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TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-13

1:12 PM, Aug. 13th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

We were promised so many cool technologies over the years, but not all of those materialized. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on how the vision of tech from sci-fi shows translated to the real world, and they look at the promise of artificial intelligence and how that could eventually fit into our lives.

Siri Developers Hard at Work on Your Next AI Overlord

9:41 AM, Aug. 13th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's Siri voice recognition technology may be the culmination of the efforts from a long list of engineers, but it's also just the beginning. Part of the Siri development team has spun off to form their own company where they're working on a new voice recognition system that's more like Tony Stark's J.A.R.V.I.S. than asking your iPhone for a weather update.

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Siri is amazing technology, but it's barely the first step into true voice interaction with our smartphones. A true artificial intelligence system that learns and improves as it interacts with us sounds awesome -- and just a little scary.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-12

2:08 PM, Aug. 12th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Sometimes size does matter -- or at least it does for smartphones. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about the slowly increasing size of the iPhone display and whether or not they're pleased with the notion of a 4.7-inch screen. Jeff also explains how he used BTLExplorer on his iPhone to find a lost Fitbit.

Apple Pushing HealthKit as the Standard at Major Medical Centers

11:43 AM, Aug. 12th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple wants HealthKit to be more than another gimmick, so the company has been been meeting with major clinics and health centers to push for widespread adoption once the feature is available this fall. What Apple really wants is for HealthKit to become the standard for health and fitness data collection and sharing for every clinic and medical center.

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Apple may want to own the health and fitness market, but Google and Samsung do, too. Expect to see a big fight between the three for control over the data our bodies create.

Next iPad to Sport Matte Display, not Glossy

9:11 AM, Aug. 12th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple may finally be moving away from its love for glossy displays for and go with an anti-glare coating that cuts down on glare. Sources claim 9.7-inch iPad production is already underway for a fall launch, and the 7.9-inch iPad mini update will follow later this year.

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Anti-glare iPad screens sound great. How about bringing that back to the MacBook Pro, too?

Lost Your Fitbit? Use Your iPhone to Track it Down

5:39 PM, Aug. 11th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · How-To

You can use Find My iPhone to track down your misplaced iPhone, but what about Bluetooth devices that don't offer a similar feature, like your Fitbit? You can track that down, too, with the help of your iPhone and a little luck. Read on to learn how.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-11

1:30 PM, Aug. 11th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Judge Lucy Koh shot down the US$324.5 settlement in the anti-poaching class action lawsuit involving Apple, Google, Adobe, and Intel. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about what Judge Koh's decision means for the companies as they face a potential trial, and they shoot down the news that Facebook's Messenger app is spying on you.

No, Facebook’s Messenger App Isn’t Stealing All Your Data

11:25 AM, Aug. 11th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Facebook has been pushing users into its Messenger app instead of sending private messages from within the Facebook app, and the permissions Messenger wants sound pretty ominous. The terms of use make it look as if Facebook can use the Messenger app to copy your address book, send email and text messages to your contacts without your knowledge, and even use your smartphone's camera and mic to spy on you.

Level 29 Brings Old-school BBS to the Modern World on an Apple IIGS

10:02 AM, Aug. 11th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Before the days of Web browsers and broadband Internet, online communities were hosted by single computers you connected to by dialing in over a traditional phone line via a modem. If you miss the old days -- or never had the chance to experience a BBS -- now you can, thanks to Level 29. The system runs on an Apple IIGS with a blazing fast (for 1983) 300 bps modem, but since not everyone happens to have a modem or physical phone line handy, you can also telnet in or connect via raw sockets. If you're still at a loss, go to the Level 29 website where you can view the BBS in your Web browser. It's retro-awesome, and it shows old computers can still do some really cool stuff.

Bad News for Apple, Google: Judge Rejects $324.5M Anti-poaching Settlement

9:18 AM, Aug. 11th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh shot down the proposed settlement agreement Apple, Google, Adobe, and Intel had hoped would bring an end to the class action lawsuit accusing them of agreeing to avoid poaching employees from each other. Silicon Valley workers claimed the agreement artificially limited their ability to get better jobs, and Judge Koh said the US$324.5 million settlement was far too low. She took the unprecedented move of pushing the trial forward, which could turn into an awkward and ugly mess for the companies.