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Applebot Web Crawler Isn’t Taking on Google

10:21 AM, May. 6th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple has its own Web crawler, called Applebot, scouring websites for its own search results just like Google, but it isn't likely a move to take over the search engine market. Instead, Apple says its Web crawler is collecting information for Siri and Spotlight.

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It isn't all that surprising to learn Apple has its own Web crawler scouring sites all over the Internet, but don't think this means Applebot is about to become your default search engine.

The First Apple Article Ever

9:05 AM, May. 6th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Apple is a daily news topic, and offers up enough interesting content to keep plenty of news sites and blogs—including The Mac Observer—busy pretty much every day. That all had to start somewhere, and it looks like the beginning was in 1977 when Sheila (Clarke) Craven's in depth article about the company ran in Kilobaud magazine. She spent four hours with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak talking about the Apple I and walked away with the beginnings of what eventually would become the massive technology empire we know today. Ms. Craven gave Business Insider a scan of the printed article, and it's a great read with lots of insight into what would eventually grow into the world of the Macintosh, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.

Apple TV gets USA Now, CBS Sports Channels

2:34 PM, May. 5th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

USA Now and CBS Sports channels appeared on Apple TV on Tuesday, adding two new sources for entertainment to the set top streaming box. USA Now requires a cable subscription login, but CBS Sports lets you view all of its content without any restrictions.

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More Apple TV channels is nice, but until we can get all of the content we want without requiring a cable or satellite television subscription package most people won't be able to truly cut the entertainment cord.

Home Depot Drops Apple Pay Support

11:02 AM, May. 5th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Home Depot's days of supporting Apple Pay seems have come to an end. The home improvement retailer unofficially accepted wireless payments from the iPhone 6, but has quietly dropped that most likely because of its support for PayPal.

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Blocking the payment system people are specifically asking for doesn't sound like good business. This won't kill Home Depot's bottom line but it's a safe bet that some iPhone owners who shopped there just because of Apple Pay will be finding different places to spend their money.

Developers get Apple Watch Band, New Interface Guidelines

10:04 AM, May. 5th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's new guidelines for developers make it clear third-party Apple Watch bands have an official thumbs up. Thanks to updates for Apple's Human Interface Guidelines website, developers have new resources to aid in their watch app designs, too.

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Adding Apple Watch to the "Made for" program means we'll be seeing Apple certified third-party accessories for our watches soon, including officially approved bands. We should start seeing a wave of improved apps shortly, too, thanks to updated developer guidelines.

How to Calibrate Apple Watch for More Accurate Step Tracking

1:27 PM, May. 4th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Quick Tip

If your Apple Watch is going to be part of your fitness tracking routine, getting accurate step counts and distance measurements for walking and running is probably pretty important. Calibrating Apple Watch to better track your steps is easy as long as you're willing to get out and walk or run for at least 20 minutes. Read on to learn how.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-05-04: Apple’s Strong Arm Negotiations, Apple Watch Calibration

1:02 PM, May. 4th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

The DOJ is looking into claims that Apple is pressuring record labels to end free streaming music through Spotify. Kelly Guimont and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at how the claims seem out of place for Apple, and speculate on what may really be happening with the company's streaming music service negotiations. Plus Jeff explains how to calibrate your Apple Watch for better step count accuracy.

Apple’s Rumored Streaming Music Service gets DOJ Attention

9:57 AM, May. 4th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's rumored Beats-based streaming music service has fallen under the watchful eye of the U.S. Department of Justice over concerns that the company is abusing its market strength. The DOJ is looking into claims that Apple has been working to get music labels to drop their free tiers with Spotify when they renew their licensing agreements.

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First an EU inquiry and now the DOJ. Either Apple can't figure out how to stay clear of antitrust-related activities, or there's some serious industry concern over what happens when Apple does launch its rumored streaming music service.

iFixit’s Latest Tear Down: Obi Wan Kenobi’s Light Saber

9:07 AM, May. 4th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

iFixit's new product tear downs are amazingly detailed and offer great insight into how companies like Apple design their latest tech devices. For May 4th, however, they're going old school—as in long time ago in a galaxy far away—and dismantling Jedi Master Obi Wan Kenobi's light saber. What they found is that product design in the Star Wars universe, or at least that of death-wielding laser swords, is amazingly well thought out. There wasn't any need for specially designed tools, and even the Adegan crystal is easy to access. Thanks, iFixit, for showing us what's inside a Jedi's weapon of choice.