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TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-11

1:53 PM, Dec. 11th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

John Martellaro thinks Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg needs to rethink his philosophy towards customers. John, along with Kelly Guimont, join Jeff Gamet to dive into Facebook, privacy, and advertising, plus they look at some cool holiday-themed apps for the iPhone and iPad.

Instagram Now Bigger than Twitter, Adds Verified Accounts

10:30 AM, Dec. 11th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Move over, Twitter, because Instagram is now the bigger than you. Facebook-owned Instagram said on Thursday that it now has over 300 million active users, eclipsing Twitter's 284 million active users.

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Instagram's grown shows there's a lot of interest in sharing photos online, and not just our 140 character thoughts through Twitter.

LTE iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 Come to China

10:54 PM, Dec. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple announced late Wednesday evening that the LTE-capable versions of its iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 will launch in China this week. The WiFi plus cellular data versions of the company's latest tablets have been available in the United States in October, but couldn't roll out in China's government gave its official approval.

ACM 284: Facebook Rants and Apple’s Amazing Growth

8:54 PM, Dec. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg thinks Apple CEO Tim Cook is off base with his philosophy on relationships with customers, so Jeff and Bryan call him to task for missing the point Mr. Cook was really making. They also look at Apple's growing R&D efforts outside of the United States and what that means for the company's future and us.

Is the U.S. Ready for Cuddle Finder Apps in the App Store?

5:45 PM, Dec. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Ready to take your social interaction from your iPhone screen and into the real world? There's an app for that. Or, a few, actually. The latest focus on cuddling instead of dating or casual sexual hookups, and their success depends on whether or not users see them as legit tools for connecting with other people, or as just another thinly veiled dating service.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-10

1:38 PM, Dec. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Apps to help iPhone-toting snuggle buddies find each other are showing up on Apple's App Store. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at the social and safety implications of the cuddle apps, plus they dive into the problems Apple is making by forcing iOS app developers to remove key features from their products.

iPod Antitrust Lawsuit Finds a New Plaintiff

10:42 AM, Dec. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

The class action lawsuit alleging Apple used monopoly power to block competitors from getting into the mobile music market is back on track with a new plaintiff. After Apple showed the previous three plaintiffs hadn't purchased iPods during the time frame specified in the lawsuit, attorneys scrambled to find a replacement, and that turned out to be a 65 year old ice dancer from Boston.

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Apple wants to win this case on merits, not technicalities. Depending on the outcome of the trial next week, we'll know if that was a smart move.

Apple and IBM Roll Out MobileFirst Apps for iPhone, iPad

9:06 AM, Dec. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple and IBM launched the first round of IBM MobileFirst apps for the iPhone and iPad on Wednesday. The apps are part of the business collaboration between the two companies to help push iOS solutions deeper into the enterprise market.

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Apple and IBM are in a strong position to be able to own the enterprise-level mobile device market, and it's clear that's exactly what they want to do. Good luck competing with that, Microsoft.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-09

1:36 PM, Dec. 9th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

There may not be a plaintiff in the iPod antitrust lawsuit against Apple, but that doesn't mean the case is dead in the water. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to dive into why the trial is moving forward — at least for now — and they also look at the drama behind the scenes on Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs biopic.

Apple Planning New R&D Center in Japan

11:47 AM, Dec. 9th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is planning on building a large-scale research and development center outside of Tokyo, Japan. News of the project comes courtesy of Japan Prime Minister Abe Shinzo, and has been confirmed by Apple.

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Apple loves controlling every aspect of its product designs, so it makes sense to have an R&D center focusing on manufacturing in Japan.