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.

7 Great Apple Watch Social Networking Apps

2:21 PM EDT, Apr. 22nd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

The iPhone made it easy to keep on top of your social networks on the go, and the Apple Watch promises to make that even more convenient. TMO rounded up some of our favorites just so we could share them with you.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Sales Tank in South Korea

10:52 AM EDT, Apr. 22nd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Samsung's Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones aren't drawing in South Korean customers in the numbers the company was hoping for. The electronics maker was expecting to sell 300,000 units since their April 10 launch, but so far has managed to sell only 200,000.

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Samsung expected to sell 300,000 Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones during the first 10 days of availability, but came up 100,000 orders short. In comparison, Apple sells far more iPhones on the first day of new model pre-orders. Good luck with that, Samsung.

iOS 8.3 Messages: Filtering Unknown Senders

8:55 AM EDT, Apr. 22nd, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

With today's Quick Tip, we're going to learn how iOS 8.3 can help us identify and report potential spam iMessages (hint: it's really, really simple). As a bonus, Melissa Holt will cover how to report any spam SMS texts you get to your wireless carrier, so you'll be all set to clean the junk out of your Messages app!

Video Scratch Test for Ion-X Glass Shows High Scratch Resistance

7:38 PM EDT, Apr. 21st, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

YouTuber Unbox Therapy has published a video showing several scratch tests for Ion-X glass, the material Apple is using on Apple Watch Sport. The tests were conducted on sample Ion-X material, rather than an actual Apple Watch Sport, and showed the material to handle a key, a knife, and steel wool. It didn't hold up to sandpaper, however, so make sure you don't rub your Apple Watch face with sandpaper. Sapphire will hold up to that sort of beating—or scraping—however, so if you're expecting some nasty run-ins with sandpaper-wielding vandals, or maybe some sort of horrific shop accident, you may want to consider Apple Watch instead of Apple Watch Sport.

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Angela Ahrendts Explains Apple Watch Rollout in Employee Video

5:50 PM EDT, Apr. 21st, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Angela Ahrendts Explains Apple Watch Rollout in Employee Video

Apple Senior Vice President of Retail Angela Ahrendts sent a video to Apple Store retail employees explaining the decision to limit initial Apple Watch orders to online only. In the video, Ms. Ahrendts delivers a very personal address that goes deeper into points she made in a written memo earlier in April, and stresses that Apple launched two new products at one time, Apple Watch and MacBook.

Pay What You Want for the Back-End Developer Course Bundle

4:37 PM EDT, Apr. 21st, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Pay What You Want for the Back-End Developer Course Bundle

We have a training bundle for back-end developers today, and you get to name your own price. It works like this: pay what you want—say a penny—and you get two training courses. There are Python, Ruby, and PHP training courses in the package. But if you pay more than the average, you get all eight courses, and as of this writing, the average price is just $9.85. Plus, 10 percent of what you pay goes to one of three charities—you choose. Get to it!

10 Must Have Apple Watch Apps for Launch Day

2:19 PM EDT, Apr. 21st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

The first wave of Apple Watches will start arriving this Friday, April 24. You'll need some apps to show off just how cool your brand new smartwatch is, so TMO put together a list of must-have apps to make your daily routine easier while wowing your friends at the same time.

James Bond, It’s Time to Try on Your Apple Watch

2:00 PM EDT, Apr. 21st, 2015 · John Martellaro · John Martellaro's Blog

Ever since the movie Dr. No, James Bond has, on and off, used a gadget wristwatch to get out of a tight spot. Have the watches of the Bond movies seeped into our collective smartwatch subconsciousness? Also, Bond is a Brit and Sir Jonathan Ive is a Brit. What connection could there possibly be?  John Martellaro ponders the various influences.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-04-21: The Real Scoop on Twitter’s DM Changes

1:24 PM EDT, Apr. 21st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Twitter put the social networking world in a tizzy yesterday when it said that Direct Messaging was opening up to people who aren't following each other. Dave Hamilton and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to help explain what's really happening, and why you aren't going to get overloaded with spam messages. Kelly also shows why OS X's Network Locations feature is so handy.

Google Kills YouTube for 2nd Gen Apple TV, Older iOS Devices

10:09 AM EDT, Apr. 21st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Google is dropping support for several devices from its YouTube API, which means that second generation Apple TV owners won't be able to watch cat videos any more. Along with the older Apple TV model, YouTube support for iPhones and iPads running iOS 6, older Google TV versions, and some smart TVs was dropped, too.

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If watching YouTube videos through the Apple TV channel is a big thing for you, the third generation model costs US$69.