ACM 278: Apple is the New Microsoft and Thinking Differently about iPhone

7:30 PM EDT, Oct. 29th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet & Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple is the dominant force in several markets, so does that make the company the new Microsoft? Jeff and Bryan dive into how Apple of today compares to Microsoft from the 1990s, and whether or not competing platforms have a chance against Apple Pay and HealthKit. They also look at a cool iPhone interface concept based on the Apple Watch.

Apple: Widgets Can’t Calculate, Orders Featured Calculator Widget Removed

6:43 PM EDT, Oct. 29th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · News

Apple featured PCalc as an iOS 8 app with a neat calculator widget. Apple then told developer James Thomson he had to pull the app. Because it has a calculator widget.

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This is a disappointment on a number of fronts. But we're used to it because Apple's kind of on a bad PR hot streak at the moment, and it reminds us of the bad old days of specious App Store rejections.

The 3 Unexpected Consequences of Apple Pay Will be Huge

4:00 PM EDT, Oct. 29th, 2014 · John Martellaro · Editorial

Apple Pay isn't just a new mobile payment method. It's also a stake in the heart of merchants who want to use your purchase activity for their own ends. It gives companies who want to honor the customer a high-profile bandwagon to jump on. Finally, it punctuates Apple's leadership. John Martellaro looks at the unexpected consequences of Apple Pay.

Freebie Wednesday - Four Free Deals from TMO

3:54 PM EDT, Oct. 29th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Freebie Wednesday - Four Free Deals from TMO


We usually promote one deal a day, but through our friends at Stack Social, we actually have a ton of deals going at any one time. Right now, for instance, we have not one, but four different free offers. Check 'em out.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-29

1:45 PM EDT, Oct. 29th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

AT&T is under fire from the FTC, and the FCC wants to change the rules on cable television. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about what they expect to come from the FTC suing AT&T for data throttling, and how opening the Internet to broadcast TV streaming will impact viewers.

FCC Rule Change Could Turn Apple TV into A Cable TV Competitor

10:09 AM EDT, Oct. 29th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has proposed a change to the rules controlling who broadcasters sell content to, and would bar them from refusing to sell to Internet-based providers. That translates to a big opportunity for Apple to add new channels to Apple TV without cutting deals with cable providers like Comcast.

Smartphone-Assisted Halloween Masks

7:11 PM EDT, Oct. 28th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · News

Oh yeah

I have a Halloween costume that involves your iPhone (or Android device, if that's your thing) that is so awesome, you will forgive her for obliterating your carefully planned and super topical Sexy Ebola Containment Suit costume. Instead, check out the smartphone enhanced masks over at Digital Dudz.

NewerTech Headless Mac Video Accelerator

4:41 PM EDT, Oct. 28th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

It's almost Halloween, so of course something with "Headless" in the title is attention-getting. NewerTech has announced a new video adapter, the Headless Mac Video Accelerator. If you have a Mac that runs in "headless" mode (meaning without an attached monitor), when you do have to log in for something, all of the video rendering is done by the CPU; since there's no monitor connected the graphics card doesn't get used. This is why headless Macs feel even slower than they actually are, with the CPU doing all the rendering on top of regular tasks it really starts to lag. NewerTech's adapter is basically a mini DisplayPort plug that goes nowhere, but causes the computer to think a display is attached, triggering the video card so now remote logins are more responsive. It's available now from OWC for USD $19.99, and works with all Mac Pro models from Early 2009 on through the mid-2010 (the latest model before the revised black cylinder), and Mac minis from June 2010 up to the late 2012 model.