TMO Daily Observations 2015-10-07: AT&T Wi-Fi Calling, Apple TV and Vidity

1:56 PM, Oct. 7th, 2015 ·


AT&T is finally turning on Wi-Fi calling now that the FCC waiver the company needs is in place. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at Wi-Fi calling, why AT&T hasn't offered it before now, and how the change impacts iPhone owners. They also look at the state of high definition television, Apple TV, and Vidity.

How to Enable Wi-Fi Calling on Your iPhone

10:54 AM, Oct. 7th, 2015 ·

Here's how to turn on Wi-Fi calling on your iPhone

Now that AT&T says it can flip the switch and give iPhone owners Wi-Fi calling, we need to turn it on in our phones. That's easy to do, and assuming AT&T has enabled Wi-Fi calling in your area, lets you use broadband Wi-Fi connections whenever you have a weak cell signal. Read on to see how to turn it on.

AT&T gets a Green Light to Enable Wi-Fi Calling

10:25 AM, Oct. 7th, 2015 ·

AT&T can finally enable Wi-Fi calling support for iPhone users

AT&T customers who still rely on a MicroCell for reliable iPhone connections on calls (like me) are a step closer to getting Wi-Fi calling support. The FCC approved AT&T's waiver request, which means the carrier can start rolling out the feature nation-wide.

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The days of needing an AT&T MicroCell look like they're coming to an end. It's kind of funny that AT&T is using its own FCC waiver approval for Wi-Fi calling to slam T-Mobile and Sprint for failing to apply for theirs.

How to Turn Off Nightstand Mode in Apple watchOS 2

9:00 AM, Oct. 7th, 2015 ·

Nightstand Mode in Settings App on watchOS 2

Nightstand Mode is a cool new feature in watchOS 2 that puts a nice fat digital clock on your Apple Watch when it's being charged. It's tasty, but some folks might not want their Apple Watch's display on all night. Turning it off is simple, but only if you know where to look. Bryan Chaffin explains.

El Capitan: Seeing “Find My Friends” on Your Mac

8:50 AM, Oct. 7th, 2015 ·

You can use Find My Friends on your Mac

Today's Quick Tip is all about getting your Find My Friends info to show up on your Mac within Notification Center, which is a neat new ability under El Capitan. So if you're accustomed to using that app to see the locations of your chosen friends, then this article's for you! 

Apple Watch - Cycle (Video)

5:37 AM, Oct. 7th, 2015 · · Cool Stuff Found

Apple has a new series of commercials promoting Apple Watch, including the one below called Cycle. Each is short and promotes a specific aspect of the device. Cycle, for instance, is tracking an athlete's intense workout on a stationary bike with a bright, clear "Goal Achieved" screen at the end. There's also Ride (directions through Siri), Sing (send a voice message via iMessage), Date (get important text messages even when you're out having fun), Train (track your heart rate), and Sprinkle (use Apple Pay even when your hands are full). What do you think?

Wall Street Journal Review of Google Now on Tap in Android Marshmallow

8:21 PM, Oct. 6th, 2015 · · Cool Stuff Found

I've been extolling the virtues of Google Now for a couple of years—it's Android's best feature; it's Google giving back something from pillaging our digital lives for profit; and it's a feature Apple will have a hard time matching because the iOS maker doesn't make us the product. Apple narrowed the gap with iOS 9 and Proactive, but Google is still ahead in this one area. The Wall Street Journal's Joanna Stern has spent a week with a pre-release version of Android Marshmallow, the next major update to Android, and she wrote extensively about how Google Now gets even better with Google Now on Tap. Marshmallow will take forever and a day to propagate out to users (Lollipop is even now only at 23.5 percent of Android users who use Google Play), but for those who get it, it seems like a solid mobile operating system. Her review is a good read.


Disney Artists Tweet and Periscope about Apple’s New iPad Pro

7:15 PM, Oct. 6th, 2015 · · Cool Stuff Found

Apple is doing a little iPad Pro pre-release reach out to artists at Pixar and Disney, and project manager Paul Hildebrandt at Disney tweeted a photo showing some of his team playing with the device (via iMore). Jeff Ranjo, a Disney artist posted a video to Periscope of his hands-on time with the device and Apple Pencil, the stylus designed to go with iPad Pro. Listening to Mr. Ranjo talk about the two devices, I can't help but feel iPad Pro is going to have a major impact on the world of graphic design, animation, and art, regardless of its uses in other applications and disciplines.

KOAR Bluetooth Cloud Buds: $24.99

6:08 PM, Oct. 6th, 2015 ·

KOAR Bluetooth Cloud Buds

Check out the Bluetooth Sound Buds from KOAR, Bluetooth earbuds that are designed to be lightweight and have an optional hook that will secure them to your ears. They also have a built-in microphone for hands-free calling or other voice uses.  We have a deal on them, too. They retail for for $109, but through us you can get them for $24.99.