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TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-16: Adding Up Cable TV Cord Cutting Costs, Blackberry’s Secutablet

1:48 PM, Mar. 16th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Just because you have an Apple TV and cancel your cable TV subscription doesn't necessarily mean you'll save money. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to look at the costs you face when buying access to your favorite shows online, plus they have some thoughts on Blackberry's planned move back into the tablet computer market. All that, and John is trying out a new podcasting mic and wants your feedback.

Apple Watch Pre-orders: What You Need to Know [Update]

10:39 AM, Mar. 16th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Quick Tip

Apple Watch will be in stores on April 10 so you can try one on before pre-ordering, which is great because this is exactly the sort of thing you should see first. You'll also need to be prepared before visiting your local Apple Store so you don't have to deal with any unexpected surprises when you arrive. Read on to learn what you need to know before trying on an Apple Watch.

AT&T Uses FCC Net Neutrality Rules it Hates in Fight against FTC

9:20 AM, Mar. 16th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

What do you do when a Federal agency makes changes to assert more control over your industry against your wishes? Use that change to your advantage, even though you're going to sue to get it overturned. That's exactly what AT&T is doing in its legal fight with the Federal Trade Commission over wireless data throttling.

Samsung Moves to Dismiss All of Apple’s Win in Patent Trial

3:54 PM, Mar. 13th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Samsung made its next move in its ongoing patent infringement fight with Apple by filing an appeal in hopes of getting everything from Apple's 2014 win in their second case overturned. The electronics maker is pushing to get the US$119 million Apple was awarded tossed out, and is working to block Apple's efforts to get a retrial in the case.

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Should Apple manage to score its retrial, it'll be at least 2016 before it starts. If it doesn't, the ongoing appeals process can drag on for months or years. Either way, Apple and Samsung still have a long time before they finally resolve their mobile device patent war.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-13: Why Apple Watch and Apple Car are both Good Moves

1:16 PM, Mar. 13th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Apple is carving out a place for itself in the fashion industry with its new Apple Watch, but not everyone seems happy about that. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at why some people think Apple Watch is a bad move for Apple, the perception of Apple fans, and why they thing smartwatches are a natural extension of the company's product lines. They also have some thoughts on why an Apple car makes sense for users and the automotive industry.

Star Trek’s Original Enterprise in Movie Shots is as Cool as You Think

11:07 AM, Mar. 13th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

There's a special nostalgic beauty to the U.S.S. Enterprise from the classic Star Trek series that still holds up surprisingly well 50 years after it first showed up on television screens. Professional artist Nick Acosta saw that (thanks, Wired), and decided to take the time to show everyone else just how easy it is to visualize the original Enterprise in the movies that followed the TV series—such as Wrath of Khan, and even Star Trek: Into Darkness. He started with photos of the actual Enterprise model at the Smithsonian, then recomposited those into shots from the movies. The end results are fantastic, and show how well the 1965 model holds up to more modern special effects. Warp Speed, Mr. Scott!

Apple’s iOS 8.3 Beta goes Public for the First Time

9:55 AM, Mar. 13th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple has been offering public betas of OS X Yosemite for months, and now the company has added iOS 8 to its public beta program for the first time. The iPhone and iPad maker is now offering iOS 8.3 beta to some of its OS X public beta list, giving them a chance to work with the pre-release version of the mobile operating system ahead of its official launch.

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Getting to try out iOS 8.3 as a public beta is pretty cool, but don't forget it's still a pre-release version. Some features may be broken, and there's always the chance you could lose important data, so be sure to have a good backup before jumping into the beta program.

Apple’s ResearchKit Poised to Revolutionize Large-scale Medical Studies

7:41 PM, Mar. 12th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple changed the landscape for medical science research with the introduction of ResearchKit. Scientists have been stuck with essentially the same data collection methods they've used for decades, but now they have a radically new way of gathering that information that's faster, and potentially more accurate and less expensive.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-12: Intel gets some iPhone Action, Apple’s iTunes Store Downtime

1:04 PM, Mar. 12th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Intel is getting in on the iPhone action at Qualcomm's expense. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Apple's LTE modem chip plans with Intel and how that impacts Qualcomm, plus they take a look at yesterday's iTunes Store and App Store outage and how much money consumers didn't get to spend. Dave also offers up a fantastic explanation about how DNS works and why it's a big deal when it doesn't.

Intel Wins a Space in Apple’s next iPhone

10:26 AM, Mar. 12th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Intel has reportedly won a space inside the next iPhone model, and that's coming at Qualcomm's expense. Intel's new 7360 LTE modem will replace Qualcomm's LTE chip in iPhones sold in Asia and Latin America.

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Sourcing at least LTE chips from Intel should have Qualcomm worried. If Intel manages to impress Apple with its designs, that could cut deep into Qualcomm's LTE chip sales to the company.