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TMO Daily Observations 2015-02-10: Cybersecurity Summit, Samsung’s Failure in Japan

1:25 PM, Feb. 10th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

U.S. government officials and tech industry executives are meeting this week for a cybersecurity summit, and Apple CEO Tim Cook will be there. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to discuss what they see as the big issues that'll be on the table and what that may mean for our personal privacy, plus they take a look at the news that Samsung may abandon Japan's smartphone market.

Samsung Ready to Ditch Japan’s Smartphone Market over iPhone’s Success

11:32 AM, Feb. 10th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Samsung's smartphone marketshare in Japan is so low the company is considering pulling out of the market to avoid ongoing losses. The company's Japanese smartphone marketshare came to only 4 percent at the end of 2014 compared to Apple's 30 percent thanks to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus's popularity.

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Samsung is in 6th place for smartphone sales in Japan, and doesn't seem to be improving. Seems they're serving up a healthy dose of schadenfreude.

JetBlue Takes Apple Pay to the Skies

10:50 AM, Feb. 10th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Want to buy inflight drinks with your iPhone? JetBlue is about to make that happen. The airline plans to start supporting Apple Pay for inflight purchases next week including food, drinks and seat upgrades, making it the first airline to embrace Apple's mobile payment platform.

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In flight Apple Pay support? Yes, please. That's so much better than having to dig out credit cards. I want to see this on every plane.

Apple CEO Tim Cook to Speak at White House Cybersecurity Summit

9:11 AM, Feb. 10th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

The White House is hosting a cyber security summit this Friday at Stanford University, and Apple CEO Tim Cook will be one of the speakers at the event. President Obama's administration is expected to unveil a new executive action detailing ways tech companies can share what it sees as cyber-related threat information with the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center.

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Governments want easy access to the personal data and conversations on our computers, but that leads to weak security and opens the door for criminals to get at that data, too. As crazy as it sounds, we're living in a world where corporate executives such as Tim Cook are acting as the champions of the people and standing up to protect our privacy.

No, Your Next iPhone Won’t Have Sapphire Glass

5:23 PM, Feb. 9th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Apple had planned on using synthetic sapphire glass for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus display, but those plans fell apart when its partner supplier GT Advanced Technologies imploded and filed for bankruptcy protection. When the iPhone 6 shipped with what Apple called Ion-X glass instead, that led to speculation and hope that maybe the next iPhone models would ship with sapphire glass surfaces. Those hopes will only lead to disappointment because they won't, and that's going to be a big win for Corning's Gorilla Glass.

Canaccord Raises AAPL Target to $145, Cites iPhone 6 Market Dominance

10:28 AM, Feb. 9th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are drawing Android smartphone users into the Apple camp, and the company took in 93 percent of the smartphone market's profits, too. Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley thinks Apple will continue to dominate the smartphone market, so he's raising his target price for the company's stock from US$135 up to $145.

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Canaccord's Michael Walkley thinks Apple will sell between 210 million and 215 million iPhones a year between now and 2018. That's a lot of smartphones for competitors to try to match.

Still Think iPad is for Consumption? Check Out Apple’s New Music Ad

9:16 AM, Feb. 9th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's latest iPad commercial was released over the weekend ahead of the Grammys music awards event, and drives home the point that the tablet device isn't just a content consumption device. The minute-long spot follows musical artist Elliphant from composition to performance with a new song, and the iPad is a key part of that process.

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This is yet another example of just how powerful the iPad is. It wasn't that long ago when a portable computer wouldn't have been able to handle what the iPad is capable of today.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-02-06: Mac Photos Beta, Apple Watch Ban

1:06 PM, Feb. 6th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

A beta version Apple's iPhoto replacement app for the Mac has been given to developers, and not everyone is pleased with what they're seeing. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to look at the new Photos beta for the Mac and talk about who will and who won't like it. They also dive into the news that some schools are banning smartwatches because they expect Apple Watch to be a popular test cheating tool.

Thanks to Apple Watch Some Schools Ban Smartwatches

11:20 AM, Feb. 6th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Smartwatches aren't new to college campuses, but the expected growth in the market once the Apple Watch ships this April has some schools banning the devices over concerns that students may use them to cheat on exams. Schools fear the surge in popularity smartwatches will gain thanks to Apple Watch poses a serious threat to keeping students honest.

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Apple is already having an impact on the smartwatch market, and Apple Watch won't ship for another two months. The message from schools is clear: don't use your Apple Watch to cheat on exams. Sorry, kids.