Free: Time Doctor 1-Year Subscription

6:09 PM EDT, Jul. 17th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Time Doctor on Macbook

Ever wonder how you use your computer? What apps you use the most? How much time you spend in them? Check out Time Doctor, a service that tracks which apps you're using, offers popups reminding you to get back to work if you've been surfing, and integrates with Asana and Basecamp. Our deal on this is pretty killer, because you get a one year subscription for free. Check out the deal page for details.

Internet TV gets a Tentative Thumbs Up in New Court Ruling

4:43 PM EDT, Jul. 17th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Federal ruling says Internet companies can get content licenses from broadcasters for television content

Internet-based television streaming scored a potentially big win this week when Federal District Court Judge George W. Wu ruled broadcasters may not be able to refuse content licenses to FilmOn. The company has been fighting a lawsuit over claims it shouldn't be allowed to rebroadcast copyrighted content over the Internet. If the ruling stands, this could open the door for other companies—potentially including Apple—to sidestep the traditional broadcast model to bring us TV shows outside of the confines of the big names like Comcast and Dish.

Important New Features Make OS X El Capitan Not Just a Tune-up

4:00 PM EDT, Jul. 17th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Particle Debris

OS X El Capitan under the hood

OS X Yosemite has been a bit of a problem for some users, especially with networking, and so the WWDC announcement of El Capitan was greeted with enthusiasm. Apple's stated focus was on the experience and performance, but, in time, we've learned that important changes under the hood will also contribute to security and better networking. Here's a look at how El Capitan is going to affect you for the better.

Apple IIgs System 6.0.2 Update Rolls Out After 22 Years - No Kidding

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

Only 22 years after its last update Apple IIgs System 6.0.1 is getting a new update. The version 6.0.2 update added support for Apple's Ethernet for Appletalk card, fixed an HFS bug that could lead to file corruption, fixed PASCL.FST and DOS33.FST bugs, addressed bugs in TextEdit, Font Manager, and Window Manager, and the list goes on. What makes this so cool is that it's Apple IIgs fans who created the update. The IIgs was a great cross-over machine in its time because it also supported Apple IIe software and offered multimedia support you couldn't find on other computers. Thanks to A.P.P.L.E, you can break out your dusty old IIgs and give it a spiffy OS update. It's a free download at the A.P.P.L.E. website.

OS X Pages: Using Sections to Delete Document Pages

8:57 AM EDT, Jul. 17th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

If you've ever tried to delete a single page within a Pages document, you may have been confused to find that you couldn't do so without removing additional pages (or maybe your whole document!). In this Quick Tip, we'll go over why this is happening and what you can do to get those stubborn pages out of there.

Apple and Samsung Cooperating with Carrier Trade Group on Electronic SIM

7:52 PM EDT, Jul. 16th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple and Samsung Sitting at Negotiation Table

Both Apple and Samsung are in "advanced talks" with Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA) to participate in a standardized embeddable electronic SIM card, according to The Financial Times. If the initiative comes to market, it would make switching one's smartphone between carriers as easy as toggling onscreen controls. 

Play Music Through Your iOS Device While Keeping It Charged with iRig PowerBridge

6:27 PM EDT, Jul. 16th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

IK Multimedia shipped another clever gadget Thursday, the iRig PowerBridge. This device allows "continuous charging while also passing along audio and MIDI information between the digital iRig accessory and the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch." In other words, you can keep your iOS device charged while playing music with the company's iRig product line. The device has a low-noise power conditioner built into it, as well as several connection options. There are also versions for both Lightning and 30-Pin Dock iOS device models.

71% off Cambridge SoundWorks’ OontZ Curve Ultra Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

4:30 PM EDT, Jul. 16th, 2015 · Bob LeVitus · Cool Stuff Found

Cambridge SoundWorks is known for its high-quality audio gear and this this nifty little wireless speaker is no exception. But you won't have to pay the list price of US$69.99, nor even the usual selling price of $59.99...for a limited time you can pick up one of these little gems from Amazon for a mere $19.99, saving yourself over 70 percent! No telling how long this deal will last, so act now to avoid disappointment and snag the color you prefer (there are currently 5 colors available). 

Apple’s ‘Berlin’ and ‘Beijing’ Commercials Promote Apple Watch as Tourist Tool

3:25 PM EDT, Jul. 16th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple has taken a new tack in marketing Apple Watch with a pair of commercials called Apple Watch - Berlin and Apple Watch - Beijing posted to YouTube on Thursday. The Berlin spot shows a couple of Chinese tourists making the most of Berlin, including getting translations, finding a clinic, getting karaoke lyrics, and more. John Martellaro recently discussed the lack of marketing for this device, and showcasing the device's usability outside of a fitness device seems like a great idea. 

Conversely, the Beijing spot showcases two German tourists in China using Apple Watch for currency conversions, finding each other, sending messages to one another (I love the "SOS" moment), and more. 

Pay What You Want: Web Hacker Bundle

3:09 PM EDT, Jul. 16th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Web Hacker Bundle

We have another developer deal for you, the Web Hacker Bundle. Better yet, it's one of Stack Social's Pay What You Want deals! Pay anything, and you get Learn Docker from Scratch and Learn Apache Cassandra from Scratch. If you beat the average price, which is just $6.25 as of this writing, you'll get five more tutorial courses covering Django, Python, Javascript, Ruby on Rails, PHP, MySQL, JQuery, and more. 10 percent of your purchase price will be donated to Creative Commons, a great project. And if you make the Top Ten at any point, you get five entries into the Samsung 50-Inch 4K TV & Media Device Giveaway.  So...get to it!

Joy and Sadness: Disney’s Inside Out on Your iPhone and iPad

1:53 PM EDT, Jul. 16th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Disney's Inside Out game on the iPhone

Disney and Pixar's new movie Inside Out is more than an animated feature about a pre-teen girl experiencing the excitement, fear, and sadness of moving away to a new city. It's also a powerful message about how important our emotions are, and that we can find our way back from sadness and depression with the right help. It's also a flat-out fun movie, so TMO found what you'll want on your iPhone or iPad after your kids see the film.

Archive Your iOS Backups to Save Snapshots in Time

10:17 AM EDT, Jul. 16th, 2015 · Dave Hamilton · Link

iTunes Screenshot with Backup Archive

If you've ever looked in iTunes > Preferences > Devices you've probably seen what appear to be duplicate backups of your various iDevices labeled with a date. These are archives that iTunes automatically creates, typically when you updated to new software or otherwise made a change that caused your iPhone to start anew. There are times, however, when it might be handy to create one of these at a point in time of your choosing, and we can show you how.

Apple Blocks Flash Again, Fixes Mac mini Sleep Issue

9:26 AM EDT, Jul. 16th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

2012 Mac mini USB keyboard sleep issue gets fixed

Apple rolled out two updates on Thursday to address Mac security and performance issues. The first update blocks older versions of Flash from running in Safari, the second addresses an issue where the late 2012 model Mac mini wouldn't recognize USB keyboards after waking from sleep.

ACM 315: Spreading Apple Thin, Software Agents, and Neil Young

8:05 PM EDT, Jul. 15th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin & Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Podcast

Is Apple spread too thin? Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet explore that thought in this episode of the Apple Context Machine. They also look at software agents, Facebook's Moneypenny virtual assistant, and the state of current virtual assistant technologies like Apple's Proactive, Google Now, and Microsoft's Cortanna. Lastly, they take a look at Neil Young's Assertion that cassette tapes and AM radio offer better sound quality than today's streaming services.

How to See What’s Killing Your iPhone Battery

7:04 PM EDT, Jul. 15th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Quick Tip

iPhone Battery Usage view

This morning my iPhone battery went from a full charge to completely dead in a little over four hours without me using it for anything at all. That's not at all what I expect from a smart phone that's doing little more than laying on my desk, so I wondered exactly what was eating all the juice in my iPhone's battery. Thanks to a tip TMO's own Melissa Holt wrote almost a year ago I was able to solve the mystery.

VPN Land Lifetime Subscription: $49.99

3:31 PM EDT, Jul. 15th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

VPN Land on MacBook

Our VPN-related deals have proven very popular, and our friends at Stack Social put together a new one with VPN Land. It's a lifetime subscription to the service that allows you to browse the Internet privately, mask your IP address, avoid geo-location restrictions, and more Through our deal, you can get the lifetime subscription to VPN Land for $49.99, some 74 percent off the retail price.