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TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-21

11 hours, 58 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Samsung doesn't have to pay Apple's patent infringement trial legal costs because the iPhone wasn't famous when the company copied it. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to try to sort out Judge Lucy Koh's logic, plus they take a look at Amazon's new Android-based Fire smartphone.

3 Free iPhone Apps for Ordering from the Starbucks Secret Menu

10:29 AM, Aug. 21st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Quick Tip

Ordering an espresso, vanilla Frappuccino, or even an iced soy chai is easy enough at Starbucks, but how about a Snickerdoodle or Cap'n Crunch Frappuccino, or Apple Juice Blossom? Those are all part of the Starbucks "secret menu," and we found three cool free iPhone apps that'll help you order those and plenty more, too.

Samsung Doesn’t Have to Pay Apple Attorney Fees Because iPhone wasn’t Famous

9:02 AM, Aug. 21st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's bid to make Samsung pay US$16 million for attorney fees it racked up in the 2012 trial accusing the electronics maker of copying the iPhone's design was shot down by Federal Judge Lucy Koh this week. The Judge said one of the reasons Samsung doesn't need to cover Apple's attorney costs was because the iPhone's design wasn't famous before the copycat devices were made.

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Apple's 2012 patent infringement win against Samsung is looking more like a hollow victory every day.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-20

1:07 PM, Aug. 20th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Analysts and pundits are weaving some pretty big tapestries for Apple's product plans based on only a few threads of information they're getting from the supply chain. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at reports claiming Apple's rumored iWatch is coming next year because of production delays, plus they offer their take on RunKeeper's plans to offer fitness incentives through what amounts to in-app ads.

RunKeeper Wants to Give You Presents for Working Out

10:58 AM, Aug. 20th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Exercise may be its own reward, but RunKeeper thinks a little something extra couldn't hurt so it teamed up with Kiip to give its app users rewards for meeting new workout goals. The rewards will be offers for free or discounted health and fitness-related products, which sounds a lot like in-app ads, but the company is working to present them in a way that doesn't offend users and actually gives them something of value.

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RunKeeper has always taken pride in the fact that it doesn't offer in-app advertising. This new deal with Kiip walks right on that line, so it'll be interesting to see if users feel like they're really being rewarded for working out, or being pushed ads.

Analyst: No Apple iWatch this Year

9:44 AM, Aug. 20th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's rumored and highly anticipated iWatch won't make it to store shelves this year thanks to production issues. That's the word from KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo who said the device is proving to be very difficult to build thanks to a new manufacturing process Apple had to develop and the use of several specialized components.

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Apple is pretty good at keeping secrets, so it's possible the iWatch will launch this fall. That said, unexpected manufacturing issues could lead to a 2015 release, which would be unfortunate for Apple because it would miss out on the holiday buying season.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-19

1:21 PM, Aug. 19th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Our iPhones can be more than text message tools and cameras; they can play an important role in enhancing our lives, too. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share some of their favorite apps and accessories for improving the quality of their lives, and even offer up a little relationship advice, too.

Developer Portal Breach May have Forced Apple’s Gatekeeper Changes

11:02 AM, Aug. 19th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Changes to the Gatekeeper feature in OS X Mavericks designed to help protect users from malware and may be the result of a security breach Apple experienced through its Developer Portal. Developers first saw the change in the beta version of OS X 10.9.5, and if they haven't updated the digital signatures in their apps, end users will start seeing warnings saying those apps may not be trustworthy.

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Protecting users and developers from security risks is a hard job, and it isn't any secret that Apple's Developer Portal fell victim to attackers. It's possible the information the attackers made off with forced the company to change how Gatekeeper works to prevent similar attacks in the future.

iTunes Festival 2014 Adds Paolo Nutini, Lenny Kravitz, Elbow

10:13 AM, Aug. 19th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's 2014 London iTunes Festival lineup just filled out a little more with Paolo Nutini, Lenny Kravitz, and Elbow all getting show dates. The annual music event includes 30 days of free concerts from big name artists at London's Roundhouse, but tickets are available only through a lottery system.