Why Apple’s Next Generation TV Project is on Hold

1:20 PM, Dec. 12th, 2014 ·

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Apple's CEO Tim Cook has whet our appetite several times about his company's interest in the consumer side of watching TV. For too long, we've been waiting for something, we're not sure what, that brings to fruition what we hope is a futuristic and better vision. But what if new technology isn't what's stopping Apple. John Martellaro has a hunch.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-12

1:11 PM, Dec. 12th, 2014 ·

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Apple changed its mind and now says it's OK for Panic's Transmit to upload files to iCloud Drive. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at the problems and frustration developers and consumers face because of inconsistencies in the App Store review process, plus they get excited about DeskConnect's Workflow for the iPhone and iPad.

Octa Lynx Grips iPads and Clamps to Just About Anything

12:30 PM, Dec. 12th, 2014 ·

Octa  Lynx iPad Stand

The Lynx iPad stand from Octa clamps to any number of irregular surfaces while also providing close-up and personal access to your tablet. It works equally well with large iPads and the iPad mini. Soft rubber clamps prevent scratches. Plus, it breaks down into three easy pieces for transport.

How to Build Your Own Apps with Workflow for the iPhone and iPad

11:14 AM, Dec. 12th, 2014 ·

Workflow is a cool new app for the iPhone and iPad that lets you automate actions that otherwise would be tedious, or even impossible without other apps. You can even save your workflows so they show up on your Home screen just like any other app. Read on to learn how to build your own apps in Workflow.

Apple Online Store Adds PayPal as Payment Option

10:02 AM, Dec. 12th, 2014 ·

You can now buy your new Mac, iPhone, or iPad through Apple's online store with PayPal, giving shoppers yet another way to spend their money. Apple added the option Wednesday night, bringing its online store inline with the App Store, iTunes Store, and iBooks Store.

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Plenty of people like to use PayPal for online purchases, so it's nice to see the option finally show up on Apple's Web-based store.

OS X: Checking Your Mac’s Remaining Battery Life

8:50 AM, Dec. 12th, 2014 ·

Let's talk about batteries! Today Melissa Holt is going to walk us through checking the cycle count of laptop batteries and comparing that number to what Apple says is the maximum we can expect from each model. From that info, you'll know whether your battery is a happy camper or is close to needing replacement. Uncovering future problems before they become emergencies is the subject of today's Quick Tip.

City of Houston Allows Bitcoin ATM in Convention Center

8:45 PM, Dec. 11th, 2014 ·

Robocoin Bitcoin ATM

The City of Houston has allowed a live Bitcoin ATM to be set up in George R. Brown Convention Center. Houston owns the building, but it is managed by Houston First, a separate corporation that runs the convention center and other Houston-owned public buildings. This marks the first Bitcoin ATM to be operated in a government-owned building.

Taiwan Supply Chain Claims Apple Watch Production Will Begin in January

7:51 PM, Dec. 11th, 2014 ·

The Apple Watch Crystal Ball

A supply chain leak out of Taiwan is claiming that Apple and Quanta have solved yield issues that will allow Apple Watch production to ramp up starting in January. United Daily News reported that the first wave of Apple Watches will number in the 3-5 million mark, with 24 million scheduled for all of calendar 2015.

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I hope UDN has this one right. I can't wait to strap an Apple Watch onto my wrist.

Workflow: It’s Like Automator for your iPhone and iPad

7:10 PM, Dec. 11th, 2014 ·

Automating tasks on your Mac has been relatively easy thanks to Automator and AppleScript, but has little more than a fantasy on the iPhone and iPad—until now, that is. Workflow from DeskConnect lets you build your own automated workflows on your iOS device to handle all kinds of tasks, and you can even save your workflows so they appear along side other apps on your Home screen.

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There are a few beyond-cool utility apps for iOS: TextExpander touch, 1Password, Fantastical, Transmit, and now Workflow. Considering Apple's hot-and-cold track record with highly useful utility apps, you should grab Workflow right away just in case the company decides it shouldn't be on the App Store.