Dr. Mac’s Guaranteed Gifts for Dads & Grads (Part I)

1 hour, 24 minutes ago · Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants and Raves

Every day Dr. Mac plays with interesting products for Macs and iDevices so he can tell you about the best of 'em. That's why June and December are his favorite months — that’s when he gets to tell you about cool products that make awesome gifts. This week it's Dr. Mac's Guaranteed Gifts for Dads & Grads (Part I). (Don't miss the thrilling conclusion next week). 

MMOVE Stereo Bluetooth Earbuds: $31.99

1 hour, 34 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

MMOVE Stereo Bluetooth Earbuds: $31.99

Check out MMOVE Stereo Bluetooth Earbuds, earbuds designed for active people. They connect to each other through a cable, but they connect to your device via Bluetooth. They have built in noise reduction, and they're sweatproof. They retail for $149, but through our deal you can get them for $31.99.

Apple Recalls Beats Pill XL Over Fire Hazard

6 hours, 16 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Apple issued a voluntary recall Wednesday morning for the Beats Pill XL portable Bluetooth speaker citing the potential for the device's battery to overheat and pose a fire hazard. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says that of the 231,000 units sold, there were eight reports of over heating with one saying their fingers were burned and other saying their desk was damaged.

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Fire hazards from batteries are a serious issue, so don't take this recall lightly. If you have a Beats Pill XL, stop using it now and get return it to Apple for a refund.

Fantastical 2.3 Brings a Proper Event and To-do View to Apple Watch

6 hours, 35 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Quick Look Review

Flexibits released Fantastical 2.3 for the iPhone with support for Apple Watch on Wednesday, and Apple could take some cues from their efforts. The update brings the Calendar alternative to your wrist, complete with schedule views, notifications for upcoming events, and a Glance view that shows a quick overview of your day. Fantastical also plugs a glaring Apple Watch hole: it shows your iPhone Reminders.

AT&T CEO: Say Goodbye to Subsidized Phones

8 hours, 27 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

AT&T says subsidized mobile phone prices are going away

AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega is now saying something T-Mobile has already known for a long time: subsidized mobile phone prices are going away. That means eventually we'll all pay the actual price for our iPhones instead of a lower subsidized price that ultimately costs us more over the life of our service contract.

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T-Mobile jumped into the unsubsidized smartphone market with both feet, while AT&T seems to be dipping its toes in the pool. With Mr. de la Vega openly talking about AT&T seeing that as the way of the future, however, maybe his company is finally ready to wade in a little deeper.

Apple CEO Tim Cook: ‘Weakening Encryption Harms Good People’

7:55 PM EDT, Jun. 2nd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple CEO Tim Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook went on the offensive to defend privacy Monday evening, going so far as to say that "weakening encryption [...] harms good people." The comments are in response to calls from law enforcement, the White House, and the U.S. Department of Justice to weaken encryption and give them backdoor access to private communication and other data.

Thunderbolt 3 Coming this Fall, and it Supports USB C

7:25 PM EDT, Jun. 2nd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

It may look like USB C, but it's really Thunderbolt 3

Mac owners worried their Thunderbolt peripherals are about to become obsolete now that USB C is on the scene can breathe easy because Intel unveiled Thunderbolt 3 on Tuesday, and it promises to be the holy grail of ports: A singe, reversible port that supports both Thunderbolt 3 and USB C. It's going to offer 40Gbps speeds, supports data and power on a single connector, and you can keep using your Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 devices with adapters.

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Using the USB C connector for Thunderbolt 3 doesn't guarantee its success, but it sure doesn't hurt, either. You won't be able to use Thunderbolt 3 devices on your new MacBook, but it's a pretty safe bet it'll show up on the next big MacBook Pro update, and the USB C gear you're looking at today will work with the new port. It seems the concerns over the death of Thunderbolt were a little premature.

Striiv Fusion Activity and Sleep Tracker: $59.99

5:51 PM EDT, Jun. 2nd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Striiv Fusion Activity and Sleep Tracker: $59.99

We have a deal for you today on the Striiv Fusion Activity and Sleep Tracker, a dedicated wrist-top fitness tracker. This device will track steps taken, calories burned, distance traveled, and active minutes. Unlike Apple Watch, it will track sleep quality and duration, and it will let you wake to a vibrating alarm. Bridging basic smartwatch features, it can receive text messages, emails, incoming calls, weather notifications, and more.

Web Pages Not Loading? Here’s How to Change Your Mac’s DNS Servers

1:50 PM EDT, Jun. 2nd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Quick Tip

Change your Mac's DNS server

Comcast's customers learned the hard way yesterday that sometimes Internet connections aren't as reliable as we'd like. In this case, it was Comcast's DNS servers that failed, leaving users stuck without any way for their browsers to find Web pages. This problem can happen with any Internet Service Provider, but you can cut down on the chances of it happening to you by switching to more reliable DNS servers. Bonus: It'a easy to do. Read on to learn how.

SonaVerse Clip-on Laptop Soundbar at its Lowest Price EVER ($18.99 w/free shipping) TODAY ONLY!

11:42 AM EDT, Jun. 2nd, 2015 · Bob LeVitus · Cool Stuff Found

The SonaVERSE USB is a clever soundbar-style speaker that weighs half a pound and can be clipped onto almost any laptop. It's cleverly designed and at just 8 ounces, perfect for travel. How much would you pay for such a speaker? Its SRP is US$42.48 (and no, that's not a typo); its street price is $24.99; but TODAY ONLY you can have one of your very own for a mere $18.99 (with free shipping) from BestBuy. The speaker is covered by a 3-year warranty and BestBuy says, "You can return or exchange almost everything within 15 days for a full refund." So what have you got to lose? If you need a cool little travel speaker for your laptop, or are looking for a great-but-inexpensive gift for the road-warrior dad or grad in your life, you better order one right now 'cause this offer expires at the end of TODAY (today being Tuesday, June 2, 2015). Put another way, if you don't order today you'll pay more tomorrow.  

Apple HomeKit-compatible Devices Finally Shipping

10:13 AM EDT, Jun. 2nd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

HomeKit-compatible devices start shipping ahead of WWDC 2015

It's been a year since Apple unveiled HomeKit, and the first product supporting the platform are finally rolling out. Ecobee, Elgato, iHome, Insteon, and Lutron all have HomeKit-compatible devices ready for your smart home set to hit stores today or later this month.

Apple Watch: Turning Off Email Notifications by Account

8:55 AM EDT, Jun. 2nd, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

This Quick Tip is all about email on the Apple Watch—how to configure its settings, the way it looks, and so on. Melissa Holt will also cover turning off notifications by account, so you could restrict your Watch to only telling you about the really, really important emails you get. You know, the ones with cat GIFs attached. 

Rose 2.0 and Satori 2.0 Screensavers (from After Dark) Released as Freeware for OS X

8:34 PM EDT, Jun. 1st, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

After Dark was the bee's knees back in the day, a collection of screen savers for your Mac that were fun. A lot of After Dark components have been released for OS X, and on Monday, Stick Software released Rose 2.0 and Satori 2.0, to abstract screensavers from the collection. Both work with OS X 10.9 Mavericks and OS X 10.10 Yosemite. Better yet, they're freeware. And cheers to blasts from the past.