TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-20: Apple’s Streaming TV Opportunity, iPhone Passcode Hack

1:26 PM EDT, Mar. 20th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple is reportedly getting into the streaming TV game, and TMO's John Martellaro thinks they're missing out on a big opportunity to disrupt the market. John and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to offer up their thoughts on how Apple could handle in-show advertising, plus have a warning about a new way of brute force hacking into iPhones.

Which Airlines are Supporting Apple Watch? [Updated]

10:41 AM EDT, Mar. 20th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple showed American Airlines during its Apple Watch media event earlier this month as an example of how the new smartwatch can be used to keep you up to date on your flight status. Which airlines have committed to an Apple Watch app as well? Read on to find out.

iOS 8: Using the Lock Screen to Manage Your Email

8:55 AM EDT, Mar. 20th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Did you know you can use your iPhone or iPad's lock screen to mark an incoming email as read or send it to the trash? It's true, and if you've received a particularly private email, you can even dismiss the notification for it without unlocking your device. Both privacy and convenience tricks are here in today's Quick Tip!

Nintendo Finally Embraces iPhone Gaming and Still Blows It

5:15 PM EDT, Mar. 19th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

When I heard Nintendo was finally going to bring its games to the iPhone and iPad, my first thought was, "Shut up and take my money!" My second thought was, "They're going to find a way to screw this up." Turns out I was right: Nintendo figured out exactly how to fail on the iPhone, and ran with it.

OS X: How to Optimize Your Privacy with Skype

4:40 PM EDT, Mar. 19th, 2015 · John Martellaro · How-To

There are some important things to know about Skype that will improve your privacy on a Mac. This means tweaking just a few of Skype's privacy settings. It's easy, and John Martellaro walks you through it with just a few clicks. You'll be glad you did it.

Apple’s Missed Opportunity With its TV Streaming Service

1:25 PM EDT, Mar. 19th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Editorial

Apple has been pondering, if one can read between the lines of Tim Cook's previous statements, how to improve the TV viewing experience. The recent report that Apple has been talking to most of the networks about a new streaming network service reveals something troubling. John Martellaro thinks Apple could be doing something much better for its customers.

Apple Watch Edition Gets Reference in Phish “Magnaball” Festival’s Humorous FAQ

10:34 AM EDT, Mar. 19th, 2015 · Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

On Wednesday Phish announced their next summer festival, dubbed Magnaball, and true-to-form they published their informative-and-humorous FAQ. In addition to snarky answers to questions like, "Where is the farthest gas station?" and "Can I bring my own sea salt? It's harvested from ancient deposits within the pristine Himalayan mountains. Some consider it the purest salt on Earth," Phish provided this entry: 

CAN I BRING MY $20,000 iWATCH?

I guess? It kind of sounds like you just want to brag.

Even if you're not a Phish fan their FAQs are always a fun read. Tickets for Magnaball go on sale Friday at 12pm EDT (or is that EST? We've asked for clarification on the time zone status).

Jury Says Apple didn’t Infringe on Core Wireless Patents in $100M Lawsuit

10:27 AM EDT, Mar. 19th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Core Wireless lost its fight against Apple over claims the iPhone and iPad maker infringed on wireless technology patents it bought from Nokia. The company was hoping to win US$100 million in the case, but instead was left empty handed. Salt in the wound: Core Wireless lost in Federal Court in Tyler Texas, which is known for favoring patent holders.

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Apple is no doubt pleased with this win, especially after last month's $532.9 million infringement loss to Smartflash. Imagine how much more companies could do if patent litigation wasn't part of their regular schedule.

Want an Apple Watch Today? Make Your Own with LEGO

9:10 AM EDT, Mar. 19th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

If waiting until April 24 to get your Apple Watch seems like far too long to wait, you can make your own today. Even better, you can make your Apple Watch out of LEGO bricks, which adds an extra level of coolness to your wrist. Chris McVeigh worked out the design and is sharing the instructions (PDF) on his website. He's the guy that came up with other awesome LEGO builds I love like the original Macintosh, the retro TV with color bars, and the TARDIS. You'll need to provide your own bricks and his instructions include a shopping list so you won't come up short. Chris's LEGO Apple Watch looks great, and now I want Apple to make a special edition version that really works: Apple Watch Brick.

ACM 298: Apple Streaming TV and Privacy, New Steve Jobs Bio

9:52 PM EDT, Mar. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet & Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Podcast

With reports out saying Apple is going to hand over our personal information to networks in exchange for content deals for its rumored streaming TV service, Jeff and Bryan weigh in with their thoughts on what that means. Along with their thoughts on whether or not Apple will give up on protecting customer privacy, they take a look at Apple's new retail marketing tactics for Apple Watch, and the reactions Apple executives are having to a new Steve Jobs biography.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-18: Apple’s Data Sharing Plans, Kelly’s Finder Tips

2:00 PM EDT, Mar. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple is supposedly going to share information with networks to land the deals it needs for their streaming TV service. Dave Hamilton and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on why Apple would do that, and exactly what sorts of information that will most likely include—and they change Jeff's perspective in the process. Kelly also has some great tips for improving your productivity in the Mac's Finder.