iKlip Grip: iPhone Stand and Selfiestick with Bluetooth Shutter

3 hours, 19 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

IK Multimedia announced iKlip Grip Tuesday, a single product with that can function as a desktop tripod, grip handle, monopod or tripod adapter. In other words, you can use it as a stand or a selfie stick, and it comes with a Bluetooth shutter button for remotely activating your camera. Its holder is designed to accommodate smartphones of most sizes, as well as cameras. It ships later this month for US$59.99.

ShowStoppers & MacTech Team Up for DevFocus at WWDC

3 hours, 45 minutes ago · Dave Hamilton · Dave Hamilton's Blog

ShowStoppers has long put on some of our favorite events at tradeshows (and beyond). They assemble great product and app creators, put them in a room where all the booths are roughly the same size (and not over-adorned with lights and glitz) and only allow media as attendees for a 2-to-4 hour event. Good news: this year it's happening for the first time at WWDC.

Firefighters Take on Blaze at Apple’s Former Sapphire Glass Factory [Update]

6 hours, 56 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Firefighters work to contain a blaze at Apple's Mesa, AZ former sapphire factory

Firefighters are working to contain a fire at the Mesa, Arizona building where GT Advanced Technologies had been making synthetic sapphire glass for the iPhone and Apple Watch. The blaze currently seems to be on the roof of the building, and may not have spread to the building's interior.

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Apple has the worst luck with that building. It's like it was built on cursed ground.

Apple Watch Course: Go from Newbie to Pro and Build 14 Apps for $25

7 hours, 52 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Apple Watch Course: Go from Newbie to Pro and Build 14 Apps for $25

We have a deal on an Apple Watch developer course designed to take you from "newbie to pro." Over the course of 134 lectures and 12.5 hours of content, you'll build 14 different Apple Watch apps using Swift and WatchKit. It's a self-paced course that allows for new coders, while experienced developers can skip ahead as needed. This course retails for $199, but through our deal you can get it for $25.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-05-26: Jony Ive’s Promotion, Cortana Coming to iPhone

8 hours, 28 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple's Jony Ive is being promoted to Chief Design Officer, and that has some people worried about his future with the company. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at whether or not his new job is a sign that he's planning on retiring soon, plus they dive into what Microsoft's plan to bring Cortana voice commands to the iPhone means for Apple.

Hold on to Your Pants, Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana is Coming to iPhone

11 hours, 29 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Microsoft's Cortana coming to iPhone

Microsoft is making a big push for cross-device support in Windows 10, and part of that includes bringing its Siri-like Cortana voice control system to the iPhone. Just like Siri, Cortana lets you speak to perform tasks and retrieve information, and in some ways is considered more advanced than Apple's own system.

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I've spoken with several Windows and iPhone users who say Cortana is superior to Siri. Bringing that experience to the iPhone will force Apple to step up its voice recognition game, but it's also a shot across the company's bow. Make no mistake: Microsoft wants to eat Apple's pie.

Local Content Deals to Delay Apple’s Streaming TV Plans

9:20 AM EDT, May. 26th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's streaming TV service may be delayed over local TV station deals

Apple most likely won't launch its rumored streaming television service this fall thanks to content licensing deals for local content. The company wants to include local TV stations as part of its service, but swinging the deals is proving to be a difficult task.

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If Apple really wants to disrupt the current television distribution model, deals with local stations across the country would play a significant role. Considering how difficult it is to line up those deals, however, Apple may have to make a decision to keep waiting, or launch with just a handful of stations and hope more come on board over time.

1987 Apple Promo Video Hints at Hubris of the 1990s

6:47 PM EDT, May. 22nd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Hubris. Wow. So much hubris. The first half of the video below was a promo video Apple made in 1987 under then-CEO John Scully. It was fashioned to be a fake series of clips set ten years in the future (in 1997) that showed how awesome and big Apple would be. From satellites to Macintosh psychiatrists, to even the very notion of success, it's all wrong. It features John Scully, who is proudly featured as the glorious leader of Apple in 1997, Michael Spindler, who would replace him and be fired in 1996, Steve Wozniak, who offers the most insightful comments in the piece, and Del Yoakem, who also had some interesting things to say. Blake Patterson, who posted the video to YouTube, described it as cheesy and cute. Personally it makes me cringe. So much hubris. And it was so wrong, both on technology and Apple's future.

Blur Premium Privacy Protection Lifetime Subscription: $49.99

3:29 PM EDT, May. 22nd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Blur Premium Privacy Protection Lifetime Subscription: $49.99

Blur is an interesting service that creates disposable email addresses for required email confirmations, makes limited-balance, limited-duration credit card numbers that are accepted anywhere credit cards are, and creates a masked phone number that forwards calls and texts to your real phone number. It also includes a password keeper that will sync across devices and browsers. We have a deal that will let you get a lifetime subscription to Blur for $49.99, a discount of 74 percent. Check it out.

Apple May Finally Be Ready to Reinvigorate the iPad

2:55 PM EDT, May. 22nd, 2015 · John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Apple is brilliant at building user interfaces. One essential element in that practice is to have a vision. But sometimes the vision doesn't work out in the real world, and Apple engineers have to backtrack. In the case of iOS on an iPad, Apple's obsession with the one app at-a-time on a 9.7-inch display is not serving the customer well. Apple may be getting ready to fix that problem.

Google Study Finds ‘Security Questions’ Next to Useless

2:39 PM EDT, May. 22nd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Google Study Finds 'Security Questions' Next to Useless

Google has published the results of a study that found security questions (or challenge questions) used for online account recovery are next to useless. To distill it down to a single sentence, security questions, "suffer from a fundamental flaw: their answers are either somewhat secure or easy to remember—but rarely both." Bryan Chaffin explains.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-05-22: Fingerprints to Google and Apple Watch Heartrate Monitoring

1:08 PM EDT, May. 22nd, 2015 · Dave Hamilton & Bryan Chaffin · Daily Observations Podcast

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Google wants to offer Android M users the convenience of Touch ID's fingerprint unlocking... will users want to offer Google their fingerprints? Also, do you care if Apple Watch checks your resting heart rate less than every ten minutes, because it seems like that's what's happening with this week's Watch OS update. Bryan and Dave talk through all of this today on TDO.

Apple’s App Store Needs Cold Storage

10:10 AM EDT, May. 22nd, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · Editorial

Apple's App Store Needs Cold Storage

There are over a million apps in the iTunes App Store. This is both great and terrible news. One thing that would help is if Apple added a "cold storage" section for apps that are no longer being updated. Kelly explains the issue and how she'd solve it. 

Apple Watch: Three Tips on Contacting Your Pals

8:30 AM EDT, May. 22nd, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Want to use your Apple Watch to get in touch with folks, quickly and easily? Then boy, do we have a Quick Tip for you today! In this article, Melissa Holt will cover adding new colors to your Digital Touch palette, using Force Touch to assist with Messages, and sending dictated texts as fast as possible.