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.

Samsung’s New Allies in Apple Patent Fight: Google, Facebook

11:41 AM EDT, Jul. 21st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Samsung gets new allies in smartphone design patent fight against Apple

Samsung has some new allies in its fight to overturn Apple's big mobile device design patent win. Google, Facebook, HP, Dell, and several other companies have filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals asking for the ruling against Samsung to be overturned because it poses a serious risk to the ongoing development of new and useful technologies. In essence, they're saying to move technology forward they need to be able to copy competitor's designs without fear of repercussion.

AAPL Q3 2015 Earnings Report Tuesday Afternoon

9:46 AM EDT, Jul. 21st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Apple stock chart

Apple's third fiscal quarter earnings report is set to start at 5PM eastern time this afternoon. Analysts will be watching the numbers closely to see how many iPhones and iPads Apple sold, and are hoping to coax Apple Watch sales figures out of the company, too. The Mac Observer will be following Apple's announcements as they happen, so be sure to check in with us this afternoon for the latest earnings report news and analysis.

Sonos’s New PLAY:1 Tone Limited Edition: None More Black (or White)

9:20 AM EDT, Jul. 21st, 2015 · Dave Hamilton · Product News

Orders begin today for Sonos's latest addition to its line-up, the Limited Edition PLAY:1 Tone. Coming in full, murdered-out black or pristine white, these new skin variations on the PLAY:1 make a visual statement. Depending upon your color and placement choices these new models will either be the centerpiece of the room or completely fade into invisibility, either of which may work quite well for you.

Turning Off Apple Pay on Your Lost Apple Watch

8:55 AM EDT, Jul. 21st, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Today's Quick Tip is about the first thing you'll want to do if you lose your Apple Watch or if someone steals it: Remove your Apple Pay cards from the device! This is especially important to do if your Watch's passcode is easy to guess, so if you're the kind of person who uses "1234" to unlock all of his gadgets, this article's for you.

Apple Hires Auto Exec with Manufacturing Experience

9:42 PM EDT, Jul. 20th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Carriage with Apple Logo

Apple has hired Doug Betts, a former Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV executive in charge of global quality at the legacy automaker. Mr. Betts's experience is in the world of automobile manufacturing—The Wall Street Journal called him an "auto industry manufacturing veteran"—and the hire could signal that Apple is getting more serious about building a car.

Non Techies Love Their Apple Watches More than Techies

7:19 PM EDT, Jul. 20th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Wristly Apple Watch Customer Satisfaction Chart

97 percent of Apple Watch owners are either Somewhat Satisfied or Very Satisfied with the device, according to a survey from Wristly. The survey of some 800 Apple Watch owners places customer satisfaction above both the original iPhone and the original iPad—but even more interestingly, the survey suggests that non-techies love the device more than techies.

Turn Your iPhone into a Handheld Video Camera with Cinematic Smartcase on Kickstarter

6:05 PM EDT, Jul. 20th, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

Kickstarter always has a goodly portion of tech gadgets. Lots of them are Apple-related, so it takes something special to make one stand out. Here's one that caught our eye: the Cinematic Smartcase, a case for your iPhone that turns it into a video capturing powerhouse. There's a a trigger on the handle for recording, various lenses, a cold shoe for lights or microphones, and even a live viewfinder to help you compose your shot. Here's where it gets clever: If you're due to upgrade to a new iPhone this fall, you might be inclined to skip this since it might not fit your new phone. However, if you contribute you can choose whether you want the one for your iPhone 6 or the one for your New-iPhone-That-We-Think-Comes-Out-In-October. You can also choose black or white. This is also a fully funded project, so you don't have to worry about whether or not it will reach its goal. But if you want to get one, funding options start at $199. It looks super neat, so head on over and check it out. You can see a sample video shot with the Cinematic Smartcase below:

TMO’s Jeff Gamet Talks Apple Music at SVMUG

5:55 PM EDT, Jul. 20th, 2015 · TMO Staff · TMO Appearances

Jeff Gamet talk about Apple Music at SVMUG

TMO own Jeff Gamet will be talking about Apple Music Monday evening, July 20, at Silicon Valley Macintosh User Group. Jeff will show off Apple Music's features, explain iTunes in the Cloud, sort out which devices are compatible with Apple's new streaming music service, and more.

Blinkist Premium 1 Year Subscription: $29.99

3:52 PM EDT, Jul. 20th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Blinkist on iPad and iPhone

Have you heard of Blinkist? They condense nonfiction books into something you can digest in 15 minutes, and we have a deal on a premium one year subscription for $29.99, which is a 62 percent discount. Check out the deal listing for more info.

That’s Embarrassing: Affair Site Ashley Madison Hit in Data Breach

1:59 PM EDT, Jul. 20th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

User data from affair site Ashley Madison was stolen. So that's awkward.

Ashleymadison.com, the website known for its tagline, "Life is Short. Have an Affair," has 37 million users sweating bullets since hackers made off with the company's entire database. The hackers have started releasing names from the database, and plan to release more if AshleyMadison and its partner site Established Men aren't shut down. It looks like lots of people are suddenly in the middle of a very embarrassing situation.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-07-20: AshleyMadison Data Breach, Jeb Bush’s Tech Ad

1:05 PM EDT, Jul. 20th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Data theft took an awkward turn when hackers made off with the complete customer database from the dating site AshleyMadison. Bryan Chaffin and Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on the data theft and potential repercussions, plus they look at Jeb Bush's commercial that feels like it's catering to Apple product users.

Analysts: Nobody Knows How Many Apple Watches Apple Sold

10:31 AM EDT, Jul. 20th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Apple isn't saying how many Apple Watches have been sold

How many Apple Watches were sold during Apple's third fiscal quarter? That depends on which analyst you ask: it could be as low as 2.85 million, or as high as 5.7 million. They're all hoping to have a better idea just how many Apple Watches made it onto consumer's wrists, but unless Apple decides to specifically state how many were sold—which most likely won't happen—those analysts will have to try to extrapolate an answer based on the company's other numbers.

Apple Highlights App Store Size in New iPhone Ad

9:16 AM EDT, Jul. 20th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Apple has turned to the App Store for its latest "If it's not an iPhone, it's not an iPhone" commercial. The ad tells viewers the iPhone has over 1.5 million of best apps available that can turn your smartphone "into just about anything." Back in the days of the PC wars Mac owners said, "It isn't the quantity of apps, it's the quality that matters" like a litany, so it is a little ironic to see Apple touting just how big the App Store is.

Jeb Bush Courts Apple Fans in Political Ad

9:21 PM EDT, Jul. 17th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Former Florida Governor and U.S. President Candidate Jeb Bush (Republican) staked out his technology bona fides in a political spot posted to YouTube Friday. In the spot titled Silicon Valley Favorites, Mr. Bush chooses iPhone over BlackBerry, MacBook Pro (laptop) over iPad (as a stand-in for all tablets), and even Apple Watch over Apple Pie. While the ad is likely intended to enhance Mr. Bush's credibility as a tech-savvy politician, most of his choices are Apple-specific—it almost feels like Mr. Bush is courting Apple fans. Of course, Mr. Bush has been public before about his preference for Apple products. With Apple such a large part of contemporary culture—and with the company serving as the paragon for a successful and profitable U.S. company—it seems safe to expect appearances in Apple products in more campaign ads as the race trundles into overdrive.

How to Outsmart Browser Scareware on in OS X and iOS

6:40 PM EDT, Jul. 17th, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · How-To

Your web browser has popped up a dialog telling you that it's all kinds of infected with viruses and malware and you have huge security risks. Just call this number and pay a small fee and you'll be back on your feet. Kelly calls shenanigans and helps you escape the popup cycle.

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6:09 PM EDT, Jul. 17th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Time Doctor on Macbook

Ever wonder how you use your computer? What apps you use the most? How much time you spend in them? Check out Time Doctor, a service that tracks which apps you're using, offers popups reminding you to get back to work if you've been surfing, and integrates with Asana and Basecamp. Our deal on this is pretty killer, because you get a one year subscription for free. Check out the deal page for details.

Internet TV gets a Tentative Thumbs Up in New Court Ruling

4:43 PM EDT, Jul. 17th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Federal ruling says Internet companies can get content licenses from broadcasters for television content

Internet-based television streaming scored a potentially big win this week when Federal District Court Judge George W. Wu ruled broadcasters may not be able to refuse content licenses to FilmOn. The company has been fighting a lawsuit over claims it shouldn't be allowed to rebroadcast copyrighted content over the Internet. If the ruling stands, this could open the door for other companies—potentially including Apple—to sidestep the traditional broadcast model to bring us TV shows outside of the confines of the big names like Comcast and Dish.