Create Your Own Spring Mac Bundle of Apps: $21.99

5:25 PM EDT, May. 19th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Spring Mac Bundle

Our friends at Stack Social have come up with another clever bundle for you. The Spring Mac Bundle allows you to choose 10 apps you want from a collection of 34 Mac apps for $21.99. That way you can get just the apps you want and not worry about having some you don't want. The full list of available apps can be found under "Specs" on the deal listing. 

Symantec Flaw Takes the Secure out of Security

10:11 AM EDT, May. 19th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Symantec's antivirus tools expose Mac, Windows, and Linux to hackers

Symantec managed to do something no other security software vendor has managed: create a vulnerability that affects Mac, Windows, and Linux users. Simply running Symantec or Norton-branded security software potentially exposes users to attacks where hackers can get root-level control over their computer. Luckily, there aren't any reports of the exploit in the wild, and Symantec released a patch for the flaw a couple days ago.

Game of Thrones - Theme Song Created in GarageBand (4K Video)

8:07 PM EDT, May. 18th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Check out this great video iPhonedo posted to YouTube where he (re)creates the theme song for TV smash hit Game of Thrones. He uses the new Chinese instruments Apple added to GarageBand to do it, and part of the video includes instructions for enabling the new instruments on non-Chinese language devices. Those instruments aren't authentic to the actual theme song, but they sound great and it's a solid demonstration of just how much you can do on GarageBand on iPad.

ACM 360: Apple Learning to Go Native, iTunes Downloads Will End, Wireless Charging

6:51 PM EDT, May. 18th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin & Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple has been putting time, effort, and resources into learning how to be a Chinese company and learning how to be an Indian company. Bryan and Jeff discuss those efforts and why it's important. They also talk about an essay from a record executive claiming that iTunes downloads are already being phased out. Plus, Apple has been hiring engineers with experience in wireless charging.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Jams on GarageBand with Asian Superstar JJ Lin

5:03 PM EDT, May. 18th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Have you heard of JJ Lin? Singapore-born and based in Taiwan, he's an enormously popular performer and producer in that part of the world. He posted a video to his YouTube channel of him and his pal Apple CEO Tim Cook jamming in GarageBand with those new Chinese-music loops and instruments I wrote about yesterday.  Mr. Cook serves as DJ in the piece, tapping loops to create the background music while JJ Lin plays the lead melody on one of those new instruments. It's fun, and it's a message aimed at the Chinese market. Also, note that JJ Lin posted it, not Apple and not Mr. Cook. Seems like Apple really is learning more about how to operate in that market.

Encrypted VOIP Calls with 1 Year Subscription to KeepSolid Disposable Phone Lines: $99

4:53 PM EDT, May. 18th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

KeepSolid Disposable Phone Lines

We have a deal for you today on KeepSolid Disposable Phone Lines, an encrypted voice-over-IP (VOIP) service that essentially gives you disposable lines from which to make calls. With the package we're offering, you’ll receive up to 3 total private USA or Canadian phone numbers with unlimited SMS, and unlimited calls (US lines only). Our deal is for a 1-year subscription at 75 percent off, or $99. Check out the deal listing for more details.

Netflix Launches Easy to Use Internet Speed Test Site

3:55 PM EDT, May. 18th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Netflix wants you to know how fast your internet connection is, so came up with its own speed test website called Fast.com. It's a one trick pony in that you'll see just your download speed, which makes sense considering that's the part of your connection Netflix really cares about. What's nice is that you don't need to click any buttons to start or sift through ads trying to figure out how to start the test; just hit the Fast.com site and wait a few seconds while it does its thing.

Apple Engineers make a House Call for iTunes Bug

9:48 AM EDT, May. 18th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

iTunes Music Bug Victim gets Personal Visit from Apple

The guy that got the interent in a tizzy over iTunes deleting his personal music library has a follow up: Apple's engineers paid him a personal visit to troubleshoot the problem. What they discovered was the lost music wasn't user error, there's a hard to track bug in iTunes, and Amber, the phone support representative he originally spoke with didn't know what she was talking about.

Apple Quietly Staffing Up on Wireless Charging Engineers

7:57 PM EDT, May. 17th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple has been quietly adding engineers with experience in wireless charging, according to some LinkedIn sleuthing by The Verge. Over the course of the last two years, Apple has hired more than a dozen people in this field, including two from wireless charging startup uBeam in just the last four months. There's no telling what they're working on, but Apple already offers inductive wireless charging on Apple Watch, and Bloomberg reported in January that Apple wanted to do some kind of wireless charging solution for iPhone in 2017. Check out the full report at The Verge for additional information—the takeaway is that Apple is working on something in the field of wireless charging, and that's exciting, and it will probably be less dramatic, yet far cooler, than Nikola Tesla's wireless electricity transmission experiments more than a century ago.

iTunes is Still Apple’s Worst Software, But Now It’s Much Better

5:40 PM EDT, May. 17th, 2016 · John Martellaro · John Martellaro's Blog

iTunes 12.4 tweaks

Apple has been taking a lot of heat lately for iTunes. The user interface, which was stellar when it first launched, has become complex, confusing and opaque. Plus, many small problems have plagued its robustness over the years as it tried to do too much. iTunes 12.4 takes two steps forward after many backwards steps, and restores some interface sanity. This is in itself notable.

Expand Your MacBook Storage with TarDisk 64GB Drive Expansion: $99.99

4:43 PM EDT, May. 17th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

TarDisk MacBook Expansion and MacBook

Check out TarDisk, a cleverly named flash memory storage device for your MacBook. It fits in the SD slot on your MacBook, and is seen as a hard drive. If you use the included Pear 2.0 utility, that 64GB will virtually integrate with your internal hard drive so that your MacBook sees them both as one drive. Pretty cool! You can get this device through us for $99.99, some 32 percent off retail.

Jeff Gamet Talks Social Media at Denver Apple Pi

4:32 PM EDT, May. 17th, 2016 · TMO Staff · TMO Appearances

TMO's Jeff Gamet talks about social media at Denver Apple Pi

The Mac Observer's Jeff Gamet will be talking about social media services tonight, May 17, at the Denver Apple Pi Mac User Group. He'll be talking about Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and more, plus he'll have some tips for staying safe online.

A Thought: Linking Apple Music to the iTunes Store

1:26 PM EDT, May. 17th, 2016 · Dave Hamilton · Video Review

I use iTunes every day, and when searching in the iTunes Store for new music it just seems odd to me that there's no link or option to show the same content in Apple Music. In today's video, an example of that and perhaps a better option for iTunes...12.5?