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Internet Arcade: Play Old-school Video Games in your Browser

5:20 PM, Nov. 4th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Remember the classic video games we played in arcades? Games like Defender, Frogger, Tron, Q*bert, and Robotron? They're all available online and you can play them in your Web browser thanks to the Interent Archive. Games from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s are available through the archive, and it's like a little bit of magic to play them all again without dropping quarter after quarter into the machine. I didn't have much luck with Safari, but Google Chrome worked just fine. I'm off to play one of my favorites, Xevious, and if you don't remember these awesome games, then get off my lawn.

OS X Yosemite: Bringing Back Finder Window Search Options

4:00 PM, Nov. 4th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Quick Tip

Prior to OS X Yosemite, performing a search from a Finder window gave you to option to quickly add additional search criteria to narrow down the list of files you'd see, but now that's gone — or at least hidden away. Bringing back the missing search criteria only takes a couple mouse clicks, so read on to learn how.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-04

1:31 PM, Nov. 4th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

John Martellaro's iTunes 12 review is out, and he doesn't pull any punches. John and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about what's wrong with Apple's music and other content management app for the Mac, question if the company is making some bad design decisions, and wonder what's in store for future app releases.

Apple to Raise 2.8B Euro in New Bond Issue

10:30 AM, Nov. 4th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's latest cash influx will come from a new bond issuing in euros instead of dollars. The iPhone and iPad maker plans to bring in €2.8 billion (about US$3.5 billion) in two blocks set to mature in eight and twelve years, and will likely show record low yields.

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Adding debt through bonds makes sense for Apple because it's overall expense will be lower. Selling in euros instead of dollars adds some diversity to the company's cash flow, too.

AT&T, Verizon to Support Cross-network Voice over LTE in 2015

9:02 AM, Nov. 4th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

AT&T and Verizon have already said they're bringing Voice over LTE (VoLTE) support to their customers, and now they've committed to making the service cross-network compatible, too. Previously, each said their VoLTE service would work only with customers making calls to phone numbers on the same carrier network.

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I was an iPhone 5S owner, and now I have an iPhone 6. I still haven't had a single VoLTE call on AT&T. Fingers crossed that changes once AT&T and Verizon get their cross carrier deal in place.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-03

1:27 PM, Nov. 3rd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

The memorial in Saint Petersberg, Russia, to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is gone because current CEO Tim Cook is gay. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to discuss the decision to pull down the memorial and homophobia in Russia, plus they have a little to say about Trent Reznor's secret streaming music project for Apple.

Charge Your Apple Watch in Style with DODOcase’s Wood Stand

11:11 AM, Nov. 3rd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

When Apple Watch ships next spring you'll need to charge yours every day, and DODOcase wants you to be able juice up in style with its new Charging Stand. The stand is made from California orchard walnut, uses suction cup adhesive to hold it in place, has a groove for routing the watch's charging cable, and you can get a monogramed leather cover for the inductive charger base. DODOcase will number the first 100 sold, and the company plans to ship its Charging Stand at the same time Apple Watch ships in spring 2015. You can pre-order now with a US$5 deposit. The final price will run between $60 and $80.

Apple’s Angela Ahrendts says Apple Watch Coming in Spring 2015

10:05 AM, Nov. 3rd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Senior Vice President of Retail Angela Ahrendts narrowed down the time frame for the Apple Watch launch: spring 2015, which is later than "early 2015" the company originally said. She shared that tidbit in a video message for retail employees.

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March is better than July, but not as good as February. It'll be interesting to see if Apple can keep the excitement around Apple Watch going long enough to push through with big sales.

Russians Tear Down Steve Jobs Memorial Because Tim Cook is Gay

9:01 AM, Nov. 3rd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

An iPhone-shaped memorial to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has been torn town in Saint Petersberg because current CEO Tim Cook has publicly announced he is gay. The company that funded the memorial, ZEFS, decided to remove the six-foot tall memorial because of Mr. Cook's sexuality, and as a reaction to reports of NSA spying.

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Tearing down the Saint Petersberg Steve Jobs memorial was a sad move, and shows just how far some people still have to go before they'll be able to accept people simply for who they are.

Judge Rules Cops can Force You to Touch ID Unlock your iPhone

3:00 PM, Oct. 31st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

A four-digit lock code on your iPhone offers you more privacy protection than Touch ID in Virginia. Judge Steven Frucci ruled fingerprints as security codes constitute evidence police can collect, just like DNA samples, and aren't subject to Fifth Amendment self incrimination protection.

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Regardless of whether or not Judge Frucci interpreted the law correctly, letting law enforcement compel people to unlock their Touch ID-encrypted iPhones seems like a pretty slippery slope to head down.