Orders begin today for Sonos's latest addition to its line-up, the Limited Edition PLAY:1 Tone. Coming in full, murdered-out black or pristine white, these new skin variations on the PLAY:1 make a visual statement. Depending upon your color and placement choices these new models will either be the centerpiece of the room or completely fade into invisibility, either of which may work quite well for you.
Today's Quick Tip is about the first thing you'll want to do if you lose your Apple Watch or if someone steals it: Remove your Apple Pay cards from the device! This is especially important to do if your Watch's passcode is easy to guess, so if you're the kind of person who uses "1234" to unlock all of his gadgets, this article's for you.
Apple has hired Doug Betts, a former Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV executive in charge of global quality at the legacy automaker. Mr. Betts's experience is in the world of automobile manufacturing—The Wall Street Journal called him an "auto industry manufacturing veteran"—and the hire could signal that Apple is getting more serious about building a car.
97 percent of Apple Watch owners are either Somewhat Satisfied or Very Satisfied with the device, according to a survey from Wristly. The survey of some 800 Apple Watch owners places customer satisfaction above both the original iPhone and the original iPad—but even more interestingly, the survey suggests that non-techies love the device more than techies.
Kickstarter always has a goodly portion of tech gadgets. Lots of them are Apple-related, so it takes something special to make one stand out. Here's one that caught our eye: the Cinematic Smartcase, a case for your iPhone that turns it into a video capturing powerhouse. There's a a trigger on the handle for recording, various lenses, a cold shoe for lights or microphones, and even a live viewfinder to help you compose your shot. Here's where it gets clever: If you're due to upgrade to a new iPhone this fall, you might be inclined to skip this since it might not fit your new phone. However, if you contribute you can choose whether you want the one for your iPhone 6 or the one for your New-iPhone-That-We-Think-Comes-Out-In-October. You can also choose black or white. This is also a fully funded project, so you don't have to worry about whether or not it will reach its goal. But if you want to get one, funding options start at $199. It looks super neat, so head on over and check it out. You can see a sample video shot with the Cinematic Smartcase below:
TMO own Jeff Gamet will be talking about Apple Music Monday evening, July 20, at Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group. Jeff will show off Apple Music's features, explain iTunes in the Cloud, sort out which devices are compatible with Apple's new streaming music service, and more.
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Ashleymadison.com, the website known for its tagline, "Life is Short. Have an Affair," has 37 million users sweating bullets since hackers made off with the company's entire database. The hackers have started releasing names from the database, and plan to release more if AshleyMadison and its partner site Established Men aren't shut down. It looks like lots of people are suddenly in the middle of a very embarrassing situation.
Data theft took an awkward turn when hackers made off with the complete customer database from the dating site AshleyMadison. Bryan Chaffin and Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on the data theft and potential repercussions, plus they look at Jeb Bush's commercial that feels like it's catering to Apple product users.
How many Apple Watches were sold during Apple's third fiscal quarter? That depends on which analyst you ask: it could be as low as 2.85 million, or as high as 5.7 million. They're all hoping to have a better idea just how many Apple Watches made it onto consumer's wrists, but unless Apple decides to specifically state how many were sold—which most likely won't happen—those analysts will have to try to extrapolate an answer based on the company's other numbers.
Apple has turned to the App Store for its latest "If it's not an iPhone, it's not an iPhone" commercial. The ad tells viewers the iPhone has over 1.5 million of best apps available that can turn your smartphone "into just about anything." Back in the days of the PC wars Mac owners said, "It isn't the quantity of apps, it's the quality that matters" like a litany, so it is a little ironic to see Apple touting just how big the App Store is.
It's back to answering your questions this week, including focuses on Apple Music, sharing from within apps, deciphering network interfaces and which NAS to get. All this and more on this week's Mac Geek Gab!
Former Florida Governor and U.S. President Candidate Jeb Bush (Republican) staked out his technology bona fides in a political spot posted to YouTube Friday. In the spot titled Silicon Valley Favorites, Mr. Bush chooses iPhone over BlackBerry, MacBook Pro (laptop) over iPad (as a stand-in for all tablets), and even Apple Watch over Apple Pie. While the ad is likely intended to enhance Mr. Bush's credibility as a tech-savvy politician, most of his choices are Apple-specific—it almost feels like Mr. Bush is courting Apple fans. Of course, Mr. Bush has been public before about his preference for Apple products. With Apple such a large part of contemporary culture—and with the company serving as the paragon for a successful and profitable U.S. company—it seems safe to expect appearances in Apple products in more campaign ads as the race trundles into overdrive.
Apple on Friday officially scheduled its quarterly conference call with analysts for Tuesday, July 21st, at 5:00 PM EDT, 2:00 PM PDT. The company will be taking questions about its June quarter performance, and Wall Street appears optimistic at what the company will announce.
Your web browser has popped up a dialog telling you that it's all kinds of infected with viruses and malware and you have huge security risks. Just call this number and pay a small fee and you'll be back on your feet. Kelly calls shenanigans and helps you escape the popup cycle.
Ever wonder how you use your computer? What apps you use the most? How much time you spend in them? Check out Time Doctor, a service that tracks which apps you're using, offers popups reminding you to get back to work if you've been surfing, and integrates with Asana and Basecamp. Our deal on this is pretty killer, because you get a one year subscription for free. Check out the deal page for details.
Internet-based television streaming scored a potentially big win this week when Federal District Court Judge George W. Wu ruled broadcasters may not be able to refuse content licenses to FilmOn. The company has been fighting a lawsuit over claims it shouldn't be allowed to rebroadcast copyrighted content over the Internet. If the ruling stands, this could open the door for other companies—potentially including Apple—to sidestep the traditional broadcast model to bring us TV shows outside of the confines of the big names like Comcast and Dish.
OS X Yosemite has been a bit of a problem for some users, especially with networking, and so the WWDC announcement of El Capitan was greeted with enthusiasm. Apple's stated focus was on the experience and performance, but, in time, we've learned that important changes under the hood will also contribute to security and better networking. Here's a look at how El Capitan is going to affect you for the better.
Apple has some new ads showing off Apple Watch, so Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on the latest editions to the company's smartwatch marketing campaign. They also get a little nostalgic over the first update for the Apple IIgs operating system in 22 years.
Only 22 years after its last update Apple IIgs System 6.0.1 is getting a new update. The version 6.0.2 update added support for Apple's Ethernet for Appletalk card, fixed an HFS bug that could lead to file corruption, fixed PASCL.FST and DOS33.FST bugs, addressed bugs in TextEdit, Font Manager, and Window Manager, and the list goes on. What makes this so cool is that it's Apple IIgs fans who created the update. The IIgs was a great cross-over machine in its time because it also supported Apple IIe software and offered multimedia support you couldn't find on other computers. Thanks to A.P.P.L.E, you can break out your dusty old IIgs and give it a spiffy OS update. It's a free download at the A.P.P.L.E. website.
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