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Apple’s ‘Something New’ Campaign Faces Lawsuit Over Copycat Art

11:53 AM, Apr. 14th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is facing a lawsuit from pop artist Romero Britto over artwork used in the "Start Something New" campaign. The artist filed his lawsuit lawsuit last week claiming the art from Craig & Karl that Apple used directly copies his works.

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There certainly is a lot of similarity between the artistic style of Romero Britto and Craig & Karl. For Apple, a ruling in Mr. Britto's favor means they'll have to pull a single piece from their Start Something New campaign, but Craig & Karl will have to find a different style for all of their future artistic endeavors.

IBM Intros Watson Health Cloud with Apple HealthKit Support

10:12 AM, Apr. 14th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

IBM introduce Watson Health Cloud on Tuesday as a new platform for doctors, researchers, and insurance companies to securely store health-related data. The WHC into Apple's HealthKit and ResearchKit platforms for data collection from a health and fitness tracking devices.

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Apple is serious about being a big player in the health and medical market, and their latest partnership with IBM makes that very clear.

Apple’s WWDC 2015 Scheduled for June 8 through 12

9:03 AM, Apr. 14th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · WWDC

Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference is set to run from June 8 through June 12, 2015 at the Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco. The event brings together Apple's own engineers with third-party developers to preview upcoming OS X and iOS releases, and to work together on designing and improving apps.

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With the Apple Watch finally coming out, this year's WWDC event should be filled with all kinds of interesting news for developers.

USPTO Hands Podcasters a Win, Invalidates Personal Audio’s Patent

2:30 PM, Apr. 13th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Personal Audio's hopes of squeezing money out of podcasters has fallen apart because the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has invalidated key claims in the patent the company was using to target online shows. PA claimed it invented podcasting and thanks to its patent, everyone hosting an online show owed it licensing payments.

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When a company's stated mission is to target Apple and other businesses over patent infringement claims, and then starts targeting specific podcasters, something is very wrong.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-04-13: Apple Watch Try-ons, MacBook First Impressions

1:29 PM, Apr. 13th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

We visited our local Apple Stores over the weekend to get the full Apple Watch try-on experience. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share how their try-ons went, offer their thoughts on the Apple Watch after finally getting to try one on, and say whether or not they made the right decision when they placed their pre-orders. John also shares his first impressions on the new super-thin MacBook.

Space Black Apple Watch Pre-orders Slip into July

10:39 AM, Apr. 13th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

If you're space black Apple Watch with link bracelet ship time is four to six weeks, it's time to stop complaining because orders placed now won't see theirs until July. Apple's website showed a July ship window for the 42mm model Monday morning.

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If you really want an Apple Watch right away and didn't get yours ordered during the first couple minutes after pre-orders launched, your best bet may be Ebay—but expect to pay a hefty premium if you go that route.

U.S. Apple Watch Pre-orders hit 975K on First Day

9:32 AM, Apr. 13th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple sold about 975,000 Apple Watches during the first day of pre-order availability in the U.S., according to data from Slice Intelligence. Silver proved to be the most popular color with Apple Watch and Apple Watch Sport making up more than half total sales, although the space gay Apple Watch Sport accounted for 40 percent of overall sales by itself.

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If Apple sold 975,000 pre-orders in one day just in the United States, then it likely sold more than a million worldwide. That doesn't include any pre-orders made over the weekend, so that number is still likely climbing. That's a lot of smartwatches.

My Apple Watch Try-on Experience: Welcome to the New Apple Store

5:40 PM, Apr. 10th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

When Apple opened its doors for Apple Watch pre-orders early Friday morning it also let us start scheduling appointments to try on their brand new smartwatch. I was lucky enough to get an appointment right away—a fact that made me very happy since it would let me try on the watch I just bought sight unseen—and the experience was very much Apple, but also totally new.

Raymond James Downgrades AAPL Because Apple Watch isn’t Insanely Great

11:42 AM, Apr. 10th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Raymond James analyst Tavis McCourt downgraded Apple from "Outperform" to "Market Perform" on Friday over concerns that Apple Watch won't live up to investor expectations. His concern is that, following early product reviews, Apple Watch won't hit the "insanely great benchmark."

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Apple seems to have sold through its Apple Watch inventory fairly quickly. Either Apple made almost none and the few people who wanted the company's new smartwatch snapped one up right away, or there's more interest than Raymond James analyst Tavis McCourt thinks.