93% Off Mammoth Interactive Apple Watch WatchKit Course

46 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

93% Off Mammoth Interactive Apple Watch WatchKit Course

We have a deal for you on Mammoth Interactive's Apple Watch WatchKit Course for developers. This course will walk you through creating six different apps for the Apple Watch, including an inspirational quote app, a betting game, a productivity timer, a maps app, a geolocation app, and a Twitter-related app. You'll learn how to transport iPhone data—such as HealthKit data—to the watch, how to navigate the WatchKit interface, Apple’s human interface guidelines, and more. Through our deal you can get this course at a 93 percent discount—just $19.

GOgroove BlueSYNC BX Portable Multimedia Bluetooth Speaker for Under $20

3 hours, 55 minutes ago · Bob LeVitus · Cool Stuff Found

The GOgroove BlueSYNC BX Portable Bluetooth Speaker features Bluetooth, a 3.5mm AUX Port, and a USB port. This sleek, gunmetal cube with a back-lit LED glow on the front panel looks and sounds great. It's got a rechargeable, removable battery that offers up to 6 hours of continuous music and you can even take calls using the integrated microphone. This speaker usually retails for $69.99 but it's marked down to just $29.99 at Amazon, Now here's the cool part: Use the coupon code BLUESYNK at checkout to knock off an additional $10. Bottom line: You get the speaker for just $19.99 (shipping is free). But you better hurry...this offer expires on Friday, May 8th.

How to Organize Apps on your Apple Watch

5 hours, 40 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · TMO Quick Tip

The apps you add to your Apple Watch are all accessible with a quick press of the digital crown, but finding exactly what you're looking for can be a little frustrating because their icons are all in a random cluster. Luckily, you can rearrange them to suit your needs, and it's fairly easy to do. Read on to learn how.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-05-06: Apple’s Applebot, Viewing Apple Watch Workout Data

7 hours, 7 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple has its own bot searching website, but does that mean Google and Bing need to be worried? Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to sort out Apple's plans for the Internet search market and what motives may be behind its Applebot. They also respond to a listener who points out we can, in fact, see detailed information about previous Apple Watch workouts if you know where to look.

Applebot Web Crawler Isn’t Taking on Google

9 hours, 46 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple has its own Web crawler, called Applebot, scouring websites for its own search results just like Google, but it isn't likely a move to take over the search engine market. Instead, Apple says its Web crawler is collecting information for Siri and Spotlight.

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It isn't all that surprising to learn Apple has its own Web crawler scouring sites all over the Internet, but don't think this means Applebot is about to become your default search engine.

The First Apple Article Ever

11 hours, 2 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Apple is a daily news topic, and offers up enough interesting content to keep plenty of news sites and blogs—including The Mac Observer—busy pretty much every day. That all had to start somewhere, and it looks like the beginning was in 1977 when Sheila (Clarke) Craven's in depth article about the company ran in Kilobaud magazine. She spent four hours with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak talking about the Apple I and walked away with the beginnings of what eventually would become the massive technology empire we know today. Ms. Craven gave Business Insider a scan of the printed article, and it's a great read with lots of insight into what would eventually grow into the world of the Macintosh, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.

Home Depot Officially Wants Apple Pay Support at 2,000 Stores

6:59 PM EDT, May. 5th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Home Depot Officially Wants Apple Pay Support at 2,000 Stores

Home Depot said on Tuesday that it "would like to" add Apple Pay to its chain of 2,000 home improvement stores. The company also said that a recent decision to deactivate NFC payments in those same stores was due to an in-progress upgrade, rather than a decision to turn down Apple Pay.

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It's a reasonable guess Apple Pay will once again work at Home Depot when those terminals come back on line.

Last Chance for VPN Unlimited 3 Year Subscription: $19

4:22 PM EDT, May. 5th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Last Chance for VPN Unlimited 3 Year Subscription: $19

Our three year subscription deal for VPN Unlimited is nearing an end, making this your last chance to get it for $19. A VPN lets you access through the Internet through a remote server that offers additional protection for your IP address and you. A VPN Unlimited subscription allows users to unblock restricted web content (more of an issue outside the U.S. than in), protect your Wi-Fi connection on public networks, secure your online activity, and bypass some ISP restrictions. There are additional details on the deal page.

BeeKeeper USB-C to Standard USB Adapter on Kickstarter

4:00 PM EDT, May. 5th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

There's a project on KickStarter called BeeKeeper you should check out if you have a new MacBook. It's a USB-C to Standard USB cable coupled with a converter that allows you to plug any standard USB cable into your MacBook. If you use the converter in conjunction with the cable, you can use them with Apple's MacBook charger. But if you use just the converter, you can plug, say, your existing Lightning iPhone cable—or any other standard USB cable—into your MacBook. Funding levels start at $19 for the converter by itself, or $36 for the converter and the cable. The company has raised $9,000 of its $33,000 goal, with five days left in the campaign.

Apple TV gets USA Now, CBS Sports Channels

2:34 PM EDT, May. 5th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

USA Now and CBS Sports channels appeared on Apple TV on Tuesday, adding two new sources for entertainment to the set top streaming box. USA Now requires a cable subscription login, but CBS Sports lets you view all of its content without any restrictions.

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More Apple TV channels is nice, but until we can get all of the content we want without requiring a cable or satellite television subscription package most people won't be able to truly cut the entertainment cord.

Apple is Thinking Different About Today’s Technology

1:45 PM EDT, May. 5th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Analysis

When a company is struggling for acceptance, it has to maintain an aura of coolness. But when a company like Apple is on top, the priorities shift in subtle ways. Cool, yes. But also practically minded. John Martellaro ponders some fundamantal changes he sees at Apple.

Home Depot Drops Apple Pay Support

11:02 AM EDT, May. 5th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Home Depot's days of supporting Apple Pay seems have come to an end. The home improvement retailer unofficially accepted wireless payments from the iPhone 6, but has quietly dropped that most likely because of its support for PayPal.

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Blocking the payment system people are specifically asking for doesn't sound like good business. This won't kill Home Depot's bottom line but it's a safe bet that some iPhone owners who shopped there just because of Apple Pay will be finding different places to spend their money.

Developers get Apple Watch Band, New Interface Guidelines

10:04 AM EDT, May. 5th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's new guidelines for developers make it clear third-party Apple Watch bands have an official thumbs up. Thanks to updates for Apple's Human Interface Guidelines website, developers have new resources to aid in their watch app designs, too.

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Adding Apple Watch to the "Made for" program means we'll be seeing Apple certified third-party accessories for our watches soon, including officially approved bands. We should start seeing a wave of improved apps shortly, too, thanks to updated developer guidelines.

Apple Watch: Mark Your Location

8:50 AM EDT, May. 5th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Are you directionally challenged? The Apple Watch can help! There's a hidden feature within the Maps program that'll let you mark your current position, meaning you can save the location of a trailhead or your parked car (for example) to make getting back easy. That's what we've got for you in today's Quick Tip!