Apple, Nike Teaming Up on Wearable Tech Project

11:10 AM EDT, Oct. 24th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Nike may have killed its FuelBand fitness tracker, but that doesn't mean the company is out of the wearable tech game. Company CEO Mark Parker says Nike is working with Apple on new wearable technology that will be less obtrusive but will still work with devices that are already available.

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Knowing Apple and Nike are working together on new wearable tech should be a big red flag for other fitness and health tracker makers. It's time for everyone to step up their game or risk getting left behind.

Kickstarter Project: Mouse Guard LEGO Mini Figures

9:37 AM EDT, Oct. 24th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

David Petersen's Mouse Guard is a series of wonderfully told and illustrated stories that follows the adventures of mice sworn to protect their realm and all who pass through, and now Alice Finch hopes to imortalize them in the form of LEGO minifigs. Just to be clear: LEGO minifig Mouse Guard. As they say, OMG. Bricks of Mouse Guard will include minifig mouse heads in gray, brown, reddish brown and tan, along with The Black Axe, Trisam's flagon, Lieam's sword, Kenzie's staff and lantern, and Aynslee's flagon. Alice is a master LEGO builder, and her work is truly impressive. I can't wait to see her Bricks of Mouse Guard in the flesh — or plastic. There's still 30 days left in the Kickstarter, so there's still time to hit the US$15,000 goal and stretch goals, too.

OS X Yosemite: Handing Calls Off to Your iPhone

8:48 AM EDT, Oct. 24th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

For today's Quick Tip, we'll go over how Yosemite and iOS 8 will let you continue a phone call started with your Mac on your iPhone, so if you've gotta jet, you don't have to end your conversation. For those of you who thought they could use "I need to hang up my Mac" as an excuse to stop chatting with someone annoying, we apologize for this article.

If Microsoft Made a Smart Watch…

7:32 PM EDT, Oct. 23rd, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

Apple has announced a smartwatch we'll get to see next year. Google has released Android Wear to create Android powered smartwatches, and Samsung has one too. When you think of big tech companies, the only one left who hasn't gotten in on the action is Microsoft. Well Owen Williams took a crack at designing it, and I think he got pretty close to what Redmond would theoretically release. I think it'd be four quadrants of color like a Windows logo, but otherwise I think he nailed it. I think it would be called the Microsoft Windows Mobile Wearable Edition For Wrists (since Microsoft is just at good at naming as numbering). See it below:

Learn Apple’s Swift Programming Language for $19

4:34 PM EDT, Oct. 23rd, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Learn Apple's Swift Programming Language for $19

Today's deal is called Learn Swift, a developer training package designed to teach you Apple's new Swift programming language. It has 95 lectures that focus on real-world examples, and it features more than 4 hours of video content. It will also teach you how to use Xcode’s new .playground file, and the training materials is regularly refreshed. This package retails for $99, but through our deal, you can get it for $19.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-23

1:50 PM EDT, Oct. 23rd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

It's Yosemite-pallooza on Daily Observations today, plus Jeff is back on the job. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk John's OS X Yosemite review, why you should — or shouldn't — upgrade, and how you can dial your iPhone from your Mac, too.

Pixelmator for iPad Hits Apple’s App Store

11:03 AM EDT, Oct. 23rd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Pixelmator for the iPad, first shown off during Apple's iPad Air 2 launch event earlier this month, hit the App Store Thursday morning. The image and photo editor has been available on the Mac for some time, but until now hasn't been an option on the iPad.

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Pixelmator has the potential to out-Photoshop Photoshop on the iPad. That's pretty big.

Apple Wins GPNE Patent Lawsuit, Calls Company a Patent Troll

10:15 AM EDT, Oct. 23rd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

GPNE lost its patent infringement lawsuit against Apple on Wednesday,after which the iPhone and iPad maker promptly called the company a patent troll — a term it was barred from using during the trial. GPNE accused Apple of designing its mobile devices around its years-old pager patent and asked the court to bar the use of "patent troll" in the proceedings.

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The only win GPNE got out of this trial was keeping Apple from calling it a patent troll in court. Turns out that was a pretty short lived victory.