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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.

Apple to Live Stream Oct 16 Media Event

9:47 AM, Oct. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is hosting a media event on October 16, and like its iPhone 6 and Apple Watch event in September, this one will be streamed live online. The company is expected to introduce new iPad models, and possibly new Macs, too.

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Apple may be streaming next week's event, just as it did with last month's iPhone launch, but hopefully it won't be exactly like the September event with translators talking over Tim Cook, multiple music tracks playing at the same time, and ongoing feed drops.

Withing’s Health Mate Adds HealthKit Support

8:50 AM, Oct. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · iOS

Withings just updated its Health Mate app for the iPhone with support for iOS 8's HealthKit, so now you can load up Apple's Health app with data from your Pulse, Smart Scale, Aura, and more. Health Mate was already a great app for tracking your health and fitness activities, and now it's even more useful. Check out our growing list of HealthKit-compatible apps.

Icahn to Apple: Buy Back More Shares

2:10 PM, Oct. 9th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Apple has US$133 billion in cash and big-name investor Carl Icahn thinks it's time for the iPhone and iPad maker to use some of that money to buy back more stock. In an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, Mr. Icahn said he thinks the company's stock is currently sitting at about half its value, and that's an opportunity not to be passed up.

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Carl Icahn is right about this being a good time for Apple to buy back more of its stock, but don't think his open letter is an altruistic move. This is all about business and increasing his own profit. That's just how business works.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-09

12:57 PM, Oct. 9th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Confused about Apple's whole third-party password thing for iCloud? Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to explain what you need to know about iCloud's new password requirements for the Mac, iPhone and iPad, plus they take a look at Carl Icahn's open letter to Tim Cook pushing for more Apple stock buybacks.

Apple Named World’s Most Valuable Brand, Again

10:20 AM, Oct. 9th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Interbrand has ranked Apple as the world's most valuable brand for the second year in a row with a valuation at US$118.863 billion. Apple's value increased by 21 percent compared to last year's Best Global Brands report at $98.3 billion, and has the iPhone and iPad maker ranked above Google, Coca-Cola, IBM, and Microsoft.

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This is the second year in a row Interbrand ranked Apple as the world's most valuable brand. It's also the first time four of the top five companies were tech-related, and the first time the top two companies were each valued over $100 billion. Seems the iPhone is doing well for Apple.

Apple’s iCloud App-specific Password Requirement Starts Today

9:21 AM, Oct. 9th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

If you enabled two-step verification for your iCloud account and you're using your Apple ID to sign in to third-party apps, it's time to start using app-specific passwords. Apple set the requirement to use app-specific passwords starting on October 9, which just so happens to be today.