Photos on the Mac: Comparing Edited Images to Originals

8:50 AM EDT, Apr. 24th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Wondering where the trick of holding down Shift in iPhoto to compare edits went with the new Photos app? Hey, this Quick Tip has you covered. Not sure what we mean about the thing that holding down Shift used to do? Hey, this has you covered on that, too, and you may just find that it's your favorite "new" ability with the Photos program.

Visual Primer for Navigating Apple Watch

7:53 PM EDT, Apr. 23rd, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · News

Apple Watch is very nearly here, and in the meantime you can check out how the interactions fit together using the latest episode of the Maccast and an image created by a Reddit user showing how the interface is used in different situations.

Comcast Reportedly Dropping Plans to Buy Time Warner Cable

6:40 PM EDT, Apr. 23rd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Comcast Time Warner

Comcast is planning to drop its proposed buyout of Time Warner Cable. According to multiple news outlets citing a variety of unnamed sources, Comcast is backing the deal in the wake of intense scrutiny from antitrust regulators in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

ZeroLemon SolarJuice 20000mAh Battery: $49.99

6:07 PM EDT, Apr. 23rd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

ZeroLemon SolarJuice 20000mAh Battery: $49.99

Here's a deal on a killer gadget called ZeroLemon SolarJuice—it's a 20,000mAh portable charger for your iPhone, iPad, or Android devices, and you can charge it using the on-board 1.2W solar panels. I think that's super cool. 20,000mAh is a ton of power, enough to charge your iPhone 6 more than seven times. If that's not enough, it has a built-in LED flashlight. This thing retails for $100, which is a good price, but through our deal you can get it for $49.99. 

6 Apple Watch Apps to Keep You Healthy and In Shape

3:23 PM EDT, Apr. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

The iPhone has become the go-to health and fitness tracker for many people, and now that can extend out to your wrist, too. The list of Apple Watch apps designed to help you stay in shape and keep yourself healthy is growing quickly, so TMO put together a list of some of our favorites just in time for your brand new smartwatch to arrive.

Apple Watch: Major Hit or Epic Failure?

1:44 PM EDT, Apr. 23rd, 2015 · Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants and Raves

Apple Watch: Hit or epic failure?

The Apple Watch, being Apple's first actual "new" product since the iPad in 2010 (or the iPhone in 2007 if you consider the iPad a sub-species of the iPhone), has already generated more sales estimates and predictions of its success or failure than usual. Dr. Mac has a prediction of his own, but it's not what you think... 

TMO Daily Observations 2015-04-23: Apple Watch Order Status, Google’s MVNO Plan

12:54 PM EDT, Apr. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

The first wave of Apple Watch shipments are set to arrive at customer's doors tomorrow, and there will be very limited availability is a small handful of stores after all. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet talk about the current status of Apple Watch shipments, tell you where to buy an Apple Watch in stores, and look at Google's just announced plans to offer its own cell phone and wireless data service.

Apple Watch Orders Charged Wednesday Still on Track for 4/24 Delivery

11:16 AM EDT, Apr. 23rd, 2015 · Dave Hamilton · Product News

One of the Apple Watch Sport 42mm Space Gray orders we placed here at TMO via Apple Pay didn't see a credit card charge until Wednesday (yesterday), and didn't get a shipment notification until Thursday (today), but is still on track for a Friday, 4/24 delivery. Good news is coming in for many folks who placed early pre-orders on Apple Watches, it seems.

Where to Buy an Apple Watch in Stores on Friday

10:17 AM EDT, Apr. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Watch in retailers April 24

According to Apple, you won't be able to buy its new smartwatch in its retail stores on Friday, April 24, but a few actually will be available—if you know where to go. Apple Watch will be available in a very small handful of upscale retailer's stores tomorrow, and inventory will be limited.

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If you absolutely must buy an Apple Watch in a store tomorrow, there's a slim chance you can make that happen—but you better be in Los Angeles, London, Tokyo, or Berlin. Good hunting.

Apple Posts Final Apple Watch Tour Videos Showing Apple Pay, More

9:03 AM EDT, Apr. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple added the final three videos to its Apple Watch guided tour series on Thursday. The short videos show how to use Apple Pay as well as the fitness-related Activity and Workout apps.

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Apple's guided tour videos are really smart because they teach us how to use Apple Watch features before we get the smartwatch in our hands, and they're also great marketing pieces because potential buyers get to see more of what the watch can do.

Apple Watches Start Shipping for April 24th Delivery

2:05 AM EDT, Apr. 23rd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple Watch

Some Apple Watch orders have begun shipping for delivery on April 24th. As noted in the screenshot below, our own Adam Christanson used the UPS My Choice option on UPS's website, where he saw that Apple is shipping him something for delivery by end of day on Friday, April 24th.

ACM 303: Apple Watch Notifications and Apps, and Samsung’s Glory Days

11:30 PM EDT, Apr. 22nd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin & Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Podcast

The era of Apple Watch notifications tapping on our wrists is almost upon us, and with it will come the inevitable rush from some developers to annoy the crap of us. Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet urge them to not mistake what they want us to know for what we want to know. They also look at Samsung's seeming fall from lofty heights in the smartphone market, and they discuss some of the cool looking Apple Watch apps already available.

Google Goes Wireless with Project Fi

10:48 PM EDT, Apr. 22nd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Fee Fi Fo Fum

Google announced Project Fi on Wednesday, dipping its toes into the wireless carrier business. Project Fi is a U.S.-only service that is built on top of two networks, Sprint and T-Mobile. Google's hook is that devices can use whichever network is strongest, and the company is offering inexpensive and flexible bandwidth pricing—but you'll need to have (or buy) a Nexus 6 to be an early customer.

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Project Fi is very compelling on a cost-basis, and it's likely to be very competitive in terms of bandwidth. For bonus points, you'll be helping Google fill in what little they don't about what you are doing, where you are going, who you are with, and how you live your life.

Natalie Kerris Leaves Apple PR

6:49 PM EDT, Apr. 22nd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple PR veteran Natalie Kerris announced Wednesday she is leaving Apple. Ms. Kerris said on Twitter that, "After 14 amazing years at Apple, it's time to move on and see what adventures life holds for me next!"

Conquer iOS 8 Programming in 31 Days: $39

3:17 PM EDT, Apr. 22nd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Conquer iOS 8 Programming in 31 Days: $39

If you want to learn how to develop apps for iOS 8, we have a great deal for you today. It's a bundle of training courses—more than 230 lectures and 34-plus hours of content—designed to teach you what you need to know in 31 days. Call it the month of May. You'll learn Swift and Xcode, get interviews with successful developers, and more. With our deal, you can get this bundle for $39.