Apple Possibly Leaked New Mac mini Models

11 minutes ago · Kelly Guimont · News

Apple updated a support article that refers to a Mid 2014 model Mac mini, which is the first mention of any sort of attention paid to the Mac mini, last updated in October 2012.

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I'd like this to be true, but at this point odds are 50/50 that there is an actual new Mac mini, or that someone was pasting in updated Macs and got a little trigger happy with Cmd-V.

Ford Ditching BlackBerry for iPhone for Global Corporate Use

2 hours, 16 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Ford and iPhone

Ford announced on Tuesday that it was moving some 9,300 corporate employees    from BlackBerry to iPhone. The move will be a blow to BlackBerry, which is trying to rebuild itself under the leadership of CEO John Chen. At the same time, it's another boost for Apple's enterprise ambition, which recently announced a mobile alliance with IBM.

‘Window Plug’ Portable Solar Charger Concept Design

5 hours, 9 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Yanko Design is showing off a concept called "Window Plug," and it's very cool. It's a portable solar charger that you can stick on a window. It has a built-in battery that self-charges, but it also has a plug for accessing that power for your devices. So far, this is a concept only. In the comments, the creator said that he still has technical hurdles to overcome, not least of which is having the device generate enough power to meet the needs of a wide variety of devices. But I am lust with the idea of a charger that I could stick on a hotel window, a car window, or...wait for it...a airplane window. Accordingly, I'm pulling for the product to come to market.

MotionArtist for Mac: $9

6 hours, 54 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

MotionArtist for Mac: $9

MotionArtist is a very cool piece of software that allows you to layout comics in traditional panel form with word bubbles, and  also add motion, sound, and even a 3D parallax effect to scenes. The animation tools are designed to be quite easy to use, and it's focused primarily on adding motion. Through our deal, you can get it for $9, a lot less than the $60 retail price.

Apple Retail Out Almost $310K in Scam, Suspect Arrested in Florida

9 hours, 28 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple lost US$309,768 in merchandise out of its retail stores in 16 states thanks to Sharron Laverne Parrish Jr. and a debit card scam. Authorities have arrested Mr. Parrish, and thanks to his clever social engineering, Apple will likely be left holding the bill.

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Forced code scams happen more often than you'd think, so it isn't surprising Mr. Parrish was able to make off with so much before getting caught. Apple will most likely change its policies to require employees to call banks on declined cards instead of leaving that in customer's hands

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-29

10 hours, 1 minute ago · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

The future for magazines looked promising thanks to the iPad, but not everyone is pleased with how that worked out. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about how the digital magazine has been something of a disappointment, and why John is planning on going back to print. They also offer up their take on companies like Facebook splitting features across multiple apps.

Apple TV Adds Fox Now, CNBC Channels

11 hours, 59 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Fox Now and CNBC joined the Apple TV channel lineup on Tuesday, giving viewers access to shows like Cosmos, 24: Live Another Day, live CNBC content, and more. Unfortunately, the content you get is limited unless you also have a cable subscription.

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More content is great for Apple TV owners, but continuing to leave most of it stuck behind cable pay walls isn't much of a help to viewers who don't want to shell out the money for full subscription packages.

Apple Drops Samsung Patent Appeal, Ends Injunction Push

9:55 AM EDT, Jul. 29th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is throwing in the towel on its efforts to get an injunction blocking the sale of several Samsung smartphones related to their first patent infringement trial. Apple told the court on Monday that it is dropping its cross appeal in the case and now will instead focus on winning an injunction in their second mobile device infringement trial.

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It seems that -- at least on some level -- both Apple and Samsung are getting tired of their ongoing patent infringement fight, although not tired enough to find some sort of agreement. For Samsung, giving up doesn't make sense considering its drag-it-out-in-court tactics are working just fine.

Retina MacBook Pro gets Faster Processors, More RAM

8:46 AM EDT, Jul. 29th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Apple confirmed the Retina MacBook Pro update rumors on Tuesday when it rolled out new models with faster processors and more RAM. The new 13-inch and 15-inch models look just like the versions they replace, but with more power under the hood.

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With today's Retina MacBook Pro refresh, that leaves only the Mac mini waiting for an update.

Facebook Forces iPhone Users To Separate Messaging App

9:48 PM EDT, Jul. 28th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · Product News

Facebook

Facebook is disabling messaging entirely in the iPhone and Android apps, forcing users who wish to use the feature to download  a separate app.

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I regularly consider deleting the Facebook app already, and now I'm supposed to have two!? I'll pass.