Sponsor: New MacX DVD Ripper Pro Giveaway

1 hour, 14 minutes ago ·

I'm pleased to welcome this week's sponsor, Digiarty, makers of MacX DVD Ripper Pro back here to TMO. Having a simple, DVD-ripping solution is vital as we all move to consuming our content on iPhones, iPads and Apple TVs. MacX DVD Ripper Pro makes this easy with a single app solution that you can download for free right now.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-11-25: Apple’s Plans for Faceshift

1 hour, 42 minutes ago ·


Apple bought Faceshift, a company that specializes in facial recognition and tracking technology. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about the purchase and speculate on what Apple may have in store, and how Faceshift could fit in with autonomous cars and robots.

Apple Commercial: Someday At Christmas - Stevie Wonder + Andra Day (Video)

1 hour, 50 minutes ago · · Cool Stuff Found

Apple has launched a new Christmas commercial called Someday At Christmas - Stevie Wonder + Andra Day. It features both of those artists, but only features a brief look at a MacBook Pro running Logic Pro X at the beginning, and another quick glimpse later in the spot. It also features two brief looks at an Apple Watch on Andra Day's wrist. It closes with the message "Love, ." It has the kind of heartwarming feel Apple has used in other holiday spots in recent years. What do you think?

Apple Buys Star Wars-related Facial Recognition Company Faceshift

5 hours, 24 minutes ago ·

Apple's holodeck plans are coming together with Faceshift purchase

Apple has reportedly purchased Faceshift, a facial recognition technology company that did some special effects work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Word on the street says Apple has confirmed the purchase, but so far all we really have is the usual noncommittal and vague statement from the company.

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Apple's augmented reality-related purchases: PrimeSense, Metaio, and now Faceshift. Something interesting is coming.

iOS 9: Using Mail Markup with Photos

6 hours, 21 minutes ago ·

How to mark up photos in iOS 9's Mail app

iOS 9's Mail app has a feature that'll let you annotate images before you send them, so if you've gotta add in your signature, circle part of an image for clarity, or put in a text box, you can do so. In today's Quick Tip, we'll tell you how!

20% Off iTunes Cards

10:16 PM, Nov. 24th, 2015 · · Cool Stuff Found

Best Buy is running a deal on iTunes cards today—buy one, get 40 percent off a second. That's 20 percent off for both of them for those following along at home. This is another online deal, and it includes free shipping. You need to use ITUNESDEAL at checkout to get the discount, and the deal is valid on cards from $10-$100. That would be two cards for $160. This offer is part of Best Buy's run up to Black Friday. There's no expiration date listed as of this writing, but it could be a one-day-only deal.


PSA: If You’re Having Network Troubles, Turn Off Wi-Fi Calling

8:45 PM, Nov. 24th, 2015 ·

Tin cans with a broken string

Funny thing happened today: our own Adam Christianson was having trouble with his Internet connection. So, he called up his provider, but his phone call kept dropping. Holy 2007, Batman! Turns out he had Wi-Fi Calling turned on, and the very Internet connection he was calling about was dropping his calls to his cable company.

$100 Off Apple Watch, $125 Off 128GB iPad Air 2, Today Only

6:20 PM, Nov. 24th, 2015 · · Cool Stuff Found

The early Black Friday deals are stacking up fast, and Best Buy is running a doozy for Apple Watch and iPad. Today only—and online only—you can get $50 off Apple Watch Sport, $100 off Apple Watch, $100 off a 64GB iPad Air 2, and $125 off a 128GB iPad Air 2. In each case you have to enter a coupon code at checkout to get the discount, and the offers only extend to what they have in stock. The coupon codes are listed below the product they are good for, as shown in the image below, and the deal ends at 11:59 PM CST (that's CENTRAL time zone) Tuesday, November 24th (that's tonight). [Via MacRumors]


HyperDrive MacBook Storage Expander: $19.95

6:05 PM, Nov. 24th, 2015 ·

HyperDrive MacBook Storage Expander

The HyperDrive MacBook Storage Expander is a clever device. It's an adaptor card that let's you use any microSD, microSDHC, or microSDXC (including 512GB) memory card in your MacBook's Flash memory reader. And it does so sitting flush to the outer edge of your MacBook. We have a deal on one today for $19.95, one third off the regular price. Check the deal listing for more info.

Hewlett-Packard’s Z27s is a 27-inch 4K Display for Your Mac Without the 4K Price

3:00 PM, Nov. 24th, 2015 ·

Review: HP Z27s 4K Display

The Hewlett-Packard Z27s is a 27-inch, 4K Ultra High Definition display suitable for use with any modern PC or Macintosh. The IPS, anti-reflection display is flat, bright and the multiple mechanical adjustments as well as multiple inputs are superb. John Martellaro connected one to his Mac Pro and spent several months with this display. Here is his review in detail.