Apple Quietly Rolls Out 2013 Mac Pro Video Repair Program

27 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple fixing Mac Pro video issue for free

If your 2013-model Mac Pro is having video issues, Apple may be ready to fix the problem for free. The company has a new hardware repair program in place to deal with the issue, but you'll have to ask because it isn't being advertised.

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tl;dr version: Mac Pros made between February 8th and April 11th last year are covered by the free parts replacement program. If you're having weird video issues, schedule a Genius Bar appointment.

Apple: Error 53 is About Security, not Bricking iPhones

1 hour, 16 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Apple says Error 53 is about security, not cutting out repair centers

Error 53 has taken the Internet by storm and is being tossed around as an example of how Apple is trying to screw iPhone users. The error can appear after the Touch ID sensor is replaced without following the proper procedure, which leaves the iPhone unusable. Apple says that's part of keeping our personal data—and fingerprints—secure.

Ghostbusters Reboot gets its Own LEGO Kit

5:30 PM EST, Feb. 5th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

LEGO has already shown its love for Ghostbusters with the Ecto-1 and firestation headquarters kits, and now the company is embracing this summer's reboot with a just announced kit that includes everything you need to get hyped up before the movie comes out. The kit includes the Ghostbusters team, proton packs, the redesigned Ecto-1 car, a new Ecto-2 motorcycle, and a monster just itching to be captured. You can pick up the new Ghostbusters kit for US$59.99 on July 1, and the movie will be in theaters on July 15.

Man Ties String to iPhone and Films Ski Run (Video)

4:55 PM EST, Feb. 5th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Meet Nicolas Vuignier, an enterprising young man who thought his iPhone was just about everything he needed to make cool aerial videos of his ski runs. Well, his iPhone and some string. According to his YouTube post, he tinkered with the idea for two years before coming up with the string+iPhone configuration he could use to whirl his iPhone 6 around his head as he plummeted down snowy mountains. He calls it Centriphone. No drone required. Also, it's really cool. [Via Digg]

‘Star Wars’ as a Grindhouse Trailer

2:56 PM EST, Feb. 5th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Ever sat around thinking about what Star Wars would be like if it had been a 70's grindhouse flick? Who hasn't, right? Well, now you can see for yourself, thanks to Mashable. They cut a trailer from Star Wars footage, added some horrific sound effects and an even worse voice over (that's perfect), that combine to give the film an all-new feel. If a trailer isn't enough for you, there's a full grindhouse edit out there that's unrelated to the Mashable effort.

The iPad Pro and Apple Pencil Giveaway

2:29 PM EST, Feb. 5th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

I'm delighted to announce the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil Giveaway. It's for a 32GB iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil, and all you have to do to enter is register to receive our deal emails. It's that simple, so get on it! And good luck. smile

Apple to Supreme Court: You can Skip Samsung’s Patent Appeal

1:26 PM EST, Feb. 5th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple argues Supreme Court shouldn't hear Samsung's patent infringement appeal

Apple doesn't think the U.S. Supreme Court needs to hear Samsung's appeal in their patent infringement fight, and said as much in documents filed on Thursday. Samsung is hoping to get the court to overturn a ruling that says it infringed on several Apple-owned mobile device patents.

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Samsung says letting the lower court's ruling stand will kill innovation, and Apple says there's no need for the Supreme Court to hear the case. I'm so ready for this patent infringement case to end.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-02-05: Streaming the Super Bowl, Time Machine’s Failure

1:16 PM EST, Feb. 5th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

CBS is making it easy—and free—for anyone to watch the Super Bowl without needing a cable TV subscription or antenna. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about streaming the big game through the CBS Sports app for the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, plus they dive into why John thinks Apple has failed with Time Machine.

iOS: That Stupid [Bleep] Siri and Its [Bleep] Nicknames

8:55 AM EST, Feb. 5th, 2016 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Siri can bleep your name for you

If you're one of those people who has Siri calling you "your highness" or "Captain Magnificent" rather than your first name, then boy, are you going to love this tip. A Reddit user found a way to bleep out Siri, so you can have Apple's voice assistant call you "you massive stinking pile of BEEP" if you want. We accept no responsibility for the repercussions of having your boss hear your new nickname, though. 

Apple to Accept Some Cracked Screens in iPhone Trade-in Program and Install Screen Protectors

10:20 PM EST, Feb. 4th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Cracked iPhone 6

Apple will begin accepting some iPhones with cracked screens in an expansion tot he company's iPhone trade-in program. Online reports say Apple will also begin offering in-store installation of screen protectors.

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Neither change is going to dramatically increase the success of Apple's fleet of stores, but incremental improvements and the reduction of friction points will contribute to the overall vitality of the company's retail business.

Tim Cook Says iPad Will Return to Growth, iPhone will Grow, Apple TV has ‘Bright Future’

9:38 PM EST, Feb. 4th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple CEO Tim Cook and COO Jeff Williams told Apple employees on Thursday that its iPad product line will return to growth by the end of 2016. According to 9to5Mac, the two executives participated in a town hall meeting with Apple employees. In addition to the iPad comments, they said Apple Watch was one of the “hottest” holiday gifts, with sales surpassing the original iPhone launch of 2007 (which is a mostly irrelevant comparison, but interesting nonetheless). Other highlights include a bright future for Apple TV and the living room, the possibility of expanding more Apple services outside of Apple's hardware ecosystem (i.e. to Android), more leave benefits to employees, and a big step towards insuring all of its smelted metals are conflict-free.  Check out Mark Gurman's report for more info.

Apple Overtakes Google/Alphabet as Most Valuable Company

8:17 PM EST, Feb. 4th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

AAPL vs. GOOGL Comparison Chart

Apple retook the title of world's    most valuable company, a title briefly lost to Alphabet—the holding company that owns Google—earlier in the week. At the market's close on Thursday, Apple's market cap stood at $534.4 billion, while Alphabet's rose to $503.3 billion.

Why Apple’s Time Machine Utterly Fails User Needs

5:30 PM EST, Feb. 4th, 2016 · John Martellaro · Editorial

Apple's Time Machine languishes

Apple's Time Machine backup system was born in a time when Apple realized that customers weren't routinely backing up their Macs. So a simple, stopgap system, with some novel features, was devised for the novice user. Unfortunately, over the years, the app hasn't progressed and kept pace with modern user needs. Today, most every tech writer says: Use it, but don't trust it completely. This is unfortunate.

Pay What You Want: Leawo Media-Pro Mac Bundle

5:17 PM EST, Feb. 4th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Media-Pro Mac Bundle

Check out the Leawo Media-Pro Mac Bundle, a collection of five Mac apps to help you manage your media. Clean up your song files, rip DVDs, convert DVDs, and more. This is one of our pay-what-you-want deals, too. Pay anything, and you'll get Music Recorder for Mac. Beat the average price—$9.18 as of this writing—and you'll get all five apps. Make the leaderboard at any time during the deal's run, and you'll get an entry into a drawing, and 10 percent of the profit goes to Save the Children. Cool, eh?