Legendary Silicon Valley Advisor Bill Campbell Dies

1:53 PM EDT, Apr. 18th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Bill Campbell

Bill "The Coach" Campbell passed away Monday morning after a long bout with cancer, according to Re/code. Mr. Campbell is a former Apple executive, the former CEO of Intuit, and he was one of the first people Steve Jobs picked for Apple's board of directors on his return to the company in 1997. He retired from Apple's board in 2014. Bill Campbell was 75 when he died.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-04-18: Amazon Prime Video Goes Standalone, Apple Music Is Serious

1:18 PM EDT, Apr. 18th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Amazon just broke Prime Video out as a standalone service, just as Netflix raised its price. It costs more than buying a year of Amazon Prime as a whole, but Dave Hamilton, Bryan Chaffin, and Adam Christianson say it still might be a great move for Amazon. They also talk about Apple Music and the fact that Apple appears to be investing significant resources in original content.

Apple Might Turn Back to Glass Case for Futuristic iPhone in 2017

8:00 AM EDT, Apr. 18th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Rumor

It's Cloudy

Apple could turn to a page from yesteryear when it comes to the next major form factor change in the iPhone, according to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo [via 9to5Mac]. The analyst said that Apple is planning to ditch aluminum for an iPhone refresh and return to an all-glass enclosure—but interestingly he says Apple will do so in 2017. 

MGG 601: Cool Stuff Found & Your Questions Answered

12:35 PM EDT, Apr. 17th, 2016 · John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mac Geek Gab Podcast

BUBM, Yurbuds, ME05, MM1 QODE, Fastfari and more are not just random characters we typed into this field, they're names of just a few of the products included in this week's Cool Stuff Found segment! Then it's on to your questions about publishing FlickR photo albums, using iCloud on the web from your iPad, Saving space with better versioning and more!

SuperNova 3G/4G LTE Hotspot and Free LTE Internet from FreedomPop: $99.99

4:21 PM EDT, Apr. 15th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

SuperNova 3G/4G LTE Hotspot

We have a deal for you today on the SuperNova 3G/4G LTE Hotspot, and it comes with a year of service from FreedomPop. This device functions as your own mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, and you can connect up to 8 devices to it at one time. You can get the device and the one year of included service through FreedomPop for $99.99 through our deal. Check out the deal listing for details.

Apple, FBI Testifying Before Congress on Encryption Again

10:50 AM EDT, Apr. 15th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

FBI Director James Comey testifying last month on encryption and law enforcement investigations

Apple and the FBI are headed back to Washington to answer questions about law enforcement investigations and encryption. Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell and FBI science and technology executive assistant director Amy Hess are scheduled to appear before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Tuesday, April 19.

Kanye’s New ‘Saint Pablo’ Exclusively on Apple Music

9:22 AM EDT, Apr. 15th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News


Remember how Kanye West said "never never never" about streaming his "Life of Pablo" album on Apple Music, and then he did? Now you can stream his new song, "Saint Pablo," exclusively on Apple Music—it isn't available on Tidal. I don't think this word "never" means what he thinks it means.

Motor Trend’s Apple Car Mockup (Video)

3:51 PM EDT, Apr. 14th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Imagining what the Apple Car will look like is a parlor game just about every where. To that end, Motor Trend convened a panel of people from AppleInsider, CNet, Roadshow, Motor Trend itself, and designers from the Art Center College of Design. Their task was to produce a design of what the Apple Car might be. I'll tell you right off the bat there's no way Apple Car will look like this thing—it looks more like a concept car for 2020 designed in 1991. But, the design team put a lot of effort in thinking and designing for the experience, and whether they got it right or wrong, there's some interesting thinking in the project, and some interesting thoughts in this 28 minute discussion by the panel. This project is the subject of the June edition of Motor Trend, which goes on sale now.

Last Chance for the 2016 All-Star Mac Bundle: $24.99

3:46 PM EDT, Apr. 14th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

2016 All-Star Mac Bundle promo image

It's your last chance to get the 2016 All-Star Mac Bundle, a collection of 11 Mac apps including BusyCal 2. There's also DEVONthink Personal, Crossover 15, Yummy FTP Pro, Find Any File, Downie 2, and five more. Purchased individually, these apps would be $263, but you can get them all through our deal for $24.99.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-04-14: Check Your Router’s Performance, No iPhone Leads for FBI

1:35 PM EDT, Apr. 14th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Your network router may be slowing you down. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to explain how you can check your network router to see how it performs and what impact it's having on your internet connection speeds. They also offer up their thoughts on news that the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone doesn't have any information the FBI can use.

Test Your Router’s Ability to Handle Full Speeds and Avoid Buffer Bloat

11:30 AM EDT, Apr. 14th, 2016 · Dave Hamilton · TMO Quick Tip

Recently on Mac Geek Gab we were discussing your router's Quality of Service (QoS) settings and avoiding a scenario where everything else on your network slows down when one device is using up all of your bandwidth, a condition known as Buffer Bloat. One way to test that is to do a speed test while simultaneously watching a series of pings from the Terminal. Another is to simply use DSLReports' speed test which does all of this for you! Check it out.