How To Recycle Old iPhones, iPads, and Other Mobile Devices

6:52 PM, Mar. 25th, 2015 ·

Now that we've wrangled all those now unnecessary cables, it's time to chip away at the devices that go with them. If you have some old iPhones or even feature phones tucked away, now's the time to set them free. Kelly explains the digital equivalent of sending them off to a farm in the country.

A New Apple TV with 4K Would NOT Break the Internet

6:00 PM, Mar. 25th, 2015 ·

Often, for the sake of dramatic effect and the attention it brings, technical articles are couched in terms of dramatic change. And while change is what our industry is all about, the technical people behind the scenes know that nothing all happens at once. The same applies to 4K streaming.

Apple Buys Advanced Database Company FoundationDB

5:06 PM, Mar. 25th, 2015 ·

Apple Buys Advanced Database Company FoundationDB

Apple has acquired FoundationDB, a company that developed advanced database technologies designed to crunch large amounts of data more swiftly and efficiently. FoundationDB announced on its website that it would no longer offer its product for download, and Apple issued its standard boilerplate statement it uses to confirm corporate acquisitions without actually confirming them.

Christy Turlington: Apple Watch Accurately Tracks Workouts without an iPhone

4:14 PM, Mar. 25th, 2015 ·

Apple Watch spokesperson Christy Turlington-Burns posted her Week Three blog entry in a series about training for the upcoming London Marathon. Mrs. Turlington-Burns said in her Apple-sponsored blog that after a few uses, her Apple Watch learned enough about her stride that she didn't need her iPhone with her to accurately track her results.

Dave Hamilton Talks Mobile Tech at Connecticut Mac Connection

2:35 PM, Mar. 25th, 2015 ·

The Mac Observer's own Dave Hamilton will be speaking Wednesday evening at the Connecticut Mac Connection user group on how to keep all of your data with you no matter where you are. Dave will share his tips and tricks on how to make sure the information you need is available when you're away from your desk, and how to make sure your information stays secure.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-25: Apple’s Tech Trend Setting, Recycling Old Gear

2:04 PM, Mar. 25th, 2015 ·

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You don't have to like Apple to see how the company is changing the consumer electronics world. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at how Apple sets trends and impacts how we use and what we expect from our tech gear even if we don't use their products. Kelly also has some great tips on recycling all of those extra cables that pile up.

Step Aside Calendar, Fantastical 2 for the Mac is Here

11:19 AM, Mar. 25th, 2015 ·

When Fantastical was first released it brought with it a fresh take on the Mac's Calendar thanks to its easy to use drop down menu view and natural language event entry system. Where the original made a great addition to Apple's Calendar apps, Fantastical 2 is an excellent replacement and shows just how much power you can pack into a minimalist interface. Is Fantastical 2 right for you? Read on to find out.

Fan-made TIE Fighter Film Shows How Cool the Empire Can Be

9:27 AM, Mar. 25th, 2015 · · Cool Stuff Found

The Empire is always the evil enemy in Star Wars films, except when Paul Johnson is at the helm. He spent four years working on his own fan-made animated short film called TIE Fighter done in 1980s style anime that's simply beautiful. It includes an appropriate 80s style musical score plus authentic sound effects, and shows just how wonderfully awesome animated Star Wars can be. The movie is a little over seven minutes long, and if you're watching at work be sure to wear headphones because you don't want to miss out on the audio.

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OS X: Use Shortcuts to Jump Around in Text

7:55 AM, Mar. 25th, 2015 ·

If you didn't know that you could use keyboard shortcuts to move to the beginning or end of a line, paragraph, or document under OS X, then boy, do we have a Quick Tip for you. In this article, we'll cover our most-used shortcuts, and we'll even point you toward a list of dozens more you can use if you're so inclined. We're good like that.