Changing Your Wi-Fi Channel for Improved Speed

9:15 AM, Apr. 29th, 2016 · · Reports

This Quick Tip is about how you may be able to improve your network speed by analyzing what channel your Wi-Fi is on. If you live in a congested area, you might see dozens of wireless networks around you, which really isn't ideal for keeping your own network speedy. We'll talk about how to tell what channel you're using and several options for what to do if you find a problem!

Carl Icahn Isn’t Wrong about Apple in China

7:59 PM, Apr. 28th, 2016 · · Reports

Carl Icahn

Carl Icahn told CNBC Thursday that he sold his considerable stake in Apple Inc.—some 0.8 percent of shares at his height—on concerns about Apple's business in China, though it might be more accurate to characterize it as concerns that China's government could have a deleterious affect on Apple's business in that market. Bryan Chaffin isn't always a fan of Mr. Icahn's, but in this instance, the mogul isn't wrong.

The Best and Worst Analyst Questions from Apple’s Q2 2016 Conference Call

10:00 AM, Apr. 28th, 2016 · · Reports

Simona Jankowski and Toni Socconaghi

In every Apple earnings conference call with analysts, there are a range of questions from good to bad. Sometimes worse. And sometimes most of them are just bad. But in Tuesday's call for Apple's second fiscal quarter of 2016, two analysts stood out for Bryan Chaffin as the ones who asked both the best and and worst questions.

3 Toolbar Icons to Make OS X Mail more Powerful

9:05 AM, Apr. 27th, 2016 · · Reports

Did you know that you can change which buttons appear in Mail's toolbar? You can, and looking through the list of possibilities may just give you some new ways to interact with your email. In today's Quick Tip, Melissa Holt's going to cover both how to edit your toolbar and a few of her favorite buttons to add there. 

Tune in Today for TMO’s AAPL Q2 Earnings Report

9:12 AM, Apr. 26th, 2016 · · Reports

Apple's Q2 2016 earnings conference call is scheduled for this afternoon

Apple will host its 2016 second fiscal quarter earnings conference call this afternoon after the market closes at about 5PM eastern time. Analysts will be watching closely to see how many iPhone sales the company reports, and to see if this will mark the first quarterly decline in revenue since 2003. The Mac Observer will be here with our as-it-happens coverage and analysis.

Apple’s Numbers: Using Data Formats

9:15 AM, Apr. 22nd, 2016 · · Reports

How to format numbers in Apple's Numbers spreadsheets

Let's talk about Numbers! Apple's spreadsheet program isn't flashy, but it works well, and some of the less-obvious stuff it can do is really helpful. For example, you can format your cells so that you don't have to type dollar signs, or you could configure custom formats to automatically turn "8008675309" into "(800) 867-5309." Jenny'll be much easier to call after today's Quick Tip.

The Evolution of MacOS/OS X and Windows in Side-by-Side Animations

4:14 PM, Apr. 21st, 2016 · · Reports

OS Evolutions

OS X and Windows both have their roots in the 1980s—that's more than 30 years of change, growth, gradual evolution, and in some cases sudden revolution. BetterBuys posted a look back at both operating systems that includes animated GIFs of every major release, from Mac System Software1 to MacOS to OS X 10.11 and Windows 3.0 to Windows 10.

PSA: Apple’s Quarterly Earnings Report Delayed Until Tuesday, April 26th

7:17 PM, Apr. 20th, 2016 · · Reports

$AAPL

Apple announced Thursday that it was delaying its quarterly conference call until Tuesday, April 26th, 2016. The decision to delay the announcement by one day was made to allow people to attend the memorial service for Bill Campbell, a former Apple board member and advisor to the late Steve Jobs and other Silicon Valley execs. Mr. Campbell passed away on Monday, April 18th.