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.

Apple Pencil Video Review: A New Breed of Stylus

7:38 PM EST, Nov. 19th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Apple decided it could improve on the ten styluses on the ends of our arms with its new Apple Pencil for the iPad Pro. It's definitely a high quality stylus, but is it worth the US$99 price tag? Watch The Mac Observer's video review to see what Jeff Gamet thinks.

Lithium 9-Volt Battery with Built-in Wi-Fi for Smoke Alarms Lasts 5 Years

6:00 PM EST, Nov. 19th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Here's a product I can get behind called the Roost Smart Battery. It's a Lithium battery in a 9-Volt form factor designed specifically for smoke alarms. First, it will last five years. Secondly, it has built-in Wi-Fi that allows you to monitor and communicate with the battery from your smartphone. That includes the ability to identify WHICH FREAKIN' SMOKE ALARM IS BEEPING FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY MAKE IT STOP!!! Oops, sorry. I just went through an epic hunt for a chirping smoke detectors, and it was absolutely the most idiotic event I've participated in this year. This product would have made it so much simpler to handle. Back to the Roost Smart Battery: the Lithium core is replaceable. It's priced at US$34.99, and just began shipping. You can also order it through Amazon.

REMXD On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones: $35.99

4:06 PM EST, Nov. 19th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

REMXD On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones

Check out the REMXD On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones. Being Bluetooth, they offer up to 33 feet of connectivity, and they support hands-free calls and uninterrupted audio for up to 15 hours of straight playtime on one charge. You can get these headphones through our deal for $35.99.

The ‘Transatlantic’ Accent Explained

3:30 PM EST, Nov. 19th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

This is way off the tech track, but Boing Boing posted this great video from HowStuffWorks explaining the "Transatlantic" or "Mid-Atlantic" accent that we know today mostly from movies in the 1930s and early 1940s. I enjoy the study of accents, and I thought this was a great breakdown of how this peculiar one worked, where it came from, and why it disappeared. No spoilers, just watch the video. It's great.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-11-19: Balancing Your Tech and Personal Life, Apple Pencil Cases

1:39 PM EST, Nov. 19th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

If keeping up with Apple's fast paced tech advancements and new products feels overwhelming, John Martellaro has some suggestions for getting your life back. Along with John, Kelly Guimont joins Jeff Gamet to talk about balancing their tech gear piles with the rest of their lives, and Kelly has some suggestions for keeping your Apple Pencil—and the rest of your stylus collection—under control.

iFixit Guts Elusive Apple Pencil, Finds Uber-tiny Logic Board

9:16 AM EST, Nov. 19th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Opening up an Apple Pencil may be ugly, but what's inside is pretty cool

The iFixit team had a hard time getting ahold of an Apple Pencil, just like the rest of us, but with one finally in hand they tore it apart to see what's inside. Apple's stylus packs the smallest logic board they've seen, and they found this isn't a device you'll repair if something goes wrong.

Pay What You Want for the JavaScript Development Bundle

6:59 PM EST, Nov. 18th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Projects in AngularJS

We have a bundle of tutorials for you called the JavaScript Development Bundle, and you can pay what you want for it. Pay anything—even a penny—and you'll get two of those tutorials, Learn NoSQL Database Design From Scratch & With CouchDB and Projects in AngularJS - Learn by Building 10 Projects. Beat the average price paid, which is just $10.89 as of this writing, and you'll get a total of ten tutorials. Make the Top 10 at any point, and you'll get five entries in the MonoRover R2 'Hoverboard' Giveaway, plus 10 percent of the profits go to Project HOPE. Check out the deal listing for more information.

Tips for iPhone Photographers

4:40 PM EST, Nov. 18th, 2015 · Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants and Raves

better iphone photography exposure

Dr. Mac loves the camera on his new iPhone 6s Plus. Its image stabilization makes videos look more professional, and the new Live Photos feature, which captures 3 seconds of video when you shoot a still photo, is a winner. He's been shooting more photos and videos than usual lately, which led him to think about tips that may help you get better results when shooting photos or videos with your iPhone...

How to Beat Apple at its Game of Relentless Change

3:50 PM EST, Nov. 18th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Editorial

The higher purpose of technology

Apple is a very large company now. Its pace of change is enormous. It does a lot of different things that appeal to a lot of different people. However, no one person, not even  tech journalists, can engage every technology at every level. John Martellaro ponders the problems and good solutions.