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TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-17

1:14 PM, Jul. 17th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Apple's iTunes Pass landed in the United States today, but exactly what does it do? Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to explain just what iTunes Pass is for and what it could become if Apple wants to turn our iPhones into digital wallets. They also take a look and Microsoft's big layoff plans and how that could impact the company.

Apple Brings iTunes Pass Account Reloading to US Stores

10:39 AM, Jul. 17th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's Passbook-based iTunes Pass system for adding money to your iTunes account launched in Japan only days ago and now is available in the United States, too. The system lets users pre-load thier iTunes account in retail stores via a Passbook card. Those credits can then be redeemed for iTunes and App Store purchases, much like gift card balances work today.

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iTunes Pass is limited to purchases through Apple because it's another way to add money to your iTunes account. Presumably Apple has bigger plans for this which will turn our iPhones into proper digital wallets.

Microsoft Cutting 18,000 Jobs, Biggest Layoff in Company History

9:56 AM, Jul. 17th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella confirmed on Thursday that he's planning massive layoffs amounting to the biggest in the company's history. About 18,000 employees will get pink slips over the next year and the majority of those will come from staff that was absorbed from its purchase of Nokia's handset division.

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A 15 percent workforce reduction is pretty big. Mr. Nadella seems to really want to see serious change at Microsoft now that he's in charge.

Blue’s Mikey Digital for iPhone gets Lightning Connector

8:54 AM, Jul. 17th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Blue announced the immediate availability of a Lightning connector version of its popular Mikey Digital microphone for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch on Thursday. Like its 30-pin Dock Connector predecessor, the Lightning Mikey Digital lets users capture higher quality audio compared to their iPhone or iPad's built-in microphone.

Apple Agrees to $400M Settlement in Ebook Price Fixing Case

3:26 PM, Jul. 16th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple has decided not to fight a class action lawsuit over claims it orchestrated a price fixing scheme to artificially drive up the cost of books and will instead pay a US$400 million settlement. That payout is contingent on the outcome of Apple's appeal in the DOJ's antitrust case, so don't expect to see money changing hands any time soon.

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Settling with the States in the class action lawsuit makes financial sense for Apple. The alternative includes ongoing legal expenses and a potentially much higher fine that it's facing through the settlement. Agreeing to the deal doesn't mean Apple is admitting any wrong doing, although that's exactly how the State Attorneys General will spin it.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-16

1:06 PM, Jul. 16th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Apple and IBM are teaming up to take on the mobile enterprise market with the iPhone and iPad. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share their take on what that means for Apple and their competitors. They also take a look at Citigroup's renewed coverage of AAPL and its not so positive coverage from the past.

Citigroup Starts AAPL Coverage with $110 Target

11:28 AM, Jul. 16th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Citigroup's Jim Suva started covering Apple's stock for investors again on Wednesday with a US$110 target price. Like other analysts, he expects the introduction of the iPhone 6 will have a positive impact on revenue, and he also thinks other analysts are underestimating consumer demand once the new iPhone model is released.