60% Off Stock Vaja Cases for iPhone, iPad

8:30 PM EST, Nov. 23rd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

'Tis the season for sales, and Vaja Cases is running a doozy. I'm a huge fan of their leather cases, but they aren't cheap. Except this week. For Black Friday, Vaja is offering stock cases for 60 percent off using coupon code BF. Look for the cases that are labeled "In Stock." The image below is of the "Grip" case, which retails for $90. With 60 percent off, that's $36. Try and beat that with a stick, because these cases are handmade from Italian leather. Anyhoo, it's coupon code BF without the quotes, and it's good through November 30th, 2015. Have yourselves a time.

5 iPhone Apps to Make Your Holiday Events Easier

6:30 PM EST, Nov. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Your iPhone can help cut holiday stress with the right apps

Our iPhones can be an invaluable resource during the holidays and with Thanksgiving only a few days away it's time to put them to work making our lives easier and less stressful. We can use our iPhones to make our holiday meals even more special, mix up the perfect cocktail, play group games, and let everyone share in the good memories we're making. The Mac Observer's Jeff Gamet put together a list of some of his favorite apps to help you out. The only thing missing is the perfect dairy-free gingerbread recipe to make him happy.

SKEYE Hexa Drone: $45

4:06 PM EST, Nov. 23rd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

SKEYE Hexa Drone

We're ramping up for the holiday season here at TMO, and that includes great toys in our deals. Like the SKEYE Hexa Drone. This is a fun little drone with six blades, hence the name Hexa Drone. Through our deal, you can get it for $45.99—but, you can also get an additional 15 percent off all drones being offered through our deals. Just use coupon code DRONE15 at checkout.

The ‘New’ Mac Pro Is a Failure

3:10 PM EST, Nov. 23rd, 2015 · John Kheit · The Devil's Advocate

Mac Pro Mess

John Kheit thinks Apple's "new" Mac Pro is a joke, and it's not just because calling a, once again, forgotten and near abandoned 2013 model 'new' in late 2015 is the kind of air-quote irony loved by techno hipsters. He thinks Apple screwed the pooch and needs to fix it.

TMO Background Mode: Interview with Parallels’ John Uppendahl

2:45 PM EST, Nov. 23rd, 2015 · John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Background Mode Podcast

John Uppendahl is the vice president of communications for Parallels, the company that's famous for its virtual machine software for the Mac—called Parallels Desktop. I chat with John about what this product does, its evolution, the different uses by customers, how it has enabled five million customers to have the Mac they want yet launch and use Windows apps completely transparently. Or even multiple different copies of OS X. John Uppendahl also talks about the ever growing solutions that a virtual machine system provides, including the brilliant Parallels Access iPad app that "applifies," with native touch gestures, an interface to a Mac running apps in another operating system. You'll enjoy the infections enthusiasm of this interview.

Court Clears Apple of Infringing on Pendrell Anti-piracy Patents

9:31 AM EST, Nov. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Texas court says Apple didn't infringe on Pendrell's anti-piracy patents

Pendrell, the company that owns ContentGuard Holdings, took it on the chin last Friday when a Texas court ruled Apple didn't infringe on its anti-piracy patents. The ruling didn't come as a big surprise considering the same court shot down the company's cases against Google and Samsung in September.

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Maybe Pendrell should consider a different business model considering how it's recent patent infringement lawsuits have turned out.

MGG 580: The Magic of Instant On

12:25 PM EST, Nov. 22nd, 2015 · John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mac Geek Gab Podcast

John and Dave take you through managing your media perfectly for your new – and old – Apple TV, including using a NAS to store it all if you like. Then it's some tips about speeding up Time Machine, speeding up App Store downloads, converting movies and sound issues. Pepper in some additional questions and listener Cool Stuff Found and you've got a full show!

The Black Friday Mac Bundle: 10 Apps for $39.99

6:26 PM EST, Nov. 20th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

The Black Friday Mac Bundle Promo Image

We have a heckuva deal for you on 10 Mac apps called the Black Friday Mac Bundle. It includes Drive Genius 4, AfterShot Pro 2 , PDFpen 7, Mixtape Pro, MacX DVD Ripper Pro, BusyContacts, Prizmo 3, MotionComposer, Dropzone 3, and DaisyDisk. Those are 10 great apps, and through this bundle you can get them for $39.99. This deal has already proved incredibly popular even before we made it our deal of the day, so get on it.

You Have an iPhone Now - Do As You’re Told

4:45 PM EST, Nov. 20th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Particle Debris

It's the Internet, do as you're told.

More and more, modern technical consumers are appealing to their smartphones for what to do next. How to dress. What to eat. How to think. And we don't even have consumer robots yet to attend to our indecisions. John Martellaro sizes up the situation, and it doesn't look rosy.

How to Check Your Apple Pencil Battery Charge

11:15 AM EST, Nov. 20th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Quick Tip

How to see Apple Pencil battery charge on your iPad Pro

Apple Pencil is an amazing stylus and great iPad Pro accessory, but it doesn't offer any way to tell how much of a charge is left on its battery. Not a problem, because Apple has an easy way you can monitor your Apple Pencil charge from your iPad. Read on to learn how.

How to See Every Apple TV Video Screensaver

10:23 AM EST, Nov. 20th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

If you have the fourth generation Apple TV, then you're probably familiar with the arial-shot screensavers showing locations such as San Francisco, London, New York City, and China. They're automatically downloaded to your Apple TV, but resourceful fans figured out where to find their server, and Benjamin Mayo put together a webpage showing all of them in their high resolution glory. If you want to see what all of the new Apple TV screensavers look like this is the place to go.

Federal Appeals Court Shoots Down Samsung in Apple Patent Fight

9:53 AM EST, Nov. 20th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Appeals court gives Samsung a big nope in Apple patent fight

Samsung's appeal for a rehearing over the summary judgement Apple was awarded in their protracted patent infringement fight was denied. With its argument falling on deaf ears, Samsung's next move will most likely take it to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Samsung's latest patent infringement appeal was denied. Next stop: Supreme Court.

OS X Mail: Forwarding Multiple Messages

9:04 AM EST, Nov. 20th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

How to forward multiple messages in OS X Mail

Today's Quick Tip is about forwarding messages in Mail under OS X. If you need to show someone a chain of emails, for example, and you don't want to have to forward them one at a time, then this tip'll make you happy. And you can choose whether to send them all in the body of your message or as attachments! Neato.

Apple Sales in India Top $1 Billion for First Time

8:56 PM EST, Nov. 19th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Apple iPhone in India

A billion dollars. Just saying it makes me wax whimsical about the salad days when such an august figure was what we in the business called "a lot of money." The gigantic sums of money earned by the likes of Apple and Google may have jaded us to such figures, but there are innumerable companies that would kill for a billion dollars of business in year.