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ACM 298: Apple Streaming TV and Privacy, New Steve Jobs Bio

9:52 PM, Mar. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

With reports out saying Apple is going to hand over our personal information to networks in exchange for content deals for its rumored streaming TV service, Jeff and Bryan weigh in with their thoughts on what that means. Along with their thoughts on whether or not Apple will give up on protecting customer privacy, they take a look at Apple's new retail marketing tactics for Apple Watch, and the reactions Apple executives are having to a new Steve Jobs biography.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-18: Apple’s Data Sharing Plans, Kelly’s Finder Tips

2:00 PM, Mar. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Apple is supposedly going to share information with networks to land the deals it needs for their streaming TV service. Dave Hamilton and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on why Apple would do that, and exactly what sorts of information that will most likely include—and they change Jeff's perspective in the process. Kelly also has some great tips for improving your productivity in the Mac's Finder.

Analyst: Apple TV Network won’t bring big Margins

11:52 AM, Mar. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's plans for a streaming content network won't bring the company big money, but will help keep more consumers in the company's hardware ecosystem. Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um thinks the costs of bringing quality content to viewers will leave Apple with slim margins for its rumored online television service.

Apple Watch Lands FCC Approval ahead of April Launch

10:45 AM, Mar. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's webpage for the soon to ship Apple Watch has dropped wording about requiring FCC approval, which means the company is good to go for April 10 pre-orders and April 24 in-store sales.

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Not that there was any real concern Apple Watch wouldn't get its FCC approval, but it's still nice to see that out of the way.

Apple May Share Viewer Data with Networks to Land TV Content Deals

9:49 AM, Mar. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is reportedly willing to share viewer data with content providers to swing the deals it needs to launch its streaming television content this fall. If true, that marks a big departure from Apple's historic refusal to give up any private information about its customers.

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Apple has made a pretty big show over the years on protecting user information, so it's hard to imagine the company giving that up now. That said, it would be any easy way to entice networks into content deals.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-17: Apple on your TV and in Space

5:35 PM, Mar. 17th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Word on the street says Apple is working on its own streaming TV network, and wants its own satellite, too. Kelly Guimont and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to offer up their take on Apple as a television content provider and what that could mean for cable TV subscribers looking to cut their cord. They also have some thoughts on how Apple could use its own satellite.

Apple Could take to the Skies with its Own Satellite

11:25 AM, Mar. 17th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple may have its eye on space, or at least Earth orbit. Boeing said it is in talks with Apple and other tech companies to build and launch a high-throughput communications satellite, and could sign the deal some time this year.

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Apple owning their own satellite? Google already has its eye on space, so maybe Apple is looking to the skies, too. Maybe we could get an Apple Space Station and Apple Moonbase, too.

LEGO Ideas Proposal Makes it Easy to Disassemble Johnny 5

10:20 AM, Mar. 17th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

After Johnny 5 because self aware in the 1980s movie Short Circuit, he went on the run because he didn't want to be disassembled. Thanks to an awesome LEGO Ideas proposal, you can do just that—after you build him, of course. The finished model stands about 30cm high, includes about 850 pieces, and really is the spitting image of Johnny 5. It even includes is back-mounted toolbox tha replaced his rocket launcher. The proposal has only 2,181 votes with only 43 days left to get the required 10,000 it needs for official consideration. This would look fantastic next to our Wall-E kit, so get your votes in now.

Apple in Talks to Launch Web TV Network this Fall

9:13 AM, Mar. 17th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is planning on launching its own Web-based TV service this fall with about 25 channels. The iPhone and Mac maker is currently negotiating with content providers and its service is expected to include CBS, ABC, Fox, and Walt Disney.

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Right now we only have insider sources saying Apple is working on its own streaming TV service. It could come together, or maybe not. Even if it does, there isn't any guarantee Apple will have enough content to make its service enticing. But to be fair, the iTunes Store didn't launch with much content and it's doing just fine today.

Blackberry goes for Security with new Secutablet Tablet

2:48 PM, Mar. 16th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Blackberry is throwing its hat back into the tablet ring with a new product it hopes will attract buying dollars from the security conscious. The Secutablet will be a Blackberry product produced through its Secusmart subsidiary, but will run on Samsung's Galaxy 10.5 tablet with an IBM security protection layer.

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"Bleckberry is making a new tablet" sounds like a great setup for a joke, and it may very well be. That said, Blackberry is playing off of the security features in its eloquently named Secutablet, and that may be exactly what gives it any hope of success.