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TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-10

1:38 PM, Dec. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Apps to help iPhone-toting snuggle buddies find each other are showing up on Apple's App Store. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at the social and safety implications of the cuddle apps, plus they dive into the problems Apple is making by forcing iOS app developers to remove key features from their products.

iPod Antitrust Lawsuit Finds a New Plaintiff

10:42 AM, Dec. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

The class action lawsuit alleging Apple used monopoly power to block competitors from getting into the mobile music market is back on track with a new plaintiff. After Apple showed the previous three plaintiffs hadn't purchased iPods during the time frame specified in the lawsuit, attorneys scrambled to find a replacement, and that turned out to be a 65 year old ice dancer from Boston.

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Apple wants to win this case on merits, not technicalities. Depending on the outcome of the trial next week, we'll know if that was a smart move.

Apple and IBM Roll Out MobileFirst Apps for iPhone, iPad

9:06 AM, Dec. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple and IBM launched the first round of IBM MobileFirst apps for the iPhone and iPad on Wednesday. The apps are part of the business collaboration between the two companies to help push iOS solutions deeper into the enterprise market.

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Apple and IBM are in a strong position to be able to own the enterprise-level mobile device market, and it's clear that's exactly what they want to do. Good luck competing with that, Microsoft.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-09

1:36 PM, Dec. 9th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

There may not be a plaintiff in the iPod antitrust lawsuit against Apple, but that doesn't mean the case is dead in the water. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to dive into why the trial is moving forward — at least for now — and they also look at the drama behind the scenes on Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs biopic.

Apple Planning New R&D Center in Japan

11:47 AM, Dec. 9th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is planning on building a large-scale research and development center outside of Tokyo, Japan. News of the project comes courtesy of Japan Prime Minister Abe Shinzo, and has been confirmed by Apple.

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Apple loves controlling every aspect of its product designs, so it makes sense to have an R&D center focusing on manufacturing in Japan.

Why Ashton Kutcher May be the Only Steve Jobs We Get

10:34 AM, Dec. 9th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Aaron Sorkin's biopic about Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs lost out on Christian Bale, then Leonardo DiCaprio, and now Natalie Portman. It also lost its studio backing, and if the project keeps on its current path, the only big screen Steve Jobs we'll get comes from critically panned "Jobs" starring Ashton Kutcher.

Judge in iPod Antitrust Case: Find a New Plaintiff

9:16 AM, Dec. 9th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

The years-old antitrust class action lawsuit alleging Apple intentionally locked competitors out of the iPod to control the portable media player market will continue, at least for now. U.S. District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzales ruled the final plaintiff in the case hadn't purchased an iPod during the necessary time frame, then gave attorneys until Tuesday to find new plaintiffs.

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Considering how much time attorneys had to find solid plaintiffs for their case, you'd think they could've done better than putting someone on the stand with an iPod bought with the legal firm's credit card. They'll most likely find replacement plaintiffs in time for the case to move forward, but you can bet Apple will look at each purchase closely to make sure they're legit.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-08

2:12 PM, Dec. 8th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

John Martellaro thinks it's time for Apple to step up its iPad game, or risk losing market share. John and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about whether or not that's a serious issue, and John shares what he thinks Apple should do to lock in the iPad's long term success.

Paul Shin Devine gets a Year in Jail, $4.5M Fine for Leaking Apple Secrets

9:10 AM, Dec. 8th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Paul Shin Devine, the former mid-level Apple manager who took over a million dollars in kickbacks for leaking confidential company plans to Asian parts suppliers, has been sentenced to a year in prison and must repay $4.5 million. He was arrested in 2010 and ultimately plead guilty to federal conspiracy, money laundering, and wire fraud charges.