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TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-30

11 hours, 35 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's gay, which puts him in a unique position as an equal rights advocate. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to look at how Mr. Cook's announcement could impact the ongoing fight for equal rights and what it could mean to people struggling with their own identity. Jeff also gets really excited about Microsoft's new fitness tracker.

Microsoft Joins the Fitness Tracking Game with Fitness Band

11:36 AM, Oct. 30th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Microsoft is hoping to grab a slice of the fitness tracking market with its new Microsoft Band. The new fitness tracker packs in sensors for tracking steps, heart rate, UV light levels, and more.

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Microsoft's best bet for competing against the Apple Watch is an early release, which is exactly what happened. Microsoft Band has a cool mix of sensors and longer battery life than Apple's smartwatch, plus a lower price point, and it's available now. Still, it isn't Apple Watch, so it'll be interesting to see how well it sells since so many people are holding out for some Apple kit on their wrist.

Tim Cook’s Gay Coming Out is a Big Deal for Equal Rights

9:52 AM, Oct. 30th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Editorial

Tim Cook is the CEO of one of the most valuable companies and brands in the world, an advocate for human rights and equality, a very private man, and now a man that's openly gay. The big news isn't that Mr. Cook is gay — his sexuality, just like everyone else's — is very personal. The big news isn't new at all: Tim Cook is a powerful man doing what he can to make the world a better place for everyone.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-29

1:45 PM, Oct. 29th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

AT&T is under fire from the FTC, and the FCC wants to change the rules on cable television. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about what they expect to come from the FTC suing AT&T for data throttling, and how opening the Internet to broadcast TV streaming will impact viewers.

FCC Rule Change Could Turn Apple TV into A Cable TV Competitor

10:09 AM, Oct. 29th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has proposed a change to the rules controlling who broadcasters sell content to, and would bar them from refusing to sell to Internet-based providers. That translates to a big opportunity for Apple to add new channels to Apple TV without cutting deals with cable providers like Comcast.

CVS Says it Can’t Take Apple Pay, Evaluating Options

9:09 AM, Oct. 28th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

CVS, along with Rite Aid, disabled their in-store NFC mobile payment systems after the launch of Apple Pay, blocking both iPhones and Google Wallet-compatible Android phones from acting as credit cards. CVS now has a statement out saying it can't accept those payment forms.

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Seems like CVS is confusing "cannot" with "won't," because their NFC credit card terminals are clearly capable of supporting Apple Pay.