How-to Set Up Apple Pay

23 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · How-To

Apple Pay

Apple launched Apple Pay Monday, a service that allows iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners to conduct credit card transactions through NFC at participating retailers. Apple Pay was included in iOS 8.1, which was released to consumers earlier on Monday, and it's pretty easy to set up—if you know that it's in Passbook, that is. Here's how to get it going.

Spotify Announces Family Plans

5 hours, 19 minutes ago · Kelly Guimont · News

Spotify has announced Spotify Family, a way to add additional Spotify users to a single account and yet keep all the recommendations and playlists completely separate.

Apple To Release iOS 8.1 Update Today, Here’s How To Get Ready

7 hours, 9 minutes ago · Kelly Guimont · News

Apple has announced iOS 8.1 will be released Monday, presumably with the usual fixes for security and usability issues. Also part of this release will be Apple Pay, enabling iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners to wave their phones in stores and pay for things.

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I want to believe Apple is totally going to get this right, but I also didn't think Apple would get it so wrong as to remove the ability to make phone calls from your phone, so for now I'm sticking to my 24 hour rule and waiting to see how others do before upgrading myself.

Dropbox Releases iOS Update 3.5, Includes Touch ID

8 hours, 6 minutes ago · Kelly Guimont · News

Dropbox has released its latest iOS version, which now includes Touch ID as an alternate method of accessing Dropbox data.

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It's good to see Touch ID get more widespread use all the time, so this is a welcome update.

MGG 524: Cool Stuff Found & Yosemite Notes

11:54 AM EDT, Oct. 19th, 2014 · John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

John and Dave have been attending all sorts of press events lately, collecting and researching for Cool Stuff Found. That combined with everything sent in by you and fellow listeners makes for a pretty fun list! Plus, Yosemite went live this week and your geeks are here to get you started down the path, too!

Eek! How Did I Ever Live With an iPhone 5s?

5:50 PM EDT, Oct. 17th, 2014 · John Martellaro · Editorial

It didn't take long. Right after John Martellaro reviewed the Amazon Fire Phone, he knew that the 4.7-inch smartphone size would be perfect. So he bought an iPhone 6. Then, handling a hand-me-down iPhone 5s confirmed the diagnosis:  How did he ever use such a small iPhone?

Apple Posts Full Video for October Media Event

5:15 PM EDT, Oct. 17th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple posted the full video for its "It's Been Too Long" media event, which was held Thursday, October 16th.  The company announced iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iMac with Retina 5K display, new Mac mini models, launch dates for Apple Pay, the release of WatchKit SDK, and the release of OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.1. It has a running time of 1 hour, 19 minutes, and 8 seconds, and it's embedded below.

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The Dream Desk Giveaway

3:12 PM EDT, Oct. 17th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

The Dream Desk Giveaway

It's time for another giveaway through our friends at StackSocial. This one's called the Dream Desk Giveaway, and it includes a 27-inch Apple Thunderbolt Monitor, an Apple Wireless Keyboard, an Apple Magic Mouse, and an mStand by Rain Design. To register, just sign up for our TMO Deal emails—which you should do anyway—and boom! Wait for the winner to be announced in December.

An Ode To Chairman Honeycrisp

2:17 PM EDT, Oct. 17th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

Jonathan Mann releases a song a day on his YouTube channel. You may remember him from the iOS Autocomplete Song, and today we get a new tune from him about yesterday's Apple Event. Titled "Chairman Honeycrisp," Jonathan calls out some of the highlights of the day's event. We get code names, an autocorrect fail, and a catchy chorus for humming the rest of the day. He does this every day, so if you don't like this one, you can always try again tomorrow or browse the archives.

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TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-17

1:43 PM EDT, Oct. 17th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Twitpic is shutting its doors for good, and Apple has a fancy new SIM for the iPad Air 2. Kelly Guimont joins Jeff Gamet to talk about the demise of Twitpic's photo sharing service, and dive into what Apple's all-in-one SIM card means for iPad owners and cell service providers.

GigSky Is Apple SIM For Everyone

1:32 PM EDT, Oct. 17th, 2014 · Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

Included with the announcement of new iPads yesterday we saw Apple SIM, a multi-carrier-capable SIM card baked into the cellular models of the new devices allowing customer choice of data carriers. There are some limits, of course, mostly that carrier partners thus far only include three US carriers: AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. If you want to use overseas data partners or don't have a new iPad, well, you're out of luck with Apple SIM. GigSky, however, has been allowing this functionality for almost two years, providing a multi-carrier data SIM usable in over 100 different countries, included here in the USA. You simply launch their iOS app and buy whatever data you need right inside the app. In many countries your GigSky SIM will get you 10MB of free data, enough to get a quick glance at your email and, if necessary, buy more data. No more getting off the plane and having to hunt down a SIM. Just head straight to your hotel room and GigSky has you covered. GigSky SIMs cost just US$19.95, and a la carte data options begin at $10. Definitely worth checking out.

Apple’s New iPad Air 2 Available for Online Order

11:20 AM EDT, Oct. 17th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple promised the iPad Air 2 would be available for purchase on Friday after unveiling it at a special media event yesterday. The company kept its word and added the new tablet model to its store late Friday morning.

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You can buy a brand new iPad Air 2 now, but without a firm release date we won't see long lines outside Apple's retail stores like we have with previous iPhone and iPad launches.

Apple Drops Mac mini Server from Product Lineup

11:05 AM EDT, Oct. 17th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Goodbye, Mac mini server. Apple quietly discontinued the server-ready version of the Mac mini on Thursday as it rolled out updates for its other Mac mini models.

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The end of the server package isn't a big deal considering you can now buy a new Mac mini for even less and install the server software package through the Mac App Store.

GT Advanced Laying Off 727 Employees, Delisted on NASDAQ

10:32 AM EDT, Oct. 17th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

GT Advanced looks to be deep into its death spiral after its Chapter 11 Bankruptcy filing from earlier this month. GTAT is laying off 727 employees from the factory where it made sapphire glass for Apple, and has been delisted from the NASDAQ stock exchange.

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GTAT is in a world of hurt and it's looking less likely that investors will see a happy ending out of this.