TwistedWave Audio Editor for Mac: $15

11:34 PM EST, Nov. 10th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

TwistedWave Editor on a MacBook

We have a deal on an audio recorder and editor for your Mac called TwistedWave. You might remember Mark Greentree's review of the iOS version for TMO in 2012 where it got 4 stars. TwistedWave supports a huge amount of file formats, including WAV, AIFF, CAF, MP2, MP3, Mpeg4/AAC, ALAC, FLAC, Ogg/Vorbis, WavPack, Wave64, AU, SD2, and WMA. it can detect silence, supports batch processing of multiple files, change pitch, multichannel editing, has mastering features, and much more. It's priced at $80, but you can get it for $15 through our deal.

How to Create Fast and Easy Checklists in OS X El Capitan’s Notes App

3:10 PM EST, Nov. 10th, 2015 · John Martellaro · How-To

Making Checklists in El Capitan's Notes app

To Do apps are great, but they can often have too much technology wrapped around them for mundane tasks. Simple text files are okay for fast to do lists, but your favorite app may not be cross-platform and sync via iCloud. In OS X El Capitan, Apple has added the ability to create simple checklists which might be all you need for short-term to do items. John Martellaro shows you how.

Apple Music Comes to Android on Google Play

2:25 PM EST, Nov. 10th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Product News

Apple Music on Android

Apple released the Apple Music client for Android on Google Play, marking a major expansion of the music streaming service. It's also only the third Android app from Apple alongside a migration assistant tool called Move to iOS and Beats Pill+, a controller app for the Beats Pill+ Bluetooth speaker.

The Inside Story Behind Steve Jobs’s 1997 Macworld Keynote (Video)

1:11 PM EST, Nov. 10th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Michael Markman isn't a household name in Apple fan circles, but you've probably seen some of his work. He's a video director who worked on the internal promo video 1944, as well as Blue Busters. Turns out he also put together Gil Amelio's disastrous keynote from Macworld San Francisco in January 1997. Despite that last particular excersize in ignominy, Steve Jobs had him make the video introduction of new Apple board members that served as a centerpiece for the August 1997 Macworld Boston keynote. That's the one where Steve Jobs announced Microsoft was investing in the company and committing to make Office for Mac for five years. It's great Apple lore, but Mr. Markman—or Mikelah as he calls himself—walks us through the meeting with Steve Jobs just days after Gil Amelio was fired by the board and Steve Jobs took over. Mr. Jobs also threatened to fire everyone in the room if that meeting leaked, despite the fact that only one of them even worked for Steve. And they believed him. It's a wonderful story. Mikelah is a great story teller. He does a video review of the Steve Jobs film I think is great, too.

Sonos Trueplay Launches – Tune Your Wireless Speakers With Your iPhone

1:03 PM EST, Nov. 10th, 2015 · Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

Sonos's Trueplay room-tuning technology is now available for everyone; just update your Sonos app from the App Store to begin the process. Once the updated app launches it will prompt you to do a firmware update to your entire Sonos system. After the quick firmware update is finished the Sonos app will walk you through its automated process of tuning your speakers. Using your iPhone's microphone the Sonos app is able to discern what, if any, EQ adjustments need to be made to each room of your Sonos system to bring you the Sonos signature sound. You can then tweak bass and treble from there to your liking. This is available for free for all models of Sonos PLAY:1, PLAY:3 and PLAY:5, regardless of age. For more information check out our recent Trueplay review.

There’s a New Apple ID Phishing Scam, But You Don’t Have to Fall For It

9:44 AM EST, Nov. 10th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

The latest phishing scam trying to steal your Apple ID and credit card

There's a new phishing scam making the rounds that tries to trick victims into giving up their Apple ID, account password, and credit card information. The looks more legit than many others The Mac Observer has seen, but it's still fake, and fairly easy to spot.

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Phishing scams often use tactics like saying your account has been limited or locked in some way to trick you into giving up personal information. Always question messages making those claims. If they're legit, you're simply being cautious, and if they aren't you just saved yourself from accidentally giving away your personal information.

OS X: 5 Quick Dock Tips!

9:03 AM EST, Nov. 10th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

How to customize your OS X Dock

Today's Quick Tip is a…well…it's a tip-a-palooza! We're going to go over some fun and helpful things you can do with the Dock, including adjusting its size (without opening System Preferences at all), seeing what song is playing in iTunes, adding blank spacers between your apps, and lots more.  

Titan Cable and Titan Loop Lightning Charger Bundle: $44.95

5:29 PM EST, Nov. 9th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Titan Cable and Titan Loop Lightning Charger

We've been running deals on the Titan Lightning charger cables for a while, but today we have a bundle on both of them together. With this deal you can get the Titan Cable and Titan Loop Lightning Charger for $44.95. These products are designed to be tough, and they're wrapped in industrial-grade, flexible steel. The Titan Cable is 3-feet and 3-inches long,  while the Titan Loop is 9-inches long and designed to be small enough to loop and carry in your pocket. Check out the deal page for more information.

Steve Jobs Movie Tanks, Pulled from Theaters

3:54 PM EST, Nov. 9th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Steve Jobs movie pulled from theaters after poor viewing numbers

The highly anticipated Steve Jobs movie penned by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Danny Boyle has done so poorly that it's been pulled from nearly all theaters. Last week it was in about 2,500 theaters across the country, but as of now you'll have to go hunting to find one of the 421 locations where it's still playing.

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Somewhere on the Internet a group of Steve Jobs movie haters are firing up their schadenfreude engines right now.

TMO Background Mode: Interview with Astrophysicist Dr. Gaurav Khanna

3:10 PM EST, Nov. 9th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Background Mode Podcast

Dr. Gaurav Khanna is a theoretical astrophysicist at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth and a huge Apple fan. His specialty is the computational study of gravitational phenomena in the vicinity of black holes. John first got to know Dr. Khanna when Apple was pursuing supercomputing hardware and software in the early 2000s, and Dr. Khanna's technical support for scientific computing on Macs made him a hero in the community. In this interview, John asks Dr. Khanna about his current day research using his 2013 Mac Pros, his use of Apple's OpenCL for parallel computing and thoughts on Apple's support for the scientist.

Apple Bag Check Class Action Lawsuit Dismissed

10:47 AM EST, Nov. 9th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Court shoots down Apple employee bag check class action lawsuit

The class action lawsuit Apple retail employees filed against the company over unpaid time during in-store bag checks has been dismissed. Federal District Court Judge William Alsup ruled the mandatory bag checks, which were used to deter employee theft, were an alternative to prohibiting employees from bringing bags to work.

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Based on Judge Alsup's ruling, Apple retail managers can search employee's bags whenever they leave the store and that's going to happen off the clock. Like it or not, that sounds like a pretty familiar policy in the retail world.

iPad Pro Pre-orders Start Nov 11, in Stores End of Week

8:33 AM EST, Nov. 9th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

iPad Pro pre-orders on Nov 11

Apple finally made it official: iPad Pro pre-orders start Wednesday, November 11th, and will be in stores later this week. The Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, both accessories for the new 12.9-inch iPad model, will also be available for pre-order.

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Interesting that Apple isn't offering a firm launch date, just "end of the week." So... Friday? Saturday?

7 Tips for iOS 9 on iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

8:10 PM EST, Nov. 6th, 2015 · Nancy Gravley · Computing with Bifocals

Computing with Bifocals

You know, it is getting hard to keep up with all the new options available on our iOS devices. My advice to beginners is to just learn the ones you want or need and learn additional ones as desired. Of course, to do that you have to know which ones you want. I’ve gathered a few that readers might find helpful or just fun.