OS X: 5 Force Touch Extras

9:04 AM EST, Nov. 13th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

5 ways to use Force Touch on your Mac

Today we're going to talk about Force Touch on the Mac and some interesting (and not obvious) ways you can use it. Want to interact with links, addresses, and phone numbers in Mail? Or see all open windows for an application? Or edit your contacts in a flash? You can do all that and more, and we're here to tell you how.

The Mac Observer Launches a New Podcast: Background Mode

5:45 PM EST, Nov. 12th, 2015 · TMO Staff · News

Introduction to Background Mode Podcast

The Mac Observer has several legendary podcasts. And now, host John Martellaro has added a fourth, called Background Mode. In this podcast, John will interview notable developers, industry technical professionals, or even other noted authors inside (but occasionally outside) the Apple
community. These are all terrific people that both John and the listeners will be delighted to get to know better,  It's more than a show about what they do; it's about who they are.

ACM 332: Hands On with iPad Pro, Pencil, Smart Keyboard, and Apple Is Doomed (Again)

2:30 PM EST, Nov. 12th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin & Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Podcast

Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin go deep with Apple's new iPad Pro, which Jeff picked up earlier on Wednesday. He also spent some time with Apple Pencil and the new Smart Keyboard. Believe it or not, there was even a new Apple Death Knell this week, and Jeff and Bryan deconstruct the argument that Apple's success hides how much trouble the company is really in.

Mozilla Brings Firefox to iPhone, iPad

11:32 AM EST, Nov. 12th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Firefox on Apple's new iPad Pro

Mozilla finally released Firefox for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch on Thursday, following through on their announcement from about a year ago. The iOS version of the Web browser supports syncing tabs, book marks, and history with other devices, and includes private browsing support, and includes iPad Pro support, too.

LEGO Ideas: Apollo 11 Saturn V Rocket

10:41 AM EST, Nov. 12th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Science is cool, space is cool, and LEGO is cool, too. Put all three together and you get frakking awesome. That's exactly how to describe the Apollo 11 Saturn V LEGO Ideas proposal. It's a 1 meter tall 1:110 scale model of the rocket that first landed men on the Moon, and it's loaded with great details. The model splits apart into each rocket stage, includes the Eagle Lunar Excursion Module (LEM) and Columbia Command Module, and minifig astronauts ready to explore the lunar surface. Like all Ideas proposals, the Apollo 11 kit needs 10,000 votes before it goes through review for potential selection. It's at 8,100 right now, so get over to the LEGO Ideas site and cast your vote.

Apple Pay Person-to-person Payment Support May be in the Works

9:25 AM EST, Nov. 12th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

You may be able to pay your friends from your iPhone soon with Apple Pay

Apple may be planning on giving PayPal and Square a run for their money. The iPhone and iPad maker is reportedly working on deals with banks so Apple Pay users can make person-to-person payments.

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Adding personal payment support to Apple Pay would be a pretty big move. It's almost like Apple wants to make cash obsolete.

A Tale of Three iPhone Cases

4:40 PM EST, Nov. 11th, 2015 · Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants and Raves

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Dr. Mac likes iPhone cases and rarely leaves home without one. The case manufacturers have apparently taken note; in the weeks following the release of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus he received at least a dozen cases to check out.

So for the past couple of months he's been testing a different case every few days. Most cases worked as expected, and none of them was horrible, but there were only two that he liked enough to use everyday (at least when he's not testing other cases).

Slim Universal Bluetooth Keyboard: $42.99

4:15 PM EST, Nov. 11th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Slim Universal Bluetooth Keyboard

We have a deal today on the Slim Universal Bluetooth Keyboard—as the name suggests, it's a slim, Bluetooth keyboard for your Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone, Android device, or other Bluetooth compatible device. It's spill proof and it has backlighting for using at night. Through our friends at Stack Social we can offer it to you for $42.99. Check out the deal listing for more information.