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Pebble Adds Steel to its New Time Smartwatch Lineup

2 hours 24 min ago

Pebble clearly wasn't done with its new smartwatch announcements when it unveiled its Kickstarter for Pebble Time because now you can preorder Pebble Time Steel, too. The Steel version of Pebble Time comes with an all metal body instead of the Time's metal bezel on a plastic body, plus it sports longer batter life.

The Mac Observer Spin: Seeing people flip over Pebble Time and Pebble Steel doesn't necessarily mean the entire market has been holding out waiting for something besides the devices that are already shipping, but it does show that consumers who want certain brands are willing to buy without a second thought. That's a very good sign for Apple Watch when it goes on sale.


Apple’s World Gallery Highlights iPhone 6 Photographs

Mon, 2015-03-02 20:49

Apple doesn't attend things like CES or this week's Mobile World Congress, at least not in an official capacity, but the company has a knack for sucking the wind of their PR sails. On Monday, Apple launched the iPhone 6 World Gallery, a collection of beautiful photographs all taken with the iPhone 6. The beautiful shot below was taken by Renee M. using Camera, Instagram, and Flickr apps. There are dozens more in the World Gallery, and they're worth your time.


Samsung Innovation: Samsung Pay and an iPhone 6 Lookalike

Mon, 2015-03-02 20:30

Samsung has fired up its trusty ol' innovation machine and come up with...wait for it...Samsung Pay and an iPhone 6 lookalike. Bryan Chaffin takes through the lawls.


Dragon Dictate for Mac 4: $99.99

Mon, 2015-03-02 17:33

We have a great deal on Dragon Dictate 4 for the Mac from Nuance. these are the people Apple relies on for speech recognition in Siri-they're the best in the world at this stuff. Dragon Dictate 4 for the Mac retails for $200, but with our deal you can get it for half that, $99.99.


TMO Quick Tip: Use Tab to Quick Search Apple.com

Mon, 2015-03-02 17:16

Apple has encoded its home page to allow users to search the site with just a tab when using Safari or Omniweb. When you first load up apple.com and press tab, the search box opens, and your cursor jumps straight to it.


OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Beta goes Public with Photos App

Mon, 2015-03-02 13:10

Developers have been able to try out the beta version of OS X 10.10.3, and as of Monday the public can, too. Mac users who signed up to participate in the public beta program can download the latest prerelease build of the upcoming Mac OS update, and it includes a beta version of the iPhoto replacement app Photos, too.

The Mac Observer Spin: Don't forget beta means "not ready to ship," so there may be bugs and other surprises that cause app crashes and data loss. If you're planning on playing with the beta consider installing in on a Mac that isn't critical for your daily work.


TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-02: Samsung’s New iPhone Copy, More Apple Car Evidence

Mon, 2015-03-02 11:25

Samsung fired up its copiers to make the Galaxy S6 smartphone very iPhone 6-like. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to discuss when and why Samsung copies Apple and other device makers, plus they dive into the news that Apple documents in Switzerland say the company is in the car business.


Morgan Stanley Says AAPL’s Market will Grow to $3.4 Trillion

Mon, 2015-03-02 09:01

Apple's US$800 billion market could grow to $3.4 trillion in the next five years, according to Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty, because every aspect of the iPhone and iPad maker's business is poised to expand even more. That growth will come because Apple is poised to be a bigger part of our daily lives with Apple Watch, Apple Car, and Apple TV.

The Mac Observer Spin: Here's the translation: If Apple makes it the money will come, no matter what the product may be.


Apple Adds Cars to its Business in Switzerland

Mon, 2015-03-02 08:11

Apple hasn't made an official statement about whether or not it's designing a car, but a recent change to its corporate documents in Switzerland makes it clear the company has its eye on the automotive market. The document change says vehicles are part of its business operations, which all but screams "We're making a car."

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple is always on the hunt for the next market to disrupt, and its updated corporate description in Switzerland backs up our report that the company really is working on a car. Automotive industry, you've been put on notice.


Apple Builds Mystery Room for Apple Watch Media Event

Mon, 2015-03-02 07:12

Apple is building a mystery room off the side of the Yerba Buena Events Center in San Francisco ahead of its March 9 "Spring forward" media event. Apple did the same when it first showed off the Apple Watch last September, which means the room is most likely a demonstration area for the company's new smartwatch again.

The Mac Observer Spin: If Apple is setting up a demonstration area, it's a safe be Apple Watch is finally ready for proper hands-on time instead of the tightly controlled demos we had last September when the smartwatch was still in development.


MGG 542: Stick This In Your Drive & Partition It

Sun, 2015-03-01 17:18

Dave's back from Florida, John's back is feeling fine, and your two favorite geeks answer questions and discuss all sorts of topics that YOU want to hear about. Backups, restoration, nefarious installers and more.


IiPhoneography 101: Tripods for Your iPhone

Sat, 2015-02-28 08:30

Want sharper photos, but don't want to carry a bulky tripod? Vern Seward points out great options in this installment of iPhoneography 101.


Apple Death Knell #68: Apple’s Stock Will Collapse Because iPhone Is Too Important

Fri, 2015-02-27 18:54

Apple's stock price will collapse to less than half its value, according to a research note from German investment bank Berenberg. AppleInsider reported analyst Adnaan Ahmad told the bank's clients that Apple is too reliant on the iPhone and will have to slash prices because la la la shut up you're not the boss of me.


Last Chance: Pay What You Want for the Learn to Design Bundle

Fri, 2015-02-27 17:32

This your last chance to pay what you want for the Learn to Design Bundle, a collection of tutorials that will teach you design skills. You'll also learn how to use Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, how to design flat, responsive websites, and more. If you pay the minimum, you get Creative Web Design Course and Responsive Web Design Course. But if you beat the average price ($8.62 as of this writing), you get six more courses. And 10 percent of your purchase price goes to Creative Commons. That's a sweet deal. Get it while you can before it expires.


What to Expect During Apple’s March 9 Media Event

Fri, 2015-02-27 14:30

Two of the best minds that follow Apple got together and worked out what we can expect to see during Apple's March 9 media event. Jeff Gamet and Kelly Guimont (with some inspiration from Chris Breen), take their best shot at predicting what else we might see besides a major Apple Watch palooza.


TMO Daily Observations 2015-02-27: Apple Watch Media Event Smackdown

Fri, 2015-02-27 11:09

Not everyone has the same expectations for Apple's March 9 media event. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to duke it out over what announcements we may get along with more Apple Watch news on the 9th, including John's prediction for a gold Retina Display MacBook Air.


Ericsson Sues Apple after Failing to Reach Patent License Agreement

Fri, 2015-02-27 09:20

Ericsson has decided to give up on its efforts to renew patent licensing agreements over technology used in the iPhone and iPad and instead is taking its case to federal court. The two companies had been negotiating terms to renew a 2008 licensing agreement that expired last month, but so far haven't been able to find terms agreeable to both.

The Mac Observer Spin: Like I've said before, even when companies try to negotiate patent licensing terms they just can't seem to stay out of court.


Analyst: Apple Watch Edition to Cost $950

Fri, 2015-02-27 08:01

Citigroup analyst Jim Suva weighed in with his expectations for Apple Watch pricing following the news that Apple is hosting a media event on March 9. Apple already announced pricing will start at US$349-presumably for the Apple Watch Sport-and he thinks Apple Watch will cost $550 while the Apple Watch Edition will be priced at $950. He's also pegging April 16 as the smartwatch's official release date.

The Mac Observer Spin: Mr. Suva's $950 price point for the gold Apple Watch Edition is surprisingly low compared to the general consensus that it won't start below $5,000 and could cost more than $10,000. We'll have to wait until Apple's March 9 media event where Apple Watch pricing is expected to be announced to see how close he really is.


QuickTime & Yosemite: Recording Your iPhone or iPad Screen with iOS 8

Fri, 2015-02-27 06:55

Did you know that you can use your Mac to record a video of your iOS device's screen, making it easy to show an inexperienced user how to access an app or change a setting? That's the subject of today's Quick Tip, and we think it's a pretty darned cool feature of Yosemite. We're happy to do anything we can to make you seem more like a wizard to your friends and family!


Apple Opens iWork for iCloud to Everyone

Thu, 2015-02-26 18:36

Apple recently opened up iWork for iCloud to anyone. At iCloud.com, Apple posted a note announcing, "Now anyone can use Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for iCloud." Previously, the service was open to Apple devices only.