TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-27: Tim Cook is the Top Leader, Leshi TV says Apple is Hitler

26 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been named the world's greatest leader, which is really saying something. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share some interesting facts they learned about Mr. Cook following Fortune's proclamation of his superior leadership skills. They also take a look at a new marketing campaign out of China from Leshi TV comparing Apple to Adolph Hitler.

Leshi TV CEO Says Apple is Hitler

2 hours, 26 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Leshi TV CEO Jia Yueting kicked his hyperbole engine into overdrive and is equating Apple to Adolph Hitler. His company went so far as to release a vaguely South Park-style image online of the Nazi leader, complete with an Apple logo on a red arm band.

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While equating competitors to the bad guys is a fairly common marketing tactic, going so far as to draw parallels to Hitler and the Nazi regime is in bad taste, to say the least.

Apple Watch Compatible Apps are Already Arriving

3 hours, 53 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

With Apple Watch pre-orders still a couple weeks off and then a couple more before we can finally wrap Apple's smartwatch around our wrists, the first iPhone app updates with Apple Watch support are already rolling out. Several apps are touting Apple Watch compatibility, such as Dark Sky, Evernote, and SPG: Starwood Hotels and Resorts.

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Seeing Apple Watch updates showing up now is practically a tease, although the select few journalists and bloggers who get early access for reviews will need some apps to test out.

Numbers: Using the Quick Calculations Bar

4 hours, 27 minutes ago · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Today's Quick Tip is all about how to work with that fancy calculations bar that'll appear at the bottom of your Numbers window when you select a group of cells. Using that, you can quickly add formulas to your spreadsheet, for example, or learn more about the different functions available to you. Come on in and check it out!

The New MacBook Giveaway

6:08 PM EDT, Mar. 26th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

The New MacBook Giveaway

I'm pretty stoked about announcing our MacBook giveaway with our friends at Stack Social. That's the new MacBook. The one that is insanely thin, has a Retina Display, and comes in three colors. We're giving one away. All you have to do is register to receive our daily email deals, and if you've already done so, just hit the register button for this (and all the other great giveaways we do on our Deals site). There are ways of sharing the link, too, and earning yourself more entries, so get on it.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-26: Apple’s Revamped iTunes Radio Plans, Amazon’s Big Cloud Storage

1:21 PM EDT, Mar. 26th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Word on the street says Apple wants to be a big player in the streaming music market. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Apple's plans, and offer their take on brining DJs to iTunes Radio. They also dive into Amazon's new unlimited cloud storage options and what that means for their competitors.

Amazon Adds Unlimited Storage Options to Cloud Drive

11:31 AM EDT, Mar. 26th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Amazon trumped everyone else in the online storage market on Thursday with its new unlimited plans. The online retailer is now offering a cloud-based file storage option without any data caps for just under US$5 a month—undercutting the best deals from very other online storage service, while making Apple's iCloud Drive options look painfully expensive.

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Unlimited online storage for any file type and only $5 a month. That's the best storage option for the price, period. Hopefully Amazon's move will make everyone else—including Apple—take note and offer more competitive pricing.

Apple Tasks Jimmy Iovine, Trent Reznor with Making a Spotify Competitor

10:32 AM EDT, Mar. 26th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is ready to revamp its streaming music offerings, and has put Jimmy Iovine and Trent Reznor on the task. The iPhone and iPad maker wants to go head to head with Spotify and similar streaming music services, and is leveraging its Beats acquisition to make that happen.

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Apple wants to be a big player in the streaming music market, and it looks like the company is working on making that happen. Spotify and Pandora have to know Apple is working on something, so it'll be interesting to see what this does for competition in the Internet radio game.

Apple TV Adds CNNgo Channel

9:02 AM EDT, Mar. 26th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple TV gained yet another new channel this week with the addition of CNNgo. The new channel taps into the CNNgo service to let viewers watch live news and previously recorded shows, but requires a cable TV subscription to watch most of the content.

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More channels coming to Apple TV helps make the little streaming entertainment box more enticing. Requiring a cable TV subscription yet again, however, doesn't do much to make the device a true alternative to Comcast or Time Warner TV packages.

How To Recycle Old iPhones, iPads, and Other Mobile Devices

6:52 PM EDT, Mar. 25th, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · How-To

Now that we've wrangled all those now unnecessary cables, it's time to chip away at the devices that go with them. If you have some old iPhones or even feature phones tucked away, now's the time to set them free. Kelly explains the digital equivalent of sending them off to a farm in the country.

A New Apple TV with 4K Would NOT Break the Internet

6:00 PM EDT, Mar. 25th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Analysis

Often, for the sake of dramatic effect and the attention it brings, technical articles are couched in terms of dramatic change. And while change is what our industry is all about, the technical people behind the scenes know that nothing all happens at once. The same applies to 4K streaming.

Apple Buys Advanced Database Company FoundationDB

5:06 PM EDT, Mar. 25th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple Buys Advanced Database Company FoundationDB

Apple has acquired FoundationDB, a company that developed advanced database technologies designed to crunch large amounts of data more swiftly and efficiently. FoundationDB announced on its website that it would no longer offer its product for download, and Apple issued its standard boilerplate statement it uses to confirm corporate acquisitions without actually confirming them.

Christy Turlington: Apple Watch Accurately Tracks Workouts without an iPhone

4:14 PM EDT, Mar. 25th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple Watch spokesperson Christy Turlington-Burns posted her Week Three blog entry in a series about training for the upcoming London Marathon. Mrs. Turlington-Burns said in her Apple-sponsored blog that after a few uses, her Apple Watch learned enough about her stride that she didn't need her iPhone with her to accurately track her results.

Dave Hamilton Talks Mobile Tech at Connecticut Mac Connection

2:35 PM EDT, Mar. 25th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Appearances

The Mac Observer's own Dave Hamilton will be speaking Wednesday evening at the Connecticut Mac Connection user group on how to keep all of your data with you no matter where you are. Dave will share his tips and tricks on how to make sure the information you need is available when you're away from your desk, and how to make sure your information stays secure.