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Samsung’s Ad Message: It’s Time for New Marketing Tactics

11:16 AM, Jul. 22nd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Samsung has a new commercial out touting its Galaxy S5 smartphone as a better choice than Apple's iPhone, but the real message behind the ad is that Samsung is afraid of a phone that's still nothing more than a rumor. When your ad says "please don't buy an iPhone," there's a problem with your marketing.

AAPL Q3 2014 Earnings Report Set for Tuesday Afternoon

10:18 AM, Jul. 22nd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Apple's third fiscal earnings report for 2014 is scheduled to start this afternoon at 5PM eastern time after the market closes. The conference call for analysts and investors will include the company's quarterly revenue and profit numbers, as well as sales figures for the iPhone, iPad and Mac product lines. The Mac Observer will be at the ready with our usual event coverage, so be sure to check in with us for the latest on Apple's revenue and product sales numbers.

Netflix Adds Post-Play Feature to Apple TV

9:50 AM, Jul. 22nd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Netflix's Post-Play feature arrived on Apple TV on Monday without any fanfare, making it even easier to stay on the couch and watch your favorite shows. Post-Play automatically starts the next episode in a series a few seconds after the one you're currently watching wraps up.

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It's far too easy to keep watching shows with Post-Play enabled, so you better have a comfy couch.

Jot Touch with Pixelpoint: Like Adobe’s Ink Stylus, but More Buttons

2:00 PM, Jul. 21st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · In-Depth Review

When Adonit teamed up with Adobe to bring the design software company's stylus to market, Ink and Slide weren't the only pieces of gear to take advantage of the technology because Adonit also released its own Jot Touch with with Pixelpoint pressure sensitive stylus for the iPad. It costs less than Adobe's Ink and Slide, but does that lower price come at a cost? Read on to find out.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-21

1:24 PM, Jul. 21st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Google and Apple have very different philosophies on product development and that's having an impact on how both companies are perceived. Today John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about what that means for consumers, and they also offer their take on the EU pushing Apple and Google to drop "free" from the description of games with in-app purchases.

Apple Faces Patent Infringement Lawsuit over iPhone 5 Speech Recognition

10:16 AM, Jul. 21st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

The patent holding company Cedatech Holdings hit Apple with a lawsuit last week alleging the iPhone 5's speech recognition technology infringes on a patent it owns. The company filed its lawsuit in Federal Court in the Eastern District in Texas -- a court known for favoring patent trolls -- and the case's wording makes it clear Cedatech can't even keep up on who it is suing.

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If you're suing several companies for patent infringement the least you can do is get their names right in your boilerplate filings.

Apple’s 2014 London iTunes Festival to Include Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams

9:01 AM, Jul. 21st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's annual iTunes Festival is set for September and once again will take place in London with performances from Maroon 5, Beck, Pharrell Williams, and more. The annual event includes 30 days of free concerts from big name artists at the Roundhouse with tickets for each event given out through a lottery system.

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iTunes Festival is always a great event, so if you'll be in London in September be sure to sign up for the ticket lottery.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-18

1:42 PM, Jul. 18th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Amazon launched its new Kindle Unlimited ebook subscription service today, and at $9.99 a month it's going to catch the eye of consumers and competitors. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to debate exactly why Kindle Unlimited is good -- or bad - for the publishing industry.

Flappy Bird Where it Belongs: On the Apple IIc

11:42 AM, Jul. 18th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Love it or hate it, Flappy Bird has been an amazingly successful game on the iPhone and iPad, but it's been missing from the one computer that's the perfect platform for its 8-bit flapping goodness: the Apple IIc. Dagen Brock has fixed that horrible oversite with his new Flappy Birds clone called Flapple Bird. Game play is keyboard-based, which makes sense considering touch screen computing wasn't a thing back in 1980s. You can download Flapple Bird for free, and it's available versions for 5.25-inch and 3.5-inch floppy disks.