CES 2014: TMO Editors’ Choice Awards

7:03 PM, Jan. 14th, 2014 · · Conferences

The Mac Observer is always on the lookout for great products when we're at trade shows, conferences, and expos, and at CES 2014 in Las Vegas we found a couple that really stood out for us. Read on to see which products earned TMO Editors' Choice Awards this year.

CES 2014 to Use iBeacons for Expo Promotion

1:34 PM, Jan. 3rd, 2014 · · Conferences

Just because Apple won't have a booth at CES next week doesn't mean the iPhone and iPad maker won't have a presence. This year CES will be using the company's iBeacon technology for an on-site scavenger hunt to collect digital badges and win prizes.

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CES is promoting iBeacon technology in a big way this year. That has to make all of those Android phone makers that chose to go with NFC feel pretty good.

The Bridge of Star Trek Enterprise NCC-1701-D at MacTech (Photo Gallery)

9:10 PM, Nov. 6th, 2013 · · Conferences


As a "perk" for MacTech attendees, the non-profit organization, New Starship, setup a full replica of the Enterprise NCC-1701-D bridge from Star Trek: The Next Generation. According to New Starship Founder and CEO Huston Huddleston, these props are partially from the (now defunct) Vegas experience and mostly from the touring production thereof. A dozen images and more details await... after the jump!

Kinivo’s Bluetooth Speaker Is Compact and Feature Full

2:15 PM, Jun. 26th, 2013 · · Conferences

Kinivo BtX350 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

The BtX350 wireless compact bluetooth stereo speaker provides rich, full-bodied sound, strong bass and wirelessly streams via Bluetooth or connects to non-wireless items, such as iPods, with a standard 3.5mm plug. The addition of easy to reach operational buttons, makes this a useful speaker.

Apple Seeds iOS 7 Beta 2 for iPhone & iPad to Developers

8:31 PM, Jun. 24th, 2013 · · Conferences

iOS 7

Apple released the second beta of iOS 7 to developers on Monday, just two weeks after the company announced the first beta at the annual World Wide Developer Conference on June 10th. In addition to support for iPhone, iOS 7 Seed 2 also supports iPad for the first time.

THE LIST: Every Developer TMO Has Interviewed at WWDC

5:15 PM, Jun. 24th, 2013 · · Conferences

TMIO's WWDC Interviews

Since 2009, The Mac Observer has been interviewing Apple developers at WWDC to take the pulse of the developer community and allow them to tell their stories to the readers.  All of these interviews have been extraordinary, and we thought it was time to provide links to every interview for reference.

From Teaching Religion to Writing Mail Act-On & MailTags - Scott Morrison at WWDC

6:11 PM, Jun. 20th, 2013 · & · Conferences

WWDC Interview with Scott Morrison

Scott Morrison was teaching high school computer science when he decided he needed a hobby. So he decided to learn Objective-C as a hobby. One thing led to another, and soon he was creating mail plug-ins for OS X 10.3 Jaguar's Mail app.Mr. Morrison quit his job with some trepidation, worried about the isolated life of a developer, and started his software business. He told his story to TMO's Dave Hamilton at WWDC.

Dave Teare at WWDC: How One Month for 1Password Became 8 Years

2:04 PM, Jun. 19th, 2013 · Dave Hamilton, Julie Kuehl, John Martellaro · Conferences

Eight years ago, Dave Teare and his business partner were developing websites with Ruby on Rails. They were working with forms and had to constantly enter user names and passwords. That was tiresome, so they eventually developed a tool that allowed them to enter that data with a click.  It was to be a one month project.  Eight years later, 1Password is going strong on OS X and iOS. And Windows. And Android.

Alf Watt at WWDC: The Journey from iStumbler to Apple and Beyond

4:35 PM, Jun. 18th, 2013 · & · Conferences

WWDC interview with Alf Watt

Alf Watt attended MacWorld New York in 1999 and saw Steve Jobs launch AirPort in the first iBook and base stations. A geek at heart, he immediately wanted to understand this new technology, and iStumbler for Mac OS 9 was the result.  Later, he headed a team at Apple working  on Wi-Fi technologies. Basically, Mr. Watt has spent ten years making an invisible technology, indistinguishable from magic, very visible. The story of how that turned out includes fascinating technical tidbits about how Wi-Fi works.