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  • U.S. Appeals Court Rules Microsoft Must Turn Over Email Hosted in Ireland

    31 July 2014, 9:43 pm by: Kelly Guimont

    An appeals court ruled on Friday that Microsoft must turn over email sought in a U.S. warrant, even though the customer's email is being hosted on servers in Ireland, not the U.S. Microsoft argued the US warrant has no jurisdiction in Ireland, but the court…
  • T-Mobile Q2 Earnings Suggest Uncarrier Model Works

    31 July 2014, 8:27 pm by: Kelly Guimont

    T-Mobile has announced earnings for the second quarter of 2014, and those earnings are promising, with over seven billion dollars in revenue. This was also the fifth consecutive quarter T-Mobile added over one million new customers.The Mac Observer Spin: With…
  • That Time the iPhone Owner Punched His Mugger in the Face

    31 July 2014, 7:41 pm by: Bryan Chaffin

    A drawn out attempt at "Apple" picking on Wednesday in Madison, Wisconsin, was thwarted when the would-be victim punched his would-be mugger in the face. Bryan Chaffin finds something satisfying in the way things worked out.
  • The Productive Design Mac Bundle: $39.99

    31 July 2014, 5:52 pm by: Bryan Chaffin

    Check out the Productive Design Mac Bundle, a collection of 6 apps and a sub-bundle of subscription services for $39.99. The apps include Ember, Pixa, Poser 10, Anime Studio Pro 10, Art Text 2, and TotalFinder. You also get the Design Hacker Bundle, a…
  • Basic Tips for Using the Dock and Trash in OS X

    31 July 2014, 3:05 pm by: Nancy Gravley

    Nancy Carroll Gravley offers up some basic tips for using and understanding the Dock and the Trash in OS X that will particularly helpful to people who are new to Macs.
  • TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-31

    31 July 2014, 1:54 pm by: Jeff Gamet

    Russia says it thinks Apple and SAP are using their software to spy, so it wants both companies to hand over their code. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at the motives behind Russia's demands and look at what could happen if both…
  • Russia to Apple: All Your Code Are Belong to Us

    31 July 2014, 11:18 am by: Jeff Gamet

    Russia doesn't trust the United States government or Apple, so it is asking for source code from the Mac, iPhone and iPad maker to look for clues showing the devices are being used to spy on its citizens and government officials. The country also wants source…
  • Shazam Song Recognition Comes to the Mac

    31 July 2014, 10:15 am by: Jeff Gamet

    The iPhone music identification app Shazam is getting a little less mobile, but in a good way. A new version for OS X was released on Thursday that offers the same discovery features as its iPhone counterpart, but designed to live in your Mac's menu bar.The…
  • Get Ready for 1Password Everywhere in iOS 8

    31 July 2014, 9:06 am by: Jeff Gamet

    AgileBits, the maker of the popular password management app 1Password, is ready to move beyond auto-filling website logins only in their own iPhone and iPad app and plans to bring that functionality to any app that taps into its API in iOS 8. With 1Password…
  • ACM 265: Ford goes iPhone and Facebook’s App Breakup

    30 July 2014, 11:45 pm by: Jeff Gamet & Bryan Chaffin

    Ford is giving BlackBerry a big kick in the pants by dumping the company's smartphones in favor of Apple's iPhone. Jeff and Bryan have plenty to say on what that means for both Apple and BlackBerry, plus they rant on Facebook and the decision to force private…
  • Brett Domino Explains Pop Music’s Formula

    30 July 2014, 8:25 pm by: Kelly Guimont

    Have you ever heard a song on the radio and thought there had to be a formula behind pop music? Well Brett Domino found one, and has broken it down on YouTube for everyone to see. Not only can you enjoy the results of his formula in the initial video, but once…
  • New iPhones: Now With Less Sapphire

    30 July 2014, 7:03 pm by: Kelly Guimont

    Sapphire glass covers on the new iPhone models are less likely all the time. According to a report from LED Inside, supply chain analysts state orders should have been placed in large numbers by now, and thus far those orders do not exist.
  • What Amazon Didn’t Say in Its Blog Post about Hachette

    30 July 2014, 5:55 pm by: Bryan Chaffin

    Amazon has come forth and told unto us it is waging holy war against Hachette for lo! The children. For only lower book prices can save the children-and indeed publishers and authors, too-and those greedy publishers are too stupid to understand. Bryan Chaffin…
  • Apple Releases Fixed Version of MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.9

    30 July 2014, 4:16 pm by: Jeff Gamet

    Apple released MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.9.1 on Wednesday to replace the problem-ridden 2.9 version it rolled out, and then pulled, earlier in July. The update addresses an issue where the 2011 MacBook Air failed to properly wake from sleep.
  • OS X Yosemite: How to Turn Translucency Off or On

    30 July 2014, 3:45 pm by: John Martellaro

    OS X Yosemite lets parts of windows take on the general color of the background behind it. It's a translucent effect because details cannot be readily made out. For those who don't like it, John Martellaro shows how to turn it off.
  • TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-30

    30 July 2014, 1:43 pm by: Jeff Gamet

    Apple keeps rolling out minor updates to its Mac product line, but hasn't had a major release announcement since last fall. John Martellaro and Adam Christianson join Jeff Gamet to look at the lack of big news from Apple, the incremental update cycle the…
  • Apple May Have Accidentally Leaked New 27-inch iMac

    30 July 2014, 11:26 am by: Jeff Gamet

    Apple first accidentally mentioned a new Mac mini model in its Boot Camp support documents, and may have leaked a 27-inch iMac refresh, too. A chart showing the current 27-inch iMac, along with a model tagged as "Mid 2014," looks like a hint that an update is…
  • Apple Confirms Purchase of Swell Talk Radio App for iPhone

    30 July 2014, 10:00 am by: Jeff Gamet

    Following reports that it was purchasing Swell, the iPhone app for building custom talk radio-like stations, Apple has confirmed it is the new owner of the app and its developer Mac Observer Spin: Fist BookLight and now Swell. It looks like…
  • iOS 7: Preventing Unauthorized Purchases

    30 July 2014, 8:45 am by: Melissa Holt

    For today's tip, Melissa Holt's gonna go over a hidden setting that may let your kid purchase apps or media when he isn't supposed to. Turn this off, and you can rest assured that little Johnny won't be able to buy ten apps just because you allowed him to get…
  • Apple Possibly Leaked New Mac mini Models

    29 July 2014, 11:02 pm by: Kelly Guimont

    Apple updated a support article that refers to a Mid 2014 model Mac mini, which is the first mention of any sort of attention paid to the Mac mini, last updated in October 2012.The Mac Observer Spin: I'd like this to be true, but at this point odds are 50/50…
  • Ford Ditching BlackBerry for iPhone for Global Corporate Use

    29 July 2014, 8:57 pm by: Bryan Chaffin

    Ford announced on Tuesday that it was moving some 9,300 corporate employees from BlackBerry to iPhone. The move will be a blow to BlackBerry, which is trying to rebuild itself under the leadership of CEO John Chen. At the same time, it's another boost for…
  • ‘Window Plug’ Portable Solar Charger Concept Design

    29 July 2014, 6:04 pm by: Bryan Chaffin

    Yanko Design is showing off a concept called "Window Plug," and it's very cool. It's a portable solar charger that you can stick on a window. It has a built-in battery that self-charges, but it also has a plug for accessing that power for your devices. So far,…
  • MotionArtist for Mac: $9

    29 July 2014, 4:19 pm by: Bryan Chaffin

    MotionArtist is a very cool piece of software that allows you to layout comics in traditional panel form with word bubbles, and also add motion, sound, and even a 3D parallax effect to scenes. The animation tools are designed to be quite easy to use, and it's…
  • OS X Yosemite: How to Trek into Dark Mode [UPDATE]

    29 July 2014, 2:10 pm by: John Martellaro

    OS X Yosemite public beta enables an intriguing feature referred to as Dark Mode. No one is quite sure why it's there, but it's very cool. John Martellaro explains how to enable it.
  • Apple Retail Out Almost $310K in Scam, Suspect Arrested in Florida

    29 July 2014, 1:45 pm by: Jeff Gamet

    Apple lost US$309,768 in merchandise out of its retail stores in 16 states thanks to Sharron Laverne Parrish Jr. and a debit card scam. Authorities have arrested Mr. Parrish, and thanks to his clever social engineering, Apple will likely be left holding the…
  • TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-29

    29 July 2014, 1:12 pm by: Jeff Gamet

    The future for magazines looked promising thanks to the iPad, but not everyone is pleased with how that worked out. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about how the digital magazine has been something of a disappointment, and why John is…
  • Apple TV Adds Fox Now, CNBC Channels

    29 July 2014, 11:14 am by: Jeff Gamet

    Fox Now and CNBC joined the Apple TV channel lineup on Tuesday, giving viewers access to shows like Cosmos, 24: Live Another Day, live CNBC content, and more. Unfortunately, the content you get is limited unless you also have a cable subscription.The Mac…
  • Apple Drops Samsung Patent Appeal, Ends Injunction Push

    29 July 2014, 9:55 am by: Jeff Gamet

    Apple is throwing in the towel on its efforts to get an injunction blocking the sale of several Samsung smartphones related to their first patent infringement trial. Apple told the court on Monday that it is dropping its cross appeal in the case and now will…
  • Retina MacBook Pro gets Faster Processors, More RAM

    29 July 2014, 8:46 am by: Jeff Gamet

    Apple confirmed the Retina MacBook Pro update rumors on Tuesday when it rolled out new models with faster processors and more RAM. The new 13-inch and 15-inch models look just like the versions they replace, but with more power under the hood.The Mac Observer…
  • Beats Music Adds More User Controls to iOS App, Including ‘Tune Your Taste’

    28 July 2014, 10:20 pm by: Bryan Chaffin

    Beats Music, the music streaming service being acquired by Apple, released a new version of its iOS app that adds several user controls. Beats Music 2.2.0 includes a "Tune Your Taste" control that allows you change your "Just For You" recommendations. The…

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