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Apple Bans Felons from Space Ship Campus Construction

10:29 AM, Apr. 6th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

It seems Apple's new space ship campus in Cupertino is a felony-free zone. Several construction workers with felony convictions were ordered off the construction site in January because their history didn't meet company standards.

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Right now it doesn't matter if there's been a miscommunication about restrictions on subcontractors, or if Apple has a strict no-felon policy. Considering the company isn't talking, it looks like the company that says it stands against discrimination isn't practicing what it preaches.

Apple Maps Adds TripAdvisor, Booking.com Hotel Reviews

9:19 AM, Apr. 6th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Hotel reviews in Apple's Maps app aren't limited to Yelp any more, at least for some locations. TripAdvisor and Booking.com reviews are available for some hotels, although the majority of locations are still showing content from Yelp.

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Yelp may be a great option for business reviews, but it's nice to see other options popping up, too.

AppleCare for Apple Watch Edition to Cost $999, $59 for Sport

11:47 AM, Apr. 3rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple hasn't officially announced AppleCare pricing for Apple Watch yet, but leaked documents say it'll set you back US$999 for an Apple Watch Edition. Pricing for the Apple Watch Sport and stainless steel Apple Watch will be a little easier to swallow at $59 and $79, respectively.

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Look, if you're already spending $17,000 on an Apple Watch, what's an extra $1,000 for AppleCare?

Paper Millennium Falcon Model Proves Arts & Crafts are Cool

10:49 AM, Apr. 3rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

The Millennium Falcon from Star Wars is one of the most recognizable sci-fi space ships ever, and that's led to some pretty awesome fan art of all kinds. About the coolest we've seen so far comes from Bernard Szukiel and his flat-out amazing model made almost completely from paper. His 38-inch model is so detailed it looks as if it flew straight out of the movie. Bernard spent four years on the project where he paid attenting to even the smallest details, like properly lit control panels in the cockpit and gun turrets. His model looks so good it's hard to believe it's made from paper. We clearly need to step up our papercraft skills.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-04-02: Apple MacBook Expectations, iPhone 6s Wish List

2:08 PM, Apr. 2nd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

What can the Intel Core M processor in the new MacBook handle? John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to looks at what we can expect from the MacBook's performance and they share their thoughts on who makes a good fit for the new laptop. They also share their thoughts on what would make compelling new features in the iPhone 6's successor.

Rumored Apple Streaming Music Service Spurs EU Anti-trust Investigation

11:31 AM, Apr. 2nd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is falling under the critical eye of European Union regulators over concerns the company may have violated anti-trust laws with record label deals for its streaming music service. There isn't an official investigation underway, but music industry companies have been questioned about the deals they have with Apple.

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Apple hasn't even confirmed rumors about its new streaming music service, and complaints about deals are already cropping up. Assuming the those came from streaming music services that offer free ad-supported options, it looks like they're really worried about seeing their business model disrupted.

Analyst: Apple Watch Sales to Hit 1M on Launch Weekend

10:28 AM, Apr. 2nd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster thinks Apple will sell 300,000 Apple Watches during the first 24 hours of pre-order availability, and a million units during the smartwatch's launch weekend. Apple's entry into the smartwatch market will start on April 10 with pre-orders, and take off on April 24 when its available in stores.

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Apple Watch may be a late comer to the smartwatch market, but it looks like it'll take over, just like the iPod and iPhone before it.