Apple Adds Egg Freezing to Women’s Job Benefits

1:43 PM EDT, Oct. 14th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is offering a new job perk to the women on its payroll: the company will cover the cost of freezing their eggs. The iPhone and iPad maker will cover up to US$20,000 for the procedure, and will gladly do so for non-medical reasons.

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Good on Apple for its part to help bring fair and equal reproductive coverage to the workplace.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-14

1:25 PM EDT, Oct. 14th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple now offers egg freezing as a health benefit for its female employees. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about what this means for Apple, women, and the workplace, plus they take a look at the alleged leak of Dropbox user names and passwords and the importance of using unique passwords.

Macworld/iWorld Going on ‘Hiatus,’ No Show for 2015

1:19 PM EDT, Oct. 14th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

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IDG World Expo announced Tuesday that its Macworld/iWorld tradeshow is going on "hiatus," and that no event would take place in 2015. The company's enterprise-oriented event called MacIT will continue "next year," with details scheduled for announcement in "the coming weeks."

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Bummed. Severely.

Dropbox: We Weren’t Hacked, Your Password Wasn’t Stolen

9:47 AM EDT, Oct. 14th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Following reports that Dropbox had been hacked and user logins were stolen, the online storage service has said that's not so and instead the user names and passwords were taken from other sites. Several hundred logins appeared on Reddit with the claim that the hackers have user names and passwords for more than 7 million accounts and the promise more will be released in exchange for Bitcoin payments.

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The possibility of stolen account logins really sucks, but in this case there's a chance that it's the hackers who are getting scammed. There's a little bit of delicious irony in that. Still, don't use the same password on more than one site.

Charge Your Phone by Walking with Ampy Kickstarter

6:28 PM EDT, Oct. 13th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Yeah, this is frakking cool. It's a Kickstarter project for Ampy, a portable charger for iPhone (or anything that powers from USB) that you charge by walking around. Ampy turns kinetic energy into electrical energy and stores it in an internal battery. According to the Kickstarter description, 10,000 steps is enough to generate three hours of battery life on your smartphone. 30-60 minutes on a bicycle will do the same thing. Strap it on your working dog? Who knows, but the idea of an iPhone powered by dog awesomeness brings a huge smile to my face. Oh, and Ampy can also be charged by plugging it into a wall socket. With 28 days to go, the developers have already raised $128,000 with an original goal of $100,000, but there are still ways to get a discounted Ampy and support the company's efforts. [Via Ryan Faas > GigaOM]

Last Chance for ilumi LED Smartbulb Controlled from iPhone for $79

5:54 PM EDT, Oct. 13th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Last Chance for ilumi LED Smartbulb Controlled from iPhone for $79

I'm an LED bulb nut. Some of them last for decades, they produce less waste heat, and they use a fraction of the power of a comparable incandescent bulb (less even than CFC bulbs). Then there are LED bulbs that allow you to change their hue, and that's what we have for today's deal. The ilumi LED Smartbulb is controlled from your iPhone or Android device (with Bluetooth 4.0). It can pulse with music, has a wakeup schedule, and a vacation mode to make your home look occupied. It lasts up to 20 years, uses between 1 and 13 watts with light equivalent up to 60-75 watt incandescents, is dimmable, and is color tunable. It's regularly priced at $90, but through our deal you can get it for $79. The deal ends in one day.

Attorneys Fish for Shareholder Launch Class Action against GTAT

3:32 PM EDT, Oct. 13th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Piggybank

The Law Offices Bernard M. Gross, P.C. started the shareholder lawsuit train against GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) on Monday. Attorneys at the firm are seeking a lead plaintiff for the case, which accuses executives, directors, and underwriters of misleading investors in the wake of the company's fallout with Apple.

How To Add Images To Ello Posts

3:09 PM EDT, Oct. 13th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · How-To

Ello has less constraints than some other social networks. Kelly explains how to add an image to your Ello post for maximum enjoyment. (Think of all the GIFs you can inflict on others!)

Walgreens Memo Claims Saturday Apple Pay Launch

2:22 PM EDT, Oct. 13th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

iOS 8's mobile payment system Apple Pay could get its official launch on October 18, only two days after a media event where Apple is expected to introduce new iPad models. The hint at the potential launch date comes from an internal Walgreens memo pointing out the weekend start.

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Apple said Apple Pay would be coming in October, so it's just a matter of waiting for the official launch announcement. With a media event happening this Thursday, it's possible we're only days away from the rollout.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-13

1:12 PM EDT, Oct. 13th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Turns out flight attendants are so excited about gate-to-gate portable electronics use on flights. Kelly Guimont and Dave Hamilton put on their ranty pants today and let Jeff Gamet know just how they feel about flight attendants suing the FAA to reinstate the electronics ban, plus Dave explains why he's decided to go with the iPhone 6 Plus instead of the smaller iPhone 6.

Flight Attendants Sue to Stop Gate-to-gate Electronics Use

9:55 AM EDT, Oct. 13th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Attorneys representing the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA argued in the U.S. Court of Appeals late last week that the ban on in-flight electronics the FAA lifted a year ago should be reinstated for the safety of airline passengers. The Flight Attendants union thinks portable electronics use during takeoff and landing poses a serious risk and that the FAA made a mistake when it opened the doors for airlines to allow their use from gate to gate.

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Unless flight attendants can come up with compelling evidence to show gate-to-gate electronics use is a serious safety risk, you'll most likely be able to keep playing Angry Birds on your flights. And with the ban lift nearly a year behind us, passengers wouldn't take going back to stowing their electronics very well at all.

Apple Launching iPhone 6 in 36 More Countries in October

8:46 AM EDT, Oct. 13th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple plans to launch the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in 36 more countries and territories by the end of October with Israel, Mexico, Poland, South Africa, Greece, Bosnia, and more on the list. The company expects to have its new iPhone models in more than 115 countries by the end of the year, making this its most agressive rollout so far.

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Apple clearly intends to follow through with its plan to get the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus into at least 115 countries before the end of the year. 

MGG 523: Three Mikes and Two Geeks On Mics

11:34 AM EDT, Oct. 12th, 2014 · John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Network issues nipped the tail end of last week's show, but your geeks made it through regardless. This week John and Dave go through running iPhoto from a flash drive, sharing a clipboard between iOS and OS X, Wi-Fi Calling with your new iPhone, Updating expired podcasts and resolving a failed (but recurring!) iPhoto import. Download and enjoy!

How To Create a Mac Keyboard Shortcut For Print To PDF (Video)

6:50 PM EDT, Oct. 10th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

You may have seen the "PDF…" button lurking in the bottom of a print dialog, and you may have even used it from time to time to create a digital version of a document in a quest to reduce paper. If you haven't noticed it, there's a PDF button in the bottom left corner of the print dialog, so you can print something to PDF instead of having to use ink and paper. Sometimes you just need a PDF, so having this option built in is awesome. What's even more awesome is when you can save some time by creating a keyboard shortcut to do this for you automatically. David Sparks has covered this with the video below. It sounds odd, but trust me, this is the "microwave" of Mac tweaks. At first you'll wonder why you thought you needed it, and in a month you'll wonder how you lived without it. For bonus points, work a little dark magic with Hazel or other automation software and streamline a bunch of busy work so you can spend more time on important things, like your Netflix queue or learning to knit.

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‘Eight’ Wooden Acoustic Amplifier for iPhone Looks Amazing, Sounds OK

6:30 PM EDT, Oct. 10th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · In-Depth Review

'Eight' Wooden Acoustic Amplifier Looks Amazing, Sounds OK

Eight is the most unique iPhone accessory I've seen, and it's the most beautiful. Designed by Slovakian company Stark, Eight is a wooden acoustic amplifier/dock for your iPhone 5/5s/6. With the addition of the included Lightning cable, it's also a charging dock. It's hand crafted, made of gorgeous wood, is cleverly designed, feels amazing (seriously), and it sounds OK.