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TMO Daily Observations 2016-01-18: Swift and the Apple Car, Deceased Family Member’s Passwords

1:38 PM, Jan. 18th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple's Swift coding language is most likely making it easier for the company to develop the software that controls its rumored car. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at why that is, and to discuss why John's idea that Apple had its car in mind when developing Swift may be a little off base. They also offer up their thoughts on the troubles one woman has had in getting her deceased husband's Apple ID password.

Apple Webpage Honors Martin Luther King Jr. Day

10:44 AM, Jan. 18th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's MLK Day homepage

Monday, January 18 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States, and Apple is celebrating the day with a special webpage honoring the civil rights hero. This isn't the first time Apple has marked the occasion on its website, and is looking like it's become an annual event for the company.

Bomb Threat Forces Evacuation of Apple’s Ireland Facilities

9:34 AM, Jan. 18th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple evacuates Ireland facilities following bomb threat

About 4,800 people were evacuated from Apple's Lavitt's Quay and Holyhill campuses following a bomb threat Monday morning. Authorities searched the facilities, but didn't find any signs of foul play.

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It seems someone isn't happy with Apple in Ireland. Luckily the bomb threat appears to be fake, and no one was hurt.

iOS 9.3: How to Enable Night Shift Mode

3:58 PM, Jan. 15th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Quick Tip

How to enable and use iOS 9.3's Night Shift mode

The iOS 9.3 public beta is out and it includes a cool new feature called Night Shift. No, it isn't an evening job; instead, it's an option to cut down on our iOS device's blue light cast at night to help reduce the impact screen viewing has on our circadian rhythm.

Apple Launches In-store iPad Art Workshops

11:33 AM, Jan. 15th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

If you have an iPad and want to use it as an art creation tool, Apple has a workshop for you. The company just launched a new in-store workshop titled "Sketch, Draw, and Paint with iPad" where you'll learn basic techniques for sketching, drawing, and painting with apps. You'll need to bring your own iPad, and a stylus would be a good idea, too. This looks like a great class for new iPad Pro and Apple Pencil owners, or anyone who wants to try to unleash their inner iPad artist. The hour-long workshop is free and available in Apple's retail stores in several countries.

Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet Land Oscar Nominations for ‘Steve Jobs’

10:12 AM, Jan. 15th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Steve Jobs movie lands two Oscar nominations

The Oscar nominations are out, and Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet both have nominations for their roles in Aaron Sorkin's "Steve Jobs" film. Mr. Sorkin didn't, however land a nomination for his screenplay.

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It seems the Oscars love Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet, but aren't too fond of Aaron Sorkin right now—at least not as far as his "Steve Jobs" movie goes.

Apple Releases iOS 9.3 Public Beta

9:26 AM, Jan. 15th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

iOS 9.3 made the jump to public beta

Developers got their hands on iOS 9.3 a couple days ago, and now public beta participants can do the same. The update (build 13E5181f) includes several new features such as Night Shift, and multi-user support for iPads in schools.

Apple to Cut iAd Staff, Automate Ad Sales

3:56 PM, Jan. 14th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple plans to can iAd sales team, automate instead

Apple is tossing in the towel and plans to ax its iAd sales team. The iPhone and iPad maker isn't killing its in-app ad platform, but instead is building a new system where ad publishers create, sell, and manage ads themselves.

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Apple needs to do something to grow iAd, or toss in the towel completely and let other companies handle in-app ads. Hopefully their new automated system will be a step forward and not a step back.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-01-14: Mac Video Buffers and Privacy, Big Changes for iAd

1:21 PM, Jan. 14th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Turns out private Web browsing leaves behind more than you think thanks to your Mac's graphics memory buffer. John Martellaro and The Maccast's Adam Christianson join Jeff Gamet to talk about the bug that's leaving our browser activity and more tucked away in our Mac's video card. They also look at a report claiming Apple is shifting to an automated sales system for iAds.