ACM 317: T-Mobile’s Crazy iPhone Deal, Fitness Tracking Accuracy, Listener Comments

11 hours, 36 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet & Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Podcast

T-Mobile is shaking up the mobile phone contract market again with a really great deal for potential customers looking for a new iPhone. Jeff and Bryan dive into why T-Mobile's JUMP! On Demand plan is so cool for its customers, and could lead to better deals at Verizon and AT&T, too. They also talk about why they like fitness trackers even though they have accuracy issues, and they respond to listener comments.

iFixit Pro Tech Screwdriver Set and Jimmy Bundle: $59.95

7:25 PM EDT, Jul. 29th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

iFixit Pro Tech Screwdriver Set and Jimmy Tool

I love iFixit's tool sets, so I'm pleased as punch to tell you we have a deal on one a bundle of iFixit tools for you. The first part of the bundle is the iFixit Pro Tech Screwdriver set. It has 15 fixed-bladed screwdrivers with those specialty heads for getting into your electronics (note that opening many Apple devices will void your warranty). It comes with a tool roll that lets you fold them up into a compact bundle. The second part is the iFixit Jimmy, a device with an ultra-thin blade for prying open cases and breaking seals (note my caution above). Retail on these two products is $100, but through our deal you can get it for $59.95. Check it out.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-07-29: Fitness Tracker Accuracy, Logitech’s new Mouse

12:58 PM EDT, Jul. 29th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Nike's FuelBand lawsuit settlement serves as a reminder that fitness trackers aren't necessarily accurate. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on fitness tracker data, what works for them, and why you shouldn't give up on using yours. John also fills us in on why he likes Logitech's MX Anywhere 2 mouse.

Photoshop CS6 Stragglers Out of Luck for Camera Raw Updates

10:15 AM EDT, Jul. 29th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Adobe leaves Photoshop CS6 behind with last Camera Raw update

It's no secret that Adobe left its Creative Suite 6 apps behind when it moved to Creative Cloud and annual software licenses, and if you've been holding out hope for extended support for the old versions of Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, get ready for the bad news. Adobe says Camera Raw 9.1.1 will be the last version released that still offers Photoshop CS6 support. For people using Adobe's apps professionally, this is another reminder that Creative Suite 6 is now a relic and it's time to let it go.

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Dropping Camera Raw updates for Photoshop CS6 is yet another sign from Adobe they really want everyone to move to Creative Cloud. The fact that they offered CS6 ACR updates for this long is pretty amazing.

iOS: Deleting Siri’s Training Data

8:55 AM EDT, Jul. 29th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Reset Siri in iOS 8

If you're getting frustrated with Siri's inability to understand your commands, then you might want to try resetting the service on your iOS device. Siri learns how to better interpret your voice the more you use it, but if that training has gotten messed up (by, say, your kids playing around with your phone), then that could cause problems. We'll tell you how to wipe Siri clean in today's Quick Tip.

CoMacadore Plus - Mac OS 6.0.1 Running on an Amiga 500

7:10 PM EDT, Jul. 28th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Old timers might remember Mac vs. PC flame wars, but in my experience they paled in ferocity to discussions between Amiga fans and Mac fans. But lo! There will be peace in our time, or at least a little hardware-based emulation. Reddit and imgur user wowbobwow got Mac OS 6.0.1 running on an Amiga 500. He did it using a product called A-Max that allowed the user to frankenstein Mac ROM chips and hook them up directly to the Amiga. That bit of geekerism then allowed the Amiga to execute Mac code directly on the Motorola 68000 (68K) processor in the Amiga—the same CPU in Macs of that day. Check out the photos on imgur—it's super cool.

Your Fitness Tracker May be Wrong, but that Doesn’t Make it Bad

6:11 PM EDT, Jul. 28th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Nike FuelBand with coins. Nike FuelBand settlement value is in education, not money.

Nike has agreed to pay out US$2.4 million to settle a lawsuit where it and Apple were accused of misleading consumers into believing the Nike FuelBand logged accurate fitness tracking data. The pain point in the settlement isn't the money; instead, it's the fact that most fitness trackers simply aren't accurate.

The Surreal Selfie Stick (Video)

5:55 PM EDT, Jul. 28th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Remember that super awesome image we thought was a pano shot while rolling down a hill? Turns out it was taken by Randy Scott Slavin, a New York City-based director and photographer. The original image was stitched together from many images, and is part of a series called Alternate Perspectives 1 and Alternate Perspectives 2. Mr. Slavin also created what he calls the Surreal Selfie Stick, a 360 degree array of GoPro cameras for making videos, and it is just as cool as his photography. He's using the device for a project, but posted a demonstration to YouTube that you should check out. Note that you can't see the Surreal Selfie Stick in the video, but you can sometimes see its shadow.

Logitech’s MX Anywhere 2 Mouse is a Joy to Use

5:30 PM EDT, Jul. 28th, 2015 · John Martellaro · In-Depth Review

The Logitech MX Anywhere 2 wireless mobile mouse is designed especially for mobile OS X and Windows users, and that means tracking on just about any surface, including glass. Notable is that it can be used with Bluetooth or a USB dongle. The scrolling capabilities make it a killer product. Features and feel are top notch. It's the best mouse John Martellaro has ever used.
 

Pay What You Want for the Game Developer Bundle

4:57 PM EDT, Jul. 28th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Game Developer Course Bundle

We have a new developer bundle for you called Game Developer Bundle. Even better, it's a pay-what-you-want deal. Pay anything—as little as a penny—and you get the Game Development for Non-Coders' 5-Course Bundle. If you beat the average price, which is just $6.22 as of this writing, you'll get the Unity 3D Game Development & Design 4-Course Bundle and HTML5 App & Game Development 6-Course Bundle.  10 percent of your purchase price will be donated to Creative Commons, a worthy project. And if you make the Top Ten at any point, you get five entries into the Samsung 50-Inch 4K TV & Media Device Giveaway. Good luck!

Apple Targets Fitness, Travel, Music Apps in New Apple Watch Ads

9:31 AM EDT, Jul. 28th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Watch fitness apps commercial

Apple took the lid off three new Apple Watch ads on Tuesday that highlight fitness, travel, and music apps instead of the more personal feel of earlier commercials. The 15 second spots offer a fast paced look at the types of apps available for the smart watch and introduce a new tag line: Apps at a tap.

Google Plus + Google Agenda = Facebook Win

10:00 PM EDT, Jul. 27th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · The Back Page

Google Branded Baloney

Google announced it was scaling back on Google Plus, showing you can't build a social networking service on top of a corporate agenda. Despite all of its many advantages, Google hasn't been able to make a dent in Facebook's dominance of this market.

LOL Look Back at 2012: Apple Death Knell #60, Microsoft Will Beat Apple (& Google)

6:35 PM EDT, Jul. 27th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Link

Apple Death Knell Bell #60

I was doing some research today when I ran across this gem from 2012, where Charles Sizemore told us from the pages of Forbes magazine that "Microsoft Will Beat Apple." That's right, he said that Steve Jobs's "pigheadedness" on maintaining "a closed ecosystem" and insisting "on making its own hardware and software" would result in Microsoft dominating mobile. Well, it's 2015, and how are those predictions working out?

Free Dual-Display Wallpaper for Your Macs

4:11 PM EDT, Jul. 27th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

The perfect two-display Mac setup needs the perfect wallpaper. Details. It's all about the details, right? Twelve South is offering up free wallpaper images designed to go side by side on two Macs. (They're using the freebies to promote a 12 percent discount on their stands.) You can see larger versions of the images at the company's site, or download them in versions designed for eight different Mac screen resolutions.