Use a PDF to See How Big Apple Watches Really Are

5:18 PM EST, Nov. 21st, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · News

How Big Is It?

Craig Hockenberry of the Iconfactory spent some time with WatchKit, the developer environment for working with Apple Watch elements. He wrote up his impressions on it, and some of the non-programming sections were just as interesting as the development parts.

‘Kingdom Rush Origins’ Tower Defender Released for iPhone and iPad

4:30 PM EST, Nov. 21st, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG! It's here. It's finally here! Ironhide Studios released Kingdom Rush Origins. That sound you're hearing is my holiday week vanishing in a puff of extended iPad tapping. Seriously, the Kingdom Rush franchise are my favorite iPad games, and each addition gets better. Established as a prequel to Kingdom Rush and Kingdom Rush Frontiers, Kingdom Rush Origins is a tower defense game.  With the help of a mobile hero, the player sets up towers to defend paths from an invading force. It's tons of fun, with new tower types, new heroes, new monsters, and assumedly a new final boss. The iPhone version is $2.99, while the "HD" iPad version is $4.99 (I recommend it on iPad). You can easily play without making any in-game purchases. 

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-21

1:42 PM EST, Nov. 21st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

With Google and Rockstar Consortium reaching an agreement in their patent infringement fight, the big question is what does this mean for Apple? Kelly Guimont and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's possible interest in the deal, plus they have something to say about what impact cutting the price of a Beats Music subscription could mean for the company and artists in the music industry.

Google Agrees to Settlement in Rockstar Patent Infringement Fight

11:53 AM EST, Nov. 21st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Google's fight over patent infringement claims from Rockstar Consortium is coming to and end thanks to a deal the two struck earlier in November. The filing went public this week, but it doesn't offer up any details about what Google agreed to as part of the deal.

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It's been interesting watching this case play out because, for once, Apple is on the other side of the patent troll claims — at least to a small degree. Rockstar Consortium is a non-practicing patent holding entity, although its investors do get to take advantage of the patents in its portfolio.

Apple Blocks Outdated Flash Players Over Security Issues [Update]

9:44 AM EST, Nov. 21st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Flash Bugs

Apple updated the Web plugin blocking system in OS X on Thursday to prevent outdated versions of Adobe Flash Player from launching. The change means you'll need Adobe Flash Player 15.0.0.223 to view Flash content in Safari on OS X.

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New Flash security flaws are cropping up all the time, so if you need it on your Mac, be sure you're always running the latest version.

iOS 8: Using “Send Last Location”

9:00 AM EST, Nov. 21st, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Today we're going to discuss how to use "Send Last Location" within iOS 8, which'll allow your iPhone or iPad to automatically transmit its location right before its battery dies. This could potentially help you to recover a lost or stolen device with a dead battery, so we think it's important! Melissa Holt is going to teach us all about it in this Quick Tip.

Apple Reportedly Plans Cheaper Beats Music in iOS in 2015

7:53 PM EST, Nov. 20th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Rumor

Beats Music

Apple is working behind the scenes to secure better pricing for Beats Music customers before including it as a service in iOS in 2015. Citing unnamed sources "briefed on the plans," The Financial Times reported that Apple is looking for a retail price of US$5 per month for subscribers, while record labels are holding out for a higher price.

Apple Changes App Store ‘Free’ Button to ‘Get’

6:25 PM EST, Nov. 20th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Get

Apple has changed the wording for free and freemium apps—where once the download button said "Free," it is now labeled "Get," as shown in the screenshot below. Apple didn't announce the change, but it seems likely the change is part of Apple's efforts to comply with tighter European Commission rules governing the way Apple, Google, Amazon, and other market "free" apps.