TMO’s Guide to Buying Discounted iTunes Cards

2 hours, 40 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · How-To

iTunes Gift Cards

Did you know you can buy discounted iTunes Gift Cards? They allow you to buy apps, music, movies, TV shows, and books at a discount. I've seen discounts between 5 and 25 percent, which means you get that same discount on the stuff you buy from the iTunes Store, the App Store, and the Mac App Store. We even found a place to buy discounted iTunes cards with Bitcoin.

Comcast Talks About Terabyte Data Caps & More

3 hours, 37 minutes ago · John Martellaro · Link

Comcast Talks Data Caps

Comcast Executive Vice President of Consumer Services Marcien Jenckes has posted a note about the emerging company philosophy regarding data caps. In a company announcement, he wrote: "We have learned that our customers want the peace of mind to stream, surf, game, download, or do whatever they want online. So, we have created a new data plan that is so high that most of our customers will never have to think about how much data they use...."  That turns out to be a trial one terabyte in selected cities, and no promises were made about the future. But it appears the company is ready to put onerous data caps in the past. It's all on page 2 of Particle Debris.

Blumoo Bluetooth Universal Remote: $52.99

4 hours, 55 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Blumoo Bluetooth Universal Remote

Check out the Blumoo Bluetooth Universal Remote, a device that connects your iPhone or iPad (or Android device) to your other electronic devices. That means you can control them directly from your mobile device, or even from your Apple Watch. We have a deal on Blumoo for $52.99, which is 47 percent off retail.

iPhone Controlled Air Conditioner Looks, and is, Cool

5 hours, 4 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

As long as your window air conditioner does its job and keeps your place cool, that's pretty much all that matters—until you see the Noria. The diminutive air conditioner is 18.25-inches wide and just under 6-inches tall, but cools a room as effectively as many larger units, and it looks so much better. It's programmable, includes an iPhone app for remote control, works with single- and double-hung window frames, and is surprisingly easy to install. It's a Kickstarter that's already met its minimum pledge goal with a month left to go, which means you won't have one in time for this summer's heat. But by next summer you'll good to go—and pretty chill.

TMO Background Mode: Interview With Intel Fellow Dr. Bruce Horn

6 hours, 22 minutes ago · John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Background Mode Podcast

Bruce Horn started his career at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center working with the Smalltalk language and Alan Kay. That's where he was in the early 1980s when Steve Jobs visited PARC to take a look at their Xerox Star, and Bruce was there watching Mr. Jobs react to the demo of this magical research computer with revolutionary new features: a mouse, windows and file icons. Soon after, Mr. Jobs recruited Bruce to work on the original Macintosh team along with Andy Hertzfeld and others. I asked Bruce to talk about the challenges of designing the original Mac operating system. Later in the show, we talk about some exciting projects that Bruce is working on at Intel. Take a trip down Macintosh memory lane with me in this interview.

FBI Shows Fingerprints and Touch ID Aren’t Warrant-proof

10 hours, 29 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Warrant let FBI use suspect's finger to unlock iPhone

Touch ID is more of a convenience than a security feature, and the FBI made that perfectly clear by obtaining a court order forcing a suspect to put their finger on the touch sensor and unlock their iPhone. The order shows courts still view our finger prints as physical evidence even when they serve as biometric keys to unlock devices and decrypt data.

MGG 603: Pronunciation, Rants and The Joy of a Smaller Phone

12:15 PM EDT, May. 1st, 2016 · John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Sound is a funny thing, so are pronunciations and ringtones, and yet your two favorite geeks have some great tips for you about both of those. Need to replace the Finder? Need to diagnose a malfunctioning port on your Mac? How about restoring your magically disappearing printers? Your geeks have you covered there, too. Plus, Dave talks about his experience with an iPhone SE. All of this and more for you today on MGG!

Nomad Pod Portable Apple Watch Battery Pack: $33.95

4:42 PM EDT, Apr. 29th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Nomad Pod Portable Apple Watch Battery Pack

Check out the Nomad Pod, a portable battery pack for your Apple Watch. It works like this: charge the internal battery through the micro-USB port. Inside the Nomad Pod is a port for your Apple Watch charging cable. Plug it in, wrap it around, and the charging surface will rest in a hole in the lid. You can then take the Nomad Pod anywhere you need to and charge your Apple Watch. We have a deal on this device for $33.95, more than 40 percent off retail.

FBI Director in the Dark on iPhone Hack Details

4:40 PM EDT, Apr. 29th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

FBI Director Comey doesn't know much about San Bernardino iPhone hack

FBI Director James Comey may have overstated how much the agency paid for the hack to get into San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook's iPhone 5c. Instead of the US$1.3 million he implied, the figure is reportedly actually less than a million dollars. Director Comey may not even know who the FBI paid, but that doesn't necessarily mean he doesn't know what's going on under his command.

Changing Your Wi-Fi Channel for Improved Speed

9:15 AM EDT, Apr. 29th, 2016 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

This Quick Tip is about how you may be able to improve your network speed by analyzing what channel your Wi-Fi is on. If you live in a congested area, you might see dozens of wireless networks around you, which really isn't ideal for keeping your own network speedy. We'll talk about how to tell what channel you're using and several options for what to do if you find a problem!

Carl Icahn Isn’t Wrong about Apple in China

7:59 PM EDT, Apr. 28th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · The Back Page

Carl Icahn

Carl Icahn told CNBC Thursday that he sold his considerable stake in Apple Inc.—some 0.8 percent of shares at his height—on concerns about Apple's business in China, though it might be more accurate to characterize it as concerns that China's government could have a deleterious affect on Apple's business in that market. Bryan Chaffin isn't always a fan of Mr. Icahn's, but in this instance, the mogul isn't wrong.

House Passes Email Search Warrant Bill

5:54 PM EDT, Apr. 28th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

House of Representatives bill reaffirms the Constitution is still here

The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill requiring a search warrant when law enforcement wants to access email and documents stored in cloud services such as Dropbox and iCloud. The Senate still needs to pass the bill before it becomes law, which seems a little weird considering we have this thing called the 4th Amendment in the Constitution. I'll just share a link to the Bill of Rights in case any of our Senators need a refresher.

Roxio Toast 14 Titanium for Mac: $49

3:20 PM EDT, Apr. 28th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Roxio Toast 14 Titanium for Mac: $49

Roxio Toast 14 is out, and we have a deal on it. This software allows you to capture video directly from your screen, portable devices, or the web, capture, edit, and enhance audio, convert video from the web to view on your devices, create cross-platform discs for easy sharing, copy CDs, DVDs & Blu-ray Discs, burn your digital media on to CD & DVD for both Mac and PC, and it features advanced DVD authoring capabilities. You can get it through our deal for $49, half off retail.