Coin Credit Card Launches Beta, Pushes Final Release to Spring 2015

4:07 PM EDT, Aug. 22nd, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Product News

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Coin, the company that makes the self-titled Coin credit card replacement, announced a beta program for 10,000 users willing to try Coin Beta. The program is designed to put the device through real-world testing while the final release of Coin Gold is pushed back to "spring 2015." Coin was originally supposed to launch in the summer of 2014.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-22

3:08 PM EDT, Aug. 22nd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple's HealthKit was originally presented as a way for iPhone owners to collect their own health and fitness data and share it with healthcare providers, but now that may include insurance companies, too. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about what implications may be in store for consumers if they're sharing their fitness tracking data with insurance providers, and they dive into a report claiming iPhone 6 production has been delayed because of a display redesign.

Win a Canon EOS Rebel T3 DSLR in the Rebel Photographer Giveaway

1:37 PM EDT, Aug. 22nd, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Win a Canon EOS Rebel T3 DSLR in the Rebel Photographer Giveaway

What's better than a deal? A giveaway, of course, and that's what we have for you today. The Rebel Photographer Giveaway includes both a Canon EOS Rebel T3 DSLR Camera and The Fantastic Photography E-Learning Bundle so you can take better pictures with it. The winner will receive the camera, a Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II SLR Zoom Lens, a 16GB memory card, a card reader, a spare rechargeable battery, a tripod with a case, and a camera bag. That is a seriously cool package, so get to entering!

Apple Releases OS Yosemite Public Beta 2, iTunes 12 Beta

10:44 AM EDT, Aug. 22nd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Mac owners participating in the public beta of OS X Yosemite were treated to a nice surprise Friday morning when Apple released an update for them, along with a beta version of iTunes 12. This is the first update to the public beta, and it brings this version of OS X Yosemite closer in line with the private version developers are using.

Report Claims Apple Scrambling After Last Minute iPhone 6 Screen Redesign

10:27 AM EDT, Aug. 22nd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

A new report claims Apple is in a serious bind as it rushes to get enough screens in place for next month's expected iPhone 6 launch. The alleged issue stemmed from the need to redesign the display's backlight because it wasn't bright enough, which halted production for part of June and July.

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Discovering the iPhone display backlight isn't bright enough well into production doesn't sound like a mistake Apple would make. This is a company known for paying attention to the smallest of details -- down to the finish on internal screws. What's more likely is that parts suppliers are simply speculating based on component shipments and orders.

Apple Adds Humana, UnitedHealth to HealthKit Discussions

9:32 AM EDT, Aug. 22nd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple continues to expand its circle of potential HealthKit partners with dialogs now happening with both Humana and UnitedHealth Group. Both companies are big-name health insurance providers, and the talks could mean Apple is hoping HealthKit will be part of the incentive programs carriers offer for subscribers who actively work to stay healthy.

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If Apple can get big-name health care providers and insurers on board with iOS 8's HealthKit, it could easily become the standard for health and fitness data collection and sharing -- and that translates to more iPhone and iPad sales.

OS X Finder: Customize Your Desktop

8:45 AM EDT, Aug. 22nd, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Did you know that you've got all kinds of options for how your Mac's Desktop looks and behaves? It's true. You can make the icons that appear there much larger or smaller, increase or decrease the space between them, and even force the items on your Desktop to sort themselves into rows. All of this magic is the subject of today's Quick Tip.

Week of Who, Day Four: Inspector Spacetime

8:02 PM EDT, Aug. 21st, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

Day Four of my Week Of Who commences with a small Doctor tribute that has snowballed. On the TV show Community, a couple of characters are obsessed with the show Inspector Spacetime, a British show about a guy who travels through time and space in a phone booth. NBC decided not to make the show, so the actor cast as Inspector Spacetime started a web series. NBC would not let him continue, so he started a different show called Untitled Web Series About A Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time. It's fun to watch and clever references make it even more enjoyable. Start with the first episode below:

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Antminer S3 453 GH/s Bitcoin Mining Rigs Improve Energy Efficiency

6:27 PM EDT, Aug. 21st, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

As Bitcoin mining gets ever-more competitive, energy efficiency has become just as important as price. Accordingly, I took note of the Antminer S3 miners being offered at ZoomHash. They're 453 GH/s miners that use just 355 watts of power at the wall. In comparison, the S1 units I reviewed in March do 180 GH/s at 360 watts. At $349 for the S3 (on sale for pre-order), that makes them one of the most energy-efficient miners on the market, especially at that price. The 800 GH/s to 1 TH/s devices on the market typically need 800-1000 watts of power. That said, this is a pre-order price. They ship on September 20th from Hong Kong, and they'll take 3-4 business days to arrive in the U.S. (check for details on your location)—waiting a month will have an affect on your ROI, and mining is always a gamble. To help even that gamble, ZoomHash set up a 5 percent coupon for our readers (coupon code MacObserver). Just enter that coupon during the checkout process. I'll be posting a review once I receive my units.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-21

6:13 PM EDT, Aug. 21st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Samsung doesn't have to pay Apple's patent infringement trial legal costs because the iPhone wasn't famous when the company copied it. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to try to sort out Judge Lucy Koh's logic, plus they take a look at Amazon's new Android-based Fire smartphone.