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How to Use the Command Line to Make the Dock Appear Faster on Your Mac

8:17 PM, Jan. 25th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · How-To

El Cap Dock

The Dock in OS X can be set to always be visible, or it can be set to appear only when you mouse over its location on the edge of your screen. There's a delay, however, between when you mouse over the edge and when the Dock actually appears, and some folks don't care for that. It turns out you can change this behavior.

LithiumCard Wallet Battery: $20

3:17 PM, 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 Car Concept Video

10:11 PM, 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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12o5cB3zWmI

Apple Car Project Head Reportedly Leaving

7:25 PM, 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, 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.

Get Those Flying Toasters and Spotlight in Your Browser!

8:55 PM, 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, 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, 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.