Apple CEO Tim Cook Calls BS on BBC iPhone Factory Film

1 hour, 31 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Following the airing of a BBC show depicting poor working conditions in the Pegatron factory making iPhones Apple CEO Tim Cook said the situation was misrepresented, and that he's "deeply offended." The report showed factory workers forced into extended shifts and ongoing safety issues.

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It's a safe bet that Apple will have a new report out soon detailing its ongoing efforts to improve working conditions in China, and hopefully Panorama's "Broken Promises" special will help accelerate the process. It's important that Apple is called to task for poor factory conditions at its suppliers, but it's also important other companies using the same facilities get called out, too.

McDonald’s Supersizes Sales with Apple’s iBeacon Tech

3 hours, 22 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Fast food giant McDonald's has been testing Apple's iBeacon technology in some of its Columbus, Ohio, locations and that's translating into bigger sales. The four-week program say 18,000 redemptions for products features through iBeacon notifications, and a notable increase in sales, too.

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McDonald's is an excellent test platform for iBeacon because the company already has an efficient system for tracking sales, so any changes are easy to see. It's also a great example of how effective iBeacon can be for retailers and restaurants hoping to find new ways to boost sales and improve customer service.

BBC Films ‘Apple’s Broken Promises’ for Worker Conditions in Pegatron iPhone Factory

8:09 PM EST, Dec. 18th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

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The BBC has published a video (below) showing what it describes as "Apple's broken promises" to improve and protect working conditions in its Chinese factories. The media organization sent undercover reporters in to work at a Pegatron factory making Apple iPhones, where they filmed company-orchestrated cheating on tests, hours that far exceed Apple's requirements, and intimidation tactics used to control workers.

Save 96% on The World’s Largest iOS 8 + Swift eLearning Bootcamp

6:20 PM EST, Dec. 18th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Save 96% on The World's Largest iOS 8 + Swift eLearning Bootcamp

80 hours of video training and 24 in-depth courses. This is a massive bundle of iOS 8 developer training courses for Apple's new Swift language.  Bought separately, the retail price is US$2,956, but through our deal you can get the whole shebang for $99. Boom! Over the course of the training, you'll build 70 different apps, watch more than 1,000 videos, learn how to upload to the App Store, and learn fundamentals on app design itself. This would make a great gift for someone in your life who wants to learn how to program, too.

Apple Pay Expansion Worldwide Will Have Vast Repercussions

5:30 PM EST, Dec. 18th, 2014 · John Martellaro · News

Apple Pay May expand worldwide soon

Apple Pay has been a huge success in the United States. The mobile payment purchase is supported by credit cards used for 90 percent of purchases. Now, thanks to a job posting that's been spotted, it seems Apple is ready to expand Apple Pay into Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India. The repercussions will be enormous.

The Story Behind Apple’s ‘The Song’ Commercial (Video)

2:07 PM EST, Dec. 18th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

I love Apple's new spot called "The Song." It was released on Sunday, and on Wednesday Apple published a behind-the-scenes video called "The Story Behind 'The Song.'" It explains the concept evident in the commercial—a young woman finds a a record of a love song her grandmother made for her grandfather. She then takes that recording, which was made in a Voice-O-Graph booth , and adds guitar and vocals to turn it into a duet. More interestingly, however, the video also shows how Apple worked with Third Man Records—the label owned by Jack White—to make the video. The actress who played the grandmother in the late 40s recorded the song used in the commercial on a 1947 Voice-O-Graph owned by Third Man Records. That same booth was filmed for the commercial, too. Check it out—it's very cool.

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TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-18

1:43 PM EST, Dec. 18th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

You can't buy an iPhone in Russia today because Apple isn't cool with the wildly fluctuating ruble. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's decision and what impact that has on the company and consumers, plus they take a detour into Sony's decision to not release "The Interview," and they touch on Netflix's decision to not offer movies for offline viewing.

iOS 8 Mail: Customizing Swipe Gestures

11:29 AM EST, Dec. 18th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Quick Tip

Apple's Mail app on the iPhone and iPad includes a couple handy gestures that let you flag messages, set them as read, or toss them in the trash. But what if those gestures don't do exactly what you want? iOS 8 lets you change them, and it's easy to do.

Apple Raises $20M in 2014 Product (RED) Campaign

9:08 AM EST, Dec. 18th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's Product (RED) campaign to raise money for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS in November brought in over US$20 million. The campaign included money from the sale of participating apps, along with proceeds from global sales on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Hit List 2.0 Task Manager Checks Off Syncing, iPhone 6 Interface

5:50 PM EST, Dec. 17th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Karelia checked off a big to-do from its task list on Wednesday with the release of Hit List 2.0 for the iPhone. The update for the task manager app gained sync support with its Mac counterpart, plus it has a new way for organizing your to-dos with its Today and Upcoming lists. Hit List supports tasks with subtasks, tags and lists for organizing projects, repeating tasks, batch task editing, and more, all in an easy to use interface designed to take advantage of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus's bigger screens. You can pick up Hit List 2.0 at Apple's iTunes-based App Store at its introductory US$9.99 price.

ACM 285: Apple’s iPod Lawsuit Victory and Tag Heuer’s Smart Watch Plans

5:44 PM EST, Dec. 17th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet & Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Podcast

The jury in the class action lawsuit claiming Apple violated antitrust rules to unfairly keep competitors out of the mobile device music market shot down the plaintiff's claims, and Jeff and Bryan are pretty pleased with the ruling. They also have plenty to say about Apple's ebook antitrust appeal and Tag Heuer's planned move into the smartwatch market.