TMO Daily Observations 2015-02-19: More Apple Car Evidence, Apple Hires some Bloggers

1:34 PM EST, Feb. 19th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

There's more evidence stacking up to show Apple is working on its own electric car. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about a new lawsuit claiming Apple poached employees from a high tech battery design company, plus they also offer their take on Apple's recent hires from the blogs that cover their activities and products.

IFTTT Expands Automation Options with iPhone Do Apps

11:33 AM EST, Feb. 19th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

IFTTT, the Web-based tool that links together Internet services, rolled out three new apps on Thursday designed to make it easier to build new workflows. Do Button, Do Camera, and Do Note offer narrower options focused on specific tasks such as changing your smart thermostat temperature, or sending information to your Evernote account.

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IFTTT is a powerful service, and it's great seeing the company making some of its offerings more accessible to users who may otherwise be overwhelmed with how much it can do.

Adobe Photoshop: 25 Years of Image Editing Video

10:40 AM EST, Feb. 19th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Photoshop, the defacto standard image editor, is 25 years old and Adobe is celebrating with a video highlighting works from artists around the world. The short video includes what adobe calls "their most amazing dreams," and the works in the video are pretty impressive, all set to Aerosmith's "Dream On." It's a great example of what Photoshop is capable of in the hands of experts.

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A123 Systems Sues Apple for Poaching Car Battery Engineers

9:08 AM EST, Feb. 19th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple has been hiring engineers from vehicle battery designer A123 Systems, and the company has filed a lawsuit alleging the iPhone and iPad maker violated employee anti-compete agreements. The employees all came from A123's advanced energy storage division and were working on what the company called game changing technologies.

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It's a safe bet Apple knew the A123 employees it hired had signed non-compete agreements, so this lawsuit isn't likely catching them unprepared. It also underscores just how serious Apple is about designing its electric car.

8 Mac Apps for $44.99: Things 2, Civilization ‘Beyond Earth,’ Data Rescue 4, More

10:10 PM EST, Feb. 18th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

8 Mac Apps for $44.99: Things 2, Civilization 'Beyond Earth,' Data Rescue 4, More

Our friends at Stack Social have put together a great bundle of Mac apps called the Ultra-Premium Mac Bundle. It has eight apps—all of them award-winners from a variety of publications—including: Things 2, Data Rescue 4, ExpanDrive 4. AfterShot Pro 2, Typed, Snapselec, and Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth. That's $469 worth of Mac apps for $44.99 through our bundle.

Jeff Gamet Recaps CES 2015 at Estes Park User Group

10:21 AM EST, Feb. 18th, 2015 · TMO Staff · TMO Appearances

The Mac Observer Managing Editor Jeff Gamet will be speaking at the Estes Park Internet Computer User Group on Wednesday, February 18, in Estes Park, Colorado. Jeff will talk about this year's Consumer Electronics Show, his experiences at the annual event, what trends to watch in the coming year, and which products were cool or lame.

NBC Adds Live Streaming to iPhone, iPad App

10:04 AM EST, Feb. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

NBC is making its iPhone and iPad app more enticing for at least some TV fans by adding live streaming support, but only in certain markets. Viewers must also have a cable or satellite subscription to watch shows when they air.

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It's great seeing networks add live streaming to their apps, but requiring a cable or satellite TV package to take advantage of the feature doesn't really enhance its value for TV watchers who prefer traditional over the air viewing to expensive subscriptions.

Anonymizer Universal VPN: 3-Yr Subscription for $55

8:19 PM EST, Feb. 17th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Anonymizer Universal VPN: 3-Yr Subscription for $55

We have a deal today on a three year subscription to Anonymizer Universal VPN (virtual private network). VPNs allow users to form secure and private connections across the Internet, and masks your IP address and hides information about your physical location. This subscription allows users to have up to 5 devices to be connected simultaneously. With out deal, you can get a three year subscription for $55.

How to Pin iOS Apps On Pinterest

6:20 PM EST, Feb. 17th, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · Tips

You may have heard Pinterest has teamed up with Apple to allow pinning iOS apps, with links directly to the App Store. Kelly explains how to pin apps so you can start sharing your favorites.