Facebook Forces iPhone Users To Separate Messaging App

6 hours, 51 minutes ago · Kelly Guimont · Product News

Facebook

Facebook is disabling messaging entirely in the iPhone and Android apps, forcing users who wish to use the feature to download  a separate app.

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I regularly consider deleting the Facebook app already, and now I'm supposed to have two!? I'll pass.

‘Another One Bites The Dust’ Played Using Disk Drives

9 hours, 43 minutes ago · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

Check out the latest from Arganalth, a musician who uses the noises made by hard drives and floppy drives to make music. Watching videos like "Misirlou" is hypnotic as the drive heads slip back and forth making noise, so they're fun to see as well as hear. His latest one is "Another One Bites The Dust," by Queen. While all of the videos are impressive, this is a standout among them. Enjoy it below [Via Macgasm]:

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Lord & Taylor, Hudson’s Bay Company Deploy iBeacons in Stores

10 hours, 42 minutes ago · Kelly Guimont · News

Department stores Lord & Taylor and Hudson's Bay Company began rolling out iBeacons in a number of locations as of Monday. These iBeacons are implemented by Swirl, a company which develops mobile marketing solutions.

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This could be neato, this could be horrible. Difficult to say.

The Mac Mastery Training Bundle: $29

11 hours, 21 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

The Mac Mastery Training Bundle: $29

We have a great bundle of training videos for you designed to you master your Mac. It has eight individual course, including:

  • Mac Clarity - Master Your Mac
  • Productivity For Mac Users
  • One On One Apple Personal Training
  • Mastering Keynote Presentations
  • Become a Rocker With GarageBand
  • Clean & Organize Your Mac In Under 2 Hours
  • iPhoto For Beginners
  • Basics Of Using A Mac

That's hundreds of lectures and more than 30 hours of video training. Individually, these training courses are $408, but through our deal you can get them for $29.

Hilton to Turn Your iPhone into Your Hotel Room Key

4:39 PM EDT, Jul. 28th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Your iPhone is already an iPod, a phone, and an Internet connection device, and soon it'll be your room key at Hilton hotels. The company is launching a new service where iPhone owners can choose their room and check in, and next year they'll be able to use their smartphone as a room key, too.

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Remote room selection and check-in, plus the ability to use my iPhone as a room key? This is going to be awesome at trade shows and conferences -- assuming you can get an Internet connection.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-28

2:02 PM EDT, Jul. 28th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple just bought BookLight and is in the process of buying Swell. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about what Apple's latest media acquisitions mean for the ebook, news and podcasting world, as well as end users. Plus, bonus oblique Joss Whedon and Space Ghost references.

Apple Ready to Buy Swell Talk Show App in $30M Deal

10:55 AM EDT, Jul. 28th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

The radio news talk show listening app Swell is about to be snapped up by Apple in a US$30 million deal. Swell is known for its ability to build custom news playlists with content from sources such NPR, BBC, and ABC and play back that content through its iPhone app.

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First Apple buys BookLamp, and now it's about to close a deal with Swell. Purchases like these sure make it look like Apple wants to find a better way for consumers to discover online content and books.

Report Claims Retina MacBook Pro Speed Bump Coming Tuesday

10:09 AM EDT, Jul. 28th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Rumor

Apple is reportedly planning on giving the Retina MacBook Pro a speed bump on Tuesday with updated Intel Haswell Core i7 processors. The new models will still be available in 13-inch and 15-inch models, and will all come with at least 16 GB RAM.

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Assuming the report about tomorrow's Retina MacBook Pro refresh is accurate, it's welcome even if it isn't dramatic.

EU Greenlights Apple’s Beats Acquisition

9:04 AM EDT, Jul. 28th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple made a big leap forward in its planned US$3 billion purchase of Beats Electronics and Beats Music when the European Commission announced on Monday that is has approved the deal. The Commission doesn't see a combined Apple and Beats as a serious threat to the headphone market, and said there are plenty of competitors who make substantially different products.

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With the EC's approval out of the way Apple is a step closer to closing its Beats purchase. Next stop: U.S. approval.