Beware Fake Adverts Saying You Can Charge Your iPhone in a Microwave

6:49 PM EDT, Sep. 24th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Hoax

There is a fake advert going around telling people they can recharge their iPhone in a microwave. Don't do it—it will destroy your phone. The ads are malicious fakes designed to look like Apple advertising, complete with an Apple copyright as shown below, but it's a pack of lies designed to take advantage of folks who aren't tech savvy.

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I haven't been this angry in a long time. The cynical and depraved depths to which a human must sink in order to eke pleasure from a prank like this is astounding. This was a vile and disgusting thing to do, and those responsible should examine their life choices and values.

Pocket-Sized Karma Go LTE Hotspot: Exclusive Pre-Order for $99

6:00 PM EDT, Sep. 24th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Pocket-Sized Karma Go LTE Hotspot: Exclusive Pre-Order for $99

We have an exclusive offer through our friends at Stack Social on the Karma Go LTE hotspot. It will retail for $149, but with our deal, you can preorder it for $99. The Karma Go LTE hotspot is a compact device that taps into a nationwide LTE network and broadcasts a Wi-Fi connection for all your devices. In other words, you get a mobile Internet connection that you control wherever you go. You have five days to preorder through our deal.

OtterBox Defender Case for iPhone 6 Plays Great Defense

5:45 PM EDT, Sep. 24th, 2014 · John Martellaro · In-Depth Review

There are occasions when you must have an iPhone with you, readily available, but the environment is rugged. Examples are construction, airline and military operations. In those cases, one may prefer to have the ultimate in iPhone protection: ports covered, display protected, and a multi-layer, cushioned shells. This case fills the bill.

iOS 8.0.1 Update Includes Bug Fixes, Kills Service

1:42 PM EDT, Sep. 24th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · News

Apple released iOS 8.0.1 on Wednesday, a week after the initial iOS 8 release. Reports are flooding in about the update causing Touch ID and cellular connectivity to stop working altogether, so it may be best to hold off on this update at least in the short term.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-24

1:28 PM EDT, Sep. 24th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Turns out you can bend the iPhone 6 Plus if you try, but is that as big a deal as people are making out? Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at what's up with iPhone 6 bendability and iPhone durability, discuss Apple's purchase of the digital magazine design and publishing platform Prss, and go old school with some Wild Wild West talk.

How to Use PayPal with iOS 8 Family Sharing

11:56 AM EDT, Sep. 24th, 2014 · Dave Hamilton · TMO Quick Tip

Apple's Family Sharing in iOS 8 is something many users are eager to setup in order to finally deal with the issue of sharing purchased apps (and music and movies and more) with family members. Frustration has set in for some, however, when the setup process informs users that PayPal is not a valid payment option for family purchases. The good news is that you can set PayPal as an option after Family Sharing is setup, at least for now.

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.