TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-21

35 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin & Dave Hamilton · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple launched Apple Pay, and there are a couple of ways to set it up. We walk you through it all. We can also send and receive SMS text messages from our Macs and iPads (in addition to iMessages), and we walk you through setting that up. Then we spent some time wondering why in the heck Apple didn't turn it on by default, though taking phone calls on your Mac was.

How Apple Pay Mitigates Breach Fatigue

2 hours, 12 minutes ago · Kelly Guimont · News

If you're suffering from breach fatigue, Apple Pay offers a bit of relief. Kelly gets into how Apple Pay actually works, why it's better than the magnetic stripe you have now, and what makes it less susceptible to attacks.

How to Enable Apple’s SMS Relay on your Mac or iPad

3 hours, 51 minutes ago · Dave Hamilton · How-To

When Apple announced iOS 8 at WWDC one feature was met with great applause: SMS Relay. This allows users to send and receive Text Messages (i.e. the "green bubble" messages) on our Macs the same way we've always been able to send and receive iMessages. SMS Relay is made possible by using your iPhone as the conduit between your Mac and the SMS network. Now that you have both iOS 8.1 and Yosemite installed (you must for this to work), there are just a few more steps to follow to activate this, but they're pretty simple.

Apple Earnings Smackdown Ranks Analyst Predictions

4 hours, 58 minutes ago · Kelly Guimont · News

Each quarter, Philip Elmer-Dewitt gathers analyst predictions on Apple's performance and ranks them in the Apple Earnings Smackdown. Tuesday he released the results for Apple's latest earnings report.

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I'm not sure what the difference is between amateur and professional analyst, but it's interesting to see how accurate (or not) each group is overall.

Here’s What Apple Wants to Achieve With Apple Pay

7:45 PM EDT, Oct. 20th, 2014 · John Martellaro · Analysis

In Apple's Q4 2014 earnings report, Tim Cook was asked by Shannon Cross of Cross Research what Apple's business model is for Apple Pay and whether it will, over time, become a standalone business, like iTunes. Or is it just incremental revenue? It was a great question, but it's neither of those. Here's what Tim Cook told Ms. Cross.

Apple Teases Future Plans for Beats

5:16 PM EDT, Oct. 20th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple has plans in store for Beats now that it owns the company, and an announcement is coming about what's in store, but for now CEO Tim Cook isn't saying what we can expect. Mr. Cook shared his little tidbit during the company's fourth fiscal quarter earnings report on Monday afternoon.

Apple Posts a Record September Quarter - $42.1 Billion Revenue, $8.5 Billion Earnings

5:02 PM EDT, Oct. 20th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Apple Stock Watch

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Apple posted another record quarter Monday, when the company announced results for the September quarter, Apple's 4th fiscal quarter. Apple had record revenue of US$42.1 billion, with record 4th quarter earnings of $8.5 billion (earnings per share of $1.42). The company said that strong iPhone, Mac and App Store sales drove both revenue and earnings.

How-to Set Up and Add Credit Cards to Apple Pay

4:45 PM EDT, Oct. 20th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · How-To

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Apple launched Apple Pay Monday, a service that allows iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners to conduct credit card transactions through NFC at participating retailers. Apple Pay was included in iOS 8.1, which was released to consumers earlier on Monday, and it's pretty easy to set up—if you know that it's in Passbook, that is. Here's how to get it going.

Spotify Announces Family Plans

11:49 AM EDT, Oct. 20th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · News

Spotify has announced Spotify Family, a way to add additional Spotify users to a single account and yet keep all the recommendations and playlists completely separate.

Apple To Release iOS 8.1 Update Today, Here’s How To Get Ready

9:59 AM EDT, Oct. 20th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · News

Apple has announced iOS 8.1 will be released Monday, presumably with the usual fixes for security and usability issues. Also part of this release will be Apple Pay, enabling iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners to wave their phones in stores and pay for things.

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I want to believe Apple is totally going to get this right, but I also didn't think Apple would get it so wrong as to remove the ability to make phone calls from your phone, so for now I'm sticking to my 24 hour rule and waiting to see how others do before upgrading myself.

Dropbox Releases iOS Update 3.5, Includes Touch ID

9:02 AM EDT, Oct. 20th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · News

Dropbox has released its latest iOS version, which now includes Touch ID as an alternate method of accessing Dropbox data.

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It's good to see Touch ID get more widespread use all the time, so this is a welcome update.

MGG 524: Cool Stuff Found & Yosemite Notes

11:54 AM EDT, Oct. 19th, 2014 · John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

John and Dave have been attending all sorts of press events lately, collecting and researching for Cool Stuff Found. That combined with everything sent in by you and fellow listeners makes for a pretty fun list! Plus, Yosemite went live this week and your geeks are here to get you started down the path, too!