Apple Buys Prss iPad Magazine Publishing Platform

9:22 AM EDT, Sep. 24th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple has purchased the digital magazine design company Prss, which could be a sign that the iPhone and iPad maker plans to do for periodical design what it did for books with iBooks Author. Prss started life as the production tool for the award winning iPad magazine Trvl and was spun off as its own company in 2013.

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If Apple is planning on offering its own digital magazine design tools, that could open substantially lower the bar for hopeful publishers. Depending on what Apple offers along with Prss's tools, it could eat into expensive digital magazine publishing platform sales.

Apple Features ‘Actual Size’ iPhone 6/Plus in Rolling Stone Ad

10:10 PM EDT, Sep. 23rd, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

On the back cover of the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine* is an ad for the new iPhone models. It's labeled "Actual Sizes," showing off how big the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus actually are. I took a photo of the ad with my iPhone 5s next to it, also shown actual size (compared to the other two). I'm not sure where else the ad will be appearing, but with nearly 1.5 million subscribers, that's a lot of people who could be getting a good look at the new devices for the first time. Clever move to make them actual size, the first thing I did was set my phone on each one for comparison. Well played, Apple.

* Magazines are like blogs from the olden days, printed on paper and mailed to people.

iPhone 6 Review: Bigger, Better, and BIGGER

9:15 PM EDT, Sep. 23rd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · In-Depth Review

Apple went big with its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus introduction —  with the launch event and screen size. Both models are bigger than any iPhone Apple has made before, and very noticeably so. That size, however, does come with some benefits like faster processors, better cameras, and even support NFC-based mobile payment systems. Compared to the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, the new models really are a lot bigger, and for some people, the extra features may not be worth the size increase. Read on to see if the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are worth the price for you.

Man Bends iPhone 6 Plus with Bare Hands on Video

5:30 PM EDT, Sep. 23rd, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

With reports (Google Translation) popping up claiming Apple's new 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus can get bent just by being in your pocket, YouTube channel UnboxTherapy did a bend test on the device. There's no sense beating around the bush about it, either, because Lewis bent it. With his hands. His bare hands. It required a lot of effort, but he did it. he was focusing his efforts on the middle, but it turned out that it bent in the area near the buttons. That makes sense in hindsight, because the spot with the holes is going to be the weakest point in the case. It also matches the bends that are showing up from people complaining about bends from their pockets. Note that the device continued to work even after it was bent, but at the very least, this is an argument against keeping the beast in your pocket, even it it fits. Also, Apple could have a problem on its hands.

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TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-23

2:05 PM EDT, Sep. 23rd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Sources out of China say Apple has a new iPad Air model coming in October, but no new iPad mini until next year. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to discuss why they think we'll see new iPad Air and iPad mini models in time for the holiday buying season, and they take a look at iOS 8 adoption rate one week after its release.

iOS 8 Adoption at 46%, or Maybe 35%

9:55 AM EDT, Sep. 23rd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's iOS 8 has reached a 46 percent adoption rate only six days after it was released, according to the company's developer site data. Tracking services Appsee and Mixpanel, however, are showing a lower adoption percentage at around 35 percent, which still accounts for a substantial number of iPhones and iPads upgrading in just a week.

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iOS 8 is trailing a little behind iOS 7's first week adoption rate, and that may be because some features are waiting on OS X Yosemite's release for the Mac. We could see a jump in updates once Yosemite is available.

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus: Changing the Display Zoom

8:35 AM EDT, Sep. 23rd, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

For today's Quick Tip, we're going to discuss changing the "Display Zoom" options on the new iPhone models, including why you may not see your Home screen's orientation change on your 6 Plus or why you might be missing the extra keyboard functionality you were expecting. We'll help you learn it all!

Apple Posts iPhone 6 Commercials with Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake

11:34 PM EDT, Sep. 22nd, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple has posted two new commercials to YouTube for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus starring Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon and pop superstar Justin Timberlake. The first is called Huge, which focuses on the large screens on both devices. The second is called Cameras and talks about the new lenses, slow-motion videos, time-lapse videos, and image stabilization. Here are both commercials, in full.

Huge:

Cameras:

Google’s Eric Schmidt Said ALEC Lying about Climate Change

9:10 PM EDT, Sep. 22nd, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Eric Schmidt

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said publicly on Monday that the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) was "literally lying" about climate change. In an interview on NPR, Mr. Schmidt said that his company's former association with ALEC was a "mistake," and that the lobbying group's stance on climate change was "making the world a much worse place."