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Apple TV Adds CNNgo Channel

9:02 AM, Mar. 26th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple TV gained yet another new channel this week with the addition of CNNgo. The new channel taps into the CNNgo service to let viewers watch live news and previously recorded shows, but requires a cable TV subscription to watch most of the content.

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More channels coming to Apple TV helps make the little streaming entertainment box more enticing. Requiring a cable TV subscription yet again, however, doesn't do much to make the device a true alternative to Comcast or Time Warner TV packages.

Dave Hamilton Talks Mobile Tech at Connecticut Mac Connection

2:35 PM, Mar. 25th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Appearances

The Mac Observer's own Dave Hamilton will be speaking Wednesday evening at the Connecticut Mac Connection user group on how to keep all of your data with you no matter where you are. Dave will share his tips and tricks on how to make sure the information you need is available when you're away from your desk, and how to make sure your information stays secure.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-25: Apple’s Tech Trend Setting, Recycling Old Gear

2:04 PM, Mar. 25th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

You don't have to like Apple to see how the company is changing the consumer electronics world. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at how Apple sets trends and impacts how we use and what we expect from our tech gear even if we don't use their products. Kelly also has some great tips on recycling all of those extra cables that pile up.

Step Aside Calendar, Fantastical 2 for the Mac is Here

11:19 AM, Mar. 25th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · In-Depth Review

When Fantastical was first released it brought with it a fresh take on the Mac's Calendar thanks to its easy to use drop down menu view and natural language event entry system. Where the original made a great addition to Apple's Calendar apps, Fantastical 2 is an excellent replacement and shows just how much power you can pack into a minimalist interface. Is Fantastical 2 right for you? Read on to find out.

Fan-made TIE Fighter Film Shows How Cool the Empire Can Be

9:27 AM, Mar. 25th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

The Empire is always the evil enemy in Star Wars films, except when Paul Johnson is at the helm. He spent four years working on his own fan-made animated short film called TIE Fighter done in 1980s style anime that's simply beautiful. It includes an appropriate 80s style musical score plus authentic sound effects, and shows just how wonderfully awesome animated Star Wars can be. The movie is a little over seven minutes long, and if you're watching at work be sure to wear headphones because you don't want to miss out on the audio.

Trade Group Files Lawsuit to Stop FCC Net Neutrality Control

3:44 PM, Mar. 24th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

USTelecom, the trade group that represents service providers impacted by the Federal Communication Commission's recent changes to preserve Net Neutrality, filed a lawsuit on Monday in hopes of overturning the new rules. The organization claims the FCC doesn't have the legal authority to regulate an open Internet and shouldn't be allowed to impose regulations outside of its purview on Internet service providers.

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ISPs said they planned to fight the FCC's Net Neutrality plans, so it isn't any surprise at all to see a lawsuit from an organization representing their interests showing up.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-24: Apple Executives on ‘Becoming Steve Jobs’

1:17 PM, Mar. 24th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Turns out there's more to say about how Apple is reacting to the new Steve Jobs biography that's out today, so Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton are back with Jeff Gamet to offer up their thoughts. The look at how this is different from anything else the company has done before, and what may be behind Apple executives choosing to endorse "Becoming Steve Jobs."

Apple TV Adds TED, Tastemade, Young Hollywood Channels

11:24 AM, Mar. 24th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple TV added three new channels Tuesday morning: TED, Tastemade, and Young Hollywood. Unlike some other channels on Apple TV that require a cable television subscription to view, the latest three are all free.

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Seeing TED on Apple TV is pretty cool. Even better: No cable subscription requirement.

Here’s Where to Buy ‘Becoming Steve Jobs’

10:40 AM, Mar. 24th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

If Apple's executive team is to be believed, "Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader" is the biography about their company's co-founder to read, and it's out today. Turns out plenty of retailers are hoping you'll want to read it, too, so we rounded up a list of places ready to sell you a copy.