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Google Embraces Apple Watch with News & Weather App

9:37 AM, May. 13th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Google is getting into the Apple Watch game with its latest update for the iPhone Google News & Weather app. The Apple Watch version shows a handful of top headlines, and includes a Glance view, too.

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Google News & Weather's latest update isn't so much about features as it is about Google starting to support Apple Watch. This could lead to other Google apps making their way to our wrists, and hopefully that includes Google Maps.

China’s Military Bans Apple Watch and Other Wearable Tech

11:30 AM, May. 12th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple may have a hard time finding a place on the wrist of Chinese soldiers because the country's military has banned Apple Watch as a potential security threat. Other companies are up against the same brick wall, too, because the military sees wearable tech devices as tools enemies could use to spy, or to track soldier's movements.

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It's technically possible for Apple Watch and other Internet-enabled wearable devices to be used for spying, but that doesn't mean they are. There isn't any indication Apple's tech is being used in that way, and this decision from China's military is more about internal control than the potential cybersecurity threat posed by Apple and other wearable tech device makers.

Verizon to Buy AOL, Will Own TechCrunch, HuffPo, More

8:57 AM, May. 12th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Verizon is about to become a big name in the online news and blogging world thanks to its just announced plan to buy AOL in a US$4.4 billion deal. Once the deal closes this summer, AOL will be a fully owned subsidiary of Verizon, giving the wireless and broadband service provider properties such as TechCrunch, The Huffington Post, Makers, and Engadget, along with AOL.com.

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Verizon is already a big name in the wireless and broadband markets, and now wants to expand into content creation and delivery. This deal will expand Verizon's online advertising opportunities, and that's the real focus. HuffPo and TechCrunch are just along for the ride.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-05-11: Apple Car Meetings, Apple Watch and Messages

2:20 PM, May. 11th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Apple's still unconfirmed plans to design a car led to a Cupertino visit from Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's place in the automotive market and who will be the target market for the company's cars. After more than a week of Apple Watch time under their belts, they also have some observations on how the smartwatch is changing their communication preferences.

Fiat Chrysler CEO Talks Cars with Apple’s Tim Cook

11:03 AM, May. 11th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne met with Apple CEO Tim Cook on a recent California trip to talk cars. The meeting isn't an official confirmation Apple is designing a car, but does show the auto industry's interest in Apple's potential efforts.

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If Sergio Marchionne met with the CEOs from Apple and Tesla, it's a safe bet those weren't just social calls. Either they met to talk about potential collaboration efforts, or Fiat is very interested in knowing exactly what Apple is up to in the automotive market.

Apple Makes Big Moves Towards Environmental Protection in China

9:23 AM, May. 11th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is partnering with World Wildlife Fund to increase the number of responsibly managed forests in China. The team up is part of Apple's new push for increased renewable energy and environmental protection in China.

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Manufactured goods, including the tech gear we love, has an impact on our environment. It's good to see Apple taking a leadership role in reducing the damage that has on our planet, and hopefully Apple's actions will push more companies to do the same.

Apple Watch Nails Heart Rate Monitor Accuracy

10:24 AM, May. 8th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Just how accurate is the Apple Watch heart rate monitor? Surprisingly accurate. In fact, it's pretty much in line with the Mio Alpha, which is considered to be as accurate as traditional chest strap heart rate monitors.

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Apple Watch heart rate tracking as accurate as the Mio Alpha? That's some really impressive.

Ericsson Extends Apple Patent Fight to Europe

9:34 AM, May. 8th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Ericsson's wireless patent licensing lawsuit against Apple has now grown from just a fight in the United States to include The U.K., Germany, and Netherlands. Apple was licensing Ericsson's patents at one point, but the two companies failed to find agreeable terms for renewal when their original deal expired.

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Apple isn't claiming Ericsson's patents aren't valid, but instead is saying the licensing fees the company wants are unreasonable. This is a fight over how much Apple will have to pay.