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Angela Ahrendts to Retail Staff: Push Online Apple Watch Sales

11:20 AM, Apr. 7th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts is pushing a new idea on her retail staff: send customers to the company's website for sales. In a memo to retail store employees, she instructed them to urge customers to buy their Apple Watch online instead of in the store even after they come in to try one on.

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That's so Gateway.

Apple Adds Spock’s Vulcan Hand Greeting to Mac, iPhone Emoji

10:14 AM, Apr. 7th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

The Vulcan salute, Spock's greeting, the "Live long and proser sign," whatever you call it, it's coming to the iPhone and OS X Yosemite as a new emoji symbol. If you're running the latest public betas of OS X Yosemite, it's tucked away but there, not yet visible in the standard emoji list.

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The "Vulcan salute" was an idea Leonard Nimoy came up with, and it comes from his Jewish heritage. It's so cool that an idea he proposed for a single episode of the classic Star Trek series evolved into a huge pop culture reference.

Star Wars goes Digital, Coming to iTunes and Amazon

9:06 AM, Apr. 7th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

The complete Star Wars movie series is coming to Apple's iTunes and many download services in digital HD on Friday, April 10. Until now, the movies have been conspicuously missing from the digital market.

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Han shot first.

Apple Watch has to Earn a Place on My Wrist

3:45 PM, Apr. 6th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

I used to be kind of heavy, like a good 60 pounds overweight. I needed personal incentive and accountability to get back to a healthy place, and the Fitbit Ultra (later, the Fitbit One) gave me that. Now Apple wants to do the same with the Apple Watch. We're still a few days away from Apple Watch pre-orders, but I can already tell you I know it'll be a supplement to my health and fitness tracking routine, not a replacement—and it's up to Apple to earn a place on my wrist.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-04-06: Getting Ready for Apple Watch Pre-orders

1:21 PM, Apr. 6th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Are you ready for Apple Watch? Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's new quickie videos showing how to use Apple Watch features, plus they share some insight on what to expect for the pre-order experience as well as first-day buying. They also offer up some perspective on the news that construction workers with felony convictions lost their jobs at the new space ship campus.

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?