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Apple Ready for its First Australian Bond Sale

10:41 AM, Aug. 17th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple gets ready for kangaroo bond sale

Apple is ready to expand its bond sales to Australia and has calls with investors lined up for Monday. The bonds could raise between AU$500 million (about US$368.4 million) and $1 billion, and are expected to give the Australian investor's market a big boost.

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Apple has been diversifying its bond sales, so it isn't a surprise that Australia is on the list. The bonus is that this bond sale will bring a much needed boost to the Australian market, too.

Sign Up for TMO’s iPad Air 2 Giveaway

3:25 PM, Aug. 14th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Deals

Win an iPad Air 2 from The Mac Observer

How do you make the iPad Air 2 even more awesome than it already is? By giving one away for free, so that's exactly what The Mac Observer is doing. The icing on the cake, so to speak, is that you get to pick which color you'd like if you win. All you need to do is sign up to receive our deals emails from our special giveaway page, and you can share the giveaway on Twitter to score yourself extra entries. Go sign up!

Apple TV won’t get Streaming Television Until 2016

1:59 PM, Aug. 14th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

New Apple TV launching without streaming TV service

Apple may be planning on introducing a new Apple TV model in September, but it won't come with a streaming television service—at least not until next year. Apple will reportedly introduce the new Apple TV on September 9, but won't mention its own streaming TV plans thanks to content licensing negotiation delays.

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Apple needs to do something to stay in the set top media box game, and getting a significant Apple TV refresh on store shelves would certainly help. They can work on getting the content deals in place for the rumored streaming TV service at the same time, but don't need to let that hold back the new hardware launch.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-08-14: Apple TV and Streaming TV, Cool iPhone Tips

1:23 PM, Aug. 14th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Word on the street says Apple TV is getting and update along with a streaming TV service, but not at the same time. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about their thoughts on launching the TV service after releasing new hardware and what features they think will be important for consumers. They also look at some cool iPhone tips. 

US Courts to Samsung: No Really, You Copied the iPhone

10:17 AM, Aug. 14th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Appeals Court says Samsung really did copy iPhone design

Samsung's latest request to have the big loss in its mobile device patent infringement fight with Apple reviewed earned a big nope from the U.S. Court of Appeals. The electronics maker asked for the full twelve judge panel to rehear its case following a three judge panel's ruling that Apple's win stands. Assuming Samsung continues to pursue the case, its next step is the U.S. Supreme Court.

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It isn't a surprise that the U.S. Appeals Court refused to review its earlier ruling. It's next step is to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its case.

CurrentC Races to Irrelevance, May not Launch Until 2016

1:10 PM, Aug. 13th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

CurrentC is doomed to irrelevancy before it even launches

CurrentC is another step closer to securing its place as the big non-starter in the mobile payment field now that parent company MCX CEO Brian Mooney has said its 2015 launch may slip into 2016. Meanwhile, Apple Pay and other NFC-based mobile payment options are already available and drawing in more users.

Apple Quietly Replacing Apple TVs for Wi-Fi Issues

10:21 AM, Aug. 13th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple swapping out some defective third gen Apple TVs

Apple is replacing a few third generation Apple TVs over wireless networking issues, but instead of announcing a recall program, the company is quietly contacting owners via email. The method Apple is using to alert customers is likely a sign that only a small number of defective Apple TV units were shipped, and not a move to cover up the problem.

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Apple's approach to replace the defective Apple TV units is a little different, but at least the company is proactively addressing the problem.

ACM 319: Google and Alphabet, HomeKit, Apple Maps

5:30 PM, Aug. 12th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Google shook up the tech world this week when it announced it's new parent company: Alphabet. Jeff and Bryan offer up their thoughts on Alphabet and what it means for the companies under its umbrella, as well as Google's founders. They also share their experiences trying out HomeKit gear, and using Apple Watch on a long road trip.