Critical Flash Update Patches System Takeover Flaw

4:36 PM EDT, Jun. 24th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Adobe patches another critical Flash security flaw

Adobe released a critical security update for Flash on Wednesday to address a critical security flaw that could allow an attacker to take control over victim's computers. Attackers already have exploits in the wild, although right now none seem to be targeting Macs.

Apple Starts Landing Indy Deals for Apple Music

4:21 PM EDT, Jun. 24th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Indy labels and artists signing up for Apple Music

All those indy record labels that only a few days ago refused to sign on with the soon to launch Apple Music service have reversed course. The independent labels weren't signing on because Apple wasn't going to pay royalties during the three month free trial period for new subscribers, but now that the iPhone and iPad maker has said it will, more artists are willing to get on board.

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Bringing in indy artists and labels is big for Apple Music, so it's good to see the deals coming together before next week's launch.

Apple Posts Details of Apple Pay Verification Methods

3:45 PM EDT, Jun. 24th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Product News

A new Apple tech note explains the details of the Consumer Device Cardholder Verification Method (CDCVM). The document is intended primarily at merchants, but could come in handy for consumers wishing to understand in more detail how their card issuer handles Apple Pay and contactless payments.

Twist Plus World Charging Station: $34.99

2:05 PM EDT, Jun. 24th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

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Today we have one of those products that we'd be writing about in a Cool Stuff Found entry, but instead we get to mention it as a deal. It's for Twist, a world charging station for your MacBook. It includes retractable prongs for the world's major voltage systems (hence the world charging), all made compact and portable through a twisting mechanism. Check out the video on the deal page for more on that. In addition to being designed for your MacBook charger, it also has four USB ports for charging your portable devices. That's clever. Through our deal, you can get Twist for $34.99.

Pharrell Williams Says “Freedom” to be Apple Music Exclusive

10:58 AM EDT, Jun. 24th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Freedom from Pharrell Williams to be Apple Music exclusive

It looks like Apple Music is getting its first exclusive song thanks to Pharrell Williams. He said his new song, "Freedom," will be available on Apple Music when the streaming music service launches on June 30.

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Exclusives will be a big thing for Apple Music, so watch for more announcements from artists.

Tidal CEO Quits after 3 Months

9:57 AM EDT, Jun. 24th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Tidal is on the hunt for a new CEO again

After only three months on the job Tidal CEO Peter Tonstad has quit, leaving the streaming music service without a leader. Mr. Tonstad was hired after Tidal fired his successor, Andy Chen, making him the second CEO to go in six months.

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Considering how long Tidal holds on to its CEOs maybe it should advertise the position as a summer job.

Apple Maps: Reporting Incorrect Information

9:05 AM EDT, Jun. 24th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Have you found any issues with Apple Maps in your area? Maybe your local coffee shop is listed at the wrong address or certain search results are incorrect, for example? Well, in this Quick Tip, we're going to tell you how to report the problem to Apple (and why you should definitely take the time to do so!).

Lexus Video Shows ‘Real, Rideable Hoverboard’

9:55 PM EDT, Jun. 23rd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

::checks calendar:: It's not April 1st...oh boy, I hope this is legit! Lexus has a new promo video teasing a "real, rideable hoverboard." "There's no such thing as impossible," the company said in the video. "It's just a matter of figuring out how." Then shows a levitating board. The steam vapor coming from it suggests its a supercooled magnetic thingamajig—Engadget said that Lexus confirmed the skatepark the video was shot in has a metal layer underneath the concrete. We've had supercooled magnetic levitation for a long time, but this sort of semi-practical application is still a heckuva of an advancement. Enjoy the video and drool.

Gestimer Lets You Create Reminders from Your Mac Menu Bar

5:26 PM EDT, Jun. 23rd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Gestimer is a cool new Mac utility that allows you to create reminders from your Mac menu bar.  It runs as an icon in your Menu Bar. Drag and pull from that icon to set the length of time, and when you release you get a pop up menu that let's you fill in the details. It's elegant and simple, and it's priced at US$2.99 at the Mac App Store. Check it out in action in the video below.

Google Play Music Launches ‘Free Music For Everything You Do’

4:46 PM EDT, Jun. 23rd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Google Play Music Launches 'Free Music For Everything You Do'

Google on Tuesday launched a free, ad-supported version of Play Music, the company's streaming music service. Using the tagline "Free Music For Everything You Do," the service adds a free service to complement the US$9.99 subscription service it has offered for the last two years—and in case it escaped your notice, the service was launched just one week before Apple launches Apple Music.

The Summer Mac Essentials Bundle: $19.99

3:15 PM EDT, Jun. 23rd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

The Summer Mac Essentials Bundle: $19.99

Check out this Mac app bundle: Unibox, Noiseless, Hider 2, NoteBook 4, App Tamer 2, iStat Menus 5, Beamer 2, Chatology, Jump Desktop, and iMazing File Transfer Made Easy. That's ten great apps, and you can get them all for $19.99 through us.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-06-23: Tim Cook Responds to Racism

2:10 PM EDT, Jun. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Following the tragic racist-driven shootings at a South Carolina church Apple CEO Tim Cook is speaking out to remove symbols of hate, and to bring an end to racism. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to look at Mr. Cook's comments and share their thoughts on what impact his words might have. They also look at a blog post that says Taylor Swift needs to take her own words to heart about paying artists for their work.

Apple Wants $15M from Patent Troll for Frivolous Lawsuit

11:51 AM EDT, Jun. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple asks court to force patent troll to cover its legal expenses in frivolous case

Apple is asking a Federal Court to order Unwired Planet to hand over US$15 million to cover attorney fees and legal costs related to what it called a frivolous patent infringement lawsuit. The company claimed Unwired Planet filed a series of "kitchen sink" infringement cases targeting iPhone and iPad connectivity functions hoping at least one would stick.

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It looks like Apple is growing weary of the ongoing parade of frivolous infringement lawsuits from patent trolls.

Developer Turns His Apple Watch into a Wrist Top Mac

10:12 AM EDT, Jun. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

If you've wondered if Apple Watch is powerful enough to run the Mac's operating system, then wonder no more. The answer is "yes," assuming you mean Mac OS 7.5.5. Nick Lee managed to get the 20 year old operating system up and running on his Apple Watch, and even though the screen makes icons too small to select, it really works. Nick started by updating his Apple Watch to the developer version of watchOS 2, and then ported the Mini vMac emulator so it would run on the device. It's slow, but to be fair, our Macs 20 years ago were slow compared to today's machines. The important part to remember here is that figuring out how to turn your Apple Watch into a Mac is pretty cool.

Verizon Now in the News Business, Completes AOL Purchase

9:06 AM EDT, Jun. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Verizon completes AOL purchase

Verizon announced Tuesday morning that it has completed its US$4.4 billion purchase of AOL. The deal brings all of AOL's properties under Verizon's wing, including well known Websites such as The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, and Engadget.

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Hopefully Verizon won't impose any editorial control over AOL's properties and limit the topics they can cover, like blocking them from writing critically about their new owner.

Tim Cook Urges America to Remove Symbols of Racism

7:47 PM EDT, Jun. 22nd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Tim Cook Urges America to Remove Symbols of Racism

Apple CEO Tim Cook used his personal platform this weekend to urge America to "remove the symbols and word" that feed racism. On Sunday, Mr. Cook tweeted his thoughts to the families of the victims killed in a racist attack in South Carolina at an historic all-black church called Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal.