Apple Debuts ‘Powerful’ Spot Featuring iPhone 5s

1:29 PM EDT, Apr. 23rd, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · Product News


Apple's new ad debuted last night on television, titled "Powerful" and featuring both the iPhone 5s and the song "Gigantic" by The Pixies.

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Kelly loves the Pixies, so this ad was already a winner for her before the iPhone entered into it.

Nanotips Liquid Turns Any Gloves into Touchscreen Gloves

1:05 PM EDT, Apr. 23rd, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Nanotips is a great idea. This is a liquid you apply to the fingertips of your favorite pair of gloves to turn them into touchscreen gloves. It was originally funded on Kickstarter, but is now available for sale through REIGN23. There are two formulas: the first is called Nanotips Blue and is designed for cloth gloves. The second is Nanotips Black, which is designed everything else, including leather, rubber, and nylon. In the original Kickstarter video below, the creators demonstrate its versatility by using Nanotips Black to coat a Sharpie pen and using it as a stylus. A bottle is priced at US$19.99, and it contains enough to coat multiple pairs of gloves. Pretty cool, right?

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Apple Opens Mavericks 10.9.3 Beta to the Public

9:50 AM EDT, Apr. 23rd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple made a rare move this week by opening up the beta of OS X 10.9.3 to all users with an Apple ID. The company typically offers access to beta versions of its operating system to members of its paid developer program and doesn't let average users get their hands on updates until locking in shipping versions.

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Offering a pubic beta of OS X 10.9.3 is an interesting move considering this isn't something Apple typically does. It'll be interesting to see if the company offers similar public betas in the future.

Apple Patches SSL Bug in AirPort Base Station

8:52 AM EDT, Apr. 23rd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple updated the software for its 2013 model AirPort Extreme Base Station on Tuesday to address what it called " security improvements related to SSL/TLS." That, by chance, also happens to be the core of the problem in the OpenSSL heartbleed bug the company said doesn't affect any of its products, although Apple didn't mention the flaw by name.

Numbers: Fitting Your Content to a Printed Page

8:25 AM EDT, Apr. 23rd, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

With both the old and the new versions of Numbers, you can easily configure your spreadsheet so that the columns fit to a single page—without having to jump through a ton of hoops (or change your headers!) to do so. In this Quick Tip, we’re going to go over how to do that in both versions of Apple’s spreadsheet software, so no matter which one you use, this article’s for you.

Apple v. Samsung: Google to Cover Some Costs, Assume Some Liability

8:00 PM EDT, Apr. 22nd, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple, Samsung, and Google

Tuesday's court testimony in the patent infringement trial between Apple and Samsung revealed that Google had agreed to cover some of Samsung's legal costs in defending itself against Apple. More interestingly, the search giant also agreed to assume some liability for some of Apple's patent claims involved in the suit.

Apple Expands In-Store Trade-In Program to iPads and More

7:30 PM EDT, Apr. 22nd, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · News

Apple's in-store recycling has expanded to include anything with an Apple logo on it. Those which still hold resale value get exchanged for Apple gift cards, but now the stores will take any Apple equipment off your hands.

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Good on Apple for expanding their recycling programs. I know there will be criticism, but I don't know any other company making any attempt at making recycling previous tech easier. 

Apple Rolls Out 6.1.1 Update for 2nd, 3rd Gen Apple TV

1:09 PM EDT, Apr. 22nd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Apple released Apple TV Update 6.1.1 for the second and third generation Apple TV on Tuesday along side iOS 7.1.1 for the iPhone and iPad. So far, there aren't any details available about what's included in the update, but it seems likely that it's intended to keep the Apple TV software in step with the new iOS 7.1.1 update.