98% Off iOS and Xcode Developer Training

4:44 PM EDT, Mar. 17th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

98% Off iOS and Xcode Developer Training

We have a great deal on the iOS & Xcode Developer Training course: it's a lifetime subscription for $99—98 percent off retail. It has more than 720 video levtures on iOS languages Swift, Objective-C, and more. And more courses are added every month. With more than 65 hours of content, you can learn from beginner levels to advanced levels, and stay up to date.

How Long Will the Apple Watch Retain its Value?

3:15 PM EDT, Mar. 17th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Editorial

For decades, Apple customers have been spending a little bit more on their Apple products because of the industrial design, and quality. Plus, there's the notion that owning the best is a good thing in terms of customer satisfaction and pride of ownership. Does the Apple Watch seek to break that mold? John Martellaro doesn't think so.

Apple Could take to the Skies with its Own Satellite

11:25 AM EDT, Mar. 17th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple may have its eye on space, or at least Earth orbit. Boeing said it is in talks with Apple and other tech companies to build and launch a high-throughput communications satellite, and could sign the deal some time this year.

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Apple owning their own satellite? Google already has its eye on space, so maybe Apple is looking to the skies, too. Maybe we could get an Apple Space Station and Apple Moonbase, too.

LEGO Ideas Proposal Makes it Easy to Disassemble Johnny 5

10:20 AM EDT, Mar. 17th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

After Johnny 5 because self aware in the 1980s movie Short Circuit, he went on the run because he didn't want to be disassembled. Thanks to an awesome LEGO Ideas proposal, you can do just that—after you build him, of course. The finished model stands about 30cm high, includes about 850 pieces, and really is the spitting image of Johnny 5. It even includes is back-mounted toolbox tha replaced his rocket launcher. The proposal has only 2,181 votes with only 43 days left to get the required 10,000 it needs for official consideration. This would look fantastic next to our Wall-E kit, so get your votes in now.

Apple in Talks to Launch Web TV Network this Fall

9:13 AM EDT, Mar. 17th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is planning on launching its own Web-based TV service this fall with about 25 channels. The iPhone and Mac maker is currently negotiating with content providers and its service is expected to include CBS, ABC, Fox, and Walt Disney.

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Right now we only have insider sources saying Apple is working on its own streaming TV service. It could come together, or maybe not. Even if it does, there isn't any guarantee Apple will have enough content to make its service enticing. But to be fair, the iTunes Store didn't launch with much content and it's doing just fine today.

The Quadcopter Turned into a ‘Star Wars’ Imperial Speeder

7:48 PM EDT, Mar. 16th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Is there anything better than a clever nerd with good taste and the ability to make something awesome? No way. Enter Adam Woodworth, who turned a quadcopter into an Imperial Speeder from Star Wars . The body of this piece of awesomeness was made from a 1:6 scale (12-inch) Hasbro Power Of The Force series Speeder Bike. The quadcopter bit? Well that he actually designed himself. That's intensely cool in my book. Just watch the video, be delighted, and then read about how he did it (with pictures) at Makezine (via TechCrunch).

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Ultimate Security Bundle for Mac: $39

7:00 PM EDT, Mar. 16th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Ultimate Security Bundle for Mac: $39

We have a great deal on security apps and training for your Mac called the Ultimate Security Bundle. It includes two certified White Hat Hacker Courses, a three year subscription to SplashID Pro, one year of BiteDefender Antivirus for Mac, DropShare, and John Martellaro's favorite, Little Snitch 3. Retail on this bundle is $189, but through our deal you can get it for $39. There's more info on all this products on the deal page.

How to Launch OS X Apps from the Command Line

4:30 PM EDT, Mar. 16th, 2015 · John Martellaro · How-To

In some flavors of Unix, you feel as if you've been cast into an alternate universe when you open a terminal window and work on the command line. But with OS X and its Darwin core, there's often an elegant integration between the two. In this how-to John Martellaro shows how to launch an OS X GUI app from the command line.

MGG 544: Backup To The Future

3:16 PM EDT, Mar. 16th, 2015 · John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Your geeks return on yet another sunny-in-New England Monday to deliver the most chipper of pre-Spring-beginning Mac Geek Gab episodes possible. iOS Hotspot security concerns, slowing backups, 5GHz WiFi channel advice and much more are discussed. Download today and enjoy!

Blackberry goes for Security with new Secutablet Tablet

2:48 PM EDT, Mar. 16th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Blackberry is throwing its hat back into the tablet ring with a new product it hopes will attract buying dollars from the security conscious. The Secutablet will be a Blackberry product produced through its Secusmart subsidiary, but will run on Samsung's Galaxy 10.5 tablet with an IBM security protection layer.

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"Bleckberry is making a new tablet" sounds like a great setup for a joke, and it may very well be. That said, Blackberry is playing off of the security features in its eloquently named Secutablet, and that may be exactly what gives it any hope of success.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-16: Adding Up Cable TV Cord Cutting Costs, Blackberry’s Secutablet

1:48 PM EDT, Mar. 16th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Just because you have an Apple TV and cancel your cable TV subscription doesn't necessarily mean you'll save money. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to look at the costs you face when buying access to your favorite shows online, plus they have some thoughts on Blackberry's planned move back into the tablet computer market. All that, and John is trying out a new podcasting mic and wants your feedback.

Apple Watch Pre-orders: What You Need to Know [Update]

10:39 AM EDT, Mar. 16th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Quick Tip

Apple Watch will be in stores on April 10 so you can try one on before pre-ordering, which is great because this is exactly the sort of thing you should see first. You'll also need to be prepared before visiting your local Apple Store so you don't have to deal with any unexpected surprises when you arrive. Read on to learn what you need to know before trying on an Apple Watch.

AT&T Uses FCC Net Neutrality Rules it Hates in Fight against FTC

9:20 AM EDT, Mar. 16th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

What do you do when a Federal agency makes changes to assert more control over your industry against your wishes? Use that change to your advantage, even though you're going to sue to get it overturned. That's exactly what AT&T is doing in its legal fight with the Federal Trade Commission over wireless data throttling.

Register for the DJI Phantom 2 Giveaway

5:52 PM EDT, Mar. 13th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

The DJI Phantom 2 Giveaway

We have some great giveaways, and today's is no exception: you can register to win the DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter. The DHI Phantom 2 is a serious piece of kit, but if you win, it's yours for free. To register, all you have to do is sign up for our TMO Deals giveaways. There are more details on the giveaway's page.

20 Minute Video Shows Steve Jobs Brainstorming with NeXT team (1985)

5:17 PM EDT, Mar. 13th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Since the passing of Steve Jobs in 2011, a lot of videos and interviews with the tech icon have resurfaced. It's been great being able to take this walk through history, and I have a doozy for you today. It's a documentary-style 20 minute video showing Steve Jobs working with his then-brand new team at NeXT in 1985. This is less than a year after he left Apple to form NeXT. Its particular focus is Mr. Jobs organizing, inspiring, and pushing that team to meet his deadline of a 1987 release for the first NeXT computer. Dave Hamilton noted, "at 11:32, Mr. Jobs says, 'Well, George, I can't change the world!' And there's a hint of a smile there...as if he doesn't really believe that sentiment, but lets it stand because it helps make his point." It's a fascinating watch. [Via @cdixon -> @inc]

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