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Senator Franken thinks Apple is a Streaming Music Bully

11:38 AM, Jul. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Sen. Franken thinks Apple has an unfair advantage in streaming music

Apple is using its market dominance to cut consumer choice in the streaming music space, or so thinks Senator Al Franken (D-MN). The Senator has asked the Federal Trade Commission to look into Apple's deals with record labels for Apple Music content over concerns that the iPhone and iPad maker may violating antitrust laws.

Build Your Own Full Scale Millennium Falcon Movie Model

9:12 AM, Jul. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

The Millennium Falcon is one of the coolest scifi spaceships ever, and in The Empire Strikes Back it pretty much deserved its own credit along side Harrison Ford, Carrie Fischer, and Mark Hamill. Thanks to Model Space you can build your own highly detailed 1:1 scale replica of the model used for filming the movie, and it's beyond cool. The resin molded model comes pre-painted and includes part of the Falcon's interior along with the full cockpit, plus working lights. Building your Falcon will take some patience because Model Space sends the parts along with special magazines each month for 25 months. It also costs US$59.99 a month, so be sure to save up your pennies.

ACM 316: AAPL Q3 2015 Earnings Report Wrapup and Apple Watch

5:57 PM, Jul. 22nd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple reported another record breaking quarter over US$49 billion in revenue, 4.8 million Macs sold, and 47.5 million iPhones sold. Jeff and Bryan look into Apple's numbers—and lack of numbers, in the case of Apple Watch—plus Bryan explains why the company's stock can drop even when the figures it reports are so good. They also have some complaints about iTunes 12.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-07-22: AAPL Q3 Earnings, Jeff gets Excited About Home Automation

1:25 PM, Jul. 22nd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Apple reported its third fiscal quarter earnings yesterday and the numbers were big. Dave Hamilton and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to share their reactions to Apple's revenue and earnings, iPhone and Mac sales figures, and the lack of numbers for Apple Watch sales. Jeff also shares how he now controls his simple window air conditioner over the Internet.

Apple Gets Smart, Blocks iOS 9 Beta App Store Reviews

10:00 AM, Jul. 22nd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

iOS 9 beta testers blocked from App Store reviews

If you're running the beta version of iOS 9 good luck leaving App Store reviews. Apple finally disabled the ability to leave app reviews from devices running beta versions of iOS, which means third party developers getting hit with one star reviews because they can't release iOS 9 compatibility updates can breathe a sigh of relief.

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Thanks for finally listening, Apple. Developers shouldn't have ever had to suffer through inappropriate negative app reviews from public beta testers. It's good to see they won't have to any more.

Sorry, Apple Watch Sales Aren’t on the Decline

6:57 PM, Jul. 21st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Declining Apple Watch sales? Not according to Apple.

To loosely paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of declining Apple Watch sales were an exaggeration. What Mr. Twain really said was, "The report of my death was an exaggeration," but the sentiment is pretty much the same: Apple Watch sales were much healthier than some reports claimed.

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Sometimes even reasonable data analysis turns out to be way off base. I'm looking at you, Slice Intelligence.

Tim Cook Says Users Love Apple Watch, Possibilities are Enormous

5:20 PM, Jul. 21st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Watch has 97 percent satisfaction rating

Apple CEO Tim Cook says Apple Watch has a 97 percent customer satisfaction rating, and that most owners wear their watch every day. Mr. Cook shared those statistics during the company's third fiscal earnings report for 2015 where he also said he was pleased with the smartwatch's "successful launch."

TMO Daily Observations 2015-07-21: Lots of Love for Apple Watch

1:43 PM, Jul. 21st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Despite the complaints about Apple Watch, it looks like most people really like theirs. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to offer their perspective on why people love their Apple Watch even if they aren't completely satisfied with every feature. They also look at Apple's latest hire from the automotive industry and what that means for the secret Apple Car project.

Samsung’s New Allies in Apple Patent Fight: Google, Facebook

11:41 AM, Jul. 21st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Samsung gets new allies in smartphone design patent fight against Apple

Samsung has some new allies in its fight to overturn Apple's big mobile device design patent win. Google, Facebook, HP, Dell, and several other companies have filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals asking for the ruling against Samsung to be overturned because it poses a serious risk to the ongoing development of new and useful technologies. In essence, they're saying to move technology forward they need to be able to copy competitor's designs without fear of repercussion.