Video Scratch Test for Ion-X Glass Shows High Scratch Resistance

3 hours, 16 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

YouTuber Unbox Therapy has published a video showing several scratch tests for Ion-X glass, the material Apple is using on Apple Watch Sport. The tests were conducted on sample Ion-X material, rather than an actual Apple Watch Sport, and showed the material to handle a key, a knife, and steel wool. It didn't hold up to sandpaper, however, so make sure you don't rub your Apple Watch face with sandpaper. Sapphire will hold up to that sort of beating—or scraping—however, so if you're expecting some nasty run-ins with sandpaper-wielding vandals, or maybe some sort of horrific shop accident, you may want to consider Apple Watch instead of Apple Watch Sport.

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Angela Ahrendts Explains Apple Watch Rollout in Employee Video

5 hours, 4 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · News

Angela Ahrendts Explains Apple Watch Rollout in Employee Video

Apple Senior Vice President of Retail Angela Ahrendts sent a video to Apple Store retail employees explaining the decision to limit initial Apple Watch orders to online only. In the video, Ms. Ahrendts delivers a very personal address that goes deeper into points she made in a written memo earlier in April, and stresses that Apple launched two new products at one time, Apple Watch and MacBook.

Pay What You Want for the Back-End Developer Course Bundle

6 hours, 17 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Pay What You Want for the Back-End Developer Course Bundle

We have a training bundle for back-end developers today, and you get to name your own price. It works like this: pay what you want—say a penny—and you get two training courses. There are Python, Ruby, and PHP training courses in the package. But if you pay more than the average, you get all eight courses, and as of this writing, the average price is just $9.85. Plus, 10 percent of what you pay goes to one of three charities—you choose. Get to it!

10 Must Have Apple Watch Apps for Launch Day

8 hours, 35 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

The first wave of Apple Watches will start arriving this Friday, April 24. You'll need some apps to show off just how cool your brand new smartwatch is, so TMO put together a list of must-have apps to make your daily routine easier while wowing your friends at the same time.

James Bond, It’s Time to Try on Your Apple Watch

8 hours, 54 minutes ago · John Martellaro · John Martellaro's Blog

Ever since the movie Dr. No, James Bond has, on and off, used a gadget wristwatch to get out of a tight spot. Have the watches of the Bond movies seeped into our collective smartwatch subconsciousness? Also, Bond is a Brit and Sir Jonathan Ive is a Brit. What connection could there possibly be?  John Martellaro ponders the various influences.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-04-21: The Real Scoop on Twitter’s DM Changes

9 hours, 30 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Twitter put the social networking world in a tizzy yesterday when it said that Direct Messaging was opening up to people who aren't following each other. Dave Hamilton and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to help explain what's really happening, and why you aren't going to get overloaded with spam messages. Kelly also shows why OS X's Network Locations feature is so handy.

Google Kills YouTube for 2nd Gen Apple TV, Older iOS Devices

10:09 AM EDT, Apr. 21st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Google is dropping support for several devices from its YouTube API, which means that second generation Apple TV owners won't be able to watch cat videos any more. Along with the older Apple TV model, YouTube support for iPhones and iPads running iOS 6, older Google TV versions, and some smart TVs was dropped, too.

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If watching YouTube videos through the Apple TV channel is a big thing for you, the third generation model costs US$69.

Jeff Gamet Talks Cloud Services at Denver Apple Pi

9:10 AM EDT, Apr. 21st, 2015 · TMO Staff · TMO Appearances

The Mac Observer's Jeff Gamet will be talking about cloud-based services tonight, April 21, at the Denver Apple Pi Mac User Group. He'll be sharing tips on using online services and storage, how to get the most out of the services on your Mac, iPhone, and iPad, and how to help keep your data safe.

Some Apple Watch Orders ‘Preparing for Shipment’

6:09 PM EDT, Apr. 20th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Preparing for Shipment

Some Apple Watch orders have shifted from "Processing Items" to "Preparing for Shipment." TMO readers have also reported that their credit cards are being charged. Both suggest Apple will have some Apple Watch shipments delivered on April 24th, as promised.

Microsoft Office Mastery Bundle: $49

4:49 PM EDT, Apr. 20th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Microsoft Office Mastery Bundle: $49

Most professionals have to use Microsoft Office at some point in their careers. If you want to make the most of it, check out our deal on the Microsoft Office Master Bundle. It's a collection of training courses that will help you master Office, and it covers Office for Mac 2011, as well as the Windows versions for Office 2003, 2007, 2010, and 2013. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook are all covered, and there is both a basic and advanced course for Excel. For Windows users, there are also courses for PivotTable and SharePoint. Through our deal, you can get the whole package for $49, a whopping 96 percent discount.

How Bob Levitus Learned to Blow Stuff Up Without Risking Life and Limb

4:31 PM EDT, Apr. 20th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Have you seen Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus's new show on YouTube? Episode 5 came out today, Action Movie FX (or, How I Learned to Blow Stuff Up without Risking Life or Limb). In it, he stomps his son, blasts his daughter, and has horrible things crawl out of a Spiderman toy. It all revolves around the Action Movie FX app, and he shows you how to use it. Dr. Mac is always lots of fun, so check it out: The BobLeVitus.TV Show.

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Apple Uses Earth Day to Highlight China Solar Farm, More

10:50 AM EDT, Apr. 20th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's environmental responsibility Web page got an update on Monday, which also happens to be a couple days ahead of Earth Day. Apple used the event to highlight its environmental efforts including a planned solar farm in China.

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Apple has been actively pursuing ways to be as environmentally responsible as possible, and is an example it'd be nice to see more companies follow.

Analyst: Apple Watch Pre-orders are Build to Order

9:51 AM EDT, Apr. 20th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

If you're wondering why no one received a firm April 24 delivery date for their Apple Watch pre-order, industry analyst Carl Howe thinks he has the answer: they're all being built to order. Instead of guessing which models to stockpile, he thinks, Apple is making the watches customers ordered.

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If Apple really is using a build-to-order model for Apple Watch pre-orders, that would account for why we won't be able to buy on in stores come April 24. There simply isn't any inventory to send out to its retail locations.