Handmade Leather Lightning iPhone Chargers

7:47 PM EDT, Sep. 1st, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

This is a first for me: handmade leather Lightning charging cables for iOS devices. This is a project called Esbee Cables being launched on Kickstarter, and it's already surpassed its funding goal of US$15,000. The company has obtained MFi certification from Apple, and is using the money to ramp up production. The video (below) is a tad cheesy, but the product looks great—and a leather-clad charging cable is a compelling idea. There are funding options that will get you a cable starting at $24 and $26 dollars. Check it out.

All-Inclusive iOS 9 & Swift 2 Course Bundle: $49

2:48 PM EDT, Sep. 1st, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

All-Inclusive iOS 9 & Swift 2 Course Bundle

Check out the All-Inclusive iOS 9 & Swift 2 Course Bundle. This developer training deal includes the Complete iOS 9 Developer Course and the Complete iOS 8 & Swift Course. Separately they retail for $398, but through our deal you can get them for $49. Check out the deal listing for more details.

iPhone Jailbreakers Hit with ID Stealing Hack

11:52 AM EDT, Sep. 1st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

KeyRaider malware steals Apple IDs from jailbroken iPhones

Security researchers at Palo Alto Networks found another reason to not jailbreak your iPhone: KeyRaider. This nasty bit of malware steals your Apple account user name and password, device GUID, push notification certificates, and more. The upside is that most iPhone and iPad owners don't have to worry about the threat even though Palo Alto Networks says KeyRaider is responsible for the single largest malware-based Apple account theft to date.

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Jailbreaking isn't the fun time it was a few years ago before Apple's App Store was around. The bad guys ruined jailbreaking for everyone, and the App Store made it pointless for most people, too. Stay away from jailbreaking unless you have a really good reason to hack your iPhone.

Maybe it’s Time for Apple’s Own TV Studio

10:14 AM EDT, Sep. 1st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Apple's own TV and movie studio? Maybe this time.

Netflix wants to be the next HBO, and it looks like Apple may want to be the next Netflix. Apple may be planning on offering its own original content through Apple TV, much like the streaming video service Netflix does today. The idea that Apple may be planning on launching its own exclusive content isn't new, but this is the first time it's come up recently—and it's finally something the iPhone and iPad maker might be able to pull off.

Tidal Accuses Apple of Blocking Drake Benefit Stream, but Not According to Drake

7:38 PM EDT, Aug. 31st, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

Screenshot from Tidal Stream of Drake Performance

Dueling narratives have taken shape around Drake's appearance at a benefit for victims of the Katrina hurricane disaster of 2005. Tidal claimed Apple prevented it from streaming Drake's performance, but Drake's management said that's not the case. As with most things, the truth most likely lies in the vast middle ground, and Bryan Chaffin offers his thoughts on what really happened.

Where Did iTunes Match go for non-Apple Music Subscribers?

4:58 PM EDT, Aug. 31st, 2015 · Dave Hamilton · MGG Answers

Listener Matt is a long-time iTunes Match subscriber, but not (yet?) signed up for Apple Music. However, now that Apple Music is an option he can no longer find where to enable iTunes Match. No worries, it's not gone, just hidden in the Preferences bundled with a new feature under a new name: iCloud Music Library.

Supercharge Your Mac App Bundle: $39.99

4:44 PM EDT, Aug. 31st, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Supercharge Your Mac Bundle

Check out this Mac app deal we have called Supercharge Your Mac Bundle. It includes 9 apps—Flux V5.5, Pagico, DeltaWalker Pro, Emulsion, SpotDox Pro, HydraPro, MotionComposer, PulpMotion, DiscLabel—all for $39.99. These productivity apps do everything from Web design, organizing, file management, animation, and moviemaking. The retail price for all of them would be $554, making our deal a bargain. Check out details on the deal listing.

Apple Digs Deeper into Enterprise with Cisco Partnership

3:14 PM EDT, Aug. 31st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple scores another enterprise-level mobile partner in Cisco deal

Apple is teaming up with Cisco to create what they're calling "a fast lane for iOS business users." The two companies are also working together to bring iPhone and iPad support to Cisco's video conferencing and online collaboration services, all of which will make Apple's mobile devices even more enticing to the enerprise business market.

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First an IBM partnership, and now Cisco. Apple really wants to own the corporate mobile device market.

Apple Hire Hints at Move into Augmented Reality

2:00 PM EDT, Aug. 31st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple may be getting serious about augmented reality

Apple's recent hiring spree includes more than car experts; it also includes at least one augmented reality pro. Most recently, Apple hired Nick Thompson who had been Microsoft's lead audio hardware engineer for the HoloLens project.

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I was hoping Apple's next big thing would be space ships, but I guess augmented reality is OK, too.

T-Mobile gives Data Tethering Abusers the Smackdown

10:31 AM EDT, Aug. 31st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Tethering abusers: Don't make T-Mobile angry

If you've been finding ways to work around T-Mobile's data tethering caps, get ready for a smackdown because company CEO John Legere is gunning for you. He said customers who find ways to work around the 7GB monthly tethering cap are stealing and that's going stop. About 3,000 people are being targeted, and will get bumped from their unlimited data plan to a capped entry level plan.

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T-Mobile is clearly making an example out of its most extreme tethering abusers, and the message the company is sending is clear: Play by the rules and we can all be friends; abuse the system and we'll go medieval on you.

New Rumor Two-tier Pricing for Apple TV

9:07 AM EDT, Aug. 31st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

New Apple TV model will get Siri support and native apps

When the price of Apple TV dropped to US$69 and added "starting at" to the streaming content device's webpage, Apple clearly telegraphed a higher priced model would be coming. Now a rumor claims that second model will be priced between $149 and $199, and is going to be introduced during the company's September 9 media event.

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Reports of a new Apple TV model that costs more and includes Siri voice control and an App Store isn't much of a surprise. When Apple changed the price of the third generation Apple TV to "starting at $69," it was all but confirming the higher priced model with more features was on the way.

Back from the Dead: Using Apple’s Abandoned Safari for Windows Today

7:45 PM EDT, Aug. 28th, 2015 · Jim Tanous · Analysis

safari for windows icon

With Chrome a resource hog and privacy nightmare, Firefox relatively slow and boring, and Microsoft Edge not ready for prime time, there's not a lot to be excited about in the world of Windows browsers, especially for a multi-platform Mac fan. If only Safari for Windows was still around. Hey, let's see how Apple's abandoned browser works today!