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TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-24

2:33 PM, Nov. 24th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Analysts estimates for Apple Watch sales are across the board, and John Martellaro thinks they're all off base. John and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about analyst numbers, what value they hold, whether or not the general public and investors should pay attention, and what the media does with those figures.

FCC Chairman on Net Neutrality Rules: We’re Going to get Sued

11:24 AM, Nov. 24th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

The Federal Communications Commission is moving forward with its plans to strictly regulate Internet traffic so that Net Neutrality isn't lost, but the agency isn't moving quickly to make that happen. Chairman Tom Wheeler said the FCC is moving slowly and deliberately to craft its new plan because no matter what happens, he expects the lawsuits are coming.

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It's good that the FCC is planning now for the inevitable legal fights over Net Neutrality. Hopefully the final outcome is a system that favors the free flow of information and not just the corporate desires of the Internet Service Providers.

Apple Launches Apps for (RED) Campaign for World AIDS Day

9:12 AM, Nov. 24th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple launched a World AIDS Day campaign on Monday as part of the (RED) project that includes apps with exclusive content. The iPhone and iPad maker will also donate a portion of its Black Friday (November 28) and Cyber Monday (December 1) global sales to the Global Fund to fight AIDS.

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It's great that Apple is doing its part for Global Fund to fight AIDS funding, and it's really cool to see app developers throwing in their support, too.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-21

1:42 PM, Nov. 21st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

With Google and Rockstar Consortium reaching an agreement in their patent infringement fight, the big question is what does this mean for Apple? Kelly Guimont and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's possible interest in the deal, plus they have something to say about what impact cutting the price of a Beats Music subscription could mean for the company and artists in the music industry.

Google Agrees to Settlement in Rockstar Patent Infringement Fight

11:53 AM, Nov. 21st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Google's fight over patent infringement claims from Rockstar Consortium is coming to and end thanks to a deal the two struck earlier in November. The filing went public this week, but it doesn't offer up any details about what Google agreed to as part of the deal.

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It's been interesting watching this case play out because, for once, Apple is on the other side of the patent troll claims — at least to a small degree. Rockstar Consortium is a non-practicing patent holding entity, although its investors do get to take advantage of the patents in its portfolio.

Apple Blocks Outdated Flash Players Over Security Issues [Update]

9:44 AM, Nov. 21st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Flash Bugs

Apple updated the Web plugin blocking system in OS X on Thursday to prevent outdated versions of Adobe Flash Player from launching. The change means you'll need Adobe Flash Player 15.0.0.223 to view Flash content in Safari on OS X.

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New Flash security flaws are cropping up all the time, so if you need it on your Mac, be sure you're always running the latest version.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-20

3:14 PM, Nov. 20th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

It's iTunes smack down day on Daily Observations, but not for everyone. Dave Hamilton, Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about what they don't — or do — like about iTunes 12, what they'd like to see change in Apple's media manager app, why iTunes has evolved into the conglomeration it is today, and more.

Goodbye iTunes, WALTR Uploads any Media File to your iPhone and iPad

11:14 AM, Nov. 20th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

iTunes is the only option Apple gives us for loading media onto our iPhone, iPad or iPod touch from our Macs, and it limits the audio and video file formats we can upload. That's a thing of the past thanks to WALTR from Softorino. This awesome Mac app lets you upload a long list of file formats — such as MKV, AVI, MP4, CUE, FLAC, APE, ALAC, OGG, AAC, AIFF and WAV — to your iOS device without ever touching iTunes. Just fire up WALTR, connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac via USB, and drag files to convert and upload them so you can watch or listen on the go. It really is drag-and-drop simple, and file transfers are surprisingly fast. You can try out WALTR for free and a license costs US$14.97.

Apple: GTAT Couldn’t Make Usable Sapphire, Mismanaged Production

9:34 AM, Nov. 20th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple offered up more details on what led to the downfall of GT Advanced Technologies in a letter to the failed company's creditors. That letter said GTAT failed to manage its employees and sapphire glass production process, and that the company simply couldn't make a usable product.

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Apple may have made demands GTAT couldn't meet, but it looks like the sapphire maker wasn't managing its workers or production. This was a doomed relationship from the beginning.

ACM 281: Microsoft’s Clouded Vision, Apple Watch SDK, and Protecting Our Privacy

8:36 PM, Nov. 19th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Microsoft just doesn't get how to deliver a compelling message, and that's so clear in its latest Surface Pro 3 ad. Jeff and Bryan take a look at Microsoft's lack of vision in its product designs and marketing messages, plus they have plenty to say about yesterday's Apple Watch SDK beta announcement and the DOJ's efforts to pressure Apple into making a back door into iPhone encryption.