apple’s stock isn’t a high as it used to be and understanding why can be a little daunting. Bryan Chaffin joins Jeff Gamet to look at Wall Street’s dysfunctional relationship with Apple and the Brexit impact on the stock market. They also check out…
  • TMO Background Mode: Interview With Symply Co-founder and President Alex Grossman

    Mon 12:05pm By John Martellaro
    Alex Grossman is the co-founder and president of Symply, Inc. His new company makes high-performance storage devices for content creators. I asked Alex about his start in storage technology, and it goes back to his EE degree in college and his first job with…
  • Google Ready to Try Apple’s Tactics with New Smartphone

    Mon 11:58am By Jeff Gamet
    Google is reportedly working on a new smartphone to take on Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s phone De jour. Unlike its Nexus line, where partner companies are making the phones, Google plans to take complete control over this new line.