Leonard Nimoy ‘Lost Documents’ from the Roddenberry Archive

1 hour, 23 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Roddenberry.com has posted several "Lost Documents" from Gene Roddenberry's archives from and about the late Leonard Nimoy, the actor who played "Spock." Mr. Nimoy passed away last week, and these documents include interviews with and writings from him on Spock, Star Trek itself, and his favorite epsiode. It's very interesting stuff, and for those of us thinking about Mr. Nimoy's work and his impact on the Star Trek universe, it's very insightful.  The one I posted below is one of two documents in Nimoy on Spock. Check it out

iZZi Gadgets Selfie Stick and Remote: $24.95

2 hours, 16 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

iZZi Gadgets Selfie Stick and Remote: $24.95

If you're a selfie taker, you need the Selfie Stick from iZZi Gadgets. It's a collapsible/extendable rod with a mount that will hold your iPhone or Android device. Extend it, and Boom! Classic selfie. Oh, but wait. It's at the end of that stick? How do you take the photo? This deal has that taken care of, too, because it comes with a Bluetooth remote. Through our deal, you can get it for $24.95.

Disney Side Lets You Dress Your Selfie Up as a Disney Character

3 hours, 25 minutes ago · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

A new app from Disney Parks allows you to "dress up" a selfie as a popular Disney character. Disney Side is part of the "Show your Disney Side" campaign from Disney Parks. Currently the app offers to dress up your selfie as a character from Frozen (of course), a Disney villain or Pirates of the Caribbean character. Under "Star Tours" you don't really get characters from the Star Tours attraction, you get to choose from Queen Amidala, Darth Maul, or an X-Wing pilot. There's also a set of Haunted Mansion characters, but those can only be unlocked if you are at a Haunted Mansion in either the Florida or California parks. Once you take the photo you can adjust the costume or change the background and save/share the image. It's odd to see your still photo come to life since the app blinks your eyes and makes you laugh or look around. There's even a short little video sequences you can record and share. It's a fun little app, especially if you have little people to entertain. You can "save" the images and go back to them later and adjust if you want, and for free it's a nice time spender. Since I needed to show off the app, here's the one I did as an X-Wing pilot. It goes without saying I only did this as a random example and just so there would be an image to show off how it works.*

* Totally not true this is easily the best selfie I've ever taken.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-06: Mac GateKeeper Security Flaw, Apple’s Same-sex Marriage Support

7 hours, 45 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Sometimes the Internet is a dangerous place, and Apple's Gatekeeper may not be doing as much to protect your Mac as you think. Bryan Chaffin and John F. Braun join Jeff Gamet to look at a security weekness in Gatekeeper that could let hackers sidestep some installer safety precautions and what you can do to protect yourself. They also offer up their take on Apple and other big companies urging the Supreme Court to shut down state laws banning same-sex marriage.

BlueVIBE EXS+ Wrap-Around Bluetooth Headphones - $19.99 (Today Only)

7 hours, 46 minutes ago · Bob LeVitus · Cool Stuff Found

This looks like a heck of a deal. GOgroove BlueVIBE EXS+ Ergonomic Bluetooth Sports Headphones that have sold for up to $79.99, available for just $19.99 with free shipping from Amazon. I haven't tried them, but would have bought them in a heartbeat if I weren't already up to my ears in headsets. According to the manufacturer, it has, built-in onboard controls and an integrated microphone, built-in rechargeable battery with 10 hours of audio playback, and more. This deal ends Friday March 6, so if you're going to get some, get 'em sooner rather than later. 

Apple, other Companies Push Supreme Court for Same-sex Marriage Support

9 hours, 31 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple, along with Google and more than 370 other companies have filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court urging for nation-wide legalization of same-sex marriage. The filing was entered into the court ahead of next month's hearing on the issue.

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379 companies backed the amicus brief in support of same-sex marriage. That's impressive, and a pretty big statement.

Dow Jones Industrial Average Drops AT&T for Apple

10 hours, 55 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is hanging up on AT&T and bringing Apple on board in its place. The change will happen on March 18 and will more accurately reflect the overall market, according to Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices David Blitzer.

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Apple seemed like a natural for the Dow, so it isn't a big surprise seeing that happen now.

OS X Photos Beta: Scrubbing Through Thumbnails

8:55 AM EST, Mar. 6th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

You want another 10.10.3 Photos beta tip, right? Sure you do. Well, it's your lucky day, because this Quick Tip is all about scrubbing through the thumbnails in your library, just like you can do with the Photos app in iOS. It's a quick and easy way to find the exact image you're looking for!

How to Print Envelopes from Contacts on Your Mac

8:36 PM EST, Mar. 5th, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · How-To

Sometimes you have to send one of them there old-timey letters. It's so last century! But if you need to print that address to an envelope, it's a snap using the Contacts app on your Mac. Kelly shows you how, and points out a couple other handy tricks while you're there.

The Ultra-Premium Mac Bundle Extended for One Week at $44.99

7:04 PM EST, Mar. 5th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

https://deals.macobserver.com/sales/ultra-premium-mac-bundle

Stack Social has extended the Ultra-Premium Mac Bundle for one more week. This is a great collection of apps, including ScreenFlow 5, Things 2, Data Rescue 4, ExpanDrive 4, AfterShot Pro 2, Typed, Snapselect, and Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth (a great game!). This is hundreds of dollars in Mac apps for $44.99, but it's ending in 6 days and change.

China Forcing Apple to Choose: Customer Privacy or Revenue

3:30 PM EST, Mar. 5th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Editorial

In a pair of interesting articles at Quartz, the suggestion has been made that Apple is giving the Chinese government access to its iOS devices and source code in order to preserve its business there. The facts aren't all in because Apple won't talk about it. And the implied scenario sounds doubtful. However, the situation does raise important issues.