Tim Cook Says Apple Watch Will Ship in April

5:15 PM EST, Jan. 27th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple Watch

Apple CEO Tim Cook said on Tuesday that Apple will ship its highly anticipated Apple Watch in April. Until now, we've only had an "early 2015" timeline, making Mr. Cook's comments the first hard news on a shipping date for the device.

Apple iOS Device Sales Top 1 Billion Units

5:11 PM EST, Jan. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple has sold over 1 billion iOS devices since the original iPhone was introduced over seven years ago. News of the sales figures came from Apple CEO Tim Cook during the company's first fiscal quarter earnings report on Tuesday.

Apple Smashes Expectations with $74.6 Billion December Quarter [Update]

4:35 PM EST, Jan. 27th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Apple Stock Watch

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Apple announced earnings for its first fiscal quarter on Tuesday, and the company smashed expectations. Apple reported revenue of $74.6 billion and earnings of $18 billion—earnings per share (EPS) clocked in at $3.06. Consensus estimates were for $63.48 billion in revenue with earnings per share of $2.60. The article was updated with additional information.

Apple TV 7.0.3 Squashes 16 Security Vulnerabilities

2:33 PM EST, Jan. 27th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Product News

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Apple released Apple TV 7.0.3 Tuesday. Apple hasn't yet released patch notes for the update, but the company did send out security patch notes. Apple TV 7.0.3 squashes some 16 security bugs, including several that could allow the bad guys to take over your device.

Apple Releases iOS 8.1.3, Reduces Storage Required for Updates

2:04 PM EST, Jan. 27th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Product News

iOS 8.1.3

Apple released iOS 8.1.3 Tuesday, and update that most notably reduces the amount of storage required to install an update. In the past year, a number of users were upset to find they could not install over-the-air (OTA) updates on their iPhones and iPads because of the amount of space required. The update also includes various bug fixes. 

TMO Daily Observations 2015-01-27: Samsung Copies Apple Pay, Google’s Dropcam Plans

1:44 PM EST, Jan. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Samsung is flexing its innovation muscles again, this time going after Apple Pay with Samsung Pay. Kelly Guimont and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at Samsung's innovation track record, and whether or not they think Samsung Pay will be able to compete with Apple Pay and Google Wallet. They also talk about Google's decision to end support for the Dropcam Echo, and Kelly sings happy birthday to the iPad.

Apple TV gets More Athletic with 120 Sports Channel

11:07 AM EST, Jan. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple pushed out another sports-related channel to Apple TV owners on Tuesday, this time in the form of 120 Sports. The channel offers content online and through iOS apps, along with its Apple TV channel, and promises to provide content in new ways sports fans haven't experienced before.

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More sports on Apple TV means fewer people will feel tied to their cable TV subscription. That said, there's still a long way to go before Apple TV poses a serious threat to Comcast and Time Warner.

Samsung to Take On Apple Pay with Cleverly Named Samsung Pay

9:47 AM EST, Jan. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Samsung put on its innovation cap and came up with a plan to take on Apple's Apple Pay mobile payment platform with its own Samsung Pay. The creatively named service will reportedly debut during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona at the beginning of March.

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What are the odds Samsung will say Samsung Pay came to them while looking at a bowl of water, and that they aren't copying Apple at all?

Yosemite/iOS 8: Muting Messages Conversations

8:50 AM EST, Jan. 27th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

What Melissa Holt's discussing today is how to mute text conversations under both Yosemite and iOS 8. So, you know, when your Aunt Zelda texts for the bajillionth time about your family reunion, you can at least come a little bit closer to ignoring her. Some darned peace and quiet just may be offered in this Quick Tip.

Apple Earnings Report and Conference Call Tuesday

7:14 PM EST, Jan. 26th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Apple Stock Watch

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Snow is engulfing large portions of the U.S., but Wall Street waits for no man or woman, especially when they're based in California. Accordingly, Apple will announce earnings Tuesday after the markets close at 4:00 PM EST. Apple usually publishes earnings at 4:30 PM, and the company will host its quarterly call with analysts at 5:00 PM.

Apple Video Shows Another Beautiful Mural for Chongqing Apple Store

6:39 PM EST, Jan. 26th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

A video Apple posted to its Chinese Apple Store retail site shows the company has commissioned another mural for its next China retail location in Chongking. The video shows another cylinder entrance, but this one is (currently) covered by a striking mural. The project was a joint project by an American photographer and a Chinese artist. The video is in Chinese and English, but the subtitles are Chinese only. Apple hasn't yet posted it to YouTube, but we'll update this article with the embedded video when it's up. [Via 9to5Mac]

1TB External Wireless Hard Drive with Military-Grade Encryption for $97

6:16 PM EST, Jan. 26th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

1TB External Wireless Hard Drive with Military-Grade Encryption for $97

The iDrive Wi-Fi is neat, and we have a deal on the 1TB version. It's a wireless drive with built-in WiFi, but it also has USB 3.0 for connected backups. It supports selective backups, and it can handle backups from Mac and Windows PC out of the box. Using the iDrive app, you can also backup photos, contacts, and calendars from iOS and Android devices. Oh, and it has 256-bit military grade encryption to protect your data. Lastly, it comes with one year of 10TB of online backup from iDrive. All that for $97. 

New York Times Offers Free Storm Coverage

5:28 PM EST, Jan. 26th, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

Whether you call it Snowmageddon or give in to the Weather Channel's "Name All The Things" shenanigans and refer to it as Juno, there's a storm of epic proportions headed for the east coast later today. To help those affected, the New York Times is offering free access to storm coverage in its mobile apps. Access to NYT Now for example is usually US$2/week. I hope it doesn't need saying but remember if you're in the path of this storm there's no photo worth endangering yourself for, so please be careful (and warm) out there.