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Amazon Wants to Turn You Home into a Web Store with Dash Buttons

58 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Amazon is bringing One Click purchasing out of your computer and in to your home, in a manner of speaking. It's new Amazon Dash aims to make it easier to buy online by simply pressing a button to place an order for whatever you're nearly out of.

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Amazon has found a way to turn our homes into an instant shopping service with its new Amazon Dash buttons. It's a clever idea, but how long will it be before our walls look like a Nascar driver's jacket?

Adonit, Evernote Intro Higher Precision Jot Script 2 iPad Stylus

1 hour, 48 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Adonit and Evernote introduced the new Jot Script 2 Evernote Edition pressure sensitive stylus on Tuesday with improved precision and a built-in rechargeable battery that lasts through up to 20 hours of use. The new stylus also includes six months of Evernote Premium, and better support for Evernote's Penultimate app for the iPad.

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Fine-point iPad styluses are tricky to get right. The original Jot Script was really good, so seeing an improved version come out is a welcome surprise.

Facebook is Tracking You Even if You Don’t Have an Account

3 hours, 39 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Facebook knows what you're up to online even if you don't have an account with the social networking service. Facebook users who're logged out of their account are tracked, as is anyone who visits a website that uses a Facebook social plug-in, and that may land the company in hot water because the practice runs afoul of European Union laws.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-30: Tim Cook and Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act Law

1:38 PM, Mar. 30th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Apple CEO Tim Cook is speaking out against Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act and against other laws that support discrimination. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about Mr. Cook's public position and businesses speaking out against discrimination, plus they offer up their thoughts on word that Apple Watch purchases will require a reservation.

In-store Apple Watch Purchases will Require Appointments

10:41 AM, Mar. 30th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

If you're planning on walking into an Apple retail store and buying an Apple Watch in April, get ready to be disappointed. The company isn't going to allow walk-in sales for Apple Watch, so you'll need an appointment to walk out of the company's stores with one on your wrist.

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Apple is either making a ton of watches and expecting sales to to go through the roof, or there just won't be that many available. Either way, it looks like getting ahold of an Apple Watch right away might be difficult.

Tim Cook Blasts Indiana Discrimination Law, and it’s the Right thing to Do

9:29 AM, Mar. 30th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Editorial

Indiana's legislature passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and Apple CEO Tim Cook responded with an op-ed in the Washington Post calling out the state for enacting a pro-discrimination law. The law, set to go into effect in July, gives business owners the right to refuse service to anyone and then use their own religious beliefs as justification. Opponents of the law, including Mr. Cook, say it's nothing more than state-sanctioned discrimination.

UK Safari Users can Sue Google Over Unwanted Browser Cookies

2:05 PM, Mar. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Google lost its fight to keep UK residents from filing lawsuits over the Safari browser tracking cookies it placed on their computers even when they explicitly blocked the activity. The Court of Appeal ruling means potentially millions of people can file lawsuits against the company over claims that their privacy has been violated.

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Google may have claimed it was simply using "known functionality" in the Safari Web browser, but both US and UK courts think the company crossed the line. Seems even though most people are fine giving up privacy, they draw the line at Google using tracking cookies even after browser settings are changed to prohibit that.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-27: Tim Cook is the Top Leader, Leshi TV says Apple is Hitler

12:56 PM, Mar. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been named the world's greatest leader, which is really saying something. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share some interesting facts they learned about Mr. Cook following Fortune's proclamation of his superior leadership skills. They also take a look at a new marketing campaign out of China from Leshi TV comparing Apple to Adolph Hitler.

Leshi TV CEO Says Apple is Hitler

10:56 AM, Mar. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Leshi TV CEO Jia Yueting kicked his hyperbole engine into overdrive and is equating Apple to Adolph Hitler. His company went so far as to release a vaguely South Park-style image online of the Nazi leader, complete with an Apple logo on a red arm band.

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While equating competitors to the bad guys is a fairly common marketing tactic, going so far as to draw parallels to Hitler and the Nazi regime is in bad taste, to say the least.

Apple Watch Compatible Apps are Already Arriving

9:29 AM, Mar. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

With Apple Watch pre-orders still a couple weeks off and then a couple more before we can finally wrap Apple's smartwatch around our wrists, the first iPhone app updates with Apple Watch support are already rolling out. Several apps are touting Apple Watch compatibility, such as Dark Sky, Evernote, and SPG: Starwood Hotels and Resorts.

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Seeing Apple Watch updates showing up now is practically a tease, although the select few journalists and bloggers who get early access for reviews will need some apps to test out.