TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-28

1:50 PM EDT, Aug. 28th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

If's official: Apple is hosting a special media event on September 9, presumably to introduce the new iPhone 6. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin and join Jeff Gamet to talk about what they expect from the media event, and they also discuss whether or not Parallels Desktop 10 is a worthy upgrade.

Twitter Opens Analytics Tools to All Users

11:47 AM EDT, Aug. 28th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

If you're curious how many people read your Twitter posts, what type of people follow you, and what they're interested in, all of that information is now at your fingertips. This week Twitter opened its analytics tools to all of its users for free, and there's plenty of data to sift through.

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Seeing so much information about your Twitter followers is great, but it does open the possibility that people will try to craft all their tweets just to push up numbers instead of going for friendly engagement. Please don't be that guy.

Report Claims this is the Year of the NFC iPhone

10:42 AM EDT, Aug. 28th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Reports that Apple will include Near Field Communication, or NFC, in the next iPhone have routinely preceded device updates, and so far have proven to be wrong. Now there's word that this time Apple really, really, will include NFC in the iPhone 6, which is expected to be introduced on September 9.

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Just because we continue to hear that this is the year Apple will add NFC to the iPhone doesn't mean it will happen. People thought Apple would give in and add Blu-ray drives to the Mac lineup for years, and that didn't happen, either.

Apple Denied Samsung Sales Injunction Yet Again

9:24 AM EDT, Aug. 28th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

US Federal Judge Lucy Koh shot down a request from Apple to grant a permanent injunction blocking the sale of some Android-based Samsung mobile devices over pantent infringement claims. The motion was part of Apple's second patent infringement case with Samsung, and Judge Koh said the iPhone and iPad maker didn't show that its reputation or ability to innovate had been damaged.

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Apple's injunction request covered older Samsung products, so denying the injunction request won't have a big impact on device sales for either company. Still, winning the injunction would've been a handy tool to tuck away in Apple's legal strategy handbag.

The Ruby On Rails Rookie To Rockstar Training Bundle: $49

7:16 PM EDT, Aug. 27th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

The Ruby On Rails Rookie To Rockstar Training Bundle: $49

Check out the Ruby On Rails Rookie To Rockstar Bundle, a deal on six training courses with more than 45 hours of Ruby on Rails instruction. The courses include The Startup's Guide To Web Development With Ruby On Rails, Ruby On Rails For Beginners, Learn Ruby On Rails From Scratch, Advanced Ruby Programming: 10 Steps To Mastery, Create & Deploy A Web App In 3 Hours, and Become a Heroku Rails Ninja. Combined, they have some 250 lectures, which is a ton of instruction.  Through our deal, you can get it for $49, a small fraction of the $631 retail price.

Text Expander iOS 8 Keyboard Replacement Goes to Public Beta

2:24 PM EDT, Aug. 27th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Smile Software announced Wednesday that TextExpander touch 3 was being opened to a public beta. This will be a keyboard replacement for iOS 8 (via Apple's new keyboard extension) that allows you to use your TextExpander snippets in every iOS app—even Apple's own apps. Smile also said the keyboard will include full VoiceOver accessibility support. If you want to participate in the public beta, follow Smile's special Twitter account @SmileTEBeta

Apple Reportedly Plans to Launch Wearables ‘Alongside’ iPhone

1:49 PM EDT, Aug. 27th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

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Some hedge analysts might be saying that Apple is having to delay its foray into wearables (i.e. the "iWatch"), but Re/code's well-informed John Paczkowski said that Apple will unveil it "alongside" new iPhones at the September 9th media event he also broke. Bryan Chaffin says if it's true, it means the iWatch is being built in Arizona.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-27

1:25 PM EDT, Aug. 27th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

There's a new report claiming Apple plans to start building 12.9-inch display iPads in early 2015. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont and join Jeff Gamet to discuss what they think of a bigger format iPad, and they also take a look at what's happening at Duke University's technology program for students and faculty ten years after they started handing out iPods.