FCC Rule Change Could Turn Apple TV into A Cable TV Competitor

10:09 AM, Oct. 29th, 2014 ·

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has proposed a change to the rules controlling who broadcasters sell content to, and would bar them from refusing to sell to Internet-based providers. That translates to a big opportunity for Apple to add new channels to Apple TV without cutting deals with cable providers like Comcast.

OS X Yosemite: Using Mail’s Awesome New Markup Feature

8:49 AM, Oct. 29th, 2014 ·

With Apple Mail under Yosemite, you can add shapes, text, and highlights to attachments right in the composing window, without having to annotate the file before you insert it into an email. Heck, you can even crop images and insert your signature! This handy-dandy new feature is what we'll discuss in today's Quick Tip.

Smartphone-Assisted Halloween Masks

7:11 PM, Oct. 28th, 2014 ·

Oh yeah

I have a Halloween costume that involves your iPhone (or Android device, if that's your thing) that is so awesome, you will forgive her for obliterating your carefully planned and super topical Sexy Ebola Containment Suit costume. Instead, check out the smartphone enhanced masks over at Digital Dudz.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-28

4:55 PM, Oct. 28th, 2014 ·

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It's all about app interfaces on Daily Observations today. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about what could change to make the iPhone's interface better, and they get a little rant on about iTunes 12, too.

NewerTech Headless Mac Video Accelerator

4:41 PM, Oct. 28th, 2014 · · Cool Stuff Found

It's almost Halloween, so of course something with "Headless" in the title is attention-getting. NewerTech has announced a new video adapter, the Headless Mac Video Accelerator. If you have a Mac that runs in "headless" mode (meaning without an attached monitor), when you do have to log in for something, all of the video rendering is done by the CPU; since there's no monitor connected the graphics card doesn't get used. This is why headless Macs feel even slower than they actually are, with the CPU doing all the rendering on top of regular tasks it really starts to lag. NewerTech's adapter is basically a mini DisplayPort plug that goes nowhere, but causes the computer to think a display is attached, triggering the video card so now remote logins are more responsive. It's available now from OWC for USD $19.99, and works with all Mac Pro models from Early 2009 on through the mid-2010 (the latest model before the revised black cylinder), and Mac minis from June 2010 up to the late 2012 model.

Where to Buy a New iPad if You Want an Apple SIM

4:21 PM, Oct. 28th, 2014 ·

Apple SIM for iPad instructions to Verizon users

I got a new iPad Air 2 last week and while I’m impressed, you’ll have to wait until next week for my review. Why? Well, while doing my due diligence I found a situation that’s more important for you to hear about today than my opinion of the iPad Air 2: Where you buy your iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 matters, and it matters a lot.

Prompt 2 from Panic: A Drop-dead Gorgeous SSH Client for iOS

2:10 PM, Oct. 28th, 2014 · · Cool Stuff Found

Prompt 2 is version 2 of a very good looking, easy-so-use SSH client for iOS. It's from Panic Inc, the people who brought us the excellent Transmit FTP client. As the website says, "Restart your server from a coffee shop. Fix a web page from the back of car..." Version 2 has several new features, notably Panic's sync across devices, iOS 8 compatibility, stored text in "clips", private keys, and easier switching between multiple connections. Sysadmins who must be able to access their servers remotely, securely and with first-class software will want to have this on every iOS device. Best of all? It's only $10.

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FTC Sues AT&T for Throttling ‘Unlimited’ Plans

2:01 PM, Oct. 28th, 2014 ·

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Get this: "unlimited" apparently means "no limits." Who knew, right? It turns out that there is a modicum of watchdog left in the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) after all, because the regulators announced plans to sue AT&T for throttling its Unlimited Plan because, the Commission says, throttling is a limit.

iTunes 12: Bringing Back the Library and Playlist Sidebar

11:15 AM, Oct. 28th, 2014 ·

Apple seems hell-bent on making iTunes as painful to use as it can, and iTunes 12 really drives that point home by killing the Library and playlists sidebar. There is a way to bring the sidebar back to life and take away some of the sting that's the iTunes 12 interface.

CVS Says it Can’t Take Apple Pay, Evaluating Options

9:09 AM, Oct. 28th, 2014 ·

CVS, along with Rite Aid, disabled their in-store NFC mobile payment systems after the launch of Apple Pay, blocking both iPhones and Google Wallet-compatible Android phones from acting as credit cards. CVS now has a statement out saying it can't accept those payment forms.

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Seems like CVS is confusing "cannot" with "won't," because their NFC credit card terminals are clearly capable of supporting Apple Pay.