Redundancy Is the New Productivity for Your Mac

2:30 PM EDT, May. 20th, 2015 · Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants and Raves

Redundancy Is the New Productivity for Your Mca

Dr. Mac has been teaching people how to use their Macs more effectively for as long as he can remember. So he was surprised to find himself at a loss for words when a friend asked, “If you could only recommend one thing to help me become more productive on my Mac, what would it be?” This week in Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode 123 he explains why redundancy makes you more productive. 

Spotify to Add Video and Podcasts

11:57 AM EDT, May. 20th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Spotify

Spotify announced on Wednesday that it will soon incorporate videos and podcasts into its streaming service. The service will be offering content from Comedy Central, Vice News, The Nerdist, and more as it seeks to become an all-purpose jukebox.

Meet OS X Yosemite Extensions

9:40 AM EDT, May. 20th, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · How-To

Extensions have made a return to your Mac. These aren't the extensions you remember from the olden days of Mac troubleshooting, though. Kelly has the breakdown on what they are and how you can boss them around.

The Help Desk Explains Paper Books

6:45 PM EDT, May. 19th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

Converting from scrolls to newfangled books can make for a difficult transition. This medieval monk had a very tough time understanding how to operate one. What to do? Why, call the abbey's help desk, of course. It's not new, but still cool. New Apple Watch owner? You'll love it.

 

Apple, Other Techs, Security Experts, Civil Groups Ask White House Not to Give Police Our Data

5:44 PM EDT, May. 19th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

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Apple, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, Facebook, Twitter, the Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF), and a host of security experts have penned an open letter to U.S. President Barack Obama urging him not to give law enforcement back door access to our data. The letter is a response by complaints from the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI, and others criticizing Apple, Google, and others for incorporating encryption that even they can't bypass.

Apple Watch OS 1.0.1 Sees Minor UI Speed Increases [Update]

4:41 PM EDT, May. 19th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Product News

Apple Watch Emoji

Apple released the first update to Apple Watch OS earlier on Monday—Apple Watch OS 1.0.1—and right off the bat we noticed that screen reaction times are dramatically faster. Glances load more swiftly, too, and switching between notifications, the Watch face, Glances, and Apps is all smoother and faster.

Kinkoo 40W 6-Port High Speed Charger: $35

3:51 PM EDT, May. 19th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Kinkoo 40W 6-Port High Speed Charger: $35

If you have a lot of devices in your household, we have a deal for you: the Kinkoo 40W 6-Port High Speed Charger. As the name suggests, it has six charging USB ports, each of them designed to deliver maximum charging power to your mobile devices. It's designed to handle U.S. and international power from the wall, and it's certified CE, FCC and RoHS. Through our deal you can get the Kinkoo for $35.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-05-19: Carl Icahn Knows Best

1:27 PM EDT, May. 19th, 2015 · Dave Hamilton & Bryan Chaffin · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Carl Icahn had all kinds of things to say about Apple recently, and Bryan and Dave have all kinds of things to say about Carl Icahn. Seems Apple had some things to say about Carl Icahn, too, or at least that's what the Wall Street Journal's story yesterday infers. Apple won't be making a screened version of the Apple TV according to WSJ (and it sure sounds like a controlled leak from Apple). All this and more on today's TDO!

Carl Icahn Steps Up Pressure on Apple and Tim Cook to Buy Back More Shares

8:41 PM EDT, May. 18th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

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Activist investor Carl Icahn stepped up his pressure on Apple and company CEO Tim Cook to increase share buybacks. In an open letter designed as much to influence investors as Apple's management, Mr. Icahn made the argument that Apple's stock is worth US$240 share today based on his believe that Apple will dominate the television market in 2016 and the automobile industry by 2020. Bryan Chaffin walks you through the pretinents.

Appeals Court Agrees that Samsung Copied Apple

6:24 PM EDT, May. 18th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled Monday that Samsung did indeed copy Apple. In a 34-page ruling, the court upheld most Apple's landmark victory over Samsung in 2012, but threw out damages relating to trade dress. In other words, Apple's innovations in the area of user interface remain protected in this ruling, but the overall look of Apple's hardware was not.

Apple Watch In-Depth Review

5:40 PM EDT, May. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · In-Depth Review

The dust is starting to settle and we've been able to spend some serious time putting Apple Watch through its paces following its release, so we're ready to let you know what we think of Apple's entrance into the smartwatch world. Is it worth the cost, and will you really get any benefits out of slapping one on your wrist? Read on to find out.