ACM 265: Ford goes iPhone and Facebook’s App Breakup

6 hours, 13 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet & Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Podcast

Ford is giving BlackBerry a big kick in the pants by dumping the company's smartphones in favor of Apple's iPhone. Jeff and Bryan have plenty to say on what that means for both Apple and BlackBerry, plus they rant on Facebook and the decision to force private messages into a separate iPhone app, and they go with a listener request and look at the magic PC market numbers Gartner and IDC spew.

Brett Domino Explains Pop Music’s Formula

9 hours, 33 minutes ago · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

Have you ever heard a song on the radio and thought there had to be a formula behind pop music? Well Brett Domino found one, and has broken it down on YouTube for everyone to see. Not only can you enjoy the results of his formula in the initial video, but once you have mastered his original techniques, you can level up with the advanced techniques. It took until very nearly August, but I think we have the song of the summer in Pinocchio from the advanced class.

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New iPhones: Now With Less Sapphire

10 hours, 55 minutes ago · Kelly Guimont · News

Sapphire glass covers on the new iPhone models are less likely all the time. According to a report from LED Inside, supply chain analysts state orders should have been placed in large numbers by now, and thus far those orders do not exist.

What Amazon Didn’t Say in Its Blog Post about Hachette

5:55 PM EDT, Jul. 30th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · The Back Page

Save me, Amazon Superhero!

Amazon has come forth and told unto us it is waging holy war against Hachette for lo! The children. For only lower book prices can save the children—and indeed publishers and authors, too—and those greedy publishers are too stupid to understand. Bryan Chaffin thinks there's more to the picture.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-30

1:43 PM EDT, Jul. 30th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple keeps rolling out minor updates to its Mac product line, but hasn't had a major release announcement since last fall. John Martellaro and Adam Christianson join Jeff Gamet to look at the lack of big news from Apple, the incremental update cycle the company seems to be locked into right now, and how that could be impacting its image.

Apple May Have Accidentally Leaked New 27-inch iMac

11:26 AM EDT, Jul. 30th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple first accidentally mentioned a new Mac mini model in its Boot Camp support documents, and may have leaked a 27-inch iMac refresh, too. A chart showing the current 27-inch iMac, along with a model tagged as "Mid 2014," looks like a hint that an update is coming soon.

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Considering Apple listed two unreleased Mac models in its Boot Camp compatibility chart, either someone needs some remedial copy and paste training, or a reminder that unannounced products shouldn't appear in support documents.

Apple Confirms Purchase of Swell Talk Radio App for iPhone

10:00 AM EDT, Jul. 30th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Following reports that it was purchasing Swell, the iPhone app for building custom talk radio-like stations, Apple has confirmed it is the new owner of the app and its developer Concept.io.

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Fist BookLight and now Swell. It looks like Apple is getting serious about improving content discovery through the iTunes Store.

iOS 7: Preventing Unauthorized Purchases

8:45 AM EDT, Jul. 30th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

For today's tip, Melissa Holt's gonna go over a hidden setting that may let your kid purchase apps or media when he isn't supposed to. Turn this off, and you can rest assured that little Johnny won't be able to buy ten apps just because you allowed him to get one. Unless he knows your Apple ID password, that is, but you would never give him that, would you? Good.

Apple Possibly Leaked New Mac mini Models

11:02 PM EDT, Jul. 29th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · News

Apple updated a support article that refers to a Mid 2014 model Mac mini, which is the first mention of any sort of attention paid to the Mac mini, last updated in October 2012.

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I'd like this to be true, but at this point odds are 50/50 that there is an actual new Mac mini, or that someone was pasting in updated Macs and got a little trigger happy with Cmd-V.

Ford Ditching BlackBerry for iPhone for Global Corporate Use

8:57 PM EDT, Jul. 29th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Ford and iPhone

Ford announced on Tuesday that it was moving some 9,300 corporate employees from BlackBerry to iPhone. The move will be a blow to BlackBerry, which is trying to rebuild itself under the leadership of CEO John Chen. At the same time, it's another boost for Apple's enterprise ambition, which recently announced a mobile alliance with IBM.