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Microsoft Excel Training 94% Off: $29

4:55 PM, Aug. 19th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Deals

Microsoft Excel training only $29

Mastering Microsoft Excel, or even figuring out how to add a column of numbers, can be kind of intimidating. Thanks to GoSkill's three-course program, Microsoft Excel Immersion: From Novice To Ninja, you can turn yourself into an Excel pro in no time. Each course includes at least 24 lessons covering everything from using functions to building macros, and analyzing data with pivot tables. This online video training costs US$497, but TMO has a special 94% off deal so it'll set you back only $29.

Hackers Release AshleyMadison Database, Prove they’re Jerks

2:50 PM, Aug. 19th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Hackers stole and then posted personal information online from

The hackers who stole user account data from have followed through on their threat to release the names and personal information online. 9.7 GB worth of data was dumped onto the Internet, which could be very embarrassing for those people since the site touts itself as the go-to place for adults looking to have affairs. The group, calling themselves The Impact Team, said they're trying to force the site to shut down because it wasn't following through on user requests to delete accounts after charging them US$19, and because they don't like the site's premise—both of which sound like flimsy excuses for being socially irresponsible jerks.

ACM 320: Apple Pay, Google OnHub, Apple Music Stats

2:14 PM, Aug. 19th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Bryan is on vacation this week, so Jeff asked John Martellaro on as a special guest and they had plenty to talk about. First up was the status of Apple Pay and it's impact on credit card transactions, then they looked at Google's just announced OnHub Wi-Fi router and smart home hub, and finally MusicWatch's data on Apple Music subscribers. Jeff also slips up and mentions that Bryan is really in the Witness Protection Program.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-08-19: Google’s OnHub, AshleyMadison’s Data Breach

11:41 AM, Aug. 19th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Google has a new Wi-Fi router and smart home bridge called OnHub and it looks pretty cool, at least on paper. Dave Hamilton joins Jeff Gamet to look at what OnHub brings to the table and how it compares to Apple's AirPort Extreme Base Station. They also offer up their thoughts on hackers dumping's 32 million user database onto the Internet.

Apple Calls Bulls#@t on MusicWatch’s Apple Music Numbers

6:41 PM, Aug. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Music is losing users, but maybe not as fast as MusicWatch says

MusicWatch says 48 percent of the people trying Apple Music have stopped using the streaming music service. Apple says that number is totally wrong, and that only 21 percent have stopped.

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Apple Music isn't doomed, at least not yet. It's available in over 100 countries, and MusicWatch's survey was able to account for users only in the United States. That said, Apple needs to stay on top of its streaming music game if it wants to seriously compete with Spotify and Pandora.

Google’s OnHub is the Wi-Fi Router Apple Should’ve Designed

5:11 PM, Aug. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Google's OnHub handles your Wi-Fi network and smart home

Google wants to be your home network's one-stop-shop with its just announced OnHub. The OnHub bundles together a Wi-Fi router, smart home device bridge, Bluetooth Smart Ready, and a network management system in a cylinder packed with antennas and enough smarts to help keep your network in top shape—and it sounds like a really great idea that Apple should've already jumped on.

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Hey Apple, it looks like Google is blowing the AirPort Extreme out of the water with its OnHub. What are you going to do about it?

Get Your Mac Productivity Time Under Control with RescueTime for $19.99

4:24 PM, Aug. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Deals

It's far too easy to get distracted on our computers, or spend far more time than we realize focused on unproductive activities like reading Twitter. RescueTime can help bring back your digital productivity by monitoring what you do when you're sitting at your computer, and then builds reports with productivity scores detailing exactly how you spend your time. It logs the apps you use, how long you're in each app, and how much time you spend on specific websites. You can also block websites you find too distracting, sort of like staging your own personal intervention. RescueTime is regularly priced at US$72, but thanks to TMO's special deal you can pick it up for only $19.99.

Reading the Tea Leaves: New iPhones on September 18

2:31 PM, Aug. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

The next iPhone will launch on Sept 18

Apple hasn't made any official announcements yet, but enough pieces are coming together so that it's easy to make an educated guess on when the iPhone 6 replacement is coming out: September 18. Apple typically releases new iPhone models in September so that's a given, and thanks to the company's cell service partners who don't get the meaning of "secret," the actual launch date is looking like Friday, September 18.

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Apple hasn't confirmed anything yet, but it's looking pretty solid for a mid-September iPhone 6s launch.

Misfit Offers Swimmers their own Fitness Tracker

11:17 AM, Aug. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Misfit and Speedo are teaming up on a new version of the Shine fitness tracker designed for swimmers. The Speedo Shine is waterproof to 50 meters, and is designed to track how many laps you swim, and can track your distance regardless of your swimming stroke. It also sports the usual tracking features like steps, calories burned, and sleep patterns. You can pick up a Speedo Shine from Misfit and Apple retail stores starting September 1 for US$79.99.