Jeff Gamet Recaps CES 2015 at Estes Park User Group

10:21 AM, Feb. 18th, 2015 · · TMO Appearances

The Mac Observer Managing Editor Jeff Gamet will be speaking at the Estes Park Internet Computer User Group on Wednesday, February 18, in Estes Park, Colorado. Jeff will talk about this year's Consumer Electronics Show, his experiences at the annual event, what trends to watch in the coming year, and which products were cool or lame.

NBC Adds Live Streaming to iPhone, iPad App

10:04 AM, Feb. 18th, 2015 · · Product News

NBC is making its iPhone and iPad app more enticing for at least some TV fans by adding live streaming support, but only in certain markets. Viewers must also have a cable or satellite subscription to watch shows when they air.

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It's great seeing networks add live streaming to their apps, but requiring a cable or satellite TV package to take advantage of the feature doesn't really enhance its value for TV watchers who prefer traditional over the air viewing to expensive subscriptions.

Anonymizer Universal VPN: 3-Yr Subscription for $55

8:19 PM, Feb. 17th, 2015 · · TMO Deals

Anonymizer Universal VPN: 3-Yr Subscription for $55

We have a deal today on a three year subscription to Anonymizer Universal VPN (virtual private network). VPNs allow users to form secure and private connections across the Internet, and masks your IP address and hides information about your physical location. This subscription allows users to have up to 5 devices to be connected simultaneously. With out deal, you can get a three year subscription for $55.

How to Pin iOS Apps On Pinterest

6:20 PM, Feb. 17th, 2015 · · Tips

You may have heard Pinterest has teamed up with Apple to allow pinning iOS apps, with links directly to the App Store. Kelly explains how to pin apps so you can start sharing your favorites. 

What Will That Mid-Range, Sapphire Apple Watch Cost?

5:00 PM, Feb. 17th, 2015 · · Editorial

All Apple has given us is that the Apple Watch will start at $349. It's been widely assumed that's the Sport model. Plus, there's been a lot of conjecture about the price of the gold Apple Watch Edition, but John Martellaro is more curious about the one in the middle with its stainless steel case and sapphire display.

Apple Patents Google Cardboard-style VR Glasses

11:14 AM, Feb. 17th, 2015 · · News

Assuming we take a new patent at face value, Apple is aiming to own our eyes as well as our wrists in the wearable market. The patent describes a glasses-style head mount that turns your iPhone into a virtual reality headset.

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If Apple really is working on some form of virtual reality headset, it's most likely something along the lines of Oculus Rift, and not Google Glass.

Apple Watch was Supposed to be a Health Tracker, not Fitness Tracker

9:33 AM, Feb. 17th, 2015 · · News

Apple's original plans for its Apple Watch were apparently far more ambitious than the final product, due to ship in April. Instead of the fitness tracker with iPhone-linked communication features, Apple had planned on giving consumers a device that tracked overall health, but had to scale back its designs because many sensors failed to perform as expected.

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It's pretty clear Apple had ambitious plans for the Apple Watch. The downside to cutting so many features is that we we'll have to do without when it ships in April. That said, this creates a compelling reason to upgrade when the second generation model comes out.