ACM 300: Amazon Dash, Tesla’s Diversification, and The Woz on Apple

1 hour, 9 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet & Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Podcast

It's Apple Context Machine's 300th episode, and Apple's 39th anniversary. Jeff and Bryan have plenty to cover today ranging from Amazon's efforts to turn our homes into One Click shopping systems, and Tesla's new product plans, to Steve Wozniak's thoughts on Apple Watch. They also take some time to check in on their interns Sierra and Aynseley.

FTC vs AT&T Over Unlimited Data: About to Enter a World of Pain

2 hours, 40 minutes ago · Kelly Guimont · News

Remember that time the FTC sued AT&T for not disclosing "Unlimited Data" meant "Unlimited Data Until You Use It Then Your Speed Gets Throttled"? AT&T said the FTC was over the line, while the FTC claimed this aggression would not stand. There's a lotta ins, a lotta outs, a lotta what have yous. And now the judge has weighed in on the case.

HBO Coming to Sling TV Ahead of Game of Thrones Launch

6 hours, 50 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple TV isn't the only set top box getting HBO in time for season 5 of Game of Thrones because now it's coming to Sling TV, too. Unlike Apple TV's HBO Now channel, however, HBO on Sling TV will part of the "Best of Live TV" core subscription package instead of a stand-alone subscription channel.

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Apple may have an exclusive deal for HBO Now, but that's not going to matter for plenty of cord cutters who already have a Roku TV, Xbox One, or Amazon Fire TV, this will likely be enough to keep them from jumping to Apple TV.

GoGroove SonaVERSE BX Portable Stereo Speaker System w/ Rechargeable Battery

6 hours, 54 minutes ago · Bob LeVitus · Cool Stuff Found

My buddy Trevor over at Accessory Power alerted me to another outstanding deal - this time on a little non-Bluetooth rechargeable speaker called GOgroove SonaVERSE BX Portable Stereo Speaker System.  While I didn't actually test this one (I've got way too many portable speakers already), I expect it to sound pretty darn good for its size and price based on hundreds of positive reviews and its 4.1 star rating. The best part is: That price has never been lower—with an SRP of $64.99, you can have one of your very own for a mere $14.99, and shipping is free. Design features include 2 large, side-firing drivers that (allegedly) provide room-filling stereophonic sound; a rechargeable battery that provides 3-5 hours of continuous audio playback; and a 3 Year Manufacturer's Warranty.

The (New) Mouse of Dr. Mac’s Dreams

7 hours, 19 minutes ago · Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants and Raves

Logitech MX Master Mouse

This week in Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves #116, I tell you about my latest infaturation -- Logitech’s just-released MX Master mouse, which includes the best speed-adaptive scroll wheel I’ve ever used. That alone would be worth the price of admission to me, but the new MX Master mouse has much more to love. For example... 

TMO Daily Observations 2015-04-01: Understanding the Apple Watch In-store Purchase System

8 hours, 26 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple's system for dealing with Apple Watch try-ons and purchases is pretty slick, and TMO found out how it's going to work. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to explain how the Apple Watch try-on and purchase appointment system will work, and talk about how this is good for customers, Apple, and other shops in the area of your local Apple Store.

Apple Stores Will Schedule Walk-In Appointments for Apple Watch

8 hours, 34 minutes ago · Dave Hamilton · TMO Scoop

Apple Store staff are training to ensure customers have a full jewelry counter-style experience when trying and buying the Apple Watch. Contrary to recent reports, our sources tell us the appointment-only process will accommodate walk-ins using a system similar to one recently instituted at Genius Bars worldwide.

Dolby VP Mike Rockwell Jumps Ship for Apple

11 hours, 58 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple has yet another new executive on its payroll, and this time it's Dolby executive vice president Mike Rockwell. He joined Apple in February as a hardware division executive, and his background makes him a good for new audio and display technologies.

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Bringing a Dolby executive on board is interesting, especially one that was in charge of the company's Advanced Technology Group.

Google Maps Brings Pac-Man to Your Neighborhood

9:50 AM EDT, Apr. 1st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Google may have stumbled with Google Glass, but the Internet search giant has a clear hit on its hands with the new Google Maps Pac-Man. Just choose a location in Google Maps on your computer, then click the Pac-Man button to turn the streets into a full-on Pac-Man maze, complete with Pinky, Blinky, Inky, and Clyde. You can play in specific cities on your iPhone, too, although you'll need to work through some clues to figure out where. Yes, it's April 1, but Google Maps Pac-Man is no joke. It really is all that and a bag of power pellets.

Game of War: How to Play and Win a Casino Event

7:54 PM EDT, Mar. 31st, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · How-To

Game of War: How to Play and Win a Casino Event

Game of War—the mobile-only MMO (massively multiplayer online game) for iOS and Android—features a number of "Events" that are key to leveling your empire and growing your army. One of the most important is the Casino Event, both the Solo version and the Inferno Solo version. Completed properly, these events are the single most profitable events in the game, but you have to do them right. Bryan Chaffin shows you how.

Jeff’s Comprehensive Mac Backup Guide

5:46 PM EDT, Mar. 31st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Today is World Backup Day, which is great, but for me every day is backup day. I hate to lose files. I hate that so much that I have backup systems for my backups. No kidding. I'm kind of out of control.

Add Up to 128GB of Storage to Your Macbook With The Nifty Drive: $32.99

5:20 PM EDT, Mar. 31st, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Add Up to 128GB of Storage to Your Macbook With The Nifty Drive: $32.99

The Nifty MiniDrive is just that, nifty. It's a MicroSD memory card designed to sit flush against your 13-inch MacBook Air in the SD card slot. No protrusions, no sticking-out-the-side. It comes with a 4GB card for $32.99 in our deal, which is 17 percent off retail. You can sub out that card with your own for up to 128GB of storage, a significant expansion to your MacBook Air's total storage. There's a video on the deal page showing you how it works. Check it out.

Amazon Wants to Turn You Home into a Web Store with Dash Buttons

11:55 AM EDT, Mar. 31st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Amazon is bringing One Click purchasing out of your computer and in to your home, in a manner of speaking. It's new Amazon Dash aims to make it easier to buy online by simply pressing a button to place an order for whatever you're nearly out of.

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Amazon has found a way to turn our homes into an instant shopping service with its new Amazon Dash buttons. It's a clever idea, but how long will it be before our walls look like a Nascar driver's jacket?

Adonit, Evernote Intro Higher Precision Jot Script 2 iPad Stylus

11:05 AM EDT, Mar. 31st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Adonit and Evernote introduced the new Jot Script 2 Evernote Edition pressure sensitive stylus on Tuesday with improved precision and a built-in rechargeable battery that lasts through up to 20 hours of use. The new stylus also includes six months of Evernote Premium, and better support for Evernote's Penultimate app for the iPad.

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Fine-point iPad styluses are tricky to get right. The original Jot Script was really good, so seeing an improved version come out is a welcome surprise.