Griffin’s Twenty Bluetooth Amplifier: $119.99

1 hour, 52 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · TMO Deals

Griffin's Twenty Bluetooth amplifier for $119.99

Griffin's Twenty is a cool amplifier that connects to your current audio setup so you can play your favorite songs from your iPhone or iPad through a Bluetooth link. While the Twenty is physically connected to your sound system, you're free to roam around with your iOS device since it sends audio to the receiver wirelessly. It also includes an optical audio port, and can power your subwoofer. The Twenty typically costs US$150, but thanks to TMO's deal you can pick one up with a 20% discout for only $119.99.

PayAnywhere Hops on the Apple Pay Bus

2 hours, 31 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Pay gets another mobile payment partner

PayAnywhere is onboard with Apple Pay and will be launching its compatible mobile device credit card transaction reader in September. This should give independent merchants another option for joining in on the Apple Pay action, and give consumers more payment options when they're out on a spending spree.

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Once iPhone and Apple Watch users get a taste for Apple Pay they want to use it everywhere. With both PayAnywhere and Square on board we should have a much easier time paying our favorite street vendors and food carts without breaking out our wallets.

Amazon’s Failed Fire Phone Was Too Creepy for Customers

3 hours, 31 minutes ago · John Martellaro · Editorial

Why Amazon's Fire Phone failed

In August of 2014, John Martellaro reviewed, in detail, the Amazon Fire Phone. Even though it was missing some key features, he found it to be a solid smartphone with good looks and a good looking GUI. However, the creepy factor of a feature called Firefly doomed the product from the start. The failure tells us something important about Apple and the consumer marketplace.  

Siri Doesn’t Want to Give Any Hints

4 hours, 58 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Apple's September 9 media event comes with the tagline, "Hey Siri, give us a hint." Since we can already ask Siri questions it seemed appropriate to see if she would, in fact, give us a hint. Turns out she won't, and instead says we have to wait until September 9. Well played, Apple.

Amazon Hangs Up on Fire Phone

6 hours, 58 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Amazon's Fire Phone lost its connection. Forever.

Amazon's grand adventure in the smartphone market was short lived and disappointing. The online retailer has laid off the team working on its Fire Phone, and has scaled back some of its other hardware projects, too.

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Fire Phone's failure isn't any surprise. Amazon focused on driving its own sales instead of enticing potential customers with a great smartphone that also happened to link to the company's online store. It's too bad smart engineers lost their jobs for designing exactly what the company wanted.

Why the Older, Slower 3G Network is Sometimes Better Than 4G

8 hours, 51 minutes ago · Jim Tanous · MGG Answers

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All of those cellular company commercials tell us that 4G is amazing, fast, and the best thing since sliced bread. So why would you ever want to use 3G on a 4G phone? Read on to find out why Mac Geek Gab listener Andrew suggests this seemingly nonsensical advice, and why John and Dave agree with him.

Another Reason to Update to iOS 8.4.1: Ins0mnia

9 hours, 29 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Stop procrastinating and install iOS 8.4.1. It has some seriously important security fixes.

Ins0mnia is a serious security flaw in iOS 8 that could let hackers run what appear to be legit apps in the background to steal user's data, and it's a perfect example of why updating to iOS 8.4.1 is so important. The vulnerability was patched in the update, but instead of letting iPhone and iPad owners know about the critical fixes, Apple focused only on making sure everyone new about Apple Music improvements.

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Apple is going only half way with its security updates. Patching security flaws is important, but so is letting users know so they'll install the updates.

Kelly Guimont Witnesses Penghazi on MacBreak Weekly

9:57 PM EDT, Aug. 26th, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · TMO Appearances

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Kelly Guimont appeared on this week's episode of MacBreak Weekly, over on TWiT TV. Kelly spoke with Leo, Rene Ritchie of iMore, and Andy Ihnatko of the Chicago Sun Times about a variety of news items from throughout the week, and witnessed the disaster that is Samsung’s penghazi in action.

Swatch: We Stole ‘One More Thing’ from Columbo, not Apple

6:14 PM EDT, Aug. 26th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

There's just one more thing, according to Columbo

It wasn't Apple Swatch was copying when it trademarked "one more thing," it was the TV series Columbo, or so says the watchmaker. Swatch has been openly critical of Apple's smartwatch efforts and trademarking the line Steve Jobs famously used in several presentations to show off surprises was presumed to be some sort of snub.

Dozens of Projects That Let You Do Real Science on Your Mac

5:15 PM EDT, Aug. 26th, 2015 · John Martellaro · John Martellaro's Blog

Science Projects for Desktop Macs

Macs (and of course PCs with Linux or Windows) can be powerful tools when their collective computing capacity is aggregated on a network. If you're interested in exploring how you can contribute to important science causes with that Mac sitting on your desk, here are dozens of projects that could benefit from the gigaflops of computational power that you're currently using for kitten videos.

Dyconn iPhone 6 Battery Case with 2 Charging Stations: $59.99

4:48 PM EDT, Aug. 26th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Deals

Dyconn's iPhone 6 charger case with 2 stands for $59.99

If you need extra juice for your iPhone 6 on the go, Dyconn has you covered with its battery case and charging station kit. The 4 ounce case holds a 3200mAh battery and adds some extra protection in case you accidentally drop your iPhone. It also comes with two charging stands so you can keep one at home and the other at the office. Dyconn's charger pack is usually priced at US$115, but with TMO's deal you can get it for $59.99 which is 47% off.

OS X: El Capitan’s Deletion of “Repair Disk Permissions” Could Impact You

3:45 PM EDT, Aug. 26th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Analysis

OS El Capitan Removes

Apple's next version of OS X El Capitan uses something called "System Integrity Protection" to prevent the alteration of critical system files. As a result, scripted installers and even privileged users can no longer change those UNIX file permissions and then modify them. This should make El Capitan more stable and secure. So, while "Repair Disk Permissions" is gone, that also creates an important issue for users: software upgrades.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-08-26: Best Buy’s Apple Watch Sales, OS X El Capitan Permissions

1:26 PM EDT, Aug. 26th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple Watch sales in Best Buy are going so well that the retailer is accelerating its rollout program to include all of its stores before October. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple Watch sales and the smartwatch market, plus they share their very different thoughts on the lack of a Repair Permissions option in OS X El Capitan.