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.

Here’s What Apple Wants to Achieve With Apple Pay

7:45 PM EDT, Oct. 20th, 2014 · John Martellaro · Analysis

In Apple's Q4 2014 earnings report, Tim Cook was asked by Shannon Cross of Cross Research what Apple's business model is for Apple Pay and whether it will, over time, become a standalone business, like iTunes. Or is it just incremental revenue? It was a great question, but it's neither of those. Here's what Tim Cook told Ms. Cross.

Apple Teases Future Plans for Beats

5:16 PM EDT, Oct. 20th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple has plans in store for Beats now that it owns the company, and an announcement is coming about what's in store, but for now CEO Tim Cook isn't saying what we can expect. Mr. Cook shared his little tidbit during the company's fourth fiscal quarter earnings report on Monday afternoon.

Apple Posts a Record September Quarter - $42.1 Billion Revenue, $8.5 Billion Earnings

5:02 PM EDT, Oct. 20th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Apple Stock Watch

$AAPL

Apple posted another record quarter Monday, when the company announced results for the September quarter, Apple's 4th fiscal quarter. Apple had record revenue of US$42.1 billion, with record 4th quarter earnings of $8.5 billion (earnings per share of $1.42). The company said that strong iPhone, Mac and App Store sales drove both revenue and earnings.

How-to Set Up and Add Credit Cards to Apple Pay

4:45 PM EDT, Oct. 20th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · How-To

Apple Pay

Apple launched Apple Pay Monday, a service that allows iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners to conduct credit card transactions through NFC at participating retailers. Apple Pay was included in iOS 8.1, which was released to consumers earlier on Monday, and it's pretty easy to set up—if you know that it's in Passbook, that is. Here's how to get it going.