Square Rolls Out 100 Apple Pay NFC Terminals to Merchants

6:42 PM, Nov. 23rd, 2015 ·

Square Apple Pay Reader

Square announced Monday that it shipped the first 100 NFC contactless and chip card readers to merchants in several cities in the U.S. Announced n June, the readers allow customers to pay with Apple Pay using their Apple Watch or compatible iPhones through the merchant's Square account.

5 iPhone Apps to Make Your Holiday Events Easier

6:30 PM, Nov. 23rd, 2015 ·

Your iPhone can help cut holiday stress with the right apps

Our iPhones can be an invaluable resource during the holidays and with Thanksgiving only a few days away it's time to put them to work making our lives easier and less stressful. We can use our iPhones to make our holiday meals even more special, mix up the perfect cocktail, play group games, and let everyone share in the good memories we're making. The Mac Observer's Jeff Gamet put together a list of some of his favorite apps to help you out. The only thing missing is the perfect dairy-free gingerbread recipe to make him happy.

SKEYE Hexa Drone: $45

4:06 PM, Nov. 23rd, 2015 ·

SKEYE Hexa Drone

We're ramping up for the holiday season here at TMO, and that includes great toys in our deals. Like the SKEYE Hexa Drone. This is a fun little drone with six blades, hence the name Hexa Drone. Through our deal, you can get it for $45.99—but, you can also get an additional 15 percent off all drones being offered through our deals. Just use coupon code DRONE15 at checkout.

The ‘New’ Mac Pro Is a Failure

3:10 PM, Nov. 23rd, 2015 ·

Mac Pro Mess

John Kheit thinks Apple's "new" Mac Pro is a joke, and it's not just because calling a, once again, forgotten and near abandoned 2013 model 'new' in late 2015 is the kind of air-quote irony loved by techno hipsters. He thinks Apple screwed the pooch and needs to fix it.

TMO Background Mode: Interview with Parallels’ John Uppendahl

2:45 PM, Nov. 23rd, 2015 ·


John Uppendahl is the vice president of communications for Parallels, the company that's famous for its virtual machine software for the Mac—called Parallels Desktop. I chat with John about what this product does, its evolution, the different uses by customers, how it has enabled five million customers to have the Mac they want yet launch and use Windows apps completely transparently. Or even multiple different copies of OS X. John Uppendahl also talks about the ever growing solutions that a virtual machine system provides, including the brilliant Parallels Access iPad app that "applifies," with native touch gestures, an interface to a Mac running apps in another operating system. You'll enjoy the infections enthusiasm of this interview.

Court Clears Apple of Infringing on Pendrell Anti-piracy Patents

9:31 AM, Nov. 23rd, 2015 ·

Texas court says Apple didn't infringe on Pendrell's anti-piracy patents

Pendrell, the company that owns ContentGuard Holdings, took it on the chin last Friday when a Texas court ruled Apple didn't infringe on its anti-piracy patents. The ruling didn't come as a big surprise considering the same court shot down the company's cases against Google and Samsung in September.

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Maybe Pendrell should consider a different business model considering how it's recent patent infringement lawsuits have turned out.

MGG 580: The Magic of Instant On

12:25 PM, Nov. 22nd, 2015 · &


John and Dave take you through managing your media perfectly for your new – and old – Apple TV, including using a NAS to store it all if you like. Then it's some tips about speeding up Time Machine, speeding up App Store downloads, converting movies and sound issues. Pepper in some additional questions and listener Cool Stuff Found and you've got a full show!