What You’re Not Doing with Your Mac Matters a Lot

5:30 PM EDT, Aug. 21st, 2015 · John Martellaro · Particle Debris

The power of personal computers & planet Earth

In the early days of personal computers, there was nothing to do with them but compute. Nowadays, computers have wrapped us in a worldwide web of consumer services that's most helpful but masks the kinds of helpful research that can be done, even with a desktop computer. John Martellaro points to a fabulous article that just might shake many out of their doldrums.

Spotify Just Learned the Hard Way About Customer Trust

4:38 PM EDT, Aug. 21st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Spotify took it on the chin for privacy changes it didn't explain ahead of time

What happens when you change your company's privacy policy? If you're Spotify, your customers freak out and CEO Daniel Ek has to apologize and go on the defensive. The changes give Spotify access to your smartphone's photos, contacts, location, voice control, and sensor data, which seems like a lot for a streaming music service—especially when the change feels to customers like it's being done on the sly.

Aduro Surge Protector and USB Charger: $19

3:38 PM EDT, Aug. 21st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Deals

Aduro surge protector and USB charger for $19

Aduro's wall-mount surge protector includes six outlets and two USB charging ports and it plugs into your current wall outlet without extra cords to get in the way. You can use it to charge up to seven devices at the same time, and it's built-in surge protection protects from power fluctuations that could otherwise leave you with fried electronics. Aduro's surge protector and USB charger is regularly priced at US$40, but TMO has a special deal for 52% off so you'll pay only $19.

German Car Makers Wary of Apple but Seeking Cooperation

2:45 PM EDT, Aug. 21st, 2015 · John Martellaro · News

German car companies looking into Joint Ventures with Apple, Google

Daimler's chief executive has just declared that different types of cooperation are possible with Apple and Google. What he may be saying is that some U.S. high tech companies are moving so fast,  in car technology, the conventional car industry cannot afford to be left behind. Joint ventures are being looked at.

Apple’s Australia Bond Sale Hits a Record Breaking $3B

10:43 AM EDT, Aug. 21st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's Australia bond sale tops AU$3 billion

Apple's kangaroo bond blew past Australia's biggest bond sale to date topping AU$3 billion. The company took in $1.2 billion in orders for the bond sale during its first two hours, and didn't slow down.

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Sure looks like Australian investors want a piece of Apple's success.

Jeff Gamet Discusses Apple’s Next iPad on MacVoices

9:09 AM EDT, Aug. 21st, 2015 · TMO Staff · TMO Appearances

TMO's Jeff Gamet on MacVoices

The Mac Observer's Jeff Gamet teamed up with MacVoices this week for a special MacJury panel to look at what could be in store for Apple's next iPad. The panel also offered up their thoughts on the rumored September iPhone launch event, the future of the iPad mini, how they use their iPads, and more.

Swatch Scores One More Thing in Switzerland, not Apple

7:15 PM EDT, Aug. 20th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Swatch trademarks Apple's

Swatch can get away with trotting out Steve Jobs's "one more thing" catch phrase in Switzerland, but Apple can't. The watch maker scored a trademark on the line and linked it to tech gear along with software and many tech-related services, which means Tim Cook and other Apple representatives can't use the very line they rely on to unveil surprise produce—or, at least they can't in Europe.

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Apple hasn't hosted a big product unveiling in Switzerland, so trademarking the... um... trademark line from Steve Jobs isn't going to stop Tim Cook and company from using it. Maybe Swiss watchmakers are a little concerned about the Apple Watch's potential success.

Turn Your Apple Watch Into a Gorgeous Pendant or Pocket Watch

5:15 PM EDT, Aug. 20th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

A Kickstarter project aims to turn your ordinary Apple Watch into an extraordinary pendant or pocket watch. Bucardo premium jewelry explains the pocket watch: "Inspired by the original way that men wore their timepieces, our patent-pending technology transforms your 42 mm Apple Watch into a classic, vintage-inspired pocket watch. Engineered to interface directly with the band slots of your Apple Watch, simply slide your wristbands out and slide your Bucardo accessory in. Our Pocket Watch protects your Apple Watch, and opens to give you easy access to the Apple Watch face." Regarding the need for constant authentication, the developer told TMO "...the password authentication can be turned off/disabled for the Apple Watch, thus not affecting the continuity of using your Apple Watch with one of our Pendulum Accessories. The only features that are compromised with our accessories are the activity tracking features as well as Apple Pay, which needs to sense the wrist as a security measure." There are are also some gorgeous pendant options. Shipping is scheduled for December 1—if funded. Support options for basic versions start at US$100.

Apple Appears to Be Asleep at the Wheel

4:55 PM EDT, Aug. 20th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Hidden Dimensions

Apple asleep at the wheel

It's been a steady-state phenomena of Apple for years. A small executive team of senior vice presidents has presided over Apple ever since Steve Jobs returned to power. As the company has grown from $8B in annual revenues in 2004 to $182B in 2014, the size of the core executive team, where all the real power is, has not changed significantly. Today, Apple is suffering for it.

Soundfreaq’s Sound Step Lightning 2 Speaker: $59

3:07 PM EDT, Aug. 20th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Deals

Soundfreaq's Sound Step Lightning 2 Speaker

Soundfreaq's Sound Step Lightning 2 Bluetooth speaker packs stereo speakers and a subwoofer in a case that fits easily on your desktop and includes its's own special spacial sound enhancement system. It recharges via USB, so you don't need to worry about keeping extra batteries on hand, sports a Lightning dock, line-in jack, and an FM radio receiver. It's usually priced at US$150, but thanks to TMO's deal you can pick it up for 60% off at $59.

Flash gets Another Death Sentence, this Time from Amazon

11:57 AM EDT, Aug. 20th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Amazon joins the list of companies chipping away at Adobe Flash

Flash's coffin is quickly running out of room for nails, but Amazon still managed to find a place for a new one. The online retailer won't accept Flash-based ads starting in September for Amazon.com and the Amazon Advertising Platform.

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Advertisers using Flash today is like booking a ticket on the Titanic after it hit the iceberg.

Apple’s Australian Bond Sales Top $1.2B in First Two Hours

10:18 AM EDT, Aug. 20th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's Australian bond sale, or kangaroo bonds, have already topped expectations

Apple kicked off its first bond sale in Australia Thursday morning, and topped AU$1.2 billion in the first two hours. It was almost like an iPhone launch, but with Kangaroo bonds instead.

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Apple's bond sale is expected to help the Australian economy, but it is kind of crazy that it's far cheaper for U.S. companies to take on debt than to bring overseas revenue into the country.

El Capitan Beta: The “Delete Immediately” Feature

8:58 AM EDT, Aug. 20th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Delete Immediately in OS X El Capitan

With the El Capitan beta, we've got a neat, easy way to bypass the trash when we're deleting a file, and we can also remove a single item from the trash without having to empty it completely. This is one of the features that we really hope makes it through to the final version of El Cap! Melissa Holt's here to tell you all about it.

Evidence for the iPad Pro This Fall Is Now Ironclad

5:15 PM EDT, Aug. 19th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Analysis

Mounting evidence from several sources suggests that the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is just about certain to be released by Apple this fall. While this new product may not, alone, turn the tide of iPad sales, it will launch a new step forward in the evolution of the iPad family.

Microsoft Excel Training 94% Off: $29

4:55 PM EDT, Aug. 19th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Deals

Microsoft Excel training only $29

Mastering Microsoft Excel, or even figuring out how to add a column of numbers, can be kind of intimidating. Thanks to GoSkill's three-course program, Microsoft Excel Immersion: From Novice To Ninja, you can turn yourself into an Excel pro in no time. Each course includes at least 24 lessons covering everything from using functions to building macros, and analyzing data with pivot tables. This online video training costs US$497, but TMO has a special 94% off deal so it'll set you back only $29.

4 Clever Uses for an iPhone Camera

4:20 PM EDT, Aug. 19th, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · Tips

Your iPhone's camera is more than just a picture taking thing in your pocket. It's also a great memory aid. How great, you ask? Kelly Guimont has some great tips on how she uses her iPhone to help remember the important stuff in her life, like where she parked the car.

Parallels Releases Desktop 11 for Mac with El Capitan & Windows 10 Support

3:15 PM EDT, Aug. 19th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Product News

Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac released

On August 19, Parallels released Desktop 11 for Mac. It fully supports Windows 10, including Cortana access in OS X, and is ready for OS X El Capitan. One focus of this release, as always, is performance increases. Additional focuses are 1) Even better integration between OS X and Windows for a more seamless experience, 2) Travel mode, and 3) a new Pro version with special features for developers, power users and IT professionals.