The 10ft MFi-Certified iOS Lightning Cable: $18.99

7:20 PM EST, Dec. 9th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

The 10ft MFi-Certified iOS Lightning Cable: $18.99

With the holidays nigh, many of us will have new iOS devices in the house. If so, you may need new Lightning cables, too, and we have a deal on an Apple MFi-certified 10-foot Lightning cable. It's $18.99. It retails for $40, which is still inexpensive for a Lightning cable that long.

Maelstrom 3 Still Works on Yosemite, Still Free

7:15 PM EST, Dec. 9th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Maelstrom 3. Think Asteroids for the Mac. The old Mac. Mac OS. Pre-OS X. It's free, and lots and lots of Mac users wasted many a person-year playing it, but the thing is that it still works on OS X today. Maelstrom 3.0.6 fires up just fine on OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite in all its 640 x 480 glory, as noted by TMO member paikinho and shown in the accompanying screenshot. Note that it's not signed—if you have your System Preferences > Security & Privacy settings are set to allow apps downloaded from the "Mac App Store" or "Mac App Store and Identified Developers," Yosemite will squawk. You can launch it by changing those preferences (which I am not advising you to do), or by trying to launch it and then giving it individual permission in the Security and Privacy settings.

Learn How to Control Siri with the Siri Dictation Guide

6:39 PM EST, Dec. 9th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

The Siri User Guide has posted a killer guide that will help you better control Siri when you're dictating. For instance, when you're dictating to Siri, saying "all caps" in the middle of your spiel will cause the next word to be in all-caps while leaving out the actual command. So, saying "I all caps love summer" will result in "I LOVE summer." There are 59 entires in the Siri Dictation Guide, and it's very handy. Check it out.

An Illustrated History of (Mac) OS X

5:55 PM EST, Dec. 9th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

The folks at fournova Software GmbH have published An Illustrated History of Mac OS X. This a wonderful and whimsical collection of images that incapsulates each version of OS X from Mac OS X 10.0 Cheetah to OS X 10.10 Yosemite. Each one incorporates a cat (or other element, in the case of Mavericks and Yosemite) to represent the OS, but each one also includes other reference points that represent the major changes in that version of the OS. Looking at them was an excellent reminder of when things happened, like Safari in Panther and Intel in Tiger. The screen grab below is for Snow Leopard. There's a written description accompanying each image to fill in any gaps. For those keeping score at home, fournova makes Tower, a git client for version control in OS X.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-09

1:36 PM EST, Dec. 9th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

There may not be a plaintiff in the iPod antitrust lawsuit against Apple, but that doesn't mean the case is dead in the water. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to dive into why the trial is moving forward — at least for now — and they also look at the drama behind the scenes on Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs biopic.

Apple Planning New R&D Center in Japan

11:47 AM EST, Dec. 9th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is planning on building a large-scale research and development center outside of Tokyo, Japan. News of the project comes courtesy of Japan Prime Minister Abe Shinzo, and has been confirmed by Apple.

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Apple loves controlling every aspect of its product designs, so it makes sense to have an R&D center focusing on manufacturing in Japan.

Why Ashton Kutcher May be the Only Steve Jobs We Get

10:34 AM EST, Dec. 9th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Aaron Sorkin's biopic about Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs lost out on Christian Bale, then Leonardo DiCaprio, and now Natalie Portman. It also lost its studio backing, and if the project keeps on its current path, the only big screen Steve Jobs we'll get comes from critically panned "Jobs" starring Ashton Kutcher.

Judge in iPod Antitrust Case: Find a New Plaintiff

9:16 AM EST, Dec. 9th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

The years-old antitrust class action lawsuit alleging Apple intentionally locked competitors out of the iPod to control the portable media player market will continue, at least for now. U.S. District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzales ruled the final plaintiff in the case hadn't purchased an iPod during the necessary time frame, then gave attorneys until Tuesday to find new plaintiffs.

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Considering how much time attorneys had to find solid plaintiffs for their case, you'd think they could've done better than putting someone on the stand with an iPod bought with the legal firm's credit card. They'll most likely find replacement plaintiffs in time for the case to move forward, but you can bet Apple will look at each purchase closely to make sure they're legit.