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watchOS 3 gets New Health, Fitness, Communication Features

1:20 PM EDT, Jun. 13th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

watchOS 3's new fitness tracking interfaces

Apple started off its Worldwide Developer Conference keynote event with watchOS 3, the next version of the Apple Watch operating system. The new version will include performance improvements, easier access to favorite apps, new clock faces, handwriting recognition, and SOS on Watch for contacting emergency services from your wrist.

Microsoft Goes Social with $26.2B LinkedIn Purchase

10:53 AM EDT, Jun. 13th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

LinkedIn joins team Microsoft

Microsoft announced on Monday it plans to buy LinkedIn for US$26.2 billion. The deal is Satya Nadella's biggest since taking over as Microsoft CEO, and it's the biggest corporate buyout to date. For Microsoft, the deal makes sense because professional business tool are a big part of the company, and LinkedIn is all about bringing business professionals together.

TMO’s WWDC Keynote Live Coverage

9:29 AM EDT, Jun. 13th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Get ready for today's WWDC keynote and TMO's live coverage

Apple's big keynote event to launch this year's annual Worldwide Developer Conference starts at 10AM pacific time, and The Mac Observer will be on location bringing you as it happens news from the event. Reports say we could see new MacBook Pro models, Siri support for third-party apps, an updated Thunderbolt display, and more.

Security Basics: If a Service Offers Two-Factor Authentication, Use It

9:53 PM EDT, Jun. 10th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · How-To

Apple Two-Factor Authentication

Twitter announced this week that it was aware some Twitter login credentials are circulating on the Dark Web, and Mark Zuckerberg infamously had some of his (mostly unused) social media accounts hacked. That makes for a perfect segue for some basic security advice: if a website, service, or app offers two-factor authentication, use it.

JimmyCase iPhone Wallet Case: $31.99

5:50 PM EDT, Jun. 10th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals


We have an interesting take on an iPhone case for you today called JimmyCase. Firstly, it's a bumper case designed to help protect the sides of your iPhone. It has a mahogany layer on the back, which is also where you'll find an elastic strip that can hold your money, credit cards, or your headphones.  We have a deal on the JimmyCase for $31.99, some 18 percent off the retail price.

The Weakness of iPads in K-12 Education is Starting to Show Up

3:30 PM EDT, Jun. 10th, 2016 · John Martellaro · Particle Debris

IPads in education

Apple believes that tablets are the future. And so, it's natural to push iPads for K-12 education. The idea is that these iPads are great educational devices because they're cheaper, more secure and easier to maintain than MacBooks. But what about the ability of teachers to invoke iPads for the kinds of skills training the curriculum calls for? And fit them into the budget? Signs are, it's not working.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-10: iMessage for Android, Logic Pro’s Mega Update

1:40 PM EDT, Jun. 10th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Word on the street says Apple is about to announce iMessage for Android. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to offer up their thoughts on why Apple might want to make its end-to-end encrypted text message platform Android-compatible, plus they look at the stunningly long list of fixes and new features in Logic Pro's 10.2.3 update.

Workflow Comes to IFTTT

11:24 AM EDT, Jun. 10th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

My weekend productivity is either totally shot or about to go over the top because If This Then That just got a Workflow channel. To get you up to speed: IFTTT lets you link things that typically might not work together, like weather reports and WeMo switches, then trigger actions over the internet. Workflow lets you automate actions on your iPhone or iPad through scripts. Now imagine smashing the two together. IFTTT is free, and Workflow costs US$2.99. Together? Priceless.

Manhattan DA Still Wants to Kill iPhone Encryption

9:58 AM EDT, Jun. 10th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Manhattan DA calls for Federal smartphone encryption backdoor mandate

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance thinks Apple and Google are intentionally thwarting criminal investigations through the encryption features in the iPhone and Android-based smartphones. He's calling for Congress to pass laws mandating backdoors into our encrypted data so law enforcement agencies can more easily investigate crimes, and he says the arguments against the idea amount to nothing more than rhetoric.

Turn Your iPhone into an 8-bit Camera with BitCam

8:12 PM EDT, Jun. 9th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Forget 64-bit processors and Retina Displays because 1990s 8-bit tech is the way to go. Or, at least it is if you want to snap some awesome retro photos with your iPhone. The IconFactory's BitCam lets you do just that in a totally rad Mac System 6 interface. It's got big, chunky buttons, standard and super-res 8-bit photo resolutions, and you can even upgrade to a "color graphics card" for a buck or so. BitCam is free and worth picking up because, unlike mullets, 8-bit photos won't go out of style.

OtterBox Hybrid Case For iPad Pro 12.9: Folio & Drop Protection With a Slender Design

7:00 PM EDT, Jun. 9th, 2016 · John Martellaro · In-Depth Review

Review: OtterBox Hybrid Case For iPad Pro 12.9

The Apple iPad Pro 12.9 is a large piece of iPad hardware, larger than we've been accustomed to. A good case for it has to meet many expectations. It has to protect, yet be light and slender. It has to accomodate all the iPad Pro technology, including the Apple Pencil. It has to be versatile and look great. The OtterBox Symmetry Series Hybrid for iPad Pro 12.9-inch does all that and more. Read on to find out why John loves his iPad Pro 12.9 even more now.

iFixit 64 Bit Driver Kit, Including Torx, Pentalobe, More: $34.95

5:12 PM EDT, Jun. 9th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

This 64-bit driver kit from iFixit has all the regular screwdriver bits you might need, but it also has multiple Torx and Torx Security bits, Pentalobe bits (like Apple uses), JIS bits, Tri-points, and more. It comes with its own driver, and there's sorting tray built into the lid. I've bought a couple of toolkits from iFixit, and I love them. We have a deal on this one for $34.95.

CurrentC Rolls off its Deathbed and into the Grave

11:13 AM EDT, Jun. 9th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

It's dead, Jim: CurrentC dies before it ever launched

The mobile payment platform CurrentC is all but dead. MCX is shutting down its beta trials, turning off user accounts, and keeping mum on whether or not it'll bring back the service at some point in the future. CurrentC is, for all practical purposes dead, but MCX can't bring itself to use that word.

OS X: Pasting Text into Emails, Much Faster

9:05 AM EDT, Jun. 9th, 2016 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Here's the faster way to copy text into Mail & Messages

Today we're going to discuss how to use a contextual menu to pop selected text into an email, a message, or even a tweet, which is faster than the typical "copy, switch apps, start a blank message, and then paste" method. Come on in and read all about it!

ACM 363: The State of Music at Apple, Quality, and iTunes Downloads

1:41 AM EDT, Jun. 9th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Podcast

Bryan Chaffin is joined by John Kheit to talk about the state of music at Apple, including iTunes, rumored changes to iTunes, and where they'd like to see it go. They also discuss the value of music downloads and who is driving the push towards streaming services (Bryan says it's consumers and John screams something about getting the kids off his lawn).