Making the Case for the iPod Touch

1 hour, 2 minutes ago · 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

1 hour, 17 minutes ago · Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants and Raves

File Menu Screenshot

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

1 hour, 45 minutes ago · 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

3 hours, 3 minutes ago · 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

6 hours, 12 minutes ago · 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

7 hours, 26 minutes ago · 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

7 hours, 54 minutes ago · Dave Hamilton · Dave Hamilton's Blog

Dave Hamilton's Blog

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

8 hours, 35 minutes ago · 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.

iPhone Jailbreakers Hit with ID Stealing Hack

11:52 AM EDT, Sep. 1st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

KeyRaider malware steals Apple IDs from jailbroken iPhones

Security researchers at Palo Alto Networks found another reason to not jailbreak your iPhone: KeyRaider. This nasty bit of malware steals your Apple account user name and password, device GUID, push notification certificates, and more. The upside is that most iPhone and iPad owners don't have to worry about the threat even though Palo Alto Networks says KeyRaider is responsible for the single largest malware-based Apple account theft to date.

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Jailbreaking isn't the fun time it was a few years ago before Apple's App Store was around. The bad guys ruined jailbreaking for everyone, and the App Store made it pointless for most people, too. Stay away from jailbreaking unless you have a really good reason to hack your iPhone.

Maybe it’s Time for Apple’s Own TV Studio

10:14 AM EDT, Sep. 1st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Apple's own TV and movie studio? Maybe this time.

Netflix wants to be the next HBO, and it looks like Apple may want to be the next Netflix. Apple may be planning on offering its own original content through Apple TV, much like the streaming video service Netflix does today. The idea that Apple may be planning on launching its own exclusive content isn't new, but this is the first time it's come up recently—and it's finally something the iPhone and iPad maker might be able to pull off.

Tidal Accuses Apple of Blocking Drake Benefit Stream, but Not According to Drake

7:38 PM EDT, Aug. 31st, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

Screenshot from Tidal Stream of Drake Performance

Dueling narratives have taken shape around Drake's appearance at a benefit for victims of the Katrina hurricane disaster of 2005. Tidal claimed Apple prevented it from streaming Drake's performance, but Drake's management said that's not the case. As with most things, the truth most likely lies in the vast middle ground, and Bryan Chaffin offers his thoughts on what really happened.

Where Did iTunes Match go for non-Apple Music Subscribers?

4:58 PM EDT, Aug. 31st, 2015 · Dave Hamilton · MGG Answers

Listener Matt is a long-time iTunes Match subscriber, but not (yet?) signed up for Apple Music. However, now that Apple Music is an option he can no longer find where to enable iTunes Match. No worries, it's not gone, just hidden in the Preferences bundled with a new feature under a new name: iCloud Music Library.