MGG 550: Photos Isn’t Always Easy

11 hours, 45 minutes ago · John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mac Geek Gab Podcast

You have questions about Apple's new Photos app and John and Dave have your answers. The answers are not always easy and not always exactly what you want, but your two favorite geeks will get you there as smoothly as possible. Also some fun (and geeky!) discussion of typing filenames (with spaces, no less) from the Terminal, as well as dealing with pesky WiFi signup screens when traveling. Oh, and Dave got his Apple Watch, too. All this and more!

Apple Not Allowing Fart Apps on Apple Watch

5:29 PM EDT, Apr. 25th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Plenty of Apps, but No Fart Apps

Bad news for fans of flatulence: Apple is not allowing fart apps on the Apple Watch. Good news for anyone with a sense of humor advanced past the age of 12: Apple isn't allowing fart apps on the Apple Watch.

Sony and Samsung Both Offered to Pay James Bond to Use Their Phones

9:44 PM EDT, Apr. 24th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Sony and Samsung both offered to pay James Bond actor Daniel Craig to use their smartphones in the next installment of the series, Spectre. According to stolen Sony emails posted to Wikileaks, both companies offered Daniel Craig US$5 million to use their devices in the film. The negotiations fell apart over marketing fees and because the actor and Specter director Sam Mendes both felt, "James Bond only uses the 'best.'"

XTC In-Ear Genuine Wood Headphones: $23.99

6:39 PM EDT, Apr. 24th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

XTC In-Ear Genuine Wood Headphones: $23.99

We have a deal today on the XTC Headphones, in-earphones made of wood. They have a built-in microphone for taking calls, and the silicone inserts are designed to isolate you from outside noise. They retail for $50, but with our deal you can get them for $23.99.

Four Things To Get You Started With Apple Watch

6:30 PM EDT, Apr. 24th, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · Tips

Waiting for your new Apple Watch to arrive? Waiting for it to charge? Waiting for version 2? Whatever your situation, Kelly has collected all manner of information to help you get up and running when it actually does show up.

Apple Offers Online Personal Setup Assistance for Apple Watch

1:50 PM EDT, Apr. 24th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is taking its online-focused launch for Apple Watch a step farther by offering buyers Personal Setup sessions through their computer. Apple Watch owners scheduled to receive their new smartwatch today started receiving emails touting the Web-based setup help along with a link to sign up for a time slot.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-04-24: Getting Inside Apple Watch

1:22 PM EDT, Apr. 24th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

It's Apple Watch delivery day, which means we finally get to see what's inside Apple's brand new smartwatch. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet talk about how Apple designed the insides of the Apple Watch, and debunk the idea that Apple designed an internal-upgradable device. They also explain how to navigate the Apple Watch interface, and Bryan gives us a great musical interlude.

iFixit Apple Watch Tear Down Kills Hopes of Upgrades

11:24 AM EDT, Apr. 24th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Watch deliveries have barely started arriving, and iFixit has already stripped one down to its screws. What they found inside pretty much kills hopes and rumors that Apple will offer internal component upgrades when future models come out.

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Sorry gang, no upgradable internal components in your brand new Apple Watch. Considering how much is inside one, it's likely Apple found a way to use Timelord technology, which seems completely appropriate.

Photos on the Mac: Comparing Edited Images to Originals

8:50 AM EDT, Apr. 24th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Wondering where the trick of holding down Shift in iPhoto to compare edits went with the new Photos app? Hey, this Quick Tip has you covered. Not sure what we mean about the thing that holding down Shift used to do? Hey, this has you covered on that, too, and you may just find that it's your favorite "new" ability with the Photos program.

Visual Primer for Navigating Apple Watch

7:53 PM EDT, Apr. 23rd, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · News

Apple Watch is very nearly here, and in the meantime you can check out how the interactions fit together using the latest episode of the Maccast and an image created by a Reddit user showing how the interface is used in different situations.

Comcast Reportedly Dropping Plans to Buy Time Warner Cable

6:40 PM EDT, Apr. 23rd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Comcast Time Warner

Comcast is planning to drop its proposed buyout of Time Warner Cable. According to multiple news outlets citing a variety of unnamed sources, Comcast is backing the deal in the wake of intense scrutiny from antitrust regulators in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

ZeroLemon SolarJuice 20000mAh Battery: $49.99

6:07 PM EDT, Apr. 23rd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

ZeroLemon SolarJuice 20000mAh Battery: $49.99

Here's a deal on a killer gadget called ZeroLemon SolarJuice—it's a 20,000mAh portable charger for your iPhone, iPad, or Android devices, and you can charge it using the on-board 1.2W solar panels. I think that's super cool. 20,000mAh is a ton of power, enough to charge your iPhone 6 more than seven times. If that's not enough, it has a built-in LED flashlight. This thing retails for $100, which is a good price, but through our deal you can get it for $49.99. 

6 Apple Watch Apps to Keep You Healthy and In Shape

3:23 PM EDT, Apr. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

The iPhone has become the go-to health and fitness tracker for many people, and now that can extend out to your wrist, too. The list of Apple Watch apps designed to help you stay in shape and keep yourself healthy is growing quickly, so TMO put together a list of some of our favorites just in time for your brand new smartwatch to arrive.