If Microsoft Made a Smart Watch…

7:32 PM EDT, Oct. 23rd, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

Apple has announced a smartwatch we'll get to see next year. Google has released Android Wear to create Android powered smartwatches, and Samsung has one too. When you think of big tech companies, the only one left who hasn't gotten in on the action is Microsoft. Well Owen Williams took a crack at designing it, and I think he got pretty close to what Redmond would theoretically release. I think it'd be four quadrants of color like a Windows logo, but otherwise I think he nailed it. I think it would be called the Microsoft Windows Mobile Wearable Edition For Wrists (since Microsoft is just at good at naming as numbering). See it below:

Learn Apple’s Swift Programming Language for $19

4:34 PM EDT, Oct. 23rd, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Learn Apple's Swift Programming Language for $19

Today's deal is called Learn Swift, a developer training package designed to teach you Apple's new Swift programming language. It has 95 lectures that focus on real-world examples, and it features more than 4 hours of video content. It will also teach you how to use Xcode’s new .playground file, and the training materials is regularly refreshed. This package retails for $99, but through our deal, you can get it for $19.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-23

1:50 PM EDT, Oct. 23rd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

It's Yosemite-pallooza on Daily Observations today, plus Jeff is back on the job. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk John's OS X Yosemite review, why you should — or shouldn't — upgrade, and how you can dial your iPhone from your Mac, too.

Pixelmator for iPad Hits Apple’s App Store

11:03 AM EDT, Oct. 23rd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Pixelmator for the iPad, first shown off during Apple's iPad Air 2 launch event earlier this month, hit the App Store Thursday morning. The image and photo editor has been available on the Mac for some time, but until now hasn't been an option on the iPad.

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Pixelmator has the potential to out-Photoshop Photoshop on the iPad. That's pretty big.

Apple Wins GPNE Patent Lawsuit, Calls Company a Patent Troll

10:15 AM EDT, Oct. 23rd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

GPNE lost its patent infringement lawsuit against Apple on Wednesday,after which the iPhone and iPad maker promptly called the company a patent troll — a term it was barred from using during the trial. GPNE accused Apple of designing its mobile devices around its years-old pager patent and asked the court to bar the use of "patent troll" in the proceedings.

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The only win GPNE got out of this trial was keeping Apple from calling it a patent troll in court. Turns out that was a pretty short lived victory.

Apple Dropping SSL 3.0 for Push Notifications in Wake of Poodle Security Flaw

9:08 AM EDT, Oct. 23rd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple plans to drop support for SSL 3.0 for Push notifications following the discovery of the Poodle SSL 3.0 security flaw. The Mac, iPhone and iPad maker will transition to TLS on October 29, and is warning developers to update their apps to support the more secure protocol.

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Heatbleed, Shellshock, and Poodle are all big security risks in SSL, so its good to see Apple and other companies actively moving away from supporting the older security protocol in favor of TLS.

Mark Zuckerberg Wows Chinese Crowd with 30 Minute Interview in Chinese

8:40 PM EDT, Oct. 22nd, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg went on a major charm offensive in China by giving a 30 minute interview where he answered everything in Mandarin Chinese. That was clever, for sure, but even more clever was posting a video of the interview to Facebook. The interview was at Tsinghua University in Beijing, where the university announced Mr. Zuckerberg was joining its School of Economics and Management Advisory Board. Again, clever. As noted by Wired, Facebook is banned in China—and boy, oh boy, did his Mandarin performance have this particular crowd wrapped around Mr. Zuckerberg's finger. Clearly he's taking a long view on entering the world's largest market, and this was a smart step in that campaign. Wired also noted that Mr. Zuckerberg learned Mandarin in 2010 as that year's self-improvement goal. I'd love for any Mandarin speakers to offer up their thoughts on his performance in the comments. The full video is available on Facebook and may require Flash.

How to Use Yosemite’s New Batch-Renaming Feature

8:06 PM EDT, Oct. 22nd, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Yay, Yosemite's here! And Melissa Holt's all excited. For her first Quick Tip on this new version of OS X, she's chosen the new batch-renaming feature, which you can use to change a bunch of filenames at once in exactly the ways you specify. Isn't it nice when we get new abilities that were previously only available with third-party software?