TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-09

1:36 PM EST, Dec. 9th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

There may not be a plaintiff in the iPod antitrust lawsuit against Apple, but that doesn't mean the case is dead in the water. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to dive into why the trial is moving forward — at least for now — and they also look at the drama behind the scenes on Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs biopic.

Apple Planning New R&D Center in Japan

11:47 AM EST, Dec. 9th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is planning on building a large-scale research and development center outside of Tokyo, Japan. News of the project comes courtesy of Japan Prime Minister Abe Shinzo, and has been confirmed by Apple.

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Apple loves controlling every aspect of its product designs, so it makes sense to have an R&D center focusing on manufacturing in Japan.

Why Ashton Kutcher May be the Only Steve Jobs We Get

10:34 AM EST, Dec. 9th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Aaron Sorkin's biopic about Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs lost out on Christian Bale, then Leonardo DiCaprio, and now Natalie Portman. It also lost its studio backing, and if the project keeps on its current path, the only big screen Steve Jobs we'll get comes from critically panned "Jobs" starring Ashton Kutcher.

Judge in iPod Antitrust Case: Find a New Plaintiff

9:16 AM EST, Dec. 9th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

The years-old antitrust class action lawsuit alleging Apple intentionally locked competitors out of the iPod to control the portable media player market will continue, at least for now. U.S. District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzales ruled the final plaintiff in the case hadn't purchased an iPod during the necessary time frame, then gave attorneys until Tuesday to find new plaintiffs.

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Considering how much time attorneys had to find solid plaintiffs for their case, you'd think they could've done better than putting someone on the stand with an iPod bought with the legal firm's credit card. They'll most likely find replacement plaintiffs in time for the case to move forward, but you can bet Apple will look at each purchase closely to make sure they're legit.

HyperDrive MacBook Storage Expander plus 8GB MicroSD Card: $29.99

6:21 PM EST, Dec. 8th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

HyperDrive MacBook Storage Expander plus 8GB MicroSD Card: $29.99

We have a great deal for you on HyperDrive, the device that allows you to turn your 13-inch MacBook Air's memory card slot into a microSD memory card. It's also available for a 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display. One of the things I like most about it is that when plugged in, it sits flush against your MacBook's body. It's a great way to expand your MacBook's storage because it supports any microSD, microSDHC, or microSDXC card up to 128GB. This deal includes an 8GB microSD card, and it normally retails for $40. Through our deal, it's $29.99, making it a great gift for you or a loved on.

Apple Retail Celebrates Computer Science Education Week

6:16 PM EST, Dec. 8th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · News

Interested in learning the basics of coding? Apple retail locations will have a variety of events in different stores. Should you be interested and not near an Apple Store, Kelly has a few alternate suggestions for you or your family who might like an introduction to programming.

John Martellaro Talks Apple and UHDTV on Tech Night Owl LIVE

5:45 PM EST, Dec. 8th, 2014 · TMO Staff · TMO Appearances

Appearing this week on the Tech Night Owl LIVE is John Martellaro, the irrepressible Senior Editor for Analysis & Reviews at The Mac Observer. John discusses why Apple may be letting a few things fall through the cracks, such as the recent late and decidedly mediocre update to the Mac mini, Apple's tardiness in updating its display line and more.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-08

2:12 PM EST, Dec. 8th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

John Martellaro thinks it's time for Apple to step up its iPad game, or risk losing market share. John and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about whether or not that's a serious issue, and John shares what he thinks Apple should do to lock in the iPad's long term success.