Silicon Valley Sources Refute Elon Musk Claims about Apple

2 hours, 37 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · The Back Page

Elon Musk and Tim Cook Taking a Ride in TMO's Rendering of an Apple Car

Tesla CEO Elon Musk told the world Friday that Apple has been hiring people fired from Tesla, that Apple is jokingly known as the Tesla Graveyard. That's not the story I've been hearing for some time from my sources. My understanding is that many people have been leaving Tesla to go to a variety of other companies, and not just to Apple.

Two Minute Clip from Steve Jobs Film where Woz Asks Steve What He Does (Video)

4 hours, 59 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Universal Pictures released a new trailer for Steve Jobs, the Danny Boyle directed film written by Aaron Sorkin. The two minute clip is a contiguous scene where Steve Wozniak is asking Steve Jobs what exactly he does, since he's not an engineer. Steve Jobs's answer in the clip is awesome. It takes place before the unveiling of the NeXT Cube, which Woz predicts (in the film) will be a failure. It was.

Dark Castle and System 6 Emulator in Your Browser

5 hours, 15 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Nostalgia! Steve Jobs had no truck with it, but the rest of it are often consumed. In that light, I bring you Dark Castle running in a System 6 emulator in your browser, powered by Javascript. Come on, that's frakking cool! The screenshot I included is just the landing page, but if you're an old school Mac gamer it caught your eyes and sucked you in. Now, click through to the link and say goodbye to the rest of your day. Oh, and you're welcome.

Skybell Wi-Fi Doorbell: $149

5 hours, 36 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Skybell Wi-Fi Doorbell and iPhone

Check out the Skybell Wi-Fi Doorbell. It's a doorbell for your home with a built-in camera so you can see who's there, whether or not you're at home. It has a lot of features, too, starting with the fact that your iPhone notifies you when someone presses the doorbell. It also ability to detect if someone is there whether or not they push the button, and it has night-vision capabilities, attaches to a wired doorbell, and streams video at 640 x 480. This device retails for $199, but through our deal it's $149.  There's an information video on the deal listing.

AT&T Limits Wi-Fi Calling to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s

9 hours, 10 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

No Wi-Fi calling for iPhone 5c or 5s on AT&T

AT&T turned on Wi-Fi calling on Thursday, which is awesome as long as you have the right model iPhone. Even though Apple says Wi-Fi calling is supported on the iPhone 5c and newer, AT&T chose to enable the feature only for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

Elon Musk: Can’t Cut it at Tesla? Go Work for Apple

10:06 AM EDT, Oct. 9th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Elon Musk says Apple hires the engineers he fires

Sure, Apple is hiring Tesla employees—presumably for its own electric car project code named Titan—but they're the people that've been fired. CEO Elon Musk says Apple is the "Tesla Graveyard," and the people who can't cut it working for him go there.

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The implication is that Apple is hiring incompetent engineers for its electric car project. There's no way Tim Cook would let people who could potentially screw up his car plans into Apple's labs.

El Capitan: Hide Your Menu Bar!

8:55 AM EDT, Oct. 9th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

How to hide your menu bar in OS X El Capitan

In this article, we're going to cover an interesting feature of the new version of OS X: Hiding and showing the menu bar. For those of you who like to hide the Dock when you're not using it, this'll reduce your visual clutter even more. All the focus'll be on your work windows after today's Quick Tip!

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

9:10 PM EDT, Oct. 8th, 2015 · 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

6:56 PM EDT, Oct. 8th, 2015 · 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

6:00 PM EDT, Oct. 8th, 2015 · 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.