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GT Advanced COO Sold Stock After Missed Apple Milestones

9:05 AM, Oct. 15th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

GT Advanced Technologies COO Daniel Squiller sold off US$1.2 million in company stock in May and put a plan in place to sell an additional $750,000 over the following months leading up to the company's October bankruptcy filing. The timing of the sales came after GTAT failed to meet milestone points in its sapphire glass production for Apple, and could raise some eyebrows because company CEO Tom Gutierrez was selling off his stock, too, including 9,000 shares the day before the iPhone 6 was introduced.

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Coincidence or not, Mr. Squiller's stock sale could be seen as a problem because he was very much in a position to know that GTAT's deal with Apple was going south.

Apple Adds Egg Freezing to Women’s Job Benefits

1:43 PM, Oct. 14th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is offering a new job perk to the women on its payroll: the company will cover the cost of freezing their eggs. The iPhone and iPad maker will cover up to US$20,000 for the procedure, and will gladly do so for non-medical reasons.

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Good on Apple for its part to help bring fair and equal reproductive coverage to the workplace.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-14

1:25 PM, Oct. 14th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Apple now offers egg freezing as a health benefit for its female employees. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about what this means for Apple, women, and the workplace, plus they take a look at the alleged leak of Dropbox user names and passwords and the importance of using unique passwords.

Dropbox: We Weren’t Hacked, Your Password Wasn’t Stolen

9:47 AM, Oct. 14th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Following reports that Dropbox had been hacked and user logins were stolen, the online storage service has said that's not so and instead the user names and passwords were taken from other sites. Several hundred logins appeared on Reddit with the claim that the hackers have user names and passwords for more than 7 million accounts and the promise more will be released in exchange for Bitcoin payments.

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The possibility of stolen account logins really sucks, but in this case there's a chance that it's the hackers who are getting scammed. There's a little bit of delicious irony in that. Still, don't use the same password on more than one site.

Walgreens Memo Claims Saturday Apple Pay Launch

2:22 PM, Oct. 13th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

iOS 8's mobile payment system Apple Pay could get its official launch on October 18, only two days after a media event where Apple is expected to introduce new iPad models. The hint at the potential launch date comes from an internal Walgreens memo pointing out the weekend start.

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Apple said Apple Pay would be coming in October, so it's just a matter of waiting for the official launch announcement. With a media event happening this Thursday, it's possible we're only days away from the rollout.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-13

1:12 PM, Oct. 13th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Turns out flight attendants are so excited about gate-to-gate portable electronics use on flights. Kelly Guimont and Dave Hamilton put on their ranty pants today and let Jeff Gamet know just how they feel about flight attendants suing the FAA to reinstate the electronics ban, plus Dave explains why he's decided to go with the iPhone 6 Plus instead of the smaller iPhone 6.

Flight Attendants Sue to Stop Gate-to-gate Electronics Use

9:55 AM, Oct. 13th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Attorneys representing the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA argued in the U.S. Court of Appeals late last week that the ban on in-flight electronics the FAA lifted a year ago should be reinstated for the safety of airline passengers. The Flight Attendants union thinks portable electronics use during takeoff and landing poses a serious risk and that the FAA made a mistake when it opened the doors for airlines to allow their use from gate to gate.

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Unless flight attendants can come up with compelling evidence to show gate-to-gate electronics use is a serious safety risk, you'll most likely be able to keep playing Angry Birds on your flights. And with the ban lift nearly a year behind us, passengers wouldn't take going back to stowing their electronics very well at all.

Apple Launching iPhone 6 in 36 More Countries in October

8:46 AM, Oct. 13th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple plans to launch the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in 36 more countries and territories by the end of October with Israel, Mexico, Poland, South Africa, Greece, Bosnia, and more on the list. The company expects to have its new iPhone models in more than 115 countries by the end of the year, making this its most agressive rollout so far.

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Apple clearly intends to follow through with its plan to get the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus into at least 115 countries before the end of the year. 

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-10

1:41 PM, Oct. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

It looks like GT Advanced Technologies may be looking at an ugly split from Apple now that it wants to shut down the sapphire factory where it's been making glass for the Apple Watch. Bryan Chaffin and Bob LeVitus join Jeff Gamet to talk about what's happening with GTAT and its bankruptcy filing, and how this impacts Apple. They also take a look at Apple's marketing strategy for the upcoming Apple Watch and how the company seems to be getting cozy with the fashion industry.

GT Advanced Technologies Wants to Close Apple Sapphire Glass Factory

11:15 AM, Oct. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

GT Advanced Technologies filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this week and now is asking the court for permission to shut down the factory where it has been making synthetic sapphire glass for Apple. The company's bankruptcy filing came as a surprise to everyone, including Apple, and its latest request likely isn't sitting well with the iPhone and iPad maker.

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Watching GTAT's implosion just hurts, and at this point it's hard to imagine the situation improving. Shutting down its sapphire factory doesn't bode well for Apple, either, because the Apple Watch launch is getting closer all the time.