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FCC Reclassifies Internet Providers in Net Neutrality Vote

2 hours, 12 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

The Federal Communications Commission approved new policies on Thursday to reclassify Internet service providers as Title II carriers in a move to protect net neutrality. The change gives the FCC the authority to block companies like Comcast and Verizon from creating prioritized "fast lanes" for broadband data that cost content providers more to use.

Brikk to Sell Diamond-coated Apple Watch for $75K

6 hours, 52 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Product News

If you think US$5,000 or $10,000 for and Apple Watch is too rich for your blood, how about nearly $75,000. That's how much Brikk will charge for its top-of-the-line custom enhanced Apple Watch Edition encrusted with diamonds.

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Of course a diamond encrusted Apple Watch is coming, and it's a safe bet people will buy them. Too bad the diamonds won't give Apple Watch a better battery life.

Build Your Own LEGO Oscars Statue

7 hours, 29 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

The real winner at this year's Oscars event was LEGO, even though the movie was snubbed. First, a show-stopping song where everything was awesome, and then the best take away from the night were the LEGO Oscar statues. How awesome, even Oprah flipped when she was given one. The LEGO oscars were designed by master builder and artist Nathan Sawaya and given out to only a handful of people, but that doesn't mean you can't get one of your own. Thanks to persistent LEGO fans you can build your own, and they even made a digital model for you to work with. You'll need LEGO's Digital Designer app (free download) to view the file and generate the build guide, plus you'll need 340 bricks for the completed model. Happy building!

Apple Products Dropped from China Government Buy List

8 hours, 59 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is among the companies China has officially dropped from its state-approved technology buying list—a move that was unofficially revealed several months ago. The change means Chinese government agencies can't purchase iPhones, iPads, or Macs.

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Officially dropping Apple from China's list of approved companies for state technology purchases feels like little more than political posturing. China's own tech companies will benefit from the change, but the real motive here is to send a message to the United States government.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-02-25: Philips Hue and Lux Lighting Tips and Tricks

1:48 PM, Feb. 25th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Philips Hue and Lux smart lighting systems are popular with the TMO team, and our own Kelly Guimont has plenty of expertise to share. Kelly and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about what makes Hue lighting so cool, and what you can do to make your setup even more useful. John also has some thoughts on our changing perception on how we track important data.

Apple Hit with $532.9M Fine for Infringing on Smartflash Patents

10:03 AM, Feb. 25th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

A Texas court has ordered Apple to pay Smartflash US$532.9 million for infringing on the company's DRM and payment system-related patents. Smartflash argued that Apple used its patented technology in iTunes for managing purchases, along with accessing and storing downloaded content such as songs and apps.

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Assuming the Smartflash claims are valid, the company won't be seeing the money it was awarded for some time considering Apple will appeal the ruling. If the ruling is overturned, however, this will turn into a very expensive goose chase for the patent holding company.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-02-24: Everyone Wants Pebble’s Time Smartwatch

1:33 PM, Feb. 24th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Pebble announced its new Time smartwatch as a Kickstarter project, and the Internet pretty much started throwing money at the company. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about the stunning response to Pebble's latest smartwatch, the wrist top device market, and competition for Apple Watch. They also take a look at John's review of the ExoLens camera lens kit for the the iPhone.

Apple Buys Audio Plug-in Maker Camel Audio

11:09 AM, Feb. 24th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

When Camel Audio shut down in January, customers that used its audio app plug-ins and digital instruments were left wondering why they so abruptly stopped selling their products, but now that mystery has been solved: they were bought by Apple. Since Apple shut down Camel Audio's operations instead of continuing to sell its products, it's likely we'll see the company's technology showing up in future updates for Logic Pro X and Garageband.

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Camel Audio's Alchemy was a popular package for audio designers, so seeing it shut down without any warning was a sad thing. Knowing that shutdown was from an Apple buyout, however, takes away some of the sting because it's a safe bet we'll see their products rolled into Apple's own apps.

Pebble Unveils Time Smartwatch with New Kickstarter Campaign [Update]

10:15 AM, Feb. 24th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Pebble announced its third smartwatch model on Tuesday, dubbed Time, with a Kickstarter campaign just as it did with the original Pebble watch. The Time will ship in May with a sleeker body, color E Ink display, and an accessory port so other companies can make their own add-ons for the device.

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Time looks like a cool third generation design for Pebble, but using Kickstarter to launch it feels more like a marketing move than a fund raiser.