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.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Reiterates that ‘Apple Is Open’

8:01 PM EST, Nov. 13th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple CEO Tim Cook

"Apple is open." It was a standalone sentence in a long email from Apple CEO Tim Cook to his employees in the wake of a racial profiling incident at an Apple Store in Australia. That email reiterated a philosophy Mr. Cook has stated many times, that Apple is a company open to everyone, "regardless of race or religion, gender or sexual orientation, age, disability, income, language or point of view."

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Bryan Chaffin noted in yesterday's coverage that Silicon Valley as a whole skews left of center compared to much of the rest of the U.S., but Tim Cook is emerging as a champion of equality and inclusion.

1byone Car Mount and 4-Port Smart Charger Bundle: $27.98

6:58 PM EST, Nov. 13th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

1byone Car Mount and 4-Port Smart Charger Bundle

We have a deal for you today for your car. Or more specifically for your iPhone in your car.  It's a bundle on the 1byone Car Mount and 4-Port Smart Charger. The Car Mount has suction cup for mounting to your car, with a magnetic base to hold your device. The charger plugs into your car's cigarette lighter, as it used to be called, and it has four ports to make everyone in the car happy. It auto-detects the current needed by each device, too. With our deal, you can get both for $27.98.

OS X: 5 Force Touch Extras

9:04 AM EST, Nov. 13th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

5 ways to use Force Touch on your Mac

Today we're going to talk about Force Touch on the Mac and some interesting (and not obvious) ways you can use it. Want to interact with links, addresses, and phone numbers in Mail? Or see all open windows for an application? Or edit your contacts in a flash? You can do all that and more, and we're here to tell you how.

The Mac Observer Launches a New Podcast: Background Mode

5:45 PM EST, Nov. 12th, 2015 · TMO Staff · News

Introduction to Background Mode Podcast

The Mac Observer has several legendary podcasts. And now, host John Martellaro has added a fourth, called Background Mode. In this podcast, John will interview notable developers, industry technical professionals, or even other noted authors inside (but occasionally outside) the Apple
community. These are all terrific people that both John and the listeners will be delighted to get to know better,  It's more than a show about what they do; it's about who they are.

ACM 332: Hands On with iPad Pro, Pencil, Smart Keyboard, and Apple Is Doomed (Again)

2:30 PM EST, Nov. 12th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin & Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Podcast

Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin go deep with Apple's new iPad Pro, which Jeff picked up earlier on Wednesday. He also spent some time with Apple Pencil and the new Smart Keyboard. Believe it or not, there was even a new Apple Death Knell this week, and Jeff and Bryan deconstruct the argument that Apple's success hides how much trouble the company is really in.