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How to Pre-authorize Your iPhone to Use Apple Pay

4 hours 49 min ago

This handy trick, quietly introduced in iOS 8.3, can speed up your Apple Pay experience. Or help quite a bit when you know you'll be one-handed at checkout. John Martellaro shows you how to do it.


TMO Daily Observations 2015-07-29: Fitness Tracker Accuracy, Logitech’s new Mouse

7 hours 1 min ago

Nike's FuelBand lawsuit settlement serves as a reminder that fitness trackers aren't necessarily accurate. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on fitness tracker data, what works for them, and why you shouldn't give up on using yours. John also fills us in on why he likes Logitech's MX Anywhere 2 mouse.


Photoshop CS6 Stragglers Out of Luck for Camera Raw Updates

9 hours 44 min ago

It's no secret that Adobe left its Creative Suite 6 apps behind when it moved to Creative Cloud and annual software licenses, and if you've been holding out hope for extended support for the old versions of Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, get ready for the bad news. Adobe says Camera Raw 9.1.1 will be the last version released that still offers Photoshop CS6 support. For people using Adobe's apps professionally, this is another reminder that Creative Suite 6 is now a relic and it's time to let it go.

The Mac Observer Spin: Dropping Camera Raw updates for Photoshop CS6 is yet another sign from Adobe they really want everyone to move to Creative Cloud. The fact that they offered CS6 ACR updates for this long is pretty amazing.


iOS: Deleting Siri’s Training Data

11 hours 4 min ago

If you're getting frustrated with Siri's inability to understand your commands, then you might want to try resetting the service on your iOS device. Siri learns how to better interpret your voice the more you use it, but if that training has gotten messed up (by, say, your kids playing around with your phone), then that could cause problems. We'll tell you how to wipe Siri clean in today's Quick Tip.


Buy iPhone 6 from T-Mobile Now, Swap for iPhone 6s for Free, Apple Music Exempt from Data Limits

Tue, 2015-07-28 18:06

T-Mobile ratcheted up its pressure on the carrier business in the U.S. by announcing that JUMP! On Demand customers who buy an iPhone 6 this summer can swap it out for whatever Apple announces this fall. For free. The company is also exempting Apple Music from data limits for its customers.


CoMacadore Plus - Mac OS 6.0.1 Running on an Amiga 500

Tue, 2015-07-28 17:10

Old timers might remember Mac vs. PC flame wars, but in my experience they paled in ferocity to discussions between Amiga fans and Mac fans. But lo! There will be peace in our time, or at least a little hardware-based emulation. Reddit and imgur user wowbobwow got Mac OS 6.0.1 running on an Amiga 500. He did it using a product called A-Max that allowed the user to frankenstein Mac ROM chips and hook them up directly to the Amiga. That bit of geekerism then allowed the Amiga to execute Mac code directly on the Motorola 68000 (68K) processor in the Amiga-the same CPU in Macs of that day. Check out the photos on imgur-it's super cool.


Your Fitness Tracker May be Wrong, but that Doesn’t Make it Bad

Tue, 2015-07-28 16:11

Nike has agreed to pay out US$2.4 million to settle a lawsuit where it and Apple were accused of misleading consumers into believing the Nike FuelBand logged accurate fitness tracking data. The pain point in the settlement isn't the money; instead, it's the fact that most fitness trackers simply aren't accurate.


The Surreal Selfie Stick (Video)

Tue, 2015-07-28 15:55

Remember that super awesome image we thought was a pano shot while rolling down a hill? Turns out it was taken by Randy Scott Slavin, a New York City-based director and photographer. The original image was stitched together from many images, and is part of a series called Alternate Perspectives 1 and Alternate Perspectives 2. Mr. Slavin also created what he calls the Surreal Selfie Stick, a 360 degree array of GoPro cameras for making videos, and it is just as cool as his photography. He's using the device for a project, but posted a demonstration to YouTube that you should check out. Note that you can't see the Surreal Selfie Stick in the video, but you can sometimes see its shadow.


Logitech’s MX Anywhere 2 Mouse is a Joy to Use

Tue, 2015-07-28 15:30

The Logitech MX Anywhere 2 wireless mobile mouse is designed especially for mobile OS X and Windows users, and that means tracking on just about any surface, including glass. Notable is that it can be used with Bluetooth or a USB dongle. The scrolling capabilities make it a killer product. Features and feel are top notch. It's the best mouse John Martellaro has ever used.


Pay What You Want for the Game Developer Bundle

Tue, 2015-07-28 14:57

We have a new developer bundle for you called Game Developer Bundle. Even better, it's a pay-what-you-want deal. Pay anything-as little as a penny-and you get the Game Development for Non-Coders' 5-Course Bundle. If you beat the average price, which is just $6.22 as of this writing, you'll get the Unity 3D Game Development & Design 4-Course Bundle and HTML5 App & Game Development 6-Course Bundle. 10 percent of your purchase price will be donated to Creative Commons, a worthy project. And if you make the Top Ten at any point, you get five entries into the Samsung 50-Inch 4K TV & Media Device Giveaway. Good luck!


No One Really Needs an Apple Watch Today

Tue, 2015-07-28 14:10

Dr. Mac thinks his Apple Watch is a very cool gadget...but he doesn't think anyone really needs one. At least not yet.


TMO Daily Observations 2015-07-28: Google+ gets Smaller, Apple gets Bigger

Tue, 2015-07-28 12:06

Google learned the hard way that you need more than a big company to make a successful social network. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet look at Google's downscaling of Google+, and John explains why we need to stop treating Apple like a small company.


Apple Targets Fitness, Travel, Music Apps in New Apple Watch Ads

Tue, 2015-07-28 07:31

Apple took the lid off three new Apple Watch ads on Tuesday that highlight fitness, travel, and music apps instead of the more personal feel of earlier commercials. The 15 second spots offer a fast paced look at the types of apps available for the smart watch and introduce a new tag line: Apps at a tap.


Google Plus + Google Agenda = Facebook Win

Mon, 2015-07-27 20:00

Google announced it was scaling back on Google Plus, showing you can't build a social networking service on top of a corporate agenda. Despite all of its many advantages, Google hasn't been able to make a dent in Facebook's dominance of this market.


LOL Look Back at 2012: Apple Death Knell #60, Microsoft Will Beat Apple (& Google)

Mon, 2015-07-27 16:35

I was doing some research today when I ran across this gem from 2012, where Charles Sizemore told us from the pages of Forbes magazine that "Microsoft Will Beat Apple." That's right, he said that Steve Jobs's "pigheadedness" on maintaining "a closed ecosystem" and insisting "on making its own hardware and software" would result in Microsoft dominating mobile. Well, it's 2015, and how are those predictions working out?


Free Dual-Display Wallpaper for Your Macs

Mon, 2015-07-27 14:11

The perfect two-display Mac setup needs the perfect wallpaper. Details. It's all about the details, right? Twelve South is offering up free wallpaper images designed to go side by side on two Macs. (They're using the freebies to promote a 12 percent discount on their stands.) You can see larger versions of the images at the company's site, or download them in versions designed for eight different Mac screen resolutions.


Exocharge 3-Port USB Car Charger: $14.99

Mon, 2015-07-27 13:35

Check out the Exogear 3-Port USB Charger for your car. Like the name suggests, it has three USB ports for charging up to three devices at once. It has an aluminum body and a compact design. Check it out.


Apple is a Large Company - it Has Large Ambitions

Mon, 2015-07-27 13:30

Paraphrasing Star Trek's Mr. Spock: "Small companies have small ambitions. Large companies have large ambitions." Given that fact of our technical life, many observers expect Apple to act like a small company and grumble when it doesn't. In fact, as Apple grows, so must its customers (and observers) in their perspective. Apple Watch and Apple Music are cases in point.


Get Lost, and Found, in the Awesome Literary Road Trips Map

Mon, 2015-07-27 11:46

I love seeing cool and unexpected uses for Google Maps, like the awesome map tracking the road trips from several classic American literary works. Atlas Obscura has what they're calling an "obsessively detailed" map showing the routes from several books such as Travels with Charlie, The Lost Continent, and (my favorite) Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. You can pick individual books and then click route points for quotes, and it's an awesome way to visualize exactly where these epic journeys took place. Be sure to clear some time before checking out Atlas Obscura's Guide to Literary Road Trips because you will get sucked in. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test and On the Road are calling to you.


TMO Daily Observations 2015-07-27: Apple’s Brilliant Marketing Message, Apple Watch in Best Buy

Mon, 2015-07-27 11:23

Apple has a special gift for using plain words pull at our emotions and deliver product messages. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet share their perspective on Apple's latest iPhone marketing campaign, plus they share their thoughts on Apple Watch coming to Best Buy's stores.