How to Build Your Own Apps with Workflow for the iPhone and iPad

11:14 AM EST, Dec. 12th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · How-To

Workflow is a cool new app for the iPhone and iPad that lets you automate actions that otherwise would be tedious, or even impossible without other apps. You can even save your workflows so they show up on your Home screen just like any other app. Read on to learn how to build your own apps in Workflow.

Apple Online Store Adds PayPal as Payment Option

10:02 AM EST, Dec. 12th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

You can now buy your new Mac, iPhone, or iPad through Apple's online store with PayPal, giving shoppers yet another way to spend their money. Apple added the option Wednesday night, bringing its online store inline with the App Store, iTunes Store, and iBooks Store.

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Plenty of people like to use PayPal for online purchases, so it's nice to see the option finally show up on Apple's Web-based store.

OS X: Checking Your Mac’s Remaining Battery Life

8:50 AM EST, Dec. 12th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Let's talk about batteries! Today Melissa Holt is going to walk us through checking the cycle count of laptop batteries and comparing that number to what Apple says is the maximum we can expect from each model. From that info, you'll know whether your battery is a happy camper or is close to needing replacement. Uncovering future problems before they become emergencies is the subject of today's Quick Tip.

City of Houston Allows Bitcoin ATM in Convention Center

8:45 PM EST, Dec. 11th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Robocoin Bitcoin ATM

The City of Houston has allowed a live Bitcoin ATM to be set up in George R. Brown Convention Center. Houston owns the building, but it is managed by Houston First, a separate corporation that runs the convention center and other Houston-owned public buildings. This marks the first Bitcoin ATM to be operated in a government-owned building.

Taiwan Supply Chain Claims Apple Watch Production Will Begin in January

7:51 PM EST, Dec. 11th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Rumor

The Apple Watch Crystal Ball

A supply chain leak out of Taiwan is claiming that Apple and Quanta have solved yield issues that will allow Apple Watch production to ramp up starting in January. United Daily News reported that the first wave of Apple Watches will number in the 3-5 million mark, with 24 million scheduled for all of calendar 2015.

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I hope UDN has this one right. I can't wait to strap an Apple Watch onto my wrist.

Workflow: It’s Like Automator for your iPhone and iPad

7:10 PM EST, Dec. 11th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Automating tasks on your Mac has been relatively easy thanks to Automator and AppleScript, but has little more than a fantasy on the iPhone and iPad—until now, that is. Workflow from DeskConnect lets you build your own automated workflows on your iOS device to handle all kinds of tasks, and you can even save your workflows so they appear along side other apps on your Home screen.

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There are a few beyond-cool utility apps for iOS: TextExpander touch, 1Password, Fantastical, Transmit, and now Workflow. Considering Apple's hot-and-cold track record with highly useful utility apps, you should grab Workflow right away just in case the company decides it shouldn't be on the App Store.

The Name Your Own Price iOS Designer Bundle

5:39 PM EST, Dec. 11th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

The Name Your Own Price iOS Designer Bundle

Did you know our developer bundles are usually the most popular deals on our TMO Deals site? It's true, and we have a Name Your Own Price bundle today designed to help you learn how to design iPS apps. Name Your Own Price deals allow you to literally name your own price. If you pay less than the average on this one, you'll get two of the items below. If you beat the average price, which is currently $10.94, you'll get four courses and hundreds of design assets, including:

  • The Ultimate Collection Of Design Graphics From Creative VIP
  • Assets For Simplifying The Web & Mobile Design Process
  • Freebo Design Asset Bundle
  • Mobile App Design From Scratch: Design Principles & UX
  • iPhone App Interface Design For Beginners
  • Learn Mobile First Web Design Using Bootstrap
  • Build A Cross-Platform Mobile App Using PhoneGap

That's a lot of learning. And remember that 10 percent of your purchase price goes to one of three charities (your choice): Child's Play, World Wildlife Fund, or Creative Commons.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-11

1:53 PM EST, Dec. 11th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

John Martellaro thinks Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg needs to rethink his philosophy towards customers. John, along with Kelly Guimont, join Jeff Gamet to dive into Facebook, privacy, and advertising, plus they look at some cool holiday-themed apps for the iPhone and iPad.