Amazon Wants to Turn You Home into a Web Store with Dash Buttons

11:55 AM EDT, Mar. 31st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Amazon is bringing One Click purchasing out of your computer and in to your home, in a manner of speaking. It's new Amazon Dash aims to make it easier to buy online by simply pressing a button to place an order for whatever you're nearly out of.

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Amazon has found a way to turn our homes into an instant shopping service with its new Amazon Dash buttons. It's a clever idea, but how long will it be before our walls look like a Nascar driver's jacket?

Adonit, Evernote Intro Higher Precision Jot Script 2 iPad Stylus

11:05 AM EDT, Mar. 31st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Adonit and Evernote introduced the new Jot Script 2 Evernote Edition pressure sensitive stylus on Tuesday with improved precision and a built-in rechargeable battery that lasts through up to 20 hours of use. The new stylus also includes six months of Evernote Premium, and better support for Evernote's Penultimate app for the iPad.

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Fine-point iPad styluses are tricky to get right. The original Jot Script was really good, so seeing an improved version come out is a welcome surprise.

Facebook is Tracking You Even if You Don’t Have an Account

9:14 AM EDT, Mar. 31st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Facebook knows what you're up to online even if you don't have an account with the social networking service. Facebook users who're logged out of their account are tracked, as is anyone who visits a website that uses a Facebook social plug-in, and that may land the company in hot water because the practice runs afoul of European Union laws.

Apple Retail Expands Trade-Ins to Non-Apple Phones

8:40 PM EDT, Mar. 30th, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · News

A Green Apple

Apple has expanded its in-store trade-in program to include non-Apple smartphones. That trade-in program will now accept even that lame Android device you weren't able to give away to your friends and family.

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People are already switching from Android to iOS in impressive numbers, this is just another way for Apple to pave the road to iOS.

ifoAppleStore Calls it Quits, ‘My Work Is Done’

7:13 PM EDT, Mar. 30th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

ifoAppleStore's Gary Allen announced over the weekend that he was calling it quits on regular coverage of Apple's fleet of retail stores. In an announcement titled "My Work Is Done," Mr. Allen said that when he started, there was little detailed coverage of Apple Stores, but that now, even mainstream coverage on Apple's retail goings on is extensive.

Tesla Will Announce New Product Line April 30th - Not a Car

6:01 PM EDT, Mar. 30th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Tesla Battery

Tesla announced Monday that it will unveil a new product on April 30th. CEO Elon Musk tweeted that his company would unveil a new product line at 8:00 PM PDT at the Tesla Design Studio in Hawthorne, California. He made the point of stressing that it wasn't a car, and speculation is that it will be a stationary battery storage system.

What to Expect from the Core M Processor in the New MacBook

5:45 PM EDT, Mar. 30th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Analysis

Apple's new MacBook, to be released on April 10, is compact, low in weight, and full of new features. But will that low power Core M processor have enough computing punch for most users? John Martellaro takes a first, high-level look at the Core M processor and how it compares to other Apple notebooks, new and old.

Last Chance To Save 77% On The Wireless Bluetooth Cloud Buds

4:12 PM EDT, Mar. 30th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Last Chance To Save 77% On The Wireless Bluetooth Cloud Buds

Check out the Wireless Bluetooth Cloud Buds, ear buds designed for working out, running on a treadmill, or cooking dinner when you don't want to be attached to your device. They form a seal for blocking outside noise, and they are designed so that they won't tangle. These retail for $109, but through our deal you can get them for $24.99, a 77 percent discount. The deal ends in a few days, though, so grab them if you want them.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-30: Tim Cook and Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act Law

1:38 PM EDT, Mar. 30th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple CEO Tim Cook is speaking out against Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act and against other laws that support discrimination. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about Mr. Cook's public position and businesses speaking out against discrimination, plus they offer up their thoughts on word that Apple Watch purchases will require a reservation.

In-store Apple Watch Purchases will Require Appointments

10:41 AM EDT, Mar. 30th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

If you're planning on walking into an Apple retail store and buying an Apple Watch in April, get ready to be disappointed. The company isn't going to allow walk-in sales for Apple Watch, so you'll need an appointment to walk out of the company's stores with one on your wrist.

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Apple is either making a ton of watches and expecting sales to to go through the roof, or there just won't be that many available. Either way, it looks like getting ahold of an Apple Watch right away might be difficult.

Tim Cook Blasts Indiana Discrimination Law, and it’s the Right thing to Do

9:29 AM EDT, Mar. 30th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Editorial

Indiana's legislature passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and Apple CEO Tim Cook responded with an op-ed in the Washington Post calling out the state for enacting a pro-discrimination law. The law, set to go into effect in July, gives business owners the right to refuse service to anyone and then use their own religious beliefs as justification. Opponents of the law, including Mr. Cook, say it's nothing more than state-sanctioned discrimination.

MGG 546: Calendars, Flaky Connections and NAS Backups

12:13 PM EDT, Mar. 29th, 2015 · John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mac Geek Gab Podcast

TAMED this week: flaky internet connections, disappearing sent mail, recurring installer relaunches and keyboard shortcuts who refuse to sync. Your geeks just won't let these things stand, and neither should you. In addition they share some tips from listeners about making the Finder show you just what you want and backing up network drives. Trust us, you don't want to miss this one!

How to Update Any Icon on Your Mac

7:50 PM EDT, Mar. 27th, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · How-To

Back in the day you could tell who the serious Mac users were because they had the skills to customize the icons for their hard drive and other icons. You can do the same in OS X, and it's even easier now. Kelly explains how to swap out icons, and sources for more.

Steve Wozniak: Apple Watch Edition Won’t Move the World Forward

7:25 PM EDT, Mar. 27th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Editorial


Steve "Woz" Wozniak is interested in the Apple Watch, but not the Apple Watch Edition at the high end. At a keynote event titled What's Next--The Future of Technology at the Automate/Promat Show in Chicago on Wednesday, Mr. Wozniak said he thought the US$10,000 and $17,000 Apple Watch Edition wasn't the kind of device that would move the world forward.

The REAL Reason Apple’s iPad is Faltering

3:45 PM EDT, Mar. 27th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Apple's iPad sales started out growing like gangbusters. It looked to become a major product line alongside the iPhone But then, in the last year, sales have faltered. Various reasons have be put forward: update cycles, the popularity of phablets, and so on. But the real reason goes much deeper. John Martellaro explains.

‘Bobine’ Flexible iPhone Charging Dock: $24.99

2:50 PM EDT, Mar. 27th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

'Bobine' Flexible iPhone Charging Dock: $24.99

Check out the Bobine, a very clever approach to a charging cable and dock for your Lightinging iPhone. It's a flexible cable that will stay where you put it, even supporting your iPhone in the process. That makes it a highly adjustable dock, a tripod, and a charger, all in one. It's MFi-certified, and features a  military-grade nickel-plated steel design. Through our deal, you can get it for $24.99.

UK Safari Users can Sue Google Over Unwanted Browser Cookies

2:05 PM EDT, Mar. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Google lost its fight to keep UK residents from filing lawsuits over the Safari browser tracking cookies it placed on their computers even when they explicitly blocked the activity. The Court of Appeal ruling means potentially millions of people can file lawsuits against the company over claims that their privacy has been violated.

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Google may have claimed it was simply using "known functionality" in the Safari Web browser, but both US and UK courts think the company crossed the line. Seems even though most people are fine giving up privacy, they draw the line at Google using tracking cookies even after browser settings are changed to prohibit that.