Sweet Design: the CODE Donut Bluetooth Speaker

13 minutes ago · Nancy Gravley · Quick Look Review

CODE donut speaker review

Taotronics CODE Donut Bluetooth 3.0 portable battery powered speaker should be a hit with teens and tweens because it is colorful, unique, and has satisfactory sound with good bass. It includes a microphone, and it allows the user to take phone calls when paired with an iPhone.

Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Public Beta

1 hour, 23 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

As promised, Apple released a public beta of OS X Yosemite on Thursday. The beta gives Mac users the opportunity to participate in the testing process, and get a taste of what's in store, before the new operating system officially ships this fall.

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Getting early access to OS X Yosemite will be great, but don't forget it's beta software. Things will be broken and features will be missing. Don't expect it to perform like a final shipping product.

Apple, Visa Deal Could Make iPhone 6 Your Next Wallet

2 hours, 19 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is reportedly working on a deal with Visa to have everything in place to make the iPhone 6 your new digital wallet this fall. The agreement would let iPhone owners pay for products and services just as they would with their credit card, but from their smartphone instead.

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A standardized system for using our iPhones just like our credit cards? Yes, please.

Canaccord: Get Ready for Big iPhone 6 Sales

3 hours, 33 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

iPhone 5S sales may not be as strong as most analysts would like, but that's nothing to worry about, according to Canaccord Genuity's Michael Walkley, because the iPhone 6 is coming and everybody wants one.

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Analysts are putting a lot of faith in the next iPhone, and that makes sense considering sales jump up when new models are introduced. 

Swatch: We Aren’t Making Apple’s iWatch

5 hours, 1 minute ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Insider sources are claiming the fashion watch maker Swatch has teamed up with Apple to help the iPhone and iPad maker bring the rumored iWatch to market. Swatch, however, says that's not true and that the closest it has come to working with any smartphone maker was as an integrated circuit provider.

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Apple is most likely working alone on its wearable hardware, just as it has done for its computers, media players, smartphones, and tablets.

ACM 264: Diving Deep into Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited

7:35 PM EDT, Jul. 23rd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet & Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Podcast

There's a lot happening with Amazon's new Kindle Unlimited ebook service, so Jeff and Bryan invited Dave Hamilton on to go even deeper into the discussion they started on TMO's Daily Observations podscast last week. The result is a serious look at the changes the book industry is facing, and how that impacts publishers, retailers, authors, and readers.

Apple Granted ‘iTime’ Patent for Wearable Mobile Electronic Device (Plus Wristband)

6:10 PM EDT, Jul. 23rd, 2014 · Kelly Guimont & Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

High Time for iTime

Apple was granted a patent on a smart watch dubbed "iTime" on Tuesday. The patent describes a wristband with embedded electronics that can be accessed by "a mobile electronic device." It describes several implementations, including versions where the mobile electronic device can be removed from the wristband.

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Well, we've seen the requisite number of iPhone 6 mockups so it's time to get back to the Thing Apple Is Totally Gonna Make To Put On Your Wrist rumors.

How to Upgrade Your Mac to Python 3

3:30 PM EDT, Jul. 23rd, 2014 · John Martellaro · How-To

OS X provides scripting languages like Perl, Python and Ruby. Apple continues to support legacy Python 2.x only, but for those who need Python 3 (now at 3.4.1), John Martellaro explains how to get it, install it, and still keep Apple's default install.

8 UI Kits For iOS 8: $24.99

3:09 PM EDT, Jul. 23rd, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

8 UI Kits For iOS 8: $24.99

I have a deal aimed at developers today called The 8 For 8 Design Bundle. It's a collection of eight UI kits all designed iOS 8. Combined, it includes more than 700 hand-crafted UI elements, all of which were designed to meet Apple's Human Interface Guidelines for iOS apps. Because they were designed for iOS 8, they include new features such as widgets, updated keyboards, and more. There are examples of all of the kits on the deal listing, and you can get it for $24.99 (regularly $59).

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-23

1:27 PM EDT, Jul. 23rd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

It's Apple earnings report time, so Jeff Gamet invited Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro on to share their perspective on the company's conference call with investors and analysts. They also took a look at a new class action lawsuit alleging Apple mistreated its employees in California.

OS X Yosemite Public Beta Coming July 24

10:52 AM EDT, Jul. 23rd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple will release the promised public beta of OS X Yosemite on Thursday, July 24. The beta will be in line with the version developers are currently using, at least for now, but devs will get updates at a faster pace.

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Getting early access to OS X Yosemite will be great, but don't forget it's beta software. Things will be broken and features will be missing. Don't expect it to perform like a final shipping product.