Trade Group Files Lawsuit to Stop FCC Net Neutrality Control

3:44 PM EDT, Mar. 24th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

USTelecom, the trade group that represents service providers impacted by the Federal Communication Commission's recent changes to preserve Net Neutrality, filed a lawsuit on Monday in hopes of overturning the new rules. The organization claims the FCC doesn't have the legal authority to regulate an open Internet and shouldn't be allowed to impose regulations outside of its purview on Internet service providers.

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ISPs said they planned to fight the FCC's Net Neutrality plans, so it isn't any surprise at all to see a lawsuit from an organization representing their interests showing up.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-24: Apple Executives on ‘Becoming Steve Jobs’

1:17 PM EDT, Mar. 24th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Turns out there's more to say about how Apple is reacting to the new Steve Jobs biography that's out today, so Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton are back with Jeff Gamet to offer up their thoughts. The look at how this is different from anything else the company has done before, and what may be behind Apple executives choosing to endorse "Becoming Steve Jobs."

Apple TV Adds TED, Tastemade, Young Hollywood Channels

11:24 AM EDT, Mar. 24th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple TV added three new channels Tuesday morning: TED, Tastemade, and Young Hollywood. Unlike some other channels on Apple TV that require a cable television subscription to view, the latest three are all free.

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Seeing TED on Apple TV is pretty cool. Even better: No cable subscription requirement.

Here’s Where to Buy ‘Becoming Steve Jobs’

10:40 AM EDT, Mar. 24th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

If Apple's executive team is to be believed, "Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader" is the biography about their company's co-founder to read, and it's out today. Turns out plenty of retailers are hoping you'll want to read it, too, so we rounded up a list of places ready to sell you a copy.

Analyst: AAPL on Track to Hit $1 Trillion Market Cap

9:18 AM EDT, Mar. 24th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Cantor Fiztgerald analyst Brian White thinks Apple's future is so bright that he raised his 12-month target price for the company's stock from US$160 up to $180, which would put its market cap up over $1 trillion. He said the launch of Apple Watch, iPhone growth in China, and the iPhone and iPad maker's potential with its rumored electric car will all help to push the stock value higher.

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Apple seems to be the darling of Wall Street and most analysts are very optimistic about the company's future. Topping the trillion dollar market cap mark would be huge for Apple.

Instagram Launches ‘Layout’ App for Collages

7:04 PM EDT, Mar. 23rd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Instagram announced Monday a new app called Layout for iOS (Android users can expect it in "the coming months"). Layout is a standalone app for making collages that can be posted to your Instagram feed, Facebook, or sent to other apps in iOS. It allows users to choose apps n the camera roll and then pick a layout pattern. The app auto-populates the photos into that layout, and the user can then swap photos out, rotate them, flip them, pinch to zoom, or drag them around. It includes a Faces tab that automatically detects photos with faces in them, and there's also a Photo Booth mode that allows you to take several photos in quick succession. Layout is a free app, and it's available now.

How to Surf the Web on a Mac Plus

5:01 PM EDT, Mar. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

The Internet as we know it today didn't exist when the Mac Plus was introduced in 1986, so is it even possible to get one online and loading modern Web pages? Turns out the answer is yes, and Jeff Keacher did it just to show it can be done. It involved using a Raspberry Pi as a bridge to his network and some custom-rolled code to handle virtual host names instead of just IP addresses, and strip out CSS, Javascript, DIVs, and other newer stuff that wasn't around in 1986. In the end, Jeff's nearly 30 year old Mac was online and surfing the Web.

How Comcast is Now Handling Internet Data Usage and Caps

3:45 PM EDT, Mar. 23rd, 2015 · John Martellaro · Analysis

A few years ago, there was somewhat of a fuss about emerging Comcast monthly data caps for Internet usage. The number was 250 GB per month. Lately, however, Comcast has not been imposing hard data caps and has, instead, taken a pragmatic approach to monitoring and analyzing network usage. As a result, the path to 4K streaming will be eased.

iRig 2: New and Improved Mobile Guitar Interface from IK Multimedia

3:10 PM EDT, Mar. 23rd, 2015 · Bob LeVitus · Cool Stuff Found

I've used the original iRig to play my guitars through my iDevices with IK Multimedia's AmpliTube and Apple's GarageBand (free) apps for years. It was a workhorse and a bargain at $39.99, but my one complaint was that it lacked an input gain control, so I had to record some of my guitars at lower-than-I'd-have-liked recording levels. iRig 2,the successor to my venerable iRig shipped last week, fixing my only complaint and adding new features like a 1/4" amplifier output jack, FX/Thru switch, and Android compatibility  (not that I care)—all at the same low price ($39.99 - Amazon link). If you want to play your guitar through your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, I can't think of a better or more reasonably-priced way to connect it than iRig 2.  

Apple Makes it Easier to Target Ads on iTunes Radio

2:27 PM EDT, Mar. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's iAd service for selling advertising space in apps and on iTunes Radio finally added the ability to buy ads for the company's streaming music service without first going through the iAd sales team. The new system uses the same Workbench utility app developers rely on to push relevant ads to their customers.

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Apple wants to make sure iTunes Radio is an appealing option for advertisers, and making it easier to target listeners with appropriate ads is one way of doing that. Apple says it isn't sharing any listener information with advertisers, which is good news for those of us who don't want to be the product yet again.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-23: The New Steve Jobs Biography, Google’s Search Game

1:45 PM EDT, Mar. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

A new Steve Jobs biography comes out tomorrow, and Apple's executive team seems much happier about this book than Walter Isaacson's interpretation. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on why the executives like the Brent Schlender, Rick Tetzeli, and George Newbern book so much more. Also, Google games its search results.

Pegtron Rides the iPhone Wave to Big Profits

10:12 AM EDT, Mar. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Pegatron's annual net profit is up 53.4 percent year over year, and that's thanks to Apple's iPhone 6. The company builds iPhone for Apple, and that partnership has been paying off with profits hitting US$466.8 million.

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As long as iPhone sales stay strong, Pegatron is doing great. Considering revenue is down substantially for its other manufacturing categories, however, the company could find itself hurting if iPhone sales drop, or if Apple takes its assembly needs somewhere else.

AT&T Uses Title II Regulation to Get Out of Millions in Fees

9:10 AM EDT, Mar. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

AT&T may have fought the FCC's decision to classify Internet service as a Title II common carrier service, but that isn't stopping the company from using that to its advantage. The cell service and broadband Internet provider argued last week that it feels Great Lakes Comnet and Westphalia Telephone Company of Michigan charged were against the law because of AT&T's common carrier status, and the FCC agreed.

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AT&T may not like being classified as a common carrier for its Internet services, but that doesn't mean the company can't take advantage of the change. In fact, it would be bad business if it didn't.

MGG 545: Ghosts In The Mac

12:12 PM EDT, Mar. 22nd, 2015 · John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Has your Mac ever suddenly developed a problem that you're swear you didn't create? Maybe it has a ghost. Or is it time for Dave's "Gremlin Story" from his consulting days? Download today to find out! In addition, your geeks also chat through using an SD Card for ongoing data storage, sharing your iCloud Photo Library, how DiskWarrior can save the day, and battery advice from KISS!

Video Shows How Apple Watch Companion App Rearranges Apps

9:46 PM EDT, Mar. 20th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Hamza Sood posted a great video to Twitter (via 9to5Mac) showing how rearranging the apps on the Apple Watch Companion App works on the iPhone. While shot on the iPhone companion app, the process will work in a similar way on the Apple Watch itself. The Apple Watch will be available for preorder on April 10th and it ships on April 24th.

FTC Report Details How Google Manipulated Results to Hurt Competitors

9:36 PM EDT, Mar. 20th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Google Baloney

A previously undisclosed report from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission detailed some of the many ways that Google Inc. manipulated its search results to promote its own services at the expense of its rivals. The report was part of a "lengthy" investigation, yet no complaint or lawsuits will be filed against the company.