Analyst: “Hey Siri” Media Event no Game Changer for AAPL

34 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Apple's Hey Siri media event may not be a big revenue boost

Apple will most likely show off new iPhone and iPad models, along with a new Apple TV, at its September 9 media event, but Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um thinks it may not live up to expectations. He sees a lack of a product line that brings in significant revenue like the iPhone as an issue, and that's not going to change next Wednesday.

Runtastic goes Analog with Moment Fitness Tracker Watch

2 hours, 7 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Runtastic is going analog with its new Moment fitness tracker. It looks like a traditional watch and tracks daily steps, calories, and sleep patterns, plus it's waterproof to 300 feet, syncs data with your iPhone, and has a six month battery life. It runs on a replaceable battery and uses standard watch straps so you can  customize your Moment's look, too. Runtastic's new fitness tracker starts at US$129 and is available in plastic or metal models. You cam pick one up at the Runtastic website.

iOS 9 Beta: Sharing and Saving Voicemails

3 hours, 19 minutes ago · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Share Voice Mail messages in iOS 9

We're getting ready for Apple's big event next week, but in the meantime, Melissa Holt's got a brand-new iOS 9 trick for us! In this Quick Tip, she's going to discuss her very favorite new feature, which is the ability to share voicemails with other people and save 'em out into other apps. 

Joy of Tech Comic Nails the Difference Between Cable Providers and Customers on Apple TV

10:05 PM EDT, Sep. 3rd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

This is so poignant, so spot on. So #totallynailedit. Nitrozac and Snaggy have made a new cartoon for The Joy of Tech called Apple TV: us and them! that utterly encapsulates the reality of the cable TV industry, Apple, and Apple customers, too. Not bad for two frames. Snaggy gave me permission to republish it, so check it out and tell me what you think.

Patriot Ready With a USB-C Flash Drive for Apple’s MacBook

6:15 PM EDT, Sep. 3rd, 2015 · John Martellaro · In-Depth Review

Patriot Stellar-C Flash Drive

The new Apple MacBook comes with with a USB-C port precluding the use of any USB-A Flash drive without an adapter. Patriot Memory has solved that problem by launching a dual port USB-C, USB-A, combo Flash drive in 32 and 64 GB sizes at good price points. It's called the Stellar-C. John Martellaro has been testing one and posts his review.

Apple Committed to ‘Cleaning Up’ Apple Music

5:20 PM EDT, Sep. 3rd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Apple Music Promo Image

Apple is working on "cleaning up certain things" about Apple Music, according to Oliver Schusser, vice president, iTunes International, for Apple. In an interview with The Guardian, Mr. Schusser said that Apple has been getting feedback from 110 markets around the world, and was focused on improving the Apple Music experience.

Retailer Screws Up, Shows Off HomeKit Compatible Hue Bridge Early

5:05 PM EDT, Sep. 3rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Philips Hue HomeKit compatible Bridge coming soon and it'll cost about $60

When Philips said its Hue smart lightbulb line would be HomeKit compatible the assumption was that we'd need some piece of new hardware to make that happen, and now we have confirmation thanks to a light retailer in the Netherlands who added the new Hue Bridge to its online store prematurely. The bad news is the HomeKit compatible Hue Bridge will cost about US$60, but the good news is you won't have to replace any of your bulbs.

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Spending extra cash to make your Hue lights HomeKit compatible does kind of suck, but it isn't like you have to replace all of your bulbs, too. So at least there's that.

Last Chance to Pay What You Want for the Mac Power User Bundle

3:10 PM EDT, Sep. 3rd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Mac Power User Bundle

The Mac Power User Bundle features ten apps designed to make your Mac more productive and useful. Pay anything, even a penny, and you get two of the apps. If you beat the average price, you get all ten. And if you hit the top ten at any point in the deal, you get five entries in our iPad Air 2 giveaway. But, this is the last chance to get it, as it expires in two days. Check out the details on the deal listing.

Apple TV Needs Universal Search

12:03 PM EDT, Sep. 3rd, 2015 · Dave Hamilton · Dave Hamilton's Blog

Dave Hamilton's Blog

Steve Jobs claimed to have "cracked the code" for creating a connected TV that doesn't suck back in 2011. Earlier this year TiVo introduced their answer to universal search called OnePass. Perhaps the latter gives us a glimpse into what the former will look like. Buzzfeed's John Paczkowski thinks so, and so do I.

Having Your Own Star Wars BB-8 Droid Really is That Cool

10:52 AM EDT, Sep. 3rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Even though Star Wars The Force Awakes isn't due in theaters until December 18 everyone wants to get their own BB-8 droid, and now you can. Sphero designed the little ball droid that rolls around in the next Star Wars movie, and now they have a smaller remote control version you can send zipping around your home or office. You control it with your iPhone or iPad, and can set it to patrol, explore, or play as it rolls around, and Sphero says BB-8's personality changes based on how you treat it. Sphero's BB-8 goes on sale on Friday, September 4 and will set you back US$150.

Judge Koh Slams Attorney Fees in Apple Anti-poaching Settlement

9:37 AM EDT, Sep. 3rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Judge Koh cut attorney fees in half in Apple's employee anti-poaching settlement

Judge Lucy Koh approved the US$415 million settlement Apple, Goole, Intel, and Adobe proposed in the anti-poaching lawsuit brought against them by Silicon Valley employees. She gave the deal a thumbs up on Wednesday, but with a twist that no doubt left the attorneys in the case disappointed: they're getting half as much money as they expected.

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Judge Koh must've felt Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein were really gouging the Silicon Valley workers they represented to cut what they're getting paid from $81 million down to $40 million.

Making the Case for the iPod Touch

4:40 PM EDT, Sep. 2nd, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · Editorial

iPod touch

While the iPhone continues to evolve, its counterpart, R2D2 the iPod touch, has fallen out of step. Kelly makes the case for why the iPod touch should not only stick around but get a little bit of the "updated iOS device" love that's going around. 

Dr. Mac Presents: Smart Option Key Tricks

4:25 PM EDT, Sep. 2nd, 2015 · Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants and Raves

File Menu Screenshot

Keyboard shortcuts save you time and effort; if you’re not already using them all the time, you’re missing out. And shortcuts that use the Command key aren’t the only game in town these days. So don't miss this episode, in which Dr. Mac exposes hidden Option-key shortcuts that can save your bacon (or at least save you a little time). 

A Lawn Chair, an Umbrella, and 54 Propellers

3:57 PM EDT, Sep. 2nd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Then there's that guy who built himself a manned-drone from a lawnchair, an umbrella, and 54 propellers. Smart? Pshaw. I can't imagine much that is less smart. Cool? Hell yeah! The dude can fly, or at least hover. That's not only cool, it's frakking genius. Who cares if it's life threatening and unstable?! And that name: The Swarm Manned Aerial Vehicle Multirotor Super Drone. As descriptive as it is grandiose. The inventor says it will lift 360 pounds. Add it all up and I call this a winner. Check it out (via Gizmodo):

AluPen Digital Fine-Point Stylus: $34.95

2:39 PM EDT, Sep. 2nd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

AluPen Digital Fine-Point Stylus

Today we have a deal on the AluPen Digital Fine-Point Stylus for your iOS device. It will work with Android devices, too, if that's your thing. It features a retractable tip, and doesn't require Bluetooth paring or a special app. This stylus retails for $50, but through our deal you can get it for $34.95.

Adonit’s Jot Dash: The Workhorse Stylus You’ve Been Waiting For

11:30 AM EDT, Sep. 2nd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · In-Depth Review

We've come a long way since Steve Jobs told us we already have ten styluses on our hands thanks to the creative efforts of many companies. Over time, iPad and iPhone styluses have become more complex, gained pressure sensitivity, and trimmed down the size of their tips. Adonit's latest addition to the stylus world is the Jot Dash and instead of moving us forward by adding in new features, it takes us a step in the right direction by taking some away.