FBI’s ‘No Data is New Data’ iPhone Spin Stinks

9:06 AM EDT, Apr. 21st, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Nothing to see here: FBI says no useful information on Syed Farook's iPhone

The FBI says it has new data from Syed Farook's iPhone, and that new data is that there isn't any data, or at least no data that's of any use to the San Bernardino mass shooting investigation. The FBI is saying their analysis shows Mr. Farook didn't communicate with anyone during an 18 minute window that's unaccounted for following the shooting spree—something they should've known long before hacking into the phone.

PSA: Apple’s Quarterly Earnings Report Delayed Until Tuesday, April 26th

7:17 PM EDT, Apr. 20th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Apple Stock Watch


Apple announced Thursday that it was delaying its quarterly conference call until Tuesday, April 26th, 2016. The decision to delay the announcement by one day was made to allow people to attend the memorial service for Bill Campbell, a former Apple board member and advisor to the late Steve Jobs and other Silicon Valley execs. Mr. Campbell passed away on Monday, April 18th.

Ultimate SQL Bootcamp: $49

4:44 PM EDT, Apr. 20th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Ultimate SQL Bootcamp promo image

We have a deal for you today on the Ultimate SQL Bootcamp, a collection of nine different SQL training courses that will take you from the beginning to advanced server uses. SQL Server, WAMP, PHP and MySQL, several courses on various aspects of SQL management and MySQL management, and more. You can get this bundle for $49 through us.

Dr. Mac’s Introduction to Budget VR Googles

4:30 PM EDT, Apr. 20th, 2016 · Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants and Raves

Google Cardboard

Dr. Mac's been hearing that virtual reality (VR) is the next big thing since time immemorial, and has strapped more than one VR contraption to his face over the years in the name of research, and recalls that every single one of them made him nauseous and sweaty within minutes. This week he reports on his experience with the latest thing in budget-priced virtual reality goggles, Google Cardboard.  

Why We Should Be Very Pleased With Apple’s 2016 MacBook

4:00 PM EDT, Apr. 20th, 2016 · John Martellaro · Editorial

Apple's 2016 MacBook

On April 19th, Apple announced an update to the 2015 12-inch MacBook. But the extent of the update didn't suit many observers. By some distorted logic, many didn't know what to expect (except Skylake processors), but when they finally saw it, they were disappointed. John Martellaro explores why we should actually be quite pleased.

How to Change Your Apple Device Names (And Why You May Need To!)

10:20 AM EDT, Apr. 20th, 2016 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

How to change Mac, iPhone, and iPad device names

For today's Quick Tip, we're going to talk about renaming your Mac and your iPhone/iPad. Why, you ask? Because if you ever have to use iCloud to locate a lost device, having them all have generic names is a pain, especially if you own quite a few Apple gizmos (or if your kids' devices are all logged in under the same Apple ID). We'll teach you how to sort it out!

Extra Discounts on Developer Conferences Ends Today

9:27 AM EDT, Apr. 20th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

If you've been thinking about attending a developer's conference, but Apple's own Worldwide Developer Conference is too rich for your blood, there are six other events coming later this year that cost a lot less—and for the next couple hours you can get a 10-percent discount, too. 360|iDev, try! Swift, Indie DevStock, Release Notes, CocoaLove, and Úll are all offering the discount, but not for long. Use the coupon code "COMMUNITY" to get the lower conference price, but don't procrastinate because the deals end at 9AM pacific time today.

Flyover Apple’s New Spaceship HQ and 1 Infinite Loop

8:53 PM EDT, Apr. 19th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

KCBS reporter Ron Cervi posted a new flyover of Apple's new Spaceship HQ that includes a pan over to Apple's current campus at 1 Infinite Loop. The contrast is fascinating to me, but seeing the latest on the new HQ is always interesting, too. Check it out.


A quick pan from the @apple spaceship over to the current campus.

A video posted by Ron Cervi (@sky1ron) on

LapPad V2 Mobile Desk: $89

5:35 PM EDT, Apr. 19th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

LapPad Mobile Desk

Check out the LapPad V2, a desk for your laptop, mobile devices, writing, or whatever. It's made of Canadian poplar, has pass-through ports for your cables, and slots that hold your devices for you. On the right is a full size mouse pad. too. We have a deal on this mobile desk at $89, more than 30 percent off.

Want a more Comfortable Workstation? Try a Glass Chair Mat

5:30 PM EDT, Apr. 19th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

If you can't get comfortable when you're working on your computer at your desk the problem may not be your chair, it may be the mat it's sitting on. The Mac Observer's Jeff Gamet has been using a glass chair mat instead of plastic for years, and he explains why that's been a much better choice for him—and may be for you, too.

Subscription Mania: Amazon Offers Prime By the Month, But It’ll Cost You

2:45 PM EDT, Apr. 19th, 2016 · John Martellaro · Editorial

Cash flow is king. Why wait a year for the next Amazon Prime renewal? That allows the customer to possibly fret about forking out the major expenditure of $99. Better to keep the money coming in regularly in digestible amounts.  That was probably what Amazon was thinking when they introduced the new monthly plans. But you'll pay more for this luxury.

Apple Website Honors Bill Campbell

10:20 AM EDT, Apr. 19th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Apple is using its website home page to note the passing of former company executive and board member Bill Campbell. The memorial notes he was a "coach and mentor to many of us at Apple," and that he believed in Apple "when few people did." Mr. Campbell passed away on Monday following a long fight with cancer.

Contradictory Rumors About iPhone 7 Create a Real Mystery

7:00 PM EDT, Apr. 18th, 2016 · John Martellaro · Analysis

Contradictions and Induction rumors

Earlier today it was reported that, according to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple would return to an all-glass enclosure with the iPhone. But that the change will occur in 2017, not this year. In light of Apple's tradition and what we (think we) know about inductive charging, a really good mystery has surfaced.

Wondering When Apple’s WWDC Will Be? Ask Siri

6:00 PM EDT, Apr. 18th, 2016 · John Martellaro · News

WWDC announced by SIri

Apple appears to have introduced us to a new way of announcing when its annual Worldwide Developer Conference will be. We always i expect it June at Moscone West in San Francisco, but the exact date is generally unknown until Apple makes an announcement. Except...when you ask Siri.