BeeKeeper USB-C to Standard USB Adapter on Kickstarter

5 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

There's a project on KickStarter called BeeKeeper you should check out if you have a new MacBook. It's a USB-C to Standard USB cable coupled with a converter that allows you to plug any standard USB cable into your MacBook. If you use the converter in conjunction with the cable, you can use them with Apple's MacBook charger. But if you use just the converter, you can plug, say, your existing Lightning iPhone cable—or any other standard USB cable—into your MacBook. Funding levels start at $19 for the converter by itself, or $36 for the converter and the cable. The company has raised $9,000 of its $33,000 goal, with five days left in the campaign.

Apple TV gets USA Now, CBS Sports Channels

1 hour, 31 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

USA Now and CBS Sports channels appeared on Apple TV on Tuesday, adding two new sources for entertainment to the set top streaming box. USA Now requires a cable subscription login, but CBS Sports lets you view all of its content without any restrictions.

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More Apple TV channels is nice, but until we can get all of the content we want without requiring a cable or satellite television subscription package most people won't be able to truly cut the entertainment cord.

Home Depot Drops Apple Pay Support

5 hours, 3 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Home Depot's days of supporting Apple Pay seems have come to an end. The home improvement retailer unofficially accepted wireless payments from the iPhone 6, but has quietly dropped that most likely because of its support for PayPal.

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Blocking the payment system people are specifically asking for doesn't sound like good business. This won't kill Home Depot's bottom line but it's a safe bet that some iPhone owners who shopped there just because of Apple Pay will be finding different places to spend their money.

Developers get Apple Watch Band, New Interface Guidelines

6 hours, 1 minute ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's new guidelines for developers make it clear third-party Apple Watch bands have an official thumbs up. Thanks to updates for Apple's Human Interface Guidelines website, developers have new resources to aid in their watch app designs, too.

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Adding Apple Watch to the "Made for" program means we'll be seeing Apple certified third-party accessories for our watches soon, including officially approved bands. We should start seeing a wave of improved apps shortly, too, thanks to updated developer guidelines.

Apple Watch: Mark Your Location

7 hours, 15 minutes ago · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Are you directionally challenged? The Apple Watch can help! There's a hidden feature within the Maps program that'll let you mark your current position, meaning you can save the location of a trailhead or your parked car (for example) to make getting back easy. That's what we've got for you in today's Quick Tip!

Ring Video Doorbell: $199

5:35 PM EDT, May. 4th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Ring Video Doorbell: $199

The Ring video doorbell is a nifty device that allows you to see who's ringing your doorbell. They press the button, and it streams a video straight to your iPhone. In addition to the security conscious, it's a handy device for people with homes that make it hard to hear your physical doorbell. In addition to the one-way video, the device allows two way communication from your iPhone to the doorbell. Through our deal, you can get the Ring for $199, a 13 percent discount.

How to Calibrate Apple Watch for More Accurate Step Tracking

1:27 PM EDT, May. 4th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Quick Tip

If your Apple Watch is going to be part of your fitness tracking routine, getting accurate step counts and distance measurements for walking and running is probably pretty important. Calibrating Apple Watch to better track your steps is easy as long as you're willing to get out and walk or run for at least 20 minutes. Read on to learn how.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-05-04: Apple’s Strong Arm Negotiations, Apple Watch Calibration

1:02 PM EDT, May. 4th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

The DOJ is looking into claims that Apple is pressuring record labels to end free streaming music through Spotify. Kelly Guimont and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at how the claims seem out of place for Apple, and speculate on what may really be happening with the company's streaming music service negotiations. Plus Jeff explains how to calibrate your Apple Watch for better step count accuracy.

Apple’s Rumored Streaming Music Service gets DOJ Attention

9:57 AM EDT, May. 4th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's rumored Beats-based streaming music service has fallen under the watchful eye of the U.S. Department of Justice over concerns that the company is abusing its market strength. The DOJ is looking into claims that Apple has been working to get music labels to drop their free tiers with Spotify when they renew their licensing agreements.

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First an EU inquiry and now the DOJ. Either Apple can't figure out how to stay clear of antitrust-related activities, or there's some serious industry concern over what happens when Apple does launch its rumored streaming music service.

iFixit’s Latest Tear Down: Obi Wan Kenobi’s Light Saber

9:07 AM EDT, May. 4th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

iFixit's new product tear downs are amazingly detailed and offer great insight into how companies like Apple design their latest tech devices. For May 4th, however, they're going old school—as in long time ago in a galaxy far away—and dismantling Jedi Master Obi Wan Kenobi's light saber. What they found is that product design in the Star Wars universe, or at least that of death-wielding laser swords, is amazingly well thought out. There wasn't any need for specially designed tools, and even the Adegan crystal is easy to access. Thanks, iFixit, for showing us what's inside a Jedi's weapon of choice.

MGG 551: Syncing Happens More Ways Than One

12:17 PM EDT, May. 3rd, 2015 · John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mac Geek Gab Podcast

It's spring, and that means more time outdoors for a lot of folks, which means we need Wi-Fi. Your geeks talk about various outdoor Wi-Fi solutions, including some long range stuff that won't break the bank! Other questions answered include iCloud Drive vs. Dropbox, iCloud Family Sharing, managing multiple Photos libraries and mixing two channels of audio into one for your web conferences.

Scratching the Surface: Sapphire vs Glass Apple Watch

3:45 PM EDT, May. 1st, 2015 · John Martellaro · Particle Debris

It's a tough decision. Pay more for an Apple Watch with a sapphire crystal. Or settle for Ion-X glass and hope it won't get too badly damaged over the next year. The fact is, people's wrists end up in the oddest places and can get banged about. Consumer Reports does the science and scratches the surface of this quandary.

How Big Would a 12-Inch iPad Be? See in This Video

3:17 PM EDT, May. 1st, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Unbox Therapy has posted a YouTube video comparing a theoretical 12-inch iPad to the current 9.7-inch iPad Air 2. The video is based on prototype cases from an unknown maker, and in my opinion, Unbox Therapy makes much too much of those cases. At best, a case maker might be able to get its hands on early test materials that may or may not go into a future iPad, but case makers don't a darned thing of what Apple is going to do. What's really valuable about this video comparison, however, is simply seeing just how big this much-rumored device might be. From that standpoint, seeing these prototypes compared to the iPad Air 2 gives us an excellent perspective on this possible form factor. Check it out.

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PDFpen 7: All-Purpose PDF Editor for Mac for $56

2:55 PM EDT, May. 1st, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

PDFpen 7: All-Purpose PDF Editor for Mac for $56

PDFpen 7 is an excellent PDF editor from our friends at Smile Software. And thanks to our friends at Stack Social, we get to offer it to you at a discount! You can edit documents, store frequently-used signatures and images for reuse, block or erase sensitive information, export PDFs to Word format, and much more. Through our deal, you can get this great software for $56, a 25 percent discount.