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OS X Yosemite: How to Reset Your Administrator Password

4 hours 28 min ago

In the early years of OS X, the Mac operating system was sold on a DVD. If a user forgot the administrator password, perhaps the simplest way (of several) would be to use that disc to set a new administrator password and regain control of the Mac. Nowadays, there is no install disc provided with OS X, and so an alternative method is necessary. John Martellaro explores just a few.


TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-25

7 hours 3 min ago

With the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday and Black Friday only days away, Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about where to find the best deals on iPads. They also take a look at Time's 2014 Gadgets of the Year list, which includes three Apple devices - one of which isn't even shipping yet.


LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham gets Black Friday Launch

8 hours 17 min ago

Considering black seems to be Batman's favorite color, it's only fitting LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham launches on the Mac on Black Friday, November 28. The game sends Batman and his super hero friends on an adventure throughout the universe to stop Brainiac from shrinking Earth. Players can choose from over 150 different DC characters as they work through puzzles, fight super villains, and ultimately stop Brainiac's evil plans. You can jump into the new Batman LEGO adventure for US$29.99 through Apple's Mac App Store this Friday, and Dark Knight, Man of Steel, and Batman 75th Anniversary packs will be available as add-ons, too. LEGO Batman is always awesome. Now you know exactly how you'll be spending your Thanksgiving weekend.


Susquehanna Raises AAPL Target to $135 on Strong iPhone 6 Demand

9 hours 52 min ago

Susquehanna Financial Group analyst Chris Caso raised his 12 month target price for Apple's stock from US$120 up to $135 on Tuesday in response to continued high demand for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. According to his research, demand for the iPhone 6 Plus is so high that Apple simply can't make phones as fast as consumers buy them.

The Mac Observer Spin: Demand for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus hasn't dropped off since their introduction in September, and we're just now entering into the busiest shopping season for the year. Apple's real problem this holiday season won't be selling iPhones, it'll be making enough to meet demand.


Apple Highlights Continuity, Gaming in New iPhone 6 Ads

10 hours 59 min ago

Apple released two new iPhone 6 commercials Monday evening featuring Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake. The ads highlight Continuity's ability to send and place phone calls through the iPhone via an iPad or Mac, and collaborative gaming, too.


TMO Giveaway for Arcsoft Simplicam Winner

Mon, 2014-11-24 20:39

Earlier today we chose a winner for our giveaway for an Arcsoft Simplicam-Arcsoft is a sponsor of The Mac Observer, so please check them out. TMO member Chantallation was randomly selected from the comments in the announcement, having squeaked in just under the entry deadline. Congratulations to her for entering, and thanks to everyone who registered!


Three of Time’s Top Ten Gadgets are Apple’s, One Hasn’t Even Shipped

Mon, 2014-11-24 18:30

Time magazine released its Top 10 lists for 2014, including Gadgets, Video Games, and Toys. Apple claimed a full 30 percent of the Top 10 Gadgets, and one of those gadgets-Apple Watch-isn't even shipping yet.


Black Friday 2014: 4 Best iPad Deals

Mon, 2014-11-24 17:07

Considering an iPad as a Christmas gift? Kelly is on the case, and found the best (confirmed) deals on new iPads, as well as when you need to show up to get in on the insanity action.


Square Wants to Bring Apple Pay to Small Businesses

Mon, 2014-11-24 16:20

Square wants to support Apple Pay, a move that would allow even small businesses to accept Apple's new payment solution. Calling using Apple Pay "a great experience," Square founder Jack Dorsey said his company is focused on allowing merchants to accept as many payment options as possible.


The 10ft MFi-Certified iOS Lightning Cable: $18.99

Mon, 2014-11-24 15:53

This will be a short deal post: we have a Apple MFi-certified 10-foot Lightning cable. It's $18.99. It retails for $40, which is still inexpensive for a Lightning cable that long. Get it while you can.


BBEdit on Your Mac: Trick Text Files into HTML Syntax Coloring

Mon, 2014-11-24 13:15

BBEdit, by Bare Bones Software, is an excellent text editor. Anyone who uses it knows that pure text files do not normally have syntax coloring. But for those users who want to use BBEdit to edit HTML files, here's how to trick a .txt file into displaying HTML syntax coloring.


TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-24

Mon, 2014-11-24 12:33

Analysts estimates for Apple Watch sales are across the board, and John Martellaro thinks they're all off base. John and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about analyst numbers, what value they hold, whether or not the general public and investors should pay attention, and what the media does with those figures.


FCC Chairman on Net Neutrality Rules: We’re Going to get Sued

Mon, 2014-11-24 09:24

The Federal Communications Commission is moving forward with its plans to strictly regulate Internet traffic so that Net Neutrality isn't lost, but the agency isn't moving quickly to make that happen. Chairman Tom Wheeler said the FCC is moving slowly and deliberately to craft its new plan because no matter what happens, he expects the lawsuits are coming.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's good that the FCC is planning now for the inevitable legal fights over Net Neutrality. Hopefully the final outcome is a system that favors the free flow of information and not just the corporate desires of the Internet Service Providers.


Sponsor: MacX DVD Ripper Pro Giveaway

Mon, 2014-11-24 07:30

I'd like to thank Digiarty for sponsoring TMO this week with a great giveaway of MacX DVD Ripper Pro. This normally sells for US$59.95 but this week you can get it for free via our special link. They are limiting this to 10,000 copies, so act quickly to be sure you get one of them.


Apple Launches Apps for (RED) Campaign for World AIDS Day

Mon, 2014-11-24 07:12

Apple launched a World AIDS Day campaign on Monday as part of the (RED) project that includes apps with exclusive content. The iPhone and iPad maker will also donate a portion of its Black Friday (November 28) and Cyber Monday (December 1) global sales to the Global Fund to fight AIDS.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's great that Apple is doing its part for Global Fund to fight AIDS funding, and it's really cool to see app developers throwing in their support, too.


iPhoneography 101: Essential iPhone Camera Apps

Sat, 2014-11-22 08:30

Shooting iPhone pix? iPhoneography 101 is a new column from Vern Seward offering up some of the lessons he's learned taking photos with his iPhone. In this installment, he shows us some of the essential iPhone camera apps and why you should use them.


Apple Makes ‘Things for iPad’ Free for a Week

Fri, 2014-11-21 16:57

Apple made Things for iPad from Culture Code free for a week starting now. Things is a task manager/todo organizer, and it's become quite popular since we gave it an Editors' Choice Award in 2009. Things for iPad 2.5 was recently released and brought a ton of new features. Apple liked it enough to make it the free app of the week, so grab it while you can. It's normally priced at $19.99.


Judge Approves Apple iBooks $450 Million Antitrust Settlement

Fri, 2014-11-21 16:47

Judge Denise Cote gave final approval to a settlement between Apple and class-action plaintiffs over antitrust claims regarding iBooks. Under the terms of the settlement, Apple will pay the class $400 million in damages for price fixing in the ebook market, while lawyers get $50 million.

The Mac Observer Spin: And meanwhile, the company that actually has more than 60 percent market share of the online retail book market and ebook market rolls on. Nice work, DoJ/Judge Cote.


100 AA and 52 AAA Duracell Batteries for $59.99 [Extended]

Fri, 2014-11-21 15:54

If you're giving or getting stuff for the holidays, you're going to need batteries. Enter today's deal, because you can get 100 AA and 52 AAA Duracell batteries for $59.99. That's enough batteries for every remote in the house-even the ones you have no idea what they go to. Every toy, every gadget, and every laser pointer. With this deal, you can power them all. The retail price on this pack is $160, but the deal ends later today. So, you know, giddy up! [Update: this deal rolls over to a new seven day counter once it expires. - Bryan]


Use a PDF to See How Big Apple Watches Really Are

Fri, 2014-11-21 15:18

Craig Hockenberry of the Iconfactory spent some time with WatchKit, the developer environment for working with Apple Watch elements. He wrote up his impressions on it, and some of the non-programming sections were just as interesting as the development parts.