TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-29

1:45 PM EDT, Oct. 29th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

AT&T is under fire from the FTC, and the FCC wants to change the rules on cable television. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about what they expect to come from the FTC suing AT&T for data throttling, and how opening the Internet to broadcast TV streaming will impact viewers.

FCC Rule Change Could Turn Apple TV into A Cable TV Competitor

10:09 AM EDT, Oct. 29th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has proposed a change to the rules controlling who broadcasters sell content to, and would bar them from refusing to sell to Internet-based providers. That translates to a big opportunity for Apple to add new channels to Apple TV without cutting deals with cable providers like Comcast.

Smartphone-Assisted Halloween Masks

7:11 PM EDT, Oct. 28th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · News

Oh yeah

I have a Halloween costume that involves your iPhone (or Android device, if that's your thing) that is so awesome, you will forgive her for obliterating your carefully planned and super topical Sexy Ebola Containment Suit costume. Instead, check out the smartphone enhanced masks over at Digital Dudz.

NewerTech Headless Mac Video Accelerator

4:41 PM EDT, Oct. 28th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

It's almost Halloween, so of course something with "Headless" in the title is attention-getting. NewerTech has announced a new video adapter, the Headless Mac Video Accelerator. If you have a Mac that runs in "headless" mode (meaning without an attached monitor), when you do have to log in for something, all of the video rendering is done by the CPU; since there's no monitor connected the graphics card doesn't get used. This is why headless Macs feel even slower than they actually are, with the CPU doing all the rendering on top of regular tasks it really starts to lag. NewerTech's adapter is basically a mini DisplayPort plug that goes nowhere, but causes the computer to think a display is attached, triggering the video card so now remote logins are more responsive. It's available now from OWC for USD $19.99, and works with all Mac Pro models from Early 2009 on through the mid-2010 (the latest model before the revised black cylinder), and Mac minis from June 2010 up to the late 2012 model.

Where to Buy a New iPad if You Want an Apple SIM

4:21 PM EDT, Oct. 28th, 2014 · Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants and Raves

Apple SIM for iPad instructions to Verizon users

I got a new iPad Air 2 last week and while I’m impressed, you’ll have to wait until next week for my review. Why? Well, while doing my due diligence I found a situation that’s more important for you to hear about today than my opinion of the iPad Air 2: Where you buy your iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 matters, and it matters a lot.

Prompt 2 from Panic: A Drop-dead Gorgeous SSH Client for iOS

2:10 PM EDT, Oct. 28th, 2014 · John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

Prompt 2 is version 2 of a very good looking, easy-so-use SSH client for iOS. It's from Panic Inc, the people who brought us the excellent Transmit FTP client. As the website says, "Restart your server from a coffee shop. Fix a web page from the back of car..." Version 2 has several new features, notably Panic's sync across devices, iOS 8 compatibility, stored text in "clips", private keys, and easier switching between multiple connections. Sysadmins who must be able to access their servers remotely, securely and with first-class software will want to have this on every iOS device. Best of all? It's only $10.

FTC Sues AT&T for Throttling ‘Unlimited’ Plans

2:01 PM EDT, Oct. 28th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Darth Bell

Get this: "unlimited" apparently means "no limits." Who knew, right? It turns out that there is a modicum of watchdog left in the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) after all, because the regulators announced plans to sue AT&T for throttling its Unlimited Plan because, the Commission says, throttling is a limit.