OS X Photos Beta: Adding to Existing Albums

8:50 AM, Mar. 4th, 2015 ·

Hey, did you hear that Apple released the new Photos app as part of the 10.10.3 beta? Well, that program is what today's Quick Tip is about, so all of you early adopters can get a jump on using Apple's neat new image-organization application. Melissa Holt's got the scoop!

Gartner Says Apple Beat Samsung in Smartphones in December Quarter

9:11 PM, Mar. 3rd, 2015 ·

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Gartner announced on Tuesday that Apple topped Samsung in smartphone sales during the December quarter of 2014. While Apple has long made between most and all of the hardware profits in the smartphone industry, this is the first time in many years that Apple can claim to be the top smartphone maker in mere units-sold terms.

Nissan-Renault CEO Says Apple Car Is ‘Good News for Us’

5:38 PM, Mar. 3rd, 2015 ·

Nissan-Renault CEO Says Apple Car Is 'Good News for Us'

The CEO of the Nissan-Renault Alliance, Carlos Ghosn, said on Monday that Apple making an electric car would be "good news for us." During a keynote address at Barcelona's Mobile World Congress, Mr. Ghosn effectively said that Apple's entrance to the market would raise awareness of electric cars, something that could help propel them into the mainstream.

White Hat Security Hacker Bundle: $49

5:08 PM, Mar. 3rd, 2015 ·

White Hat Security Hacker Bundle: $49

We have a bundle of six training courses that will teach you to protect yourself on the Internet. There's a course on Word Press security, the command line in Linux, a technical and security course on OS X, a course on white hat hacking and penetration, a course on ethical hacking, and a course on Web scraping. Through our deal, this bundle is just $49, more than 90 percent off retail.

$415M Settlement in Apple, Google Anti-poaching Case gets Preliminary OK

2:34 PM, Mar. 3rd, 2015 ·

The US$415 million settlement Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe proposed in the employee anti-poaching lawsuit brought by Silicon Valley employees has a preliminary greenlight. Judge Lucy Koh chose not to deny the settlement amount and instead has scheduled a new hearing where it will likely get her official nod of approval.

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The companies involved in the employee anti-poaching scheme were essentially caught red-handed. It's good to see this case closing in on a real settlement so everyone who was impacted by not being able to land a better job can finally move on.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-03: Google’s MVNO Plans, Apple Pay Scammers

1:23 PM, Mar. 3rd, 2015 ·

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Google says it's ready to launch its own cell service as an MVNO. John Martellaro and The MacCast's Adam Christianson join Jeff Gamet to talk about what Google's entry into the cell service provider market could mean for AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint, plus they sort out what's really going on with credit card scammers and Apple Pay.

iOS 8: How to Set Up Your New iPad or iPhone - Those Questions!

11:45 AM, Mar. 3rd, 2015 ·

When you take that new iPhone or iPad out of box, it's very exciting. The device is amazingly thin and beautiful. But then, when you first turn it on, you'll face a multitude of possibly perplexing questions.  John Martellaro walks us through each question with explanations for the beginner.

Google Ready to Launch it Own Cell Service Network

9:52 AM, Mar. 3rd, 2015 ·

Google has plans to go beyond making the operating system for your smartphone and now wants to offer its own cell service, too. The Internet search giant said it plans to make an announcement in the coming months, and that it doesn't plan to compete with the current crop of cell service providers.

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Google launching its own MVNO cell service sounds like another shakeup for the market even though the company says this is a way for it to experiment. If Google offers price plans and features AT&T and Verizon customers find appealing, they'll have to respond or risk losing some of their marketshare—just as they've had to do with T-Mobile.

Pebble Adds Steel to its New Time Smartwatch Lineup

9:04 AM, Mar. 3rd, 2015 ·

Pebble clearly wasn't done with its new smartwatch announcements when it unveiled its Kickstarter for Pebble Time because now you can preorder Pebble Time Steel, too. The Steel version of Pebble Time comes with an all metal body instead of the Time's metal bezel on a plastic body, plus it sports longer batter life.

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Seeing people flip over Pebble Time and Pebble Steel doesn't necessarily mean the entire market has been holding out waiting for something besides the devices that are already shipping, but it does show that consumers who want certain brands are willing to buy without a second thought. That's a very good sign for Apple Watch when it goes on sale.