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Apple Retail Out Almost $310K in Scam, Suspect Arrested in Florida

1:45 PM, Jul. 29th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple lost US$309,768 in merchandise out of its retail stores in 16 states thanks to Sharron Laverne Parrish Jr. and a debit card scam. Authorities have arrested Mr. Parrish, and thanks to his clever social engineering, Apple will likely be left holding the bill.

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Forced code scams happen more often than you'd think, so it isn't surprising Mr. Parrish was able to make off with so much before getting caught. Apple will most likely change its policies to require employees to call banks on declined cards instead of leaving that in customer's hands

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-29

1:12 PM, Jul. 29th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

The future for magazines looked promising thanks to the iPad, but not everyone is pleased with how that worked out. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about how the digital magazine has been something of a disappointment, and why John is planning on going back to print. They also offer up their take on companies like Facebook splitting features across multiple apps.

Apple TV Adds Fox Now, CNBC Channels

11:14 AM, Jul. 29th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Fox Now and CNBC joined the Apple TV channel lineup on Tuesday, giving viewers access to shows like Cosmos, 24: Live Another Day, live CNBC content, and more. Unfortunately, the content you get is limited unless you also have a cable subscription.

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More content is great for Apple TV owners, but continuing to leave most of it stuck behind cable pay walls isn't much of a help to viewers who don't want to shell out the money for full subscription packages.

Apple Drops Samsung Patent Appeal, Ends Injunction Push

9:55 AM, Jul. 29th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is throwing in the towel on its efforts to get an injunction blocking the sale of several Samsung smartphones related to their first patent infringement trial. Apple told the court on Monday that it is dropping its cross appeal in the case and now will instead focus on winning an injunction in their second mobile device infringement trial.

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It seems that -- at least on some level -- both Apple and Samsung are getting tired of their ongoing patent infringement fight, although not tired enough to find some sort of agreement. For Samsung, giving up doesn't make sense considering its drag-it-out-in-court tactics are working just fine.

Retina MacBook Pro gets Faster Processors, More RAM

8:46 AM, Jul. 29th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Apple confirmed the Retina MacBook Pro update rumors on Tuesday when it rolled out new models with faster processors and more RAM. The new 13-inch and 15-inch models look just like the versions they replace, but with more power under the hood.

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With today's Retina MacBook Pro refresh, that leaves only the Mac mini waiting for an update.

Hilton to Turn Your iPhone into Your Hotel Room Key

4:39 PM, Jul. 28th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Your iPhone is already an iPod, a phone, and an Internet connection device, and soon it'll be your room key at Hilton hotels. The company is launching a new service where iPhone owners can choose their room and check in, and next year they'll be able to use their smartphone as a room key, too.

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Remote room selection and check-in, plus the ability to use my iPhone as a room key? This is going to be awesome at trade shows and conferences -- assuming you can get an Internet connection.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-28

2:02 PM, Jul. 28th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Apple just bought BookLight and is in the process of buying Swell. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about what Apple's latest media acquisitions mean for the ebook, news and podcasting world, as well as end users. Plus, bonus oblique Joss Whedon and Space Ghost references.

Apple Ready to Buy Swell Talk Show App in $30M Deal

10:55 AM, Jul. 28th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

The radio news talk show listening app Swell is about to be snapped up by Apple in a US$30 million deal. Swell is known for its ability to build custom news playlists with content from sources such NPR, BBC, and ABC and play back that content through its iPhone app.

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First Apple buys BookLamp, and now it's about to close a deal with Swell. Purchases like these sure make it look like Apple wants to find a better way for consumers to discover online content and books.

Report Claims Retina MacBook Pro Speed Bump Coming Tuesday

10:09 AM, Jul. 28th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Rumor

Apple is reportedly planning on giving the Retina MacBook Pro a speed bump on Tuesday with updated Intel Haswell Core i7 processors. The new models will still be available in 13-inch and 15-inch models, and will all come with at least 16 GB RAM.

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Assuming the report about tomorrow's Retina MacBook Pro refresh is accurate, it's welcome even if it isn't dramatic.

EU Greenlights Apple’s Beats Acquisition

9:04 AM, Jul. 28th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple made a big leap forward in its planned US$3 billion purchase of Beats Electronics and Beats Music when the European Commission announced on Monday that is has approved the deal. The Commission doesn't see a combined Apple and Beats as a serious threat to the headphone market, and said there are plenty of competitors who make substantially different products.

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With the EC's approval out of the way Apple is a step closer to closing its Beats purchase. Next stop: U.S. approval.