Apple’s New iPad Air 2 Available for Online Order

11:20 AM EDT, Oct. 17th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple promised the iPad Air 2 would be available for purchase on Friday after unveiling it at a special media event yesterday. The company kept its word and added the new tablet model to its store late Friday morning.

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You can buy a brand new iPad Air 2 now, but without a firm release date we won't see long lines outside Apple's retail stores like we have with previous iPhone and iPad launches.

Apple Drops Mac mini Server from Product Lineup

11:05 AM EDT, Oct. 17th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Goodbye, Mac mini server. Apple quietly discontinued the server-ready version of the Mac mini on Thursday as it rolled out updates for its other Mac mini models.

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The end of the server package isn't a big deal considering you can now buy a new Mac mini for even less and install the server software package through the Mac App Store.

GT Advanced Laying Off 727 Employees, Delisted on NASDAQ

10:32 AM EDT, Oct. 17th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

GT Advanced looks to be deep into its death spiral after its Chapter 11 Bankruptcy filing from earlier this month. GTAT is laying off 727 employees from the factory where it made sapphire glass for Apple, and has been delisted from the NASDAQ stock exchange.

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GTAT is in a world of hurt and it's looking less likely that investors will see a happy ending out of this.

Twitpic to Shut Down on Oct 25 After Failed Buyout Effort

9:42 AM EDT, Oct. 17th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Twitpic, the Twitter-based online photo sharing service, will be shutting down on October 25 following a failed move to find a buyer for the company. Twitpic chose to close its business after the social network service Twitter threatened legal action over what it saw as a trademark violation in the company's name.

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It's sad to see a company like Twitpic go, and it would've been nice if they'd chosen an option that didn't involve shutting down their business to resolve the trademark issue.

ACM 276: So Long Macworld/iWorld and Apple’s October 16th Media Event

8:12 PM EDT, Oct. 16th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin & Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Podcast

With Macworld/iWorld out of the picture for 2015, Bryan and Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus take a look at what led up to the conference's hiatus and the current state of the trade show industry. Plus, Apple had a little shindig in Cupertino, where the company released new iPads, Mac minis, and the stunning iMac with Retina 5K display. We also got updates on Apple Watch, Apple Pay, and Yosemite.

Slidevana For PowerPoint: The Ultimate Presentation Toolkit for $59

8:05 PM EDT, Oct. 16th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Slidevana For PowerPoint: The Ultimate Presentation Toolkit for $59

OK, PowerPoint Warriors, we have a deal for you today on Slidevana For PowerPoint, a toolkit with more than 150 PowerPoint slide templates. You can use them to liven up your PowerPoint presentations, which is always a good idea. All slides come in Light and Dark, are fully customizable, and feature a minimalist information-oriented design. It retails for $139, but through our deal it's only $59. There are details on the deal's webpage.

Apple Quietly Releases ‘Apple SIM’ for iPad Air 2 Multiple Carriers

6:49 PM EDT, Oct. 16th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Carrier Options

Apple didn't mention it during the company's "It's Been Too Long" media event, but the company has taken a bold step in giving consumers power over their wireless service for iPad Air 2. Apple's iPad Air 2 website shows that the device ships with the "Apple SIM," a new SIM that allows you to switch between AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile in the U.S.

Apple Posts ‘The Evolution of Retina’ Video

6:16 PM EDT, Oct. 16th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple posted the 30 second spot called "iMac with Retina 5K display - The Evolution of Retina" to YouTube Thursday. Like the other videos released today, this one was unveiled during the company's "It's Been Too Long" media event. The spot starts with the original iPhone 4with Retina display, and flips through subsequent generations of iPhones, iPads, and Macs to feature a Retina display, each showing a little bit more of the same high-resolution video than the one before it. It's a very clever illustration of just how much bigger Apple's iMac with Retina 5K display is than everything else around.

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Apple Posts ‘Introducing iMac with Retina 5K Display’ Video with Dan Riccio

6:04 PM EDT, Oct. 16th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple has posted the video "Introducing iMac with Retina 5K Display" to YouTube. Hosted by Dan Riccio, Apple's Senior Vice President of Hardware Engineering, this video focuses on the Retina 5K display in particular, explaining some of the technology that went into the device, including the new inventions Apple came up with to make it work. It also offers a use case for a professional videographer. The video was unveiled during the company's "It's Been Too Long" media event held earlier on Thursday.

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Apple Posts iPad Air 2 Reveal Video

5:56 PM EDT, Oct. 16th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple published the iPad Air 2 - Reveal video to YouTube Thursday. The video was debuted during the company's "It's Been Too Long" media event earlier, and it plays on the original commercial for the iPad Air that showed the device being thinner than a pencil. In the new piece, which is only 32 seconds long, a laser slices off a good chunk of the pencil to make the point that the iPad Air 2 is even thinner.

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TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-16

3:31 PM EDT, Oct. 16th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple's October media event gave us OS X Yosemite, Apple Pay, iOS 8.1, new iPads, and new a new iMac. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's announcements, share their thoughts on the new iPad Air 2 and iMac with Retina Display, and offer their take on whether or not we've really entered into the post-PC era.

Apple Introduces iMac with 5K Retina Display

2:31 PM EDT, Oct. 16th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Apple unveiled a new iMac model on Thursday with a 27-inch 5K Retina Display. Phil Schiller, vice president of worldwide marketing, said the new iMac's display is unlike any other for desktop computers, and even called it the "world's highest resolution display."

OS X Yosemite, iWork Available Today as Free Downloads

1:40 PM EDT, Oct. 16th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

OS X Yosemite has been available as a public beta for some time, and now it's moving to an official update release available today, October 16. The update for the Mac operating system will be available as a free download and is compatible with computers that are capable of running OS X Mavericks.