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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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]