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Deadpool is on iTunes… Everywhere on iTunes

11:19 AM, Apr. 26th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Deadpool is awesome, amazing, and now on iTunes. But it isn't just on iTunes; it's everywhere. Deadpool is showing up in the iTunes Store banners for other movies like "Say Anything," "X-Men Days of Future Past," the 1966 "Batman" movie, and "Taken." The best—and by "best," we mean "wonderfully inappropriate"— is "127 Hours." You can buy Deadpool, complete with extras such as behind the scenes videos, bloopers, and deleted scenes, for US$14.99.

Someone Needs to tell Tidal what ‘Exclusive’ Means

10:24 AM, Apr. 26th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Editorial

Beyoncé's Lemonade isn't as exclusive as Tidal would like

Tidal has a problem, and it's one they could probably fix by picking up a dictionary. The streaming music service touts new albums as exclusive deals, which then show up on other services days or weeks later—or in the case of Beyoncé's Lemonade, within 24 hours. "Exclusive," it seems, doesn't mean what Tidal thinks it means.

Tune in Today for TMO’s AAPL Q2 Earnings Report

9:12 AM, Apr. 26th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's Q2 2016 earnings conference call is scheduled for this afternoon

Apple will host its 2016 second fiscal quarter earnings conference call this afternoon after the market closes at about 5PM eastern time. Analysts will be watching closely to see how many iPhone sales the company reports, and to see if this will mark the first quarterly decline in revenue since 2003. The Mac Observer will be here with our as-it-happens coverage and analysis.

FBI Drops NY iPhone Unlock Case, Fails to get Precedent Again

9:28 AM, Apr. 25th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

FBI gets passcode for Jun Feng's iPhone

The FBI dropped its New York iPhone unlocking case against Apple, although this time instead of buying a hack, someone handed over the passcode. Unconfirmed reports claim it was the suspect in the case, Jun Feng, who pleaded guilty last year to drug-related charges. That's one more case where the FBI failed to land the encryption-hacking precedent it wants.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-04-22: Apple’s iTunes Trouble in China, a Year with Apple Watch

1:30 PM, Apr. 22nd, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

China shut down Apple's iTunes Movies and iBooks stores after six months. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's relationship with China and what may have led to the government's decision to block the content. They also offer up their experiences with Apple Watch ahead of this Sunday's one year anniversary.

Apple Faces Censorship Dilemma in China

11:20 AM, Apr. 22nd, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

No movies for you: China shuts down Apple's iTunes movies and iBooks stores

Apple's relationship with China may not be as friendly as we were led to believe because the government shut down the iTunes Movies store and iBook Store only six months after they launched. The decision may be a sign of hostility towards foreign companies, or it may be censorship to block the state-banned movie Ten Years.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-04-21: Apple’s Electric Car Balancing Act

2:01 PM, Apr. 21st, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

With Apple reportedly getting into the electric car market, the company could grow even larger than it is now. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on what impact the Apple Car could have on other products, including the Mac and iPhone, and they debate whether or not the company's executive team is big enough to handle that growth.

Patent Troll Scores $24.9M from Apple over Siri

11:45 AM, Apr. 21st, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple to pay out $25M for Siri patent infringement

Marathon Patent Group just scored US$24.9 million from Apple in a patent infringement lawsuit settlement related to Siri voice control on the iPhone and iPad. If you aren't familiar with MPG, they're a non-practicing patent holding company representing the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In other words, a patent troll.