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Apple, A123 Settle Employee Poaching Lawsuit

10:40 AM, May. 14th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

A123 Systems, the battery designer that sued Apple for poaching key employees, has settled its case out of court. The company claimed Apple targeted employees from its advanced energy storage division, and that the workers who left violated non-compete contracts.

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Looks like this deal worked out exactly how Apple wanted. It gets the vehicle battery engineers it needs for the Titan electric car project, and A123 Systems isn't distracting from their work any more.

ACM 306: Living with Apple Watch, Tony Fadell’s Watches, and Wearable Security

6:40 PM, May. 13th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Bryan joined the ranks of the Apple Watch owners, and he was surprised at his reaction to his fancy new smartwatch. Jeff and Bryan explore the changes Apple Watch has made in their lives already, plus they look at Tony Fadell and how his watch collection shows off who he is and what he might bring to wearable computer. And just for grins, they look at wearable tech cybersecurity, too.

Facebook Ready to Take Over Online News Syndication

2:54 PM, May. 13th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Facebook unveiled Instant Articles on Wednesday, positioning itself as a potential big time player in the news publishing market. The new feature gives media outlets such as National Geographic and the New York Times a new platform for reaching readers, and a new avenue for generating ad-based revenue.

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Assuming Instant Articles is successful, publishers may find Instant Articles isn't an optional choice. If they aren't there, competitors will get the traffic, and in the end Facebook becomes the arbiter of the news. It's all about going to your readers instead of hoping they come to you.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-05-13: Facebook’s Instant Articles, Ruthless Apple Watch App Management

1:19 PM, May. 13th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Facebook is making a play to be the big name in online news syndication. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to discuss the changing landscape for online news and blogging, and the role Facebook is playing. They also revisit Apple Watch app management now that Dave decided to take control of what he uses on his watch.

Google Embraces Apple Watch with News & Weather App

9:37 AM, May. 13th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Google is getting into the Apple Watch game with its latest update for the iPhone Google News & Weather app. The Apple Watch version shows a handful of top headlines, and includes a Glance view, too.

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Google News & Weather's latest update isn't so much about features as it is about Google starting to support Apple Watch. This could lead to other Google apps making their way to our wrists, and hopefully that includes Google Maps.

China’s Military Bans Apple Watch and Other Wearable Tech

11:30 AM, May. 12th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple may have a hard time finding a place on the wrist of Chinese soldiers because the country's military has banned Apple Watch as a potential security threat. Other companies are up against the same brick wall, too, because the military sees wearable tech devices as tools enemies could use to spy, or to track soldier's movements.

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It's technically possible for Apple Watch and other Internet-enabled wearable devices to be used for spying, but that doesn't mean they are. There isn't any indication Apple's tech is being used in that way, and this decision from China's military is more about internal control than the potential cybersecurity threat posed by Apple and other wearable tech device makers.

Verizon to Buy AOL, Will Own TechCrunch, HuffPo, More

8:57 AM, May. 12th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Verizon is about to become a big name in the online news and blogging world thanks to its just announced plan to buy AOL in a US$4.4 billion deal. Once the deal closes this summer, AOL will be a fully owned subsidiary of Verizon, giving the wireless and broadband service provider properties such as TechCrunch, The Huffington Post, Makers, and Engadget, along with AOL.com.

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Verizon is already a big name in the wireless and broadband markets, and now wants to expand into content creation and delivery. This deal will expand Verizon's online advertising opportunities, and that's the real focus. HuffPo and TechCrunch are just along for the ride.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-05-11: Apple Car Meetings, Apple Watch and Messages

2:20 PM, May. 11th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Apple's still unconfirmed plans to design a car led to a Cupertino visit from Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's place in the automotive market and who will be the target market for the company's cars. After more than a week of Apple Watch time under their belts, they also have some observations on how the smartwatch is changing their communication preferences.

Fiat Chrysler CEO Talks Cars with Apple’s Tim Cook

11:03 AM, May. 11th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne met with Apple CEO Tim Cook on a recent California trip to talk cars. The meeting isn't an official confirmation Apple is designing a car, but does show the auto industry's interest in Apple's potential efforts.

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If Sergio Marchionne met with the CEOs from Apple and Tesla, it's a safe bet those weren't just social calls. Either they met to talk about potential collaboration efforts, or Fiat is very interested in knowing exactly what Apple is up to in the automotive market.