The Help Desk Explains Paper Books

6:45 PM EDT, May. 19th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

Converting from scrolls to newfangled books can make for a difficult transition. This medieval monk had a very tough time understanding how to operate one. What to do? Why, call the abbey's help desk, of course. It's not new, but still cool. New Apple Watch owner? You'll love it.

 

Apple, Other Techs, Security Experts, Civil Groups Ask White House Not to Give Police Our Data

5:44 PM EDT, May. 19th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

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Apple, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, Facebook, Twitter, the Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF), and a host of security experts have penned an open letter to U.S. President Barack Obama urging him not to give law enforcement back door access to our data. The letter is a response by complaints from the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI, and others criticizing Apple, Google, and others for incorporating encryption that even they can't bypass.

Apple Watch OS 1.0.1 Sees Minor UI Speed Increases [Update]

4:41 PM EDT, May. 19th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Product News

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Apple released the first update to Apple Watch OS earlier on Monday—Apple Watch OS 1.0.1—and right off the bat we noticed that screen reaction times are dramatically faster. Glances load more swiftly, too, and switching between notifications, the Watch face, Glances, and Apps is all smoother and faster.

Kinkoo 40W 6-Port High Speed Charger: $35

3:51 PM EDT, May. 19th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Kinkoo 40W 6-Port High Speed Charger: $35

If you have a lot of devices in your household, we have a deal for you: the Kinkoo 40W 6-Port High Speed Charger. As the name suggests, it has six charging USB ports, each of them designed to deliver maximum charging power to your mobile devices. It's designed to handle U.S. and international power from the wall, and it's certified CE, FCC and RoHS. Through our deal you can get the Kinkoo for $35.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-05-19: Carl Icahn Knows Best

1:27 PM EDT, May. 19th, 2015 · Dave Hamilton & Bryan Chaffin · Daily Observations Podcast

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Carl Icahn had all kinds of things to say about Apple recently, and Bryan and Dave have all kinds of things to say about Carl Icahn. Seems Apple had some things to say about Carl Icahn, too, or at least that's what the Wall Street Journal's story yesterday infers. Apple won't be making a screened version of the Apple TV according to WSJ (and it sure sounds like a controlled leak from Apple). All this and more on today's TDO!

Carl Icahn Steps Up Pressure on Apple and Tim Cook to Buy Back More Shares

8:41 PM EDT, May. 18th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

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Activist investor Carl Icahn stepped up his pressure on Apple and company CEO Tim Cook to increase share buybacks. In an open letter designed as much to influence investors as Apple's management, Mr. Icahn made the argument that Apple's stock is worth US$240 share today based on his believe that Apple will dominate the television market in 2016 and the automobile industry by 2020. Bryan Chaffin walks you through the pretinents.

Appeals Court Agrees that Samsung Copied Apple

6:24 PM EDT, May. 18th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled Monday that Samsung did indeed copy Apple. In a 34-page ruling, the court upheld most Apple's landmark victory over Samsung in 2012, but threw out damages relating to trade dress. In other words, Apple's innovations in the area of user interface remain protected in this ruling, but the overall look of Apple's hardware was not.

Apple Watch In-Depth Review

5:40 PM EDT, May. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · In-Depth Review

The dust is starting to settle and we've been able to spend some serious time putting Apple Watch through its paces following its release, so we're ready to let you know what we think of Apple's entrance into the smartwatch world. Is it worth the cost, and will you really get any benefits out of slapping one on your wrist? Read on to find out.

Lifetime Subscription 1TB Dripbit Online Backup: $54.99

3:33 PM EDT, May. 18th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Lifetime Subscription 1TB Dripbit Online Backup: $54.99

Check out our deal on a lifetime 1TB subscription to Dripbit Online Backup. It's a $480 value priced at $54.99 through our deal. With Dripbit, you can access your files through a browser, and the service uses military-grade AWS 256 encryption. You can stream music and movies straight from the service, too. Check out the deal listing for additional details.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-05-18: Apple’s Navigation Plans, iPhone Crime Doesn’t Pay

1:08 PM EDT, May. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple just bought the GPS service company Coherent Navigation. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about how Apple could use Coherent to improve services it offers like Maps, navigation, Find My iPhone, and more. They also look at a case out of England that shows exactly why crime doesn't pay, and they offer up a send off for popular Mac community writer Ted Landau.

Rumor Claims MacBook Pro, iMac Update Coming this Week

11:08 AM EDT, May. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is reportedly planning on updating the 15-inch MacBook Pro and 27-inch iMac on Wednesday. The new computers are said to include Intel's new Broadwell processors, and the MacBook Pro will ship with the Force Touch trackpad recently introduced on the new MacBook and 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro.

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Regardless of when new MacBook Pro models ship, it seems likely they'll include Intel's Broadwell processors and the Force Touch trackpad. It's just a matter of timing.

Sorkin’s ‘Steve Jobs’ Biopic Trailer Already More Interesting than the Kutcher Movie

10:23 AM EDT, May. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

The much-hyped Steve Jobs biopic written by Aaron Sorkin, directed by Danny Boyle, and starring Michael Fassbender is giving us a first glimpse into the movie with a just release teaser trailer. The minute-long teaser already looks more interesting than the "Jobs," the earlier biopic starring Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs and so far all we have to go on is a very short clip and some voice overs. The movie is based on the only authorized biography of Mr. Jobs by Walter Isaacson, and considering the powerhouse team behind the movie adaptation, there's a good chance it's going to fair much better in theaters than the Kutcher film did. Sorkin's "Steve Jobs" movie is due in theaters this year on October 9.

Apple Buys GPS Company Coherent Navigation

9:25 AM EDT, May. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's Maps service will most likely gain some more independence now that the company has purchased Coherent Navigation. Coherent is a GPS company that offers higher accuracy location data compared to other services.

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Apple has been buying up navigation-related companies ever since it dropped Google Maps for its own navigation system for the iPhone. Getting its own satellite-based positioning company is yet another step in closing the gap between Apple and Google for navigation, and considering the level of accuracy Coherent Navigation offers, it looks like a pretty smart purchase.