In-store Apple Watch Purchases will Require Appointments

1 hour, 38 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

If you're planning on walking into an Apple retail store and buying an Apple Watch in April, get ready to be disappointed. The company isn't going to allow walk-in sales for Apple Watch, so you'll need an appointment to walk out of the company's stores with one on your wrist.

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Apple is either making a ton of watches and expecting sales to to go through the roof, or there just won't be that many available. Either way, it looks like getting ahold of an Apple Watch right away might be difficult.

Tim Cook Blasts Indiana Discrimination Law, and it’s the Right thing to Do

2 hours, 50 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Editorial

Indiana's legislature passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and Apple CEO Tim Cook responded with an op-ed in the Washington Post calling out the state for enacting a pro-discrimination law. The law, set to go into effect in July, gives business owners the right to refuse service to anyone and then use their own religious beliefs as justification. Opponents of the law, including Mr. Cook, say it's nothing more than state-sanctioned discrimination.

MGG 546: Calendars, Flaky Connections and NAS Backups

12:13 PM EDT, Mar. 29th, 2015 · John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mac Geek Gab Podcast

TAMED this week: flaky internet connections, disappearing sent mail, recurring installer relaunches and keyboard shortcuts who refuse to sync. Your geeks just won't let these things stand, and neither should you. In addition they share some tips from listeners about making the Finder show you just what you want and backing up network drives. Trust us, you don't want to miss this one!

How to Update Any Icon on Your Mac

7:50 PM EDT, Mar. 27th, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · How-To

Back in the day you could tell who the serious Mac users were because they had the skills to customize the icons for their hard drive and other icons. You can do the same in OS X, and it's even easier now. Kelly explains how to swap out icons, and sources for more.

Steve Wozniak: Apple Watch Edition Won’t Move the World Forward

7:25 PM EDT, Mar. 27th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

Woz

Steve "Woz" Wozniak is interested in the Apple Watch, but not the Apple Watch Edition at the high end. At a keynote event titled What's Next--The Future of Technology at the Automate/Promat Show in Chicago on Wednesday, Mr. Wozniak said he thought the US$10,000 and $17,000 Apple Watch Edition wasn't the kind of device that would move the world forward.

The REAL Reason Apple’s iPad is Faltering

3:45 PM EDT, Mar. 27th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Apple's iPad sales started out growing like gangbusters. It looked to become a major product line alongside the iPhone But then, in the last year, sales have faltered. Various reasons have be put forward: update cycles, the popularity of phablets, and so on. But the real reason goes much deeper. John Martellaro explains.

‘Bobine’ Flexible iPhone Charging Dock: $24.99

2:50 PM EDT, Mar. 27th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

'Bobine' Flexible iPhone Charging Dock: $24.99

Check out the Bobine, a very clever approach to a charging cable and dock for your Lightinging iPhone. It's a flexible cable that will stay where you put it, even supporting your iPhone in the process. That makes it a highly adjustable dock, a tripod, and a charger, all in one. It's MFi-certified, and features a  military-grade nickel-plated steel design. Through our deal, you can get it for $24.99.

UK Safari Users can Sue Google Over Unwanted Browser Cookies

2:05 PM EDT, Mar. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Google lost its fight to keep UK residents from filing lawsuits over the Safari browser tracking cookies it placed on their computers even when they explicitly blocked the activity. The Court of Appeal ruling means potentially millions of people can file lawsuits against the company over claims that their privacy has been violated.

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Google may have claimed it was simply using "known functionality" in the Safari Web browser, but both US and UK courts think the company crossed the line. Seems even though most people are fine giving up privacy, they draw the line at Google using tracking cookies even after browser settings are changed to prohibit that.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-27: Tim Cook is the Top Leader, Leshi TV says Apple is Hitler

12:56 PM EDT, Mar. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been named the world's greatest leader, which is really saying something. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share some interesting facts they learned about Mr. Cook following Fortune's proclamation of his superior leadership skills. They also take a look at a new marketing campaign out of China from Leshi TV comparing Apple to Adolph Hitler.

Leshi TV CEO Says Apple is Hitler

10:56 AM EDT, Mar. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Leshi TV CEO Jia Yueting kicked his hyperbole engine into overdrive and is equating Apple to Adolph Hitler. His company went so far as to release a vaguely South Park-style image online of the Nazi leader, complete with an Apple logo on a red arm band.

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While equating competitors to the bad guys is a fairly common marketing tactic, going so far as to draw parallels to Hitler and the Nazi regime is in bad taste, to say the least.

Apple Watch Compatible Apps are Already Arriving

9:29 AM EDT, Mar. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

With Apple Watch pre-orders still a couple weeks off and then a couple more before we can finally wrap Apple's smartwatch around our wrists, the first iPhone app updates with Apple Watch support are already rolling out. Several apps are touting Apple Watch compatibility, such as Dark Sky, Evernote, and SPG: Starwood Hotels and Resorts.

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Seeing Apple Watch updates showing up now is practically a tease, although the select few journalists and bloggers who get early access for reviews will need some apps to test out.

Numbers: Using the Quick Calculations Bar

8:55 AM EDT, Mar. 27th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Today's Quick Tip is all about how to work with that fancy calculations bar that'll appear at the bottom of your Numbers window when you select a group of cells. Using that, you can quickly add formulas to your spreadsheet, for example, or learn more about the different functions available to you. Come on in and check it out!

The New MacBook Giveaway

6:08 PM EDT, Mar. 26th, 2015 · 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.