Gartner Says Apple Beat Samsung in Smartphones in December Quarter

4 hours, 43 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

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Gartner announced on Tuesday that Apple topped Samsung in smartphone sales during the December quarter of 2014. While Apple has long made between most and all of the hardware profits in the smartphone industry, this is the first time in many years that Apple can claim to be the top smartphone maker in mere units-sold terms.

Nissan-Renault CEO Says Apple Car Is ‘Good News for Us’

8 hours, 16 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · News

Nissan-Renault CEO Says Apple Car Is 'Good News for Us'

The CEO of the Nissan-Renault Alliance, Carlos Ghosn, said on Monday that Apple making an electric car would be "good news for us." During a keynote address at Barcelona's Mobile World Congress, Mr. Ghosn effectively said that Apple's entrance to the market would raise awareness of electric cars, something that could help propel them into the mainstream.

White Hat Security Hacker Bundle: $49

8 hours, 46 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

White Hat Security Hacker Bundle: $49

We have a bundle of six training courses that will teach you to protect yourself on the Internet. There's a course on Word Press security, the command line in Linux, a technical and security course on OS X, a course on white hat hacking and penetration, a course on ethical hacking, and a course on Web scraping. Through our deal, this bundle is just $49, more than 90 percent off retail.

$415M Settlement in Apple, Google Anti-poaching Case gets Preliminary OK

11 hours, 20 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

The US$415 million settlement Apple, Google, Intel, and Adobe proposed in the employee anti-poaching lawsuit brought by Silicon Valley employees has a preliminary greenlight. Judge Lucy Koh chose not to deny the settlement amount and instead has scheduled a new hearing where it will likely get her official nod of approval.

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The companies involved in the employee anti-poaching scheme were essentially caught red-handed. It's good to see this case closing in on a real settlement so everyone who was impacted by not being able to land a better job can finally move on.

Google Ready to Launch it Own Cell Service Network

9:52 AM EST, Mar. 3rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Google has plans to go beyond making the operating system for your smartphone and now wants to offer its own cell service, too. The Internet search giant said it plans to make an announcement in the coming months, and that it doesn't plan to compete with the current crop of cell service providers.

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Google launching its own MVNO cell service sounds like another shakeup for the market even though the company says this is a way for it to experiment. If Google offers price plans and features AT&T and Verizon customers find appealing, they'll have to respond or risk losing some of their marketshare—just as they've had to do with T-Mobile.

Pebble Adds Steel to its New Time Smartwatch Lineup

9:04 AM EST, Mar. 3rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Pebble clearly wasn't done with its new smartwatch announcements when it unveiled its Kickstarter for Pebble Time because now you can preorder Pebble Time Steel, too. The Steel version of Pebble Time comes with an all metal body instead of the Time's metal bezel on a plastic body, plus it sports longer batter life.

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Seeing people flip over Pebble Time and Pebble Steel doesn't necessarily mean the entire market has been holding out waiting for something besides the devices that are already shipping, but it does show that consumers who want certain brands are willing to buy without a second thought. That's a very good sign for Apple Watch when it goes on sale.

Apple’s World Gallery Highlights iPhone 6 Photographs

10:49 PM EST, Mar. 2nd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple doesn't attend things like CES or this week's Mobile World Congress, at least not in an official capacity, but the company has a knack for sucking the wind of their PR sails. On Monday, Apple launched the iPhone 6 World Gallery, a collection of beautiful photographs all taken with the iPhone 6. The beautiful shot below was taken by Renee M. using Camera, Instagram, and Flickr apps. There are dozens more in the World Gallery, and they're worth your time.

Dragon Dictate for Mac 4: $99.99

7:33 PM EST, Mar. 2nd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Dragon Dictate for Mac 4: $99.99

We have a great deal on Dragon Dictate 4 for the Mac from Nuance. these are the people Apple relies on for speech recognition in Siri—they're the best in the world at this stuff. Dragon Dictate 4 for the Mac retails for $200, but with our deal you can get it for half that, $99.99.

OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Beta goes Public with Photos App

3:10 PM EST, Mar. 2nd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Developers have been able to try out the beta version of OS X 10.10.3, and as of Monday the public can, too. Mac users who signed up to participate in the public beta program can download the latest prerelease build of the upcoming Mac OS update, and it includes a beta version of the iPhoto replacement app Photos, too.

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Don't forget beta means "not ready to ship," so there may be bugs and other surprises that cause app crashes and data loss. If you're planning on playing with the beta consider installing in on a Mac that isn't critical for your daily work.

Morgan Stanley Says AAPL’s Market will Grow to $3.4 Trillion

11:01 AM EST, Mar. 2nd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Apple's US$800 billion market could grow to $3.4 trillion in the next five years, according to Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty, because every aspect of the iPhone and iPad maker's business is poised to expand even more. That growth will come because Apple is poised to be a bigger part of our daily lives with Apple Watch, Apple Car, and Apple TV.

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Here's the translation: If Apple makes it the money will come, no matter what the product may be.