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Your Fitness Tracker May be Wrong, but that Doesn’t Make it Bad

6 hours, 41 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Nike FuelBand with coins. Nike FuelBand settlement value is in education, not money.

Nike has agreed to pay out US$2.4 million to settle a lawsuit where it and Apple were accused of misleading consumers into believing the Nike FuelBand logged accurate fitness tracking data. The pain point in the settlement isn't the money; instead, it's the fact that most fitness trackers simply aren't accurate.

Apple Targets Fitness, Travel, Music Apps in New Apple Watch Ads

9:31 AM, Jul. 28th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Watch fitness apps commercial

Apple took the lid off three new Apple Watch ads on Tuesday that highlight fitness, travel, and music apps instead of the more personal feel of earlier commercials. The 15 second spots offer a fast paced look at the types of apps available for the smart watch and introduce a new tag line: Apps at a tap.

Get Lost, and Found, in the Awesome Literary Road Trips Map

1:46 PM, Jul. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

I love seeing cool and unexpected uses for Google Maps, like the awesome map tracking the road trips from several classic American literary works. Atlas Obscura has what they're calling an "obsessively detailed" map showing the routes from several books such as Travels with Charlie, The Lost Continent, and (my favorite) Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. You can pick individual books and then click route points for quotes, and it's an awesome way to visualize exactly where these epic journeys took place. Be sure to clear some time before checking out Atlas Obscura's Guide to Literary Road Trips because you will get sucked in. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test and On the Road are calling to you.

Huge Counterfeit iPhone Maker Shut Down in China

10:48 AM, Jul. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Chinese police shut down huge counterfeit iPhone operation

A Beijing business making counterfeit iPhones failed to follow one of Mac Geek Gab's tenets: Don't get caught. The business produced over 41,000 knock-off iPhones before police raided their factory and shut them down.

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Sure, you can make counterfeit Samsung Galaxy smartphones, but there's big money in knock-off iPhones—until you get caught.

Good News, Apple Watch, You’re Coming to Best Buy

9:15 AM, Jul. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Watch coming to Best Buy

Best Buy will be the first big retailer to sell Apple Watch outside of Apple's own retail stores starting in August. Adding Apple Watch to its in-store product lineup at Best Buy expands in store availability in a big way, which is good news for people who don't live near an Apple Store, and helps boost the idea that it's a product for everyone and not just the tech crowd or shopping elite.

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Best Buy's smart watch display is so bad it's embarrassing. It's a good thing Apple has its own store-in-a-store displays where Apple Watch can stand out.

Hold on to Your Pants, India, Apple is Coming for You

4:11 PM, Jul. 24th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple wants some serious iPhone action in India

India outpaced China for iPhone growth last quarter, and Apple isn't letting that momentum go to waste. The company is looking to build on the 93 percent growth it's seeing in India and break through the two percent market it currently holds. Translation: Apple is gunning for Samsung's marketshare in India.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-07-24: Nest Leaves the Apple Store

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

Nest's smart thermostats aren't available in Apple's retail and online stores any more, but that doesn't necessarily mean there's been a falling out between the two companies. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet with their thoughts on Nest and the word that new products are coming soon. They also respond to listener's comments on Apple Music and App Store pricing.

How to Find Your Lost Fitbit with Your iPhone

10:48 AM, Jul. 24th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · iPhone

How to find your lost Fitbit with your iPhone

Losing your Fitbit really sucks, but it doesn't have to stay lost forever. With a little patience and an iPhone you can track yours down. This is something TMO's Jeff Gamet experienced first hand, and then detailed so you can find your lost Fitbit—or other Bluetooth device—too.