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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.

Apple Buys Mobile Device Camera Maker LinX Computational Imaging

9:56 AM, Apr. 15th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple has purchased LinX Computational Imaging, a company known for its cameras designed for smartphones and tablets. LinX's camera modules are said to offer SLR-quality while still fit inside mobile devices, which could be a sign we'll get even better photos from future iPhone and iPad models.

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Even better image quality from iPhone photos across a wide range of lighting conditions? Yes, please.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-04-14: Watson Health Cloud, Hoping for Apple Watch Failure

4:55 PM, Apr. 14th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

IBM and Apple are teaming up to change how doctors and researchers deal with medical and health data. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at IBM's Watson Health Cloud and how it will impact medical research, plus they look at just what it takes to convince yourself the Apple Watch is a failure no matter how successful it may be.

Apple’s ‘Something New’ Campaign Faces Lawsuit Over Copycat Art

11:53 AM, Apr. 14th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is facing a lawsuit from pop artist Romero Britto over artwork used in the "Start Something New" campaign. The artist filed his lawsuit lawsuit last week claiming the art from Craig & Karl that Apple used directly copies his works.

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There certainly is a lot of similarity between the artistic style of Romero Britto and Craig & Karl. For Apple, a ruling in Mr. Britto's favor means they'll have to pull a single piece from their Start Something New campaign, but Craig & Karl will have to find a different style for all of their future artistic endeavors.

IBM Intros Watson Health Cloud with Apple HealthKit Support

10:12 AM, Apr. 14th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

IBM introduce Watson Health Cloud on Tuesday as a new platform for doctors, researchers, and insurance companies to securely store health-related data. The WHC into Apple's HealthKit and ResearchKit platforms for data collection from a health and fitness tracking devices.

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Apple is serious about being a big player in the health and medical market, and their latest partnership with IBM makes that very clear.

Apple’s WWDC 2015 Scheduled for June 8 through 12

9:03 AM, Apr. 14th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · WWDC

Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference is set to run from June 8 through June 12, 2015 at the Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco. The event brings together Apple's own engineers with third-party developers to preview upcoming OS X and iOS releases, and to work together on designing and improving apps.

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With the Apple Watch finally coming out, this year's WWDC event should be filled with all kinds of interesting news for developers.

USPTO Hands Podcasters a Win, Invalidates Personal Audio’s Patent

2:30 PM, Apr. 13th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Personal Audio's hopes of squeezing money out of podcasters has fallen apart because the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has invalidated key claims in the patent the company was using to target online shows. PA claimed it invented podcasting and thanks to its patent, everyone hosting an online show owed it licensing payments.

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When a company's stated mission is to target Apple and other businesses over patent infringement claims, and then starts targeting specific podcasters, something is very wrong.