LithiumCard Wallet Battery: $20

3:17 PM EST, Jan. 25th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

LithiumCard Wallet Battery

Check out the LithiumCard Wallet Battery, a portable charger for your iOS device that is as thick as five credit cards. It will fit in most wallets, and you can simultaneously charge your device and LithiumCard with two flip-out charging cables. It retails for $60, but you can get it for half off at $29.99 through our deal.

Apple Adds Podcasts App to Apple TV

2:55 PM EST, Jan. 25th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Apple adds Podcasts app to 4th get Apple TV

Apple released tvOS 9.1.1 for the fourth generation Apple TV on Monday and it includes a Podcasts app. Podcast support has been a glaring omission from the latest Apple TV model ever since it shipped last September.

TMO Background Mode: Interview With the Omni Group’s CEO Ken Case

2:30 PM EST, Jan. 25th, 2016 · John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Background Mode Podcast

Ken Case is the founder and CEO of The Omni Group, known for such Apple products as OmniFocus, OmniGraffle, and OminiOutliner.  Early in his computing career, in the late 1980s, Ken was at the University of Washington computer center where he was a UNIX geek and system programmer. There, he was part of the university's NeXT computer lab. This iconic system was an exciting new UNIX platform, and Ken started learning Objective-C and creating apps. One thing led to another, and Ken's expertise with NeXTStep development and, later, Apple's acquisition of NeXT eventually led to the creation of The Omni Group. Listen in to hear Ken tell the story in his own words.

Cord Cutters: Where to Watch X-Files 2016

10:33 AM EST, Jan. 25th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Quick Tip

The new X-Files is available on iTunes and Fox Now

The X-Files returned to television Sunday night, and while Agents Mulder and Scully were hunting to see if the truth is still out there, cord cutters were staying away from Twitter to avoid spoilers. Luckily, there are legit ways to watch the new episodes assuming you're willing to wait a day.

Fire Erupts at Foxconn iPhone Factory

9:28 AM EST, Jan. 25th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Foxconn's main iPhone production center caught fire. This is another location that isn't burning.

A fire broke out at Foxconn's primary iPhone production facility on Sunday. The cause of the fire hasn't been determined yet, and Foxconn representatives said there weren't any casualties and iPhone production won't be impacted.

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Foxconn took measures in 2011 to prevent fires from dust in factory air circulation systems. It'll be interesting to see if this latest fire is similar, or something new.

Apple Car Concept Video

10:11 PM EST, Jan. 22nd, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Check out this concept video for an Apple Car posted to YouTube by ConceptsiPhone. It's not the sort of thing I'd consider an accurate predictor of Apple's eventual design—for one thing that grill borrows way too much from BMW's iconic grill, and it's way too muscle-car-ish—but I always love seeing what artists think future Apple products will look like. This one turns to today's iPhones in many ways, and features a completely virtual dashboard display.

Apple Car Project Head Reportedly Leaving

7:25 PM EST, Jan. 22nd, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple Car

Steve Zadesky is leaving Apple, according to unnamed sources cited by The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Zadesky is a 16-year Apple veteran who worked on both iPod and iPhone, but he's been heading Apple's "Project Titan" electric car effort since 2014, making his departure a possible setback for the company.

Pay What You Want for the 2016 Mac Bundle

4:37 PM EST, Jan. 22nd, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

The 2016 Mac Bundle

Check out the 2016 Mac Bundle, a collection of 12 apps for your Mac, and you can pay what you want. Flip PDF for Mac, RapidWeaver 6, Elmedia Player PRO for Mac, Disk Expert, Clean Exit, Unclutter Your Mac, Airy YouTube Downloader, Mac Bluray Player, and several more. Pay anything, as little as a penny, and you get three of the apps. Beat the average price ($12.00 as of this writing), and you get all 12. Make the top ten at any point, and get an entry into a giveaway drawing. 10 percent of the proceeds go to Save the Children, too. We've already sold 1,518 of these bundles.

Holy Vatican, Batman! The Pope Hosts Meeting with Tim Cook

11:17 AM EST, Jan. 22nd, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Carol Glatz's photo of Pope Francis' meeting with Tim Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook's Friday schedule included a meeting you wouldn't typically associate with major tech companies: Pope Francis. The two met Friday morning, and while their discussion wasn't public, it's no secret the two share common interests in humanitarian issues and environmental protection.

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Where Steve Jobs was relatively reclusive Time Cook is outgoing and always meeting with other influencers. That's how he rolls, so it was only a matter of time before the Pope ended up in his schedule.

Apple Hires top Virtual Reality Expert Doug Bowman

9:59 AM EST, Jan. 22nd, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple hires VR expert Doug Bowman

Apple's quite move into the virtual and augmented reality market thanks to the company's recent hire of Doug Bowman. Mr. Bowman is one of the top researchers in virtual reality and was a computer science professor and the director for the Center for Human-Computer Interaction at Virginia Tech before joining Apple.

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We don't know what Apple is up to yet in the VR and AR space, but it's pretty clear the company has something cooking.

iOS: Solving Network Connectivity Problems

9:10 AM EST, Jan. 22nd, 2016 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Troubleshoot iPhone and iPad network connections

Today's tip is about what to do if your iPhone or iPad just won't join a Wi-Fi network that you know is working perfectly. Sometimes those pesky devices just need a virtual slap on the wrist, and Melissa Holt's going to give us the scoop on how to do just that.

Get Those Flying Toasters and Spotlight in Your Browser!

8:55 PM EST, Jan. 21st, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Product News

Flying Toasters and After Dark

I don't know what it is about After Dark screensavers, but it's clear we can't get enough. In 2002, we were excited about it coming to OS X. Last year, I noted that After Dark (and Rose 2.0) had been resurrected as freeware apps. Now we can enjoy After Dark in our browsers, so celebrate!

California Bill Would Ban Encrypted Smartphones

6:20 PM EST, Jan. 21st, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

Promo shot of Assembly Member Cooper, in the middle

It turns out that New York isn't the only state with uninformed state legislators with misguided thoughts on technology. California Assembly Member Jim Cooper (D-9th) introduced Assembly Bill 1681 this week, a bill that would ban the sale of all encrypted smartphones without backdoors available to the manufacturer.

Last Chance for the ‘ExoMount Touch’ Universal Car Mount at $19.99

4:50 PM EST, Jan. 21st, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

'ExoMount Touch' Universal Car Mount

Our deal for the 'ExoMount Touch' Universal Car Mount is winding down, and this is your last chance to get it for $19.99, a third off retail. According to the manufacturer, it mounts to any flat, smooth, textured, curved, or rounded surface, and the adjustable grip will hold most smartphones. Check out the deal listing for more info.

Everything You Need to Know About OLEDs, Quantum Dots & iPhone, Part II

3:30 PM EST, Jan. 21st, 2016 · John Martellaro · John Martellaro's Blog

OLEDs, Quantum Dots & iPhone

A new LCD display technology for 4K UHD is called Quantum Dots. On the other hand, Organic LEDs are often mentioned as a next generation technology for iPhone displays.  Here is Part II of John's interview with Paul Gagnon, Director of TV Research at IHS Technology.  The discussion continues with manufacturing issues, suppliers, response times, costs and the ultimate winner down the road.

Apple Took 2.5 Years to Fix a Security Flaw, but this Time it’s OK

1:45 PM EST, Jan. 21st, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple knew about one of the security issues iOS 9.2.1 fixes 2.5 years ago

When Apple released iOS 9.2.1 earlier this week it fixed several bugs and security flaws, one of which the company knew about for two and a half years. That makes it look like Apple dropped the ball, but in this case it was more about needing some serious time to properly address the security flaw.

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We shouldn't cut Apple any slack when security issues aren't addressed in a timely manner, but we also need to remember that sometimes it takes longer than expected to really address the underlying issue.