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Pee-Wee Herman Stars in Avengers Trailer

5 hours 45 min ago

Pee-Wee Herman is back in a big way. Not only is it Halloween today, which is a great time to rock a Pee-Wee Herman outfit, but he has released the glorious Pee-Wee's Playhouse series on Blu-Ray. As part of the publicity for the release, Paul Reubens appeared on Jimmy Fallon earlier this week. Jimmy has been known to imitate Pee-Wee and dub that voice into movie trailers. Well since they had the genuine article, they roped him in to dub Pee-Wee into the new Avengers Age of Ultron trailer. Check it out below. And tomorrow, when Halloween season is over, it will be time to start screening the Pee-Wee's Playhouse Christmas Special! I can't wait.


Trent Reznor on Working for Apple: ‘It’s Everything I Asked For’

6 hours 9 min ago

Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, and the former Chief Creative Officer for Beats Music, said that it was "flattering" to be asked to work directly for Apple, Beats' new owner. In an interview with Billboard magazine, Mr. Reznor said that working for Apple was, "unfamiliar and it's kind of everything I asked for." He added, "and the bad thing is it's everything I asked for."


Last Chance for The Complete iOS 8 Course With Swift for $89

6 hours 53 min ago

Our deal for the Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course for $89 is ending in three days. This is a $998 package of developer training courses that includes some 350 videos and 36 hours of content. In addition to teaching you what's new in iOS 8 and Xcode 6, you'll also learn Swift, Apple's new programming language. No programming experience is necessary. As a bonus, this deal also includes the Complete iOS 7 Course.


MacTech Conference 2014: Talk to Kelly and Dave!

8 hours 1 min ago

MacTech Conference 2014 is happening soon, and TMO will both be there to cover it. If youâre attending MacTech, read on for information on how to set up an interview with TMO's Kelly Guimont or Dave Hamilton.


Apple Wins the Old-fashioned Way: Outsmart the Competition

8 hours 13 min ago

Cool new products catch our attention, and sometimes it seems that the flashiest products are the byproducts of the most successful companies. In reality, there's much more to be said for good business sense and raw intelligence. Those virtues go a long way towards explaining Apple's success.


Judge Rules Cops can Force You to Touch ID Unlock your iPhone

9 hours 43 min ago

A four-digit lock code on your iPhone offers you more privacy protection than Touch ID in Virginia. Judge Steven Frucci ruled fingerprints as security codes constitute evidence police can collect, just like DNA samples, and aren't subject to Fifth Amendment self incrimination protection.

The Mac Observer Spin: Regardless of whether or not Judge Frucci interpreted the law correctly, letting law enforcement compel people to unlock their Touch ID-encrypted iPhones seems like a pretty slippery slope to head down.


iOS 8: Adding Fitness App Data to the Health App

10 hours 41 min ago

Apple's Health app in iOS 8 lets you view the health and fitness information third-party apps and devices collect, but exactly how do you get that data into Health? Read on to learn how.


TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-31

11 hours 27 min ago

A Virginia Judge says police can force you to unlock your iPhone with Touch ID, but passcodes are protected. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to discuss what impact that ruling will have on iPhone owners and anyone else with a fingerprint-protected device. They also look at one CurrentC partner's decision to continue to accept Apple Pay.


How To Clean Up and Rebuild Apple Mail Data [Yosemite Update]

13 hours 18 min ago

Occasionally Apple Mail becomes slow and corrupted and simply needs to have its indexes cleaned out and rebuilt. We cover this pretty regularly on Mac Geek Gab and have updated our support article detailing the steps to include every OS up through Yosemite.


Judge to Unseal GT Advanced Bankruptcy Filing Documents

15 hours 4 min ago

The judge overseeing GT Advanced Technologies' bankruptcy filing said he will unseal documents in the case next week. The decision will release an affidavit from GTAT's COO detailing the company's sordid relationship with Apple for synthetic sapphire glass production, and comes despite protests from Apple, creditors, and GTAT's own legal team.

The Mac Observer Spin: It sounds like the parties that have a very direct interest in the outcome of this bankruptcy filing - Apple, GTAT, and its creditors - are about to lose out because Judge Boroff is going to unseal documents they all want kept secret. That said, if the documents don't meet the legal requirement to stay sealed, the judge is obligated to release them. Next week is looking to be pretty ugly for GTAT.


Yosemite: Maximizing Windows & the Green “Stoplight” Button

15 hours 58 min ago

Have you noticed that the green "stoplight" button that appears in the upper-left corner of your windows is somewhat different in Yosemite? It used to toggle your window's size, and now it's forcing you into full-screen mode-but only sometimes! What the heck is going on?! Luckily, that's what this Quick Tip is here to tell us.


Meijer, the CurrenctC/MCX Member Who Refuses to Block Apple Pay

Thu, 2014-10-30 17:17

Meet Meijer, the 213-store retailer that is a member of the MCX/CurrentC wannabe hegemony. Like Rite Aid and CVS, Meijer has NFC-equipped payment terminals that support Apple Pay. Unlike Rite Aid and CVS, Meijer, has no intention of blocking Apple Pay and is listed as an Apple Pay supporter by Apple.


Get Free Bitcoins with 52 Website Faucets that Really Pay [Update]

Thu, 2014-10-30 16:36

I've gathered 52 different Bitcoin "faucets"-websites that pay out free Bitcoins just for loading up a page full of ads-and tested them to make sure they actually pay out. I started off with eight sites, but this update adds several more and removes some faucets that have gone dark for a total of 52 different Bitcoin faucets that really pay, plus a Dogecoin faucet and a Litecoin faucet.


Last Chance for The Bluetooth Shower Speaker: $39

Thu, 2014-10-30 15:17

The Blue Bluetooth Shower Speaker has been a very popular deal with our readers, but there's just four days left. For $39, you can get a water-resistant speaker built for your shower. That means music or podcasts or whatever sound floats your boat while you bathe, without worrying about wrecking your iPhone. Huzzah! It has a rechargable battery, works up to ten meters from the source, and connects to your iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac, PC, or Android device via Bluetooth.


CES Rebrands iLounge Pavilion as iProducts, Hopes to Attract Macworld Expo Exhibitors

Thu, 2014-10-30 15:09

CES announced Thursday a major rebranding of the Apple-centric show-within-a-show that takes place in January. The company said it was changing the name from the iLounge Pavilion to the iProducts Marketplace. The change comes in the wake of Macworld/iWorld going on hiatus, and CES made it clear they want to snag as many vendors from its erstwhile competitor as possible.


Apple Reverses PCalc Decision; App and Widget Can Stay

Thu, 2014-10-30 12:13

Apple has reversed the App Store decision to pull PCalc from the App Store, according to PCalc developer James Thomson. He received a call today updating him about the status of his app.


TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-30

Thu, 2014-10-30 11:29

Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's gay, which puts him in a unique position as an equal rights advocate. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to look at how Mr. Cook's announcement could impact the ongoing fight for equal rights and what it could mean to people struggling with their own identity. Jeff also gets really excited about Microsoft's new fitness tracker.


Microsoft Joins the Fitness Tracking Game with Fitness Band

Thu, 2014-10-30 09:36

Microsoft is hoping to grab a slice of the fitness tracking market with its new Microsoft Band. The new fitness tracker packs in sensors for tracking steps, heart rate, UV light levels, and more.

The Mac Observer Spin: Microsoft's best bet for competing against the Apple Watch is an early release, which is exactly what happened. Microsoft Band has a cool mix of sensors and longer battery life than Apple's smartwatch, plus a lower price point, and it's available now. Still, it isn't Apple Watch, so it'll be interesting to see how well it sells since so many people are holding out for some Apple kit on their wrist.


Tim Cook’s Gay Coming Out is a Big Deal for Equal Rights

Thu, 2014-10-30 07:52

Tim Cook is the CEO of one of the most valuable companies and brands in the world, an advocate for human rights and equality, a very private man, and now a man that's openly gay. The big news isn't that Mr. Cook is gay - his sexuality, just like everyone else's - is very personal. The big news isn't new at all: Tim Cook is a powerful man doing what he can to make the world a better place for everyone.


MCX Holds Press Conference, Does Itself No Favors

Wed, 2014-10-29 19:37

MCX, the group behind CurrentC, held a press conference today to clear up misconceptions about the group and its agreements. It also had to discuss a data breach, and didn't do a very good job at addressing any of those things. Kelly explains what happened, and what she'd do instead.

The Mac Observer Spin: #lolcurrentc