Dolby VP Mike Rockwell Jumps Ship for Apple

1 hour, 8 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple has yet another new executive on its payroll, and this time it's Dolby executive vice president Mike Rockwell. He joined Apple in February as a hardware division executive, and his background makes him a good for new audio and display technologies.

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Bringing a Dolby executive on board is interesting, especially one that was in charge of the company's Advanced Technology Group.

Google Maps Brings Pac-Man to Your Neighborhood

2 hours, 19 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Google may have stumbled with Google Glass, but the Internet search giant has a clear hit on its hands with the new Google Maps Pac-Man. Just choose a location in Google Maps on your computer, then click the Pac-Man button to turn the streets into a full-on Pac-Man maze, complete with Pinky, Blinky, Inky, and Clyde. You can play in specific cities on your iPhone, too, although you'll need to work through some clues to figure out where. Yes, it's April 1, but Google Maps Pac-Man is no joke. It really is all that and a bag of power pellets.

Game of War: How to Play and Win a Casino Event

7:54 PM EDT, Mar. 31st, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · How-To

Game of War: How to Play and Win a Casino Event

Game of War—the mobile-only MMO (massively multiplayer online game) for iOS and Android—features a number of "Events" that are key to leveling your empire and growing your army. One of the most important is the Casino Event, both the Solo version and the Inferno Solo version. Completed properly, these events are the single most profitable events in the game, but you have to do them right. Bryan Chaffin shows you how.

Jeff’s Comprehensive Mac Backup Guide

5:46 PM EDT, Mar. 31st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Today is World Backup Day, which is great, but for me every day is backup day. I hate to lose files. I hate that so much that I have backup systems for my backups. No kidding. I'm kind of out of control.

Add Up to 128GB of Storage to Your Macbook With The Nifty Drive: $32.99

5:20 PM EDT, Mar. 31st, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Add Up to 128GB of Storage to Your Macbook With The Nifty Drive: $32.99

The Nifty MiniDrive is just that, nifty. It's a MicroSD memory card designed to sit flush against your 13-inch MacBook Air in the SD card slot. No protrusions, no sticking-out-the-side. It comes with a 4GB card for $32.99 in our deal, which is 17 percent off retail. You can sub out that card with your own for up to 128GB of storage, a significant expansion to your MacBook Air's total storage. There's a video on the deal page showing you how it works. Check it out.

Amazon Wants to Turn You Home into a Web Store with Dash Buttons

11:55 AM EDT, Mar. 31st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Amazon is bringing One Click purchasing out of your computer and in to your home, in a manner of speaking. It's new Amazon Dash aims to make it easier to buy online by simply pressing a button to place an order for whatever you're nearly out of.

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Amazon has found a way to turn our homes into an instant shopping service with its new Amazon Dash buttons. It's a clever idea, but how long will it be before our walls look like a Nascar driver's jacket?

Adonit, Evernote Intro Higher Precision Jot Script 2 iPad Stylus

11:05 AM EDT, Mar. 31st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Adonit and Evernote introduced the new Jot Script 2 Evernote Edition pressure sensitive stylus on Tuesday with improved precision and a built-in rechargeable battery that lasts through up to 20 hours of use. The new stylus also includes six months of Evernote Premium, and better support for Evernote's Penultimate app for the iPad.

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Fine-point iPad styluses are tricky to get right. The original Jot Script was really good, so seeing an improved version come out is a welcome surprise.

Facebook is Tracking You Even if You Don’t Have an Account

9:14 AM EDT, Mar. 31st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Facebook knows what you're up to online even if you don't have an account with the social networking service. Facebook users who're logged out of their account are tracked, as is anyone who visits a website that uses a Facebook social plug-in, and that may land the company in hot water because the practice runs afoul of European Union laws.

Apple Retail Expands Trade-Ins to Non-Apple Phones

8:40 PM EDT, Mar. 30th, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · News

A Green Apple

Apple has expanded its in-store trade-in program to include non-Apple smartphones. That trade-in program will now accept even that lame Android device you weren't able to give away to your friends and family.

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People are already switching from Android to iOS in impressive numbers, this is just another way for Apple to pave the road to iOS.

ifoAppleStore Calls it Quits, ‘My Work Is Done’

7:13 PM EDT, Mar. 30th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

ifoAppleStore's Gary Allen announced over the weekend that he was calling it quits on regular coverage of Apple's fleet of retail stores. In an announcement titled "My Work Is Done," Mr. Allen said that when he started, there was little detailed coverage of Apple Stores, but that now, even mainstream coverage on Apple's retail goings on is extensive.

Tesla Will Announce New Product Line April 30th - Not a Car

6:01 PM EDT, Mar. 30th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Tesla Battery

Tesla announced Monday that it will unveil a new product on April 30th. CEO Elon Musk tweeted that his company would unveil a new product line at 8:00 PM PDT at the Tesla Design Studio in Hawthorne, California. He made the point of stressing that it wasn't a car, and speculation is that it will be a stationary battery storage system.

What to Expect from the Core M Processor in the New MacBook

5:45 PM EDT, Mar. 30th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Analysis

Apple's new MacBook, to be released on April 10, is compact, low in weight, and full of new features. But will that low power Core M processor have enough computing punch for most users? John Martellaro takes a first, high-level look at the Core M processor and how it compares to other Apple notebooks, new and old.

Last Chance To Save 77% On The Wireless Bluetooth Cloud Buds

4:12 PM EDT, Mar. 30th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Last Chance To Save 77% On The Wireless Bluetooth Cloud Buds

Check out the Wireless Bluetooth Cloud Buds, ear buds designed for working out, running on a treadmill, or cooking dinner when you don't want to be attached to your device. They form a seal for blocking outside noise, and they are designed so that they won't tangle. These retail for $109, but through our deal you can get them for $24.99, a 77 percent discount. The deal ends in a few days, though, so grab them if you want them.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-30: Tim Cook and Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act Law

1:38 PM EDT, Mar. 30th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple CEO Tim Cook is speaking out against Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act and against other laws that support discrimination. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about Mr. Cook's public position and businesses speaking out against discrimination, plus they offer up their thoughts on word that Apple Watch purchases will require a reservation.