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 plans to bring their discovery engine to podcasts this summer, and Apple releases Watch OS 1.0.1. Hear what Bryan Chaffin, Kelly Guimont and Dave Hamilton have to say about all this and more. Plus, get your 10-days of Lynda free at Lynda.com/TDO.
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.
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.
Today we've got a nifty Quick Tip on the Apple Watch's Calendar for you! We'll discuss how to swap between the different viewing modes, how to go to the current day, and even what to do to jump back to the top of your list of events.
Finding what's using your free space, sorting out multi-monitor setups with Thunderbolt, long-term SSD reliability confusion and adding more USB ports to your Mac are just a few of the topics that Dave and John cover in this week's episode of Mac Geek Gab. Download, press play and enjoy!
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, 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 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.
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Apple has always maintained that Apple TV is a "resident device" for HomeKit, not an automation hub. What's that mean? Kelly has more information on the difference and what it means for the smartness of your house.
Apple released the first update to Apple Watch OS Monday with the release of Apple Watch OS 1.0.1. The update includes "performance improvements and bug fixes" for Siri, measuring standing activity, calculating calories, measuring distances, accessibility, and unspecified improvements for third party apps.
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!
Apple quietly introduced iPhone Lightning Dock, a dock designed specifically for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, though it also works with all Lightning-equipped iPhone models going back to the iPhone 5. It also works with iPod touch (5th Generation) models.
Apple updated the iMac with Retina 5K—iMac 5K for short—on Tuesday, rejiggering the line with lower prices. The company added a new entry-level model that starts at US$1,999, and it dropped the price of the high-end model from $2,499 to $2,299.
Apple announced an updated MacBook Pro with Retina Display Tuesday that includes the company's new Force Touch trackpad. The device has faster Flash storage and an additional hour of battery life, as well as faster graphics.
Apple "quietly" shelved plans to make a television set more than a year ago, according to The Wall Street Journal. Citing sources "familiar" with the matter, the newspaper said that Apple decided it could not bring enough to bear on the television set industry to warrant entry. Apple is instead focused on launching a content delivery service.
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.
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.
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.
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