Apple Targets Fitness, Travel, Music Apps in New Apple Watch Ads

9:31 AM EDT, Jul. 28th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Watch fitness apps commercial

Apple took the lid off three new Apple Watch ads on Tuesday that highlight fitness, travel, and music apps instead of the more personal feel of earlier commercials. The 15 second spots offer a fast paced look at the types of apps available for the smart watch and introduce a new tag line: Apps at a tap.

Google Plus + Google Agenda = Facebook Win

10:00 PM EDT, Jul. 27th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · The Back Page

Google Branded Baloney

Google announced it was scaling back on Google Plus, showing you can't build a social networking service on top of a corporate agenda. Despite all of its many advantages, Google hasn't been able to make a dent in Facebook's dominance of this market.

LOL Look Back at 2012: Apple Death Knell #60, Microsoft Will Beat Apple (& Google)

6:35 PM EDT, Jul. 27th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Link

Apple Death Knell Bell #60

I was doing some research today when I ran across this gem from 2012, where Charles Sizemore told us from the pages of Forbes magazine that "Microsoft Will Beat Apple." That's right, he said that Steve Jobs's "pigheadedness" on maintaining "a closed ecosystem" and insisting "on making its own hardware and software" would result in Microsoft dominating mobile. Well, it's 2015, and how are those predictions working out?

Free Dual-Display Wallpaper for Your Macs

4:11 PM EDT, Jul. 27th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

The perfect two-display Mac setup needs the perfect wallpaper. Details. It's all about the details, right? Twelve South is offering up free wallpaper images designed to go side by side on two Macs. (They're using the freebies to promote a 12 percent discount on their stands.) You can see larger versions of the images at the company's site, or download them in versions designed for eight different Mac screen resolutions.

Apple is a Large Company - it Has Large Ambitions

3:30 PM EDT, Jul. 27th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Paraphrasing Star Trek's Mr. Spock: "Small companies have small ambitions. Large companies have large ambitions." Given that fact of our technical life, many observers expect Apple to act like a small company and grumble when it doesn't. In fact, as Apple grows, so must its customers (and observers) in their perspective. Apple Watch and Apple Music are cases in point.

Get Lost, and Found, in the Awesome Literary Road Trips Map

1:46 PM EDT, Jul. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

I love seeing cool and unexpected uses for Google Maps, like the awesome map tracking the road trips from several classic American literary works. Atlas Obscura has what they're calling an "obsessively detailed" map showing the routes from several books such as Travels with Charlie, The Lost Continent, and (my favorite) Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. You can pick individual books and then click route points for quotes, and it's an awesome way to visualize exactly where these epic journeys took place. Be sure to clear some time before checking out Atlas Obscura's Guide to Literary Road Trips because you will get sucked in. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test and On the Road are calling to you.

Huge Counterfeit iPhone Maker Shut Down in China

10:48 AM EDT, Jul. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Chinese police shut down huge counterfeit iPhone operation

A Beijing business making counterfeit iPhones failed to follow one of Mac Geek Gab's tenets: Don't get caught. The business produced over 41,000 knock-off iPhones before police raided their factory and shut them down.

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Sure, you can make counterfeit Samsung Galaxy smartphones, but there's big money in knock-off iPhones—until you get caught.

Good News, Apple Watch, You’re Coming to Best Buy

9:15 AM EDT, Jul. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Watch coming to Best Buy

Best Buy will be the first big retailer to sell Apple Watch outside of Apple's own retail stores starting in August. Adding Apple Watch to its in-store product lineup at Best Buy expands in store availability in a big way, which is good news for people who don't live near an Apple Store, and helps boost the idea that it's a product for everyone and not just the tech crowd or shopping elite.

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Best Buy's smart watch display is so bad it's embarrassing. It's a good thing Apple has its own store-in-a-store displays where Apple Watch can stand out.

MGG 563: Troubleshooting is a Process ... and So is Ranting About the Cloud

7:19 PM EDT, Jul. 26th, 2015 · John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Today it's all about troubleshooting -- and helping you do so. Plus your two favorite geeks teach you some things you didn't know your Mac could do! Download today to listen to John F. Braun and Dave Hamilton collect and share the Apple troubleshooting wisdom with you. Plus, Dave goes off the rails on a rant about syncing. It's off-the-hook, folks!

KIDS REACT TO 1ST iPOD

5:58 PM EDT, Jul. 24th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

"I love it! It's so...old." Kids React is such a brilliant idea, and they've posted a new video, Kids React to First iPod." While many of us might prefer not to realize this, the first iPod is just about 14 years old, and that's before all of the kids featured in this episode were born. Many of them think it's an old phone or one of those camera-phone thingies. The young lady I quoted above is just stupefied because it stands up, and new iPods don't. An older boy (age 13) astutely noted that it's the grandfather of iPods. The beauty of this project is being able to see technology through the eyes of people who not only take it for granted, they take the things that came in its wake for granted. It's fascinating to me. [Via MacStories]

Trailer for ‘Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine’ Documentary Looks Good

4:31 PM EDT, Jul. 24th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

The first trailer for Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, a documentary about the late Apple cofounder, has been released. The film debuted at SxSW Film Festival this week, and Magnolia Pictures worked with Mashable to distribute the trailer. The documentary was directed by Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney—it's a straight-up documentary rather than a dramatized biopic like the other recent movies about Steve Jobs. It looks very interesting.

Hold on to Your Pants, India, Apple is Coming for You

4:11 PM EDT, Jul. 24th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple wants some serious iPhone action in India

India outpaced China for iPhone growth last quarter, and Apple isn't letting that momentum go to waste. The company is looking to build on the 93 percent growth it's seeing in India and break through the two percent market it currently holds. Translation: Apple is gunning for Samsung's marketshare in India.

NetSpot Pro Wi-Fi Optimizer: $19.99

3:38 PM EDT, Jul. 24th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

NetSpot Pro running on a MacBook

Check out NetSpot, a software utility that lets you visualize, optimize, and troubleshoot your wireless networks with any MacBook. It allows you to do something as simple as measure signal strength in a given spot, but if you are serious about optimizing your network, it has mapping tools that will allow you to precisely figure out signal strength in every nook and cranny of your home or office. It retails for $149, but through our deal you can get it for $19.99. There's a video on the deal page with a product demo.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-07-24: Nest Leaves the Apple Store

1:24 PM EDT, Jul. 24th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Nest's smart thermostats aren't available in Apple's retail and online stores any more, but that doesn't necessarily mean there's been a falling out between the two companies. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet with their thoughts on Nest and the word that new products are coming soon. They also respond to listener's comments on Apple Music and App Store pricing.

How to Find Your Lost Fitbit with Your iPhone

10:48 AM EDT, Jul. 24th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · iPhone

How to find your lost Fitbit with your iPhone

Losing your Fitbit really sucks, but it doesn't have to stay lost forever. With a little patience and an iPhone you can track yours down. This is something TMO's Jeff Gamet experienced first hand, and then detailed so you can find your lost Fitbit—or other Bluetooth device—too.

X-Files: The Truth, or the Teaser Trailer, is Out There

9:50 AM EDT, Jul. 24th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

After years of waiting, Mulder and Scully are back together again and we're finally getting a first look at our two favorite FBI agents on screen. Fox's teaser trailer for the upcoming six episode X-Files mini series is out with mysterious lights and quick camera shots, and Mulder asking, "Are you ready for this, Scully?" We all have until January 24, 2016 to get ready, because that's when the mini series premiers.

OS X Photos: Using Split View

8:55 AM EDT, Jul. 24th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Today we've got another Quick Tip for you about the Photos program, and in this one, we'll discuss how to use what's called Split View. This feature makes it easy as pie to view all of the images taken at the same time and place, so if you need to apply the same adjustments to a bunch of pictures at once, it's simple!