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Apple’s Stock Sets Record Closing High, Market Cap Record Still Waits

2 hours 43 min ago

Shares of Apple Inc. set an all-time closing high on Tuesday, ending the day at $100.53 per share, a gain of $1.37 (+1.38 percent), on heavy volume of 69.4 million shares trading hands. The previous closing record was $100.30 per share, set on September 19th, 2012.


Week of Who, Day Two: Doctor Stew

4 hours 27 min ago

For Week of Who, day two, I offer you an amusing web series called Doctor Stew. It's mostly Doctor Who themed, but it's got a fair amount of Family Guy animation style and humor. It's not Stewie as the Doctor or anything, it just rhymed and made for a catchier title. Keep in mind if Family Guy is not your scene, Doctor Stew won't be either. Otherwise, check out the first episode below.


Last Chance for Duracell Bundle: 100 AA and 50 AAA Batteries for $56

8 hours 28 min ago

The Duracell Bundle-100 AA and 50 AAA Duracell Batteries for $56-is coming to an end. This has been a very popular deal on our Deals page, even without promoting it, but if you want to take advantage of it, do so quickly. It ends on August 21st, just two days from now. The batteries have an expiration date of 2019, and the deal is only available in the continental U.S. There's a limit of five per customer, which means you can one for you and get Christmas/holiday gifts for some of your family, too.


Steve Ballmer Quits Microsoft’s Board, Will Focus on Clippers and Study

8 hours 55 min ago

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced Tuesday that he was quitting the company's board of directors, effective immediately. In a letter to new CEO Satya Nadella published by Microsoft, Mr. Ballmer said he was leaving the board because he saw, "a combination of the Clippers, civic contribution, teaching and study taking a lot of time."


OS X: Delete the Annoying ‘Move to Dropbox’ from Contextual Menus

10 hours 15 min ago

Dropbox is a great app. However, if you've installed or updated Dropbox lately, you'll notice something that may annoy you: Dropbox has placed its contextual menu item "Move to Dropbox" right next to "Move to Trash." It annoyed John, so he figured out how to get rid of it and tells us how he did it.


Shares of $AAPL Top $100, Flirt with Record Closing High

11 hours 15 min ago

Shares of Apple Inc. topped US$100 in intra-day trading on Tuesday, trading as high as $100.525 per share in heavy volume. $AAPL's all-time closing high is $100.30 on a split-adjusted basis, set on September 19th, 2012. The stock briefly traded over $100 per share two days later, but this is the first time it has crossed that mark since.


TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-19

11 hours 29 min ago

Our iPhones can be more than text message tools and cameras; they can play an important role in enhancing our lives, too. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share some of their favorite apps and accessories for improving the quality of their lives, and even offer up a little relationship advice, too.


Developer Portal Breach May have Forced Apple’s Gatekeeper Changes

13 hours 48 min ago

Changes to the Gatekeeper feature in OS X Mavericks designed to help protect users from malware and may be the result of a security breach Apple experienced through its Developer Portal. Developers first saw the change in the beta version of OS X 10.9.5, and if they haven't updated the digital signatures in their apps, end users will start seeing warnings saying those apps may not be trustworthy.

The Mac Observer Spin: Protecting users and developers from security risks is a hard job, and it isn't any secret that Apple's Developer Portal fell victim to attackers. It's possible the information the attackers made off with forced the company to change how Gatekeeper works to prevent similar attacks in the future.


iTunes Festival 2014 Adds Paolo Nutini, Lenny Kravitz, Elbow

14 hours 37 min ago

Apple's 2014 London iTunes Festival lineup just filled out a little more with Paolo Nutini, Lenny Kravitz, and Elbow all getting show dates. The annual music event includes 30 days of free concerts from big name artists at London's Roundhouse, but tickets are available only through a lottery system.


5 Great iPhone Accessories for Runners and Hikers

15 hours 28 min ago

Your iPhone probably goes pretty much everywhere with you, and that includes fitness-related activities like walking, running and hiking. That magical slab of glass and metal is already capable of tracking and logging what you're doing, but there are some great accessories and apps that can make your workout or leisurely stroll even better. Read on to see a few of Jeff's favorites.


CrossOver 13: Run Windows Software On Your Mac for $29.95

Mon, 2014-08-18 16:46

We have a deal for you today on Crossover 13, software that allows you to run Windows apps on your Mac without a Windows license, without rebooting, and without a virtual machine. There are plenty of reasons to run a full virtual machine, but if you just need to run an app or two, Crossover will let you do so without the overhead. Thanks to our friends at Stack Social, you can get Crossover 13 for $29.95, half the regular price.


China’s Xiaomi Is No Apple

Mon, 2014-08-18 16:30

China's Xiaomi. It's the Apple of China, or so some would have us believe. This company has been called China's Apple, and its CEO has been called China's Steve Jobs. It's a bunch of crap, of course, and this weekend Xiaomi demonstrated its commitment to proving it. Bryan Chaffin offers his thoughts on the subject.


Week Of Who: Doctor Puppet

Mon, 2014-08-18 16:28

Doctor Who, a popular television program here at TMO Towers, is returning with a new season this coming Saturday. Needless to say, excitement is high so I'm sharing some of my favorite Doctor Who tributes/parodies with you. Today we're kicking off the Week Of Who with Doctor Puppet, created by Alisa Stern. It's a series of stop-motion videos, starring the Matt Smith version of the Doctor. They are impressively adorable and since they aren't lengthy it's easy to get caught up. Check out Doctor Puppet's adventures starting with the first episode below:


MGG 515: Geeks Out of Their Brains on the 515

Mon, 2014-08-18 15:25

Ready to rock, your two geeks are on the question train this week, answering yours and posing some of their own to each other. Topics include how to lay out data on your SSD upgrade, batch changing photo info, troubleshooting a sluggish iPhone, AT&T/U-Verse Residential Gateway woes and much, much more. Download, press play and enjoy!


4 Ways to Restart the Mac Finder

Mon, 2014-08-18 13:45

There are times when it's necessary to restart the Mac's Finder. (It is, after all, just an app.) Perhaps it's locked up. Or perhaps you've made a configuration change that requires a Finder restart. John shows four different ways to handle the Finder with a view to a kill.


How To Label Locations in Find My Friends

Mon, 2014-08-18 13:19

Find My Friends is handy, but it can be even more useful if you label common locations. Kelly explains how to do this and how they can even make Siri more helpful.


Rockn Stompn for Musicians: Power Strip, Conditioner, and Sequencer

Mon, 2014-08-18 12:58

I went to the California World Guitar Show this past weekend (warning, that site blares music with no volume controls). In addition to more amazing guitars from the 1950s and 1960s than you can shake a stick at-check out this gorgeous 1963 Gibson SG or an amazing 1964 Firebird V- I saw a very clever device called Rockn Stompn. This is a power strip that conditions your power, something that's useful for live performances and studio recording alike. But that's not the clever bit. Rockn Stompn is also a power sequencer. The six plugs are arranged in three banks that will turn on in sequence. So you can have your pedal board plugged into the first bank so that it turns on first. Then a variable number of seconds later, the next bank turns on, and that's where you have you ramp plugged in. That means no popping. It's foot activated, so you can turn on everything (for multiple musicians) with just one stomp, and the delay for each bank is variable. It's very nifty. It's priced at $299, and is available at Amazon.


TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-18

Mon, 2014-08-18 12:58

Your home may not be as safe as you think if you're using home automation products. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about the security-related issues surrounding smart home and home automation products, plus they talk about some of their favorite menu bar items from their Macs.


Apple Wins Emmy for “Misunderstood” iPhone Ad

Mon, 2014-08-18 11:25

Apple's holiday iPhone commercial, "Misunderstood," scored an Emmy award for best commercial. The beat out two Super Bowl ads from Budweiser, along with ads from Nike and GE.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple's long standing partnership with TBWA has produced several award winning advertising campaigns. We'll see if Apple can keep that up now that it's bringing more of its advertising efforts in house.


Analyst: No Sapphire for iPhone 6 Display

Mon, 2014-08-18 08:40

If you're hoping your next iPhone will include a sapphire glass display, you may be waiting another year. JP Morgan analyst Rod Hall says the cost of synthetic sapphire glass is still too high, and that Apple won't be able to get the price down to a reasonable level in time for this year's iPhone 6 launch.

The Mac Observer Spin: GTAT is already running at least 2,600 sapphire glass furnaces for Apple, and may well have a nice stockpile, too. That's a pretty compelling setup for sapphire displays on the iPhone this year instead of next year.