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TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-03

1:09 PM, Jul. 3rd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

What's in a name? When you're a patent troll, apparently a lot. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to discuss a Judge's ruling that Apple can't use the term in a patent infringement trial. They also offer up their take on the rumor that Apple might call the next iPhone the iPhone Air, and they share what they want to see in Apple's Photos app.

Rumor Claims iPhone Air Coming on September 25

11:19 AM, Jul. 3rd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's iPhone 6 will be announced on September 15, go on sale September 25, and the 5.5-inch model will be called iPhone Air. So claim insider sources in China.

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iPhone Air on September 25? That just doesn't sound like the Apple way.

Judge to Apple: Don’t Use the Patent Troll Word

9:56 AM, Jul. 3rd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is squaring off in court with GPNE Corp, a company that makes its living by licensing and litigating patents, but it can't say they're patent trolls. Federal Court Judge Lucy Koh told Apple the name is off limits because it could confuse or prejudice the jury in the patent infringement case.

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Stopping Apple from using the term "patent troll" shows just how derogatory it has become in the eyes of the general public. "non-practicing entity" doesn't have the same ring, but it described exactly what GPNE Corp is doing. Apparently the old "sticks and stones" rhyme doesn't apply in court.

Lock Down Your Mac Pro with Apple’s New Kensington-compatible Adapter

8:51 AM, Jul. 3rd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Seeing an empty space on the desk where your expensive new Mac Pro used to be will totally ruin your day, so Apple finally took steps to help keep that from happening by introducing a lock accessory for its pro level tower tube. The Mac Pro Security Lock Adapter was released this week and is compatible with the industry standard Kensington lock system.

ACM 261: Facebook Has Privacy Issues and Amazon’s Damaging the Comic Industry

8:59 PM, Jul. 2nd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Facebook has broken user's trust thanks to an experiment it conducted where we were the subjects without our knowledge. Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin dive into the whole Facebook mess, and online social networking in general. They also have some favorite iPhone and iPad games to share, and take a look at ComiXology's new customer survey than may be getting results the company didn't expect.

Want In-app Purchases Back in ComiXology? There’s a Survey for That

4:07 PM, Jul. 2nd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

When ComiXology pulled in-app purchases from its iPad app after being bought by Amazon, the digital comic experience was ruined for a lot of us. If that includes you, it's time to make your voice heard. ComiXology is conducting a customer survey right now where you can tell the company exactly how you feel about losing in-app purchases.

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Amazon really doesn't like the idea of sharing 30 percent of ComiXology's sales with Apple, so it won't be easy to convince the company to change. Still, if we don't try there isn't any hope of making ComiXology into the great experience it once was.

UK Launches Investigation into Facebook’s Emotional Experiment

2:34 PM, Jul. 2nd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Facebook's experiment into what happens when to subscriber's moods when their timelines were manipulated to gauge their emotional state has caught the eye of UK regulators. The country's Information Commissioner's Office has started an investigation into Facebook's 2012 experiment to determine whether or not any laws were broken and if fines that could reach £500,000 should be imposed.

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Considering the level of anger surrounding the Facebook experiment, it's likely we'll see other governments getting involved with looking into the company's practices. For Facebook, the issue will be to find the fine line it can walk between offering users a social network service and manipulating those same subscribers for its own financial gain.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-02

1:10 PM, Jul. 2nd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

iPads in Los Angeles schools didn't work out quite as well as hoped, and it looks like there's plenty of blame to pass around. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to take a look at what went wrong and why, plus they talk about the UK's investigation into Facebook's user feed experiment.

AAPL Q3 2014 Earnings Report Set for July 22

10:25 AM, Jul. 2nd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Apple will host its third fiscal quarter earnings conference call on Tuesday, July 22. The iPhone and iPad maker will announce its quarterly earnings numbers after the market closes, and The Mac Observer will be at the ready with our usual event coverage.

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Considering the media hype surrounding rumors of the iWatch release it's a safe bet we'll get to hear questions from analysts about Apple's wearable tech plans. The odds are pretty good someone will ask about an Apple television. Again.