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  • Apple Reportedly Building Chinese Sapphire Plant with Foxconn

    Wed 9:36pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Apple's GT Advanced Technologies troubles are well-known, but a report coming out of Taiwan suggests that Apple isn't ready to give up on sapphire displays for iPhone just yet. A report out of China says that Apple-supplier Foxconn is building a plant in China…
  • ACM 282: The Steampunk, Sapphire, and Apple Watch Episode

    Wed 8:40pm By Jeff Gamet & Bryan Chaffin
    Bryan and Jeff get their steampunk nerdery on this week after finding some amazingly cool USB drive designs. They also have something to say about the growing momentum behind the not-yet-shipping Apple Watch, and reports that Apple has teamed up with Foxconn…
  • Melissa Holt on MacJury’s Holiday Gift Guide 2

    Wed 7:46pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Melissa Holt, our very own Mac guru, recently appeared on Chuck Joiner's MacVoices video podcast. She joined Joe Kissell and Steve Sande on MacJury's Holiday Gift Guide #2. As the name suggests, the panel has a bunch of suggestions for holiday gifts, just for…
  • Steampunk USB Flash Drives with Motorized Gears - Really!

    Wed 4:42pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Steampunk. Familiar with it? Bryan Chaffin found some steampunk gadgets that are functional art, like a steampunk USB flash drive with motorized gears that turn when you plug it in.
  • Black Friday 2014: The Best Mac Deals

    Wed 4:05pm By Kelly Guimont
    If you're in the market for a new Mac this holiday season, the deals are limited but do exist. Kelly brings you the scoop on where to score savings on some lovely new Apple hardware.
  • iOS 8: Control Which Apps Can Access Your Private Data

    Wed 3:10pm By John Martellaro
    By design, some iOS apps need to access your personal data.…
  • The Name Your Own Price Must-Have Mac Bundle

    Wed 2:50pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Stack Social has put together another Name Your Own Price bundle for us, the Must-Have Mac Bundle. With this bundle, you can name your own price-hence the name-and receive Paperless, Data Backup 3, and Pixa, three quality Mac apps. If you beat the average…
  • TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-26

    Wed 1:36pm By Jeff Gamet
    On the hunt for good deals on new a new iPhone? Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet today to share some of the Black Friday iPhone deals they've found, plus they offer up their ideas for great holiday enhancing apps for the iPhone and iPad.
  • 5 iPhone Apps to Cut Your Thanksgivings Stress

    Wed 10:46am By Jeff Gamet
    Thanksgiving is supposed to be a day of sharing and embracing generosity, but more often than not it seems to turn into a stress filled event. Your Thanksgiving shouldn't have to turn out that way, so The Mac Observer put together a list of five iPhone and…
  • iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite: Naming Group Conversations in Messages

    Wed 8:50am By Melissa Holt
    Did you know that the newest versions of iOS and OS X will let you name your Messages conversations? This makes it easy to identify which pals are chatting with you, as the title shows up in your notifications, too. However, there are some very important…
  • BuzzFeed Uses Apple Watches to Incentivise Staff

    Tue 9:01pm By Bryan Chaffin
    BuzzFeed is doing well these days. The company raked in more than US$100 million in revenue during 2014, a figure surely worthy of a couple of list-style titles. That's a lot of money, and the company has more than 700 employees making it happen.The Mac…
  • The SKEYE Nano Drone Quadcopter: $34.99

    Tue 8:14pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Check out the SKEYE Nano Drone, a quadcopter drone that measures just 4 centimeters on a side. That's small enough to land on your thumb. It has three flight modes, one for beginners who are just learning to fly, another for more advanced pilots, and a third,…
  • Black Friday 2014: The Best iPhone Deals

    Tue 4:52pm By Kelly Guimont
    Yesterday you got the heads up on iPad deals coming on Black Friday. Today we're talking iPhones, so if you or someone you know is in the market, Kelly can hook you up.
  • Best Buy Black Friday Deals Available This Minute

    Tue 4:34pm By Kelly Guimont
    Black Friday is creeping up on you whether you like it or not. In fact, it's crept all the way into Tuesday for Best Buy, which is offering early access to Black Friday deals on its site. These are online only, but you can use free in-store pickup to get your…
  • OS X Yosemite: How to Reset Your Administrator Password

    Tue 3:45pm By John Martellaro
    In the early years of OS X, the Mac operating system was sold on a DVD. If a user forgot the administrator password, perhaps the simplest way (of several) would be to use that disc to set a new administrator password and regain control of the Mac. Nowadays,…
  • TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-25

    Tue 1:10pm By Jeff Gamet
    With the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday and Black Friday only days away, Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about where to find the best deals on iPads. They also take a look at Time's 2014 Gadgets of the Year list, which includes three Apple…
  • LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham gets Black Friday Launch

    Tue 11:56am By Jeff Gamet
    Considering black seems to be Batman's favorite color, it's only fitting LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham launches on the Mac on Black Friday, November 28. The game sends Batman and his super hero friends on an adventure throughout the universe to stop Brainiac…
  • Susquehanna Raises AAPL Target to $135 on Strong iPhone 6 Demand

    Tue 10:21am By Jeff Gamet
    Susquehanna Financial Group analyst Chris Caso raised his 12 month target price for Apple's stock from US$120 up to $135 on Tuesday in response to continued high demand for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. According to his research, demand for the iPhone 6 Plus…
  • Apple Highlights Continuity, Gaming in New iPhone 6 Ads

    Tue 9:14am By Jeff Gamet
    Apple released two new iPhone 6 commercials Monday evening featuring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. The ads highlight Continuity's ability to send and place phone calls through the iPhone via an iPad or Mac, and collaborative gaming, too.
  • TMO Giveaway for Arcsoft Simplicam Winner

    Mon 10:39pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Earlier today we chose a winner for our giveaway for an Arcsoft Simplicam-Arcsoft is a sponsor of The Mac Observer, so please check them out. TMO member Chantallation was randomly selected from the comments in the announcement, having squeaked in just under…
  • Three of Time’s Top Ten Gadgets are Apple’s, One Hasn’t Even Shipped

    Mon 8:30pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Time magazine released its Top 10 lists for 2014, including Gadgets, Video Games, and Toys. Apple claimed a full 30 percent of the Top 10 Gadgets, and one of those gadgets-Apple Watch-isn't even shipping yet.
  • Black Friday 2014: 4 Best iPad Deals

    Mon 7:07pm By Kelly Guimont
    Considering an iPad as a Christmas gift? Kelly is on the case, and found the best (confirmed) deals on new iPads, as well as when you need to show up to get in on the insanity action.
  • Square Wants to Bring Apple Pay to Small Businesses

    Mon 6:20pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Square wants to support Apple Pay, a move that would allow even small businesses to accept Apple's new payment solution. Calling using Apple Pay "a great experience," Square founder Jack Dorsey said his company is focused on allowing merchants to accept as…
  • The 10ft MFi-Certified iOS Lightning Cable: $18.99

    Mon 5:53pm By Bryan Chaffin
    This will be a short deal post: we have a Apple MFi-certified 10-foot Lightning cable. It's $18.99. It retails for $40, which is still inexpensive for a Lightning cable that long. Get it while you can.
  • BBEdit on Your Mac: Trick Text Files into HTML Syntax Coloring

    Mon 3:15pm By John Martellaro
    BBEdit, by Bare Bones Software, is an excellent text editor.…
  • TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-24

    Mon 2:33pm By Jeff Gamet
    Analysts estimates for Apple Watch sales are across the board, and John Martellaro thinks they're all off base. John and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about analyst numbers, what value they hold, whether or not the general public and investors should…
  • FCC Chairman on Net Neutrality Rules: We’re Going to get Sued

    Mon 11:24am By Jeff Gamet
    The Federal Communications Commission is moving forward with its plans to strictly regulate Internet traffic so that Net Neutrality isn't lost, but the agency isn't moving quickly to make that happen. Chairman Tom Wheeler said the FCC is moving slowly and…
  • Sponsor: MacX DVD Ripper Pro Giveaway

    Mon 9:30am By Dave Hamilton
    I'd like to thank Digiarty for sponsoring TMO this week with a great giveaway of MacX DVD Ripper Pro. This normally sells for US$59.95 but this week you can get it for free via our special link. They are limiting this to 10,000 copies, so act quickly to be…
  • Apple Launches Apps for (RED) Campaign for World AIDS Day

    Mon 9:12am By Jeff Gamet
    Apple launched a World AIDS Day campaign on Monday as part of the (RED) project that includes apps with exclusive content. The iPhone and iPad maker will also donate a portion of its Black Friday (November 28) and Cyber Monday (December 1) global sales to the…
  • iPhoneography 101: Essential iPhone Camera Apps

    Sat 10:30am By Vern Seward
    Shooting iPhone pix? iPhoneography 101 is a new column from Vern Seward offering up some of the lessons he's learned taking photos with his iPhone. In this installment, he shows us some of the essential iPhone camera apps and why you should use them.
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