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Apple WWDC Ticket Lottery Sales Wrap Up Today

8:56 AM, Apr. 20th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · WWDC

Apple wrapped up its Worldwide Developers Conference ticket lottery last Friday, and started sending out notifications to the lucky winners later in the day. The Mac, iPhone and Apple Watch maker will finish sending out those alerts today, Monday April 20.

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This year's ticket selection process seemed to go smoothly. Maybe Apple has landed on a system they'll use next year, too.

Apple PR Veteran Steve Dowling Promoted to VP

10:45 AM, Apr. 17th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Steve Dowling has been filling in for Katie Cotton ever since she retired from her job as the head of Apple's public relations team, and now the job is officially his. Apple added Mr. Dowling to its executive list naming him Vice President of Communications.

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It's clear Tim Cook has his own vision for Apple, and that includes a more open PR division. Steve Dowling has been making that come together, so it isn't any surprise he's officially taking over for Katie Cotton.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Makes TIME’s Most Influential List

6:09 PM, Apr. 16th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple CEO Tim Cook earned himself a place on TIME's 100 Most Influential People list for 2015 for his corporate leadership skills and open support for human rights and environmental protection. Mr. Cook received the same honor along side the likes of Anita Sarkeesian, Brian Chesky, and Satya Nadella.

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Tim Cook has made it clear this is his Apple, and he isn't afraid to make his feelings on equal rights known. It isn't any surprise he made TIME's Most Influential List again.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-04-16: Apple Stores as Showrooms and Changing Retail Strategies

1:42 PM, Apr. 16th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Apple's latest products, Apple Watch and the new MacBook, aren't available in the company's retail stores, which has Kelly Guimont wondering if this is the beginning of big changes. Kelly and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's online-only sales tactic, and offer up their thoughts on why the company is using its stores as a show room instead of a sale point for its latest products.

LA Schools to Apple: Give Us Back Our Money

10:49 AM, Apr. 16th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

The Los Angeles Unified School District wants Apple to refund the money it paid into a US$1.3 billion deal to put iPads into the hands of its students and teachers. The district broke the contract last year amid controversy over ties between the former superintendent, Apple, and Pearson Education.

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The LA School District signed a legally binding contract with Apple and Pearson, later broke that contract, and now wants its money back. This should get interesting.

Apple Posts New Apple Watch Tour Videos Showing Phone Calls, More

9:05 AM, Apr. 16th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple added four new videos to its Apple Watch guided tour series on Thursday. The short videos show how to handle phone calls, use Siri, work with Maps, and play music from the company's smartwatch device.

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Seven Apple Watch guided tour videos posted, and three more to go. No doubt Apple will post those some time between now and April 24 when the first pre-orders may start showing up in the mail.

Apple CEO Tim Cook goes on the Auction Block Again for Human Rights

11:14 AM, Apr. 15th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple CEO Tim Cook is participating yet again in a charity auction to support the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights for the third year in a row. Bidding in the Charitybuzz auction starts at US$10,000, and includes lunch with Mr. Cook along with two VIP passes to a future Apple keynote event.

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It's no secret that Tim Cook is a big supporter of human rights. Looks like his auction to support the RFK Center is an annual thing now.