A New Apple TV with 4K Would NOT Break the Internet

6:00 PM EDT, Mar. 25th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Analysis

Often, for the sake of dramatic effect and the attention it brings, technical articles are couched in terms of dramatic change. And while change is what our industry is all about, the technical people behind the scenes know that nothing all happens at once. The same applies to 4K streaming.

Apple Buys Advanced Database Company FoundationDB

5:06 PM EDT, Mar. 25th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple Buys Advanced Database Company FoundationDB

Apple has acquired FoundationDB, a company that developed advanced database technologies designed to crunch large amounts of data more swiftly and efficiently. FoundationDB announced on its website that it would no longer offer its product for download, and Apple issued its standard boilerplate statement it uses to confirm corporate acquisitions without actually confirming them.

Christy Turlington: Apple Watch Accurately Tracks Workouts without an iPhone

4:14 PM EDT, Mar. 25th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple Watch spokesperson Christy Turlington-Burns posted her Week Three blog entry in a series about training for the upcoming London Marathon. Mrs. Turlington-Burns said in her Apple-sponsored blog that after a few uses, her Apple Watch learned enough about her stride that she didn't need her iPhone with her to accurately track her results.

Dave Hamilton Talks Mobile Tech at Connecticut Mac Connection

2:35 PM EDT, Mar. 25th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Appearances

The Mac Observer's own Dave Hamilton will be speaking Wednesday evening at the Connecticut Mac Connection user group on how to keep all of your data with you no matter where you are. Dave will share his tips and tricks on how to make sure the information you need is available when you're away from your desk, and how to make sure your information stays secure.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-25: Apple’s Tech Trend Setting, Recycling Old Gear

2:04 PM EDT, Mar. 25th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

You don't have to like Apple to see how the company is changing the consumer electronics world. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at how Apple sets trends and impacts how we use and what we expect from our tech gear even if we don't use their products. Kelly also has some great tips on recycling all of those extra cables that pile up.

Step Aside Calendar, Fantastical 2 for the Mac is Here

11:19 AM EDT, Mar. 25th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · In-Depth Review

When Fantastical was first released it brought with it a fresh take on the Mac's Calendar thanks to its easy to use drop down menu view and natural language event entry system. Where the original made a great addition to Apple's Calendar apps, Fantastical 2 is an excellent replacement and shows just how much power you can pack into a minimalist interface. Is Fantastical 2 right for you? Read on to find out.

Fan-made TIE Fighter Film Shows How Cool the Empire Can Be

9:27 AM EDT, Mar. 25th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

The Empire is always the evil enemy in Star Wars films, except when Paul Johnson is at the helm. He spent four years working on his own fan-made animated short film called TIE Fighter done in 1980s style anime that's simply beautiful. It includes an appropriate 80s style musical score plus authentic sound effects, and shows just how wonderfully awesome animated Star Wars can be. The movie is a little over seven minutes long, and if you're watching at work be sure to wear headphones because you don't want to miss out on the audio.

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OS X: Use Shortcuts to Jump Around in Text

7:55 AM EDT, Mar. 25th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

If you didn't know that you could use keyboard shortcuts to move to the beginning or end of a line, paragraph, or document under OS X, then boy, do we have a Quick Tip for you. In this article, we'll cover our most-used shortcuts, and we'll even point you toward a list of dozens more you can use if you're so inclined. We're good like that.

BOLT Combination Portable Battery and Wall Charger: $44.99

5:22 PM EDT, Mar. 24th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

BOLT Combination Portable Battery and Wall Charger: $44.99

Check out the BOLT. It's a wall charger with its own built in-battery that turns it into a portable charger on-the-go. It has foldable prongs, is quite small, and features a 3,000mAh battery with a USB charging port for your devices. Through our deal you can get it for $44.99, 25 percent off retail.

Trade Group Files Lawsuit to Stop FCC Net Neutrality Control

3:44 PM EDT, Mar. 24th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

USTelecom, the trade group that represents service providers impacted by the Federal Communication Commission's recent changes to preserve Net Neutrality, filed a lawsuit on Monday in hopes of overturning the new rules. The organization claims the FCC doesn't have the legal authority to regulate an open Internet and shouldn't be allowed to impose regulations outside of its purview on Internet service providers.

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ISPs said they planned to fight the FCC's Net Neutrality plans, so it isn't any surprise at all to see a lawsuit from an organization representing their interests showing up.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-24: Apple Executives on ‘Becoming Steve Jobs’

1:17 PM EDT, Mar. 24th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Turns out there's more to say about how Apple is reacting to the new Steve Jobs biography that's out today, so Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton are back with Jeff Gamet to offer up their thoughts. The look at how this is different from anything else the company has done before, and what may be behind Apple executives choosing to endorse "Becoming Steve Jobs."

Apple TV Adds TED, Tastemade, Young Hollywood Channels

11:24 AM EDT, Mar. 24th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple TV added three new channels Tuesday morning: TED, Tastemade, and Young Hollywood. Unlike some other channels on Apple TV that require a cable television subscription to view, the latest three are all free.

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Seeing TED on Apple TV is pretty cool. Even better: No cable subscription requirement.

Here’s Where to Buy ‘Becoming Steve Jobs’

10:40 AM EDT, Mar. 24th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

If Apple's executive team is to be believed, "Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader" is the biography about their company's co-founder to read, and it's out today. Turns out plenty of retailers are hoping you'll want to read it, too, so we rounded up a list of places ready to sell you a copy.

Analyst: AAPL on Track to Hit $1 Trillion Market Cap

9:18 AM EDT, Mar. 24th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Cantor Fiztgerald analyst Brian White thinks Apple's future is so bright that he raised his 12-month target price for the company's stock from US$160 up to $180, which would put its market cap up over $1 trillion. He said the launch of Apple Watch, iPhone growth in China, and the iPhone and iPad maker's potential with its rumored electric car will all help to push the stock value higher.

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Apple seems to be the darling of Wall Street and most analysts are very optimistic about the company's future. Topping the trillion dollar market cap mark would be huge for Apple.

Instagram Launches ‘Layout’ App for Collages

7:04 PM EDT, Mar. 23rd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Instagram announced Monday a new app called Layout for iOS (Android users can expect it in "the coming months"). Layout is a standalone app for making collages that can be posted to your Instagram feed, Facebook, or sent to other apps in iOS. It allows users to choose apps n the camera roll and then pick a layout pattern. The app auto-populates the photos into that layout, and the user can then swap photos out, rotate them, flip them, pinch to zoom, or drag them around. It includes a Faces tab that automatically detects photos with faces in them, and there's also a Photo Booth mode that allows you to take several photos in quick succession. Layout is a free app, and it's available now.