ACM 268: Apple Copycats, Ad Agencies, and Steve Ballmer: Sports Mogul

1 hour, 35 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet & Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Podcast

Copying isn't the same as innovating, but it seems plenty of people are confusing the two with Xiaomi. Jeff and Bryan explain why the electronics maker isn't China's Apple, plus they look at the future of Apple's marketing strategy, and note Steve Ballmer's retirement from Microsoft's board of directors so he can focus on the Los Angeles Clippers.

Jeff Gamet, John Martellaro Talk Sci-Fi Tech on MacVoices

1 hour, 46 minutes ago · TMO Staff · TMO Appearances

The Mac Observer's Jeff Gamet and John Martellaro paid a visit to Chuck Joiner's MacVoices this week to talk about how sci-fi tech has shaped out world, and what they expect from technological advances still to come. They also debate whether or not we expect too much from our technology, how technology may change our society, and how they want to interact with their computers in the future.

Limefuel Lite USB Battery Pack for Dual Charging: $34.99

2 hours, 58 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Limefuel Lite USB Battery Pack for Dual Charging: $34.99

We have a last minute deal for you on the Limefuel Lite USB Battery Pack, a portable charger for iPhone and other portable devices. It features a 15,000mAh Lithium-ion battery, which is a lot of juice, and it has two USB ports so you can charge two devices at the same time. If that's not enough, it has a digital readout that tells you exactly how much power you have left. Through our deal, you can get the  Limefuel Lite USB Battery Pack for $34.99, but there are only 6 more hours in this deal. If you want it, get on it.

Guest Pass for iOS 7 Allows Access to Your Wi-Fi Network Without Revealing the Password

6 hours, 2 minutes ago · John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

The Guest Pass app page sums it up: "Do you share passwords with people to join your Wi-Fi network on a regular basis? Guest Pass makes this easy. Just fill out the simple questions in Guest Pass and e-mail the resulting Guest Pass without ever leaving the app. Users receive an attachment that they tap [iOS] or click [OS X], and the next time they are near your network, their iPhone, iPad, or Mac will automatically connect. You can also set expiration dates so the settings will be deleted [from] the device on the expiration date." The way it works is that a special, encrypted configuration file is sent to the recipient who must be using iOS 5 or later or OS X 10.7 or later. The recipient will never see your network password.  You can set an expiration date, but if you want to provide  semi-permanent access, you set set an expiration in the far distant future. Using  Guest Pass provides finer control over who and how long access is allowed than the "Enable Guest Network" found in the Apple AirPort Utility.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-20

7 hours, 17 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Analysts and pundits are weaving some pretty big tapestries for Apple's product plans based on only a few threads of information they're getting from the supply chain. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at reports claiming Apple's rumored iWatch is coming next year because of production delays, plus they offer their take on RunKeeper's plans to offer fitness incentives through what amounts to in-app ads.

RunKeeper Wants to Give You Presents for Working Out

9 hours, 26 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Exercise may be its own reward, but RunKeeper thinks a little something extra couldn't hurt so it teamed up with Kiip to give its app users rewards for meeting new workout goals. The rewards will be offers for free or discounted health and fitness-related products, which sounds a lot like in-app ads, but the company is working to present them in a way that doesn't offend users and actually gives them something of value.

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RunKeeper has always taken pride in the fact that it doesn't offer in-app advertising. This new deal with Kiip walks right on that line, so it'll be interesting to see if users feel like they're really being rewarded for working out, or being pushed ads.

Analyst: No Apple iWatch this Year

10 hours, 40 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's rumored and highly anticipated iWatch won't make it to store shelves this year thanks to production issues. That's the word from KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo who said the device is proving to be very difficult to build thanks to a new manufacturing process Apple had to develop and the use of several specialized components.

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Apple is pretty good at keeping secrets, so it's possible the iWatch will launch this fall. That said, unexpected manufacturing issues could lead to a 2015 release, which would be unfortunate for Apple because it would miss out on the holiday buying season.

3 Handy Tips to Make Preview More Productive

11 hours, 39 minutes ago · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Melissa Holt thinks Preview is pretty much the bee's knees when it comes to viewing and annotating PDFs. So in this Quick Tip, she's going to talk about three of her favorite tricks for using it. She probably won't explain her love of antiquated phrases like "the bee's knees," though, so don't hold your breath for that. 

Week of Who, Day Two: Doctor Stew

8:23 PM EDT, Aug. 19th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

For Week of Who, day two, I offer you an amusing web series called Doctor Stew. It's mostly Doctor Who themed, but it's got a fair amount of Family Guy animation style and humor. It's not Stewie as the Doctor or anything, it just rhymed and made for a catchier title. Keep in mind if Family Guy is not your scene, Doctor Stew won't be either. Otherwise, check out the first episode below.

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Last Chance for Duracell Bundle: 100 AA and 50 AAA Batteries for $56

4:22 PM EDT, Aug. 19th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Last Chance for Duracell Bundle: 100 AA and 50 AAA Batteries for $56

The Duracell Bundle—100 AA and 50 AAA Duracell Batteries for $56—is coming to an end. This has been a very popular deal on our Deals page, even without promoting it, but if you want to take advantage of it, do so quickly. It ends on August 21st, just two days from now. The batteries have an expiration date of 2019, and the deal is only available in the continental U.S. There's a limit of five per customer, which means you can one for you and get Christmas/holiday gifts for some of your family, too.