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Apple Buys GPS Company Coherent Navigation

9:25 AM, May. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's Maps service will most likely gain some more independence now that the company has purchased Coherent Navigation. Coherent is a GPS company that offers higher accuracy location data compared to other services.

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Apple has been buying up navigation-related companies ever since it dropped Google Maps for its own navigation system for the iPhone. Getting its own satellite-based positioning company is yet another step in closing the gap between Apple and Google for navigation, and considering the level of accuracy Coherent Navigation offers, it looks like a pretty smart purchase.

Apple Watch Security Bug Overblown

3:05 PM, May. 15th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

The Internet lit up on Thursday with reports of the horrible security bug in Apple Watch that makes it an easy target for criminals. The real problem isn't that Apple Watch has a big security bug—it doesn't—it's that an intended feature of the watch is being presented as if it's a bug. The reality is that Apple Watch isn't more prone to theft than any other quality watch, although Apple could take steps to make it less desirable to steal.

Apple Watch Production Bottleneck Ends, Quanta Now Building at Full Capacity

9:14 AM, May. 15th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Watch should be easier to get now that Quanta, the company building Apple's smartwatch, has ramped up production. Company vice chairman CC Leung said there weren't enough workers available during the Lunar New Year holidays, but that's no longer an issue.

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Assuming Quanta really has been able to ramp up production to the levels Apple needs, Apple Watch deliveries should start coming in larger numbers. We may finally get to see in-store sales soon, too.

Apple’s Beats Streaming Music May Revive Ping

2:56 PM, May. 14th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Ping, Apple's failed attempt at a social networking service, may be getting a revival of sorts in the new Beats streaming music service. Apple will reportedly use the feature as a way for artists to share tour dates, new songs, and more with fans, making it more of a promotional tool than a dead on arrival social networking platform.

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Ping really was a dismal failure, but reviving the artist's page feature could be a good fit for Beats Music and a way to set Apple's offering apart from the competition.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-05-14: Apple Music, Ping, and Smart Home Troubleshooting

1:49 PM, May. 14th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Bing Music is about to become Apple Music, and it's going to revive part of Ping. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's streaming music efforts, social networking, and how giving artists a self promotion platform may work out. Kelly also has some tips on troubleshooting your network when your smart home devices misbehave, and she explains why iTunes is Apple's own version of the Weasley's house.

Apple, A123 Settle Employee Poaching Lawsuit

10:40 AM, May. 14th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

A123 Systems, the battery designer that sued Apple for poaching key employees, has settled its case out of court. The company claimed Apple targeted employees from its advanced energy storage division, and that the workers who left violated non-compete contracts.

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Looks like this deal worked out exactly how Apple wanted. It gets the vehicle battery engineers it needs for the Titan electric car project, and A123 Systems isn't distracting from their work any more.

ACM 306: Living with Apple Watch, Tony Fadell’s Watches, and Wearable Security

6:40 PM, May. 13th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Bryan joined the ranks of the Apple Watch owners, and he was surprised at his reaction to his fancy new smartwatch. Jeff and Bryan explore the changes Apple Watch has made in their lives already, plus they look at Tony Fadell and how his watch collection shows off who he is and what he might bring to wearable computer. And just for grins, they look at wearable tech cybersecurity, too.

Facebook Ready to Take Over Online News Syndication

2:54 PM, May. 13th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Facebook unveiled Instant Articles on Wednesday, positioning itself as a potential big time player in the news publishing market. The new feature gives media outlets such as National Geographic and the New York Times a new platform for reaching readers, and a new avenue for generating ad-based revenue.

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Assuming Instant Articles is successful, publishers may find Instant Articles isn't an optional choice. If they aren't there, competitors will get the traffic, and in the end Facebook becomes the arbiter of the news. It's all about going to your readers instead of hoping they come to you.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-05-13: Facebook’s Instant Articles, Ruthless Apple Watch App Management

1:19 PM, May. 13th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Facebook is making a play to be the big name in online news syndication. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to discuss the changing landscape for online news and blogging, and the role Facebook is playing. They also revisit Apple Watch app management now that Dave decided to take control of what he uses on his watch.