Ireland Residents Critical of New €850M Apple Data Center

7:21 PM EDT, Jun. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's planned Ireland data center meets with local resistance

Apple is ready to drop €850 million (about US$960 million) on a new data center in Athenry, Co Galway in Ireland, but local residents aren't pleased with the plan. Some residents think Apple is choosing the wrong location for its data center, plus they have concerns over power usage, noise, and traffic congestion.

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On one hand, it's important for residents to have a say in big changes to their community. On the other hand, Apple is bringing new jobs to the area, offering to make nice improvements, and isn't going to place a burden on the local power infrastructure. Hopefully there's a middle ground that makes the project mutually beneficial, otherwise Apple will simply go somewhere else.

Decibullz Custom Molded Earphones: $44.99

6:39 PM EDT, Jun. 18th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Decibullz Custom Molded Earphones: $44.99

The Decibullz Custom Molded Earphones offers a new way to get a custom-fit experience with your in-earphones. With these earphones, you mold the included material to the unique shape of your ear with hot water, then combine it with a specially-selected silicon tip to get a noise-isolating, custom-fit listening experience. Better yet, through our deal you can get it at a 25 percent discount, at $44.99. 

How to Test Your Mac for a Hardware Problem

4:30 PM EDT, Jun. 18th, 2015 · John Martellaro · How-To

Modern Macs have a built-in diagnostic test that can be used to help troubleshoot a hardware problem. The technology has changed over the years, and the procedure is determined by how old your Mac is. John Martellaro has the details.

Apple Watch Sales Estimates Hit 2.79M

1:59 PM EDT, Jun. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Watch sales estimated at 2.79 million units so far

Apple has sold an estimated 2.79 million Apple Watches since it first went on sale about two months ago. Those sales will add up to some nice profits for Apple, especially since 20 percent of those include extra wrist bands that reportedly sport hefty margins.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-06-18: Edward Snowden on Apple and Privacy, Indy Labels and Apple Music

1:12 PM EDT, Jun. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Edward Snowden has already shaken up the security world, and now he says we should buy Apple products to show our support for better privacy protection. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to offer their thoughts on using our wallets to incentivize companies into giving us better security and privacy protection, plus they have something to say about U.K. indy record labels bowing out of Apple Music.

Zoo Keepers get Their Jurassic Park Moves On

11:45 AM EDT, Jun. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Chris Pratt totally has the Jurassic tame-the-raptors move down, and it turns out he isn't the only one with the magic touch. Zoo keepers are showing off their tame-the-beast moves, too. They're recreating a scene from the just released Jurassic World movie where Pratt's character, Owen Grady, is taming velociraptors and it's the perfect set up for people work with non-extinct animals in real life. The meme is awesome, and a great way to remind us that people are working hard for animal conservation. And thanks to The Nerdist for putting together some of the best photos so we didn't have to.

600M Samsung Android Devices Open to Critical Security Threat

10:49 AM EDT, Jun. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Samsung follows Apple with major Galaxy smartphone security flaw

Not to be outdone by Apple and the XARA security threat, 600 million of Samsung's Android-based mobile devices are susceptible to a critical security flaw that could let attackers steal data and eavesdrop on phone calls and conversations. The flaw targets the version of the SwiftKey on-screen keyboard Samsung bundles with its smartphones, and there isn't any way for users to get rid of it.

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I could make another joke about Samsung going overboard with copying Apple again, but that feels too much like stealing candy from a baby.

Apple Watch Now Available in Apple Stores

9:01 AM EDT, Jun. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Watch is now available for in store purchase

Apple's website isn't the only place where you can buy an Apple Watch. The company launched in store sales Thursday morning, finally giving customers shopping for a new smartwatch the opportunity for some instant gratification.

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Apple said in store sales were coming in June, and it's nice to see the company follow through on that promise. Looks like some of those inventory issues are finally under control.

Edward Snowden: Consumers Should Support Apple to Incentivize Privacy

9:09 PM EDT, Jun. 17th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

Edward Snowden: Consumers Should Support Apple to Incentivize Privacy

Edward Snowden said on Wednesday that customers should support Apple's stance on privacy, whether or no CEO Tim Cook is being sincere about that stance. Speaking via a video conference during the Challenge.rs conference in Barcelona, Mr. Snowden said that companies like Apple that don't trade on our private data should be incentivized to do so.

The Triple Fitbit Giveaway

2:41 PM EDT, Jun. 17th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

The Triple Fitbit Giveaway

We have another giveaway for you today, the Triple Fitbit Giveaway. It's for not one, but three Fitbit Surge wearables. The Fitbit Surge features PurePulse Heart Rate technology, long battery life, wireless syncing functionality, and more. To register, you simply have to sign up to receive our deal emails. Plus, you can get additional entries by sharing the giveaway on social media. Check the giveaway page for details.

Pluto Safari iOS App Lets You Experience the July Flyby

2:10 PM EDT, Jun. 17th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Quick Look Review

After a nine year journey, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will arrive at Pluto on July 14. The Pluto Safari iOS app from Simulation Curriculum has all the details: news, the spacecraft's timeline, current location, various views from different locations and a countdown timer. John Martellaro takes a quick look at this terrific free app. 

Indy Labels Say Apple Music Terms Will Put them Out of Business

11:45 AM EDT, Jun. 17th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Indy U.K. labels say Apple Music terms will put them out of business

Independent record labels in the U.K. aren't excited for Apple Music to launch, and have even gone so far as to say the contract terms will put them out of business. The labels are saying the three month free trial period for subscribers will cut so deep into their revenue stream that they won't be able to keep their doors open.

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Apple's post-trial terms may be enticing, but not enough to get U.K. independent labels on board with Apple Music. That means names like Adele and Arctic Monkeys won't be there, and plenty of other artists, too.

Apple Pulls Monster’s MFI Status Over Beats Lawsuit

9:54 AM EDT, Jun. 17th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple kills Monster's MFI certification over Beats lawsuit

Monster can't make Apple-certified audio and video cables anymore now that the Mac and iPhone maker has pulled the company's MFI certification status. The decision, according to Monster's legal team, was in response to a lawsuit it filed against Beats Electronics—a company Apple now owns.

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Apple is within its rights to drop Monster from its MFI program, but it sure feels like a retribution move.

OS X: Three Common Causes of Slowdowns

9:05 AM EDT, Jun. 17th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Got a slow Mac? We've got some tips on what to do to troubleshoot (and potentially address) your problem. Hey, we like the pretty, colorful spinning beach ball as much as the next guy, but we're not fond of seeing it on our own systems! Track down what's causing troublesome slowness with this Quick Tip.