How to Lock the Dock Size, Position, and Contents in OS X

2:40 PM EDT, Aug. 28th, 2015 · Jim Tanous · How-To

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We've recently written some tips on how you can have more freedom when working with your OS X Dock. But what if you need the opposite: to lock it down? Here are some easy Terminal commands to lock the Dock's size, position, and contents in OS X, and how to change it back when you realize you've gone too far.

Satisfy Your Growing Storage Needs with a 5TB External Drive for $130

1:33 PM EDT, Aug. 28th, 2015 · Jim Tanous · Cool Stuff Found

There's no such thing as "too much storage," so we're always on the lookout for great deals on massive drives, and this morning we found one. B&H has the 5TB Western Digital Elements USB 3.0 external hard drive on sale for $129.99 with free expedited shipping in the United States. This is the best deal we've seen this particular drive yet, as it normally runs around $150. And don't let the lack of "Mac" branding fool you, this drive will work just fine with OS X if you format it with Disk Utility before using it.

iOS 9 Content Blockers - Bring ‘Em On!

10:00 AM EDT, Aug. 28th, 2015 · Dave Hamilton · Dave Hamilton's Blog

Dave Hamilton's Blog

Apple's announcement of iOS 9 at WWDC included a feature that sent ripples through the online publishing community: iOS 9 will support third-party Content Blockers (as will/does Safari on OS X). The main goal of these, of course, is to give users the ability to filter out crap that slows down their (mobile) web experience. There's nothing wrong with that. They also (primarily) mean blocking ad-serving scripts. There's nothing wrong with that, either. In fact, I welcome it.

OS X El Capitan Beta: Pinning Safari Tabs

8:50 AM EDT, Aug. 28th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Using pinned tabs in OS X El Capitan's Safari web browser

Another piping-hot El Capitan tip, coming right up! Today Melissa Holt's talking about how we can "pin" sites to the Safari toolbar, which makes accessing favorite webpages faster. These pinned tabs even keep themselves updated in the background! That's the niftiness available in today's Quick Tip.

Griffin’s Twenty Bluetooth Amplifier: $119.99

4:59 PM EDT, Aug. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Deals

Griffin's Twenty Bluetooth amplifier for $119.99

Griffin's Twenty is a cool amplifier that connects to your current audio setup so you can play your favorite songs from your iPhone or iPad through a Bluetooth link. While the Twenty is physically connected to your sound system, you're free to roam around with your iOS device since it sends audio to the receiver wirelessly. It also includes an optical audio port, and can power your subwoofer. The Twenty typically costs US$150, but thanks to TMO's deal you can pick one up with a 20% discout for only $119.99.

PayAnywhere Hops on the Apple Pay Bus

4:20 PM EDT, Aug. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Pay gets another mobile payment partner

PayAnywhere is onboard with Apple Pay and will be launching its compatible mobile device credit card transaction reader in September. This should give independent merchants another option for joining in on the Apple Pay action, and give consumers more payment options when they're out on a spending spree.

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Once iPhone and Apple Watch users get a taste for Apple Pay they want to use it everywhere. With both PayAnywhere and Square on board we should have a much easier time paying our favorite street vendors and food carts without breaking out our wallets.

Amazon’s Failed Fire Phone Was Too Creepy for Customers

3:20 PM EDT, Aug. 27th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Editorial

Why Amazon's Fire Phone failed

In August of 2014, John Martellaro reviewed, in detail, the Amazon Fire Phone. Even though it was missing some key features, he found it to be a solid smartphone with good looks and a good looking GUI. However, the creepy factor of a feature called Firefly doomed the product from the start. The failure tells us something important about Apple and the consumer marketplace.  

Siri Doesn’t Want to Give Any Hints

1:53 PM EDT, Aug. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Apple's September 9 media event comes with the tagline, "Hey Siri, give us a hint." Since we can already ask Siri questions it seemed appropriate to see if she would, in fact, give us a hint. Turns out she won't, and instead says we have to wait until September 9. Well played, Apple.

Amazon Hangs Up on Fire Phone

11:53 AM EDT, Aug. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Amazon's Fire Phone lost its connection. Forever.

Amazon's grand adventure in the smartphone market was short lived and disappointing. The online retailer has laid off the team working on its Fire Phone, and has scaled back some of its other hardware projects, too.

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Fire Phone's failure isn't any surprise. Amazon focused on driving its own sales instead of enticing potential customers with a great smartphone that also happened to link to the company's online store. It's too bad smart engineers lost their jobs for designing exactly what the company wanted.

Why the Older, Slower 3G Network is Sometimes Better Than 4G

10:00 AM EDT, Aug. 27th, 2015 · Jim Tanous · MGG Answers

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All of those cellular company commercials tell us that 4G is amazing, fast, and the best thing since sliced bread. So why would you ever want to use 3G on a 4G phone? Read on to find out why Mac Geek Gab listener Andrew suggests this seemingly nonsensical advice, and why John and Dave agree with him.

Another Reason to Update to iOS 8.4.1: Ins0mnia

9:22 AM EDT, Aug. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Stop procrastinating and install iOS 8.4.1. It has some seriously important security fixes.

Ins0mnia is a serious security flaw in iOS 8 that could let hackers run what appear to be legit apps in the background to steal user's data, and it's a perfect example of why updating to iOS 8.4.1 is so important. The vulnerability was patched in the update, but instead of letting iPhone and iPad owners know about the critical fixes, Apple focused only on making sure everyone new about Apple Music improvements.

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Apple is going only half way with its security updates. Patching security flaws is important, but so is letting users know so they'll install the updates.