Gate Wants to Make Your Mailbox Smart

4:13 PM EDT, May. 14th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Product News

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SAN FRANCISCO - Zikgo Labs showed off Gate at Pepcom's MobileFocus event Wednesday night, a device the company is funding through Kickstarter. Gate is an interesting addition to the Internet of Things in that it makes your mailbox smart. Using a sensor and a base station, Gate can alert you when your mailbox is opened, removing the uncertainty of knowing when your mail has been delivered.

New 4K Blu-ray Players Will Kickstart 4K TV

3:50 PM EDT, May. 14th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Analysis

The standard fuss about 4K consists of complaints about how it's hard to see a difference compared to HD, that bandwidth for streaming is severe, and that there's no content.  But, of course, all these objections will disappear into the dusty past of technology. For now, however, how will Apple be affected?

Apple’s Beats Streaming Music May Revive Ping

2:56 PM EDT, May. 14th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Ping, Apple's failed attempt at a social networking service, may be getting a revival of sorts in the new Beats streaming music service. Apple will reportedly use the feature as a way for artists to share tour dates, new songs, and more with fans, making it more of a promotional tool than a dead on arrival social networking platform.

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Ping really was a dismal failure, but reviving the artist's page feature could be a good fit for Beats Music and a way to set Apple's offering apart from the competition.

OrbitKey Leather Key Organizer and Bottle Opener: $34.99

2:17 PM EDT, May. 14th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

OrbitKey Leather Key Organizer and Bottle Opener: $34.99

We have a deal for you today that's a bit off the beaten tech track. It's for OrbitKey, a leather key organizer with a built in bottle opener. It holds up to seven standard keys, and because it's made of leather, it stops them from scratching your phone and rattling in your pocket. Through our deal you can get OrbitKey for $34.99, a discount of 26 percent.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-05-14: Apple Music, Ping, and Smart Home Troubleshooting

1:49 PM EDT, May. 14th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Bing Music is about to become Apple Music, and it's going to revive part of Ping. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's streaming music efforts, social networking, and how giving artists a self promotion platform may work out. Kelly also has some tips on troubleshooting your network when your smart home devices misbehave, and she explains why iTunes is Apple's own version of the Weasley's house.

Apple, A123 Settle Employee Poaching Lawsuit

10:40 AM EDT, May. 14th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

A123 Systems, the battery designer that sued Apple for poaching key employees, has settled its case out of court. The company claimed Apple targeted employees from its advanced energy storage division, and that the workers who left violated non-compete contracts.

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Looks like this deal worked out exactly how Apple wanted. It gets the vehicle battery engineers it needs for the Titan electric car project, and A123 Systems isn't distracting from their work any more.

Apple Watch: Adding More Customized Faces

8:55 AM EDT, May. 14th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Today's Quick Tip is about watch faces. How do you add new ones? How do you delete existing ones? Can you have multiple versions of the same face, maybe to use at different times of day? Come on in to get the answers to these questions, plus maybe a little bit of Melissa Holt ranting about not liking the Mickey Mouse face. You don't wanna miss that!

ACM 306: Living with Apple Watch, Tony Fadell’s Watches, and Wearable Security

6:40 PM EDT, May. 13th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet & Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Podcast

Bryan joined the ranks of the Apple Watch owners, and he was surprised at his reaction to his fancy new smartwatch. Jeff and Bryan explore the changes Apple Watch has made in their lives already, plus they look at Tony Fadell and how his watch collection shows off who he is and what he might bring to wearable computer. And just for grins, they look at wearable tech cybersecurity, too.

Facebook Ready to Take Over Online News Syndication

2:54 PM EDT, May. 13th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Facebook unveiled Instant Articles on Wednesday, positioning itself as a potential big time player in the news publishing market. The new feature gives media outlets such as National Geographic and the New York Times a new platform for reaching readers, and a new avenue for generating ad-based revenue.

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Assuming Instant Articles is successful, publishers may find Instant Articles isn't an optional choice. If they aren't there, competitors will get the traffic, and in the end Facebook becomes the arbiter of the news. It's all about going to your readers instead of hoping they come to you.

Last Chance To Enter The Apple Watch Giveaway

2:49 PM EDT, May. 13th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Last Chance To Enter The Apple Watch Giveaway

Today is the last chance to enter our Apple Watch Giveaway. If you win, you can choose your own Apple Watch, up to $750 worth. All you have to do to register is sign up to receive our Deal emails.  If you then share your entry, you get additional entries. Check out the deal page for more information, and good luck!

Make Your iPhone Camera Even Better (Part II)

2:40 PM EDT, May. 13th, 2015 · Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants and Raves

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In addition to using the 645 Pro Mk III camera app he told you about last week for most of his photos, Dr. Mac also uses a handful of third-party accessories to help him take better pictures and videos with his iPhone. Check out his inexpensive yet effective toolkit in this week's Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves (Episode 122). 

TMO Daily Observations 2015-05-13: Facebook’s Instant Articles, Ruthless Apple Watch App Management

1:19 PM EDT, May. 13th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Facebook is making a play to be the big name in online news syndication. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to discuss the changing landscape for online news and blogging, and the role Facebook is playing. They also revisit Apple Watch app management now that Dave decided to take control of what he uses on his watch.

Google Embraces Apple Watch with News & Weather App

9:37 AM EDT, May. 13th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Google is getting into the Apple Watch game with its latest update for the iPhone Google News & Weather app. The Apple Watch version shows a handful of top headlines, and includes a Glance view, too.

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Google News & Weather's latest update isn't so much about features as it is about Google starting to support Apple Watch. This could lead to other Google apps making their way to our wrists, and hopefully that includes Google Maps.

Apple Watch: Using “Cover to Mute”

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

Another day, another Apple Watch Quick Tip! Today's article is about the "Cover to Mute" feature, which will let you shush your Watch without having to fiddle with controls or even interact with the display. Keeping people from staring at you because your wrist is making odd noises is a good goal, isn't it?

Jet-Powered Flying Wings Over Dubai in Beautiful 4K

9:08 PM EDT, May. 12th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Jetman Yves Rossy and his protege Jetman Vince Reffet. Jetman...what a great title. Check out this video of these two adventurers flying around with jet-powered flying wings. The video was filmed in and around Dubai, and according to CultofMac, the flying contraptions utilize four small jet engines and can fly for 10 minutes. The video is available in 4K, so sit back and enjoy. It's truly amazing.

iPhone 6s Will Reportedly Have Force Touch

6:56 PM EDT, May. 12th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Rumor

iPhone 6s Will Reportedly Have Force Touch

Apple's next iteration of the iPhone—expected to be the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus—will feature Force Touch, a technology first introduced on the company's new MacBook and the Apple Watch. The prediction comes from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, who also said Apple would release a rose-gold color for the iPhone.

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Bryan Chaffin likes most of these predictions. Force Touch is a natural fit for iPhone, but a rose gold iPhone is less certain.