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Canadian Bankers Balk at ‘Onerous’ Apple Pay Terms

Fri, 2015-04-17 15:54

Canadian bankers are balking at initial negotiations with Apple to bring Apple Pay to Canada. According to online reports, the six banks that control 90 percent of the Canadian markets consider Apple's terms "onerous," are concerned about security, and have formed a consortium to develop security protocols for Apple's system.

The Mac Observer Spin: The smart money is on Apple getting most of what it wants out of these negotiations.


How To Enable Stealth Mode in Yosemite

Fri, 2015-04-17 15:52

If you like a change of scenery with your laptop from time to time, you're probably using public Wi-Fi as well. If that's the case, you might want to make sure you're doing what you can to keep unauthorized users off your computer. Kelly explains how to unleash your Mac's inner ninja.


Ben & Jerry’s Spoofs Apple’s ‘1984’ Commercial to Promote BRRR-ito

Fri, 2015-04-17 14:36

"On April 20th, Ben & Jerry's will introduce the BRRR-ito. And you'll see why 4.20 will be exactly like '4.20.'" I'm not much for stoner culture, but this spoof of Apple's 1984 commercial from Ben & Jerry's is both well done and entertaining. In fact, of all the attempts to spoof or copy Apple's famous commercial that I've seen over the years, this is easily the best. They've got the run (down a hall), the explosion of the screen, and the brain dead zombies (grinning at the idea of a tasty ice cream treat). The BRRR-ito looks delicious, too, so that helps. Also, lolstoners.


Understand What Apple is Achieving or Get Left Behind

Fri, 2015-04-17 14:25

Some observers complain that Apple doesn't come out with innovative products fast enough. But, in fact, it's actually quite hard to keep up with what Apple is doing, and it takes personal time and work to appreciate what Apple achieves. The alternative is to be left behind.


MiFi 2 Unlocked Global Hotspot: $99

Fri, 2015-04-17 14:10

We have another cool deal for you today, this time on the MiFi 2 Unlocked Global Hotspot. This device is a global hot spot that works in 150 countries. It's unlocked, and that means you can use it on all of the supported networks. It has a touchscreen interface, and supports up to ten connected devices at a time. Through our deal you get this device for 50 percent off, at just $99. Check out the deal page for more information.


TMO Daily Observations 2015-04-17: Don’t Hold Your Breath for In-store Apple Watch Sales

Fri, 2015-04-17 11:22

Apple seems to be teaching consumers patience, at least as far as the Apple Watch is concerned. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about the news that in-store sales for Apple Watches may not happen until June, plus they look at how Apple has become more open with journalists and bloggers since Tim Cook became CEO.


Apple PR Veteran Steve Dowling Promoted to VP

Fri, 2015-04-17 08:45

Steve Dowling has been filling in for Katie Cotton ever since she retired from her job as the head of Apple's public relations team, and now the job is officially his. Apple added Mr. Dowling to its executive list naming him Vice President of Communications.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's clear Tim Cook has his own vision for Apple, and that includes a more open PR division. Steve Dowling has been making that come together, so it isn't any surprise he's officially taking over for Katie Cotton.


Apple Watch Training Workshops Coming to Apple Stores April 24

Fri, 2015-04-17 07:37

Apple retail stores will start offering Apple Watch Basics workshops on April 24 so you'll be up to speed on how to use yours when it arrives. The workshops are available in Apple retail stores in countries where Apple Watch is available.


OS X Yosemite Photos: Showing Your Recently Deleted Items

Fri, 2015-04-17 06:55

If you've tried deleting an image from Yosemite's new Photos application, you may have wondered where it went. Where's the trash folder? How do you empty it? Should you sell all your belongings and move to Hawaii? Answers to these questions (except for that last one) can be found in today's Quick Tip!


Scott Forstall Advising Snapchat, Earning 0.11% of Company

Thu, 2015-04-16 19:10

Former Apple Senior VP Scott Forstall has been advising Snapchat, the popular image sharing and messaging service. According to Sony emails leaked by hackers and posted to Wikileaks, Mr. Forstall is earning 0.11 percent of the company for his efforts, an amount worth some US$16.5 million at current valuations for the company. which is some $15 billion.


USB ChargeDoubler Mini Charging Cable Seeks Funding

Thu, 2015-04-16 17:36

Check out the USB ChargeDoubler. It's a very short charging cable for your iPhone (there are models for Android devices, too), that is smart and clever. It's smart because it has built-in circuity to recognize the device it's plugged into so it can send the right amount of power for maximum charging speed. You'll find this same circuity on better portable chargers. It's clever because it has magnetic connectors that allow you to swiftly and easily snap it around your keychain, a loop on your backpack, or whatever. The company making it, WN Products Limited, just launched an Indiegogo campaign to help ramp up manufacturing. That means you can get a USB ChargeDoubler at a good price-US$12 for one or $19 for two. The company's goal is just $14,000. The video has more information, including detailed images of the product. I like it.


StuffIt Deluxe 16 Instant File Compressor for Mac: $19.99

Thu, 2015-04-16 17:29

Stuffit Deluxe 16 is the newest version of this venerable and excellent Mac compression utility. Right now we have a deal that allows you to get it for $19.99, a significant 60 percent discount. With Stuffit Deluxe 16, you can browse archives, preview images, and selectively extract just the files you want. You can also automatically send archived content to Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive. You can even schedule automatic backups. Grab this deal while you can.


Apple CEO Tim Cook Makes TIME’s Most Influential List

Thu, 2015-04-16 16:09

Apple CEO Tim Cook earned himself a place on TIME's 100 Most Influential People list for 2015 for his corporate leadership skills and open support for human rights and environmental protection. Mr. Cook received the same honor along side the likes of Anita Sarkeesian, Brian Chesky, and Satya Nadella.

The Mac Observer Spin: Tim Cook has made it clear this is his Apple, and he isn't afraid to make his feelings on equal rights known. It isn't any surprise he made TIME's Most Influential List again.


4 Theories That Explain the Apple MacBook Shortage

Thu, 2015-04-16 15:05

The new Apple MacBook was available on April 10, just as Apple said. But not in stores. Online order deliveries quickly shot up to four to six weeks. What happened? John Martellaro looks at some possible scenarios that may have torpedoed Apple's intentions.


No Apple Watches For In-Store Purchase Through May

Thu, 2015-04-16 14:41

Apple told employees Thursday that Apple Watch will continue to be limited to online sales through May. According to a memo obtained by The Telegraph, Senior Vice President of Retail Angela Ahrendts told staff it "has not been an easy decision," but that it was necessary to fulfill customer orders more swiftly.


Apple Releases 10.10.3 Supplemental Update

Thu, 2015-04-16 12:49

Mac OS Yosemite 10.10.3 now has a supplemental. Like a Captain's Log does sometimes. So if you updated last week, you have an update waiting for you.

The Mac Observer Spin: So many thoughts...where to begin? I'll just make a list.


TMO Daily Observations 2015-04-16: Apple Stores as Showrooms and Changing Retail Strategies

Thu, 2015-04-16 11:42

Apple's latest products, Apple Watch and the new MacBook, aren't available in the company's retail stores, which has Kelly Guimont wondering if this is the beginning of big changes. Kelly and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's online-only sales tactic, and offer up their thoughts on why the company is using its stores as a show room instead of a sale point for its latest products.


LA Schools to Apple: Give Us Back Our Money

Thu, 2015-04-16 08:49

The Los Angeles Unified School District wants Apple to refund the money it paid into a US$1.3 billion deal to put iPads into the hands of its students and teachers. The district broke the contract last year amid controversy over ties between the former superintendent, Apple, and Pearson Education.

The Mac Observer Spin: The LA School District signed a legally binding contract with Apple and Pearson, later broke that contract, and now wants its money back. This should get interesting.


Apple Posts New Apple Watch Tour Videos Showing Phone Calls, More

Thu, 2015-04-16 07:05

Apple added four new videos to its Apple Watch guided tour series on Thursday. The short videos show how to handle phone calls, use Siri, work with Maps, and play music from the company's smartwatch device.

The Mac Observer Spin: Seven Apple Watch guided tour videos posted, and three more to go. No doubt Apple will post those some time between now and April 24 when the first pre-orders may start showing up in the mail.


ACM 302: Steve Jobs’s Legacy and Pretending Apple Watch Will Fail

Wed, 2015-04-15 17:10

The battle to shape and control Steve Jobs's legacy continues, and Bryan Chaffin and Jeff Gamet look at the latest salvo from Apple veteran Andy Hertzfeld. They also look at the Apple Watch's first week, including preorders, trying them on, and the great lengths some people will go to pretend the device is a failure.