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OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 Beta goes Public with Photos App

3:10 PM, Mar. 2nd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Developers have been able to try out the beta version of OS X 10.10.3, and as of Monday the public can, too. Mac users who signed up to participate in the public beta program can download the latest prerelease build of the upcoming Mac OS update, and it includes a beta version of the iPhoto replacement app Photos, too.

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Don't forget beta means "not ready to ship," so there may be bugs and other surprises that cause app crashes and data loss. If you're planning on playing with the beta consider installing in on a Mac that isn't critical for your daily work.

Morgan Stanley Says AAPL’s Market will Grow to $3.4 Trillion

11:01 AM, Mar. 2nd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Apple's US$800 billion market could grow to $3.4 trillion in the next five years, according to Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty, because every aspect of the iPhone and iPad maker's business is poised to expand even more. That growth will come because Apple is poised to be a bigger part of our daily lives with Apple Watch, Apple Car, and Apple TV.

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Here's the translation: If Apple makes it the money will come, no matter what the product may be.

Apple Adds Cars to its Business in Switzerland

10:11 AM, Mar. 2nd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple hasn't made an official statement about whether or not it's designing a car, but a recent change to its corporate documents in Switzerland makes it clear the company has its eye on the automotive market. The document change says vehicles are part of its business operations, which all but screams "We're making a car."

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Apple is always on the hunt for the next market to disrupt, and its updated corporate description in Switzerland backs up our report that the company really is working on a car. Automotive industry, you've been put on notice.

Apple Builds Mystery Room for Apple Watch Media Event

9:12 AM, Mar. 2nd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is building a mystery room off the side of the Yerba Buena Events Center in San Francisco ahead of its March 9 "Spring forward" media event. Apple did the same when it first showed off the Apple Watch last September, which means the room is most likely a demonstration area for the company's new smartwatch again.

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If Apple is setting up a demonstration area, it's a safe be Apple Watch is finally ready for proper hands-on time instead of the tightly controlled demos we had last September when the smartwatch was still in development.

Ericsson Sues Apple after Failing to Reach Patent License Agreement

11:20 AM, Feb. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Ericsson has decided to give up on its efforts to renew patent licensing agreements over technology used in the iPhone and iPad and instead is taking its case to federal court. The two companies had been negotiating terms to renew a 2008 licensing agreement that expired last month, but so far haven't been able to find terms agreeable to both.

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Like I've said before, even when companies try to negotiate patent licensing terms they just can't seem to stay out of court.

Analyst: Apple Watch Edition to Cost $950

10:01 AM, Feb. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Citigroup analyst Jim Suva weighed in with his expectations for Apple Watch pricing following the news that Apple is hosting a media event on March 9. Apple already announced pricing will start at US$349—presumably for the Apple Watch Sport—and he thinks Apple Watch will cost $550 while the Apple Watch Edition will be priced at $950. He's also pegging April 16 as the smartwatch's official release date.

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Mr. Suva's $950 price point for the gold Apple Watch Edition is surprisingly low compared to the general consensus that it won't start below $5,000 and could cost more than $10,000. We'll have to wait until Apple's March 9 media event where Apple Watch pricing is expected to be announced to see how close he really is.

FCC Reclassifies Internet Providers in Net Neutrality Vote

3:54 PM, Feb. 26th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

The Federal Communications Commission approved new policies on Thursday to reclassify Internet service providers as Title II carriers in a move to protect net neutrality. The change gives the FCC the authority to block companies like Comcast and Verizon from creating prioritized "fast lanes" for broadband data that cost content providers more to use.