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Swatch Plans to Release Internet-Connected Smartwatch Late Summer

7 hours 11 min ago

Swatch Group plans to release its first Internet-connected smartwatch later this summer. The Wall Street Journal reported that CEO Nick Hayek told his company's shareholders that the device would be released in Switzerland and "one big country" that he didn't specify.


Hope Springs Eternal: a New Approach to OS X at WWDC

7 hours 21 min ago

For the past few years, Apple has introduced a new version of OS X at WWDC. The demos have been presented with wit, charm, and enthusiasm, but, in practice, customers have found the initial release wanting, even with public beta testing. Can Apple change its routine to surprise and delight us in a more fundamental way?


Complete Arduino Starter Kit and Course Bundle: $75.99

8 hours 39 min ago

Arduino is a popular open source platform for building your own electronic circuits, or what I call nerd heaven. We have a deal on a starter kit that comes with a training course that shows you how to get started with Arduino. Using these circuits you can control motors, sensors, and other other electronic components and make all kinds of cool gadgets. Check out the details on the deal page.


TMO Daily Observations 2015-05-29: The Big iCloud Photos Alternatives Show

10 hours 26 min ago

Apple is pushing its iCloud Photo Library for online photo storage, but it isn't the only option available. Adam Christianson from The MacCast and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to look at alternatives to Apple's offering including Google Photos, Flickr, and more.


OS X: A Better Way to Handle Tabs in Apple’s Safari

11 hours 26 min ago

If you've been frustrated with how Safari crams all its tabs into the left of the tab bar, scrunched into unreadable oblivion, there's a very much better way to deal with seeing all your tabs. John Martellaro has the details.


Skype for Mac Hotfix Released to fix Audio Selection Issues

12 hours 50 min ago

On Friday Microsoft released an update for Skype for Mac, version 7.8.390, that fixes the audio selection bug introduced earlier this week. In the new version Skype will again honor the audio device selections chosen in Skype > Preferences > Audio/Video. The prior version ignored these selections and defaulted everything to whatever was chosen in OS X's system preferences. Skype for Mac 7.8.390 is available using Skype's built-in update function or as a manual download from Skype. Kudos to the Skype team for engineering a quick fix!


Apple’s Fix for the Messages Text String Crash

12 hours 52 min ago

The Internet has been in a tizzy this week over the iOS 8 bug that lets someone crash your iPhone with a text message. Apple has acknowledged the problem and even has a fix for the issue. Sort of.

The Mac Observer Spin: At least Apple confirmed it knows about the bug and is working on a real fix. Until then, we'll have to deal with workarounds if our friends decide they want to crash our iPhones with text messages.


Want Great Movie Deals? There’s an App for That

13 hours 21 min ago

Looking for a way to add to your movie collection without spending a fortune? Fox Digital Entertainment has an app for you. The new Movie of the Day! app offers a special price on a different movie every day-and the savings are significant. Today's special, for example is The Sound of Music (it is Flashback Friday, after all) for US$5.99 instead of $14.99. The catch is that the deals are limited to Fox properties. You can download Movie of the Day! for free through Apple's App Store.


Apple Buys Augmented Reality Company Metaio

14 hours 16 min ago

It looks like Apple is ready to get into the virtual reality and augmented reality world with its recent purchase of Metaio. The company has already worked with big names Ferrari and Ikea, and now it will bring its expertise to Apple's products, too.

The Mac Observer Spin: Google and Facebook both think augmented and virtual reality is going to be huge for smartphones, and now it looks like Apple is in the same camp, too.


Use AppleScript To Create a Custom Evernote PDF Menu Action

14 hours 57 min ago

As Mac Geek Gab listeners will know, we've recently altered our workflow and begun experimenting with using Evernote to prep and share agenda items for the podcast. One of the most common things for us to do is share the PDFs of each listener's question (often with our answers) and Evernote seemed like a perfect system for this. Automating the saving, naming and syncing of this process required some very simple AppleScript, and we'll show you how it's done.


Safari: Turning Off Push Notifications

15 hours 31 min ago

If you're tired of websites asking for permission to send you notifications (or if you want to change which ones you've already allowed to do so), come check out today's Quick Tip. We'll cover how to turn off the requests, how to revoke permission if a site's getting on your nerves, and what you'll do if you don't like the format or behavior of certain notifications.


iTunes ‘Limited Time’ Movie Bundles: Lord of the Rings for $14.99, Aliens Anthology for $19.99

Thu, 2015-05-28 18:31

Apple announced several "limited time" offers on movie bundles through iTunes on Thursday, a way for customers to buy full movie series at a heavily discounted price. The company is promoting Jurassic Park Bundle ($19.99), The Lord of the Rings Trilogy ($14.99), Aliens Anthology ($19.99)-30 different bundles in all. Many of the titles come with iTunes Extras, as well. In addition to the limited time offers, there are a variety of other movie franchise bundled together.


Alternatives to iCloud for Photo Storage in the Cloud

Thu, 2015-05-28 18:10

If you like the idea of cloud storage for photos but maybe don't like iCloud Photo Library, there are options available. Check out some of the alternatives and how they differ from what Apple has released as part of Photos.


Apple Store Adds Same Day Delivery through Postmates in Bay Area

Thu, 2015-05-28 15:40

Apple has added a same day delivery option on some items through the Apple Store app in iOS. The service is being offered in conjunction with courier service Postmates, and is currently available in parts of the Bay Area in California. Shipping options for some products are listed as "Today within 4 hours - Fastest," and come with a US$19 delivery charge.


Another Chink in CurrentC’s Armor: Target Wants In-store Apple Pay

Thu, 2015-05-28 15:24

When MCX came out guns blazing for the unveiling of CurrentC, it looks like it was firing blanks because yet another big-name parter is now openly embracing Apple Pay. Target CEO Brian Cornell says he wants to expand beyond Web-only orders for Apple Pay and plans to bring the wireless payment system to stores.


Appeals Court Rejects Apple’s Request to Remove iBooks Antitrust Monitor

Thu, 2015-05-28 14:16

Apple experienced a setback on Wednesday in its quest to rid itself of a court-appointed antitrust monitor. In a unanimous ruling, a three judge panel of the 2nd Circuit criticized some of that monitor's behavior, but also criticized Apple for allowing the relationship to deteriorate.


HUSKK Quickdraw iPhone 6 Wallet Case: $24.99

Thu, 2015-05-28 13:24

We have a deal with Father's Day written all over it. It's for the HUSKK Quickdraw Phone Wallet Case, an iPhone case with wallet pockets It will hold up to seven credit cards. It's made with Italian leather, and features a manetic closure to keep your wallety things inside. It's designed for the iPhone 6, and you can get it through our deal for $24.99.


6 Calculator Apps for Apple Watch

Thu, 2015-05-28 12:42

Watches from a few decades ago included calculators, so why not Apple Watch? Even though Apple didn't include a calculator app on its smartwatch that doesn't mean you can't add one yourself. TMO's Jeff Gamet rounded up a few and checked them out for you. Read on to see what he liked and what he didn't.


TMO Daily Observations 2015-05-28: Target Says Yes to Apple Pay, Hiding Pics in Photos

Thu, 2015-05-28 11:41

Target's commitment to CurrentC isn't as strong as it was because the retailer is now ready to support Apple Pay. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about CurrentC's dwindling backers, and they explain why Photos isn't as good at hiding images as you might think.


Pebble Time Ships, Apple Watch Comparisons Coming Soon

Thu, 2015-05-28 07:12

Pebble Time is now shipping, which means we're about to see head-to-head comparisons with Apple Watch. Pebble introduced its newest smartwatch with a Kickstarter campaign earlier this year that was fully funded in only 20 minutes. With Apple Watch shipping, too, the smartwatch market is heating up.

The Mac Observer Spin: Pebble Time offers built-in accessory support, goes a week between recharging, and comes with a lower price than Apple Watch. Now we get to see if that's enough to compete with Apple.