Apple TV Needs Universal Search

1 hour, 7 minutes ago · Dave Hamilton · Dave Hamilton's Blog

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Steve Jobs claimed to have "cracked the code" for creating a connected TV that doesn't suck back in 2011. Earlier this year TiVo introduced their answer to universal search called OnePass. Perhaps the latter gives us a glimpse into what the former will look like. Buzzfeed's John Paczkowski thinks so, and so do I.

Having Your Own Star Wars BB-8 Droid Really is That Cool

2 hours, 18 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Even though Star Wars The Force Awakes isn't due in theaters until December 18 everyone wants to get their own BB-8 droid, and now you can. Sphero designed the little ball droid that rolls around in the next Star Wars movie, and now they have a smaller remote control version you can send zipping around your home or office. You control it with your iPhone or iPad, and can set it to patrol, explore, or play as it rolls around, and Sphero says BB-8's personality changes based on how you treat it. Sphero's BB-8 goes on sale on Friday, September 4 and will set you back US$150.

Judge Koh Slams Attorney Fees in Apple Anti-poaching Settlement

3 hours, 33 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Judge Koh cut attorney fees in half in Apple's employee anti-poaching settlement

Judge Lucy Koh approved the US$415 million settlement Apple, Goole, Intel, and Adobe proposed in the anti-poaching lawsuit brought against them by Silicon Valley employees. She gave the deal a thumbs up on Wednesday, but with a twist that no doubt left the attorneys in the case disappointed: they're getting half as much money as they expected.

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Judge Koh must've felt Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein were really gouging the Silicon Valley workers they represented to cut what they're getting paid from $81 million down to $40 million.

Making the Case for the iPod Touch

4:40 PM EDT, Sep. 2nd, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · Editorial

iPod touch

While the iPhone continues to evolve, its counterpart, R2D2 the iPod touch, has fallen out of step. Kelly makes the case for why the iPod touch should not only stick around but get a little bit of the "updated iOS device" love that's going around. 

Dr. Mac Presents: Smart Option Key Tricks

4:25 PM EDT, Sep. 2nd, 2015 · Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants and Raves

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Keyboard shortcuts save you time and effort; if you’re not already using them all the time, you’re missing out. And shortcuts that use the Command key aren’t the only game in town these days. So don't miss this episode, in which Dr. Mac exposes hidden Option-key shortcuts that can save your bacon (or at least save you a little time). 

A Lawn Chair, an Umbrella, and 54 Propellers

3:57 PM EDT, Sep. 2nd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Then there's that guy who built himself a manned-drone from a lawnchair, an umbrella, and 54 propellers. Smart? Pshaw. I can't imagine much that is less smart. Cool? Hell yeah! The dude can fly, or at least hover. That's not only cool, it's frakking genius. Who cares if it's life threatening and unstable?! And that name: The Swarm Manned Aerial Vehicle Multirotor Super Drone. As descriptive as it is grandiose. The inventor says it will lift 360 pounds. Add it all up and I call this a winner. Check it out (via Gizmodo):

AluPen Digital Fine-Point Stylus: $34.95

2:39 PM EDT, Sep. 2nd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

AluPen Digital Fine-Point Stylus

Today we have a deal on the AluPen Digital Fine-Point Stylus for your iOS device. It will work with Android devices, too, if that's your thing. It features a retractable tip, and doesn't require Bluetooth paring or a special app. This stylus retails for $50, but through our deal you can get it for $34.95.

Adonit’s Jot Dash: The Workhorse Stylus You’ve Been Waiting For

11:30 AM EDT, Sep. 2nd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · In-Depth Review

We've come a long way since Steve Jobs told us we already have ten styluses on our hands thanks to the creative efforts of many companies. Over time, iPad and iPhone styluses have become more complex, gained pressure sensitivity, and trimmed down the size of their tips. Adonit's latest addition to the stylus world is the Jot Dash and instead of moving us forward by adding in new features, it takes us a step in the right direction by taking some away.

Apple Music’s Ian Rogers Left for the Fashion Industry

10:16 AM EDT, Sep. 2nd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Ian Rogers quit Apple Music for the fashion industry

The mystery job that pulled Ian Rogers away from running Apple Music isn't a secret any more. Now he's heading up LVMH's efforts to to create a better Internet presence for its brands. That puts Mr. Rogers very much outside of the music industry because LVMH oversees luxury product brands.

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There is a little irony in the high fashion market poaching an employee from Apple after all of the people Apple hired away for its smartwatch project.

How iTunes Movie DRM-Removal Software Keeps Me Honest

9:48 AM EDT, Sep. 2nd, 2015 · Dave Hamilton · Dave Hamilton's Blog

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I like to watch a lot of movies on a lot of different devices. Some of those devices are made by Apple, like my iPad and Apple TV, while some are made by TiVo, Roku, Panasonic, Sony and others. I need my media portable; not just portable in the mobile sense to take with me when I travel, but portable in the sense that I can't have limits on which of my devices will play any given movie. There's a way to do that with iTunes Movies, just be responsible when you do.

OS X El Capitan Beta: Using Mail Gestures

9:07 AM EDT, Sep. 2nd, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Using swipe gestures in OS X El Capitan's Mail app

Melissa Holt's got another El Capitan trick for us, and this one's a doozy. You know how you can swipe on a message within iOS to trash it, mark it as read, and so on? Well, the beta version of El Cap offers that feature too! We'll discuss just how you'll do it (and what customization options you have) in today's Quick Tip.

Handmade Leather Lightning iPhone Chargers

7:47 PM EDT, Sep. 1st, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

This is a first for me: handmade leather Lightning charging cables for iOS devices. This is a project called Esbee Cables being launched on Kickstarter, and it's already surpassed its funding goal of US$15,000. The company has obtained MFi certification from Apple, and is using the money to ramp up production. The video (below) is a tad cheesy, but the product looks great—and a leather-clad charging cable is a compelling idea. There are funding options that will get you a cable starting at $24 and $26 dollars. Check it out.

All-Inclusive iOS 9 & Swift 2 Course Bundle: $49

2:48 PM EDT, Sep. 1st, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

All-Inclusive iOS 9 & Swift 2 Course Bundle

Check out the All-Inclusive iOS 9 & Swift 2 Course Bundle. This developer training deal includes the Complete iOS 9 Developer Course and the Complete iOS 8 & Swift Course. Separately they retail for $398, but through our deal you can get them for $49. Check out the deal listing for more details.