iOS 8: See What’s Eating Your Battery

8:42 AM EDT, Sep. 18th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

For today's article, Melissa Holt will cover the new iOS 8 feature that'll interpret how your battery is being used to help you address any potential problems. Why, your fancy device will now even make suggestions about what you can do to improve battery life! Come on in and read all about it in this Quick Tip.

Apple Updates iTunes TOC with iOS 8 Family Sharing and App Bundle Pricing

7:57 PM EDT, Sep. 17th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Product News

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Apple updated on Wednesday the Terms and Conditions users must agree to use the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks, and other iTunes services. The company added new terms that cover Family Sharing, a feature in iOS 8 that makes it easier for a family to share iTunes purchases. App Bundles are another new feature. It allows developers to offer bundles of their own apps at a discount.

ACM 272: iPhone 6, iOS 8, and Tim Cook

7:08 PM EDT, Sep. 17th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin & Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Podcast

iPhone 6 preorders went off with a few hitches, and Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin discuss the process and why they picked what they picked. iOS 8 was released on Wednesday, too, and they talk about what is and isn't in the new mobile OS. Apple CEO Tim Cook also gets put under the microscope after he revealed a company that is firing on all cylinders.

A 3D Printed Microscope for Your iPhone for Pennies

3:15 PM EDT, Sep. 17th, 2014 · John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

Scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington have developed a 3D printed microscope housing for various mobile devices that costs pennies. Combined with an easily available glass bead, the device can offer up to 1,000x magnification.  The result is a cheap, digital microscope that can be used in the field to photograph and transmit images of biological samples and get results in minutes. If contaminated, the device is so cheap, it can be thrown away and a new one substituted. "We believe it can fill a need for professional first responders, and also for teachers and students in the classroom, health workers and anyone who just wants an inexpensive microscope readily available," said Rebecca Erikson an applied physicist at PNNL. The laboratory has made the 3D printer specifications available for free, and the video notes, "We've found that the iPhone 5 provides a more optimal picture."

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TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-17

1:35 PM EDT, Sep. 17th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Updating to iOS 8 today? Don't turn on iCloud Drive. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin and join Jeff Gamet to explain why iCloud Drive could be a big bucket of hurt for you today, and they look at how the Apple Watch fits in with the luxury watch market.

How To Prepare Devices For An iOS 8 Upgrade

11:07 AM EDT, Sep. 17th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · iOS

With iOS 8 set to launch today, it's time to make sure you're ready to make the upgrade. There's plenty to do to make the transition from iOS 7 on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch as smooth as possible, so check out our how-to so you'll be prepared in case something goes wrong.

Apple Adds App-Specific Password Support to iCloud

9:29 AM EDT, Sep. 17th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple added two-step authentication support to iCloud on Tuesday, and also announced that app-specific passwords for the online service will be available starting on October 1. App-specific passwords will let users assign unique passwords to apps that need access to iCloud without having to hand over their primary login and potentially give full access to everything in their account.

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App-specific passwords will be a great way to help keep your iCloud data secure because third-party apps and services won't have your full login. If any are compromised, hackers will have access only to the content that app or service used, and if your Mac or iPhone is lost or stolen, you can revoke individual passwords to reduce the risk of someone getting at data you'd rather keep private.

Reminders: Reuse Old Entries

8:44 AM EDT, Sep. 17th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Want to know how to avoid typing the same ten items over and over again when you're headed to the grocery store? Sure you do. Simplicity is key, and though the Mac's Reminders program IS simple, that doesn't mean it's not incredibly useful. Getting the most out of what you've already typed is today's Quick Tip.