Apple Pushing HealthKit as the Standard at Major Medical Centers

11:43 AM EDT, Aug. 12th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple wants HealthKit to be more than another gimmick, so the company has been been meeting with major clinics and health centers to push for widespread adoption once the feature is available this fall. What Apple really wants is for HealthKit to become the standard for health and fitness data collection and sharing for every clinic and medical center.

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Apple may want to own the health and fitness market, but Google and Samsung do, too. Expect to see a big fight between the three for control over the data our bodies create.

Next iPad to Sport Matte Display, not Glossy

9:11 AM EDT, Aug. 12th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple may finally be moving away from its love for glossy displays for and go with an anti-glare coating that cuts down on glare. Sources claim 9.7-inch iPad production is already underway for a fall launch, and the 7.9-inch iPad mini update will follow later this year.

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Anti-glare iPad screens sound great. How about bringing that back to the MacBook Pro, too?

New Apple Ad Features Detroit ‘Slow Roll’

11:54 PM EDT, Aug. 11th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple has a new commercial out called Jason's Verse. It features Jason Hall, the cofounder of Slow Roll in Detroit. Slow Roll is a leisurely bicycle ride through the streets of Detroit where up to 3,000 people "witness the revitalization of Detroit from two wheels." The commercial follows Mr. Hall as goes through the day with his iPad planning a Slow Roll, which begins and ends at a local bar or restaurant. USA Today has a story about the man featured in the commercial—it's a cool story. Check out the commercial in full below.

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ChangeTip Brings Bitcoin Micropayment Tips to Twitter, YouTube, More

8:19 PM EDT, Aug. 11th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

ChangeTip

ChangeCoin has taken us several steps closer to viable micropayments with a service called ChangeTip. With ChangeTip, people can "tip" each other in amounts ranging from fractions of a penny to $25 in Bitcoins. They can do it across Twitter, on YouTube, Google+, Github, Reddit, StockTwits, and Tumblr, with more sites and services coming.

Google TV 78-Button Remote and Apple’s Design Process

6:23 PM EDT, Aug. 11th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Zoinks!

Ever wondered why the remote for the Apple TV has just three buttons? According to an inside look at Apple University, Apple's team started with the idea of what a remote control does. Then they pared it down until it was stripped to its purest form, an aluminum stick with three buttons. Compare that to one of Sony's remotes designed for Google TV. 78 buttons. It's a mess.

Lost Your Fitbit? Use Your iPhone to Track it Down

5:39 PM EDT, Aug. 11th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · How-To

You can use Find My iPhone to track down your misplaced iPhone, but what about Bluetooth devices that don't offer a similar feature, like your Fitbit? You can track that down, too, with the help of your iPhone and a little luck. Read on to learn how.

MGG 514: IPv6 Fun & Defining Cruft!

5:22 PM EDT, Aug. 11th, 2014 · John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Your two geeks spent time digging into IPv6 this week -- in two different ways -- so they could tell you everything they've learned. IPv6 is something that we'll all have to deal with eventually, and your two geeks are starting down that path themselves, both now running it on their home networks. Then it's on to answering your questions. John and Dave talk through what it takes to clean install a Mac... and what "cruft" really means. Wanna learn about sharing videos via Photo Stream? Here you go. All this and more, today!

The Name Your Own Price Front-End Master Training Bundle

4:55 PM EDT, Aug. 11th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

The Name Your Own Price Front-End Master Training Bundle

I love the name-your-own-price bundles we get to offer through our friends at Stack Social. Today, we have the Front-End Master Bundle, a collection of 7 courses and 93 hours of training for front-end developers. Web development, Web design, JavaScript, JQuery, CSS & HTML for beginners, HTML5 and CSS3, and PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript. That's a ton of training, and individually all those course would retail for $1,042. This is a NYOP deal, however, so you get to decide how much to pay. Pay below the average, and you get two of the courses. Beat the average, which is only $5.81 right now, and you get all of the courses. But there's more, because 10 percent of what you pay goes to one of three charities: Child's Play Charity, World Wildlife Fund, or Creative Commons.  

Looking Back at Our Ridiculous 3.5-inch iPhone Displays

3:00 PM EDT, Aug. 11th, 2014 · John Martellaro · Editorial

Smartphone display growth

The original Apple iPhone started out with a 3.5 inch display. That worked great for a telephone in 2007 that could also run a few Apple apps, but in 2014 we do so much with our iPhones that a larger display is a must. John informally compares three smartphones: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 5s, and an Amazon Fire Phone.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-11

1:30 PM EDT, Aug. 11th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Judge Lucy Koh shot down the US$324.5 settlement in the anti-poaching class action lawsuit involving Apple, Google, Adobe, and Intel. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about what Judge Koh's decision means for the companies as they face a potential trial, and they shoot down the news that Facebook's Messenger app is spying on you.

No, Facebook’s Messenger App Isn’t Stealing All Your Data

11:25 AM EDT, Aug. 11th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Facebook has been pushing users into its Messenger app instead of sending private messages from within the Facebook app, and the permissions Messenger wants sound pretty ominous. The terms of use make it look as if Facebook can use the Messenger app to copy your address book, send email and text messages to your contacts without your knowledge, and even use your smartphone's camera and mic to spy on you.

Level 29 Brings Old-school BBS to the Modern World on an Apple IIGS

10:02 AM EDT, Aug. 11th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Before the days of Web browsers and broadband Internet, online communities were hosted by single computers you connected to by dialing in over a traditional phone line via a modem. If you miss the old days -- or never had the chance to experience a BBS -- now you can, thanks to Level 29. The system runs on an Apple IIGS with a blazing fast (for 1983) 300 bps modem, but since not everyone happens to have a modem or physical phone line handy, you can also telnet in or connect via raw sockets. If you're still at a loss, go to the Level 29 website where you can view the BBS in your Web browser. It's retro-awesome, and it shows old computers can still do some really cool stuff.