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.

Apple gets its Sexy on with New Chicago Store Design

10:39 AM EST, Nov. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's new Chicago River flagship store design

Apple plans to start construction on a new flagship store in Chicago next year, and the just revealed architectural renderings show a design that's likely to become a centerpiece of the city's riverside attractions.

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It's great that Apple designs its flagship stores to not only look good, but to reflect the area they're in.

Anonymous Declares War on ISIS, First Salvo is Suspended Twitter Accounts

5:30 PM EST, Nov. 17th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Anonymous Declares War on ISIS

The activist hacker group known as Anonymous has declared cyber war on ISIS, and the group's first action was to identify more than 900 Twitter accounts that were then suspended. The move comes in the wake of a series of terrorist attacks in France on Friday, with Anonymous bragging that its members are better hackers than OpISIS, the hacking arm of the terrorist organization.

KeySmart 2.0 Extended Version: $15.99

4:08 PM EST, Nov. 17th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

KeySmart 2.0 Extended Version

Keysmart 2.0, has proven popular with our readers. Today we have a deal on another model called Keysmart 2.0 Extended Version. This device keeps your keys organized and tidy in your pocket, allowing you to unfold the one you need like a Swiss Army Knife. The Extended Version holds 10 keys, and you can get it through our deal for $15.99. And because we're always looking out for you, I'll point out that it would make a great stocking stuffer. For an added bonus, you can get an extra 10% off with the coupon code EARLY10 as part of our march to Black Friday.

Pandora to Buy Failed Rdio to Take on Spotify, Apple Music

9:57 AM EST, Nov. 17th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Rdio tanks, Pandora buys them for $75 million

The streaming music service Rdio has filed for bankruptcy protection, and Pandora is snapping up their assets for US$75 million. Rdio, it seems, wasn't able to compete with Spotify, but Pandora is betting it can take those pieces and take on Spotify as well as Apple Music with a new music subscription service.

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Rdio couldn't compete with Spotify, but Pandora thinks it can take what Rdio built and use the pieces to become the online music service. It seems streaming music services live, as they say, in interesting times.

Mac Startup Modifiers: What They Do and How You Use Them!

9:05 AM EST, Nov. 17th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Modifier keys to help troubleshoot startup problems on your Mac

If something's gone wrong with your Mac, it's good to have tricks up your sleeve! In today's Quick Tip, we're gonna talk about some keys you can hold down while your computer's booting up and what symptoms you might try to address by doing so. We'll also give you a bunch of resources to use if you're having trouble, so…y'know…you might want to bookmark this tip for when the "stuff" hits the fan, if you know what we mean.

Don’t Trade Your Privacy for Nothing

8:03 PM EST, Nov. 16th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis


We all feel it, the siren call of increased security so we can prevent another horrific terror attack. In France, in Britain, throughout Europe, in the U.S., in every country opposed to extremist Islamists, we feel that call. But we must resist the urge to throw privacy out the window in the name of fighting terrorism because we will get nothing in return.

How to use Split Screen on your iPad Pro

6:10 PM EST, Nov. 16th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

The iPad Pro screen is big enough to run two applications at the same time, so Apple gave us Split Screen as a way to do just that. There aren't any special buttons to tap or settings to change; all you need is a simple swipe gesture. Watch TMO's video to see just how Split Screen works.