Carl Icahn Steps Up Pressure on Apple and Tim Cook to Buy Back More Shares

8:41 PM EDT, May. 18th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

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Activist investor Carl Icahn stepped up his pressure on Apple and company CEO Tim Cook to increase share buybacks. In an open letter designed as much to influence investors as Apple's management, Mr. Icahn made the argument that Apple's stock is worth US$240 share today based on his believe that Apple will dominate the television market in 2016 and the automobile industry by 2020. Bryan Chaffin walks you through the pretinents.

Appeals Court Agrees that Samsung Copied Apple

6:24 PM EDT, May. 18th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled Monday that Samsung did indeed copy Apple. In a 34-page ruling, the court upheld most Apple's landmark victory over Samsung in 2012, but threw out damages relating to trade dress. In other words, Apple's innovations in the area of user interface remain protected in this ruling, but the overall look of Apple's hardware was not.

Apple Watch In-Depth Review

5:40 PM EDT, May. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · In-Depth Review

The dust is starting to settle and we've been able to spend some serious time putting Apple Watch through its paces following its release, so we're ready to let you know what we think of Apple's entrance into the smartwatch world. Is it worth the cost, and will you really get any benefits out of slapping one on your wrist? Read on to find out.

Lifetime Subscription 1TB Dripbit Online Backup: $54.99

3:33 PM EDT, May. 18th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Lifetime Subscription 1TB Dripbit Online Backup: $54.99

Check out our deal on a lifetime 1TB subscription to Dripbit Online Backup. It's a $480 value priced at $54.99 through our deal. With Dripbit, you can access your files through a browser, and the service uses military-grade AWS 256 encryption. You can stream music and movies straight from the service, too. Check out the deal listing for additional details.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-05-18: Apple’s Navigation Plans, iPhone Crime Doesn’t Pay

1:08 PM EDT, May. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

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Apple just bought the GPS service company Coherent Navigation. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about how Apple could use Coherent to improve services it offers like Maps, navigation, Find My iPhone, and more. They also look at a case out of England that shows exactly why crime doesn't pay, and they offer up a send off for popular Mac community writer Ted Landau.

Rumor Claims MacBook Pro, iMac Update Coming this Week

11:08 AM EDT, May. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is reportedly planning on updating the 15-inch MacBook Pro and 27-inch iMac on Wednesday. The new computers are said to include Intel's new Broadwell processors, and the MacBook Pro will ship with the Force Touch trackpad recently introduced on the new MacBook and 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro.

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Regardless of when new MacBook Pro models ship, it seems likely they'll include Intel's Broadwell processors and the Force Touch trackpad. It's just a matter of timing.

Sorkin’s ‘Steve Jobs’ Biopic Trailer Already More Interesting than the Kutcher Movie

10:23 AM EDT, May. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

The much-hyped Steve Jobs biopic written by Aaron Sorkin, directed by Danny Boyle, and starring Michael Fassbender is giving us a first glimpse into the movie with a just release teaser trailer. The minute-long teaser already looks more interesting than the "Jobs," the earlier biopic starring Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs and so far all we have to go on is a very short clip and some voice overs. The movie is based on the only authorized biography of Mr. Jobs by Walter Isaacson, and considering the powerhouse team behind the movie adaptation, there's a good chance it's going to fair much better in theaters than the Kutcher film did. Sorkin's "Steve Jobs" movie is due in theaters this year on October 9.

Apple Buys GPS Company Coherent Navigation

9:25 AM EDT, May. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's Maps service will most likely gain some more independence now that the company has purchased Coherent Navigation. Coherent is a GPS company that offers higher accuracy location data compared to other services.

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Apple has been buying up navigation-related companies ever since it dropped Google Maps for its own navigation system for the iPhone. Getting its own satellite-based positioning company is yet another step in closing the gap between Apple and Google for navigation, and considering the level of accuracy Coherent Navigation offers, it looks like a pretty smart purchase.

How to Use Apple’s Return Policy to Steal Money…and Get Caught

8:19 PM EDT, May. 15th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

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Apple has a very generous return and repair policy on its devices. It turns out it's so generous it doesn't take a genius to figure out how to exploit it to make some illicit profit. Take the story of one Edward Hornsey, an enterprising young man of 24 years. He figured out how to make more than US$42,000, but he didn't figure out how to do it without getting caught.

iTunes Needs To Break Up… With Itself

5:20 PM EDT, May. 15th, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · Editorial

With each evolution of Apple, it seems a new section gets bolted on to iTunes, making it even more complex and complicated. This seems out of character for a company that built a reputation on clean straightforward design. Kelly proposes shelving the current version of iTunes, the Weasley's House of Apple software. 

‘Train Simple’ Adobe Photoshop Bundle: $55

3:09 PM EDT, May. 15th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

We have a bundle of training courses for you today that focuses entirely on Photoshop. Selections, Camera RAW, PSD to HTML, Color Management, Portrait Retouching, Working with Type, and using Photoshop for the Web. It's a $702 value, but through our deal you can get it for just $55. Check out the deal page for more information.

Apple Watch Security Bug Overblown

3:05 PM EDT, May. 15th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

The Internet lit up on Thursday with reports of the horrible security bug in Apple Watch that makes it an easy target for criminals. The real problem isn't that Apple Watch has a big security bug—it doesn't—it's that an intended feature of the watch is being presented as if it's a bug. The reality is that Apple Watch isn't more prone to theft than any other quality watch, although Apple could take steps to make it less desirable to steal.

Self-driving Cars Will Need a New Breed of Software

2:45 PM EDT, May. 15th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Particle Debris

We've heard rumors that Apple is working on its own car. It's likely to be a standard electric car with, we think, a phenomenal battery. However, down the road, our attention will turn to self-driving cars, and one question to ask about autonomous cars is whether making them work very safely can be done to the satisfaction of the consumers. Can Apple take that leap as well?

Apple Watch Production Bottleneck Ends, Quanta Now Building at Full Capacity

9:14 AM EDT, May. 15th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Watch should be easier to get now that Quanta, the company building Apple's smartwatch, has ramped up production. Company vice chairman CC Leung said there weren't enough workers available during the Lunar New Year holidays, but that's no longer an issue.

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Assuming Quanta really has been able to ramp up production to the levels Apple needs, Apple Watch deliveries should start coming in larger numbers. We may finally get to see in-store sales soon, too.

Apple Says HomeKit Accessories Coming in June

5:59 PM EDT, May. 14th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

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Apple said on Thursday to expect the first HomeKit automation accessories in June. Responding to a Fortune report that HomeKit was delayed as Apple worked on stabilizing the platform, Apple said in a statement that the first HomeKit products will be released "next month."

Basic Checklist for Identifying Network Problems

4:55 PM EDT, May. 14th, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · How-To

You probably have enough internet enabled devices in your house that you should know a bit about how to fix things if they aren't working like they should. Kelly helps you break down how to find the break down and get things on track.