Last Chance to Register for the Apple Thunderbolt Giveaway

2:08 PM EDT, May. 27th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Last Chance to Register for the Apple Thunderbolt Giveaway

We're giving away a 27-inch Apple Thunderbolt Display with our friends at Stack Social, and it's your last chance to enter. Just sign up to receive deal emails on the giveaway page. There are ways you can share your entry to get additional entries, too. The giveaway ends on May 27th. Good luck!

Skype for Mac Update Ignores Its Own Audio Settings

12:56 PM EDT, May. 27th, 2015 · Dave Hamilton · Product News

Skype released an update for their OS X client today, version 7.8.388, that includes a nasty bug: it now ignores whatever audio devices you have selected in Skype > Preferences > Audio/Video. It treats every one of those 3 drop-downs there as though you have selected "Same as System." This is bad news for some users.

Yosemite 10.10.4 Beta Dumps Discoveryd to Fix Network Issues

9:36 AM EDT, May. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Kills Yosemite Network Bugs with Mavericks Code

In hopes of finally addressing ongoing network-related issues in OS X Yosemite, the new 10.10.4 beta release does away with discoveryd and rolls back to mDNSResponder from OS X Mavericks. Apple replaced mDNSResponder in OS X Yosemite with discoveryd for handling certain network tasks, but that decision left many Mac owners frustrated with heavy CPU usage, slow Internet issues, and network connection problems.

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Discoveryd has been a big bag of hurt for Apple. Rolling back to mDNSResponder seems like a smart move considering just how many network-related issues Yosemite using Mac owners have been facing.

OS X: 3 Tricks for Moving Files Around

8:55 AM EDT, May. 27th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Ever been curious about how you can use a keyboard shortcut to move files on your Mac? What about ways to drag and drop stuff without having to open separate windows? Melissa Holt has three very useful Quick Tips on organizing items in the Finder, coming right up!

iKlip Grip: iPhone Stand and Selfiestick with Bluetooth Shutter

6:35 PM EDT, May. 26th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

IK Multimedia announced iKlip Grip Tuesday, a single product with that can function as a desktop tripod, grip handle, monopod or tripod adapter. In other words, you can use it as a stand or a selfie stick, and it comes with a Bluetooth shutter button for remotely activating your camera. Its holder is designed to accommodate smartphones of most sizes, as well as cameras. It ships later this month for US$59.99.

ShowStoppers & MacTech Team Up for DevFocus at WWDC

6:09 PM EDT, May. 26th, 2015 · Dave Hamilton · Dave Hamilton's Blog

ShowStoppers has long put on some of our favorite events at tradeshows (and beyond). They assemble great product and app creators, put them in a room where all the booths are roughly the same size (and not over-adorned with lights and glitz) and only allow media as attendees for a 2-to-4 hour event. Good news: this year it's happening for the first time at WWDC.

Firefighters Take on Blaze at Apple’s Former Sapphire Glass Factory [Update]

2:58 PM EDT, May. 26th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Firefighters work to contain a blaze at Apple's Mesa, AZ former sapphire factory

Firefighters are working to contain a fire at the Mesa, Arizona building where GT Advanced Technologies had been making synthetic sapphire glass for the iPhone and Apple Watch. The blaze currently seems to be on the roof of the building, and may not have spread to the building's interior.

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Apple has the worst luck with that building. It's like it was built on cursed ground.

Apple Watch Course: Go from Newbie to Pro and Build 14 Apps for $25

2:02 PM EDT, May. 26th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Apple Watch Course: Go from Newbie to Pro and Build 14 Apps for $25

We have a deal on an Apple Watch developer course designed to take you from "newbie to pro." Over the course of 134 lectures and 12.5 hours of content, you'll build 14 different Apple Watch apps using Swift and WatchKit. It's a self-paced course that allows for new coders, while experienced developers can skip ahead as needed. This course retails for $199, but through our deal you can get it for $25.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-05-26: Jony Ive’s Promotion, Cortana Coming to iPhone

1:26 PM EDT, May. 26th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple's Jony Ive is being promoted to Chief Design Officer, and that has some people worried about his future with the company. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at whether or not his new job is a sign that he's planning on retiring soon, plus they dive into what Microsoft's plan to bring Cortana voice commands to the iPhone means for Apple.

Hold on to Your Pants, Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana is Coming to iPhone

10:25 AM EDT, May. 26th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Microsoft's Cortana coming to iPhone

Microsoft is making a big push for cross-device support in Windows 10, and part of that includes bringing its Siri-like Cortana voice control system to the iPhone. Just like Siri, Cortana lets you speak to perform tasks and retrieve information, and in some ways is considered more advanced than Apple's own system.

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I've spoken with several Windows and iPhone users who say Cortana is superior to Siri. Bringing that experience to the iPhone will force Apple to step up its voice recognition game, but it's also a shot across the company's bow. Make no mistake: Microsoft wants to eat Apple's pie.

Local Content Deals to Delay Apple’s Streaming TV Plans

9:20 AM EDT, May. 26th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's streaming TV service may be delayed over local TV station deals

Apple most likely won't launch its rumored streaming television service this fall thanks to content licensing deals for local content. The company wants to include local TV stations as part of its service, but swinging the deals is proving to be a difficult task.

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If Apple really wants to disrupt the current television distribution model, deals with local stations across the country would play a significant role. Considering how difficult it is to line up those deals, however, Apple may have to make a decision to keep waiting, or launch with just a handful of stations and hope more come on board over time.

1987 Apple Promo Video Hints at Hubris of the 1990s

6:47 PM EDT, May. 22nd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Hubris. Wow. So much hubris. The first half of the video below was a promo video Apple made in 1987 under then-CEO John Scully. It was fashioned to be a fake series of clips set ten years in the future (in 1997) that showed how awesome and big Apple would be. From satellites to Macintosh psychiatrists, to even the very notion of success, it's all wrong. It features John Scully, who is proudly featured as the glorious leader of Apple in 1997, Michael Spindler, who would replace him and be fired in 1996, Steve Wozniak, who offers the most insightful comments in the piece, and Del Yoakem, who also had some interesting things to say. Blake Patterson, who posted the video to YouTube, described it as cheesy and cute. Personally it makes me cringe. So much hubris. And it was so wrong, both on technology and Apple's future.