Apple Job Posting Suggests Worldwide Expansion of Apple Pay

5:30 PM EST, Dec. 18th, 2014 · John Martellaro · News

Apple Pay May expand worldwide soon

Apple Pay has been a huge success in the United States. The mobile payment purchase is supported by credit cards used for 90 percent of purchases. Now, thanks to a job posting that's been spotted, it seems Apple is ready to expand Apple Pay into Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India.

The Story Behind Apple’s ‘The Song’ Commercial (Video)

2:07 PM EST, Dec. 18th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

I love Apple's new spot called "The Song." It was released on Sunday, and on Wednesday Apple published a behind-the-scenes video called "The Story Behind 'The Song.'" It explains the concept evident in the commercial—a young woman finds a a record of a love song her grandmother made for her grandfather. She then takes that recording, which was made in a Voice-O-Graph booth , and adds guitar and vocals to turn it into a duet. More interestingly, however, the video also shows how Apple worked with Third Man Records—the label owned by Jack White—to make the video. The actress who played the grandmother in the late 40s recorded the song used in the commercial on a 1947 Voice-O-Graph owned by Third Man Records. That same booth was filmed for the commercial, too. Check it out—it's very cool.

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TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-18

1:43 PM EST, Dec. 18th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

You can't buy an iPhone in Russia today because Apple isn't cool with the wildly fluctuating ruble. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's decision and what impact that has on the company and consumers, plus they take a detour into Sony's decision to not release "The Interview," and they touch on Netflix's decision to not offer movies for offline viewing.

iOS 8 Mail: Customizing Swipe Gestures

11:29 AM EST, Dec. 18th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Quick Tip

Apple's Mail app on the iPhone and iPad includes a couple handy gestures that let you flag messages, set them as read, or toss them in the trash. But what if those gestures don't do exactly what you want? iOS 8 lets you change them, and it's easy to do.

Apple Raises $20M in 2014 Product (RED) Campaign

9:08 AM EST, Dec. 18th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's Product (RED) campaign to raise money for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS in November brought in over US$20 million. The campaign included money from the sale of participating apps, along with proceeds from global sales on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Hit List 2.0 Task Manager Checks Off Syncing, iPhone 6 Interface

5:50 PM EST, Dec. 17th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Karelia checked off a big to-do from its task list on Wednesday with the release of Hit List 2.0 for the iPhone. The update for the task manager app gained sync support with its Mac counterpart, plus it has a new way for organizing your to-dos with its Today and Upcoming lists. Hit List supports tasks with subtasks, tags and lists for organizing projects, repeating tasks, batch task editing, and more, all in an easy to use interface designed to take advantage of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus's bigger screens. You can pick up Hit List 2.0 at Apple's iTunes-based App Store at its introductory US$9.99 price.

ACM 285: Apple’s iPod Lawsuit Victory and Tag Heuer’s Smart Watch Plans

5:44 PM EST, Dec. 17th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet & Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Podcast

The jury in the class action lawsuit claiming Apple violated antitrust rules to unfairly keep competitors out of the mobile device music market shot down the plaintiff's claims, and Jeff and Bryan are pretty pleased with the ruling. They also have plenty to say about Apple's ebook antitrust appeal and Tag Heuer's planned move into the smartwatch market.

Register for TMO’s Apple Watch Giveaway

5:16 PM EST, Dec. 17th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Register for TMO's Apple Watch Giveaway

I am pleased as punch to announce our Apple Watch giveaway with our friends at Stack Social! It's straight forward—register to receive deal notifications from TMO, and you'll be entered into a drawing for an Apple Watch. You can get additional entries by getting your friends to register, too. Check out the rules for the details—the winner will be drawn on February 17th, 2015—likely before Apple actually released the Apple Watch. So enter! And good luck. smile

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-17

1:13 PM EST, Dec. 17th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Tag Heuer is looking at how it can get a serious piece of the smartwatch market, and that could make it a competitor to the Apple Watch—or maybe not. Dave Hamilton, Bryan Chaffin, and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about where Apple Watch fits in with the luxury watch market, how Tag Heuer and other high end watch makers may fit into that game, and who will be looking at buying these devices.

Netflix Says Offline iPad Viewing Not Going to Happen

11:32 AM EST, Dec. 17th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Holding out for Netflix to bring offline content viewing to the iPhone and iPad? Don't hold your breath, because the company says that's not going to happen.

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This sure seems like a missed opportunity for Netflix, but maybe investing in new programming instead will worth it for the company in the long run.