iOS 8.3 Messages: Filtering Unknown Senders

8:55 AM, Apr. 22nd, 2015 ·

With today's Quick Tip, we're going to learn how iOS 8.3 can help us identify and report potential spam iMessages (hint: it's really, really simple). As a bonus, Melissa Holt will cover how to report any spam SMS texts you get to your wireless carrier, so you'll be all set to clean the junk out of your Messages app!

Video Scratch Test for Ion-X Glass Shows High Scratch Resistance

7:38 PM, Apr. 21st, 2015 · · Cool Stuff Found

YouTuber Unbox Therapy has published a video showing several scratch tests for Ion-X glass, the material Apple is using on Apple Watch Sport. The tests were conducted on sample Ion-X material, rather than an actual Apple Watch Sport, and showed the material to handle a key, a knife, and steel wool. It didn't hold up to sandpaper, however, so make sure you don't rub your Apple Watch face with sandpaper. Sapphire will hold up to that sort of beating—or scraping—however, so if you're expecting some nasty run-ins with sandpaper-wielding vandals, or maybe some sort of horrific shop accident, you may want to consider Apple Watch instead of Apple Watch Sport.

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Angela Ahrendts Explains Apple Watch Rollout in Employee Video

5:50 PM, Apr. 21st, 2015 ·

Angela Ahrendts Explains Apple Watch Rollout in Employee Video

Apple Senior Vice President of Retail Angela Ahrendts sent a video to Apple Store retail employees explaining the decision to limit initial Apple Watch orders to online only. In the video, Ms. Ahrendts delivers a very personal address that goes deeper into points she made in a written memo earlier in April, and stresses that Apple launched two new products at one time, Apple Watch and MacBook.

Pay What You Want for the Back-End Developer Course Bundle

4:37 PM, Apr. 21st, 2015 ·

Pay What You Want for the Back-End Developer Course Bundle

We have a training bundle for back-end developers today, and you get to name your own price. It works like this: pay what you want—say a penny—and you get two training courses. There are Python, Ruby, and PHP training courses in the package. But if you pay more than the average, you get all eight courses, and as of this writing, the average price is just $9.85. Plus, 10 percent of what you pay goes to one of three charities—you choose. Get to it!

10 Must Have Apple Watch Apps for Launch Day

2:19 PM, Apr. 21st, 2015 ·

The first wave of Apple Watches will start arriving this Friday, April 24. You'll need some apps to show off just how cool your brand new smartwatch is, so TMO put together a list of must-have apps to make your daily routine easier while wowing your friends at the same time.

James Bond, It’s Time to Try on Your Apple Watch

2:00 PM, Apr. 21st, 2015 ·

Ever since the movie Dr. No, James Bond has, on and off, used a gadget wristwatch to get out of a tight spot. Have the watches of the Bond movies seeped into our collective smartwatch subconsciousness? Also, Bond is a Brit and Sir Jonathan Ive is a Brit. What connection could there possibly be?  John Martellaro ponders the various influences.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-04-21: The Real Scoop on Twitter’s DM Changes

1:24 PM, Apr. 21st, 2015 ·

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Twitter put the social networking world in a tizzy yesterday when it said that Direct Messaging was opening up to people who aren't following each other. Dave Hamilton and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to help explain what's really happening, and why you aren't going to get overloaded with spam messages. Kelly also shows why OS X's Network Locations feature is so handy.

Google Kills YouTube for 2nd Gen Apple TV, Older iOS Devices

10:09 AM, Apr. 21st, 2015 ·

Google is dropping support for several devices from its YouTube API, which means that second generation Apple TV owners won't be able to watch cat videos any more. Along with the older Apple TV model, YouTube support for iPhones and iPads running iOS 6, older Google TV versions, and some smart TVs was dropped, too.

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If watching YouTube videos through the Apple TV channel is a big thing for you, the third generation model costs US$69.