Up to $290 Off a Rosetta Stone Language Set of Your Choice

7:44 PM EDT, Apr. 9th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Up to $290 Off a Language Set of Your Choice

I'm delighted to announce that Rosetta Stone is back on our Deals page—you can get up to $280 off thelanguage set of your choice with our offer. I've done Rosetta Stone before, and I think it's a great way to learn a language. You can choose from more than 20 languages, and there's a moneyback guarantee from Rosetta Stone on your purchase. Check it out.

Your OS X Menu Bar is Prime Real Estate

6:30 PM EDT, Apr. 9th, 2015 · Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants and Raves

Your OS X Menu Bar is Prime Real Estate

Dr. Mac says, "I'm not normal; I've currently got more than 25 menu bar apps in addition to the handful included with Yosemite. But I happen to like menu bar apps... a lot...  and I find all of the ones I have installed useful in some way."

Here are a few of my faves...

8 Steps to Prepare for Your Apple Watch Purchase Online

3:00 PM EDT, Apr. 9th, 2015 · John Martellaro · How-To

There are several things you can do to prepare for your Apple Watch purchase online to ensure a better chance of success. That's especially true if you're competing with everyone else at 12:01 a.m. PDT on April 10th. John Martellaro walks you through the technical preparations to help make sure you get the Apple Watch you want.

iTunes Update Improves Mac Photos Compatibility

2:30 PM EDT, Apr. 9th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Apple released iTunes 12.1.2 on Thursday following Wednesday's release of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 and the new Photos app for the Mac. Apple's release notes say the iTunes update improves import and syncing support from the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch into Photos.

LinkedIn Buying Lynda.com in $1.5B Deal

11:22 AM EDT, Apr. 9th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Business networking site LinkedIn is buying the online learning company Lynda.com in a US$1.5 billion deal. The two companies announced the deal on Thursday saying they expect to wrap up the transaction during the second quarter.

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Lynda.com and LinkedIn teaming up sounds a lot like the beginning of new job training service.

Apple Watch Sales Online Only During Launch

8:59 AM EDT, Apr. 9th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

If you're thinking about visiting an Apple Store on April 24 and walking out with an Apple Watch, think again. You can try on Apple's brand new smartwatch, but all sales will be handled online through the company's website.

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Apple either has a seriously limited Apple Watch inventory, or demand is far exceeding expectations. Either way, it looks like getting ahold of one is going to be pretty hard.

Apple Adds new Emojis, More in iOS 8.3 Update

3:07 PM EDT, Apr. 8th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Along with OS X Yosemite 10.10.3, Apple released iOS 8.3 on Wednesday. The release notes for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch update say it includes performance improvements, bug fixes, and a redesigned emoji keyboard—none of which comes as a surprise since the 8.3 update has been available as a public beta.

Wall Street Journal Video: What Living With Apple Watch Is Really Like

1:17 PM EDT, Apr. 8th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

The Wall Street Journal posted a video with reporter Joanna Stern walking us through a fictional day in the life with an Apple Watch. Part tongue-in-cheek, part serious attempt to show us the Apple Watch with a POV camera, Ms. Stern's video offers a mixed review on the device. For bonus points, enjoy Rupert Murdoch's cameo in which he exercised his droit de signeur with the device (as Philip Elmer-DeWitt quipped). 

Apple Releases Photos App for Mac and OS X 10.10.3

1:07 PM EDT, Apr. 8th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Product News

Apple Releases Photos App for Mac and OS X 10.10.3

Apple released OS X 10.10.3 on Wednesday, an update that includes the long-awaited Photos app. Photos replaces Apple's popular iPhoto software, as well as the company's professional software, Aperture. The update also includes new Emoji characters, adds Spotlight suggestions to Look Up, improves Wi-Fi, and more.

Karelia’s Sandvox 2.10 Breaks New Ground With Easy Web Hosting

11:20 AM EDT, Apr. 8th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Product News

There are several, perhaps daunting, tasks to building a website. One, which the Sandvox OS X app makes easier, is the the design and structuring of a website without knowing much (or any) HTML. Underappreciated, however, is the messy mechanics of setting up a domain and managing access to the site behind the scenes. The new Sandvox 2.10 addresses that beautifully—in Applesque fashion.

LEGO Ideas Golden Girls Submission

11:15 AM EDT, Apr. 8th, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

It’s no secret that we here at TMO are big big Lego fans. Now that love and the love of retro sitcoms can now peacefully coexist. Over at LEGO Ideas, there is now a proposal for a Golden Girls LEGO set. At last you can assemble the kitchen and living room where the bulk of the show was set, with cupboards that open and five minifigs: Blanche, Rose, Sophia, Dorothy, and Stan (Dorothy’s ex). If the idea gets ten thousand votes in time, it will become an actual LEGO set. If for no other reason than the opportunity to own a LEGO cheesecake, you probably ought to check out this set and support it.

Apple Watch Early Review Roundup [Update]

10:47 AM EDT, Apr. 8th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

With Apple Watch pre-orders starting this Friday, April 10, the early reviews are starting to come in. Overall, the big publications seem to be liking Apple Watch, but it isn't coming across as the coolest-OMG-buy-it-now device ever. TMO rounded up the early reviews for you and it's looking like bridging the gap between tech and fashion isn't the easiest thing for some people to do.