Hachette Sort of Won The War Against Amazon

9:33 PM EST, Nov. 13th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Hachette vs. Amazon

The Hachette Book Group won its public battle with Amazon on book prices. Sort of, at least. The two companies announced on Thursday that they had reached an agreement that left pricing control in Hachette's hands, but allows Amazon to treat Hachette titles differently according to how low that pricing is.

FTC Talks to Apple about HealthKit, Seems Serious about Privacy

7:20 PM EST, Nov. 13th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

HeakthKit

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been in talks with Apple about privacy when it comes to HealthKit, the company's system level health data platform in iOS. According to Reuters, the FTC was seeking assurances that Apple would not sell that data to third parties or allow developers to do so. There are little or no regulations on how health data in apps can be used, something the FTC appears to be concerned about.

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The takeaway is this: Some of the health apps you're getting on even Apple's App Store are selling your personal health information. Apple's HealthKit is designed to protect your privacy and give you control over who you share your data with. Buy devices and apps that work with HealthKit.

Limefuel LP200X 20,000mAh Dual USB Battery Pack: $34.99

5:00 PM EST, Nov. 13th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Limefuel LP200X 20,000mAh Dual USB Battery Pack: $34.99

Our friends at Stack Social have put together another deal with the Limefuel folks. This time it's the Limefuel LP200X 20,000mAh Dual USB Battery Pack. As the name suggests, this is a portable charger for your iPhone, iPad, and other mobile devices, but it has two USB ports for dual charging. It also has 20,000mAh, enough to charge your iPad two to four times. The LP200X retails for $85, but with our deal you can get it for $34.99. (Pro tip: think Christmas/holiday gift).

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-13

1:45 PM EST, Nov. 13th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

It's copycat day on Daily Observations. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about how YouTube's new Music Key service fits into the streaming music market against competitors like Spotify, Beats Music and iTunes Radio, plus they take a look at Samsung's just announced Continuity clone Flow.

Samsung Innovates Again, Copies Apple’s Continuity

11:45 AM EST, Nov. 13th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Samsung announced a new feature on Wednesday for its Android-toting customers called Flow that shows its innovation skills haven't changed. Flow looks a lot like Apple's Continuity feature in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite because lets users jump from smartphone to tablet to computer, and continue to work on the same documents, view photos, handle email messages, and more.

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Even if Samsung came up with the idea and implementation for Flow without taking any cues from Apple, the company has a reputation for copying the efforts of its competitors. That's exactly how Flow comes across, too.

Bernstein Raises AAPL Target to $120 on Apple Watch Potential

10:33 AM EST, Nov. 13th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Apple's entry in the smartwatch market won't come until spring 2015, but Bernstein analysts are already raising their target price for the company's stock from US$110 to $120 based on the Apple Watch's potential. The investment firm sees higher App Store margins thanks to Apple Watch apps, and that's going to help drive revenue even higher.

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Interest in Apple Watch is clearly high, and it seems everyone wants to use Apple Pay. Once Apple Watch ship, Apple Pay opens up to even more iPhone owners, and that should translate into even more revenue for the company.

YouTube Joins the Streaming Music Market with Music Key

9:31 AM EST, Nov. 13th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Google owned YouTube is throwing its hat into the streaming music market with a new service called YouTube Music Key. The subscription-based service, which launches as a beta on November 17, promises ad-free music and videos through the YouTube website and in the company's iOS and Android apps.

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YouTube has brand recognition, and it's music and videos will be ad-free for Music Key subscribers. Considering Spotify, Pandora, iTunes Radio and other streaming music services have already drawn in so many subscribers, YouTube may have a hard time finding a place to fit into the market.

Audioengine Announces B2 Premium Bluetooth Speaker with Built-In 24-Bit DAC

8:14 PM EST, Nov. 12th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

I've seldom met a Bluetooth speaker that interested me, but I paid attention when Audioengine announced the B2 Premium Bluetooth Speaker. This powered speaker can play music streamed from any Bluetooth-enabled source (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android devices, or Bluetooth-equipped Macs and PCs). It also has a minijack input. They have a built-in 24-bit digital audio converter (DAC), and they're designed around the Audioengine 2+ Powered Desktop Speaker. The woofers are made of kevlar, while the tweeters are made of silk. Plus, the cabinet is handmade wood (in three finishes). I look forward to testing this one in a full review. designed for the high end of the market, the B2 Premium Bluetooth Speaker are $299 and available now. They're eligible for the company's 30-Day Audition.

ACM 280: Apple’s Messages Lawsuit, Net Neutrality, and GTAT Woes

7:40 PM EST, Nov. 12th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple is facing a potential class action lawsuit over text messages that never made it to former iPhone users, and the fight for Net Neutrality is turning very political. Jeff and Bryan dive into both topics, plus they take a look at recently unsealed documents in the GT Advanced Technologies bankruptcy filing and debate whether or not Apple bullies its suppliers.

6-Piece New Age Smartphone Photo Kit: $69

7:04 PM EST, Nov. 12th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

6-Piece New Age Smartphone Photo Kit: $69

Today's deal is for iPhoneographers. It's a six-piece lens kit for iPhone 4/4s/5/5s/6 (or Galaxy S5 if that's your thing). It includes an 8x Telephoto Lens, Fisheye Lens, Wide Angle Lens, Macro Lens, 2x Telephoto Lens, and 60x Magnifying Microscope. It also has a hard case for two of the lenses, a wallet for the rest, a tripod, and a cleaning cloth. That's a lot of glass, and it's $69 (regular price $199). There are example photos on the deal page, as well as a video. Check it out.