Pebble Update Lets Watches Work After Servers Shut Down

· · Product News

Pebble app update removes server dependency for app installs and firmware updates

Pebble smartwatch owners got a welcome iPhone app update this week that removes the dependency on the company’s cloud servers for firmware updates and app installation. The update addresses a concern users and developers have had ever since Fitbit bought Pebble last year.

Samsung Lands 2 Year Deal for Curved OLED iPhone Displays

· · News

Apple signs two year deal with Samsung for iPhone OLED displays

Smartphone makers planning on using OLED screens are about to be in a bind because Apple just signed a two year contract with Samsung for the panels. Samsung will reportedly supply Apple with at least 70 million bendable OLED panels this year, and Samsung will take up the rest for itself.

Apple Watch Series 3 Set for Fall Launch

· · News

Report says Apple Watch Series 3 launching in fall 2017

The third generation Apple Watch, or Apple Watch Series 3, will ship in late 2017, according to insider sources. Apple is also adding Compal Electronics as a second watch manufacturer.

'The Cube' Bluetooth Speaker: $25.99

· · TMO Deals

“The Cube” Bluetooth Speaker

Check out “The Cube,” a Bluetooth speaker with a unique design. Internal LED lights shine through the cracks of the outer shell. There are three colors, which you can choose below the price. It’s $25.99 through us.

Apple Pay Cash Transfers Now Work With Western Union App

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Western Union has had support for Apple Pay since 2015. But it could only be used in stores for sending money and paying bills. Now, the Western Union app has support for Apple Pay cash transfers. You can finally use Apple Pay with Western Union to send cash from your bank to another person. Andrew Orr gives us the details.

Apple and the OODA Loop Problem

· · Editorial

Apple Park, Apple's new San Jose headquarters, opens in April 2017

From time to time, we hear about an organization, enterprise or government, that makes a seemingly bizarre decision. There are many reasons for that, but a notable one in the technology world relates to how humans make decisions. And the classic OODA loop. John explains with examples from Apple.

Ya Gotta Love Free and Useful Stuff for Macs...

· · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Free and Useful Services can be found in the Keyboard System Preferences pane.

This week Dr. Mac looks at a podcast and a macOS Service that are both free and useful. The first is his favorite  podcast of all time, a podcast focused on what’s going on under the hoods of your Apple devices. The second is a macOS Service that fixes funky text issues and much more.

Digital Ethereal: Turning Wi-Fi Signals into Art

· · Cool Stuff Found

Art is all around us and can show up in the most amazing places, including the electromagnetic fields from our smartphones. Luis Hernan used that idea to turn Wi-Fi signals from smartphones into light painting, and it’s awesome to see. He uses a Kirlian Device to track Wi-Fi signal strength and long exposure photography to capture his images which look like colorful webs of light spun into everyday scenes. You can check out his beautiful work at the Digital Ethereal website.

Digital Ethereal: Turning Wi-Fi Signals into Art

How to Change Your iPhone and iPad's Name for AirDrop

· · Quick Tip

Give your iPhone or iPad a unique name to avoid AirDrop file sharing confusion

AirDrop is handy for sharing files between your devices, like your iPhone and iPad. If there are lots of other devices nearby named “iPhone” or “iPad,” just like yours, it’s time to change your iPhone’s name so you know those files are going to the right place. Luckily, that’s easy to do. Follow along to learn how.

Don't Look for iPhone 8 Until October or November

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Speculating on what's in store for the next iPhone model

Apple’s iPhone 8 may not ship until October or November instead of the September window we usually see. The reason for the later launch may be tied to production problems with the smartphone’s curved OLED display.

Kanye West Carries Streaming Music Across Another Milestone

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Kanye West has carried the streaming music industry past another milestone. His most recent album, The Life of Pablo, was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). What’s new and different is that it did so through streams only. Pablo wasn’t made available as a digital download on iTunes or other online music stores. It was instead offered as a streaming product through first Tidal, and then Apple Music, Google Play, Spotify, and other services. Pitchfork reported that Pablo has been streamed a staggering 3 billion times, with 1.5 billion of those streams in the U.S. It’s the U.S. figures that earned it Platinum status, and that certification did not include the copies of Pablo sold direct by Kanye. Streaming music—including Apple Music—are clearly the near-term future of the music industry. Earning Platinum certification through streaming only is symbolic of that tidal shift. It’s also further validation for Apple’s investment in Apple Music.

Kanye West Carries Streaming Music Across Another Milestone