Making the Case for the iPod Touch

4:40 PM, Sep. 2nd, 2015 ·

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While the iPhone continues to evolve, its counterpart, R2D2 the iPod touch, has fallen out of step. Kelly makes the case for why the iPod touch should not only stick around but get a little bit of the "updated iOS device" love that's going around. 

Dr. Mac Presents: Smart Option Key Tricks

4:25 PM, Sep. 2nd, 2015 ·

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Keyboard shortcuts save you time and effort; if you’re not already using them all the time, you’re missing out. And shortcuts that use the Command key aren’t the only game in town these days. So don't miss this episode, in which Dr. Mac exposes hidden Option-key shortcuts that can save your bacon (or at least save you a little time). 

A Lawn Chair, an Umbrella, and 54 Propellers

3:57 PM, Sep. 2nd, 2015 · · Cool Stuff Found

Then there's that guy who built himself a manned-drone from a lawnchair, an umbrella, and 54 propellers. Smart? Pshaw. I can't imagine much that is less smart. Cool? Hell yeah! The dude can fly, or at least hover. That's not only cool, it's frakking genius. Who cares if it's life threatening and unstable?! And that name: The Swarm Manned Aerial Vehicle Multirotor Super Drone. As descriptive as it is grandiose. The inventor says it will lift 360 pounds. Add it all up and I call this a winner. Check it out (via Gizmodo):

AluPen Digital Fine-Point Stylus: $34.95

2:39 PM, Sep. 2nd, 2015 ·

AluPen Digital Fine-Point Stylus

Today we have a deal on the AluPen Digital Fine-Point Stylus for your iOS device. It will work with Android devices, too, if that's your thing. It features a retractable tip, and doesn't require Bluetooth paring or a special app. This stylus retails for $50, but through our deal you can get it for $34.95.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-09-02: Listeners Respond to El Capitan Debate

2:12 PM, Sep. 2nd, 2015 ·

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Last week we debated Apple's decision to exclude Repair Permissions in OS X El Capitan, and this week we look at your responses. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to revisit their arguments, and to respond to your comments, too. Listen in to see what our listeners think about Apple's system changes.

Adonit’s Jot Dash: The Workhorse Stylus You’ve Been Waiting For

11:30 AM, Sep. 2nd, 2015 ·

We've come a long way since Steve Jobs told us we already have ten styluses on our hands thanks to the creative efforts of many companies. Over time, iPad and iPhone styluses have become more complex, gained pressure sensitivity, and trimmed down the size of their tips. Adonit's latest addition to the stylus world is the Jot Dash and instead of moving us forward by adding in new features, it takes us a step in the right direction by taking some away.

Apple Music’s Ian Rogers Left for the Fashion Industry

10:16 AM, Sep. 2nd, 2015 ·

Ian Rogers quit Apple Music for the fashion industry

The mystery job that pulled Ian Rogers away from running Apple Music isn't a secret any more. Now he's heading up LVMH's efforts to to create a better Internet presence for its brands. That puts Mr. Rogers very much outside of the music industry because LVMH oversees luxury product brands.

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There is a little irony in the high fashion market poaching an employee from Apple after all of the people Apple hired away for its smartwatch project.

How iTunes Movie DRM-Removal Software Keeps Me Honest

9:48 AM, Sep. 2nd, 2015 ·

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I like to watch a lot of movies on a lot of different devices. Some of those devices are made by Apple, like my iPad and Apple TV, while some are made by TiVo, Roku, Panasonic, Sony and others. I need my media portable; not just portable in the mobile sense to take with me when I travel, but portable in the sense that I can't have limits on which of my devices will play any given movie. There's a way to do that with iTunes Movies, just be responsible when you do.

OS X El Capitan Beta: Using Mail Gestures

9:07 AM, Sep. 2nd, 2015 ·

Using swipe gestures in OS X El Capitan's Mail app

Melissa Holt's got another El Capitan trick for us, and this one's a doozy. You know how you can swipe on a message within iOS to trash it, mark it as read, and so on? Well, the beta version of El Cap offers that feature too! We'll discuss just how you'll do it (and what customization options you have) in today's Quick Tip.