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It’s Time for Some U.S. Apple TV Marketing

9:03 AM, Jul. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Roku accounts for nearly half of the streaming media set top boxes sold in the U.S. in 2013, and Apple TV sales came in just over 25 percent. That sales gap can be squarely placed on Apple's shoulders because the company isn't adequately marketing the device to U.S. customers. It's time for that to change, or Apple faces losing the market to Roku, Google and Amazon.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-09

1:35 PM, Jul. 9th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Home automation is getting cheaper and more accessible thanks to Home Depot's decision to start carrying Wink. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at how Wink's home automation platform might fit with Apple's HomeKit in iOS 8, and to talk about the new Here For You initiative to make mobile directions more useful for the visually -- or navigationally -- impaired.

They Might Be Giants Offers Free Live Album Download

11:41 AM, Jul. 9th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

They Might Be Giants fans have a little something special waiting for them online: a free download of the band's First Album Live album. The recordings were made during the band's 2013 world tour, and the album includes 19 tracks in MP3 format. If that isn't enough for you, TMBG has plans to release more free content throughout the year. Time to download and listen up!

Adobe Flash Patch Fixes Critical Website Login Stealing Security Flaw

10:51 AM, Jul. 9th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Adobe released an out of cycle update for its Flash multimedia platform on Mac, Windows and Linux on Tuesday to patch a security flaw that gives attackers the ability to hijack user's login credentials for popular websites like Twitter, eBay, Instagram, and more. Potentially thousands of sites are susceptible to the flaw, making the update critical for all Flash users.

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If you really, really need Flash on your computer, then install this security patch immediately. If not, then maybe it's time to uninstall Flash.

Apple Hires Former Nike FuelBand Engineers for Fitness-related Project

9:45 AM, Jul. 9th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple has added to its wearables team yet again by hiring two former Nike FuelBand engineers. Jon Gale wrote FuelBand firmware code for Nike and Ryan Bailey was a hardware engineer on the FuelBand team, and their new jobs make it even more clear that Apple is working on fitness tracking devices.

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At this point Apple may as well go ahead and announce the iWatch. The company has hired so many people from the health and fitness market that all we need now is an official product shot.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-08

1:18 PM, Jul. 8th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Apple revealed more of its new self through a video showing how employees prepped for and participated in San Francisco's Pride parage. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about the video and take a look at another video claiming to show the sapphire glass surface from the unannounced iPhone 6.

Samsung’s Profits Decline on Weak Smartphone Sales

11:27 AM, Jul. 8th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Samsung's second fiscal quarterly profits are down by nearly 25 percent thanks to weak smartphone sales. The sharp dip is sales came thanks to what the electronics maker called a market slowdown coupled with increased competition.

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Samsung was pretty optimistic about its Q2 smartphone sales, and Apple didn't have any new phone models to compete against. Assuming Apple ships the iPhone 6 before the end of Samsung's Q3, don't expect that optimism to pay off.

Leaked iPhone 6 Sapphire Glass gets Durability Test

10:18 AM, Jul. 8th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple hasn't confirmed any features for the next iPhone model, but that hasn't stopped parts from leaking onto the Internet, and the latest shows a 4.7-inch display put through some serious abuse. Assuming the video is legit, it backs up bigger display rumors and shows the glass for the next model is surprisingly durable.

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If this really is Apple's 4.7-inch iPhone 6 sapphire glass display, good luck scratching it, and say goodbye to screen protectors.

Apple to Add 100 Acres to North Carolina Solar Farm

8:59 AM, Jul. 8th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's North Carolina data center is about to expand its solar farm by 100 acres. The iPhone and iPad maker is planning on applying for a grading permit before the end of the year, and once completed, the US$55 million project will generate 17.5 megawatts.

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Apple is already generating over 40 megawatts for its Maiden data center's electrical needs. Adding in a third solar farm for an additional 17.5 megawatts means the company has some serious power consumption expansion coming.