TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-30

1 hour, 25 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple keeps rolling out minor updates to its Mac product line, but hasn't had a major release announcement since last fall. John Martellaro and Adam Christianson join Jeff Gamet to look at the lack of big news from Apple, the incremental update cycle the company seems to be locked into right now, and how that could be impacting its image.

Apple May Have Accidentally Leaked New 27-inch iMac

3 hours, 42 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple first accidentally mentioned a new Mac mini model in its Boot Camp support documents, and may have leaked a 27-inch iMac refresh, too. A chart showing the current 27-inch iMac, along with a model tagged as "Mid 2014," looks like a hint that an update is coming soon.

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Considering Apple listed two unreleased Mac models in its Boot Camp compatibility chart, either someone needs some remedial copy and paste training, or a reminder that unannounced products shouldn't appear in support documents.

Apple Confirms Purchase of Swell Talk Radio App for iPhone

5 hours, 8 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Following reports that it was purchasing Swell, the iPhone app for building custom talk radio-like stations, Apple has confirmed it is the new owner of the app and its developer Concept.io.

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Fist BookLight and now Swell. It looks like Apple is getting serious about improving content discovery through the iTunes Store.

iOS 7: Preventing Unauthorized Purchases

6 hours, 23 minutes ago · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

For today's tip, Melissa Holt's gonna go over a hidden setting that may let your kid purchase apps or media when he isn't supposed to. Turn this off, and you can rest assured that little Johnny won't be able to buy ten apps just because you allowed him to get one. Unless he knows your Apple ID password, that is, but you would never give him that, would you? Good.

Apple Possibly Leaked New Mac mini Models

11:02 PM EDT, Jul. 29th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · News

Apple updated a support article that refers to a Mid 2014 model Mac mini, which is the first mention of any sort of attention paid to the Mac mini, last updated in October 2012.

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I'd like this to be true, but at this point odds are 50/50 that there is an actual new Mac mini, or that someone was pasting in updated Macs and got a little trigger happy with Cmd-V.

Ford Ditching BlackBerry for iPhone for Global Corporate Use

8:57 PM EDT, Jul. 29th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Ford and iPhone

Ford announced on Tuesday that it was moving some 9,300 corporate employees from BlackBerry to iPhone. The move will be a blow to BlackBerry, which is trying to rebuild itself under the leadership of CEO John Chen. At the same time, it's another boost for Apple's enterprise ambition, which recently announced a mobile alliance with IBM.

‘Window Plug’ Portable Solar Charger Concept Design

6:04 PM EDT, Jul. 29th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Yanko Design is showing off a concept called "Window Plug," and it's very cool. It's a portable solar charger that you can stick on a window. It has a built-in battery that self-charges, but it also has a plug for accessing that power for your devices. So far, this is a concept only. In the comments, the creator said that he still has technical hurdles to overcome, not least of which is having the device generate enough power to meet the needs of a wide variety of devices. But I am lust with the idea of a charger that I could stick on a hotel window, a car window, or...wait for it...a airplane window. Accordingly, I'm pulling for the product to come to market.

MotionArtist for Mac: $9

4:19 PM EDT, Jul. 29th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

MotionArtist for Mac: $9

MotionArtist is a very cool piece of software that allows you to layout comics in traditional panel form with word bubbles, and  also add motion, sound, and even a 3D parallax effect to scenes. The animation tools are designed to be quite easy to use, and it's focused primarily on adding motion. Through our deal, you can get it for $9, a lot less than the $60 retail price.

Apple Retail Out Almost $310K in Scam, Suspect Arrested in Florida

1:45 PM EDT, Jul. 29th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple lost US$309,768 in merchandise out of its retail stores in 16 states thanks to Sharron Laverne Parrish Jr. and a debit card scam. Authorities have arrested Mr. Parrish, and thanks to his clever social engineering, Apple will likely be left holding the bill.

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Forced code scams happen more often than you'd think, so it isn't surprising Mr. Parrish was able to make off with so much before getting caught. Apple will most likely change its policies to require employees to call banks on declined cards instead of leaving that in customer's hands

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-29

1:12 PM EDT, Jul. 29th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

The future for magazines looked promising thanks to the iPad, but not everyone is pleased with how that worked out. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about how the digital magazine has been something of a disappointment, and why John is planning on going back to print. They also offer up their take on companies like Facebook splitting features across multiple apps.

Apple TV Adds Fox Now, CNBC Channels

11:14 AM EDT, Jul. 29th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Fox Now and CNBC joined the Apple TV channel lineup on Tuesday, giving viewers access to shows like Cosmos, 24: Live Another Day, live CNBC content, and more. Unfortunately, the content you get is limited unless you also have a cable subscription.

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More content is great for Apple TV owners, but continuing to leave most of it stuck behind cable pay walls isn't much of a help to viewers who don't want to shell out the money for full subscription packages.