TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-30

4 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's gay, which puts him in a unique position as an equal rights advocate. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to look at how Mr. Cook's announcement could impact the ongoing fight for equal rights and what it could mean to people struggling with their own identity. Jeff also gets really excited about Microsoft's new fitness tracker.

Microsoft Joins the Fitness Tracking Game with Fitness Band

1 hour, 57 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Microsoft is hoping to grab a slice of the fitness tracking market with its new Microsoft Band. The new fitness tracker packs in sensors for tracking steps, heart rate, UV light levels, and more.

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Microsoft's best bet for competing against the Apple Watch is an early release, which is exactly what happened. Microsoft Band has a cool mix of sensors and longer battery life than Apple's smartwatch, plus a lower price point, and it's available now. Still, it isn't Apple Watch, so it'll be interesting to see how well it sells since so many people are holding out for some Apple kit on their wrist.

Tim Cook’s Gay Coming Out is a Big Deal for Equal Rights

3 hours, 41 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Editorial

Tim Cook is the CEO of one of the most valuable companies and brands in the world, an advocate for human rights and equality, a very private man, and now a man that's openly gay. The big news isn't that Mr. Cook is gay — his sexuality, just like everyone else's — is very personal. The big news isn't new at all: Tim Cook is a powerful man doing what he can to make the world a better place for everyone.

MCX Holds Press Conference, Does Itself No Favors

9:37 PM EDT, Oct. 29th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · Editorial

MCX, the group behind CurrentC, held a press conference today to clear up misconceptions about the group and its agreements. It also had to discuss a data breach, and didn't do a very good job at addressing any of those things. Kelly explains what happened, and what she'd do instead.

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ACM 278: Apple is the New Microsoft and Thinking Differently about iPhone

7:30 PM EDT, Oct. 29th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet & Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple is the dominant force in several markets, so does that make the company the new Microsoft? Jeff and Bryan dive into how Apple of today compares to Microsoft from the 1990s, and whether or not competing platforms have a chance against Apple Pay and HealthKit. They also look at a cool iPhone interface concept based on the Apple Watch.

Apple: Widgets Can’t Calculate, Orders Featured Calculator Widget Removed

6:43 PM EDT, Oct. 29th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · News

Apple featured PCalc as an iOS 8 app with a neat calculator widget. Apple then told developer James Thomson he had to pull the app. Because it has a calculator widget.

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This is a disappointment on a number of fronts. But we're used to it because Apple's kind of on a bad PR hot streak at the moment, and it reminds us of the bad old days of specious App Store rejections.

The 3 Unexpected Consequences of Apple Pay Will be Huge

4:00 PM EDT, Oct. 29th, 2014 · John Martellaro · Editorial

Apple Pay isn't just a new mobile payment method. It's also a stake in the heart of merchants who want to use your purchase activity for their own ends. It gives companies who want to honor the customer a high-profile bandwagon to jump on. Finally, it punctuates Apple's leadership. John Martellaro looks at the unexpected consequences of Apple Pay.

Freebie Wednesday - Four Free Deals from TMO

3:54 PM EDT, Oct. 29th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Freebie Wednesday - Four Free Deals from TMO


We usually promote one deal a day, but through our friends at Stack Social, we actually have a ton of deals going at any one time. Right now, for instance, we have not one, but four different free offers. Check 'em out.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-29

1:45 PM EDT, Oct. 29th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

AT&T is under fire from the FTC, and the FCC wants to change the rules on cable television. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about what they expect to come from the FTC suing AT&T for data throttling, and how opening the Internet to broadcast TV streaming will impact viewers.

FCC Rule Change Could Turn Apple TV into A Cable TV Competitor

10:09 AM EDT, Oct. 29th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has proposed a change to the rules controlling who broadcasters sell content to, and would bar them from refusing to sell to Internet-based providers. That translates to a big opportunity for Apple to add new channels to Apple TV without cutting deals with cable providers like Comcast.