Ring Video Doorbell: $199

9 hours, 37 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Ring Video Doorbell: $199

The Ring video doorbell is a nifty device that allows you to see who's ringing your doorbell. They press the button, and it streams a video straight to your iPhone. In addition to the security conscious, it's a handy device for people with homes that make it hard to hear your physical doorbell. In addition to the one-way video, the device allows two way communication from your iPhone to the doorbell. Through our deal, you can get the Ring for $199, a 13 percent discount.

How to Calibrate Apple Watch for More Accurate Step Tracking

1:27 PM EDT, May. 4th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Quick Tip

If your Apple Watch is going to be part of your fitness tracking routine, getting accurate step counts and distance measurements for walking and running is probably pretty important. Calibrating Apple Watch to better track your steps is easy as long as you're willing to get out and walk or run for at least 20 minutes. Read on to learn how.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-05-04: Apple’s Strong Arm Negotiations, Apple Watch Calibration

1:02 PM EDT, May. 4th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

The DOJ is looking into claims that Apple is pressuring record labels to end free streaming music through Spotify. Kelly Guimont and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at how the claims seem out of place for Apple, and speculate on what may really be happening with the company's streaming music service negotiations. Plus Jeff explains how to calibrate your Apple Watch for better step count accuracy.

Apple’s Rumored Streaming Music Service gets DOJ Attention

9:57 AM EDT, May. 4th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's rumored Beats-based streaming music service has fallen under the watchful eye of the U.S. Department of Justice over concerns that the company is abusing its market strength. The DOJ is looking into claims that Apple has been working to get music labels to drop their free tiers with Spotify when they renew their licensing agreements.

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First an EU inquiry and now the DOJ. Either Apple can't figure out how to stay clear of antitrust-related activities, or there's some serious industry concern over what happens when Apple does launch its rumored streaming music service.

iFixit’s Latest Tear Down: Obi Wan Kenobi’s Light Saber

9:07 AM EDT, May. 4th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

iFixit's new product tear downs are amazingly detailed and offer great insight into how companies like Apple design their latest tech devices. For May 4th, however, they're going old school—as in long time ago in a galaxy far away—and dismantling Jedi Master Obi Wan Kenobi's light saber. What they found is that product design in the Star Wars universe, or at least that of death-wielding laser swords, is amazingly well thought out. There wasn't any need for specially designed tools, and even the Adegan crystal is easy to access. Thanks, iFixit, for showing us what's inside a Jedi's weapon of choice.

MGG 551: Syncing Happens More Ways Than One

12:17 PM EDT, May. 3rd, 2015 · John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mac Geek Gab Podcast

It's spring, and that means more time outdoors for a lot of folks, which means we need Wi-Fi. Your geeks talk about various outdoor Wi-Fi solutions, including some long range stuff that won't break the bank! Other questions answered include iCloud Drive vs. Dropbox, iCloud Family Sharing, managing multiple Photos libraries and mixing two channels of audio into one for your web conferences.

Scratching the Surface: Sapphire vs Glass Apple Watch

3:45 PM EDT, May. 1st, 2015 · John Martellaro · Particle Debris

It's a tough decision. Pay more for an Apple Watch with a sapphire crystal. Or settle for Ion-X glass and hope it won't get too badly damaged over the next year. The fact is, people's wrists end up in the oddest places and can get banged about. Consumer Reports does the science and scratches the surface of this quandary.

How Big Would a 12-Inch iPad Be? See in This Video

3:17 PM EDT, May. 1st, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Unbox Therapy has posted a YouTube video comparing a theoretical 12-inch iPad to the current 9.7-inch iPad Air 2. The video is based on prototype cases from an unknown maker, and in my opinion, Unbox Therapy makes much too much of those cases. At best, a case maker might be able to get its hands on early test materials that may or may not go into a future iPad, but case makers don't a darned thing of what Apple is going to do. What's really valuable about this video comparison, however, is simply seeing just how big this much-rumored device might be. From that standpoint, seeing these prototypes compared to the iPad Air 2 gives us an excellent perspective on this possible form factor. Check it out.

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PDFpen 7: All-Purpose PDF Editor for Mac for $56

2:55 PM EDT, May. 1st, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

PDFpen 7: All-Purpose PDF Editor for Mac for $56

PDFpen 7 is an excellent PDF editor from our friends at Smile Software. And thanks to our friends at Stack Social, we get to offer it to you at a discount! You can edit documents, store frequently-used signatures and images for reuse, block or erase sensitive information, export PDFs to Word format, and much more. Through our deal, you can get this great software for $56, a 25 percent discount.

How Smart is a Smarthome That Has to Phone Home?

2:10 PM EDT, May. 1st, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · Editorial

Smart home/Internet of Things devices sound great, and they are. But what happens if something goes wrong and it's outside of your control? Are you worse off than you were before your house got "smart"? Kelly had an incident this week that got her thinking about it.

Apple Watch, Sport Ship Dates Pushed to July

1:21 PM EDT, May. 1st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Shipping times for new Apple Watch orders are now reaching out to July for the 42mm Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport. Apple has been working to get pre-orders from April 10 out to customers, but so far hasn't been able to catch up enough to see quicker ship dates for new orders.

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Looks like Apple hasn't gotten those Apple Watch parts supply issues under control yet.

Grooveshark Shuts Down: We Made Serious Mistakes

11:33 AM EDT, May. 1st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

The online music sharing service Grooveshark has official shut down following a long fight with record labels over licensing rights. The company made it easy for users to share music, but didn't ever get the rights to host the files on its servers. It's demise came along with an admission that "serious mistakes" were made.

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Sharing music on the Internet without licensing doesn't end well. Just ask Grooveshark.

Tesla Wants its Batteries to Power Your Home

10:07 AM EDT, May. 1st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Tesla, the company known for its high tech electric cars, wants to power your home with its just announced Tesla Energy wall mounted rechargeable battery system. Tesla Energy can be charged via solar panels, through traditional power grids, or combinations of charging sources.

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Tesla is serious about finding ways to make our power usage more environmentally friendly, and its new Tesla Energy project is a perfect example of that in action. How long before we hear about Apple adding Tesla Energy to its own green power production plans?

Apple’s Beats Unveils New Ad Featuring Marcus Mariota

8:50 AM EDT, May. 1st, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · News

Beats has released its latest video, titled "Ohana" and featuring University of Oregon (now Tennessee Titan) quarterback Marcus Mariota with narration by his friends and family.

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Beats made this deal - and video - relatively quickly considering Mariota hadn't even announced he was headed to the draft until mid-January and the video came out before he was drafted, so Beats thought he was worth investing in no matter what team he played for.

Russian Politician Wants Apple’s U2 Album Giveaway Investigated as Gay Propaganda

8:17 PM EDT, Apr. 30th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

Songs of Innocence Cover

Russian politician Alexander Starovoitov, a member of the rightwing LDPR party, is accusing Apple of distributing pro-gay propaganda to minors with its U2 album giveaway. That's the same album—The Age of Innocence—giveaway that was a thing back in September of 2014, but a new version of the album cover has homophobes in Russia freaking out that they might catch teh gheys, and they want Apple punished.