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Nest, Samsung Spin Up Thread Smart Home Communication Standard

11:50 AM, Jul. 15th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Learning thermostat maker Nest, along with Samsung, ARM and a handful of other companies have teamed up to create a new wireless networking standard for smart home devices they're calling Thread. Instead of relying on traditional WiFi or Bluetooth, Thread uses ZigBee's 802.15.4-based wireless hardware, giving smart homes a network outside of the systems we're already using.

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WiFi and Bluetooth are already capable of handling the communication needs for most smart home devices, but the idea of a special network just for those does sound interesting. Unless Nest and Samsung can rope in and control ZigBee's fragmentation, however, Thread probably won't gain much traction.

Get Ready for Big Layoffs at Microsoft

11:06 AM, Jul. 15th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told employees last week he wants to reinvent the company, and now it looks like part of that vision includes massive layoffs. The Windows maker may be planning on firing more that 5,800 employees, making this the the largest worker cutback so far in the company's history.

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Considering how marketing-heavy Microsoft was under former CEO Steve Ballmer, it won't be any surprise to see a large percentage of Mr. Nadella's layoffs coming from there.

Apple Considers Former White House Press Secretary for PR Boss [Update]

9:57 AM, Jul. 15th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Former Obama administration Press Secretary Jay Carney is reportedly in the running to become Apple's next PR boss, replacing Katie Cotton. Apple announced her planned departure in May, but as of yet hasn't said when she's leaving or who will take her place.

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Jay Carney has media experience with Time Magazine and has spent time in the trenches handling public relations for the President. Those are pretty big bullet points for an Apple PR boss resume.

iPhone 5S Ranks as World’s Best Selling Smartphone

6:11 PM, Jul. 14th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's iPhone 5S is the best selling smartphone around the world, beating out Samsung's Galaxy S5 and S4. That proclamation comes courtesy of the market research company Counterpoint Technology after compiling sales data from 35 countries.

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Size may matter to some consumers, but not enough to make Samsung's tabletphones outsell the iPhone 5S.

Apple: iPad is a Vagina-free Zone

1:52 PM, Jul. 14th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Buy an iPad from Apple's online store and you can get it engraved with "penis," but "vagina" is right out. Sex-positive blogger Justyn Hintze found that out when she tried to have a poem engraved on her new iPad that included the V word only to be told that's unacceptable.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-14

1:10 PM, Jul. 14th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Apple hasn't announced new iPhone models yet, and already there's talk of a potential product launch delay. Today Adam Christianson and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at what a staggered iPhone launch could mean for Apple and customers. They also offer up their take on Apple's policy blocking certain female sexual terms from iPad engraving and whether or not that's a sexist move on the company's part.

Analyst: No 5.5-inch iPhone Until 2015

9:51 AM, Jul. 14th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

If you're planning on picking up a 5.5-inch iPhone 6 this fall, you may be in for a wait. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says the rumored big screen iPhone is coming, but most likely won't show up on store shelves this year because Apple can't get parts in the quantities it needs.

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Ming-Chi Kuo's prediction fits with idea that Apple will roll out a single new iPhone model this fall, and it'll sport a 4.7-inch display.

Court Rules Apple isn’t Infringing on Emblaze Streaming Media Patent

9:03 AM, Jul. 14th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

The jury in a Federal Court case has ruled Apple didn't infringe on a live streaming media patent owned by Emblaze. The company accused Apple of forcing developers to use QuickTime's streaming media tools, and that it held the patent on that technology.

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Emblaze tried to make its own smartphone and failed. It tried to sue Apple for patent infringement and failed. That's one company with some seriously bad luck.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-11

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

Get ready for the new Microsoft. Well, maybe. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's plan to reinvent the company, what that could mean for the tech market, and whether or not he can pull it off. They also take a look at the state of Macs in science and just how amazingly powerful the new Mac Pro really is.