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TMO Daily Observations 2015-07-21: Lots of Love for Apple Watch

1:43 PM, Jul. 21st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Despite the complaints about Apple Watch, it looks like most people really like theirs. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to offer their perspective on why people love their Apple Watch even if they aren't completely satisfied with every feature. They also look at Apple's latest hire from the automotive industry and what that means for the secret Apple Car project.

Samsung’s New Allies in Apple Patent Fight: Google, Facebook

11:41 AM, Jul. 21st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Samsung gets new allies in smartphone design patent fight against Apple

Samsung has some new allies in its fight to overturn Apple's big mobile device design patent win. Google, Facebook, HP, Dell, and several other companies have filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals asking for the ruling against Samsung to be overturned because it poses a serious risk to the ongoing development of new and useful technologies. In essence, they're saying to move technology forward they need to be able to copy competitor's designs without fear of repercussion.

AAPL Q3 2015 Earnings Report Tuesday Afternoon

9:46 AM, Jul. 21st, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Apple stock chart

Apple's third fiscal quarter earnings report is set to start at 5PM eastern time this afternoon. Analysts will be watching the numbers closely to see how many iPhones and iPads Apple sold, and are hoping to coax Apple Watch sales figures out of the company, too. The Mac Observer will be following Apple's announcements as they happen, so be sure to check in with us this afternoon for the latest earnings report news and analysis.

That’s Embarrassing: Affair Site Ashley Madison Hit in Data Breach

1:59 PM, Jul. 20th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

User data from affair site Ashley Madison was stolen. So that's awkward.

Ashleymadison.com, the website known for its tagline, "Life is Short. Have an Affair," has 37 million users sweating bullets since hackers made off with the company's entire database. The hackers have started releasing names from the database, and plan to release more if AshleyMadison and its partner site Established Men aren't shut down. It looks like lots of people are suddenly in the middle of a very embarrassing situation.

Analysts: Nobody Knows How Many Apple Watches Apple Sold

10:31 AM, Jul. 20th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Apple isn't saying how many Apple Watches have been sold

How many Apple Watches were sold during Apple's third fiscal quarter? That depends on which analyst you ask: it could be as low as 2.85 million, or as high as 5.7 million. They're all hoping to have a better idea just how many Apple Watches made it onto consumer's wrists, but unless Apple decides to specifically state how many were sold—which most likely won't happen—those analysts will have to try to extrapolate an answer based on the company's other numbers.

Apple Highlights App Store Size in New iPhone Ad

9:16 AM, Jul. 20th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Apple has turned to the App Store for its latest "If it's not an iPhone, it's not an iPhone" commercial. The ad tells viewers the iPhone has over 1.5 million of best apps available that can turn your smartphone "into just about anything." Back in the days of the PC wars Mac owners said, "It isn't the quantity of apps, it's the quality that matters" like a litany, so it is a little ironic to see Apple touting just how big the App Store is.

Internet TV gets a Tentative Thumbs Up in New Court Ruling

4:43 PM, Jul. 17th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Federal ruling says Internet companies can get content licenses from broadcasters for television content

Internet-based television streaming scored a potentially big win this week when Federal District Court Judge George W. Wu ruled broadcasters may not be able to refuse content licenses to FilmOn. The company has been fighting a lawsuit over claims it shouldn't be allowed to rebroadcast copyrighted content over the Internet. If the ruling stands, this could open the door for other companies—potentially including Apple—to sidestep the traditional broadcast model to bring us TV shows outside of the confines of the big names like Comcast and Dish.

Apple IIgs System 6.0.2 Update Rolls Out After 22 Years - No Kidding

10:10 AM, Jul. 17th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Only 22 years after its last update Apple IIgs System 6.0.1 is getting a new update. The version 6.0.2 update added support for Apple's Ethernet for Appletalk card, fixed an HFS bug that could lead to file corruption, fixed PASCL.FST and DOS33.FST bugs, addressed bugs in TextEdit, Font Manager, and Window Manager, and the list goes on. What makes this so cool is that it's Apple IIgs fans who created the update. The IIgs was a great cross-over machine in its time because it also supported Apple IIe software and offered multimedia support you couldn't find on other computers. Thanks to A.P.P.L.E, you can break out your dusty old IIgs and give it a spiffy OS update. It's a free download at the A.P.P.L.E. website.