How to Use Apple’s Return Policy to Steal Money…and Get Caught

8:19 PM EDT, May. 15th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

Stop. Thief

Apple has a very generous return and repair policy on its devices. It turns out it's so generous it doesn't take a genius to figure out how to exploit it to make some illicit profit. Take the story of one Edward Hornsey, an enterprising young man of 24 years. He figured out how to make more than US$42,000, but he didn't figure out how to do it without getting caught.

iTunes Needs To Break Up… With Itself

5:20 PM EDT, May. 15th, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · Editorial

With each evolution of Apple, it seems a new section gets bolted on to iTunes, making it even more complex and complicated. This seems out of character for a company that built a reputation on clean straightforward design. Kelly proposes shelving the current version of iTunes, the Weasley's House of Apple software. 

‘Train Simple’ Adobe Photoshop Bundle: $55

3:09 PM EDT, May. 15th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

We have a bundle of training courses for you today that focuses entirely on Photoshop. Selections, Camera RAW, PSD to HTML, Color Management, Portrait Retouching, Working with Type, and using Photoshop for the Web. It's a $702 value, but through our deal you can get it for just $55. Check out the deal page for more information.

Apple Watch Security Bug Overblown

3:05 PM EDT, May. 15th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

The Internet lit up on Thursday with reports of the horrible security bug in Apple Watch that makes it an easy target for criminals. The real problem isn't that Apple Watch has a big security bug—it doesn't—it's that an intended feature of the watch is being presented as if it's a bug. The reality is that Apple Watch isn't more prone to theft than any other quality watch, although Apple could take steps to make it less desirable to steal.

Self-driving Cars Will Need a New Breed of Software

2:45 PM EDT, May. 15th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Particle Debris

We've heard rumors that Apple is working on its own car. It's likely to be a standard electric car with, we think, a phenomenal battery. However, down the road, our attention will turn to self-driving cars, and one question to ask about autonomous cars is whether making them work very safely can be done to the satisfaction of the consumers. Can Apple take that leap as well?

Apple Watch Production Bottleneck Ends, Quanta Now Building at Full Capacity

9:14 AM EDT, May. 15th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Watch should be easier to get now that Quanta, the company building Apple's smartwatch, has ramped up production. Company vice chairman CC Leung said there weren't enough workers available during the Lunar New Year holidays, but that's no longer an issue.

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Assuming Quanta really has been able to ramp up production to the levels Apple needs, Apple Watch deliveries should start coming in larger numbers. We may finally get to see in-store sales soon, too.

Apple Says HomeKit Accessories Coming in June

5:59 PM EDT, May. 14th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

HomeKit

Apple said on Thursday to expect the first HomeKit automation accessories in June. Responding to a Fortune report that HomeKit was delayed as Apple worked on stabilizing the platform, Apple said in a statement that the first HomeKit products will be released "next month."

Basic Checklist for Identifying Network Problems

4:55 PM EDT, May. 14th, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · How-To

You probably have enough internet enabled devices in your house that you should know a bit about how to fix things if they aren't working like they should. Kelly helps you break down how to find the break down and get things on track.

Gate Wants to Make Your Mailbox Smart

4:13 PM EDT, May. 14th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Product News

Gate

SAN FRANCISCO - Zikgo Labs showed off Gate at Pepcom's MobileFocus event Wednesday night, a device the company is funding through Kickstarter. Gate is an interesting addition to the Internet of Things in that it makes your mailbox smart. Using a sensor and a base station, Gate can alert you when your mailbox is opened, removing the uncertainty of knowing when your mail has been delivered.

New 4K Blu-ray Players Will Kickstart 4K TV

3:50 PM EDT, May. 14th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Analysis

The standard fuss about 4K consists of complaints about how it's hard to see a difference compared to HD, that bandwidth for streaming is severe, and that there's no content.  But, of course, all these objections will disappear into the dusty past of technology. For now, however, how will Apple be affected?

Apple’s Beats Streaming Music May Revive Ping

2:56 PM EDT, May. 14th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Ping, Apple's failed attempt at a social networking service, may be getting a revival of sorts in the new Beats streaming music service. Apple will reportedly use the feature as a way for artists to share tour dates, new songs, and more with fans, making it more of a promotional tool than a dead on arrival social networking platform.

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Ping really was a dismal failure, but reviving the artist's page feature could be a good fit for Beats Music and a way to set Apple's offering apart from the competition.

OrbitKey Leather Key Organizer and Bottle Opener: $34.99

2:17 PM EDT, May. 14th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

OrbitKey Leather Key Organizer and Bottle Opener: $34.99

We have a deal for you today that's a bit off the beaten tech track. It's for OrbitKey, a leather key organizer with a built in bottle opener. It holds up to seven standard keys, and because it's made of leather, it stops them from scratching your phone and rattling in your pocket. Through our deal you can get OrbitKey for $34.99, a discount of 26 percent.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-05-14: Apple Music, Ping, and Smart Home Troubleshooting

1:49 PM EDT, May. 14th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Bing Music is about to become Apple Music, and it's going to revive part of Ping. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's streaming music efforts, social networking, and how giving artists a self promotion platform may work out. Kelly also has some tips on troubleshooting your network when your smart home devices misbehave, and she explains why iTunes is Apple's own version of the Weasley's house.

Apple, A123 Settle Employee Poaching Lawsuit

10:40 AM EDT, May. 14th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

A123 Systems, the battery designer that sued Apple for poaching key employees, has settled its case out of court. The company claimed Apple targeted employees from its advanced energy storage division, and that the workers who left violated non-compete contracts.

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Looks like this deal worked out exactly how Apple wanted. It gets the vehicle battery engineers it needs for the Titan electric car project, and A123 Systems isn't distracting from their work any more.

Apple Watch: Adding More Customized Faces

8:55 AM EDT, May. 14th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Today's Quick Tip is about watch faces. How do you add new ones? How do you delete existing ones? Can you have multiple versions of the same face, maybe to use at different times of day? Come on in to get the answers to these questions, plus maybe a little bit of Melissa Holt ranting about not liking the Mickey Mouse face. You don't wanna miss that!

ACM 306: Living with Apple Watch, Tony Fadell’s Watches, and Wearable Security

6:40 PM EDT, May. 13th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet & Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Podcast

Bryan joined the ranks of the Apple Watch owners, and he was surprised at his reaction to his fancy new smartwatch. Jeff and Bryan explore the changes Apple Watch has made in their lives already, plus they look at Tony Fadell and how his watch collection shows off who he is and what he might bring to wearable computer. And just for grins, they look at wearable tech cybersecurity, too.