TMO Daily Observations 2015-01-22: Debunking the 24-bit/192kHz Audio Hype

1:10 PM EST, Jan. 22nd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

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There's a debate raging in the audio world about whether we should listen to music encoded above the standard 16-bit 44.1kHz mark. Dave Hamilton joins Jeff Gamet to look at the differences between 16-bit 44.1kHz and 24-bit 192kHz, whether or not the science backs up the quality of 24-bit tracks, and why the bit depth doesn't necessarily translate to better sounding recordings.

Apple’s Cover Flow Targeted in Patent Lawsuit Again

9:30 AM EST, Jan. 22nd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's Cover Flow feature from OS X is the target of a new infringement lawsuit from the patent holding company TriDim, and this isn't the first time it's been part of an intellectual propert case. The company is claiming 3D-like user interface elements in Cover Flow, Time Machine, and Mobile Safari in iOS 7 and iOS 8 infringe on two patents it holds.

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Mirror Worlds wasn't able to make its Cover Flow patent infringement case against Apple stick, and based on TriDim's patent descriptions this new case will likely have a hard go of it, too.

iOS 8: New Mailbox Options

8:50 AM EST, Jan. 22nd, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

This Quick Tip is about the two new mailbox options we've got under iOS 8: "Thread Notifications" and "Today." If you want a quick place to look at all of the emails that fall under those categories, this article's for you!

Bluetooth Audio Beanie: $34.99

5:51 PM EST, Jan. 21st, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Bluetooth Audio Beanie: $34.99

It's cold. You have tunes to listen to. You need the Bluetooth Audio Beanie, a beanie with bluetooth speakers embedded into the cloth. It has a microphone, too, so you can use this beanie for phone calls. You can recharge it through a MicroUSB charging port, also built into the beanie.

iPhone 6 Survives Drop from Space

11:22 AM EST, Jan. 21st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Drop testing an iPhone 6 case typically involves a push from a table, or a climb up a short ladder, but Urban Armor Gear didn't think that was enough, so they dropped an iPhone from space. They put the iPhone 6 in one of their cases, then lifted it to 101,000 feet with balloons before dropping it along with GoPro cameras recording the flight. The iPhone shut off before reaching it's highest point because apparently they don't work well at -79°F, but it powered back up again after it was recovered. They used a parachute to slow down the descent a little, but still... an iPhone dropped from space!

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Apple Buys Semetric to Boost its Streaming Music Plans

10:05 AM EST, Jan. 21st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple has purchased the online music analytics company Semetric as part of its plan to boost its Beats streaming music service. Semetric's services will help Apple better track interest in artists and songs, which could come in handy for managing advertising as well as streaming data and song sales.

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If Apple wants a big piece of the streaming music market, it needs more information about what we listen to, as well as when and how. That's what Semtric gives it, and that makes buying the company a smart move.

The Interview Hits Netflix Streaming this Weekend

9:07 AM EST, Jan. 21st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

If the hype surrounding Seth Rogan and James Franco's The Interview wasn't enough to convince you to buy or rent the movie from the iTunes Store, Microsoft's Xbox Video, or Google Play, you're in luck because it'll be available on Netflix streaming this Saturday, January 24.

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Pulling The Interview's original release over terrorist threats turned out to be the best publicity the movie could've hoped for.