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Apple’s Yosemite Beta Site Conks Out Over Heavy Demand

2:42 PM, Jul. 24th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

If you're planning on downloading Apple's just released public beta of OS X Yosemite, think again. The public beta site crashed thanks to heavy traffic only hours after the beta was released and eventually Apple replaced the error users saw with its familiar "We'll be back" image.

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It's as if millions of voices cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-24

2:13 PM, Jul. 24th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Word on the street says Apple is teaming up with Visa and other transaction processing companies to turn the iPhone 6 into your new digital wallet. Bryan Chaffin, Dave Hamilton and Kelly Guimont look at the prospect of using our iPhones as credit cards, and they talk about Apple's just released public beta of OS X Yosemite, too.

Apple Releases OS X Yosemite Public Beta

12:35 PM, Jul. 24th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

As promised, Apple released a public beta of OS X Yosemite on Thursday. The beta gives Mac users the opportunity to participate in the testing process, and get a taste of what's in store, before the new operating system officially ships this fall.

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Getting early access to OS X Yosemite will be great, but don't forget it's beta software. Things will be broken and features will be missing. Don't expect it to perform like a final shipping product.

Apple, Visa Deal Could Make iPhone 6 Your Next Wallet

11:39 AM, Jul. 24th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is reportedly working on a deal with Visa to have everything in place to make the iPhone 6 your new digital wallet this fall. The agreement would let iPhone owners pay for products and services just as they would with their credit card, but from their smartphone instead.

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A standardized system for using our iPhones just like our credit cards? Yes, please.

Canaccord: Get Ready for Big iPhone 6 Sales

10:25 AM, Jul. 24th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

iPhone 5S sales may not be as strong as most analysts would like, but that's nothing to worry about, according to Canaccord Genuity's Michael Walkley, because the iPhone 6 is coming and everybody wants one.

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Analysts are putting a lot of faith in the next iPhone, and that makes sense considering sales jump up when new models are introduced. 

Swatch: We Aren’t Making Apple’s iWatch

8:57 AM, Jul. 24th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Insider sources are claiming the fashion watch maker Swatch has teamed up with Apple to help the iPhone and iPad maker bring the rumored iWatch to market. Swatch, however, says that's not true and that the closest it has come to working with any smartphone maker was as an integrated circuit provider.

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Apple is most likely working alone on its wearable hardware, just as it has done for its computers, media players, smartphones, and tablets.

ACM 264: Diving Deep into Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited

7:35 PM, Jul. 23rd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

There's a lot happening with Amazon's new Kindle Unlimited ebook service, so Jeff and Bryan invited Dave Hamilton on to go even deeper into the discussion they started on TMO's Daily Observations podscast last week. The result is a serious look at the changes the book industry is facing, and how that impacts publishers, retailers, authors, and readers.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-23

1:27 PM, Jul. 23rd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

It's Apple earnings report time, so Jeff Gamet invited Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro on to share their perspective on the company's conference call with investors and analysts. They also took a look at a new class action lawsuit alleging Apple mistreated its employees in California.

OS X Yosemite Public Beta Coming July 24

10:52 AM, Jul. 23rd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple will release the promised public beta of OS X Yosemite on Thursday, July 24. The beta will be in line with the version developers are currently using, at least for now, but devs will get updates at a faster pace.

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Getting early access to OS X Yosemite will be great, but don't forget it's beta software. Things will be broken and features will be missing. Don't expect it to perform like a final shipping product.

Wells Fargo: AAPL Q3 was Meh, but the Future Looks Bright

9:40 AM, Jul. 23rd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Apple reported US$37.4 billion in revenue for its third fiscal quarter and 35.2 million iPhones sold, coming in below Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um's expectation of $38.2 billion. That may be disappointing, but it doesn't spell certain doom for Apple because Mr. Um sees the upcoming fall product launches as a big boost for the company's performance.

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iPhone sales were up for the quarter, but not up enough to please analysts. But Q4 will reportedly include new iPhone models and maybe the iWatch, so maybe Tim Cook can make them happy this time.