Apple’s Australian Bond Sales Top $1.2B in First Two Hours

10:18 AM, Aug. 20th, 2015 · · News

Apple's Australian bond sale, or kangaroo bonds, have already topped expectations

Apple kicked off its first bond sale in Australia Thursday morning, and topped AU$1.2 billion in the first two hours. It was almost like an iPhone launch, but with Kangaroo bonds instead.

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Apple's bond sale is expected to help the Australian economy, but it is kind of crazy that it's far cheaper for U.S. companies to take on debt than to bring overseas revenue into the country.

El Capitan Beta: The “Delete Immediately” Feature

8:58 AM, Aug. 20th, 2015 · · TMO Quick Tip

Delete Immediately in OS X El Capitan

With the El Capitan beta, we've got a neat, easy way to bypass the trash when we're deleting a file, and we can also remove a single item from the trash without having to empty it completely. This is one of the features that we really hope makes it through to the final version of El Cap! Melissa Holt's here to tell you all about it.

Evidence for the iPad Pro This Fall Is Now Ironclad

5:15 PM, Aug. 19th, 2015 · · Analysis

Mounting evidence from several sources suggests that the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is just about certain to be released by Apple this fall. While this new product may not, alone, turn the tide of iPad sales, it will launch a new step forward in the evolution of the iPad family.

Microsoft Excel Training 94% Off: $29

4:55 PM, Aug. 19th, 2015 · · 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.

4 Clever Uses for an iPhone Camera

4:20 PM, Aug. 19th, 2015 · · Tips

Your iPhone's camera is more than just a picture taking thing in your pocket. It's also a great memory aid. How great, you ask? Kelly Guimont has some great tips on how she uses her iPhone to help remember the important stuff in her life, like where she parked the car.

Parallels Releases Desktop 11 for Mac with El Capitan & Windows 10 Support

3:15 PM, Aug. 19th, 2015 · · Product News

Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac released

On August 19, Parallels released Desktop 11 for Mac. It fully supports Windows 10, including Cortana access in OS X, and is ready for OS X El Capitan. One focus of this release, as always, is performance increases. Additional focuses are 1) Even better integration between OS X and Windows for a more seamless experience, 2) Travel mode, and 3) a new Pro version with special features for developers, power users and IT professionals.

Hackers Release AshleyMadison Database, Prove they’re Jerks

2:50 PM, Aug. 19th, 2015 · · 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 · · 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 · · 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.