TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-13

1:12 PM EDT, Oct. 13th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Turns out flight attendants are so excited about gate-to-gate portable electronics use on flights. Kelly Guimont and Dave Hamilton put on their ranty pants today and let Jeff Gamet know just how they feel about flight attendants suing the FAA to reinstate the electronics ban, plus Dave explains why he's decided to go with the iPhone 6 Plus instead of the smaller iPhone 6.

Flight Attendants Sue to Stop Gate-to-gate Electronics Use

9:55 AM EDT, Oct. 13th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Attorneys representing the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA argued in the U.S. Court of Appeals late last week that the ban on in-flight electronics the FAA lifted a year ago should be reinstated for the safety of airline passengers. The Flight Attendants union thinks portable electronics use during takeoff and landing poses a serious risk and that the FAA made a mistake when it opened the doors for airlines to allow their use from gate to gate.

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Unless flight attendants can come up with compelling evidence to show gate-to-gate electronics use is a serious safety risk, you'll most likely be able to keep playing Angry Birds on your flights. And with the ban lift nearly a year behind us, passengers wouldn't take going back to stowing their electronics very well at all.

Apple Launching iPhone 6 in 36 More Countries in October

8:46 AM EDT, Oct. 13th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple plans to launch the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in 36 more countries and territories by the end of October with Israel, Mexico, Poland, South Africa, Greece, Bosnia, and more on the list. The company expects to have its new iPhone models in more than 115 countries by the end of the year, making this its most agressive rollout so far.

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Apple clearly intends to follow through with its plan to get the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus into at least 115 countries before the end of the year. 

MGG 523: Three Mikes and Two Geeks On Mics

11:34 AM EDT, Oct. 12th, 2014 · John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Network issues nipped the tail end of last week's show, but your geeks made it through regardless. This week John and Dave go through running iPhoto from a flash drive, sharing a clipboard between iOS and OS X, Wi-Fi Calling with your new iPhone, Updating expired podcasts and resolving a failed (but recurring!) iPhoto import. Download and enjoy!

How To Create a Mac Keyboard Shortcut For Print To PDF (Video)

6:50 PM EDT, Oct. 10th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

You may have seen the "PDF…" button lurking in the bottom of a print dialog, and you may have even used it from time to time to create a digital version of a document in a quest to reduce paper. If you haven't noticed it, there's a PDF button in the bottom left corner of the print dialog, so you can print something to PDF instead of having to use ink and paper. Sometimes you just need a PDF, so having this option built in is awesome. What's even more awesome is when you can save some time by creating a keyboard shortcut to do this for you automatically. David Sparks has covered this with the video below. It sounds odd, but trust me, this is the "microwave" of Mac tweaks. At first you'll wonder why you thought you needed it, and in a month you'll wonder how you lived without it. For bonus points, work a little dark magic with Hazel or other automation software and streamline a bunch of busy work so you can spend more time on important things, like your Netflix queue or learning to knit.

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‘Eight’ Wooden Acoustic Amplifier for iPhone Looks Amazing, Sounds OK

6:30 PM EDT, Oct. 10th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · In-Depth Review

'Eight' Wooden Acoustic Amplifier Looks Amazing, Sounds OK

Eight is the most unique iPhone accessory I've seen, and it's the most beautiful. Designed by Slovakian company Stark, Eight is a wooden acoustic amplifier/dock for your iPhone 5/5s/6. With the addition of the included Lightning cable, it's also a charging dock. It's hand crafted, made of gorgeous wood, is cleverly designed, feels amazing (seriously), and it sounds OK.

Apple’s October 16 Invitation is Actually a Hidden Promise

5:00 PM EDT, Oct. 10th, 2014 · John Martellaro · Particle Debris

It's been all hands on deck for Apple in the last year. iOS 8, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, OS X Yosemite, the new Mac Pro, home automation, health monitoring, iBeacon, Apple Pay, and what looks like some very hard work on the Apple Watch. Some other products appear to have stagnated.  Does the October 16 event invitation suggest a remedy? Is this even a problem? John Martellaro sizes up the promise of Apple's invitation.

VPN Unlimited Premium Plan: 3 Years Of Hacker Protection & More for $19

4:16 PM EDT, Oct. 10th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

VPN Unlimited Premium Plan: 3 Years Of Hacker Protection & More for $19

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TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-10

1:41 PM EDT, Oct. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

It looks like GT Advanced Technologies may be looking at an ugly split from Apple now that it wants to shut down the sapphire factory where it's been making glass for the Apple Watch. Bryan Chaffin and Bob LeVitus join Jeff Gamet to talk about what's happening with GTAT and its bankruptcy filing, and how this impacts Apple. They also take a look at Apple's marketing strategy for the upcoming Apple Watch and how the company seems to be getting cozy with the fashion industry.

GT Advanced Technologies Wants to Close Apple Sapphire Glass Factory

11:15 AM EDT, Oct. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

GT Advanced Technologies filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this week and now is asking the court for permission to shut down the factory where it has been making synthetic sapphire glass for Apple. The company's bankruptcy filing came as a surprise to everyone, including Apple, and its latest request likely isn't sitting well with the iPhone and iPad maker.

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Watching GTAT's implosion just hurts, and at this point it's hard to imagine the situation improving. Shutting down its sapphire factory doesn't bode well for Apple, either, because the Apple Watch launch is getting closer all the time.

Apple to Live Stream Oct 16 Media Event

9:47 AM EDT, Oct. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is hosting a media event on October 16, and like its iPhone 6 and Apple Watch event in September, this one will be streamed live online. The company is expected to introduce new iPad models, and possibly new Macs, too.

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Apple may be streaming next week's event, just as it did with last month's iPhone launch, but hopefully it won't be exactly like the September event with translators talking over Tim Cook, multiple music tracks playing at the same time, and ongoing feed drops.

Withing’s Health Mate Adds HealthKit Support

8:50 AM EDT, Oct. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · iOS

Withings just updated its Health Mate app for the iPhone with support for iOS 8's HealthKit, so now you can load up Apple's Health app with data from your Pulse, Smart Scale, Aura, and more. Health Mate was already a great app for tracking your health and fitness activities, and now it's even more useful. Check out our growing list of HealthKit-compatible apps.

Apple Watch Will Make Editorial Debut in Vogue China’s November Issue

8:27 PM EDT, Oct. 9th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

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Apple is letting the fashion world enjoy the editorial debut for Apple Watch. The Business of Fashion (BoF) reported that Vogue China got early access to the device, and will feature it on the cover of the November issue on the arm of supermodel Liu Wen.

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I think the watch and technology worlds don't get Apple Watch yet, each for different reasons. Apple is positioning this device obliquely to anything most of us thought about before it was announced.

The World’s Largest iOS 8 + Swift eLearning Bootcamp: $99

4:54 PM EDT, Oct. 9th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

The World's Largest iOS 8 + Swift eLearning Bootcamp: $99

We have a new developer training bundle for you today called The World's Largest iOS 8 + Swift eLearning Bootcamp. It's designed to give you in-depth training on iOS 8, Swift and Xcode 6. Over the course of 24 courses with 80 hours of content, you'll be guided through building 70 different working apps. This collection of courses retails for $2,956, but through our deal, it's yours for $99. If you want to learn how to make iOS apps, this is a good place to start.

Icahn to Apple: Buy Back More Shares

2:10 PM EDT, Oct. 9th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Apple has US$133 billion in cash and big-name investor Carl Icahn thinks it's time for the iPhone and iPad maker to use some of that money to buy back more stock. In an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, Mr. Icahn said he thinks the company's stock is currently sitting at about half its value, and that's an opportunity not to be passed up.

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Carl Icahn is right about this being a good time for Apple to buy back more of its stock, but don't think his open letter is an altruistic move. This is all about business and increasing his own profit. That's just how business works.