Judge Cote Calls Apple Ebook Settlement Unfair to Consumers

3 hours, 5 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Judge Denise Cote, the Federal Judge who ruled Apple orchestrated a conspiracy with publishers to drive up the price of books, is concerned that the settlement the iPhone and iPad maker agreed to in a related class action lawsuit will be unfair to consumers. Apple agreed to pay US$400 million in the settlement, but that number drops to $50 million plus attorney fees if the Appeals Court sends the case back for further proceedings.

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Both Apple and the states found the settlement terms reasonable, so maybe Judge Cote is being a little over critical there. The stipulation that Apple doesn't have to pay interest during the Appeals process seems like something she's justified in complaining about.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-25

3 hours, 32 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Just because an analyst says Apple could be doomed doesn't mean we'll all be using Android smartphones in three years. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet dissect what Noster Capital's Pedro de Noronha really meant when he said Apple could be obsolete in three years, plus they look at Judge Denise Cote's comments on Apple's ebook price fixing class action lawsuit settlement.

comiXology Intros DRM-free Digital Comic Backups

6 hours, 23 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Amazon's digital comicbook distribution company comiXology announced on Thursday that is is now offering customers DRM-free copies of the comics they buy for backup. Users can download PDF and CBZ versions of the comics they have already purchased, although not every comic sold is available.

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Offering downloadable files for backup is great. What's even greater is that they're DRM-free so you can read your comics on any device that has a PDF or CBZ-compatible reader app.

OS X: Repair Home Folder Permissions

8 hours, 2 minutes ago · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

For today’s Quick Tip, we’re going to cover a little-known feature of OS X Recovery—repairing your Home folder permissions. If your Documents folder won’t let you edit files or an application is telling you that you don’t have permission to save something to your Desktop, then this tip should be right up your alley. 

Hedge Fund: ‘Apple Might Become Obsolete in 2-3 Years’

8:48 PM EDT, Jul. 24th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Pedro de Noronha on CNBC

Pedro de Noronha, managing partner at hedge fund Noster Capital, ain't got no truck with these newfangled tech companies, including Apple. The problem, he said, is that you don't know where they'll be in 5 to 10 years. Even Apple, according to him, could be "obsolete in two to three years."

TwistedWave Audio Recorder and Editor for Mac: $20

4:41 PM EDT, Jul. 24th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

TwistedWave for Mac

We have a deal on an audio recorder and editor for your Mac called TwistedWave. You might remember Mark Greentree's review of the iOS version for TMO in 2012 where it got 4 stars. TwistedWave supports a huge amount of file formats, including WAV, AIFF, CAF, MP2, MP3, Mpeg4/AAC, ALAC, FLAC, Ogg/Vorbis, WavPack, Wave64, AU, SD2, and WMA. it can detect silence, supports batch processing of multiple files, and includes multichannel editing, as well as mastering features. It's priced at $59, but through our deal you can get it for $20.

Apple’s Yosemite Beta: Don’t Use TRIM with SSD

3:47 PM EDT, Jul. 24th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · News

SSD

For those who are succeeding where others have failed at getting their hands on the public beta of Yosemite, make sure you disable TRIM before installing on a 3rd party solid state drives (SSDs). Users are reporting that having TRIM controls enabled will resort in your Mac not booting up.

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If this post doesn't make sense, maybe hold off on installing the beta for now.

Apple’s Yosemite Beta Site Conks Out Over Heavy Demand

2:42 PM EDT, Jul. 24th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

If you're planning on downloading Apple's just released public beta of OS X Yosemite, think again. The public beta site crashed thanks to heavy traffic only hours after the beta was released and eventually Apple replaced the error users saw with its familiar "We'll be back" image.

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It's as if millions of voices cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-24

2:13 PM EDT, Jul. 24th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Word on the street says Apple is teaming up with Visa and other transaction processing companies to turn the iPhone 6 into your new digital wallet. Bryan Chaffin, Dave Hamilton and Kelly Guimont look at the prospect of using our iPhones as credit cards, and they talk about Apple's just released public beta of OS X Yosemite, too.

Sweet Design: the CODE Donut Bluetooth Speaker

1:45 PM EDT, Jul. 24th, 2014 · Nancy Gravley · Quick Look Review

CODE donut speaker review

Taotronics CODE Donut Bluetooth 3.0 portable battery powered speaker should be a hit with teens and tweens because it is colorful, unique, and has satisfactory sound with good bass. It includes a microphone, and it allows the user to take phone calls when paired with an iPhone.

Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Public Beta

12:35 PM EDT, Jul. 24th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

As promised, Apple released a public beta of OS X Yosemite on Thursday. The beta gives Mac users the opportunity to participate in the testing process, and get a taste of what's in store, before the new operating system officially ships this fall.

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Getting early access to OS X Yosemite will be great, but don't forget it's beta software. Things will be broken and features will be missing. Don't expect it to perform like a final shipping product.