Thinking Differently about Apple Spending Billions to Buy a Big Media Company

6:18 PM EDT, May. 26th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

The Apple TV Crystal Ball

Apple is reportedly planning to ramp up spending on original content to "several hundred million dollars a year," according to an unnamed source cited by The Financial Times of London. The story was based in part around a supposed meeting where Apple senior vice president Eddy Cue pitched the idea of Apple buying Time Warner, but the takeaway should be that Apple is seriously committed to streaming content.

Civilization: Beyond Earth – The Collection: $29.99

5:30 PM EDT, May. 26th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Civilization: Beyond Earth – The Collection

Oh, but do I have a fun deal for you today. It's Civilization: Beyond Earth - The Collection. I am a HUGE fan of the Civilization franchise, including Beyond Earth. The Collection includes the original game, the Rising Tide expansion that brought significant expansion and improvements to the game, and the Exoplanets Map Pack. I don't care to contemplate the number of hours I've spent playing this iteration of the game, but now that I'm writing about it, I'm going to play some more. Where was I? Oh, right. We have a deal on Civilization: Beyond Earth - The Collection for $29.99, which is half off retail. Grab it.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-05-26: Apple’s Siri Speaker, HP’s Envy 34c Display

1:22 PM EDT, May. 26th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

It looks like Apple may be ready to jump into the home listening appliance market, just as Amazon already has with its Echo. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on the rumored Siri speaker, and how it might stack up against the Echo and Google's just announced Home. John and Jeff also preview their HP Envy 34c display reviews.

The Display You’ve Always Wanted For Your Mac: HP Z34c

1:00 PM EDT, May. 26th, 2016 · John Martellaro · In-Depth Review

HP Z34c Display review

The Hewlett-Packard Z34c is a 34-inch (diagonal) VA LCD display that is attractively curved.  It has a native resolution of 3440 x 1440 and sits firmly on a sturdy, detachable metal stand. It's drop-dead gorgeous, has an anti-reflective coating, stereo speakers, has a built-in USB 3 hub and multiple video inputs. It is a glorious display to behold, and will work with any modern Mac or PC. John Martellaro fawns over this display in his in-depth review.

iCloud: Restoring Bookmarks from Backup

9:15 AM EDT, May. 26th, 2016 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Restore Safari bookmarks from iCloud

Today's Quick Tip is about how to restore missing or deleted iCloud bookmarks using your browser. So if you find that you accidentally removed a whole bunch of stuff you need, you can easily get it all back as long as you're using Apple's storage and syncing service!

iOS Coding Mastery Bundle: $39

4:37 PM EDT, May. 25th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

iOS Coding Mastery Bundle Promo Image

We have a new developer training bundle for you called iOS Coding Mastery Bundle. It has seven courses from Bitfountain that cover iOS 9, design, layout, Core Data, Swift, the App Store, and a course that walks you through creating an app. It has hundreds of lessons and more than 104 hours of content. You can get this package through us for $39.

Apple Can’t Keep a Secret

3:58 PM EDT, May. 25th, 2016 · John Kheit · The Devil's Advocate

Whatevs

John Kheit thinks Apple has lost its ability to keep a secret, and that this is hurting the company. He thinks it's time for Apple to either put up—and surprise us—or shut up about its supposed "culture of secrecy."

Bad News, FBI: Apple Hires Security Pro Jon Callas

7:41 PM EDT, May. 24th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Jon Callas brings his security expertise back to Apple

If the FBI was hoping Apple CEO Tim Cook was all talk when he said his company is digging in its heels to protect user privacy, it's time to put on the disappointed face because Jon Callas is back on Apple's payroll. His credentials in the security and privacy world make him a strong asset for Apple—just as he was when he previously worked for the company—and should have the FBI very worried about how far it'll be able to hack into future iPhones and Macs.

Writing the ‘Apple Music Letter’ Was Taylor Swift’s Bravest Thing She’s Done

5:09 PM EDT, May. 24th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Have you seen Vogue's 73 Questions series? They send a production team into the home of a celebrity and ask them 73 questions in one take. It's fun, if you're into that sort of thing, but I just watched Taylor Swift's episode from April. At the very end, she's asked what the bravest thing she's ever done. She answered, "Writing the Apple Music letter," referring to an open letter she wrote to Apple criticizing the company's payment structure for artists on Apple Music. That was followed by answering it was also the most spontaneous thing she's ever done. With great risk comes great rewards, and that open letter has seemingly led to a collaborative partnership with Apple involving multiple commercials, a tour movie that opened exclusively on Apple Music, and unknown things in the future.

ZeroLemon 64GB iMemStick: $79.99

4:46 PM EDT, May. 24th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

ZeroLemon 64GB iMemStick

Check out the ZeroLemon 64GB iMemStick, a flash drive with USB on one end and a Lightning jack on the other. That means you can use it to transfer files between your Mac, iOS device, or Windows PC. It comes with caps to protect both ends, and we have a deal on a 64GB model for $79.99.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-05-24: New MacBook Pros this Fall, Spotify’s New Pricing

1:31 PM EDT, May. 24th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

It looks like we won't see new MacBook Pro models until this fall, but at least they'll be loaded with new features. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's laptop upgrade cycle, what they're looking forward to in new models, and the mystery that is Ming-Chi Kuo. Turns out Dave is right about streaming music pricing, so he gets a few minutes to bask in his rightness.

No New MacBook Pro Until Fall, but it’ll be Really Cool

11:41 AM EDT, May. 24th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

No new MacBook Pro until fall

If you're holding out expecting Apple to introduce a redesigned Retina MacBook Pro at Worldwide Developer Conference in June, get ready for some disappointment. KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says we'll have to wait until this fall, and what we'll get is a thinner, faster laptop with an OLED touch surface instead of traditional function keys and Touch ID.

Star Wars as an Infographic is Fantastically Awesome

10:25 AM EDT, May. 24th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

What happens when you mash up Star Wars and infographics? Only the most graphically awesome retelling of the movie ever. That's exactly what Martin Panchaud did with his retelling of the original Star Wars movie. You'll need to check it out in a Web browser. It's brilliant, it's beautiful, and Han shoots first.