Apple on iPhone Battery Performance: You’re Measuring It Wrong

7 hours, 31 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Some testing and real-world usage has found that devices powered by an Apple A9 chip made by TSMC get as much as 50 minutes more battery life than devices powered by A9s made by Samsung. Apple told TechCrunch, however, that its internal data shows a modest 2-3 percent difference as a whole, and that benchmark testing procedures are not an accurate way to measure battery life.

The Big Mac Bundle: $17.99

9 hours, 45 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Icons from The Big Mac Bundle on a MacBook Screen

We have a new app bundle for you today called The Big Mac Bundle. It has 14 productivity apps and optimization utilities for your Mac for a whopping $17.99. RapidWeaver, Ember, MacPilot, MacBooster 3, WiFi Radar Pro, and nine others. Check out the full list on the deal listing.

The Two Sides of Apple: Brilliance and Ennui

10 hours, 41 minutes ago · John Martellaro · Editorial

The Two Sides of Apple

Apple is capable of making amazing products. Often that capability results in products that start off with a bang but never seize the marketplace. Then Apple's traditional desire to relentlessly move into the future takes hold and loyal customers are left behind.  This is not a bug; it's a feature.

AT&T Fires Up Wi-Fi Calling Support

2:28 PM EDT, Oct. 8th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

AT&T enables Wi-Fi calling for iPhones and other smartphones

AT&T announced on Wednesday that the FCC had granted a waiver allowing the cell service provider to enable Wi-Fi calling, and on Thursday the company followed up by actually turning on the feature. Wi-Fi calling lets iPhone owners use broadband connections via wireless networks for phone calls when their cell signal is too weak.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-10-08: Samsung vs. TSMC iPhone Chips, Lightroom for iPad

1:42 PM EDT, Oct. 8th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Seems there's a difference between the A9X processors in the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus depending on if they come from Samsung or TSMC. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about battery performance based on which version is in your iPhone, and how you can find out if yours is from Samsung or TSMC. They also look at Adobe's new change that lets you use Lightroom on your iPhone or iPad without a Creative Cloud subscription.

NASA’s Apollo Mission Photos Free on Flickr

11:36 AM EDT, Oct. 8th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

People take photos when they go on really cool trips, and that's true for the astronauts NASA sent to Earth's moon. Instead of keeping all those photos tucked away in a dark closet, NASA decided to share them with the world. All of the photo rolls—they used film back then to take pictures—are available in high resolution on Flickr for your viewing pleasure. Bonus: Our tax dollars paid for everything that went into making those photos possible, so they're free to use as wallpapers, lock screens, or whatever else you can think of.

Adobe Sets Lightroom for iPhone, iPad Free from Creative Cloud

10:33 AM EDT, Oct. 8th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Lightroom gets cool new features, drops Creative Cloud requirement

Lightroom for the iPhone and iPad is a pretty powerful image editing app, but has always required a Creative Cloud subscription, and that you use the Mac version of the app, too. As of Thursday that changed because Adobe turned Lightroom for iOS into a truly stand-alone app that doesn't even require a Creative Cloud subscription.

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Adobe wants to own the creative tablet market, and taking away the Creative Cloud requirement for Lightroom is another example of that. Adobe was also a part of Apple's iPad Pro unveiling, has other creative apps for the iPhone and iPad, and sells its Ink and Slide stylus for the iPad. Adobe is playing for keeps.

Harry Potter Comes to Apple’s iBook Store with Enhanced Editions

9:14 AM EDT, Oct. 8th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Harry Potter is on the iBook Store and enhanced

If you've ever thought the Harry Potter series was great, but still needed a little something more, Apple has you covered with the new digital editions of the books. Apple is calling the just released digital books "enhanced" thanks to their new artwork, interactive animations, and new annotations written by series author J.K. Rowling.

Pay What You Want for the WordPress Wizard Bundle

5:41 PM EDT, Oct. 7th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Wordpress Ninja Logo

We have a great training bundle for you today called WordPress Wizard Bundle, and you get to pay what you want for it. Here's how it works. Pay anything, even a penny, and get two courses. If you beat the average price paid to date, you get all twelve courses in the bundle. That average price is only $9.86 as of this writing. If you make the Top 10 leaderboard at any time during this deal you'll get five entries into the MacBook Air giveaway we're doing with Stack Social. And if that's not enough, 10 percent of whatever you pay goes to Project HOPE. Check out the details on the deal listing.

How to Enable Wi-Fi Calling on Your iPhone

10:54 AM EDT, Oct. 7th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Quick Tip

Here's how to turn on Wi-Fi calling on your iPhone

Now that AT&T says it can flip the switch and give iPhone owners Wi-Fi calling, we need to turn it on in our phones. That's easy to do, and assuming AT&T has enabled Wi-Fi calling in your area, lets you use broadband Wi-Fi connections whenever you have a weak cell signal. Read on to see how to turn it on.

AT&T gets a Green Light to Enable Wi-Fi Calling

10:25 AM EDT, Oct. 7th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

AT&T can finally enable Wi-Fi calling support for iPhone users

AT&T customers who still rely on a MicroCell for reliable iPhone connections on calls (like me) are a step closer to getting Wi-Fi calling support. The FCC approved AT&T's waiver request, which means the carrier can start rolling out the feature nation-wide.

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The days of needing an AT&T MicroCell look like they're coming to an end. It's kind of funny that AT&T is using its own FCC waiver approval for Wi-Fi calling to slam T-Mobile and Sprint for failing to apply for theirs.

How to Turn Off Nightstand Mode in Apple watchOS 2

9:00 AM EDT, Oct. 7th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Quick Tip

Nightstand Mode in Settings App on watchOS 2

Nightstand Mode is a cool new feature in watchOS 2 that puts a nice fat digital clock on your Apple Watch when it's being charged. It's tasty, but some folks might not want their Apple Watch's display on all night. Turning it off is simple, but only if you know where to look. Bryan Chaffin explains.

Apple Watch - Cycle (Video)

5:37 AM EDT, Oct. 7th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple has a new series of commercials promoting Apple Watch, including the one below called Cycle. Each is short and promotes a specific aspect of the device. Cycle, for instance, is tracking an athlete's intense workout on a stationary bike with a bright, clear "Goal Achieved" screen at the end. There's also Ride (directions through Siri), Sing (send a voice message via iMessage), Date (get important text messages even when you're out having fun), Train (track your heart rate), and Sprinkle (use Apple Pay even when your hands are full). What do you think?

Wall Street Journal Review of Google Now on Tap in Android Marshmallow

8:21 PM EDT, Oct. 6th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

I've been extolling the virtues of Google Now for a couple of years—it's Android's best feature; it's Google giving back something from pillaging our digital lives for profit; and it's a feature Apple will have a hard time matching because the iOS maker doesn't make us the product. Apple narrowed the gap with iOS 9 and Proactive, but Google is still ahead in this one area. The Wall Street Journal's Joanna Stern has spent a week with a pre-release version of Android Marshmallow, the next major update to Android, and she wrote extensively about how Google Now gets even better with Google Now on Tap. Marshmallow will take forever and a day to propagate out to users (Lollipop is even now only at 23.5 percent of Android users who use Google Play), but for those who get it, it seems like a solid mobile operating system. Her review is a good read.

Disney Artists Tweet and Periscope about Apple’s New iPad Pro

7:15 PM EDT, Oct. 6th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple is doing a little iPad Pro pre-release reach out to artists at Pixar and Disney, and project manager Paul Hildebrandt at Disney tweeted a photo showing some of his team playing with the device (via iMore). Jeff Ranjo, a Disney artist posted a video to Periscope of his hands-on time with the device and Apple Pencil, the stylus designed to go with iPad Pro. Listening to Mr. Ranjo talk about the two devices, I can't help but feel iPad Pro is going to have a major impact on the world of graphic design, animation, and art, regardless of its uses in other applications and disciplines.

KOAR Bluetooth Cloud Buds: $24.99

6:08 PM EDT, Oct. 6th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

KOAR Bluetooth Cloud Buds

Check out the Bluetooth Sound Buds from KOAR, Bluetooth earbuds that are designed to be lightweight and have an optional hook that will secure them to your ears. They also have a built-in microphone for hands-free calling or other voice uses.  We have a deal on them, too. They retail for for $109, but through us you can get them for $24.99.