Mark Zuckerberg Wows Chinese Crowd with 30 Minute Interview in Chinese

2 hours, 58 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg went on a major charm offensive in China by giving a 30 minute interview where he answered everything in Mandarin Chinese. That was clever, for sure, but even more clever was posting a video of the interview to Facebook. The interview was at Tsinghua University in Beijing, where the university announced Mr. Zuckerberg was joining its School of Economics and Management Advisory Board. Again, clever. As noted by Wired, Facebook is banned in China—and boy, oh boy, did his Mandarin performance have this particular crowd wrapped around Mr. Zuckerberg's finger. Clearly he's taking a long view on entering the world's largest market, and this was a smart step in that campaign. Wired also noted that Mr. Zuckerberg learned Mandarin in 2010 as that year's self-improvement goal. I'd love for any Mandarin speakers to offer up their thoughts on his performance in the comments. The full video is embedded below. It may require Flash.

 

How to Use Yosemite’s New Batch-Renaming Feature

3 hours, 32 minutes ago · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Yay, Yosemite's here! And Melissa Holt's all excited. For her first Quick Tip on this new version of OS X, she's chosen the new batch-renaming feature, which you can use to change a bunch of filenames at once in exactly the ways you specify. Isn't it nice when we get new abilities that were previously only available with third-party software? 

How to Make Calls from Yosemite the Geeky Way

3 hours, 39 minutes ago · Kelly Guimont · Tips

With iOS and Yosemite installed, you can finally do things you saw in the WWDC Keynote like make phone calls from  your Mac. Sure there's the regular ways to do it, but if you want to dial up your phone call game, Kelly has some alternate methods to help you show off.

The Name Your Own Price Game Design Bundle

3 hours, 47 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

The Name Your Own Price Game Design Bundle

We have a great developer training bundle today called the Name Your Own Price Game Design Bundle. As with our other Name Your Own Price (NYOP) deals, you can pay what you want—even a penny—and get Engage Your Customers With Gamification and  Learn To Craft "Hand-Painted" Textures, two training course with 54 lectures and more than 16 hours of video content. If you beat the average price—which is just $6.24 as of this writing—you also get Make Real Games: Become A Unity 3D Power User and Get Schooled: Professional Video Game Art School, which have another 343 lectures and 102 hours (!!) of content. And 10 percent of what you pay goes one of three charities (your choice), including Child's Play Charity, World Wildlife Fund, and Creative Commons.

OS X Yosemite: The Quintessential Review

8 hours, 38 minutes ago · John Martellaro · In-Depth Review

On October 16. Apple released OS X Yosemite which is version 10.10. John Martellaro has been beta testing since the first developer release and also testing with iOS 8. Here in this review is everything that he learned and how he sized up this stellar OS X release. Should you install it right away? Read on. 

AT&T Wireless Offers iPad Air 2, mini 3 for $100 off

10:55 AM EDT, Oct. 22nd, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · News

AT&T Wireless is offering pre-orders on the iPad Air 2 and mini 3 cellular models for $100 less than MSRP, with shipping times only a few days more than ordering from Apple.

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For those in the market for a new iPad, this is good news. And with reasonable ship dates this might be even more appealing to some people currently making a buying decision.

Apple Launches Maps Connect, Allows Users To Update Info

9:55 AM EDT, Oct. 22nd, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · News

Apple has launched Maps Connect, a way for businesses to maintain the information listed in Apple Maps. Any business owner (or authorized rep) can log in and update information about their business (and while they're at it, show interest in iBeacon.

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It's a smart move by Apple to let people who are in charge of businesses maintain that information. Hopefully this can help improve the Maps experience.

GTAT Announces ‘Amicable Parting’ of Ways with Apple

8:51 PM EDT, Oct. 21st, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple Factory?

GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) announced an "amicable parting of the ways" with Apple. GTAT announced the deal in court filings, though Apple itself has yet to comment.

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Apple appears to be going to great lengths to keep the terms of its agreement with GTAT—terms the sapphire maker called "oppressive and burdensome"—secret. It would seem that Apple cut this new deal with GTAT solely to keep those documents sealed after the judge overseeing the bankruptcy told Apple he was inclined to unseal everything.

Adobe KnowHow: Learn Photography From The Best for $29.99

5:01 PM EDT, Oct. 21st, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Adobe KnowHow: Learn Photography From The Best for $29.99

We have a training package for photographers today called Adobe Know-How. It contains more than 200 lectures with over 27 hours of content, and it's designed to teach both photography techniques and Photoshop CC skills. Courses include EasyDSLR Beginners Photography Course, The Art Of Black & White Photography, Night Photography Unlocked Video Course, and Mastering Adobe Photoshop CC: A Definitive Course. All that for $29.99. There's more information on the deal page.

How To Get Ready For iOS 8.1 [Update]

4:49 PM EDT, Oct. 21st, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Link

How To Get Ready For iOS 8.1 [Update]

If you're brave and intrepid, you probably already installed iOS 8.1. If you're the more cautious type, Kelly Guimont put together a quick guide for preparing your iOS devices for the new operating system to ensure a smooth upgrade.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-21

2:06 PM EDT, Oct. 21st, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin & Dave Hamilton · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple launched Apple Pay, and there are a couple of ways to set it up. We walk you through it all. We can also send and receive SMS text messages from our Macs and iPads (in addition to iMessages), and we walk you through setting that up. Then we spent some time wondering why in the heck Apple didn't turn it on by default, though taking phone calls on your Mac was.

How Apple Pay Mitigates Breach Fatigue

12:29 PM EDT, Oct. 21st, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · News

If you're suffering from breach fatigue, Apple Pay offers a bit of relief. Kelly gets into how Apple Pay actually works, why it's better than the magnetic stripe you have now, and what makes it less susceptible to attacks.

How to Enable Apple’s SMS Relay on your Mac or iPad

10:50 AM EDT, Oct. 21st, 2014 · Dave Hamilton · How-To

When Apple announced iOS 8 at WWDC one feature was met with great applause: SMS Relay. This allows users to send and receive Text Messages (i.e. the "green bubble" messages) on our Macs the same way we've always been able to send and receive iMessages. SMS Relay is made possible by using your iPhone as the conduit between your Mac and the SMS network. Now that you have both iOS 8.1 and Yosemite installed (you must for this to work), there are just a few more steps to follow to activate this, but they're pretty simple.

Apple Earnings Smackdown Ranks Analyst Predictions

9:43 AM EDT, Oct. 21st, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · News

Each quarter, Philip Elmer-Dewitt gathers analyst predictions on Apple's performance and ranks them in the Apple Earnings Smackdown. Tuesday he released the results for Apple's latest earnings report.

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I'm not sure what the difference is between amateur and professional analyst, but it's interesting to see how accurate (or not) each group is overall.