Apple Music gets 50% Student Discount

3 hours, 44 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Good news, students! Apple Music's monthly subscription is now half off for you if you're signing up for the first time or already paying for the streaming music service. That means instead of spending US$9.99 a month, you'll be dropping $4.99 to stream all the tunes your ears can handle. Sorry high school kids, you still have to pay full price because you need to be enrolled in an eligible university or college to take advantage of the deal. New users just need to sign up. Current subscribers need to change their status in Apple Music's account settings.

OS X: Figuring Out Forgotten Passwords

5 hours, 2 minutes ago · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

How to find lost passwords on your Mac

There's a program called Keychain Access that keeps the passwords you've asked your Mac to store, and your browser may have a list of items you've saved, as well. In this article, we'll cover how to pull your data out of those programs to find things before you go through the trouble of resetting lost passwords.

AluPen Digital Fine-Point Stylus: $34.95

5:18 PM EDT, May. 5th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

AluPen Digital Fine-Point Stylus

We have a deal for you today on the AluPen Digital Fine-Point Stylus—as the name says, it's a fine point stylus designed to give you fine control over your work. You twist the stylus to reveal the nib, too, meaning it's protected inside the stylus when you're using it. Check out the details on the deal listing—our price is $34.95.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-05-05: Dave’s iPhone SE Surprise, LAPD iPhone Hack

1:44 PM EDT, May. 5th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

The iPhone SE may be small, but it packs a lot of power in its tiny case. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to discuss why the small screen iPhone still fits into Apple's lineup, and Dave explains why he likes it more than his iPhone 6s Plus. They also look at why the LAPD iPhone hack isn't as big a deal as some make it out to be.

LAPD iPhone Hack isn’t as Big a Deal as You Think

10:42 AM EDT, May. 5th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

LAPD hacked older, hackable, iOS version

While the FBI was trying to force Apple to bypass security features on an iPhone 5c recovered in the San Bernardino mass shooting, Los Angeles police were successfully hacking into and recovering data from an iPhone 5s in a separate homicide case. If LAPD was able to hack into the iPhone 5s on its own, then why did the FBI insist it needed Apple's help with the iPhone 5c? The answer is simple: different operating systems, different security features.

Why I’m not Buying an Apple Smoke Detector

8:45 PM EDT, May. 4th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Editorial

An Apple smoke detector alert system? No thanks

If Apple makes a smoke detector, I'm not buying it. Considering the bag of hurt HomeKit is, I'm just not ready to trust a life or death-level product to Apple regardless of how awesome my Mac, iPhone, and iPad may be.

ACM 358: The Devil’s Advocate, Apple Scaling, and Tim Cook’s Speeches

5:25 PM EDT, May. 4th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin & Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Podcast

John "The Devil's Advocate" Kheit joins Bryan and Jeff on this special episode of The Apple Context Machine. They discuss John's argument that Apple has failed to scale its product delivery even while it scales its work force. They also argue about whether or not Tim Cook is a compelling speaker (hint, Bryan has the correct opinion).

Hulu Is Going to Launch What Was Denied to Apple: A Cable-like Internet Subscription Service

5:00 PM EDT, May. 4th, 2016 · John Martellaro · John Martellaro's Blog

Apple's Video Plan ... is What?

Apple has struggled to become a major player in the delivery of video entertainment. Unlike music, Apple has run into a complex, sophisticated industry that connects studios, networks, and carriers. Now, it appears that Hulu is going to do what Apple wanted to do but could not. It punctuates the question: what should Apple really be trying to do for customers?

ThinCharge iPhone 6/6s Battery Case (Black): $56.99

4:53 PM EDT, May. 4th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

ThinCharge iPhone 6/6S Battery Case (Black)

We have a deal today for folks who need extra battery life on their iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s, but don't want a bulky case. It's called ThinCharge, a thin charging case with a 2,600mAh battery. It features an LED indicator for charging, has cutouts for the speaker, and passthrough charging. You can get this device through our deal for $56.99, more than half off retail.

The Internet of Things is Really a Thing in Germany

3:10 PM EDT, May. 4th, 2016 · Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants and Raves

Barack Obama, Angela Merkel, Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus at Hannover Messe 2016

In April, Dr. Mac spent nine days in Germany learning about Industry 4.0, the worldwide initiative (conceived in Germany) to develop standards and protocols to integrate the Internet of Things (IoT), cyber-physical systems (CPS), and the Internet of Services (IoS), with large-scale data collection and analysis and machine learning. In other words, it's about smart, networked automation with smart, self-configuring components. He visited more than a dozen manufacturers, research institutes, universities, and startups across three German states and toured the fabled Hannover Fair with none other than President Obama and Chancellor Merkel. And you can read all about it right here!

FBI’s TOR, VPN-targeted Warrants Amount to Court Sanctioned Mass Surveillance

9:52 AM EDT, May. 4th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

New warrant rules give DOJ sweeping computer surveillance powers

Anonymous Web surfing, VPNs, TOR, and even falling victim to malware could soon be enough justification for the FBI to brand you a criminal. Proposed Federal court changes will give judges the authority to issue mass search and seizure warrants—including remotely hacking into computers anywhere—that include victims of crimes as well as suspects. The rule amendments are so broad sweeping they amount to court sanctioned mass surveillance.

OS X: Turning Off Inline Mail Attachments

9:10 AM EDT, May. 4th, 2016 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

How to view Mail attachments as icons

If you've ever wondered how to stop Mail from showing you images and PDFs right in the body of the messages you're composing, wonder no more. There's a Terminal command that'll let you turn that feature off, so if you want, you can always view your email attachments as icons instead. Melissa Holt's here to tell us how in today's Quick Tip.

Apple Snags 10% of Time’s 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time

9:03 PM EDT, May. 3rd, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

Time published its list of The 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time, and Apple snagged 10 percent of the list with five devices: iPhone (#1), Macintosh (#3), iPod (#9), iPad (#25), and iBook (!!) (#38). Bryan Chaffin offers his thoughts on what was included, what wasn't included, and some of the non-Apple products, too.

‘IPHONE’ Trademark Fight Illustrates Apple’s Headwinds in China

6:29 PM EDT, May. 3rd, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

IPHONE Sleeves?

As if cued to prove Carl Icahn's worries about Apple's business in China, the company lost a trademark battle with a bag maker over "IPHONE" in that country. A Chinese court ruled that even though Apple filed its trademark several years before Chinese company Xintong Tiandi did, Apple didn't start selling its iPhone until later, so whatevs. Bryan Chaffin explains.

Drone Ballet Show at Mt. Fuji - Beautiful Performance and Music

5:25 PM EDT, May. 3rd, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Check out this wonderful video of a "drone ballet show" performed in Japan with Mt. Fuji as a backdrop. The drone ballet is made visible by some 16,500 LED lights configured in cages surrounding the drones made by SkyMagic. They're amazing and cool and all, but I like the music even more. Written and performed with drums and a group of tsugaru shamisen players, I watched it multiple times just to hear the song they play. The whole thing is beautiful. What do you think?