Senator Franken thinks Apple is a Streaming Music Bully

11:38 AM EDT, Jul. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Sen. Franken thinks Apple has an unfair advantage in streaming music

Apple is using its market dominance to cut consumer choice in the streaming music space, or so thinks Senator Al Franken (D-MN). The Senator has asked the Federal Trade Commission to look into Apple's deals with record labels for Apple Music content over concerns that the iPhone and iPad maker may violating antitrust laws.

Build Your Own Full Scale Millennium Falcon Movie Model

9:12 AM EDT, Jul. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

The Millennium Falcon is one of the coolest scifi spaceships ever, and in The Empire Strikes Back it pretty much deserved its own credit along side Harrison Ford, Carrie Fischer, and Mark Hamill. Thanks to Model Space you can build your own highly detailed 1:1 scale replica of the model used for filming the movie, and it's beyond cool. The resin molded model comes pre-painted and includes part of the Falcon's interior along with the full cockpit, plus working lights. Building your Falcon will take some patience because Model Space sends the parts along with special magazines each month for 25 months. It also costs US$59.99 a month, so be sure to save up your pennies.

Jim Dalrymple Is Done with Apple Music

8:01 PM EDT, Jul. 22nd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Jim Dalrymple—one of the most respected voices in the Mac Web—is done with Apple Music. In a passionate piece, Mr. Dalrymple said that numerous problems with Apple Music and his music library—including the loss of 4,700 songs ripped from CDs—has made him give up on the service. "I trusted my data to Apple and they failed," Mr. Dalrymple wrote. It's a damning piece. Apple should take notice. In the screenshot below is an example of Apple Music adding a song to an album twice, while playing them both at the same time.

ACM 316: AAPL Q3 2015 Earnings Report Wrapup and Apple Watch

5:57 PM EDT, Jul. 22nd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet & Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple reported another record breaking quarter over US$49 billion in revenue, 4.8 million Macs sold, and 47.5 million iPhones sold. Jeff and Bryan look into Apple's numbers—and lack of numbers, in the case of Apple Watch—plus Bryan explains why the company's stock can drop even when the figures it reports are so good. They also have some complaints about iTunes 12.

Exclusive iOS 9 Swift Coding Course: $59

2:38 PM EDT, Jul. 22nd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Exclusive iOS 9 Swift Training Course

We have a deal for you today on an exclusive iOS 9 Swift training course. It has 35 hours of training that will walk you through building 10 different apps. If you're looking to be ready for iOS 9's release this fall, definitely check out our deal. It's $59, which is 80 percent off retail.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-07-22: AAPL Q3 Earnings, Jeff gets Excited About Home Automation

1:25 PM EDT, Jul. 22nd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple reported its third fiscal quarter earnings yesterday and the numbers were big. Dave Hamilton and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to share their reactions to Apple's revenue and earnings, iPhone and Mac sales figures, and the lack of numbers for Apple Watch sales. Jeff also shares how he now controls his simple window air conditioner over the Internet.

Which Data Recovery Software Should I Use on my Mac?

10:35 AM EDT, Jul. 22nd, 2015 · Dave Hamilton · Link

Hard Drive Stethoscope

Two years ago, Mac Geek Gab listener John had a hard disk gone bad and needed to recover some files off it before he moved on to a newer, more reliable disk. With that, he has asked for help deciding which data recovery software to use, in part because there are no good reviews of any options out there. Our advice from two years ago stands, and now has been further enhanced by some fantastic discussion in the article comments, as well.

Apple Gets Smart, Blocks iOS 9 Beta App Store Reviews

10:00 AM EDT, Jul. 22nd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

iOS 9 beta testers blocked from App Store reviews

If you're running the beta version of iOS 9 good luck leaving App Store reviews. Apple finally disabled the ability to leave app reviews from devices running beta versions of iOS, which means third party developers getting hit with one star reviews because they can't release iOS 9 compatibility updates can breathe a sigh of relief.

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Thanks for finally listening, Apple. Developers shouldn't have ever had to suffer through inappropriate negative app reviews from public beta testers. It's good to see they won't have to any more.

Tim Cook’s Comments on Apple Watch Sales [Full Transcript]

8:50 PM EDT, Jul. 21st, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple CEO Tim Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook offered extended commentary on Apple Watch and sales of the device during Tuesday's quarterly conference calls with analysts. The comments came in response to a question from Piper Jafray analyst Gene Munster, and Mr. Cook goes to great lengths to explain why Apple Watch is doing very well without actually telling how well it's actually doing. Click through for the full transcript.

Sorry, Apple Watch Sales Aren’t on the Decline

6:57 PM EDT, Jul. 21st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Declining Apple Watch sales? Not according to Apple.

To loosely paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of declining Apple Watch sales were an exaggeration. What Mr. Twain really said was, "The report of my death was an exaggeration," but the sentiment is pretty much the same: Apple Watch sales were much healthier than some reports claimed.

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Sometimes even reasonable data analysis turns out to be way off base. I'm looking at you, Slice Intelligence.

Is the iPad Doomed? Not According to Apple CEO Tim Cook

6:45 PM EDT, Jul. 21st, 2015 · John Martellaro · Analysis

iPad sales discussed in 2015Q3 earnings report

"I am still bullish on iPad." That's what Apple CEO Tim Cook said about the iPad to investment analysts during the 2015 Q3 earnings report. Mr. Cook mentioned business initiatives with iBM, the new features of iOS 9 and the fact that the consumer upgrade cycle "will eventually occur." 

Tim Cook Says Users Love Apple Watch, Possibilities are Enormous

5:20 PM EDT, Jul. 21st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Watch has 97 percent satisfaction rating

Apple CEO Tim Cook says Apple Watch has a 97 percent customer satisfaction rating, and that most owners wear their watch every day. Mr. Cook shared those statistics during the company's third fiscal earnings report for 2015 where he also said he was pleased with the smartwatch's "successful launch."

Apple Sells Record Macs and iPhones, but Misses iPhone Estimates

4:54 PM EDT, Jul. 21st, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Apple Stock Watch

Apple Logo with Stock Graph

Apple reported revenues for the June quarter of $49.6 billion on Thursday, with earnings of $10.7 billion, or $1.85 earnings per share (EPS). The results exceeded Apple's own guidance and consensus estimates from Wall Street, and it was fueled by record third quarter sales of both Mac (4.8 million) and iPhone (47.5 million), all-time high revenue from services, and what Apple called "the successful launch of Apple Watch."

ilumi A21 Bluetooth LED Smartbulb: $49

2:39 PM EDT, Jul. 21st, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Ilumi A21 Bluetooth LED Smartbulb

Check out the  ilumi A21 Bluetooth Smartbulb, a color-tunable LED light can control from your smartphone. Each bulb produces millions of colors, and the free companion app has built-in programs for a variety of lighting settings. It also has an expected lifespan of 20 years. Through our deal, you can get this smartbulb for $49, a discount of some 45 percent.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-07-21: Lots of Love for Apple Watch

1:43 PM EDT, Jul. 21st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Despite the complaints about Apple Watch, it looks like most people really like theirs. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to offer their perspective on why people love their Apple Watch even if they aren't completely satisfied with every feature. They also look at Apple's latest hire from the automotive industry and what that means for the secret Apple Car project.