TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-11

1:53 PM EST, Dec. 11th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

John Martellaro thinks Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg needs to rethink his philosophy towards customers. John, along with Kelly Guimont, join Jeff Gamet to dive into Facebook, privacy, and advertising, plus they look at some cool holiday-themed apps for the iPhone and iPad.

Instagram Now Bigger than Twitter, Adds Verified Accounts

10:30 AM EST, Dec. 11th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Move over, Twitter, because Instagram is now the bigger than you. Facebook-owned Instagram said on Thursday that it now has over 300 million active users, eclipsing Twitter's 284 million active users.

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Instagram's grown shows there's a lot of interest in sharing photos online, and not just our 140 character thoughts through Twitter.

OS X: Using Icons from System Preferences

8:45 AM EST, Dec. 11th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

In today's Quick Tip, we're going to learn how to find and use high-quality icons for items that appear in System Preferences. So for example, if you need to send someone instructions or want to refer to a particular preference pane in any documentation, you'll be able to access large (up to 1024x1024!) and attractive versions of those icons. Neat, huh? We think so.  

LTE iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 Come to China

10:54 PM EST, Dec. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple announced late Wednesday evening that the LTE-capable versions of its iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will launch in China this week. The WiFi plus cellular data versions of the company's latest tablets have been available in the United States in October, but couldn't roll out in China's government gave its official approval.

Is the U.S. Ready for Cuddle Finder Apps in the App Store?

5:45 PM EST, Dec. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Ready to take your social interaction from your iPhone screen and into the real world? There's an app for that. Or, a few, actually. The latest focus on cuddling instead of dating or casual sexual hookups, and their success depends on whether or not users see them as legit tools for connecting with other people, or as just another thinly veiled dating service.

7 Great Christmas Apps for Your iPad and iPhone

5:15 PM EST, Dec. 10th, 2014 · John Martellaro · News

7 Great IOS apps for Christmas

There are lots of fun things to do at Christmas. Celebrate, do a countdown timer, read about Charlie Brown's Christmas, track Santa's progress in flight and bake cookies, to name a few. John Martellaro has put together a nice collection of iOS apps to help you get organized, celebrate and eat!

Register for the GoPro Hero4 Black Giveaway (in Time for Xmas)

5:04 PM EST, Dec. 10th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Register for the GoPro Hero4 Black Giveaway

We have a killer giveaway through our friends at Stack Social. It's for the GoPro Hero4 camera, the newest GoPro model. It will film in 1080p at 120 fps, 2.7K at 50 fps, and 4K at 30 fps. Come on, that's incredible! It can capture 12 megapixel stills at 30 fps, has a more powerful processor than previous models, and is generally-speaking bad-ass. To register, all you have to do is sign up to receive email notifications of TMO deals. Easy. Plus, the winner will be picked on December 15th so that the GoPro Hero4 can be delivered by Christmas. Good luck!

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-10

1:38 PM EST, Dec. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apps to help iPhone-toting snuggle buddies find each other are showing up on Apple's App Store. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at the social and safety implications of the cuddle apps, plus they dive into the problems Apple is making by forcing iOS app developers to remove key features from their products.

iPod Antitrust Lawsuit Finds a New Plaintiff

10:42 AM EST, Dec. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

The class action lawsuit alleging Apple used monopoly power to block competitors from getting into the mobile music market is back on track with a new plaintiff. After Apple showed the previous three plaintiffs hadn't purchased iPods during the time frame specified in the lawsuit, attorneys scrambled to find a replacement, and that turned out to be a 65 year old ice dancer from Boston.

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Apple wants to win this case on merits, not technicalities. Depending on the outcome of the trial next week, we'll know if that was a smart move.