Apple Hire Hints at Move into Augmented Reality

2:00 PM EDT, Aug. 31st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple may be getting serious about augmented reality

Apple's recent hiring spree includes more than car experts; it also includes at least one augmented reality pro. Most recently, Apple hired Nick Thompson who had been Microsoft's lead audio hardware engineer for the HoloLens project.

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I was hoping Apple's next big thing would be space ships, but I guess augmented reality is OK, too.

T-Mobile gives Data Tethering Abusers the Smackdown

10:31 AM EDT, Aug. 31st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Tethering abusers: Don't make T-Mobile angry

If you've been finding ways to work around T-Mobile's data tethering caps, get ready for a smackdown because company CEO John Legere is gunning for you. He said customers who find ways to work around the 7GB monthly tethering cap are stealing and that's going stop. About 3,000 people are being targeted, and will get bumped from their unlimited data plan to a capped entry level plan.

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T-Mobile is clearly making an example out of its most extreme tethering abusers, and the message the company is sending is clear: Play by the rules and we can all be friends; abuse the system and we'll go medieval on you.

New Rumor Two-tier Pricing for Apple TV

9:07 AM EDT, Aug. 31st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

New Apple TV model will get Siri support and native apps

When the price of Apple TV dropped to US$69 and added "starting at" to the streaming content device's webpage, Apple clearly telegraphed a higher priced model would be coming. Now a rumor claims that second model will be priced between $149 and $199, and is going to be introduced during the company's September 9 media event.

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Reports of a new Apple TV model that costs more and includes Siri voice control and an App Store isn't much of a surprise. When Apple changed the price of the third generation Apple TV to "starting at $69," it was all but confirming the higher priced model with more features was on the way.

Back from the Dead: Using Apple’s Abandoned Safari for Windows Today

7:45 PM EDT, Aug. 28th, 2015 · Jim Tanous · Analysis

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With Chrome a resource hog and privacy nightmare, Firefox relatively slow and boring, and Microsoft Edge not ready for prime time, there's not a lot to be excited about in the world of Windows browsers, especially for a multi-platform Mac fan. If only Safari for Windows was still around. Hey, let's see how Apple's abandoned browser works today!

Drive Genius 4: $49.99

4:53 PM EDT, Aug. 28th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Deals

Drive Genius 4 half price discount

Sometimes keeping your Mac's harddrive healthy takes more than Disk Utility, and that's where Drive Genius 4 comes in. You can use it to find and fix a long list of issues, build bootable maintenance drives, improve your Mac's overall performance, remove duplicate files, look for corrupted files and folders, and more. Drive Genius 4 works with OS X 10.8 and newer. It's regularly priced at $99, but you can pick it up for 49% off at $49.99 thanks to TMO's deal.

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

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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.