Apple Reportedly Testing MVNO Carrier Service in U.S.

2 hours, 46 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple is in "talks" with carrier services to launch its own Apple-branded wireless service, according to BusinessInsider (BI). Citing unnamed sources "close to Apple," BI said that the talks revolved around an Apple-branded mobile virtual network operator service, or MVNO. This would mean that Apple would lease bandwidth from companies like AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and/or T-Mobile, and repackage it as its own carrier service. This sort of service is what powers Walmart's StraightTalk, TracFone, and a host of others. According to BI, iOS devices with an Apple SIM card would automatically switch customers to whatever network had the best signal at that moment. Furthermore, Apple is already testing such a service in the U.S., and is talking to carriers in Europe. Check out BI.

Apple Buys 43 Acres in San Jose, Enough to Turn Spaceship HQ into a Fleet

3 hours, 23 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · News

Land Development in San Jose, with Properties Owned or Leased by Apple

Apple has purchased 43 acres in San Jose, California, a plot of land big enough to hold a building as large as its massive Apple Campus 2, the so-called Spaceship HQ. The spot is the first known land purchase by Apple in San Jose, but it's right next door to 300,000 square feet of office space recently leased by the company.

Apple’s ‘Ecosystem’ Developer Video

5 hours, 25 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple has a cool video on its developer siste called Ecosystem, as noted by Redditor hollowgram. I'm not sure when it was posted, and I wasn't able to find it on any of the sub pages of Apple's Developer Videos site, but I believe it was made for WWDC 2015 (Apple's WWDC 2015 developer video page). Whenever it was made, it focuses on how developers and end-users are able to make more out of Apple's ecosystem because it's just that, a true ecosystem. Apple doesn't haven't a sharing feature built into the videos posted to its developer site, but you can click through and watch it.

TigerVPN Lite Lifetime Subscription: $29

7 hours, 12 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

TigerVPN on MacBook

We have a deal for you today for a lifetime subscription to TigerVPN. With this service, you can connect to any of TigerVPN’s 61 servers around the world to get fast, private access that is encrypted and free from location restrictions. It supports multiple encryption methods, too. Through our deal, you can get a lifetime subscription for $29. Check out the details on the deal listing.

How to Turn Your iPhone into a Hologram Projector

11:17 AM EDT, Aug. 3rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

You can turn your iPhone into a hologram projector, and it's surprisingly easy to do. Seriously. And it's frakking cool! All you need is an old CD jewel case, a sharp knife, a piece of graph paper for a template, and some tape. You'll need some videos, like those found in a couple collections on YouTube, to show off your awesome iPhone hologram projector. Now all we need is the message R2 played for Obi Wan Kenobi. Some one get on that.

Siri Wants to Transcribe Your Voicemails

9:40 AM EDT, Aug. 3rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

iOS 10 may turn your voicemails into text

People like leaving voicemail but don't like listening to them, so Apple is working on a new feature that lets Siri become your own personal transcription service. Apple hopes to roll out what's been dubbed at iCloud Voicemail in 2016, which means come next year you won't have to listen to your friend's messages ever again.

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I like to say three random words when leaving Google Voice messages, like "shoe, carrot, penguin." Google Voice is horrible at transcribing that. I can't wait to try it on iCloud Voicemail.

Rachio Iro - The Smart Sprinkler Controller

10:30 AM EDT, Aug. 1st, 2015 · Juan Collao · How-To

Rachio Iro App Screenshot

Think home automation can only be used inside your home? Juan Collao explains how watering your lawn is one area you absolutely must automate in a smart, connected way. He has the device to do it with, too: Iro from Rachio.

Apple Has Starring Role in New Crypto War

10:00 PM EDT, Jul. 31st, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Watching Eye Behind an iPhone Screen

It seems safe to say a new round of the Crypto Wars is in full gear. In fact, let's officially call it Crypto Wars 2.0, because proxy parties are keeping the fight simmering in the background between full on salvos from the main parties involved. Meanwhike, Apple maintains its starring role in the fight due to end-to-end encryption built into iOS and OS X.

The Reason Why No Company Can Duplicate Apple’s iPhone Appeal

5:00 PM EDT, Jul. 31st, 2015 · John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Particle Debris, July 27

Competitors to Apple's iPhone spend billions in development and advertising. Sometimes a competing smartphone will actually have a nifty operational or design feature the iPhone lacks. Then why is it so fundamentally difficult to compete with Apple for mindshare and profits amongst those highly desirable, affluent customers? John Martellaro delves into the Apple not-so-secret sauce.

Wondershare PDFelement for Mac and OCR Plug-In: $39.99

3:40 PM EDT, Jul. 31st, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Wondershare PDFelements running on a MacBook

PDFelement from Wondershare is a PDF editor designed to be simple for users, while having advanced features available to expert users. This software allows you to edit PDF documents, including text, formatting, images, and other elements. You can also convert PDFs to other formats, and documents into PDFs. It comes with an OCR plugin, too, so you can scan printed documents and convert them to digital text. Through our deal, you can get PDFelements for US$39.99.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-07-31: New Apple TV Rumors, Google Defies France

1:49 PM EDT, Jul. 31st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Reports that there's a new Apple TV coming are back, and they say we'll see the new hardware in September. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on what may be in store for the next Apple TV update and whether or not they think it really is only a few weeks away. They also look at Google refusing to comply with France's demands to scrub search results for some people world wide.

Google Stands Up to France, Refuses Global “Right to be Forgotten” Order

10:42 AM EDT, Jul. 31st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Google to France: No worldwide

France is trying to force Google to remove search results for certain people around the world through the EU's "right to be forgotten" law, and the Internet search giant is saying no. Instead, Google is willing to block those search results in countries governed by EU laws, but is refusing to do so throughout the rest of the world. Google is arguing the EU law, if enforced around the world, would reduce Internet access to only what the most restrictive countries allow.

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France learns it's not the boss of Google. Well done, Google.

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus: Turning Off Reachability

8:56 AM EDT, Jul. 31st, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Disabling Reachability for the iPhone 6

"Reachability" is Apple's term for how the screen slides down when you double-tap the Home button on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. While that feature can be useful if you're using your device one-handed, it can also be a pain in the tuckus if you're constantly invoking it without meaning to! In today's Quick Tip, we'll tell you how to disable it completely.

New Apple TV Hardware Reportedly Coming in September

6:43 PM EDT, Jul. 30th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

The long-awaited Apple TV refresh originally planned for June is coming this September, according to Buzzfeed, where John Paczkowski is now the managing editor of the site's San Francisco bureau. This time, "it's for real." The device's release is intended to prepare the way for another long-rumored product, an Apple streaming TV service, even though Apple is not yet ready to announce that service. The implication is that the new Apple TV will support it when it does get launched. The device will supposedly be slimmer, have a new touch-pad remote, a faster processor, more internal storage, and an Apple TV App Store. Let's hope this one's true! Check out Buzzfeed for more details.

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor Released for Mac and Linux

5:10 PM EDT, Jul. 30th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Feral Interactive announced that Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor has been released for Mac and Linux on the Steam platform. It's coming to the Mac App Store in early August, as well. The action adventure game is set in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth just as Sauron returns to Mordor, decades before The Lord of the Rings. It pits a slain-yet-resurrected Ranger named Talion against Sauron as Talion seeks vengeance. It's priced at US$49.99 and £29.99, and is available on Steam now. Check out the trailer.

Safari Offers Longer Battery Life than Chrome or Firefox

4:51 PM EDT, Jul. 30th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Chart Showing Average Battery Life in Chrome, Firefox, and Safari Tests

Using Safari on a MacBook will give you longer battery life, according to tests run by the BatteryBox Blog. The company tested Apple's Safari, Google's Chrome, and Firefox on video sites, music streaming sites, webmail sites, news sites, and more, and found that Safari used less power than the other browsers, giving users 52 more minutes of battery life.