TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-24

43 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Analysts estimates for Apple Watch sales are across the board, and John Martellaro thinks they're all off base. John and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about analyst numbers, what value they hold, whether or not the general public and investors should pay attention, and what the media does with those figures.

FCC Chairman on Net Neutrality Rules: We’re Going to get Sued

3 hours, 52 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

The Federal Communications Commission is moving forward with its plans to strictly regulate Internet traffic so that Net Neutrality isn't lost, but the agency isn't moving quickly to make that happen. Chairman Tom Wheeler said the FCC is moving slowly and deliberately to craft its new plan because no matter what happens, he expects the lawsuits are coming.

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It's good that the FCC is planning now for the inevitable legal fights over Net Neutrality. Hopefully the final outcome is a system that favors the free flow of information and not just the corporate desires of the Internet Service Providers.

Apple Launches Apps for (RED) Campaign for World AIDS Day

6 hours, 4 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple launched a World AIDS Day campaign on Monday as part of the (RED) project that includes apps with exclusive content. The iPhone and iPad maker will also donate a portion of its Black Friday (November 28) and Cyber Monday (December 1) global sales to the Global Fund to fight AIDS.

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It's great that Apple is doing its part for Global Fund to fight AIDS funding, and it's really cool to see app developers throwing in their support, too.

Apple Makes ‘Things for iPad’ Free for a Week

6:57 PM EST, Nov. 21st, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple made Things for iPad from Culture Code free for a week starting now. Things is a task manager/todo organizer, and it's become quite popular since we gave it an Editors' Choice Award in 2009. Things for iPad 2.5 was recently released and brought a ton of new features. Apple liked it enough to make it the free app of the week, so grab it while you can. It's normally priced at $19.99.

Judge Approves Apple iBooks $450 Million Antitrust Settlement

6:47 PM EST, Nov. 21st, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Justice?

Judge Denise Cote gave final approval to a settlement between Apple and class-action plaintiffs over antitrust claims regarding iBooks. Under the terms of the settlement, Apple will pay the class $400 million in damages for price fixing in the ebook market, while lawyers get $50 million.

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And meanwhile, the company that actually has more than 60 percent market share of the online retail book market and ebook market rolls on. Nice work, DoJ/Judge Cote.

100 AA and 52 AAA Duracell Batteries for $59.99 [Extended]

5:54 PM EST, Nov. 21st, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

100 AA & 52 AAA Duracell Batteries for $59.99

If you're giving or getting stuff for the holidays, you're going to need batteries. Enter today's deal, because you can get 100 AA and 52 AAA Duracell batteries for $59.99. That's enough batteries for every remote in the house—even the ones you have no idea what they go to. Every toy, every gadget, and every laser pointer. With this deal, you can power them all. The retail price on this pack is $160, but the deal ends later today. So, you know, giddy up! [Update: this deal rolls over to a new seven day counter once it expires. - Bryan]

Use a PDF to See How Big Apple Watches Really Are

5:18 PM EST, Nov. 21st, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · News

How Big Is It?

Craig Hockenberry of the Iconfactory spent some time with WatchKit, the developer environment for working with Apple Watch elements. He wrote up his impressions on it, and some of the non-programming sections were just as interesting as the development parts.

‘Kingdom Rush Origins’ Tower Defender Released for iPhone and iPad

4:30 PM EST, Nov. 21st, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG! It's here. It's finally here! Ironhide Studios released Kingdom Rush Origins. That sound you're hearing is my holiday week vanishing in a puff of extended iPad tapping. Seriously, the Kingdom Rush franchise are my favorite iPad games, and each addition gets better. Established as a prequel to Kingdom Rush and Kingdom Rush Frontiers, Kingdom Rush Origins is a tower defense game.  With the help of a mobile hero, the player sets up towers to defend paths from an invading force. It's tons of fun, with new tower types, new heroes, new monsters, and assumedly a new final boss. The iPhone version is $2.99, while the "HD" iPad version is $4.99 (I recommend it on iPad). You can easily play without making any in-game purchases.