CompTIA-IT Certification Career Advancement Bundle: $59

3 hours, 48 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

CompTIA-IT Certification Career Advancement Bundle

We have a deal of a different nature for you today. It's called the CompTIA-IT Certification Career Advancement Bundle, a collection of courses designed to earn your a variety of IT-related certifications from CompTIA, an industry trade group. The courses prep you for CompTIA A+,  Network+,  Security+,  Cloud Essentials, and Cloud+ exams. Retail for these courses is more than $4,000, but our friends at Stack Social got it for us for $59—and Monday only, you can get an extra 25 percent off all e-learning deals using coupon code CYBERMONDAY25 at checkout. For this deal, that drops the price down to $44.25.

Jeremy Clarkson’s Video Pitches Amazon Prime Air

5 hours, 8 minutes ago · John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

Jeremy Clarkson, formerly with the BBC and Top Gear, has been hired by Amazon to work on a new car show to appear on Amazon Prime video in 2016. Meanwhile, Amazon has put Mr. Clarkson to work. First, pitching the Fire TV. And now he's appearing in an extended YouTube video showing us the virtues of Amazon's proposed delivery by drone system, something Amazon appears to be very serious about. Mr. Clarkson makes the whole project seem so very, very cool.

NSA Ends Bulk Phone Record Collection

7 hours, 3 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

NSA surveillance reach gets curbed

The National Security Agency's days of openly collecting U.S. phone records in bulk have come to an end, at least for now. The agency was required by the USA Freedom Act to stop its whole scale phone metadata harvesting program and is now expected to request warrants from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for specific individuals or groups.

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Now that NSA surveillance restrictions are in place we'll see how long they last.

One Analyst Thinks Apple Had Best Black Friday ‘in Its Entire History’

7 hours, 16 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · Apple Stock Watch

Apple and a Pile of Money

The holidays are being good to Apple, according to Global Equities analyst Trip Chowdhry. In a research note to clients, Mr. Chowdhry wrote, "Apple probably had the strongest Black Friday sales in its entire history." Of course, that's the same Trip Chowdry who said in 2014 that Apple would disappear if it didn't release the iWatch in 60 days. Bryan Chaffin explains.

TMO Background Mode: Interview With Naomi Pearce From Pearce Communications

7 hours, 58 minutes ago · John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Background Mode Podcast

Naomi Pearce is the founder of Pearce Communications. She represents several developers you've likely heard of: Bare Bones Software and Karelia Software. I've known Naomi for over a decade, and we've been great friends over the years. In this Background Mode interview, we chat about the Steve Jobs analogy of cars and trucks (iPads and Macs), the duality of many parts of the computing experience and what it's like to build and run a public relations agency for developers. We also engage in an enjoyable recollection of the early days of the Internet, early Macs, MacHTTP and WebSTAR. Naomi is smart, warm and charming, so don't miss the magic moment when I render this communications specialist speechless!

TMO Daily Observations 2015-11-30: NSA Data Collection Changes, Amazon Instant Video on Apple TV

8 hours, 49 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

The NSA had to stop its mass phone data collection practice on Sunday and now needs to get warrants for record collection. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at those changes and whether or not the agency has any real oversight for its surveillance activities. They also offer up their thoughts on word that Amazon Prime Instant Video is coming to the Apple TV.

Apple Music Beta Comes to Sonos on December 15th

9 hours, 11 minutes ago · Dave Hamilton · Product News

Sonos users rejoice! Apple Music will be available in beta form on Sonos's wireless speakers starting December 15th. According to Sonos, this will feature streaming of everything in Apple Music's For You, New, Radio and My Music sections. If you have a family account setup, six of them can be added to Sonos individually, allowing everyone to access their own selections and playlists. Instructions on joining the beta are in the full article.

Apple Sued for Wiping iPhone Data at Genius Bar

10:27 AM EST, Nov. 30th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

London man sues Apple over lost iPhone data

Apple has a new lawsuit on its hands, but this time it isn't for patent infringement. Instead, it's over lost data when a customer failed to backup their iPhone before taking it to the Genius Bar for tech support.

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Apple isn't responsible for the data on our iPhones, iPads, or Macs. Taking Apple to court because you didn't back up your iPhone seems more like trying to avoid taking responsibility for an avoidable mistake.

Amazon Feedback Says Prime Video Coming to Apple TV

9:26 AM EST, Nov. 30th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Amazon Prime Instant Video could come to Apple TV soon

Amazon may be working on an Apple TV version of its Prime Instant Video app, and it may be released in just a few weeks. Word of the company's Apple TV support comes from a response to a feedback comment from a developer—which isn't the same as official confirmation.

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News of Prime Instant Video coming to Apple TV isn't official, but does seem plausible. If true we'd be able to watch iTunes Store, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime video on our televisions without having to switch set top boxes. Like a boss.

20% iTunes Cards from Best Buy Back on for Black Friday

5:23 PM EST, Nov. 27th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Best Buy iTunes Gift Cards

Best Buy's 20 percent off iTunes cards offer is back on today. This deal was first offered on Wednesday, but quickly expired.  It works like this: buy the first card at full price and get the second for 40 percent off, a 20 percent discount on the two of them when combined. These are for physical cards that are shipped to you (we also posted a deal on same-day email codes from PayPal on Friday). You can also choose to pick it up at a store. To get the deal, simply add two cards to your cart and the price will automatically be discounted. No coupon code required. Best Buy's instructions don't make that clear, but I tested the process.

20% Off iTunes Cards from Ebay/PayPal

5:15 PM EST, Nov. 27th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

iTunes Gift Card

Ebay and PayPal are offering $100 iTunes gift cards for $80, a 20 percent discount. These are for codes that are emailed to you, usually within an hour or two. I've purchased several during the last year without a hitch. They always sell out fast—if you're wanting one, don't dawdle.

Black Friday Blowout 15% Discount on TMO Deals

8:03 AM EST, Nov. 27th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Black Friday Deals

Our friends at Stack Social have pulled out the stops for Black Friday by offering 15 percent off all our deals. Just use the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout and you will get the additional discount. Tutorials, portable batteries, drones, gadgets, toys, storage, styluses, speakers, headphones, app bundles, and a whole lot more. Check out the Black Friday landing page on our deal site for details—there are some exclusions, but these are some killer prices. 

Happy Thanksgiving from The Mac Observer!

10:32 AM EST, Nov. 26th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Happy Thanksgiving from The Mac Observer

It's Thanksgiving in the U.S., so that means The Mac Observer is taking Thursday and Friday off to celebrate the holiday. We'll be back with our regular news, analysis, tips and reviews on Monday, November 30. We hope everyone has a great weekend even if Thanksgiving isn't part of your annual holiday schedule.

How to Pair Bluetooth Headphones with Your Apple TV

5:28 PM EST, Nov. 25th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Let's say you want to watch your favorite shows and movies on your Apple TV, but don't want to disturb anyone with the audio. No problem: just use headphones. Now how about making that happen without getting tangled in wires running from your TV to your head? The Mac Observer's Jeff Gamet shows how to connect Bluetooth headphones to your Apple TV in this video tip.