Finally - Good Forecasts for Apple Watch Sales in 2015

3:35 PM EDT, Apr. 15th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Analysis

A Reuters and Ipsos poll of 1,829 Americans showed that 4 percent of American women and 9 percent of American men plan to buy an Apple Watch. Using the results and U.S. Census data for demographics, the potential sales number is about 15 million Apple Watches.  This is not far from the average of a recent compilation of analyst estimates.

Apple CEO Tim Cook goes on the Auction Block Again for Human Rights

11:14 AM EDT, Apr. 15th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple CEO Tim Cook is participating yet again in a charity auction to support the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights for the third year in a row. Bidding in the Charitybuzz auction starts at US$10,000, and includes lunch with Mr. Cook along with two VIP passes to a future Apple keynote event.

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It's no secret that Tim Cook is a big supporter of human rights. Looks like his auction to support the RFK Center is an annual thing now.

Apple Buys Mobile Device Camera Maker LinX Computational Imaging

9:56 AM EDT, Apr. 15th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple has purchased LinX Computational Imaging, a company known for its cameras designed for smartphones and tablets. LinX's camera modules are said to offer SLR-quality while still fit inside mobile devices, which could be a sign we'll get even better photos from future iPhone and iPad models.

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Even better image quality from iPhone photos across a wide range of lighting conditions? Yes, please.

Covers by Siri

9:50 PM EDT, Apr. 14th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Oh my. This is wonderful. Covers by Siri. The name says it all. Well, maybe not all. Someone has covered three songs (so far) using Siri's voice  for the lyrics. It's well done, and I can't imagine the effort needed to get the samples necessary to piece together lyrics like this. There's no embed mechanism, so you'll need to click through to hear them. You can download them while you're there, however. The site doesn't credit the individual behind the effort, but does say a new song will come out every Friday.  [Via The Loop]

Andy Hertzfeld Weighs In on Battle Over Steve Jobs’s Legacy

9:05 PM EDT, Apr. 14th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

Andy Hertzfeld Weighs In on Battle Over Steve Jobs's Legacy

Andy Hertzfeld has penned an excellent post on Steve Jobs and the simmering fight over which biography is "definitive." Mr. Hertzfeld, a member of the original (and legendary) Mac team who worked with Steve Jobs for many years, calls Becoming Steve Jobs a worthwhile read, but questions why Apple's current management has made a full court press to support the book.

Quirky ‘Space Bar’ Monitor or iMac Stand: $69

5:19 PM EDT, Apr. 14th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Quirky 'Space Bar' Monitor Stand: $69

Check out this cool monitor stand called Quirky. It's designed to hold displays or iMacs, and will support up to 30 pounds.  It's also a USB hub, with four USB 3.0 ports and two dedicated USB charging ports. That, plus space underneath for your keyboard will help you declutter your desk. Through our deal, you can get this stand for $69, more than 30 percent off retail. Check it out.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-04-14: Watson Health Cloud, Hoping for Apple Watch Failure

4:55 PM EDT, Apr. 14th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

IBM and Apple are teaming up to change how doctors and researchers deal with medical and health data. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at IBM's Watson Health Cloud and how it will impact medical research, plus they look at just what it takes to convince yourself the Apple Watch is a failure no matter how successful it may be.

Apple’s ‘Something New’ Campaign Faces Lawsuit Over Copycat Art

11:53 AM EDT, Apr. 14th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is facing a lawsuit from pop artist Romero Britto over artwork used in the "Start Something New" campaign. The artist filed his lawsuit lawsuit last week claiming the art from Craig & Karl that Apple used directly copies his works.

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There certainly is a lot of similarity between the artistic style of Romero Britto and Craig & Karl. For Apple, a ruling in Mr. Britto's favor means they'll have to pull a single piece from their Start Something New campaign, but Craig & Karl will have to find a different style for all of their future artistic endeavors.

IBM Intros Watson Health Cloud with Apple HealthKit Support

10:12 AM EDT, Apr. 14th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

IBM introduce Watson Health Cloud on Tuesday as a new platform for doctors, researchers, and insurance companies to securely store health-related data. The WHC into Apple's HealthKit and ResearchKit platforms for data collection from a health and fitness tracking devices.

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Apple is serious about being a big player in the health and medical market, and their latest partnership with IBM makes that very clear.

Apple’s WWDC 2015 Scheduled for June 8 through 12

9:03 AM EDT, Apr. 14th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · WWDC

Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference is set to run from June 8 through June 12, 2015 at the Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco. The event brings together Apple's own engineers with third-party developers to preview upcoming OS X and iOS releases, and to work together on designing and improving apps.

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With the Apple Watch finally coming out, this year's WWDC event should be filled with all kinds of interesting news for developers.

How to Pretend Apple Watch Is a Failure No Matter What

7:50 PM EDT, Apr. 13th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · The Back Page

How to Pretend Apple Watch Is a Failure No Matter What

Apple sold a million Apple Watches in the first 24 hours—just in the U.S. That would make it the most successful new product category launch in Apple's history—so what do you do if you've been talking smack about it for months? You set the bar for success ludicrously high so you can proclaim it a failure no matter what.

Aluminum 4-Port USB Hub Clamps to iMac or Display: $19.99

5:22 PM EDT, Apr. 13th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Aluminum 4-Port USB Hub Clamps to iMac or Display: $19.99

We have a deal today on a nifty product—it's a 4-port USB hub that clamps to your iMac, Cinema Display or Thunderbolt Display, and some other displays, too. Premium Aluminum 4-Port USB Clamp Hub from Satechi is made of aluminum, and it's a USB 3.0 hub that is backwards-compatible to USB 2.0, too. Through our deal, you can get this hub for $19.99. Check it out.