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TMO Daily Observations 2015-06-22: Apple, Taylor Swift, the Changing Music Industry

1:43 PM, Jun. 22nd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Apple changed course and announced it would pay royalties during the free three month trial period for Apple Music subscribers after Taylor Swift called out the company in a blog post. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's place in the music industry, how listening to music has evolved, and why it's time for artists and record labels to adapt to the ways consumers listen to music now.

Your Next iPhone May Have a Virtual Home Button

11:13 AM, Jun. 22nd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Future iPhones could include virtual Touch ID Home buttons

Apple is reportedly working blending display and touch technology in a way that would allow for reading fingerprints without needed the iPhone's Touch ID Home button. The new technology would let Apple drop the current physical Home button found on all iPhones and iPads, and replace it with a virtual version on the device's display.

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Even if Apple doesn't roll out its own custom touch display chip, it's likely the company is working on iPhone designs that don't need to make space for a physical Home button.

Want Better Apple Music Royalties? Get Taylor Swift on Your Side

9:35 AM, Jun. 22nd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Taylor Swift calls out Apple over Apple Music royalty terms

17 hours. That's all the time it took for Taylor Swift to give Apple a sound thrashing and get the company to agree to pay artists royalties for their songs during Apple Music's free three month trial period. As if that wasn't big enough news, Apple senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue announced the change to the world via Twitter.

Apple Quietly Kills Original iPad mini

10:30 AM, Jun. 19th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Good bye, first generation iPad mini

The original iPad—the iPad model you probably didn't realize Apple still made—unceremoniously vanished from Apple's online store early Friday morning. The original 7.9-inch iPad first went on sale in late 2012, and was the last of the non-Retina resolution devices in Apple's iOS product lineup.

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The original iPad mini is still a great little tablet, but it's just too far out of Apple's current spec lineup to keep making. At least it'll run iOS 9 this fall, so there's a little consolation for those of us who are still rocking a first gen model.

Ireland Residents Critical of New €850M Apple Data Center

7:21 PM, Jun. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's planned Ireland data center meets with local resistance

Apple is ready to drop €850 million (about US$960 million) on a new data center in Athenry, Co Galway in Ireland, but local residents aren't pleased with the plan. Some residents think Apple is choosing the wrong location for its data center, plus they have concerns over power usage, noise, and traffic congestion.

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On one hand, it's important for residents to have a say in big changes to their community. On the other hand, Apple is bringing new jobs to the area, offering to make nice improvements, and isn't going to place a burden on the local power infrastructure. Hopefully there's a middle ground that makes the project mutually beneficial, otherwise Apple will simply go somewhere else.

Apple Watch Sales Estimates Hit 2.79M

1:59 PM, Jun. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Watch sales estimated at 2.79 million units so far

Apple has sold an estimated 2.79 million Apple Watches since it first went on sale about two months ago. Those sales will add up to some nice profits for Apple, especially since 20 percent of those include extra wrist bands that reportedly sport hefty margins.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-06-18: Edward Snowden on Apple and Privacy, Indy Labels and Apple Music

1:12 PM, Jun. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Edward Snowden has already shaken up the security world, and now he says we should buy Apple products to show our support for better privacy protection. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to offer their thoughts on using our wallets to incentivize companies into giving us better security and privacy protection, plus they have something to say about U.K. indy record labels bowing out of Apple Music.

Zoo Keepers get Their Jurassic Park Moves On

11:45 AM, Jun. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Chris Pratt totally has the Jurassic tame-the-raptors move down, and it turns out he isn't the only one with the magic touch. Zoo keepers are showing off their tame-the-beast moves, too. They're recreating a scene from the just released Jurassic World movie where Pratt's character, Owen Grady, is taming velociraptors and it's the perfect set up for people work with non-extinct animals in real life. The meme is awesome, and a great way to remind us that people are working hard for animal conservation. And thanks to The Nerdist for putting together some of the best photos so we didn't have to.

600M Samsung Android Devices Open to Critical Security Threat

10:49 AM, Jun. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Samsung follows Apple with major Galaxy smartphone security flaw

Not to be outdone by Apple and the XARA security threat, 600 million of Samsung's Android-based mobile devices are susceptible to a critical security flaw that could let attackers steal data and eavesdrop on phone calls and conversations. The flaw targets the version of the SwiftKey on-screen keyboard Samsung bundles with its smartphones, and there isn't any way for users to get rid of it.

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I could make another joke about Samsung going overboard with copying Apple again, but that feels too much like stealing candy from a baby.