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OpenTV Hits Apple with Streaming Video Patent Lawsuit

9:49 AM, May. 7th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

OpenTV has filed a lawsuit claiming Apple is infringing on five of its streaming video-related patents. The company's U.S. District Court filing said several Apple products, including iTunes, infringe on its patents.

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Assuming Apple's streaming video technology really does infringe on OpenTV's patents, this is one case where settling out of court is probably a pretty smart idea.

How to Organize Apps on your Apple Watch

2:27 PM, May. 6th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Quick Tip

The apps you add to your Apple Watch are all accessible with a quick press of the digital crown, but finding exactly what you're looking for can be a little frustrating because their icons are all in a random cluster. Luckily, you can rearrange them to suit your needs, and it's fairly easy to do. Read on to learn how.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-05-06: Apple’s Applebot, Viewing Apple Watch Workout Data

1:00 PM, May. 6th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Apple has its own bot searching website, but does that mean Google and Bing need to be worried? Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to sort out Apple's plans for the Internet search market and what motives may be behind its Applebot. They also respond to a listener who points out we can, in fact, see detailed information about previous Apple Watch workouts if you know where to look.

Applebot Web Crawler Isn’t Taking on Google

10:21 AM, May. 6th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple has its own Web crawler, called Applebot, scouring websites for its own search results just like Google, but it isn't likely a move to take over the search engine market. Instead, Apple says its Web crawler is collecting information for Siri and Spotlight.

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It isn't all that surprising to learn Apple has its own Web crawler scouring sites all over the Internet, but don't think this means Applebot is about to become your default search engine.

The First Apple Article Ever

9:05 AM, May. 6th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Apple is a daily news topic, and offers up enough interesting content to keep plenty of news sites and blogs—including The Mac Observer—busy pretty much every day. That all had to start somewhere, and it looks like the beginning was in 1977 when Sheila (Clarke) Craven's in depth article about the company ran in Kilobaud magazine. She spent four hours with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak talking about the Apple I and walked away with the beginnings of what eventually would become the massive technology empire we know today. Ms. Craven gave Business Insider a scan of the printed article, and it's a great read with lots of insight into what would eventually grow into the world of the Macintosh, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.

Apple TV gets USA Now, CBS Sports Channels

2:34 PM, May. 5th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

USA Now and CBS Sports channels appeared on Apple TV on Tuesday, adding two new sources for entertainment to the set top streaming box. USA Now requires a cable subscription login, but CBS Sports lets you view all of its content without any restrictions.

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More Apple TV channels is nice, but until we can get all of the content we want without requiring a cable or satellite television subscription package most people won't be able to truly cut the entertainment cord.

Home Depot Drops Apple Pay Support

11:02 AM, May. 5th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Home Depot's days of supporting Apple Pay seems have come to an end. The home improvement retailer unofficially accepted wireless payments from the iPhone 6, but has quietly dropped that most likely because of its support for PayPal.

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Blocking the payment system people are specifically asking for doesn't sound like good business. This won't kill Home Depot's bottom line but it's a safe bet that some iPhone owners who shopped there just because of Apple Pay will be finding different places to spend their money.

Developers get Apple Watch Band, New Interface Guidelines

10:04 AM, May. 5th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's new guidelines for developers make it clear third-party Apple Watch bands have an official thumbs up. Thanks to updates for Apple's Human Interface Guidelines website, developers have new resources to aid in their watch app designs, too.

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Adding Apple Watch to the "Made for" program means we'll be seeing Apple certified third-party accessories for our watches soon, including officially approved bands. We should start seeing a wave of improved apps shortly, too, thanks to updated developer guidelines.