The Mac Mastery Training Bundle: $29

5:18 PM EDT, Jul. 28th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

The Mac Mastery Training Bundle: $29

We have a great bundle of training videos for you designed to you master your Mac. It has eight individual course, including:

  • Mac Clarity - Master Your Mac
  • Productivity For Mac Users
  • One On One Apple Personal Training
  • Mastering Keynote Presentations
  • Become a Rocker With GarageBand
  • Clean & Organize Your Mac In Under 2 Hours
  • iPhoto For Beginners
  • Basics Of Using A Mac

That's hundreds of lectures and more than 30 hours of video training. Individually, these training courses are $408, but through our deal you can get them for $29.

Hilton to Turn Your iPhone into Your Hotel Room Key

4:39 PM EDT, Jul. 28th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Your iPhone is already an iPod, a phone, and an Internet connection device, and soon it'll be your room key at Hilton hotels. The company is launching a new service where iPhone owners can choose their room and check in, and next year they'll be able to use their smartphone as a room key, too.

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Remote room selection and check-in, plus the ability to use my iPhone as a room key? This is going to be awesome at trade shows and conferences -- assuming you can get an Internet connection.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-28

2:02 PM EDT, Jul. 28th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple just bought BookLight and is in the process of buying Swell. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about what Apple's latest media acquisitions mean for the ebook, news and podcasting world, as well as end users. Plus, bonus oblique Joss Whedon and Space Ghost references.

Apple Ready to Buy Swell Talk Show App in $30M Deal

10:55 AM EDT, Jul. 28th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

The radio news talk show listening app Swell is about to be snapped up by Apple in a US$30 million deal. Swell is known for its ability to build custom news playlists with content from sources such NPR, BBC, and ABC and play back that content through its iPhone app.

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First Apple buys BookLamp, and now it's about to close a deal with Swell. Purchases like these sure make it look like Apple wants to find a better way for consumers to discover online content and books.

Report Claims Retina MacBook Pro Speed Bump Coming Tuesday

10:09 AM EDT, Jul. 28th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Rumor

Apple is reportedly planning on giving the Retina MacBook Pro a speed bump on Tuesday with updated Intel Haswell Core i7 processors. The new models will still be available in 13-inch and 15-inch models, and will all come with at least 16 GB RAM.

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Assuming the report about tomorrow's Retina MacBook Pro refresh is accurate, it's welcome even if it isn't dramatic.

EU Greenlights Apple’s Beats Acquisition

9:04 AM EDT, Jul. 28th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple made a big leap forward in its planned US$3 billion purchase of Beats Electronics and Beats Music when the European Commission announced on Monday that is has approved the deal. The Commission doesn't see a combined Apple and Beats as a serious threat to the headphone market, and said there are plenty of competitors who make substantially different products.

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With the EC's approval out of the way Apple is a step closer to closing its Beats purchase. Next stop: U.S. approval.

9 Swift Resources for iOS 8 Developers

8:57 PM EDT, Jul. 25th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · News

If you're interested in Apple's new programming language announced at WWDC, there are a variety of resources available online now. Kelly Guimont gathered up nine resources to help you get going.

OS X and iOS Application Compatibility Table

7:39 PM EDT, Jul. 25th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

If you are waiting to install a new OS (such as the Yosemite Public Beta) because you are worried about compatibility issues, check out the Application Compatibility Table over at RoaringApps. There are compatibility charts from Snow Leopard up to Yosemite, and from iOS 5 up to iOS 8. If you don't see an app listed there and you know its status, you can submit it to the list. It's a great resource that is easily searchable if you need to determine what does and doesn't work.

Best News in the Verse: Firefly Cast Reuniting for Firefly Online

6:35 PM EDT, Jul. 25th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Browncoats everywhere are celebrating the news that the full cast of Joss Whedon's Firefly are reuniting for Firefly Online (site down as of this writing). io9 reported the news from San Diego Comicon Friday that Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin, Adam Baldwin, Jewel Staite, Sean Maher, Summer Glau, and Ron Glass will all be contributing voice acting to the game reprising their characters in the most successful failed show of all time. Alan Tudyk will be doing additional characters, as well, and Michael Fairman will be reprising his role as Niska. As a teaser, the game producers posted a video called "If I Were a Captain" (below) that features the voice of Ron Glass and Captain Mal himself (near the end). Color me giddy!

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Bose Sues Apple Acquisition Beats for Patent Infringement

6:26 PM EDT, Jul. 25th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple in Court

Bose Corporation filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) Friday accusing Beats Electronics of willfully infringing on five patents. Bose also launched a parallel lawsuit. Beats is in the process of being acquired by Apple, and Bose has accused the company of violating its patents in Beats Studio and Beats Studio Wireless headphones.