Apple Watch Lands FCC Approval ahead of April Launch

10:45 AM EDT, Mar. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's webpage for the soon to ship Apple Watch has dropped wording about requiring FCC approval, which means the company is good to go for April 10 pre-orders and April 24 in-store sales.

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Not that there was any real concern Apple Watch wouldn't get its FCC approval, but it's still nice to see that out of the way.

Apple May Share Viewer Data with Networks to Land TV Content Deals

9:49 AM EDT, Mar. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is reportedly willing to share viewer data with content providers to swing the deals it needs to launch its streaming television content this fall. If true, that marks a big departure from Apple's historic refusal to give up any private information about its customers.

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Apple has made a pretty big show over the years on protecting user information, so it's hard to imagine the company giving that up now. That said, it would be any easy way to entice networks into content deals.

OS X: Using Spotlight’s Privacy Features

8:55 AM EDT, Mar. 18th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Got some folders that you don't want prying eyes to see? Even if you've hidden them well, they'll still show up in Spotlight searches. Fortunately, this isn't a gigantic bummer if you know how to prevent Spotlight from revealing all of your secrets, so we'll help you keep your embarrassing folders private in this Quick Tip.

Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk Want Funding for a Comedy

5:57 PM EDT, Mar. 17th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Hey Browncoats, Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk are making a new series called Con Man, and they want your help funding it. ZOMG, it also involves Gina Torres, Felicia Day, Seth Green, and James Gunn. Oh, and it's going to have a spaceship. That's because it's about a guy (Alan Tudyck) who starred in a SciFi show with another guy (Nathan Fillion), only the show got canceled...too soon. Since then, Nathan Fillion's character has gone on to fame and fortune, while Alan Tudyck's character has not. If that's not a premise rife with comedic possibilities, I don't know what comedic possibilities are. They are looking to crowd-fund some of the budget for the show through Indiegogo. With 24 days left to go, they've raised more than US$2 million, five times their intial goal. And funding options include super awesome cool perks for fans. The trailers alone are hilarious. Check it out and give generously so I can watch this great show! Please?

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TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-17: Apple on your TV and in Space

5:35 PM EDT, Mar. 17th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Word on the street says Apple is working on its own streaming TV network, and wants its own satellite, too. Kelly Guimont and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to offer up their take on Apple as a television content provider and what that could mean for cable TV subscribers looking to cut their cord. They also have some thoughts on how Apple could use its own satellite.

CrankBox, a Hand-Cranked Charger for Your iPhone or iPad on Indiegogo

5:09 PM EDT, Mar. 17th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

There are many different alternative fuels for portable battery chargers, and now you can add corn flakes to the list. Or Spinach. Or maybe Sushi...mmmm...sushi. Anyway, Ampware has launched an Indiegogo campaign for CrankCase and CrankBox, two different portable batteries you charge with a hand-turned crank. 5 minutes of cranking will get you enough juice for three hours of smartphone use or half that for a tablet. That's a lot of cranking, but consider it a workout. And if you're camping, hiking, or driving through the mountains in the snow, it means power any time, day or night. The company has preproduction units and is using its campaign to work up production—assembly will take place in the U.S. There's more information on the Indiegogo page.

98% Off iOS and Xcode Developer Training

4:44 PM EDT, Mar. 17th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

98% Off iOS and Xcode Developer Training

We have a great deal on the iOS & Xcode Developer Training course: it's a lifetime subscription for $99—98 percent off retail. It has more than 720 video levtures on iOS languages Swift, Objective-C, and more. And more courses are added every month. With more than 65 hours of content, you can learn from beginner levels to advanced levels, and stay up to date.

How Long Will the Apple Watch Retain its Value?

3:15 PM EDT, Mar. 17th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Editorial

For decades, Apple customers have been spending a little bit more on their Apple products because of the industrial design, and quality. Plus, there's the notion that owning the best is a good thing in terms of customer satisfaction and pride of ownership. Does the Apple Watch seek to break that mold? John Martellaro doesn't think so.

Apple Could take to the Skies with its Own Satellite

11:25 AM EDT, Mar. 17th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple may have its eye on space, or at least Earth orbit. Boeing said it is in talks with Apple and other tech companies to build and launch a high-throughput communications satellite, and could sign the deal some time this year.

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Apple owning their own satellite? Google already has its eye on space, so maybe Apple is looking to the skies, too. Maybe we could get an Apple Space Station and Apple Moonbase, too.

LEGO Ideas Proposal Makes it Easy to Disassemble Johnny 5

10:20 AM EDT, Mar. 17th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

After Johnny 5 because self aware in the 1980s movie Short Circuit, he went on the run because he didn't want to be disassembled. Thanks to an awesome LEGO Ideas proposal, you can do just that—after you build him, of course. The finished model stands about 30cm high, includes about 850 pieces, and really is the spitting image of Johnny 5. It even includes is back-mounted toolbox tha replaced his rocket launcher. The proposal has only 2,181 votes with only 43 days left to get the required 10,000 it needs for official consideration. This would look fantastic next to our Wall-E kit, so get your votes in now.

Apple in Talks to Launch Web TV Network this Fall

9:13 AM EDT, Mar. 17th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is planning on launching its own Web-based TV service this fall with about 25 channels. The iPhone and Mac maker is currently negotiating with content providers and its service is expected to include CBS, ABC, Fox, and Walt Disney.

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Right now we only have insider sources saying Apple is working on its own streaming TV service. It could come together, or maybe not. Even if it does, there isn't any guarantee Apple will have enough content to make its service enticing. But to be fair, the iTunes Store didn't launch with much content and it's doing just fine today.

The Quadcopter Turned into a ‘Star Wars’ Imperial Speeder

7:48 PM EDT, Mar. 16th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Is there anything better than a clever nerd with good taste and the ability to make something awesome? No way. Enter Adam Woodworth, who turned a quadcopter into an Imperial Speeder from Star Wars . The body of this piece of awesomeness was made from a 1:6 scale (12-inch) Hasbro Power Of The Force series Speeder Bike. The quadcopter bit? Well that he actually designed himself. That's intensely cool in my book. Just watch the video, be delighted, and then read about how he did it (with pictures) at Makezine (via TechCrunch).

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Ultimate Security Bundle for Mac: $39

7:00 PM EDT, Mar. 16th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Ultimate Security Bundle for Mac: $39

We have a great deal on security apps and training for your Mac called the Ultimate Security Bundle. It includes two certified White Hat Hacker Courses, a three year subscription to SplashID Pro, one year of BiteDefender Antivirus for Mac, DropShare, and John Martellaro's favorite, Little Snitch 3. Retail on this bundle is $189, but through our deal you can get it for $39. There's more info on all this products on the deal page.

How to Launch OS X Apps from the Command Line

4:30 PM EDT, Mar. 16th, 2015 · John Martellaro · How-To

In some flavors of Unix, you feel as if you've been cast into an alternate universe when you open a terminal window and work on the command line. But with OS X and its Darwin core, there's often an elegant integration between the two. In this how-to John Martellaro shows how to launch an OS X GUI app from the command line.

MGG 544: Backup To The Future

3:16 PM EDT, Mar. 16th, 2015 · John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Your geeks return on yet another sunny-in-New England Monday to deliver the most chipper of pre-Spring-beginning Mac Geek Gab episodes possible. iOS Hotspot security concerns, slowing backups, 5GHz WiFi channel advice and much more are discussed. Download today and enjoy!

Blackberry goes for Security with new Secutablet Tablet

2:48 PM EDT, Mar. 16th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Blackberry is throwing its hat back into the tablet ring with a new product it hopes will attract buying dollars from the security conscious. The Secutablet will be a Blackberry product produced through its Secusmart subsidiary, but will run on Samsung's Galaxy 10.5 tablet with an IBM security protection layer.

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"Bleckberry is making a new tablet" sounds like a great setup for a joke, and it may very well be. That said, Blackberry is playing off of the security features in its eloquently named Secutablet, and that may be exactly what gives it any hope of success.