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Hit List 2.0 Task Manager Checks Off Syncing, iPhone 6 Interface

3 hours, 35 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Karelia checked off a big to-do from its task list on Wednesday with the release of Hit List 2.0 for the iPhone. The update for the task manager app gained sync support with its Mac counterpart, plus it has a new way for organizing your to-dos with its Today and Upcoming lists. Hit List supports tasks with subtasks, tags and lists for organizing projects, repeating tasks, batch task editing, and more, all in an easy to use interface designed to take advantage of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus's bigger screens. You can pick up Hit List 2.0 at Apple's iTunes-based App Store at its introductory US$9.99 price.

ACM 285: Apple’s iPod Lawsuit Victory and Tag Heuer’s Smart Watch Plans

3 hours, 41 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

The jury in the class action lawsuit claiming Apple violated antitrust rules to unfairly keep competitors out of the mobile device music market shot down the plaintiff's claims, and Jeff and Bryan are pretty pleased with the ruling. They also have plenty to say about Apple's ebook antitrust appeal and Tag Heuer's planned move into the smartwatch market.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-17

8 hours, 12 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Tag Heuer is looking at how it can get a serious piece of the smartwatch market, and that could make it a competitor to the Apple Watch—or maybe not. Dave Hamilton, Bryan Chaffin, and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about where Apple Watch fits in with the luxury watch market, how Tag Heuer and other high end watch makers may fit into that game, and who will be looking at buying these devices.

Netflix Says Offline iPad Viewing Not Going to Happen

9 hours, 53 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Holding out for Netflix to bring offline content viewing to the iPhone and iPad? Don't hold your breath, because the company says that's not going to happen.

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This sure seems like a missed opportunity for Netflix, but maybe investing in new programming instead will worth it for the company in the long run.

Falling Ruble Ruins iPhone Christmas in Russia

11 hours, 37 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's iPhone may be the gift to get, unless you're in Russia. Thanks to the wildly fluctuating (read: dropping) value of the ruble, Apple decided to stop selling products in the country through its online store. That's bad news for Apple customers, but it also underscores the overall market's current concerns over Russia's economy.

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Halting online sales is probably a bigger deal for Russia than it is for Apple because the move is a high profile statement that companies don't think the country will be able to easily recover from its economic fall.

Track Sports and Fitness Jumping on Your iPhone with VERT

5:12 PM, Dec. 16th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Basketball and volleyball players rejoice. There's a new tracker just for you that monitors how you jump. The tracker, called VERT, monitors how high you jump, your jump rate, and tracks other jumping-related data, too. VERT sends the information wirelessly to your iPhone or smartwatch, and there's a companion app for coaches who want to monitor players in real time. VERT is priced at US$124.99, and the basic companion app is a free download at Apple's iTunes-based App Store. The app for coaches costs $99.99 and includes the ability to monitor for potential injuries before they happen.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-16

1:34 PM, Dec. 16th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Apple presented its appeal in the DOJ's ebook antitrust case, and it looks like the the judge panel is at least somewhat sympathetic to the iPad maker's arguments. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at the case, the panel's reactions to Apple and the DOJ's arguments, and Judge Denise Cote's original ruling.

Apple Pay Supporters Grow with More Retailers and Banks On Board

10:55 AM, Dec. 16th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Pay, the mobile payment system Apple introduced with iOS 8 and the iPhone 6, is quickly growing and is now compatible with cards that make up about 90 percent of credit card purchases in the United States. The list of companies and banks supporting Apple pay has continued to rise and includes Barclaycard, TD Bank North America, Albertsons, Staples, and more.

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Looks like Apple isn't having any trouble at all getting banks and retailers excited about Apple Pay.

Apple Agrees to Less from GTAT to Keep Bankruptcy Proceedings on Track

9:30 AM, Dec. 16th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Creditors involved in the GT Advanced Technologies bankruptcy proceedings are a little happier now that Apple has agreed to take less money from each sapphire furnace sold, and to give the company more rent-free time in the factory it used to make the glass. The company had been contracted to make synthetic sapphire glass for the Apple Watch and iPhone 6, but instead drove itself into a financial crisis.

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GTAT's financial implosion is a no-win scenario for Apple and the other creditors hoping to recoup some of their losses. Revising the settlement deal means Apple gets less money back than it originally planned, but it also means it'll get some of its investment back. Apple's losses are essentially exit costs to get out of its relationship with GTAT.

Martin Freeman takes The Hobbit to The Office on SNL

4:32 PM, Dec. 15th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

What do you get when you cross The Hobbit with The Office (the original UK version, not the US one)? A brilliantly wonderful SNL sketch starring Martin Freeman as a morph between Bilbo Baggins and Tim Canterbury. Tim, by the way, was the role Martin played in The Office. SNL did a great job of recreating the Ricky Gervais version of the series, and Martin had no problem at all slipping back into the role of Tim with a perfect splash of Bilbo thrown in. Bonus: Gollum as Gareth, and Orcs and elves as office mates.