Acesori 3-in-1 Smartphone Camera Lens Kit: $9.99

5:18 PM EDT, May. 16th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

We have a deal for you today on a 3-in-1 lens kit for your iPhone from Acesori. It includes a Fish Eye Lens, Wide-Angle Lens, and a Macro Lens. It also comes with lanyards and covers for each lens, a microfiber cleaning cloth, and a carrying pouch. They're held in place with magnetic rings that are also included—rings designed to stick to the metal around a smartphone's lens. The price on our deal is $9.99.

‘System and Security Info’s’ App Store Rejection is No Surprise

3:58 PM EDT, May. 16th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple isn't anti-spy detection, it's anti-developer guideline violation

System and Security Info from Stefan Esser launched on the iPhone only a few days ago and has already been booted off the App Store. The app checked which processes were running on users' iPhones, then reported back with details about which apps were running, and whether or not any could be unwanted or malware. The internet quickly jumped to the conclusion that Apple was blocking apps that could detect device-level spying, but the reality is far less insidious: System and Security info violated Apple's developer guidelines and was rejected.

TMO Background Mode: Interview With MacVoices Producer & Host Chuck Joiner

2:45 PM EDT, May. 16th, 2016 · John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Background Mode Podcast

Chuck Joiner is an insurance company executive. But you probably know him as the producer and host of his video podcasts. It all started with MacVoices, individual interviews. Then came MacNotables with a distinguished cast of Apple subject experts. From 2008 to 2013 Chuck also produced MacJury panel discussions. Now, it's all under the umbrella of MacVoices. Chuck talks about how his experience in the insurance claims industry taught him how to genuinely listen. We hear about his early interest in the Apple II, then Macs, which led to involvement with a local user group, then MUG leadership, then an Apple Advisory Board. All that led to learning video production, and ever since Chuck has gone on to become one of the premiere video podcasters (and listeners) in the industry. This is his personal story.

What to Look for in the Next (4K) Apple TV

1:30 PM EDT, May. 16th, 2016 · John Martellaro · Link

The Next Apple TV

Apple surprised us with the 4G Apple TV's lack of 4K support. Now, however, with healthy momentum emerging in the 4K UHD industry, we can almost certainly expect the 5G Apple TV to support 4K UHD. But that's not all we're looking for. A new and important feature for any 4K TV is called high dynamic range (HDR).  HDR makes a 4K TV more desirable—independent of the resolution. Here, on page 2 of Particle Debris, are the detailed specs to look for in the next Apple TV when it finally ships.

The iPhone SE is for Power Users, Too

11:52 AM EDT, May. 16th, 2016 · Dave Hamilton · Dave Hamilton's Blog

When the iPhone 6 came out I had a choice to make: go to a bigger iPhone or an even bigger iPhone? The 6 was to be larger than my 5s and, being a power user that always wants to have the latest and greatest speed and technology, those were my choices. The recent introduction of the iPhone SE, however, meant I could revert the size choice I made 18 months ago if I wanted. I immediately set to testing exactly how size mattered to me.

iTunes Music Deleting Fix Coming, but Users Still Aren’t Happy

9:59 AM EDT, May. 16th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

iTunes bug fixes won't be enough to make users happy

The internet went nuts a few days ago after a blogger said Apple Music deleted his entire music library, and that Apple's own support people told him that's exactly how it's supposed to work. That's flat-out wrong, although Apple has confirmed there's an esoteric iTunes bug where music is deleted, and a fix is coming in the next couple days. That's good news, but won't be enough to stop growing dissatisfaction with the app.

What If You Won’t Be Able to Buy an Apple Car?

5:45 PM EDT, May. 13th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · The Back Page

Apple Car Striding the Globe

We know Apple is working on a car—but what if it turns out the company isn't planning on letting you drive or own that car? What if instead of designing a consumer car for end-users, Apple is instead designing a vehicle or vehicles it will use to deploy its own fleet of autonomous ride-sharing cars?

7 Reasons Apple Would Want to Invest in China’s Didi

4:50 PM EDT, May. 13th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

Apple in China

Apple invested $1 billion in Didi, a Chinese ride-sharing company. You might even call them the Uber of China, because the company owns that market in China, claiming 97 percent share with 14 million registered drivers and 11 million rides per day. Bryan Chaffin gathered seven reasons why Apple might have wanted to make such an investment.

Panic Software Finally Gets its Building Sign - With Something Special

4:30 PM EDT, May. 13th, 2016 · John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

"The idea was simple: wouldn’t it be cool if, at the touch of a button, you could change our sign?" Cabel Sasser explains the new building sign for Panic Software: "With the Panic Sign, I wanted to ... not just feel cool about seeing our name on a thing but also build in a little magic for the city, something special for the observant, curious, and knowledgable. And I thought we could take it one step further: we’d put the magic in your hand." And so they got to work building a lighted building sign, in Portland OR, that anyone can change with an app on an iPhone.  There's a lot of interesting lighting technology and playfulness in this story, so check it out.  It's very cool.

iPhone Upgrade Fever: We’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling

4:00 PM EDT, May. 13th, 2016 · John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Apple Upgrade Fever Gone?

The iPhone has gotten better and better every year. The iPhone 6 sated customer hunger for a larger display, but then Apple had to fill the gap for many who preferred a 4-inch display on the iPhone SE. Along the way, the world economy slowed, dramatic improvements for the 6s dried up, and many customers felt like their current iPhone was good enough. So what's next for the iPhone?

DrinkMate Breathalyzer: $31.99

3:16 PM EDT, May. 13th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

DrinkMate Breathalyzer and iPhone

Check out DrinkMate, a tiny 2-inch breathalyzer that works with and is powered by your iPhone. The manufacturer claims it measures at an accuracy of +/- 0.01 percent blood alcohol content (BAC)  at a BAC of 0.02 percent. You can get this device for $31.99 through us.

f.lens on Kickstarter Focuses Your iPhone’s Flashlight

9:00 AM EDT, May. 13th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

There's a Kickstarter project called f.lens that I find interesting. It's a lens designed to focus the LED light on the back of your smartphone while you're using it as a flashlight. It sticks to your device via magnets, making it easy to put it on and take off—it also means it works with a variety of devices. We've seen a lot of lenses for photography, but this is one of the first devices I've seen designed to help light going the other way. The video below shows it in action. The company doing this did an earlier Kickstarter project that met its goal and shipped—they have details on this project's listing. Funding options that will net you an f.lens start at €19 (US$21.54).

OS X: Making Your Mac Stop Ringing

8:00 AM EDT, May. 13th, 2016 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

FaceTime

Is your Mac ringing when your iPhone does? Does it also ring when your Aunt Mabel attempts to FaceTime with you when she really meant to call instead? We've got your backs, dear readers. Today's Quick Tip is about stopping your Mac from receiving calls, so you can get some work done without stuff buzzing in your face every hour.

Gen. Hayden to FBI: Stop Obsessing on Content and Focus on Metadata

6:27 PM EDT, May. 12th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

General Michael Hayden

General Michael Hayden has a simple message for FBI Director James Comey: stop obsessing over content and focus on metadata. The former director of the NSA and the CIA said that unbreakable encryption is inevitable, unstoppable, and that the worst thing that could happen to the United States would be a successful effort to outlaw such technologies in this country. Bryan Chaffin digs in.

iFixit 64 Bit Driver Kit, Including Torx, Pentalobe, More: $34.95

4:47 PM EDT, May. 12th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

This 64-bit driver kit from iFixit has all the regular screwdriver bits you might need, but it also has multiple Torx and Torx Security bits, Pentalobe bits (like Apple uses), JIS bits, Tri-points, and more. It comes with its own driver, and there's sorting tray built into the lid. I've bought a couple of toolkits from iFixit, and I love them. We have a deal on this one for $34.95.

The iTunes App is Too Big and Needs to Fail

2:00 PM EDT, May. 12th, 2016 · John Martellaro · Editorial

iTunes drift into irrelevance

It's no secret that customers and observers are greatly annoyed with the current state of the iTunes app on the Mac. It's become bloated, confusing, and it certainly Apple's worst piece of software. Daily, there are pleas on the internet to fix it. Apple may have other ideas.