7 Basic Tips for a Speedier Mac

10:00 AM EST, Jan. 24th, 2015 · Nancy Gravley · Computing with Bifocals

7 Basic Tips for a Speedier Mac

A sluggish Mac is annoying. What good does it do to have the latest and greatest if it is going to run slow. There are some things that even beginners can do to help address this problem and Nancy Carroll Gravley has some great tips to make it possible.

Go Behind the Scenes with Chinese Apple Store Artist (Video)

7:22 PM EST, Jan. 23rd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple posted a new video to its YouTube channel offering a behind-the-scenes look at artist Wang Dongling. He created the art used for the opening of Apple's newest Apple Store in China, known as West Lake. "To celebrate the opening of our first store in Hangzhou, we partnered with artist Wang Dongling," Apple said in the video's description. "Get a behind-the-scenes look at his process and the artwork he created for Apple Store, West Lake." The video includes comments from Mr. Wang, as well as shots of him creating the art. Check it out.

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Leatherman Wins At Watchbands with Leatherman Tread

7:14 PM EST, Jan. 23rd, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

There has been a lot of talk lately about watches and watchbands now that we know Apple is headed into that market. Even before Apple launches it's offering, Leatherman has already conquered the watchband with the Leatherman Tread. And if you still aren't convinced you need to wear a watch, that's ok. First and foremost this is a bracelet, and if you want to include a watch, you can. Each link is an individual tool such as a hex drive, screwdriver, box wrench, and of course, the bottle opener (built into the clasp). It starts shipping this summer, with the timepiece coming in the fall. Since the links are user adjustable, it's possible to pop off the cutting hook and hopefully you can now, at long last, get through TSA with a Leatherman. 

Travel Back to 2004 and Meet the ‘Palette Pad’

6:47 PM EST, Jan. 23rd, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

Yesterday I wrote up the Mountie, a device that clips your smaller mobile display to the side of your "main" display, either a MacBook Pro or an iMac. It turns out this idea is a long time coming. Our own Adam Christianson had a conversation in 2004 about the (then) current Apple Studio Display and how so much space was used in programs like Photoshop by palettes and other panels that took up a lot of space. Adam was pondering a smaller screen that could work in conjunction with the main display, maximizing the space available for work on the larger screen. He talked this over with Jeff Rutan who then created a concept of what this "Palette Pad" might look like. At the time things like power and attaching to displays and video sync were tough nuts to crack, so the concept sort of died until 2010 with the release of Air Display which brought it closer. Now that the Mountie exists, teaming it up with Air Display might actually make Adam's vision a reality.

PowerPot Cooking Pot and Charger: $99

6:32 PM EST, Jan. 23rd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

PowerPot Cooking Pot and Charger: $99

You know I love cool gadgets, and PowerPot is one of the coolest. It allows you to boil water in a pot—think camping—and convert that thermal energy into electric energy that you can use to charge your mobile devices. We reviewed it a while back if you're looking for our detailed thoughts, but we have a deal on PowerPot today that allows you to get it for $99 (it retails for $149).  Enjoy!

Apple Continues to Plunder Fashion Industry with Another Burberry Hire

6:28 PM EST, Jan. 23rd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Chester Chipperfield

Apple continues to pluck talent from the ranks of fashion executives—the only Silicon Valley tech giant to do so. Apple has hired one Chester Chipperfield for its "Special Projects" group. Mr. Chipperfield was previously Vice President of Digital and Interactive Design for Burberry, the same high fashion company that supplied Angela Ahrendts, Apple's Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores.

How Apple is Winning a Secret War

5:00 PM EST, Jan. 23rd, 2015 · John Martellaro · Particle Debris

When observers analyze a new or existing product from Apple, they tend to focus on the design, operation and features. In some cases, the conclusion is that some competitor, X, has a better product. That misses at least half the story of Apple's secret product war.

The Mac Observer on an SE/30

3:30 PM EST, Jan. 23rd, 2015 · Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

TMO reader (and Mac Geek Gab listener) "Furbies" recently joined the MGG Facebook Group and posted a picture of what TMO looks like when loaded on his SE/30 in the Wannabe browser. He says he tried using IE v4.0.1 but it failed to load all the new-fangled CSS and such that we use here. Visit the MGG Facebook Group to see what it looks like on a PowerBook G3, too. While you're there, join the Group where you can ask and answer questions, too!

Mac Podcasters Quick Upgrade Guide for Audio Hijack 3

2:12 PM EST, Jan. 23rd, 2015 · Dave Hamilton · How-To

Audio Hijack has been many Mac podcasters' go-to tool for recording their shows. Audio Hijack 3 makes some fundamental changes, most of which will likely be easily understood and quite welcomed by all manner of podcasters. Still, some of those changes may dramatically impact your workflow. We talk through a few of them to ensure you understand what to expect when testing out this new version.

Missouri Law Would Require Photo ID for Apple Pay Purchases

11:45 AM EST, Jan. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Joshua Peters (D) from Missouri's state House of Representatives thinks smartphone-based payment systems like Apple Pay aren't secure enough, so users should be required to show a photo ID when using their iPhone to make credit card payments in stores. He's so sure of this that he presented bill on Wednesday that would require Missouri retailers to check photo IDs when making smartphone-based payments.

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I appreciate lawmakers wanting to reduce the risk of credit card fraud, but in this case the Missouri bill is off base. Instead of protecting shoppers, it could convince them to use their plastic card instead, which is inherently far less secure, and could expose their personal identification to criminals, too.

Apple to Support some Non-HomeKit Devices Through Apple TV

10:58 AM EST, Jan. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple looks to be positioning Apple TV as more of home automation hub than previously thought because the company plans to use the streaming media box as a bridge between HomeKit and non-homeKit devices. That support means more devices without official HomeKit support can be part of your smarthome setup, but with some big limitations.

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Apple TV looks like it really is shaping up to be Apple's HomeKit hub, just like TMO's Kelly Guimont predicted.

Adobe Patches One Critical Zero-day Flash Exploit, Leaves Another for Next Week

9:14 AM EST, Jan. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Adobe released a critical security update for its Flash Player on Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux that patches an exploit hackers are currently using to install malware on Windows PCs. The update didn't, however, patch a second critical security flaw that's already in the wild. Adobe says a fix for that is coming next week.

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Another day, another critical Flash security exploit—or two. Flash is riddled with serious security issues, and it doesn't seem to be getting any better despite the ongoing updates Adobe releases. If you don't need Flash, then get it off your computer.

Apple Loses Retail Tycoon Mickey Drexler from Board

8:48 PM EST, Jan. 22nd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

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Longtime Apple board member Millard "Mickey" Drexler told the company he will retire on March 10th, 2015, the end of his current term. Mr. Drexler joined Apple's board at the invitation of the late Steve Jobs in 1999, and he helped develop Apple's massively successful Apple Store retail strategy.