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Dolby VP Mike Rockwell Jumps Ship for Apple

1 hour, 46 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple has yet another new executive on its payroll, and this time it's Dolby executive vice president Mike Rockwell. He joined Apple in February as a hardware division executive, and his background makes him a good for new audio and display technologies.

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Bringing a Dolby executive on board is interesting, especially one that was in charge of the company's Advanced Technology Group.

Google Maps Brings Pac-Man to Your Neighborhood

2 hours, 57 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Google may have stumbled with Google Glass, but the Internet search giant has a clear hit on its hands with the new Google Maps Pac-Man. Just choose a location in Google Maps on your computer, then click the Pac-Man button to turn the streets into a full-on Pac-Man maze, complete with Pinky, Blinky, Inky, and Clyde. You can play in specific cities on your iPhone, too, although you'll need to work through some clues to figure out where. Yes, it's April 1, but Google Maps Pac-Man is no joke. It really is all that and a bag of power pellets.

Jeff’s Comprehensive Mac Backup Guide

5:46 PM, Mar. 31st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Today is World Backup Day, which is great, but for me every day is backup day. I hate to lose files. I hate that so much that I have backup systems for my backups. No kidding. I'm kind of out of control.

Amazon Wants to Turn You Home into a Web Store with Dash Buttons

11:55 AM, Mar. 31st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Amazon is bringing One Click purchasing out of your computer and in to your home, in a manner of speaking. It's new Amazon Dash aims to make it easier to buy online by simply pressing a button to place an order for whatever you're nearly out of.

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Amazon has found a way to turn our homes into an instant shopping service with its new Amazon Dash buttons. It's a clever idea, but how long will it be before our walls look like a Nascar driver's jacket?

Adonit, Evernote Intro Higher Precision Jot Script 2 iPad Stylus

11:05 AM, Mar. 31st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Adonit and Evernote introduced the new Jot Script 2 Evernote Edition pressure sensitive stylus on Tuesday with improved precision and a built-in rechargeable battery that lasts through up to 20 hours of use. The new stylus also includes six months of Evernote Premium, and better support for Evernote's Penultimate app for the iPad.

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Fine-point iPad styluses are tricky to get right. The original Jot Script was really good, so seeing an improved version come out is a welcome surprise.

Facebook is Tracking You Even if You Don’t Have an Account

9:14 AM, Mar. 31st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Facebook knows what you're up to online even if you don't have an account with the social networking service. Facebook users who're logged out of their account are tracked, as is anyone who visits a website that uses a Facebook social plug-in, and that may land the company in hot water because the practice runs afoul of European Union laws.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-30: Tim Cook and Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act Law

1:38 PM, Mar. 30th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Apple CEO Tim Cook is speaking out against Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act and against other laws that support discrimination. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about Mr. Cook's public position and businesses speaking out against discrimination, plus they offer up their thoughts on word that Apple Watch purchases will require a reservation.

In-store Apple Watch Purchases will Require Appointments

10:41 AM, Mar. 30th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

If you're planning on walking into an Apple retail store and buying an Apple Watch in April, get ready to be disappointed. The company isn't going to allow walk-in sales for Apple Watch, so you'll need an appointment to walk out of the company's stores with one on your wrist.

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Apple is either making a ton of watches and expecting sales to to go through the roof, or there just won't be that many available. Either way, it looks like getting ahold of an Apple Watch right away might be difficult.

Tim Cook Blasts Indiana Discrimination Law, and it’s the Right thing to Do

9:29 AM, Mar. 30th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Editorial

Indiana's legislature passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and Apple CEO Tim Cook responded with an op-ed in the Washington Post calling out the state for enacting a pro-discrimination law. The law, set to go into effect in July, gives business owners the right to refuse service to anyone and then use their own religious beliefs as justification. Opponents of the law, including Mr. Cook, say it's nothing more than state-sanctioned discrimination.