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 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.

Hackers Release AshleyMadison Database, Prove they’re Jerks

2:50 PM EDT, Aug. 19th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Hackers stole and then posted personal information online from

The hackers who stole user account data from have followed through on their threat to release the names and personal information online. 9.7 GB worth of data was dumped onto the Internet, which could be very embarrassing for those people since the site touts itself as the go-to place for adults looking to have affairs. The group, calling themselves The Impact Team, said they're trying to force the site to shut down because it wasn't following through on user requests to delete accounts after charging them US$19, and because they don't like the site's premise—both of which sound like flimsy excuses for being socially irresponsible jerks.

ACM 320: Apple Pay, Google OnHub, Apple Music Stats

2:14 PM EDT, Aug. 19th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Podcast

Bryan is on vacation this week, so Jeff asked John Martellaro on as a special guest and they had plenty to talk about. First up was the status of Apple Pay and it's impact on credit card transactions, then they looked at Google's just announced OnHub Wi-Fi router and smart home hub, and finally MusicWatch's data on Apple Music subscribers. Jeff also slips up and mentions that Bryan is really in the Witness Protection Program.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-08-19: Google’s OnHub, AshleyMadison’s Data Breach

11:41 AM EDT, Aug. 19th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Google has a new Wi-Fi router and smart home bridge called OnHub and it looks pretty cool, at least on paper. Dave Hamilton joins Jeff Gamet to look at what OnHub brings to the table and how it compares to Apple's AirPort Extreme Base Station. They also offer up their thoughts on hackers dumping's 32 million user database onto the Internet.

iCloud: Restore Missing Data Through Your Browser

8:55 AM EDT, Aug. 19th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

How to restore data from iCloud

Today's Quick Tip is the cat's pajamas (if we do say so ourselves), and so is Apple for implementing this handy feature. We can now use the iCloud website to restore backups of our contacts, calendars, and reminders, and we can also recover deleted Drive files, as well. We're so excited that we may just have to go sit down for a while and fan ourselves.

Apple Calls Bulls#@t on MusicWatch’s Apple Music Numbers

6:41 PM EDT, Aug. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Music is losing users, but maybe not as fast as MusicWatch says

MusicWatch says 48 percent of the people trying Apple Music have stopped using the streaming music service. Apple says that number is totally wrong, and that only 21 percent have stopped.

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Apple Music isn't doomed, at least not yet. It's available in over 100 countries, and MusicWatch's survey was able to account for users only in the United States. That said, Apple needs to stay on top of its streaming music game if it wants to seriously compete with Spotify and Pandora.

Google’s OnHub is the Wi-Fi Router Apple Should’ve Designed

5:11 PM EDT, Aug. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Google's OnHub handles your Wi-Fi network and smart home

Google wants to be your home network's one-stop-shop with its just announced OnHub. The OnHub bundles together a Wi-Fi router, smart home device bridge, Bluetooth Smart Ready, and a network management system in a cylinder packed with antennas and enough smarts to help keep your network in top shape—and it sounds like a really great idea that Apple should've already jumped on.

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Hey Apple, it looks like Google is blowing the AirPort Extreme out of the water with its OnHub. What are you going to do about it?

Get Your Mac Productivity Time Under Control with RescueTime for $19.99

4:24 PM EDT, Aug. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Deals

It's far too easy to get distracted on our computers, or spend far more time than we realize focused on unproductive activities like reading Twitter. RescueTime can help bring back your digital productivity by monitoring what you do when you're sitting at your computer, and then builds reports with productivity scores detailing exactly how you spend your time. It logs the apps you use, how long you're in each app, and how much time you spend on specific websites. You can also block websites you find too distracting, sort of like staging your own personal intervention. RescueTime is regularly priced at US$72, but thanks to TMO's special deal you can pick it up for only $19.99.

Reading the Tea Leaves: New iPhones on September 18

2:31 PM EDT, Aug. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

The next iPhone will launch on Sept 18

Apple hasn't made any official announcements yet, but enough pieces are coming together so that it's easy to make an educated guess on when the iPhone 6 replacement is coming out: September 18. Apple typically releases new iPhone models in September so that's a given, and thanks to the company's cell service partners who don't get the meaning of "secret," the actual launch date is looking like Friday, September 18.

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Apple hasn't confirmed anything yet, but it's looking pretty solid for a mid-September iPhone 6s launch.