How To Prepare Devices For An iOS 8 Upgrade

30 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · iOS

With iOS 8 set to launch today, it's time to make sure you're ready to make the upgrade. There's plenty to do to make the transition from iOS 7 on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch as smooth as possible, so check out our how-to so you'll be prepared in case something goes wrong.

Apple Adds App-specific Password Support to iCloud

2 hours, 8 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple added two-step authentication support to iCloud on Tuesday, and also announced that app=specific passwords for the online service will be available starting on October 1. App-specific passwords will let users assign unique passwords to apps that need access to iCloud without having to hand over their primary login and potentially give full access to everything in their account.

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App-specific passwords will be a great way to help keep your iCloud data secure because third-party apps and services won't have your full login. If any are compromised, hackers will have access only to the content that app or service used, and if your Mac or iPhone is lost or stolen, you can revoke individual passwords to reduce the risk of someone getting at data you'd rather keep private.

Reminders: Reuse Old Entries

2 hours, 53 minutes ago · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Want to know how to avoid typing the same ten items over and over again when you're headed to the grocery store? Sure you do. Simplicity is key, and though the Mac's Reminders program IS simple, that doesn't mean it's not incredibly useful. Getting the most out of what you've already typed is today's Quick Tip.

Charlie Rose Posts Part 2 of Apple CEO Tim Cook Interview

8:02 PM EDT, Sep. 16th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Tim Cook on the Charlie Rose Show

The Charlie Rose Show published the second part of Charlie Rose's interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook. In this section (embedded in the full article), Mr. Cook expanded on his thoughts on privacy, discussed human rights, the importance of diversity at Apple, and Apple's approach to human rights. Other topics include worker rights, what motivates Apple, and Mr. Cook's relationship with Bono.

NES30 Bluetooth Controller Looks and Feels Like The Original: $29.99

3:44 PM EDT, Sep. 16th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

NES30 Bluetooth Controller Looks and Feels Like The Original: $29.99

Alright, nostalgic gamers, fire up the wayback machine and activate your NES30 twitch muscles, because we have a deal for you. It's for the NES30 Bluetooth Controller, a gamepad designed to precisely reproduce the look and feel of the original NES30 gamepad. You can use it with iOS and Android mobile devices, but you can also use with your Mac or Windows PC. It connects via Bluetooth or USB cable (for computers), and will work with both games that accept controllers and NES emulators. This device is regularly $40, but through our deal, it's $29.99.

Hands on Video of iPhone 6 Plus Demonstrates Landscape Mode

3:14 PM EDT, Sep. 16th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

In addition to the iPhone 6 video posted earlier to YouTube, Korean publication UNDERkg posted a hands-on video of Apple's as-yet unreleased iPhone 6 Plus. The presenter walks us through the look and feel of the device, basic functionality, and the iPad-like landscape mode unique to iPhone 6 Plus in Apple's iPhone product line. He also shows us how Reachability works, Apple's feature designed to make this phablet usable one-handed. In that the iPhone 6 Plus doesn't ship until Friday, September 19th, this video is a great opportunity to get a better idea of how this large device looks in use. The site has a companion article with additional, high-quality photos. [Via MacRumors]

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Hands On iPhone 6 Video Hits YouTube Ahead of Official Release

2:58 PM EDT, Sep. 16th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

A hands-on video with Apple's iPhone 6 was posted to YouTube by Korean publication UNDERkg. In fact, it was posted on September 12th, three days after Apple announced the device and a week before it ships on Friday, September 19th. The gold iPhone 6 in the video appears to be real, and the person doing the presentation (in English) does an excellent job comparing it to iPhone 5s and a couple of large-screen Android devices. He also walks through several features of the new iPhone, including Reachability, which allows the device to be used one-handed. If you've had questions about iPhone 6, they might be answered in this video—there is a companion article with photos. [Via MacRumors]

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TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-16

2:29 PM EDT, Sep. 16th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Here's a good sign for Apple Pay: Banks are ready to launch big marketing campaigns to make sure their credit card is your default for iPhone mobile payments. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at the impact bank enthusiasm could have on Apple Pay's success, plus they offer up their thoughts on Tim Cook's interview on the Charlie Rose Show.

Apple Pay Sparks Banks to Fight Over Consumer’s Default Credit Card Choice

11:55 AM EDT, Sep. 16th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

iOS 8's Apple Pay feature won't be available until some time in October, but that isn't stopping banks from firing up their marketing campaigns in hopes of becoming consumer's default credit card choice. Banks are seeing Apple Pay's NFC-based mobile payment system as a potential big win for them, and want to make sure they score the coveted default card spot on customer's new iPhone 6.

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If banks are fighting over the default card spot in Apple Pay, maybe there is a chance it could be the system that finally gives NFC-based payments the kickstart it needs to take off in the United States.

Analyst: China iPhone 6 Delay is No Big Deal

11:16 AM EDT, Sep. 16th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Apple's new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be in stores in several countries this Friday, but not in China. Apple may not be able to roll out its latest iPhone models in the country until the end of this year, or even early next year, but that's no big deal because the company will still be able to sell as many smartphones as it can make, according to Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um.

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No iPhone 6 models in China means more for everywhere else. By the time China does approve the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple will have been able to make even more inventory. Instead of fixing iPhone 6 demand, China will supplement already high demand with more customers.

Connecticut AG Questions Apple Watch Privacy

10:07 AM EDT, Sep. 16th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen is asking Apple to detail just how the Apple Watch will safeguard user's privacy because the smartwatch will be able to collect and store health-related data. Mr. Jepsen sent Apple CEO Tim Cook a letter on Monday posing his questions and asking for a meeting to discuss his concerns.

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Personal privacy is a serious concern, especially when our health is involved. Mr. Jensen's questions don't seem out of line, and considering Apple's ongoing push for privacy, and the company's assertion that it doesn't want to collect and store personal data, it's likely he'll like the answers he gets.

Apple: iPhone 6 NFC Just for Apple Pay

9:11 AM EDT, Sep. 16th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

The NFC chip in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be used only for Apple Pay, making it hands-off for third party developers. That means other uses, like proximity-based device pairing, is off the table for now.

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It's unfortunate Apple chose to block third-party developers from using the NFC chip in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The chip could be used for much more than just credit card payments, so we're keeping our fingers crossed that Apple will open NFC to other developers at some point.