iOS 8: Changing Safari’s Default Search Provider to DuckDuckGo

3 hours, 6 minutes ago · Michael Johnston · TMO Quick Tip

As much as I love Google's ability to find exactly what I want, I've grown concerned about the amount of data they collect from my searches. You've probably experienced that lovely phenomenon of casually searching for a product and then seeing ads for that same product all over the 'net. Luckily for those concerned about such things, there's DuckDuckGo, a search engine that makes privacy its number one concern. Even more luckily, Apple's added it to iOS 8's list of search providers.

First iPhone 6 Sold in Perth Dropped by Kid During TV Interview

7 hours, 1 minute ago · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

The young man who bought the first iPhone 6 in Perth, Australia—where the iPhone 6 has already gone on sale—dropped it during a local TV news interview. The reporter got him to open the box for the cameras, but when he did, the iPhone slipped out and followed the gravity train straight down onto the concrete. There are no details—yet—on what exactly happened to the device, but the young man is seen picking at the screen before the cameras stop. Holy smokes, but do I feel for this kid. If it broke, I hope Apple replaces it for him, if the retail store didn't already do it on the spot. [Via Macworld tweet.]

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Dragon Dictate for Mac 4: $99.95

11 hours, 24 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Dragon Dictate for Mac 4: $99.95

The commercials are annoying, but the product is great: Nuance's Dragon Dictate for Mac, version 4. This voice recognition software allows you to transcribe, write, and edit on your Mac with your voice. You know it's good, because Apple licenses the underlying technology for Siri. Dragon Dictate for Mac 4 works with most Mac apps, and it works with both Mountain Lion and Mavericks. it's regularly $199.99, but through our deal, you can get it for half that, $99.99. That's a solid deal, but you only have give days.

iOS 8 In-Depth Review: Apple Opens Mobile OS to Developers, You Win

6:00 PM EDT, Sep. 18th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · In-Depth Review

Apple laid the groundwork for the future of its iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch operating system last year with iOS 7, and now the company is building on that foundation with the launch of iOS 8. Instead of shocking us with a new look that shuns the old skeuomorphic feel -- that happened last year -- Apple is giving us tighter integration between our mobile gear and our Macs, and making features we're already familiar with more useful. Apple promised lots of great new features, but many of those won't be available until next month. Is there enough today to justify making the jump to iOS 8, or should you follow Apple's lead and wait until October, too? Read on to find out if iOS 8 is ready to meet your needs today.

5th Ave Apple Store iPhone 6 Campout Stretches 3 Blocks

5:09 PM EDT, Sep. 18th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

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The line of people camping out overnight at the 5th Ave. Apple Store in Manhattan for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus now has hundreds of people and stretches three long New York City blocks. The line is so long, it crosses the street—twice—as shown in the video below.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-18

1:47 PM EDT, Sep. 18th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple released iOS 8 yesterday and it comes with lots of great features and a few problems. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro and join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's decision to pull HealthKit apps from the App Store, features they like and what's annoying, plus Kelly offer up a quick iOS 8 tip, too.

Analyst: iPhone 6 Launch Weekend Sales to Fall Short, No Big Deal

11:11 AM EDT, Sep. 18th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Following its record breaking iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-order launch Apple has been expected to sell around 10 million smartphones during this weekend's in-store rollout, but Bernstein Research's Toni Sacconaghi thinks the company will fall short of that number. Instead of calling doom and gloom, Mr. Sacconaghi thinks that won't be any big deal because launch weekend sales are more about inventory availability than demand.

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Tony Sacconaghi may think it isn't any big deal if iPhone 6 launch weekend sales don't hit the 10 million unit mark, but it's a safe bet other analysts and the media will skewer Apple and say the company -- or at least the iPhone -- is doomed.

iOS 8: Taking Full Advantage of Interactive Notifications

10:04 AM EDT, Sep. 18th, 2014 · Michael Johnston · TMO Quick Tip

One of iOS 8's most talked about features is Interactive Notifications. Now when a notification banner or alert appears, a response can be sent off without leaving the current app or unlocking the device. This works right out of the box with Messages and soon with many other apps as developers push updates for iOS 8. How to take advantage of this new feature is fairly intuitive, however it took a bit of experimentation to fully understand how they work.

Apple TV Gets Beats Channel, Family Sharing

9:22 AM EDT, Sep. 18th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Apple released an update for the second and third generation Apple TV on Wednesday with a new Beats Music channel and support for iOS 8's Family Sharing feature. The update also replaced some icons with versions that better match the flat style introduced in iOS 7 and carried on in iOS 8.

iOS 8: See What’s Eating Your Battery

8:42 AM EDT, Sep. 18th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

For today's article, Melissa Holt will cover the new iOS 8 feature that'll interpret how your battery is being used to help you address any potential problems. Why, your fancy device will now even make suggestions about what you can do to improve battery life! Come on in and read all about it in this Quick Tip.