Apple Releases iOS 8.1 With Apple Pay, iCloud Photo Library, Camera Roll, More

1:19 PM, Oct. 20th, 2014 ·

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Apple released iOS 8.1 Monday afternoon. The update includes the launch of Apple Pay for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the U.S., the return of the Camera Roll in Photos, the launch of iCloud Photo Library "as a beta service," the ability for Messages users to send SMS and MMS text messages from their Macs and iPads, and several bug fixes.

Spotify Announces Family Plans

11:49 AM, Oct. 20th, 2014 ·

Spotify has announced Spotify Family, a way to add additional Spotify users to a single account and yet keep all the recommendations and playlists completely separate.

Apple To Release iOS 8.1 Update Today, Here’s How To Get Ready

9:59 AM, Oct. 20th, 2014 ·

Apple has announced iOS 8.1 will be released Monday, presumably with the usual fixes for security and usability issues. Also part of this release will be Apple Pay, enabling iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners to wave their phones in stores and pay for things.

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I want to believe Apple is totally going to get this right, but I also didn't think Apple would get it so wrong as to remove the ability to make phone calls from your phone, so for now I'm sticking to my 24 hour rule and waiting to see how others do before upgrading myself.

Dropbox Releases iOS Update 3.5, Includes Touch ID

9:02 AM, Oct. 20th, 2014 ·

Dropbox has released its latest iOS version, which now includes Touch ID as an alternate method of accessing Dropbox data.

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It's good to see Touch ID get more widespread use all the time, so this is a welcome update.

MGG 524: Cool Stuff Found & Yosemite Notes

11:54 AM, Oct. 19th, 2014 · &

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John and Dave have been attending all sorts of press events lately, collecting and researching for Cool Stuff Found. That combined with everything sent in by you and fellow listeners makes for a pretty fun list! Plus, Yosemite went live this week and your geeks are here to get you started down the path, too!

Eek! How Did I Ever Live With an iPhone 5s?

5:50 PM, Oct. 17th, 2014 ·

It didn't take long. Right after John Martellaro reviewed the Amazon Fire Phone, he knew that the 4.7-inch smartphone size would be perfect. So he bought an iPhone 6. Then, handling a hand-me-down iPhone 5s confirmed the diagnosis:  How did he ever use such a small iPhone?

Apple Posts Full Video for October Media Event

5:15 PM, Oct. 17th, 2014 · · Cool Stuff Found

Apple posted the full video for its "It's Been Too Long" media event, which was held Thursday, October 16th.  The company announced iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iMac with Retina 5K display, new Mac mini models, launch dates for Apple Pay, the release of WatchKit SDK, and the release of OS X Yosemite and iOS 8.1. It has a running time of 1 hour, 19 minutes, and 8 seconds, and it's embedded below.

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Sales Prospects for Apple’s iPad Air 2 Look Good

4:15 PM, Oct. 17th, 2014 ·

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Almost a third of the installed base of iPads consists of iPad 2s without a Retina display. As a result, a casual look at the numbers suggests that the iPad Air 2 should do very well in sales. John Martellaro pulls out his calculator.

The Dream Desk Giveaway

3:12 PM, Oct. 17th, 2014 ·

The Dream Desk Giveaway

It's time for another giveaway through our friends at StackSocial. This one's called the Dream Desk Giveaway, and it includes a 27-inch Apple Thunderbolt Monitor, an Apple Wireless Keyboard, an Apple Magic Mouse, and an mStand by Rain Design. To register, just sign up for our TMO Deal emails—which you should do anyway—and boom! Wait for the winner to be announced in December.