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App Store Downtime Cost Apple $25M in Sales

9:26 AM, Mar. 12th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

When Apple's iTunes Store and App Store were taken out of commission on Wednesday thanks to a DNS issue, iPhone, iPad and Mac owners couldn't purchase apps, songs, movies or books. It took Apple 12 hours to get their systems up and running again, costing the company about US$25 million in lost sales.

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Yesterday's App Store, iTunes Store, and Mac App Store downtime was inconvenient, but it was also expensive. Developers missed out on about 12 hours worth of sales, and that has to hurt.

ACM 297: Apple’s ‘Spring forward’ Wrap Up and the CIA’s iPhone Hacking Efforts

6:30 PM, Mar. 11th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

With Apple's "Spring forward" media event announcements and the news that the CIA has been working on hacking iPhone security there's plenty for Jeff and Bryan to talk about this week. They offer up their thoughts on privacy and security, the CIA's work on their own hacked version of Xcode, the new ultra-thin MacBook, ResearchKit, and the Apple Watch.

Apple Moves to Dismiss A123’s Employee Poaching Lawsuit

3:15 PM, Mar. 11th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple filed a motion on Tuesday to dismiss a lawsuit from A123 Systems that claims the iPhone and iPad maker essentially raided its company for employees, forcing it to shut down several projects. The employees came from A123's advanced battery development teams, and the company claims the hires violate non-compete and non-disclosure contracts.

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Filing for dismissal is standard operating procedure. For Apple, it has the added bonus of killing the need to negotiate a settlement if the court approves the motion.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-11: Apple’s Port-free MacBook and John gets to Gloat

1:21 PM, Mar. 11th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Apple brought back the MacBook line on Monday, and did away with every connection port we're familiar with. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to offer up their thoughts on Apple's new laptop, who it's good for, whether or not they'll buy one, the future of Thunderbolt, and more. All that, and John gets to gloat over the fact that the new MacBook is available in gold.

Apple gets Serious About Diversity in Tech Jobs with $50M Donation

11:40 AM, Mar. 11th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

than US$50 million to organizations dedicated to helping minorities and women find jobs at tech companies. The money is going to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the National Center for Women and Information Technology, and the iPhone and iPad maker is also looking for ways to get tech industry training to military veterans.

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Apple is in a strong position to help promote diversity and to set an example for other companies to follow. It's great seeing the company actively doing so instead of just merely saying something should be done. This is Tim Cook's Apple, and I really like it.

Appeals Court Sides with Apple, Questions Antitrust Monitor’s Actions

9:51 AM, Mar. 11th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

A three judge panel in the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York questioned some of the actions Michael Bromwich has taken in his role as a court appointed monitor inside Apple. Mr. Bromwich was assigned the task following Judge Denise Cote's ruling that Apple engaged in antitrust violations as part of a conspiracy to artificially raise the price of ebooks.

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Judge Cotes antitrust violation ruling against Apple was a surprise, as was her decision to place a court appointed monitor in the company. It's looking more and more like the Appeals Court doesn't think her ruling was appropriate, which means Apple has a chance of clearing its name. Judge Cote's ruling was also an implied endorsement of Amazon's monopoly control over the book market, and overturning it could open the door for competitors to get back into the game.

Apple Watch Battery is Replaceable, but You Can’t do it

11:15 AM, Mar. 10th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

If the battery in your Apple Watch should ever die and need to be replaced, there will be an option for that, but it isn't something you'll be able to replace yourself—at least from Apple's perspective. Instead, Apple will offer a battery replacement service, which means you'll most likely have to get a Genius Bar appointment to get your smartwatch up and running again.

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Designing Apple Watch with a replaceable battery was a smart move for Apple. Designing it so users can't replace the battery themselves isn't a big surprise, although it's a safe bet some company will figure out how to open one up and swap out the battery at some point.

Apple’s $17,000 Smartwatch

10:15 AM, Mar. 10th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

When Apple announced pricing for its top of the line Apple Watch Edition during Monday's "Spring forward" media event, CEO Tim Cook said it started at US$10,000. Turns out you can push that number up to $17,000 depending on which model you buy without even adding in extra wrist bands.

Apple Patches FREAK Security Flaw for the Mac

9:12 AM, Mar. 10th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple released Security Update 2015-002 for the Mac late on Monday that patches the FREAK security flaw on OS X 10.8 and higher. Apple promised last week a patch was coming soon.

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Seeing FREAK patched is great, and it's also a good reminder that governments forcing weak encryption on us is a really bad idea.