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  • MGG 517: Random Access Gab

    2 September 2014, 5:33 pm by: John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton

    Two geeks. Your question. Answers. Tips. How can you go wrong? You can't, unless you don't listen! Wanna learn the best way to swap an SSD in - and when it's not necessary? Want to learn how to backup your massive iMovie library? Having battery woes? Lightning…
  • Cartoon Network Turns to iOS App Maker Pixel Press For Draw-Your-Own-Game

    2 September 2014, 5:19 pm by: Kelly Guimont

    Pixel Press Floors has partnered with Cartoon Network to create an Adventure Time themed Pixel Press Floors-style game, titled Adventure Time: Game Wizard. This will allow anyone to draw a level of the game and guide characters from Adventure Time through it.
  • Last Chance for 8 Award-Winning Mac Apps for $39.99

    2 September 2014, 5:12 pm by: Bryan Chaffin

    It's the last day for the Award-Winning MacLovin' Bundle, eight award-winning Mac apps with a retail price of $861 that you can get for $39.99. Those apps are: Cinemagraph Pro, djay, NetSpot Pro, Keyboard Maestro, Hype 2, Dropzone 3, Moom, and Boom. Those are…
  • Apple’s Deal with Major Credit Cards Companies Has Hidden Value

    2 September 2014, 5:00 pm by: John Martellaro

    It's one thing for a company that makes great hardware to move into wearables. It's quite another to delve into mobile payments. But the two are linked in ways we don't yet appreciate.
  • Samsung Taps David Hasselhoff, Knight Rider, and K.I.T.T.4 for Smart Home Ad

    2 September 2014, 3:34 pm by: Bryan Chaffin

    Samsung released on Tuesday a rather entertaining commercial for its (lolbecauseapplehomekit) smart home effort. I'm not sure what exactly the commercial is pushing, but it features David Hasselhoff and his Knight Rider legacy, as well as William Daniels,…
  • Apple: Celebrity Photo Theft Due to Compromised Passwords, Not iCloud Security

    2 September 2014, 3:19 pm by: Bryan Chaffin

    Apple released a statement Tuesday claiming that stolen celebrity photo thefts released over the holiday weekend were the result of targeted attacks on individual accounts, rather than a breach of iCloud security or Find My iPhone. The company said in an…
  • TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-02

    2 September 2014, 1:03 pm by: Jeff Gamet

    Your online photos may not be quite as safe as you think. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet talk about the news that nude photos from several celebrities have been stolen, how thermal imaging cameras can steal your credit card PIN code, and what…
  • Analyst: New iPhones Coming, Maybe an iWatch, too

    2 September 2014, 11:22 am by: Jeff Gamet

    With Apple's September 9 media event only days away, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says two iPhone models are coming with NFC support and a digital payment system may be announced, but he puts the odds on an iWatch announcement at 50 percent. He also…
  • Report Claims iWatch Still in Testing, No Sept 9 Unveiling

    2 September 2014, 10:13 am by: Jeff Gamet

    Apple's rumored iWatch is still in the engineering testing phase and hasn't made it to production testing yet, according to insider sources. The sources also say the iWatch won't make an appearance at Apple's September 9 media event.The Mac Observer Spin: This…
  • Apple Lands Digital Wallet Deal with Amex, Visa, MasterCard

    2 September 2014, 8:50 am by: Jeff Gamet

    Apple's plans to turn our iPhones into digital wallets took a big leap forward now that the company has reportedly struck deals with American Express, Visa, and MasterCard. Along with the major credit card companies, Apple has deals in place with major…
  • 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.

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