The New MacBook Giveaway

11 hours, 52 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

The New MacBook Giveaway

I'm pretty stoked about announcing our MacBook giveaway with our friends at Stack Social. That's the new MacBook. The one that is insanely thin, has a Retina Display, and comes in three colors. We're giving one away. All you have to do is register to receive our daily email deals, and if you've already done so, just hit the register button for this (and all the other great giveaways we do on our Deals site). There are ways of sharing the link, too, and earning yourself more entries, so get on it.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-26: Apple’s Revamped iTunes Radio Plans, Amazon’s Big Cloud Storage

1:21 PM EDT, Mar. 26th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Word on the street says Apple wants to be a big player in the streaming music market. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Apple's plans, and offer their take on brining DJs to iTunes Radio. They also dive into Amazon's new unlimited cloud storage options and what that means for their competitors.

Amazon Adds Unlimited Storage Options to Cloud Drive

11:31 AM EDT, Mar. 26th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Amazon trumped everyone else in the online storage market on Thursday with its new unlimited plans. The online retailer is now offering a cloud-based file storage option without any data caps for just under US$5 a month—undercutting the best deals from very other online storage service, while making Apple's iCloud Drive options look painfully expensive.

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Unlimited online storage for any file type and only $5 a month. That's the best storage option for the price, period. Hopefully Amazon's move will make everyone else—including Apple—take note and offer more competitive pricing.

Apple Tasks Jimmy Iovine, Trent Reznor with Making a Spotify Competitor

10:32 AM EDT, Mar. 26th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is ready to revamp its streaming music offerings, and has put Jimmy Iovine and Trent Reznor on the task. The iPhone and iPad maker wants to go head to head with Spotify and similar streaming music services, and is leveraging its Beats acquisition to make that happen.

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Apple wants to be a big player in the streaming music market, and it looks like the company is working on making that happen. Spotify and Pandora have to know Apple is working on something, so it'll be interesting to see what this does for competition in the Internet radio game.

Apple TV Adds CNNgo Channel

9:02 AM EDT, Mar. 26th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple TV gained yet another new channel this week with the addition of CNNgo. The new channel taps into the CNNgo service to let viewers watch live news and previously recorded shows, but requires a cable TV subscription to watch most of the content.

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More channels coming to Apple TV helps make the little streaming entertainment box more enticing. Requiring a cable TV subscription yet again, however, doesn't do much to make the device a true alternative to Comcast or Time Warner TV packages.

How To Recycle Old iPhones, iPads, and Other Mobile Devices

6:52 PM EDT, Mar. 25th, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · How-To

Now that we've wrangled all those now unnecessary cables, it's time to chip away at the devices that go with them. If you have some old iPhones or even feature phones tucked away, now's the time to set them free. Kelly explains the digital equivalent of sending them off to a farm in the country.

A New Apple TV with 4K Would NOT Break the Internet

6:00 PM EDT, Mar. 25th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Analysis

Often, for the sake of dramatic effect and the attention it brings, technical articles are couched in terms of dramatic change. And while change is what our industry is all about, the technical people behind the scenes know that nothing all happens at once. The same applies to 4K streaming.

Apple Buys Advanced Database Company FoundationDB

5:06 PM EDT, Mar. 25th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple Buys Advanced Database Company FoundationDB

Apple has acquired FoundationDB, a company that developed advanced database technologies designed to crunch large amounts of data more swiftly and efficiently. FoundationDB announced on its website that it would no longer offer its product for download, and Apple issued its standard boilerplate statement it uses to confirm corporate acquisitions without actually confirming them.

Christy Turlington: Apple Watch Accurately Tracks Workouts without an iPhone

4:14 PM EDT, Mar. 25th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple Watch spokesperson Christy Turlington-Burns posted her Week Three blog entry in a series about training for the upcoming London Marathon. Mrs. Turlington-Burns said in her Apple-sponsored blog that after a few uses, her Apple Watch learned enough about her stride that she didn't need her iPhone with her to accurately track her results.

Dave Hamilton Talks Mobile Tech at Connecticut Mac Connection

2:35 PM EDT, Mar. 25th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Appearances

The Mac Observer's own Dave Hamilton will be speaking Wednesday evening at the Connecticut Mac Connection user group on how to keep all of your data with you no matter where you are. Dave will share his tips and tricks on how to make sure the information you need is available when you're away from your desk, and how to make sure your information stays secure.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-25: Apple’s Tech Trend Setting, Recycling Old Gear

2:04 PM EDT, Mar. 25th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

You don't have to like Apple to see how the company is changing the consumer electronics world. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at how Apple sets trends and impacts how we use and what we expect from our tech gear even if we don't use their products. Kelly also has some great tips on recycling all of those extra cables that pile up.

Step Aside Calendar, Fantastical 2 for the Mac is Here

11:19 AM EDT, Mar. 25th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · In-Depth Review

When Fantastical was first released it brought with it a fresh take on the Mac's Calendar thanks to its easy to use drop down menu view and natural language event entry system. Where the original made a great addition to Apple's Calendar apps, Fantastical 2 is an excellent replacement and shows just how much power you can pack into a minimalist interface. Is Fantastical 2 right for you? Read on to find out.

Fan-made TIE Fighter Film Shows How Cool the Empire Can Be

9:27 AM EDT, Mar. 25th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

The Empire is always the evil enemy in Star Wars films, except when Paul Johnson is at the helm. He spent four years working on his own fan-made animated short film called TIE Fighter done in 1980s style anime that's simply beautiful. It includes an appropriate 80s style musical score plus authentic sound effects, and shows just how wonderfully awesome animated Star Wars can be. The movie is a little over seven minutes long, and if you're watching at work be sure to wear headphones because you don't want to miss out on the audio.

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OS X: Use Shortcuts to Jump Around in Text

7:55 AM EDT, Mar. 25th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

If you didn't know that you could use keyboard shortcuts to move to the beginning or end of a line, paragraph, or document under OS X, then boy, do we have a Quick Tip for you. In this article, we'll cover our most-used shortcuts, and we'll even point you toward a list of dozens more you can use if you're so inclined. We're good like that.