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  • MGG 591: If You Had a JBOD Would You Hold It Against Us?

    Sun 4:17pm By John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton
    JBOD, Airtime Fairness, Quality of Service (QoS), and RAID are just a few of the mysteries your two favorite geeks help you unravel this week. Add to that some answers about resetting pesky OS X passwords and photo storage plus a few Geek Challenges and a…
  • Ghostbusters Reboot gets its Own LEGO Kit

    Fri 5:30pm By Jeff Gamet
    LEGO has already shown its love for Ghostbusters with the Ecto-1 and firestation headquarters kits, and now the company is embracing this summer's reboot with a just announced kit that includes everything you need to get hyped up before the movie comes out.…
  • Man Ties String to iPhone and Films Ski Run (Video)

    Fri 4:55pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Meet Nicolas Vuignier, an enterprising young man who thought his iPhone was just about everything he needed to make cool aerial videos of his ski runs. Well, his iPhone and some string. According to his YouTube post, he tinkered with the idea for two years…
  • What To Do When Your Apple Watch Tells You NOT to Eat the Candy Bar

    Fri 4:45pm By John Martellaro
    The increased use of wearables will naturally invite the monitoring of body chemistry. Just as we do for fitness now, there will be norms and goals. Along with that, in the tech industry's all too eager efforts to be of assistance, monitoring of blood…
  • ‘Star Wars’ as a Grindhouse Trailer

    Fri 2:56pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Ever sat around thinking about what Star Wars would be like if it had been a 70's grindhouse flick? Who hasn't, right? Well, now you can see for yourself, thanks to Mashable. They cut a trailer from Star Wars footage, added some horrific sound effects and an…
  • The iPad Pro and Apple Pencil Giveaway

    Fri 2:29pm By Bryan Chaffin
    I'm delighted to announce the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil Giveaway. It's for a 32GB iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil, and all you have to do to enter is register to receive our deal emails. It's that simple, so get on it! And good luck.
  • Apple to Supreme Court: You can Skip Samsung’s Patent Appeal

    Fri 1:26pm By Jeff Gamet
    Apple doesn't think the U.S. Supreme Court needs to hear Samsung's appeal in their patent infringement fight, and said as much in documents filed on Thursday. Samsung is hoping to get the court to overturn a ruling that says it infringed on several Apple-owned…
  • TMO Daily Observations 2016-02-05: Streaming the Super Bowl, Time Machine’s Failure

    Fri 1:16pm By Jeff Gamet
    CBS is making it easy-and free-for anyone to watch the Super Bowl without needing a cable TV subscription or antenna. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about streaming the big game through the CBS Sports app for the iPhone, iPad, and…
  • Want to Watch the Super Bowl on Your iPad for Free? There’s an App for That

    Fri 10:57am By Jeff Gamet
    If you're a cord cutter who wants to watch the Super Bowl this Sunday, but don't feel like connecting an antenna to your TV just to watch a football game, there's an app for you. Even better, it's free, and so is watching the big commercial-fest on your…
  • Final Cut Pro X Adds 4K Video Export for Apple Devices

    Fri 9:33am By Jeff Gamet
    Apple rolled out an update for Final Cut Pro X on late on Thursday that finally adds a 4K export option for the company's devices with UHD support. The 10.2.3 update also adds sharing support for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, iPad Pro, and fourth generation Apple…
  • iOS: That Stupid [Bleep] Siri and Its [Bleep] Nicknames

    Fri 8:55am By Melissa Holt
    If you're one of those people who has Siri calling you "your highness" or "Captain Magnificent" rather than your first name, then boy, are you going to love this tip. A Reddit user found a way to bleep out Siri, so you can have Apple's voice assistant call you…
  • Apple to Accept Some Cracked Screens in iPhone Trade-in Program and Install Screen Protectors

    Thu 10:20pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Apple will begin accepting some iPhones with cracked screens in an expansion tot he company's iPhone trade-in program. Online reports say Apple will also begin offering in-store installation of screen protectors.The Mac Observer Spin: Neither change is going…
  • Tim Cook Says iPad Will Return to Growth, iPhone will Grow, Apple TV has ‘Bright Future’

    Thu 9:38pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Apple CEO Tim Cook and COO Jeff Williams told Apple employees on Thursday that its iPad product line will return to growth by the end of 2016. According to 9to5Mac, the two executives participated in a town hall meeting with Apple employees. In addition to the…
  • Great View of 5th Ave. Apple Store Cube

    Thu 8:52pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Instagram user @krissyhotdogs has taken another great photo of the 5th Ave. Apple Store Cube. I've been following her on Instagram for years (she's a great photographer), and every once in a while she offers us a great view of this astounding glass entrance.…
  • Apple Overtakes Google/Alphabet as Most Valuable Company

    Thu 8:17pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Apple retook the title of world's most valuable company, a title briefly lost to Alphabet-the holding company that owns Google-earlier in the week. At the market's close on Thursday, Apple's market cap stood at $534.4 billion, while Alphabet's rose to…
  • Why Apple’s Time Machine Utterly Fails User Needs

    Thu 5:30pm By John Martellaro
    Apple's Time Machine backup system was born in a time when Apple realized that customers weren't routinely backing up their Macs. So a simple, stopgap system, with some novel features, was devised for the novice user. Unfortunately, over the years, the app…
  • Pay What You Want: Leawo Media-Pro Mac Bundle

    Thu 5:17pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Check out the Leawo Media-Pro Mac Bundle, a collection of five Mac apps to help you manage your media. Clean up your song files, rip DVDs, convert DVDs, and more. This is one of our pay-what-you-want deals, too. Pay anything, and you'll get Music Recorder for…
  • TMO Daily Observations 2016-02-04: Apple’s Hacker Hires, Foxconn Buys Sharp

    Thu 2:45pm By Jeff Gamet
    Apple bought the security research company behind the Thunderstrike 2 Mac exploit. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's commitment to software and hardware security, and how putting the people who find exploits on its payroll…
  • Sharp Ready for Foxconn Buyout

    Thu 2:35pm By Jeff Gamet
    Sharp is about to have a new owner, and instead of Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, it's going to be Foxconn-the same company that builds iPhones for Apple. Taiwan-based Foxconn's US$5.3 billion bid was about double what INCJ was offering, and seems to…
  • Apple Pay Now in 2 Million Retailers

    Thu 9:23am By Jeff Gamet
    The number of retailers accepting Apple Pay is still climbing and has hit the 2 million mark. Au Bon Pain, Chick-fil-A, Create & Barrel, and Zappos are among the latest to get on board with Apple's wireless mobile payment system, and more are on the way.The…
  • VirnetX Scores $625 Million from Apple for Patent Infringement

    Wed 9:36pm By Bryan Chaffin
    VirnetX chalked up legal another victory Wednesday with a $625 million prize. The company won the award in a patent infringement trial against Apple Inc. covering four patents.
  • A Perfect Game of Snake (Video)

    Wed 8:39pm By Bryan Chaffin
    A perfect game of Snake? Turns out such a thing exists, as pointed out by Kyle Hill, science editor for @Nerdist Industries. Just watch. It's very cool. (I called it a video int he title, but it's actually an animated GIF.)…
  • How to Save and Autofill Arbitrary Online Forms with 1Password

    Wed 7:50pm By Jochen Wolters
    Modern web browsers can save usernames and passwords for online logins. Most of them also support "auto-fill" for data like contacts or credit cards. But what do you do if you regularly have to fill out complex online forms that contain arbitrary text fields,…
  • The Beatles Performing ‘Two of Us’ Video

    Wed 6:34pm By Bryan Chaffin
    On Tuesday I wrote about Bill gates choosing the song "Two of Us" by The Beatles as symbolic of his relationship with Steve Jobs-something Mr. Jobs himself suggested in a joint interview the two gave. That sparked a friend of mine to point me to this…
  • ACM 344: Spying through the Internet of Things and Apple’s Wireless Charging Plans

    Wed 6:11pm By Bryan Chaffin & Jeff Gamet
    Bryan and Jeff go deep in this episode of the Apple Context Machine on surveillance, whether or not the government is "Going Dark" due to encryption, and security, of the lack thereof, in the Internet of Things. They also talk about Apple's reported plans for…
  • Lynktec ReelJuice Portable USB Battery is Unique: Capable, Flexible & Includes a Take Up Reel

    Wed 5:30pm By John Martellaro
    There are many ho-hum and many good portable battery chargers for our iDevices. Most are just little boxes with a battery, LED lights and USB ports. However, the new Lynktec (5,300 or 8,000 mAh) charger has a multitude of thoughtful features, expansion options…
  • MacTech Pro Dates Announced, Plus TMO Discount

    Wed 3:19pm By Jeff Gamet
    MacTech Pro 2016 is ramping up for its tour around the United States with events in seven cities. The one-day training events are always a hit with the professional Apple support crowd, and The Mac Observer has a special discount you can use through Friday,…
  • Python Programming Bootcamp: $39

    Wed 2:44pm By Bryan Chaffin
    Check out the Python Programming Bootcamp, a collection of six tutorials designed to teach you Python. All told it has more than 54 hours of content with hundreds of lectures. The courses range from the basics to building apps to machine learning, and more.…
  • Living with an iPad Pro

    Wed 2:40pm By Bob LeVitus
    As Dr. Mac told you last week, he's been testing a 128GB iPad Pro with a new Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard and while it wonât replace his laptop, it has quickly become his iPad of choice for a variety of reasons (which you'll only discover if you read Dr.…
  • TMO Daily Observations 2016-02-03: Apple’s Proximity Sensor Tech, Fitness Tracker Security

    Wed 1:10pm By Jeff Gamet
    Apple has a patent for no-touch proximity-based gesture sensing, which sounds pretty impressive, and it could find its way into our iPhones and Macs. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about how they'd like to see this technology used,…