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 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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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, 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