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ACM 279: Apple Watch Price Check, and the New Microsoft Philosophy

5:33 PM, Nov. 5th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

With a refined launch time frame and new information on pricing out for Apple Watch, it's time for Jeff and Bryan to take a look at Apple's market strategy, and whether or not the not yet released smartwatch makes for a good investment. They also look at Microsoft's decision to go cross platform with its Band fitness tracker, and the surprising support deal with Dropbox.

Verizon Ready to Sue FCC to Block Net Neutrality Oversight

5:26 PM, Nov. 5th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

The FCC wants to regulate Internet service providers as if they were utilities as part of its plan to maintain Net Neutrality, and Verizon is threatening legal action if that happens.

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Verizon's legal posturing makes sense considering it's in the company's best interest to avoid regulation under Title II. Had the company agreed to work with the FCC under Section 706, just like the other ISPs were willing to do, however, the threat of facing off in court wouldn't have been an issue at all.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-05

1:27 PM, Nov. 5th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

It's high resolution display day on TDO. John Martellaro and Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's 5K iMac and 4K displays, plus they dive into their favorite monitor choices, what to look for when buying a new display, and more.

Insiders Claim Steel Apple Watch to Start at $500, Gold at $4,000

9:50 AM, Nov. 5th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

When Apple unveiled its Apple Watch, the company said the starting price would come in at US$349, but insider sources are claiming the stainless steel version will start at $500. Those sources also say the high-end gold Apple Watch Edition will start between $4,000 and $5,000, which is lower than many have been expecting.

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$500 for the stainless steel Apple Watch seems in line with the $349 entry level price point for the Apple Watch Sport.

Internet Arcade: Play Old-school Video Games in your Browser

5:20 PM, Nov. 4th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Remember the classic video games we played in arcades? Games like Defender, Frogger, Tron, Q*bert, and Robotron? They're all available online and you can play them in your Web browser thanks to the Interent Archive. Games from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s are available through the archive, and it's like a little bit of magic to play them all again without dropping quarter after quarter into the machine. I didn't have much luck with Safari, but Google Chrome worked just fine. I'm off to play one of my favorites, Xevious, and if you don't remember these awesome games, then get off my lawn.

OS X Yosemite: Bringing Back Finder Window Search Options

4:00 PM, Nov. 4th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Quick Tip

Prior to OS X Yosemite, performing a search from a Finder window gave you to option to quickly add additional search criteria to narrow down the list of files you'd see, but now that's gone — or at least hidden away. Bringing back the missing search criteria only takes a couple mouse clicks, so read on to learn how.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-04

1:31 PM, Nov. 4th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

John Martellaro's iTunes 12 review is out, and he doesn't pull any punches. John and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about what's wrong with Apple's music and other content management app for the Mac, question if the company is making some bad design decisions, and wonder what's in store for future app releases.

Apple to Raise 2.8B Euro in New Bond Issue

10:30 AM, Nov. 4th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's latest cash influx will come from a new bond issuing in euros instead of dollars. The iPhone and iPad maker plans to bring in €2.8 billion (about US$3.5 billion) in two blocks set to mature in eight and twelve years, and will likely show record low yields.

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Adding debt through bonds makes sense for Apple because it's overall expense will be lower. Selling in euros instead of dollars adds some diversity to the company's cash flow, too.

AT&T, Verizon to Support Cross-network Voice over LTE in 2015

9:02 AM, Nov. 4th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

AT&T and Verizon have already said they're bringing Voice over LTE (VoLTE) support to their customers, and now they've committed to making the service cross-network compatible, too. Previously, each said their VoLTE service would work only with customers making calls to phone numbers on the same carrier network.

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I was an iPhone 5S owner, and now I have an iPhone 6. I still haven't had a single VoLTE call on AT&T. Fingers crossed that changes once AT&T and Verizon get their cross carrier deal in place.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-03

1:27 PM, Nov. 3rd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

The memorial in Saint Petersberg, Russia, to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is gone because current CEO Tim Cook is gay. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to discuss the decision to pull down the memorial and homophobia in Russia, plus they have a little to say about Trent Reznor's secret streaming music project for Apple.