Apple, HBO Look to Bring HBO Now Streaming Service to Apple TV

8 hours, 38 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple and HBO are working out the details for a deal that would bring the entertainment company's shows to Apple TV without requiring a cable or satellite television subscription. The service, called HBO Now, is scheduled to launch in April and would give TV viewers a way to pay just for HBO and open up their programming to the 10 million U.S. broadband Internet subscribers who don't have a TV channel package.

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Adding HBO as an independent channel to Apple TV would be a huge win for Apple and cable TV subscribers who would rather pay just for HBO content. It's also going to open up a new path for broadband Internet users who don't have cable TV to become HBO subscribers, too.

ACM 296: Apple’s Spending Restraint, Disconnected Analysts, and Google’s Cell Service

7:30 PM EST, Mar. 4th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet & Bryan Chaffin · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple may be the most valuable company in the world, but it isn't spending like it is. Jeff and Bryan take a look at Apple's fiscal restraint, plus they have some thoughts on a report that Apple's stock will tank because it can't sustain iPhone sales, and they also dive into Google's plans to start its own cell service as an MVNO.

Pay What You Want: Front-End Developer Bundle

7:23 PM EST, Mar. 4th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Pay What You Want: Front-End Developer Bundle

We have another pay-what-you-want deal for you, this one's called the Front-End Developer Bundle. Pay whatever you want and get two course, one for CSS and HTML, and another for designing Web sites. If you beat the average price, which is just $6.84 as of this writing, you get five more course, including a jQuery course, a course on front end development, Javascript, CSS3, and more. Plus, 10 percent of your purchase price goes to benefit Creative Commons, a great charity. Check it out.

Why Some Observers Think Apple Watch Won’t Succeed

3:30 PM EST, Mar. 4th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Editorial

Most of the connected and astute observers of Apple are confident that the Apple Watch will succeed. Perhaps brilliantly. Apple has the savvy, resources, engineering talent and executive leadership to make it a success. So why are there pockets of observers who are sure this new product from Apple will fail?  John Martellaro ponders the negative reactions surrounding the Apple Watch, before we have even a hint of sales success.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-04: Apple’s Pro-worker Stance in Silicon Valley

11:38 AM EST, Mar. 4th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple is making a positive move with contract workers in Silicon Valley by hiring its own security staff. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's decision to bring its contract security staff in house and how that fits in with the Silicon Valley economy. They also have some thoughts on Nissan-Renault's praise for Apple's plans for electric cars.

Apple’s Security Contractors are about to Become Employees

10:44 AM EST, Mar. 4th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple has decided to transition its on-site contract security force into company employees at key Silicon Valley locations. Apple's decision follows a similar move by Google last October, and is being praised by local union representatives as a positive economic change.

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Seeing Apple take a positive stance on local employee conditions instead of just overseas factory workers is great. Hopefully moves like this from Apple and Google will set an example other Silicon Valley tech companies will follow.

Apple Working on Settlement with A123 after Hiring Battery Employees

9:36 AM EST, Mar. 4th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

A new court filing revealed Apple is working on reaching an out of court settlement with A123 Systems after getting hit with a lawsuit for hiring away key vehicle battery employees. Apple requested an extension on Tuesday for its response to A123's lawsuit saying it is exploring a potential resolution with the company.

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Apple had to know going into these hires that a lawsuit was a very real possibility. That means there's a good chance the company is ready to throw enough money at the problem to make A123 System's lawsuit go away.

Gartner Says Apple Beat Samsung in Smartphones in December Quarter

9:11 PM EST, Mar. 3rd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

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Gartner announced on Tuesday that Apple topped Samsung in smartphone sales during the December quarter of 2014. While Apple has long made between most and all of the hardware profits in the smartphone industry, this is the first time in many years that Apple can claim to be the top smartphone maker in mere units-sold terms.

Nissan-Renault CEO Says Apple Car Is ‘Good News for Us’

5:38 PM EST, Mar. 3rd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Nissan-Renault CEO Says Apple Car Is 'Good News for Us'

The CEO of the Nissan-Renault Alliance, Carlos Ghosn, said on Monday that Apple making an electric car would be "good news for us." During a keynote address at Barcelona's Mobile World Congress, Mr. Ghosn effectively said that Apple's entrance to the market would raise awareness of electric cars, something that could help propel them into the mainstream.

White Hat Security Hacker Bundle: $49

5:08 PM EST, Mar. 3rd, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

White Hat Security Hacker Bundle: $49

We have a bundle of six training courses that will teach you to protect yourself on the Internet. There's a course on Word Press security, the command line in Linux, a technical and security course on OS X, a course on white hat hacking and penetration, a course on ethical hacking, and a course on Web scraping. Through our deal, this bundle is just $49, more than 90 percent off retail.