Anonymous Declares War on ISIS, First Salvo is Suspended Twitter Accounts

5:30 PM EST, Nov. 17th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Anonymous Declares War on ISIS

The activist hacker group known as Anonymous has declared cyber war on ISIS, and the group's first action was to identify more than 900 Twitter accounts that were then suspended. The move comes in the wake of a series of terrorist attacks in France on Friday, with Anonymous bragging that its members are better hackers than OpISIS, the hacking arm of the terrorist organization.

KeySmart 2.0 Extended Version: $15.99

4:08 PM EST, Nov. 17th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

KeySmart 2.0 Extended Version

Keysmart 2.0, has proven popular with our readers. Today we have a deal on another model called Keysmart 2.0 Extended Version. This device keeps your keys organized and tidy in your pocket, allowing you to unfold the one you need like a Swiss Army Knife. The Extended Version holds 10 keys, and you can get it through our deal for $15.99. And because we're always looking out for you, I'll point out that it would make a great stocking stuffer. For an added bonus, you can get an extra 10% off with the coupon code EARLY10 as part of our march to Black Friday.

Pandora to Buy Failed Rdio to Take on Spotify, Apple Music

9:57 AM EST, Nov. 17th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Rdio tanks, Pandora buys them for $75 million

The streaming music service Rdio has filed for bankruptcy protection, and Pandora is snapping up their assets for US$75 million. Rdio, it seems, wasn't able to compete with Spotify, but Pandora is betting it can take those pieces and take on Spotify as well as Apple Music with a new music subscription service.

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Rdio couldn't compete with Spotify, but Pandora thinks it can take what Rdio built and use the pieces to become the online music service. It seems streaming music services live, as they say, in interesting times.

Mac Startup Modifiers: What They Do and How You Use Them!

9:05 AM EST, Nov. 17th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Modifier keys to help troubleshoot startup problems on your Mac

If something's gone wrong with your Mac, it's good to have tricks up your sleeve! In today's Quick Tip, we're gonna talk about some keys you can hold down while your computer's booting up and what symptoms you might try to address by doing so. We'll also give you a bunch of resources to use if you're having trouble, so…y'know…you might want to bookmark this tip for when the "stuff" hits the fan, if you know what we mean.

Don’t Trade Your Privacy for Nothing

8:03 PM EST, Nov. 16th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis


We all feel it, the siren call of increased security so we can prevent another horrific terror attack. In France, in Britain, throughout Europe, in the U.S., in every country opposed to extremist Islamists, we feel that call. But we must resist the urge to throw privacy out the window in the name of fighting terrorism because we will get nothing in return.

How to use Split Screen on your iPad Pro

6:10 PM EST, Nov. 16th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

The iPad Pro screen is big enough to run two applications at the same time, so Apple gave us Split Screen as a way to do just that. There aren't any special buttons to tap or settings to change; all you need is a simple swipe gesture. Watch TMO's video to see just how Split Screen works.

iOS and Xcode Developer Training Lifetime Subscription: $79

5:53 PM EST, Nov. 16th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

iOS and Xcode Developer Training

We have a deal for you today that will help you learn and keep learning as time marches on. It's a lifetime subscription to more than 800 lectures and tutorial videos covering iOS, Swift, Objective-C, and Xcode development, with more being added all the time. These courses include building apps, sample code, and many other aspects of the developer process. You can get this lifetime prescription for just $79 through our deal. Check out the deal listing for more information.

John Martellaro Joins MacVoices to Discuss Apple’s iPad Pro

5:20 PM EST, Nov. 16th, 2015 · TMO Staff · TMO Appearances

MacVoices and Apple's new Mac Pro

The Mac Observer's John Martellaro joined host Chuck Joiner, Charles Edge and Don McAllister on MacVoices to talk about their first weekend with the iPad Pro. From Chuck's show notes, the group talked about "the buying experience, how big is big and how it affects the experience, audio capability, favorite updated apps and external accessories, and how to approach the iPad Pro experience for maximum benefit." The group had a lot of fun and so will you when you watch this delightful 60 minute video. 

My First Weekend With an Apple iPad Pro

4:45 PM EST, Nov. 16th, 2015 · John Martellaro · John Martellaro's Blog

A first weekend with an iPad Pro

The iPad Pro is a breakthrough device, according to John Martellaro. With its generous RAM, fast CPU and GPU, USB 3, a gigantic display, multiple stereo speakers, Apple Pencil and Bluetooth-free keyboard, all combined with iOS 9 features, it sets a new path forward for iPads. John reports on his first weekend with his iPad Pro. 

TMO Background Mode: Interview with BusyMac’s John Chaffee

2:00 PM EST, Nov. 16th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Background Mode Podcast

John Chaffee is the founder of BusyMac, the company that brought us BusyCal and, recently, Busy Contacts for the Mac. In this interview, John describes how his early work with Now Up-to-Date launched a life-long interest in calendaring. But then, there were the customary career choices including some time developing Palm OS apps. Eventually, in 2007, John and former associate Dave Riggle reunited and founded the two-person company, BusyMac. John talks about the impact of the Mac App Store on his business and the future of Mac apps. Will there ever be a BusyMail? I just had to pop the question.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-11-16: Verizon Wi-Fi Calling, Terrorism and Tech Privacy

1:15 PM EST, Nov. 16th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Following lat week's tragic terrorist attacks in Paris government officials are calling again for back doors into our private and encrypted data. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to discuss how those proposed laws will do little to stop criminals and terrorists, plus they also share their thoughts on Wi-Fi calling now that Verizon can start offering the feature to its customers.

Verizon gets FCC Green Light for Wi-Fi Calling

11:35 AM EST, Nov. 16th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Verizon gets Wi-Fi calling waiver from FCC

Verizon customers will finally be able to take advantage of Wi-Fi calling, just like T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T subscribers do. The carrier received their FCC waiver allowing them to support the feature, which means it'll be coming soon.

Where to Find ResearchKit Medical Study Apps

11:00 AM EST, Nov. 16th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Apple opened the door for more comprehensive medical research studies when it introduced ResearchKit for iOS. The trick is finding the apps that let you participate. Turns out Apple has a special App Store page highlighting the apps using the platform for various studies. More apps joined the list recently, so you have several options such as asthma, breast cancer, autism, and more. You can participate for free, and the data you provide could help improve lives.

Apple CEO: iOS and OS X aren’t Merging into a Single OS

9:25 AM EST, Nov. 16th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

The OS X iPad? Tim Cook says nope.

Apple CEO Tim Cook says iOS and OS X aren't converging into a single operating system even though they share many similar traits. Speaking with Ireland's The Independent, that's not what customers want, and it isn't the experience Apple wants to create.

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A unified operating system for iPhones, iPads, and Macs sounds like a bad idea. We'd end up with a single OS that best serve any device, and that is exactly what Apple wants to avoid.