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6 Calculator Apps for Apple Watch

1 hour, 42 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

TMO rounds up some Apple Watch calculator apps

Watches from a few decades ago included calculators, so why not Apple Watch? Even though Apple didn't include a calculator app on its smartwatch that doesn't mean you can't add one yourself. TMO's Jeff Gamet rounded up a few and checked them out for you. Read on to see what he liked and what he didn't.

Pebble Time Ships, Apple Watch Comparisons Coming Soon

7 hours, 12 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Pebble Time is now shipping, which means we're about to see head-to-head comparisons with Apple Watch. Pebble introduced its newest smartwatch with a Kickstarter campaign earlier this year that was fully funded in only 20 minutes. With Apple Watch shipping, too, the smartwatch market is heating up.

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Pebble Time offers built-in accessory support, goes a week between recharging, and comes with a lower price than Apple Watch. Now we get to see if that's enough to compete with Apple.

iOS Bug can Crash Your iPhone with a Text Message

6:04 PM, May. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is working to fix an iOS bug that lets someone crash your iPhone via SMS

Thanks to a bug in the iOS Messages app it's possible to crash your iPhone with a text message. The bug requires a specific string of Unicode characters, and there are some workarounds while we wait for Apple to release a fix.

Yosemite 10.10.4 Beta Dumps Discoveryd to Fix Network Issues

9:36 AM, May. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Kills Yosemite Network Bugs with Mavericks Code

In hopes of finally addressing ongoing network-related issues in OS X Yosemite, the new 10.10.4 beta release does away with discoveryd and rolls back to mDNSResponder from OS X Mavericks. Apple replaced mDNSResponder in OS X Yosemite with discoveryd for handling certain network tasks, but that decision left many Mac owners frustrated with heavy CPU usage, slow Internet issues, and network connection problems.

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Discoveryd has been a big bag of hurt for Apple. Rolling back to mDNSResponder seems like a smart move considering just how many network-related issues Yosemite using Mac owners have been facing.

Firefighters Take on Blaze at Apple’s Former Sapphire Glass Factory [Update]

2:58 PM, May. 26th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Firefighters work to contain a blaze at Apple's Mesa, AZ former sapphire factory

Firefighters are working to contain a fire at the Mesa, Arizona building where GT Advanced Technologies had been making synthetic sapphire glass for the iPhone and Apple Watch. The blaze currently seems to be on the roof of the building, and may not have spread to the building's interior.

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Apple has the worst luck with that building. It's like it was built on cursed ground.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-05-26: Jony Ive’s Promotion, Cortana Coming to iPhone

1:26 PM, May. 26th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Apple's Jony Ive is being promoted to Chief Design Officer, and that has some people worried about his future with the company. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at whether or not his new job is a sign that he's planning on retiring soon, plus they dive into what Microsoft's plan to bring Cortana voice commands to the iPhone means for Apple.

Hold on to Your Pants, Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana is Coming to iPhone

10:25 AM, May. 26th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Microsoft's Cortana coming to iPhone

Microsoft is making a big push for cross-device support in Windows 10, and part of that includes bringing its Siri-like Cortana voice control system to the iPhone. Just like Siri, Cortana lets you speak to perform tasks and retrieve information, and in some ways is considered more advanced than Apple's own system.

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I've spoken with several Windows and iPhone users who say Cortana is superior to Siri. Bringing that experience to the iPhone will force Apple to step up its voice recognition game, but it's also a shot across the company's bow. Make no mistake: Microsoft wants to eat Apple's pie.