iPad Pro Coming in Early November

3 hours, 16 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's iPad Pro may ship at the beginning of November

Apple said the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil stylus will ship in November, which typically means the end of the month. This time, however, it sounds like we'll get Apple's jumbo iPad right at the beginning of the month.

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Early November would suit me just fine. I want to get my hands on an iPad Pro as soon as possible.

LEGO Doctor Who Available in December

3 hours, 49 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

If you've ever asked "Why can't I buy a LEGO Doctor Who TARDIS," now you have the answer: Because it isn't December yet. LEGO's first ever Doctor Who set, spawned from a LEGO Ideas submission, goes on sale December 1st. The US$59.99 kit includes the TARDIS exterior and control room, 11th and 12th Doctor minifigures, Clara minifigure, a weeping angel, and two Daleks. LEGO has licensing rights for Doctor Who, so it's a safe bet we'll see more kits with other Doctors in the future. Or maybe the past. Time is so wibbly wobbly.

Apple Buys AI Company Perceptio

5 hours, 24 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple buys AI company Perceptio

Apple snatched up another company to help make our iPhones smarter. This time it's Perceptio, a company that's been working on advanced artificial intelligence systems capable of running on smartphones without relying as much on remote servers for data processing.

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Google Now can do a lot more than Apple's Proactive to anticipate our needs. Combining Perceptio and Vocal IQ tech, however, could help turn our iPhones into powerful assistants in our pockets. It's pretty clear Apple wants to outdo Google Now and maintain our privacy at the same time.

Factions Form For and Against Upcoming ‘Steve Jobs’ Film

9:48 PM EDT, Oct. 5th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · The Back Page

Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs

Controversy is building around Steve Jobs, an upcoming film based on Walter Isaacson's biography of the same name. While praised by critics, the film is being criticized by some of the people who were closest to him, including his widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and long-time Apple board member Bill Campbell.

Flip PDF For Mac: $9

6:32 PM EDT, Oct. 5th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Flip PDF for Mac running on an iMac

Flip PDF for Mac turns ordinary PDF documents into animated flip books, and we have a deal on it for you. It requires no programming ability, and it comes with 100+ templates, 400+ themes, 200+ scenes and 700+ backgrounds to help you create just what you want. Flip PDF for Mac retails for $99, but through our deal, it yours for $9. There's a YouTube video on the deal listing with more information.

iPhone 6s vs. MMA Contender Luke Rockhold (Video)

5:50 PM EDT, Oct. 5th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

I found this highly entertaining. SquareTrade pitted Apple's flagship iPhones against #1 MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) contender Luke Rockhold. Spoiler alert, an iPhone can't take a roundhouse kick from a martial arts expert, especially not when it hits a wall. Shocker that, of course, but it's a crap ton of fun to watch. What was more interesting was the strength test, where Mr. Rockhold broke iPhone 6/6 Plus/6s/6s Plus. Turns out iPhone 6s Plus is way stronger than the other devices. This is in keeping with SquareTrade's more formal testing methods that found iPhone 6s and 6s Plus were both stronger than last year's devices. Anyhoo, let's have some fun:

YiSpecter Malware Hits Non-jailbroken iPhones in China, Taiwan

5:06 PM EDT, Oct. 5th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

YiSpecter malware targets jailbroken and non-jailbroken iOS devices

iPhone and iPad users have yet another security threat to deal with, called YiSpecter, that targets jailbroken and non-jailbroken phones alike. Turns out it's been in the wild since November 2014, but don't get too worried because there's a good chance you haven't been infected.

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Never trust pop-ups that ask you to install software outside of the App Store. YiSpecter is a perfect example of what can happen when you do.

Tim Cook Acceptance Speech for National Visibility Award from HRC (Video)

4:08 PM EDT, Oct. 5th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

Tim Cook Acceptance Speech for National Visibility Reward from HRC

Apple CEO Tim Cook received the National Visibility Award from Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT civil rights advocacy group. Mr. Cook took the award seriously enough to accept it in person, and HRC posted his acceptance speech to YouTube. He spoke about coming out, and the importance of fighting for basic human rights and human dignity for everyone, "regardless of their race, creed, gender, or sexual orientation."

TMO Daily Observations 2015-10-05: Apple and the NSA, Samsung Pay

1:36 PM EDT, Oct. 5th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple CEO Tim Cook says the NSA isn't going to be pushing for backdoors into our tech gear, and the FBI is most likely coming around, too. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at the state of ongoing government to get easy access to private files and other content, plus they offer up their take on Samsung's latest efforts in the mobile payment game.

Siri, Turn on My Lights: Philips Hue gets HomeKit Support

10:48 AM EDT, Oct. 5th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

The new HomeKit-ready Philips Hue Bridge

Philips is finally on board with Apple's HomeKit platform thanks to a new version of its Hue LED light hub. The new model works just like the original version, but adds in Siri voice control support and Apple's required HomeKit security features.

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Finally! Hue gets HomeKit support! There wasn't any way to update the original Hue Bridge to support HomeKit support, so it's nice that Philips is offering current customers a discounted price on the new hub.

Apple Snaps Up Natural Speech Tech Company Vocal IQ

9:30 AM EDT, Oct. 5th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Talking with Siri may get more natural thanks to Vocal IQ

Your next iPhone may be a lot more conversational because Apple has purchased Vocal IQ, a London-based company that specializes in natural language technology. The company's tech could be used to make talking to Siri much more like interacting with Tony Stark's JARVIS, or the computer system on Star Trek's USS Enterprise.

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Apple's Vocal IQ purchase gets us another step closer to my dream device: the Knowledge Navigator.

MGG 573: I Yell At Sites That Use Flash

12:23 PM EDT, Oct. 4th, 2015 · John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Clicking and Clacking is what your two Mac Geeks do when they're not answering questions. Or maybe that's how they answer your questions. Regardless, this is what they do and today is no different. Sharing your El Capitan and iOS 9 tips and questions, this week's episode is sure to inform and entertain!

Apple Music - Guided Tour: Connect (Video)

6:17 PM EDT, Oct. 2nd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Connect is one of the coolest features of Apple Music to me. It allows artists to upload exclusive content for their fans—remixes, outtakes, videos, photos, and other posts—a direct connection between both sides. Apple posted a guided tour video for this element of Apple Music this week called Apple Music - Guided Tour: Connect. If you aren't familiar with Connect, or if you have questions about it, check out this video.

Last Chance for Titan MFi-Certified Lightning Cable: $24.99

5:22 PM EDT, Oct. 2nd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Titan MFi-Certified Lightning Cable

Ever lose a Lightning cable to a pet or some other other mishap? Check out our deal on the Titan MFi-Certified Lightning Cable. This beast is wrapped twice in industrial-grade, flexible steel, and it packs permanently-sealed USB and Lightning connectors. It also has one-piece housing fused directly over the cable to keep the connectors in place, and it's backed by a limited lifetime warranty. Pretty cool, right? Through our deal, you can get it for $24.99, but the deal expires in two days.

Tim Cook: The NSA Won’t Be Asking for Backdoors (Anymore)

5:18 PM EDT, Oct. 2nd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

Apple CEO Tim Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook said he doesn't think we will hear the U.S. National Security Agency asking for a back door into our iPhones, at least not any more. In an interview on NPR's All Things Considered on Thursday, Mr. Cook implied that even the FBI is coming around on the need for end-user encryption.

OS X Security is a Lot Better Than You Thought

4:30 PM EDT, Oct. 2nd, 2015 · John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Pondering OS X Security

Just about every week we see articles rolled out about how a security researcher has found a scary security flaw in OS X. It makes for great headlines, but how are the every day Mac users actually affected by these headlines, and how should they react? John Martellaro offers a calming counter perspective.