Google, Samsung can’t Top Apple’s Unreleased Apple Watch

5:31 PM EST, Dec. 19th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

What's the most sought after wearable tech device? That would be the Apple Watch—a device that isn't even scheduled to ship until some time next spring. Apple's unavailable smartwatch beat out Google, Samsung, and Fitbit as the wearable device people most want to buy, according to a study by Ipsos MediaCT.

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Polls like this are great news for Apple and horrible for their competitors because it shows consumers are more interested in buying a wearable device that has even shipped than products that are already on the market.

Report: Apple Pay is Disrupting and Transforming Mobile Payments

5:10 PM EST, Dec. 19th, 2014 · John Martellaro · Product News

ITG report on Apple Pay

"Apple Pay has the ability to significantly transform the mobile payment space." That's the conclusion of an ITG Investment Report published on December 19. A major finding is that Apple Pay has been responsible for one percent of all digital payment dollars. This is a "strong showing" given that Apple customers must have the latest iPhones and the limited list of merchants. John Martellaro summarizes the report.

The Unexpected Ways Apple Watch Will Crush the Competition

3:55 PM EST, Dec. 19th, 2014 · John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Particle Debris

Calling the Apple Watch just a cooler, better smartwatch isn't
the right way to look at this revolutionary device. Apple would hardly settle for that. Instead, the Apple Watch will so change people's lives that no other device on the wrist will do, and that will bring incredible success. John Martellaro makes his case.

6-Ft MFi-Certified iOS Lightning and micro USB Convertible Charging Cable: $21

2:29 PM EST, Dec. 19th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

6-Ft MFi-Certified iOS Lightning and micro USB Convertible Charging Cable: $21

If you live in a multi-platform house, we have a deal for you on a 6-foot charging cable that's convertible between microUSB (for Android devices) and Lightning (for iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch). Better yet, the converter is actually attached to the cable, eliminating the chance to lose it! That's clever, and I like clever. It retails for $40, but you can get it through our deal for $21.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-19

1:41 PM EST, Dec. 19th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

The BBC says working conditions in factories making iPhones isn't all that great, and Apple says it's doing more than other companies to fix that. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about factory conditions, Apple's impact on workers in China, and the involvement of other companies in the efforts to address human rights.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Calls BS on BBC iPhone Factory Film

11:02 AM EST, Dec. 19th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Following the airing of a BBC show depicting poor working conditions in the Pegatron factory making iPhones Apple CEO Tim Cook said the situation was misrepresented, and that he's "deeply offended." The report showed factory workers forced into extended shifts and ongoing safety issues.

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It's a safe bet that Apple will have a new report out soon detailing its ongoing efforts to improve working conditions in China, and hopefully Panorama's "Broken Promises" special will help accelerate the process. It's important that Apple is called to task for poor factory conditions at its suppliers, but it's also important other companies using the same facilities get called out, too.

McDonald’s Supersizes Sales with Apple’s iBeacon Tech

9:11 AM EST, Dec. 19th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Fast food giant McDonald's has been testing Apple's iBeacon technology in some of its Columbus, Georgia, locations and that's translating into bigger sales. The four-week program say 18,000 redemptions for products features through iBeacon notifications, and a notable increase in sales, too.

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McDonald's is an excellent test platform for iBeacon because the company already has an efficient system for tracking sales, so any changes are easy to see. It's also a great example of how effective iBeacon can be for retailers and restaurants hoping to find new ways to boost sales and improve customer service.

BBC Films ‘Apple’s Broken Promises’ for Worker Conditions in Pegatron iPhone Factory

8:09 PM EST, Dec. 18th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

BBC's

The BBC has published a video (below) showing what it describes as "Apple's broken promises" to improve and protect working conditions in its Chinese factories. The media organization sent undercover reporters in to work at a Pegatron factory making Apple iPhones, where they filmed company-orchestrated cheating on tests, hours that far exceed Apple's requirements, and intimidation tactics used to control workers.

Save 96% on The World’s Largest iOS 8 + Swift eLearning Bootcamp

6:20 PM EST, Dec. 18th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Save 96% on The World's Largest iOS 8 + Swift eLearning Bootcamp

80 hours of video training and 24 in-depth courses. This is a massive bundle of iOS 8 developer training courses for Apple's new Swift language.  Bought separately, the retail price is US$2,956, but through our deal you can get the whole shebang for $99. Boom! Over the course of the training, you'll build 70 different apps, watch more than 1,000 videos, learn how to upload to the App Store, and learn fundamentals on app design itself. This would make a great gift for someone in your life who wants to learn how to program, too.

Apple Pay Expansion Worldwide Will Have Vast Repercussions

5:30 PM EST, Dec. 18th, 2014 · John Martellaro · News

Apple Pay May expand worldwide soon

Apple Pay has been a huge success in the United States. The mobile payment purchase is supported by credit cards used for 90 percent of purchases. Now, thanks to a job posting that's been spotted, it seems Apple is ready to expand Apple Pay into Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India. The repercussions will be enormous.