Apple Warns Developers Garbage Collection is Dead, Move to ARC

11:12 AM EST, Feb. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple has issued a warning to developers that it has deprecated the garbage collection feature used for memory management in favor of Automatic Reference Counting, or ARC. New Mac apps and app updates submitted to the Mac App Store starting in May will be required to use ARC.

Movie-themed Oscars iPad Ad Shot on an iPad

10:05 AM EST, Feb. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple premiered its newest iPad commercial during the Oscars Sunday night, and the ad showing high school students filming movies with iPads was shot on an iPad, too. Martin Scorsese provided a voice over extolling the importance of exploring our creativity, and like Apple's other iPhone and iPad ads, was more about empowering users than touting device features.

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A professional quality commercial shot entirely on iPads. That's really impressive.

Apple Investing €1.7B in European Renewable Energy Data Centers

8:58 AM EST, Feb. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is planning on investing €1.7 billion into two new data centers in Europe scheduled to open some time in 2017. The facilities will be powered entirely by renewable energy and are set to be built in Denmark and Ireland.

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Apple is sticking with its plans to use renewable energy for its operations, which serves as an example for other tech industry businesses. The company has also committed to helping restore the ecosystem around its Ireland data center even though the damage was done long before the facility was planned. We need to see more companies following Apple's proactive lead on improving the environment.

Three Tips for Apple’s Keynote App on iPad

10:30 AM EST, Feb. 21st, 2015 · Nancy Gravley · Computing with Bifocals

Three Tips for Apple's Keynote App on iPad

Keynote is a great tool that allows even the beginner to create impressive slide shows for any number of reasons. Even if you are experienced at using Keynote on your Mac, there are some things that are different when using it on your iPad. The following tips should make that experience easier.

Superfish Security Flaw Extends Beyond Lenovo

8:29 PM EST, Feb. 20th, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · News

Yesterday it was reported that Lenovo had installed software called Superfish that was supposed to allow Lenovo to snoop on browser sessions, even the secure ones, and add shopping suggestions. It turns out today the problem goes much further than just Lenovo.

MGG 541: Two Geeks Joined by Chris Breen

5:03 PM EST, Feb. 20th, 2015 · John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Christopher Breen, happily unemployed, joins John and Dave today to do his darndest to help your two favorite geeks solve the world's problems (by way of answering your Mac and iOS-related questions). Yes, they get geeky, and they also reminisce in the way that only these three long-time geeks (and long-time friends) can. Definitely one you won't want to miss.

TravelCard iOS Lightning Wallet-Size Charger for $29

4:44 PM EST, Feb. 20th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

TravelCard iOS Lightning Wallet-Size Charger for $29

Check out the TravelCard iOS Lightning Wallet-Size Charger. It's a portable battery for recharging your Lightning iOS devices, and it's tiny enough to fit in your wallet like a credit card. At that size, it's capacity is an impressive 1,500mAh—that's enough for a 30-40 percent charge on your iPhone, less on an iPad. It's perfect for an emergency boost you don't have to think about bringing with you. Through our deal, you can get this device for $29.

LEGO, Sarlacc, Boba Fett: Star Wars Trifecta

4:40 PM EST, Feb. 20th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Even though George Lucas himself has said Boba Fett died in the Sarlacc, that hasn't stopped Star Wars fans from creating their own realities where the infamous bounty hunter (No disintegrations!) lives. Once fan even went so far as to create a Boba Fett lives storyline in LEGO, and it's absolutely magnificent. The build was designed by Daniel Stoeffler and includes five stacking segments going deeper underground to show the Sarlacc, a Sarlacc juice distillery, and more. The model is 70cm tall, or just over 2-foot 3-inches, with an amazing amount of detail including a cutaway of a giant skeleton buried in the sand. Mr. Stoeffler isn't sure how many bricks he used, but it's a safe bet the number goes well above a metric bucketload.

Pebble Teases New Smartwatch Announcement for Next Week

4:12 PM EST, Feb. 20th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Pebble has something new up—or at the end of—its sleeve, and it's going to be unveiled on March 24. The smartwatch maker is now teasing the announcement with a countdown timer on its website, presumably for a new model that will roll out ahead of Apple's planned April release for the Apple Watch.

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With Apple Watch only weeks away, it seems likely Pebble is planning on announcing a new smartwatch model to better compete with Apple's offering.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-02-20: Get Ready for the Apple Car Launch and the iPhone of the Future

1:25 PM EST, Feb. 20th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

New sources claim Apple's unannounced car will go into production in 2020. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to duke it out over who really has the right time frame for an official Apple Car launch, plus they look at what the iPhone of the future may be and what physical and social implications go along with augmenting our bodies with technology.

Apple Plans to Offer First iOS 8 Public Beta in March

11:34 AM EST, Feb. 20th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple opened beta versions of OS X Yosemite to the public, and a new report claims the company is about to do the same for iOS on the iPhone and iPad. A public beta version of iOS 8.3 will reportedly be released in March, which will mark the first time Apple has given public access to upcoming versions of its mobile operating system.

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Trying out the iOS 8.3 beta sounds great, but may not be such an awesome plan if you're putting it on a mission-critical iOS device. Maybe try it on a spare iPhone or iPad instead.

Apple Reportedly Investing in Japan Display Factory for iPhone Screens

11:03 AM EST, Feb. 20th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Japan Display is reportedly building a new factory to meet demand for iPhone components, and Apple is said be investing heavily in the project. If true, the factory will come online some time in 2016.

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There isn't much to support the report the Japan Display factory report, but if it's true, that probably means fewer iPhone display orders for Sharp—and that most likely has Sharp really worried about its relationship with Apple.

Apple Acknowledges MacBook Pro Video Issue, Offers Repair Program

9:42 AM EST, Feb. 20th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

After years of complaints, Apple has acknowledged that some MacBook Pro models suffer from serious video issues and is now offering an extended repair program. The affected models were made between 2011 and 2013 and have distorted or lost video issue, or unexpected restarts.

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It took a while, but it's good to see Apple finally acknowledge the video issue MacBook Pro owners have been complaining about. It's also good to see the company do the right thing and offer free repairs.

Apple Car Will Reportedly Enter Production in 2020

9:43 PM EST, Feb. 19th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Rumor

the Apple Crystal Ball

Apple will reportedly begin production on its much-rumored Apple Car in 2020. Bloomberg reported Thursday that the company is pushing its development team to have the car in production in that time frame. Apple hasn't commented on the rumor, and Bloomberg didn't specify its sources.