TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-06: Mac GateKeeper Security Flaw, Apple’s Same-sex Marriage Support

3 hours, 26 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Sometimes the Internet is a dangerous place, and Apple's Gatekeeper may not be doing as much to protect your Mac as you think. Bryan Chaffin and John F. Braun join Jeff Gamet to look at a security weekness in Gatekeeper that could let hackers sidestep some installer safety precautions and what you can do to protect yourself. They also offer up their take on Apple and other big companies urging the Supreme Court to shut down state laws banning same-sex marriage.

BlueVIBE EXS+ Wrap-Around Bluetooth Headphones - $19.99 (Today Only)

3 hours, 27 minutes ago · Bob LeVitus · Cool Stuff Found

This looks like a heck of a deal. GOgroove BlueVIBE EXS+ Ergonomic Bluetooth Sports Headphones that have sold for up to $79.99, available for just $19.99 with free shipping from Amazon. I haven't tried them, but would have bought them in a heartbeat if I weren't already up to my ears in headsets. According to the manufacturer, it has, built-in onboard controls and an integrated microphone, built-in rechargeable battery with 10 hours of audio playback, and more. This deal ends Friday March 6, so if you're going to get some, get 'em sooner rather than later. 

Apple, other Companies Push Supreme Court for Same-sex Marriage Support

5 hours, 12 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple, along with Google and more than 370 other companies have filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court urging for nation-wide legalization of same-sex marriage. The filing was entered into the court ahead of next month's hearing on the issue.

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379 companies backed the amicus brief in support of same-sex marriage. That's impressive, and a pretty big statement.

Dow Jones Industrial Average Drops AT&T for Apple

6 hours, 36 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is hanging up on AT&T and bringing Apple on board in its place. The change will happen on March 18 and will more accurately reflect the overall market, according to Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices David Blitzer.

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Apple seemed like a natural for the Dow, so it isn't a big surprise seeing that happen now.

OS X Photos Beta: Scrubbing Through Thumbnails

7 hours, 41 minutes ago · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

You want another 10.10.3 Photos beta tip, right? Sure you do. Well, it's your lucky day, because this Quick Tip is all about scrubbing through the thumbnails in your library, just like you can do with the Photos app in iOS. It's a quick and easy way to find the exact image you're looking for!

How to Print Envelopes from Contacts on Your Mac

8:36 PM EST, Mar. 5th, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · How-To

Sometimes you have to send one of them there old-timey letters. It's so last century! But if you need to print that address to an envelope, it's a snap using the Contacts app on your Mac. Kelly shows you how, and points out a couple other handy tricks while you're there.

The Ultra-Premium Mac Bundle Extended for One Week at $44.99

7:04 PM EST, Mar. 5th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Stack Social has extended the Ultra-Premium Mac Bundle for one more week. This is a great collection of apps, including ScreenFlow 5, Things 2, Data Rescue 4, ExpanDrive 4, AfterShot Pro 2, Typed, Snapselect, and Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth (a great game!). This is hundreds of dollars in Mac apps for $44.99, but it's ending in 6 days and change.

China Forcing Apple to Choose: Customer Privacy or Revenue

3:30 PM EST, Mar. 5th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Editorial

In a pair of interesting articles at Quartz, the suggestion has been made that Apple is giving the Chinese government access to its iOS devices and source code in order to preserve its business there. The facts aren't all in because Apple won't talk about it. And the implied scenario sounds doubtful. However, the situation does raise important issues. 

TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-05: iPad Pro Design Rumors, HBO Now for Apple TV

1:46 PM EST, Mar. 5th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Word on the street is that Apple may include USB ports on the rumored 12-inch iPad. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to debate whether or not that makes sense, and why Apple would considering changing up its iPad design. They also look at HBO's plan to offer its content through a subscription outside of cable and satellite TV packages.

Analyst: Apple Watch a $26B Business by 2018

11:37 AM EST, Mar. 5th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Apple Watch could be a US$26 billion business for Apple in only three years, according to Deutsche Bank analyst Sherri Scribner. She thinks Apple will outsell all other smartwatch makers after Apple Watch ships in the coming weeks, although she sees only a limited impact on Apple's overall business from smartwatch sales.

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It's interesting to see analysts saying Apple's entry into the smartwatch market will be a huge success, but that the company won't be as successful overall because it refuses to join the race to the bottom in the smartphone market.

Reports Claim 12-inch iPad to Copy Microsoft Surface Tablet, Shipping in September

10:28 AM EST, Mar. 5th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro may be more like Microsoft's Surface tablet, assuming the latest round of rumors are correct. Insider sources claim Apple is looking at including USB 3.0 ports on the bigger screen model so users could attach keyboards and mice, along with external hard drives. Sources also claim Apple won't release the new model until September instead of this spring as some had hoped.

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Apple most likely has experimented with additional ports on prototype iPads, but expecting to see USB ports on shipping models just doesn't seem likely. Seeing a spring launch for a bigger model didn't seem like much of a possibility, either, so saying it's delayed is wrong. iPad Pro simply wasn't on the spring schedule.

Apple, HBO Look to Bring HBO Now Streaming Service to Apple TV

9:07 AM EST, Mar. 5th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple and HBO are working out the details for a deal that would bring the entertainment company's shows to Apple TV without requiring a cable or satellite television subscription. The service, called HBO Now, is scheduled to launch in April and would give TV viewers a way to pay just for HBO and open up their programming to the 10 million U.S. broadband Internet subscribers who don't have a TV channel package.

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Adding HBO as an independent channel to Apple TV would be a huge win for Apple and cable TV subscribers who would rather pay just for HBO content. It's also going to open up a new path for broadband Internet users who don't have cable TV to become HBO subscribers, too.