Apple Signs on to White House Program for Paying Suppliers Faster

7:03 PM EDT, Jul. 11th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Power

The White House announced on Friday that Apple, Cocacola, IBM, CVS, FedEx, Honda, and Walgreens, and 19 other large companies have signed on to participate in SupplierPay. The voluntary program is designed to get large companies to pay the small companies in their supply chain more swiftly in order to boost cash flow and increase investment in small businesses.

Lifetime Access To Over 5,000 Adobe Authorized Training Videos for $79

3:02 PM EDT, Jul. 11th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Lifetime Access To Over 5,000 Adobe Authorized Training Videos for $79

Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom, Premier...Adobe's powerful applications are de rigueur throughout much of the professional world. Learning how to use them, let alone learning how to make the most of them, has a steep learning curve, and Adobe likes to rewrite its own UI rules with each new version. Thanks to our friends at StackSocial, you can get lifetime access to more than 5,00 Adobe-Authorized training videos for just $79. That level of pass is usually $500, so if you're looking for the training, get on it.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-11

1:30 PM EDT, Jul. 11th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Get ready for the new Microsoft. Well, maybe. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's plan to reinvent the company, what that could mean for the tech market, and whether or not he can pull it off. They also take a look at the state of Macs in science and just how amazingly powerful the new Mac Pro really is.

Canaccord Raises AAPL Target to $112 on Strong iPhone 6 Expectations

10:34 AM EDT, Jul. 11th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Apple is poised to sell the iPhone 6 in big numbers, and will charge more for the expected bigger display, according to Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley. He thinks high demand plus a bigger price tag will turn into even more sales worldwide, so he's raising his target price for the company's stock from US$102 up to $112.

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Analysts have high expectations for the iPhone 6. If Apple doesn't live up to those expectations get ready for the usual "Apple is doomed" reports.

Apple Blocks Older Flash Versions on Mac Over Security Issues

9:35 AM EDT, Jul. 11th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple updated the built-in security safeguards in OS X to block versions of Flash prior to 14.0.0.145 from running following the discovery of a flaw in the multimedia platform that could let attackers steal login credentials for thousands of websites. Adobe released an update for Flash on Mac, Windows, and Linux earlier this week to address the issue, too.

Safari: Use a Shortcut to Clear Your History

8:45 AM EDT, Jul. 11th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

In this Quick Tip, we’re going to create a keyboard shortcut to clear Safari’s browsing history on your Mac, quick as a wink. We understand that sometimes you look at sites that you don’t want other people to know about, and hey, we won’t judge you. Well, we won’t judge you much, anyhow.

CEO Satya Nadella Willing to Shed the Past and Reinvent Microsoft

7:46 PM EDT, Jul. 10th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Newly-installed Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has offered the first hint that he is ready and willing to ditch the Windows legacy and move Microsoft into a sustainable and relevant future. In a letter to employees, Mr. Nadella dropped the "devices and services" mantra of his predecessor, Steve Ballmer, and called Microsoft a "productivity" company for a "mobile-first and cloud-first world."

Making of Reel for Game of Thrones Offers Amazing Glimpse at Special Effects

6:03 PM EDT, Jul. 10th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

The special effects wizards who put the realism into HBO's Game of Thrones (loosely inspired by George R. R. Martin's The Song of Ice and Fire) have put out an amazing video. The Making-of Reel for Season 4 of the popular series shows just how good these folks are at adding special effects that don't seem in any way to be special effects. It's a remarkable video that shows just how far this industry has come—I'm looking at you, obviously CGI Legolas on the back of an obviously CGI troll. In any event, it's so frakking cool, so check it out. [Via IGN via Melissa Davis (@TheMacMommy).]

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How to Report Spam To Common Email Providers

5:10 PM EDT, Jul. 10th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · Tips

Stop Spam

Everyone gets spam. Those more persistent accounts should be reported to the email services being abused, and Kelly has compiled a list to help you get those accounts suspended and keep from sending even more spam.

Take Better Photos & Video With The KICK for $149

4:58 PM EDT, Jul. 10th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

The KICK and its App

Today's deal could also be a Cool Stuff Found mention. It's called The KICK, and it's a smartphone-sized bank of LED lights you can use for lighting your scene for photos and videos. That's cool by itself, but The KICK can be controlled from your iPhone or Android device. You can control color, brightness, and a variety of built-in "effects" settings to help you get the perfect shot. It's rechargeable and mountable on a tripod. There's a video on the deal page showing it in use, along with more details. Through our deal, you can get it for $149.