Blackberry goes for Security with new Secutablet Tablet

2:48 PM EDT, Mar. 16th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Blackberry is throwing its hat back into the tablet ring with a new product it hopes will attract buying dollars from the security conscious. The Secutablet will be a Blackberry product produced through its Secusmart subsidiary, but will run on Samsung's Galaxy 10.5 tablet with an IBM security protection layer.

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"Bleckberry is making a new tablet" sounds like a great setup for a joke, and it may very well be. That said, Blackberry is playing off of the security features in its eloquently named Secutablet, and that may be exactly what gives it any hope of success.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-16: Adding Up Cable TV Cord Cutting Costs, Blackberry’s Secutablet

1:48 PM EDT, Mar. 16th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Just because you have an Apple TV and cancel your cable TV subscription doesn't necessarily mean you'll save money. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to look at the costs you face when buying access to your favorite shows online, plus they have some thoughts on Blackberry's planned move back into the tablet computer market. All that, and John is trying out a new podcasting mic and wants your feedback.

Apple Watch Pre-orders: What You Need to Know [Update]

10:39 AM EDT, Mar. 16th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Quick Tip

Apple Watch will be in stores on April 10 so you can try one on before pre-ordering, which is great because this is exactly the sort of thing you should see first. You'll also need to be prepared before visiting your local Apple Store so you don't have to deal with any unexpected surprises when you arrive. Read on to learn what you need to know before trying on an Apple Watch.

AT&T Uses FCC Net Neutrality Rules it Hates in Fight against FTC

9:20 AM EDT, Mar. 16th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

What do you do when a Federal agency makes changes to assert more control over your industry against your wishes? Use that change to your advantage, even though you're going to sue to get it overturned. That's exactly what AT&T is doing in its legal fight with the Federal Trade Commission over wireless data throttling.

Register for the DJI Phantom 2 Giveaway

5:52 PM EDT, Mar. 13th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

The DJI Phantom 2 Giveaway

We have some great giveaways, and today's is no exception: you can register to win the DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter. The DHI Phantom 2 is a serious piece of kit, but if you win, it's yours for free. To register, all you have to do is sign up for our TMO Deals giveaways. There are more details on the giveaway's page.

20 Minute Video Shows Steve Jobs Brainstorming with NeXT team (1985)

5:17 PM EDT, Mar. 13th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Since the passing of Steve Jobs in 2011, a lot of videos and interviews with the tech icon have resurfaced. It's been great being able to take this walk through history, and I have a doozy for you today. It's a documentary-style 20 minute video showing Steve Jobs working with his then-brand new team at NeXT in 1985. This is less than a year after he left Apple to form NeXT. Its particular focus is Mr. Jobs organizing, inspiring, and pushing that team to meet his deadline of a 1987 release for the first NeXT computer. Dave Hamilton noted, "at 11:32, Mr. Jobs says, 'Well, George, I can't change the world!' And there's a hint of a smile if he doesn't really believe that sentiment, but lets it stand because it helps make his point." It's a fascinating watch. [Via @cdixon -> @inc]

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Your Selfies on a Customizable Apple Watch Band? Check!

4:33 PM EDT, Mar. 13th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

So you've bought your elegant Apple Watch, but it's just that. Elegant. Too elegant. Casetfy has a solution for you with its Customizable Watch Band for Apple Watch. It allows you to design your own Apple Watch strap using photographs from Facebook and Instagram. Or, as the company wrote, "Your selfie on your watch band? Err...why not!" Why not, indeed! They're priced at US$50, will ship in June, and you can play around with your own designs now. Use coupon code JW6UQR for $10 off, too. Casetfy has been making custom iPhone cases for several years, too, and the coupon code works there, as well.

Samsung Moves to Dismiss All of Apple’s Win in Patent Trial

3:54 PM EDT, Mar. 13th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Samsung made its next move in its ongoing patent infringement fight with Apple by filing an appeal in hopes of getting everything from Apple's 2014 win in their second case overturned. The electronics maker is pushing to get the US$119 million Apple was awarded tossed out, and is working to block Apple's efforts to get a retrial in the case.

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Should Apple manage to score its retrial, it'll be at least 2016 before it starts. If it doesn't, the ongoing appeals process can drag on for months or years. Either way, Apple and Samsung still have a long time before they finally resolve their mobile device patent war.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-13: Why Apple Watch and Apple Car are both Good Moves

1:16 PM EDT, Mar. 13th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple is carving out a place for itself in the fashion industry with its new Apple Watch, but not everyone seems happy about that. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at why some people think Apple Watch is a bad move for Apple, the perception of Apple fans, and why they thing smartwatches are a natural extension of the company's product lines. They also have some thoughts on why an Apple car makes sense for users and the automotive industry.

Pyle Health Thermometer Works with Free iOS App

12:25 PM EDT, Mar. 13th, 2015 · Nancy Gravley · Quick Look Review

Pyle Audio Pyle Health Thermometer

Pyle Audio has released a digital thermometer that works with iOS devices. It allows users to take a temperature in seconds without difficulty for the user or trauma to the patient. The free IOS app keeps a log of each patient's history. There are no moving parts that a child could remove. Amazon's price is very good, and Nancy recommends it.

Star Trek’s Original Enterprise in Movie Shots is as Cool as You Think

11:07 AM EDT, Mar. 13th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

There's a special nostalgic beauty to the U.S.S. Enterprise from the classic Star Trek series that still holds up surprisingly well 50 years after it first showed up on television screens. Professional artist Nick Acosta saw that (thanks, Wired), and decided to take the time to show everyone else just how easy it is to visualize the original Enterprise in the movies that followed the TV series—such as Wrath of Khan, and even Star Trek: Into Darkness. He started with photos of the actual Enterprise model at the Smithsonian, then recomposited those into shots from the movies. The end results are fantastic, and show how well the 1965 model holds up to more modern special effects. Warp Speed, Mr. Scott!

Apple’s iOS 8.3 Beta goes Public for the First Time

9:55 AM EDT, Mar. 13th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple has been offering public betas of OS X Yosemite for months, and now the company has added iOS 8 to its public beta program for the first time. The iPhone and iPad maker is now offering iOS 8.3 beta to some of its OS X public beta list, giving them a chance to work with the pre-release version of the mobile operating system ahead of its official launch.

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Getting to try out iOS 8.3 as a public beta is pretty cool, but don't forget it's still a pre-release version. Some features may be broken, and there's always the chance you could lose important data, so be sure to have a good backup before jumping into the beta program.

OS X Photos Beta: Where Are the Adjustments?

8:55 AM EDT, Mar. 13th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Wondering where all of iPhoto's image-editing adjustments (such as exposure, saturation, and sharpness) went within the new Photos beta? Fear not, TMO friends, we've got the Quick Tip that'll set you right! In this article, Melissa Holt will cover how to use those adjustments (and how to access the ones you won't see right away).

Tony Stark, Seven Year Old Compare Bionic Arms

8:21 PM EDT, Mar. 12th, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

So, it's no secret that I love comic books, and comic book movies, so an opportunity to talk about Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr, shall not be missed. A video RDJ posted on Twitter features Alex, a seven year-old kid with a partially developed right arm. He's showing up to meet with Albert Manero, who builds 3D printed bionic limbs for kids and donates them to those kids through the Limbitless Solutions organization. What Alex doesn't know is that this latest version of his arm is being presented to him by Iron Man. When he arrives, they chat briefly and then Robert Downey Jr offers to compare his suit's arm to Alex's new arm, each housed in a box labelled Stark Industries. This is so fun to watch, check out the video below.

Apple’s ResearchKit Poised to Revolutionize Large-scale Medical Studies

7:41 PM EDT, Mar. 12th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple changed the landscape for medical science research with the introduction of ResearchKit. Scientists have been stuck with essentially the same data collection methods they've used for decades, but now they have a radically new way of gathering that information that's faster, and potentially more accurate and less expensive.

New Biography Claims Tim Cook Offered Steve Jobs Liver Transplant

7:10 PM EDT, Mar. 12th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Becoming Steve Jobs

A new biography titled Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary claims that current Apple CEO Tim Cook offered Mr. Jobs part of his liver, an offer that was declined. The book comes out on March 24th, but an Amazon preview gave access to much of its content—that preview has since been sharply reduced.

Arduino Beginner Course: $19

4:46 PM EDT, Mar. 12th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Arduino Beginner Course: $19

It's deals like this that make me wish we had 48 hours in a day. It's a beginner's course on Arduino, a hobbyist platform for making devices that can both sense and control the physical world. Which is freaking cool. An Arduino unit analyzes its environment by receiving inputs from numerous built-in sensors and reacts by controlling lights, motors, accessories or whatever else you can dream up. This training course has more than 99 lectures and 17 hours of content to get you started on this open source platform, and through us it's just $19. If you take the course, please send me an email showing me what you create!