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  • Mavericks: Use Maps to See Traffic and Alerts

    16 April 2014, 8:25 am by: Melissa Holt

    You can use Mavericksâ cool Maps program for all sorts of things-getting directions, obviously, or checking out 3D views of cities. But one of the features you may not have known about is the ability to see if thereâs construction, accidents, or other…
  • The Mimimalist Aluminum RADIUS iPhone 5/5s Case

    15 April 2014, 6:28 pm by: Bryan Chaffin

    Check out the RADIUS iPhone5 Case for iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s from REIGN23. It was originally and successfully funded through Kickstarter, and I think it's a study in minimalist design intended to protect the corners of your iPhone. It's made of T6061 Aluminum…
  • LaCie Warns Customers of Year-Long Credit Card Breach

    15 April 2014, 5:25 pm by: Bryan Chaffin

    LaCie warned its customers on Monday of a credit card breach that lasted almost a year. The company said that unauthorized persons gained access to customer transactions that took place between March 27th, 2013 and March 10th, 2014, and that it was taking its…
  • Time Machine Bug In Mavericks with Secondary Monitor - How to Fix It

    15 April 2014, 4:54 pm by: Kelly Guimont

    There's a known issue in Mavericks where a secondary monitor causes Time Machine all manner of grief and heartache. If this is happening to you, we have some suggested workarounds to help you access your backups.
  • Rapoo E2700 Keyboard Includes Touchpad

    15 April 2014, 3:20 pm by: Nancy Gravley

    Rapooâs E2700 Keyboard for computers contains a built-in touch pad on the right side. It's not quite a full-size keyboard being only 10-inches wide, including the touchpad. With it, right-handed users can sit back and relax while they compute, never having to…
  • Microsoft Word for iPad Gets Touch Word Processing (Mostly) Right

    15 April 2014, 2:30 pm by: John Martellaro

    Through the decades, we've never known anything else but Microsoft Word for Windows and Mac. On the iPad, it's, right away, the familiar workings of Word, with cross-platform file compatibility. But it's also developed with many of the key technologies and…
  • Amazon Smartphone Rumors Now Include Photos

    15 April 2014, 2:20 pm by: Kelly Guimont

    Last week we had reports of Amazon building a smartphone, this week we have more details and pictures, including notable features such as a 4.7â screen, 720p resolution, and six cameras. Yes, six.The Mac Observer Spin: Amazon's smartphone sounds more legit…
  • Pioneer Gets in on Aftermarket Apple CarPlay

    15 April 2014, 11:54 am by: Jeff Gamet

    Pioneer is tossing its hat into Apple's CarPlay ring with five aftermarket receivers for cars that don't ship with the feature pre-installed. CarPlay is Apple's in-dash system for linking your iPhone to your car for music playback, driving directions, and…
  • Report Says LG Making 9M Flexible iWatch Displays

    15 April 2014, 10:13 am by: Jeff Gamet

    Apple may be planning on shipping 9 million iWatch smartwatches in 2014, assuming information from insider sources is correct. That figure comes from a report that LG is the only supplier for the flexible displays Apple plans to use, and that it has 9 million…
  • Antitrust Monitor Pleased with Apple’s Cooperation

    15 April 2014, 9:07 am by: Jeff Gamet

    Michael Bromwich, the monitor Federal Judge Denise Cote placed in Apple to ensure the company doesn't engage in antitrust-related behavior, said that the iPhone and iPad maker is now far more cooperative compared to when he first started his job last year.…
  • Entry-Level Bitcoin Mining Gear for Mac, Windows, and Linux [Update]

    14 April 2014, 11:11 pm by: Bryan Chaffin

    The world of Bitcoin mining can be confusing if you're new. You'll need to buy specialized mining gear based on ASICs, but the good news is that there are several entry-level options available, and you can run them from your Mac, a Windows PC, or a Linux box.…
  • David Fincher Out of ‘Steve Jobs’ Movie Due to ‘Ridiculous’ Fees

    14 April 2014, 6:24 pm by: Bryan Chaffin

    Famed director David Fincher is out of contention for Sony's Steve Jobs movie due to what the studio called his "ridiculous" demand for US$10 million up front. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony was tense about the fee and his demand of total control…
  • Analyst: Apple wants $100 iPhone Price Increase

    14 April 2014, 6:07 pm by: Jeff Gamet

    Apple is reportedly pushing carriers for a US$100 increase in the price it plans to charge for the iPhone 6. Carriers have been resistent to raising the iPhone's price, but will likely succumb and pass on the cost to their customers, according to Jeffries…
  • Forbes Analyst Makes Realistic Apple Earnings Assessment, Confuses Clickbaiters

    14 April 2014, 4:22 pm by: Kelly Guimont

    Forbes contributor Chuck Jones spelled out his predictions about Appleâs March quarter in a reasonable sounding piece based on Apple's own guidance and reality. Kelly is very confused about how this got posted.
  • 3 More Tips for Protecting Yourself from Heartbleed

    14 April 2014, 4:01 pm by: Jeff Gamet

    When news of the heartbleed OpenSSL flaw hit the Web last week, it send the online security community into a tizzy, and rightly so. The Mac Observer shared some tips on what you can do to protect yourself, and now we have some more help keep your private stuff…
  • Get One Year of Parallels Access for $14.99

    14 April 2014, 3:04 pm by: Dave Hamilton

    Normally $50, our friends at Stack Social and Parallels have worked with us to get the price down to just $15. Fifty and fifteen may share a lot of sounds a letters, but one of them leaves an extra thirty-five bucks in your pocket, and that's the deal we have…
  • Juiceboxx on Kickstarter Keeps MacBook Chargers from Fraying

    14 April 2014, 1:44 pm by: Bryan Chaffin

    I love clever ideas, and the folks at Juiceboxx, Inc. have a dandy one in their self-titled product, Juiceboxx on Kickstarter. This is a plastic enclosure for your MacBook Pro or Air charger that gives it more structure for the thin cable that connects to your…
  • Bruno iPhone 5/5s Case: Premium Leather, Excellent Belt Clip

    14 April 2014, 1:30 pm by: Nancy Gravley

    In October 2013 Blacksmith-Labs out of Canada introduced their first iPhone holsters made from premium quality leather and metal alloy belt clips. The design concept is modern minimalist and it is different from any other case design this reviewer has seen.
  • Apple Buys Hydroelectric Plant to Power Oregon Data Center

    14 April 2014, 12:55 pm by: Jeff Gamet

    Apple is aiming to use hydroelectric energy to power its Prineville, Oregon data center, and has purchased a power plant to make that happen. The company recently bought a hydroelectric plant that's under construction near its data center and will use it to…
  • Aftermarket CarPlay Systems Available Later This Year from Alpine

    14 April 2014, 12:38 pm by: Kelly Guimont

    Alpine is scheduled to ship an aftermarket car system that includes Apple's CarPlay integration. Plans are to release the system this fall for US$500-700, making CarPlay an option for those who aren't in the market for a new car.The Mac Observer Spin: This is…
  • LightSaber Sunglasses From Thinkgeek

    14 April 2014, 11:57 am by: Kelly Guimont

    Initially I was all set to tell you about the Han in Carbonite Rug, because that is an awesome thing and it warms my heart to live in a world where it exists. But when I went to the What's New page over at ThinkGeek, I was distracted by something even better.…
  • ScreenCastsOnline Offers Free 1Password Tutorial Video

    14 April 2014, 8:49 am by: Jeff Gamet

    With heartbleed posing such a serious security risk for everyone that spends any time online, ScreenCastsOnline is doing what it can to help out by offering a 1Password tutorial for free. 1Password is an app that helps you create strong passwords, manages the…
  • MGG 497: How To Be a Consultant & Cool Stuff Found

    13 April 2014, 7:13 pm by: John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton

    John and Dave kick off this Sunday's show with a discussion about upgrading your older Macs with SSDs, the first in a series about the topic. Then it's onto sharing advice from your two favorite geeks and your fellow listeners about being a computer consultant…
  • How to Easily Create a Travel Itinerary Map in OS X

    12 April 2014, 10:30 am by: Sandro Cuccia

    Have you ever wanted to create your own custom travel itinerary map? It turns out it's pretty easy, and itâs built into every Mac. Sandro Cuccia shows you how.
  • A Few Words About Word: 3 Free iOS Word Processors

    11 April 2014, 9:40 pm by: Vern Seward

    MS Word is here!!But do you really need it? Vern Seward points out three free iOS alternatives in this week's Free on iTunes. Textilus Free, Docs Unlimited Free, and Easy Writer Lite.
  • Get Free Bitcoins with 24 Website Faucets that Really Pay

    11 April 2014, 9:34 pm by: Bryan Chaffin

    We've gathered 24 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. We started off with eight sites, but this update adds several more bringing the total…
  • Amazon Has A Smartphone Coming, Say People Who Have Seen It

    11 April 2014, 8:20 pm by: Kelly Guimont

    Amazon has a smartphone in the works. We've heard this before, but now we're hearing about it from people who say they have seen it in real life and then told The Wall Street Journal about it.The Mac Observer Spin: Amazon's had a busy year in the hardware…
  • Court Documents Show Samsung Publicly Fudges Galaxy Tab Sales

    11 April 2014, 6:50 pm by: Kelly Guimont

    Samsung has been caught wallowing in their own truthiness, according to court documents released as part of the current Samsung vs Apple court case.The Mac Observer Spin: What!? Samsung didnât let facts get in the way of what it told people? Fetch me my…
  • NuGreen LED Lamp Lights Up Your Desk Using Just 3.6 Watts

    11 April 2014, 6:22 pm by: Bryan Chaffin

    Bryan Chaffin is a nut for LED lights. They use produce less waste heat than incandescent bulbs and use less power than a Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulb, both excellent features in a light source. That's why he was so excited to check out NuGreen, an LED…
  • NSA Reportedly Exploited Heartbleed for 2 Years, but NSA Denies

    11 April 2014, 5:47 pm by: Jeff Gamet

    When system administrators scrambled earlier this week to patch a serious security flaw in the SSL protocol, they assumed it was to protect against hackers and criminals from gathering user names, passwords, and other pieces of sensitive data on the Interent.…

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