Large ilumi LED Smartbulb for $89

4:42 PM EST, Feb. 24th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Large ilumi LED Smartbulb for $89

The ilumi-brand LED lightbulbs are now available in a larger size, and we have a deal on them. These bulbs are fully controllable from your iPhone or iPad, including hue and intensity. The app also allows you to program the lights for automated sequences like waking up in the morning to a slowly brightening light. The larger size is designed for overhead lighting, and you get these devices for $89 through our deal.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-02-24: Everyone Wants Pebble’s Time Smartwatch

1:33 PM EST, Feb. 24th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Pebble announced its new Time smartwatch as a Kickstarter project, and the Internet pretty much started throwing money at the company. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about the stunning response to Pebble's latest smartwatch, the wrist top device market, and competition for Apple Watch. They also take a look at John's review of the ExoLens camera lens kit for the the iPhone.

Apple Buys Audio Plug-in Maker Camel Audio

11:09 AM EST, Feb. 24th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

When Camel Audio shut down in January, customers that used its audio app plug-ins and digital instruments were left wondering why they so abruptly stopped selling their products, but now that mystery has been solved: they were bought by Apple. Since Apple shut down Camel Audio's operations instead of continuing to sell its products, it's likely we'll see the company's technology showing up in future updates for Logic Pro X and Garageband.

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Camel Audio's Alchemy was a popular package for audio designers, so seeing it shut down without any warning was a sad thing. Knowing that shutdown was from an Apple buyout, however, takes away some of the sting because it's a safe bet we'll see their products rolled into Apple's own apps.

Pebble Unveils Time Smartwatch with New Kickstarter Campaign [Update]

10:15 AM EST, Feb. 24th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Pebble announced its third smartwatch model on Tuesday, dubbed Time, with a Kickstarter campaign just as it did with the original Pebble watch. The Time will ship in May with a sleeker body, color E Ink display, and an accessory port so other companies can make their own add-ons for the device.

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Time looks like a cool third generation design for Pebble, but using Kickstarter to launch it feels more like a marketing move than a fund raiser.

Samsung Buys ‘Battery Pack Business’ for Electric Cars

10:40 PM EST, Feb. 23rd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Samsung Buys 'Battery Pack Business' for Electric Cars

Samsung announced Monday that it will acquire the "battery pack business" of Magna International, a major automotive supplier. The company said the purchase, "is expected to enhance Samsung SDI’s capabilities in batteries for electric vehicles by combining the company’s established leadership in battery cells and modules with Magna's expertise in battery packs."

Power Vault 18000mAh Portable Battery Pack for $29.99

6:27 PM EST, Feb. 23rd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Power Vault 18000mAh Portable Battery Pack for $29.99

We have a great deal on the Power Vault 18,000mAh Portable Battery Pack for just $29.99. In addition to a high capacity, it has two USB ports so you can charge two devices at one time. It's slender, can stand on its edge, and has a minimalist style. Check it out.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-02-23: How Lenovo Screwed Customer Trust and Security

1:57 PM EST, Feb. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Lenovo's decision to bring in a little extra money by installing what amounts to a man in the middle attack on computers has left its customers open to serious security risks. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about the damage Lenovo's actions have done to customer trust, the potential risks they face, and who may be creating even bigger technology risks.

BrydgeAir Keyboard for iPad Air/Air 2: Almost Perfect

12:20 PM EST, Feb. 23rd, 2015 · John Martellaro · In-Depth Review

The original Brydge Keyboard was a nice product, but the company had grave customer service issues. Now, under new ownership, Brydge Global, the BrydgeAir BT keyboard for iPad continues its tradition of physical excellence with a model for the iPad Air and Air 2. Color matching and many small refinements have been added. 

Moscow Woman Electrocuted in Bath while Charging iPhone

11:55 AM EST, Feb. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

23 year old Yaroslav Dubinina was electrocuted earlier this month while surfing social networks on her iPhone in the bath tub in Moscow. The electrocution victim was charging her iPhone at the time, and her roommate found her with the phone sitting at the bottom of the tub still plugged in.

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Considering the charger didn't shut off when the iPhone hit the water, it's likely the victim was using a cheap knock-off that didn't have proper safety measures in place. Apple iPhone chargers may cost a little more, but that's more than outweighed by safety they offer compared to after market copies.

Apple Warns Developers Garbage Collection is Dead, Move to ARC

11:12 AM EST, Feb. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple has issued a warning to developers that it has deprecated the garbage collection feature used for memory management in favor of Automatic Reference Counting, or ARC. New Mac apps and app updates submitted to the Mac App Store starting in May will be required to use ARC.

Movie-themed Oscars iPad Ad Shot on an iPad

10:05 AM EST, Feb. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple premiered its newest iPad commercial during the Oscars Sunday night, and the ad showing high school students filming movies with iPads was shot on an iPad, too. Martin Scorsese provided a voice over extolling the importance of exploring our creativity, and like Apple's other iPhone and iPad ads, was more about empowering users than touting device features.

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A professional quality commercial shot entirely on iPads. That's really impressive.

Apple Investing €1.7B in European Renewable Energy Data Centers

8:58 AM EST, Feb. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is planning on investing €1.7 billion into two new data centers in Europe scheduled to open some time in 2017. The facilities will be powered entirely by renewable energy and are set to be built in Denmark and Ireland.

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Apple is sticking with its plans to use renewable energy for its operations, which serves as an example for other tech industry businesses. The company has also committed to helping restore the ecosystem around its Ireland data center even though the damage was done long before the facility was planned. We need to see more companies following Apple's proactive lead on improving the environment.

Three Tips for Apple’s Keynote App on iPad

10:30 AM EST, Feb. 21st, 2015 · Nancy Gravley · Computing with Bifocals

Three Tips for Apple's Keynote App on iPad

Keynote is a great tool that allows even the beginner to create impressive slide shows for any number of reasons. Even if you are experienced at using Keynote on your Mac, there are some things that are different when using it on your iPad. The following tips should make that experience easier.