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Samsung Innovates Again, Copies Apple’s Continuity

11:45 AM, Nov. 13th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Samsung announced a new feature on Wednesday for its Android-toting customers called Flow that shows its innovation skills haven't changed. Flow looks a lot like Apple's Continuity feature in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite because lets users jump from smartphone to tablet to computer, and continue to work on the same documents, view photos, handle email messages, and more.

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Even if Samsung came up with the idea and implementation for Flow without taking any cues from Apple, the company has a reputation for copying the efforts of its competitors. That's exactly how Flow comes across, too.

Bernstein Raises AAPL Target to $120 on Apple Watch Potential

10:33 AM, Nov. 13th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Apple's entry in the smartwatch market won't come until spring 2015, but Bernstein analysts are already raising their target price for the company's stock from US$110 to $120 based on the Apple Watch's potential. The investment firm sees higher App Store margins thanks to Apple Watch apps, and that's going to help drive revenue even higher.

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Interest in Apple Watch is clearly high, and it seems everyone wants to use Apple Pay. Once Apple Watch ship, Apple Pay opens up to even more iPhone owners, and that should translate into even more revenue for the company.

YouTube Joins the Streaming Music Market with Music Key

9:31 AM, Nov. 13th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Google owned YouTube is throwing its hat into the streaming music market with a new service called YouTube Music Key. The subscription-based service, which launches as a beta on November 17, promises ad-free music and videos through the YouTube website and in the company's iOS and Android apps.

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YouTube has brand recognition, and it's music and videos will be ad-free for Music Key subscribers. Considering Spotify, Pandora, iTunes Radio and other streaming music services have already drawn in so many subscribers, YouTube may have a hard time finding a place to fit into the market.

ACM 280: Apple’s Messages Lawsuit, Net Neutrality, and GTAT Woes

7:40 PM, Nov. 12th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple is facing a potential class action lawsuit over text messages that never made it to former iPhone users, and the fight for Net Neutrality is turning very political. Jeff and Bryan dive into both topics, plus they take a look at recently unsealed documents in the GT Advanced Technologies bankruptcy filing and debate whether or not Apple bullies its suppliers.

FCC Chairman Shoots Down President’s Call for Strong Net Neutrality Oversight

3:49 PM, Nov. 12th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

President Barack Obama and and FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler both agree something needs to be done to protect Net Neutrality, but they don't agree on exactly what that will be. Mr. Wheeler told Internet company executives he doesn't support the President's call for strong controls to ensure all Internet traffic is treated equally, and instead wants a system that caters more to ISPs such as Comcast and Time Warner.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-12

1:40 PM, Nov. 12th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

How can you use Apple Pay in restaurants? John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to explain how Open Table fits in with Apple Pay and eating on the go, plus they get all excited about the just released new levels for Monument Valley for the iPad and iPhone.

Monument Valley Update Brings 8 New Chapters to iPhone and iPad

11:51 AM, Nov. 12th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

The highly anticipated update for Monument Valley is finally available, and it brings eight new chapters to the iPhone and iPad game. The new levels, titled Forgotten Shores, include more MC Escher-like puzzles to work through with the same mysterious beauty we saw when the game was first released. The new levels will cost you US$1.99 as an in-app purchase, and the game costs $3.99 through Apple's App Store.

AT&T Stops Fiber Upgrade Over Net Neutrality Fight

11:22 AM, Nov. 12th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

AT&T's plans for bringing fiber connections to 100 cities is on hold because the company doesn't feel comfortable moving forward while the future of Net Neutrality regulations are up in the air. The FCC is considering its oversight options for the companies providing Internet connections, Verizon is threatening legal action depending on what decision the Commission makes, and the White House is pushing for strict controls.

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On one hand, delaying the fiber rollout makes sense because AT&T doesn't know exactly how it will be able to use the infrastructure once it's in place. On the other hand, this sure feels like ham fisted posturing to show that preserving Net Neutrality is bad for consumers.

AAPL Hits a New Closing High Again at $109.70

9:30 AM, Nov. 12th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Apple's stock price keeps climbing and hit a new closing high on Tuesday at US$109.70. The iPhone and iPad maker's stock has been on a upward trend since before its 7-to-1 stock split earlier this year, and doesn't seem to be showing any sign of slowing down.

Apple Faces Class Action Lawsuit over Lost Text Messages

4:34 PM, Nov. 11th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Judge Lucy Koh, the same Judge overseeing Apple and Samsung's ongoing patent infringement legal fight, gave the green light to a lawsuit over text messages that never made it to smartphone owners who switched away from the iPhone. The lawsuit alleges Apple should have told customers text messages wouldn't be delivered if they dumped their iPhone for an Android-based smartphone.

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People are willing to file lawsuits over most anything, including lost text messages. Maybe lawsuits over OS X Yosemite being too flat will be next. That said, if the bug that blocked texts from current iPhone owners to former iPhone owners does cross California's unfair competition laws, then Apple needs to be held accountable, regardless of how ridiculous the case seems.