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TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-21

1:24 PM, Jul. 21st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Google and Apple have very different philosophies on product development and that's having an impact on how both companies are perceived. Today John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about what that means for consumers, and they also offer their take on the EU pushing Apple and Google to drop "free" from the description of games with in-app purchases.

Apple Faces Patent Infringement Lawsuit over iPhone 5 Speech Recognition

10:16 AM, Jul. 21st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

The patent holding company Cedatech Holdings hit Apple with a lawsuit last week alleging the iPhone 5's speech recognition technology infringes on a patent it owns. The company filed its lawsuit in Federal Court in the Eastern District in Texas -- a court known for favoring patent trolls -- and the case's wording makes it clear Cedatech can't even keep up on who it is suing.

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If you're suing several companies for patent infringement the least you can do is get their names right in your boilerplate filings.

Apple’s 2014 London iTunes Festival to Include Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams

9:01 AM, Jul. 21st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's annual iTunes Festival is set for September and once again will take place in London with performances from Maroon 5, Beck, Pharrell Williams, and more. The annual event includes 30 days of free concerts from big name artists at the Roundhouse with tickets for each event given out through a lottery system.

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iTunes Festival is always a great event, so if you'll be in London in September be sure to sign up for the ticket lottery.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-18

1:42 PM, Jul. 18th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Amazon launched its new Kindle Unlimited ebook subscription service today, and at $9.99 a month it's going to catch the eye of consumers and competitors. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to debate exactly why Kindle Unlimited is good -- or bad - for the publishing industry.

Flappy Bird Where it Belongs: On the Apple IIc

11:42 AM, Jul. 18th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Love it or hate it, Flappy Bird has been an amazingly successful game on the iPhone and iPad, but it's been missing from the one computer that's the perfect platform for its 8-bit flapping goodness: the Apple IIc. Dagen Brock has fixed that horrible oversite with his new Flappy Birds clone called Flapple Bird. Game play is keyboard-based, which makes sense considering touch screen computing wasn't a thing back in 1980s. You can download Flapple Bird for free, and it's available versions for 5.25-inch and 3.5-inch floppy disks.

Reminder: Apple Q3 2014 Earnings Report Next Tuesday

11:22 AM, Jul. 18th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Apple's third fiscal earnings report for 2014 is set for Tuesday, July 22. The conference call for analysts and investors will start around 5PM eastern time after the market closes, and The Mac Observer will be at the ready with our usual event coverage. Be sure to check in with us for the latest on Apple's revenue and product sales numbers.

EU Pushes Apple, Google to Drop “Free” from Games with In-app Purchases

10:55 AM, Jul. 18th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

The European Union's European Commission thinks free games with in-app purchases shouldn't be called "free," and has been pushing Apple and Google to change how they represent those apps to buyers. Google has capitulated, and now the EU is calling out Apple for failing to take action, although Apple thinks it's already doing more than other companies to keep consumers well informed.

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This comes down to the EU saying free isn't really free if in-app purchases are available. Apple seems to disagree, so now we get to sit back and watch to see who blinks first.

Amazon Moves to Own More of the Ebook Market with Kindle Unlimited

10:15 AM, Jul. 18th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Amazon officially announced its Kindle Unlimited ebook and audio book subscription service on Friday, and in the process reaffirmed its plan to own as much of the book market as it can. Kindle Unlimited is a US$9.99 a month subscription that gives users unlimited access to 600,000 ebooks and several thousand audio books on their Kindle, or in the Kindle app for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

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Charging $9.99 a month for as many ebooks as you can read is a business model other retailers simply won't be able to compete against. If you read even two books a month it'll be more economical to subscribe than it would be to buy the titles anywhere else.

iPhone 6 Production to Ramp Up Next Week

9:35 AM, Jul. 18th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is ready to start building the rumored 4.7-inch iPhone 6 next week, and will ramp up production of the larger 5.5-inch model during the second week in August. Rumors surrounding the features Apple plans to pack into the next iPhone model have been circulating for months, and more recently have grown to include a late September release which fits with a manufacturing ramp up now.

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There isn't any firm evidence to back up the report that Apple will start building the iPhone 6 next week, but the timing does fit nicely for a late September release.