$100 Off Apple Watch, $125 Off 128GB iPad Air 2, Today Only

2 hours, 58 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

The early Black Friday deals are stacking up fast, and Best Buy is running a doozy for Apple Watch and iPad. Today only—and online only—you can get $50 off Apple Watch Sport, $100 off Apple Watch, $100 off a 64GB iPad Air 2, and $125 off a 128GB iPad Air 2. In each case you have to enter a coupon code at checkout to get the discount, and the offers only extend to what they have in stock. The coupon codes are listed below the product they are good for, as shown in the image below, and the deal ends at 11:59 PM CST (that's CENTRAL time zone) Tuesday, November 24th (that's tonight). [Via MacRumors]

HyperDrive MacBook Storage Expander: $19.95

3 hours, 13 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

HyperDrive MacBook Storage Expander

The HyperDrive MacBook Storage Expander is a clever device. It's an adaptor card that let's you use any microSD, microSDHC, or microSDXC (including 512GB) memory card in your MacBook's Flash memory reader. And it does so sitting flush to the outer edge of your MacBook. We have a deal on one today for $19.95, one third off the regular price. Check the deal listing for more info.

Hewlett-Packard’s Z27s is a 27-inch 4K Display for Your Mac Without the 4K Price

6 hours, 18 minutes ago · John Martellaro · In-Depth Review

Review: HP Z27s 4K Display

The Hewlett-Packard Z27s is a 27-inch, 4K Ultra High Definition display suitable for use with any modern PC or Macintosh. The IPS, anti-reflection display is flat, bright and the multiple mechanical adjustments as well as multiple inputs are superb. John Martellaro connected one to his Mac Pro and spent several months with this display. Here is his review in detail. 

Dell Fails Security 101 with eDellRoot Certificate Flaw

10 hours, 5 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Oops! Dell's PCs are open to phishing attacks.

Dell learned the hard way that creating your own security certificates can have unintended consequences, like opening major security holes on user's PCs. That's exactly what happened when Dell started including its own root certificate on new computers and opened the door for attackers to create their own valid certificates for webpages.

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Dude, you bought a Dell open phishing box.

Apple Targets February for China Apple Pay Launch

11 hours, 47 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Pay could launch in China this February

Apple Pay, meet China. China, meet Apple Pay. Apple's mobile payment system is coming to China in February 2016 with the backing of the country's four big banks—or so say insider sources.

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Apple Pay may be popular, but the current user base is nothing compared to the potential China brings to the platform. Once launched, Apple Pay use in China could dwarf usage everywhere else in the world.

iOS 9: Control Siri’s Sounds

8:50 AM EST, Nov. 24th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

How to make Siri silent when you mute your iPhone

There's a way under iOS that you can actually mute Siri using the switch on the side of your device, so if you're easily embarrassed by Apple's voice assistant shouting at you in public, we've got you covered. Now all you'll have to do is remember to mute the darned thing when necessary! We may not be able to help you with that.

60% Off Stock Vaja Cases for iPhone, iPad

8:30 PM EST, Nov. 23rd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

'Tis the season for sales, and Vaja Cases is running a doozy. I'm a huge fan of their leather cases, but they aren't cheap. Except this week. For Black Friday, Vaja is offering stock cases for 60 percent off using coupon code BF. Look for the cases that are labeled "In Stock." The image below is of the "Grip" case, which retails for $90. With 60 percent off, that's $36. Try and beat that with a stick, because these cases are handmade from Italian leather. Anyhoo, it's coupon code BF without the quotes, and it's good through November 30th, 2015. Have yourselves a time.

5 iPhone Apps to Make Your Holiday Events Easier

6:30 PM EST, Nov. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Your iPhone can help cut holiday stress with the right apps

Our iPhones can be an invaluable resource during the holidays and with Thanksgiving only a few days away it's time to put them to work making our lives easier and less stressful. We can use our iPhones to make our holiday meals even more special, mix up the perfect cocktail, play group games, and let everyone share in the good memories we're making. The Mac Observer's Jeff Gamet put together a list of some of his favorite apps to help you out. The only thing missing is the perfect dairy-free gingerbread recipe to make him happy.

SKEYE Hexa Drone: $45

4:06 PM EST, Nov. 23rd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

SKEYE Hexa Drone

We're ramping up for the holiday season here at TMO, and that includes great toys in our deals. Like the SKEYE Hexa Drone. This is a fun little drone with six blades, hence the name Hexa Drone. Through our deal, you can get it for $45.99—but, you can also get an additional 15 percent off all drones being offered through our deals. Just use coupon code DRONE15 at checkout.

The ‘New’ Mac Pro Is a Failure

3:10 PM EST, Nov. 23rd, 2015 · John Kheit · The Devil's Advocate

Mac Pro Mess

John Kheit thinks Apple's "new" Mac Pro is a joke, and it's not just because calling a, once again, forgotten and near abandoned 2013 model 'new' in late 2015 is the kind of air-quote irony loved by techno hipsters. He thinks Apple screwed the pooch and needs to fix it.

TMO Background Mode: Interview with Parallels’ John Uppendahl

2:45 PM EST, Nov. 23rd, 2015 · John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Background Mode Podcast

John Uppendahl is the vice president of communications for Parallels, the company that's famous for its virtual machine software for the Mac—called Parallels Desktop. I chat with John about what this product does, its evolution, the different uses by customers, how it has enabled five million customers to have the Mac they want yet launch and use Windows apps completely transparently. Or even multiple different copies of OS X. John Uppendahl also talks about the ever growing solutions that a virtual machine system provides, including the brilliant Parallels Access iPad app that "applifies," with native touch gestures, an interface to a Mac running apps in another operating system. You'll enjoy the infections enthusiasm of this interview.

Court Clears Apple of Infringing on Pendrell Anti-piracy Patents

9:31 AM EST, Nov. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Texas court says Apple didn't infringe on Pendrell's anti-piracy patents

Pendrell, the company that owns ContentGuard Holdings, took it on the chin last Friday when a Texas court ruled Apple didn't infringe on its anti-piracy patents. The ruling didn't come as a big surprise considering the same court shot down the company's cases against Google and Samsung in September.

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Maybe Pendrell should consider a different business model considering how it's recent patent infringement lawsuits have turned out.

MGG 580: The Magic of Instant On

12:25 PM EST, Nov. 22nd, 2015 · John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mac Geek Gab Podcast

John and Dave take you through managing your media perfectly for your new – and old – Apple TV, including using a NAS to store it all if you like. Then it's some tips about speeding up Time Machine, speeding up App Store downloads, converting movies and sound issues. Pepper in some additional questions and listener Cool Stuff Found and you've got a full show!