OS X Finder: Customize Your Desktop

8:45 AM, Aug. 22nd, 2014 · · TMO Quick Tip

Did you know that you've got all kinds of options for how your Mac's Desktop looks and behaves? It's true. You can make the icons that appear there much larger or smaller, increase or decrease the space between them, and even force the items on your Desktop to sort themselves into rows. All of this magic is the subject of today's Quick Tip.

Week of Who, Day Four: Inspector Spacetime

8:02 PM, Aug. 21st, 2014 · · Cool Stuff Found

Day Four of my Week Of Who commences with a small Doctor tribute that has snowballed. On the TV show Community, a couple of characters are obsessed with the show Inspector Spacetime, a British show about a guy who travels through time and space in a phone booth. NBC decided not to make the show, so the actor cast as Inspector Spacetime started a web series. NBC would not let him continue, so he started a different show called Untitled Web Series About A Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time. It's fun to watch and clever references make it even more enjoyable. Start with the first episode below:

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Antminer S3 453 GH/s Bitcoin Mining Rigs Improve Energy Efficiency

6:27 PM, Aug. 21st, 2014 · · Cool Stuff Found

As Bitcoin mining gets ever-more competitive, energy efficiency has become just as important as price. Accordingly, I took note of the Antminer S3 miners being offered at ZoomHash. They're 453 GH/s miners that use just 355 watts of power at the wall. In comparison, the S1 units I reviewed in March do 180 GH/s at 360 watts. At $349 for the S3 (on sale for pre-order), that makes them one of the most energy-efficient miners on the market, especially at that price. The 800 GH/s to 1 TH/s devices on the market typically need 800-1000 watts of power. That said, this is a pre-order price. They ship on September 20th from Hong Kong, and they'll take 3-4 business days to arrive in the U.S. (check for details on your location)—waiting a month will have an affect on your ROI, and mining is always a gamble. To help even that gamble, ZoomHash set up a 5 percent coupon for our readers (coupon code MacObserver). Just enter that coupon during the checkout process. I'll be posting a review once I receive my units.

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TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-21

6:13 PM, Aug. 21st, 2014 · · Daily Observations Podcast

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Samsung doesn't have to pay Apple's patent infringement trial legal costs because the iPhone wasn't famous when the company copied it. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to try to sort out Judge Lucy Koh's logic, plus they take a look at Amazon's new Android-based Fire smartphone.

Five Deals on Mac Apps: TuneUp, TwistedWave, Stuffit Deluxe, Elite Keylogger, Crossover

3:52 PM, Aug. 21st, 2014 · · TMO Deals

Five Deals on TuneUp, TwistedWave, StiffIt, Elite Keylogger, Crossover

For today's deal, I thought I'd do a round up of some of our deals on Mac software: TuneUp, TwistedWave, Stuffit Deluxe, Elite Keylogger, and Crossover. TuneUp cleans up your iTunes library, TwistedWave is an audio editor, Stuffit Deluxe is the standard file compression tool for the Mac, Elite Keylogger lets you see what other people are doing on your Mac, and Crossover lets you run Windows apps without Boot Camp or a virtual machine. We have a deal on each of them, so enjoy!

An iPhone Veteran Evaluates an Amazon Fire Phone

2:20 PM, Aug. 21st, 2014 · · In-Depth Review

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced the Fire Phone on June 18 with several novel features and a 4.7-inch display.  John Martellaro takes a close look at the Fire Phone with a technical review that steers away from politics and towards what the iPhone or any potential owner would want to know about this smartphone.

3 Free iPhone Apps for Ordering from the Starbucks Secret Menu

10:29 AM, Aug. 21st, 2014 · · TMO Quick Tip

Ordering an espresso, vanilla Frappuccino, or even an iced soy chai is easy enough at Starbucks, but how about a Snickerdoodle or Cap'n Crunch Frappuccino, or Apple Juice Blossom? Those are all part of the Starbucks "secret menu," and we found three cool free iPhone apps that'll help you order those and plenty more, too.