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UK Safari Users can Sue Google Over Unwanted Browser Cookies

2:05 PM, Mar. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Google lost its fight to keep UK residents from filing lawsuits over the Safari browser tracking cookies it placed on their computers even when they explicitly blocked the activity. The Court of Appeal ruling means potentially millions of people can file lawsuits against the company over claims that their privacy has been violated.

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Google may have claimed it was simply using "known functionality" in the Safari Web browser, but both US and UK courts think the company crossed the line. Seems even though most people are fine giving up privacy, they draw the line at Google using tracking cookies even after browser settings are changed to prohibit that.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-27: Tim Cook is the Top Leader, Leshi TV says Apple is Hitler

12:56 PM, Mar. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been named the world's greatest leader, which is really saying something. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share some interesting facts they learned about Mr. Cook following Fortune's proclamation of his superior leadership skills. They also take a look at a new marketing campaign out of China from Leshi TV comparing Apple to Adolph Hitler.

Leshi TV CEO Says Apple is Hitler

10:56 AM, Mar. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Leshi TV CEO Jia Yueting kicked his hyperbole engine into overdrive and is equating Apple to Adolph Hitler. His company went so far as to release a vaguely South Park-style image online of the Nazi leader, complete with an Apple logo on a red arm band.

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While equating competitors to the bad guys is a fairly common marketing tactic, going so far as to draw parallels to Hitler and the Nazi regime is in bad taste, to say the least.

Apple Watch Compatible Apps are Already Arriving

9:29 AM, Mar. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

With Apple Watch pre-orders still a couple weeks off and then a couple more before we can finally wrap Apple's smartwatch around our wrists, the first iPhone app updates with Apple Watch support are already rolling out. Several apps are touting Apple Watch compatibility, such as Dark Sky, Evernote, and SPG: Starwood Hotels and Resorts.

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Seeing Apple Watch updates showing up now is practically a tease, although the select few journalists and bloggers who get early access for reviews will need some apps to test out.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-26: Apple’s Revamped iTunes Radio Plans, Amazon’s Big Cloud Storage

1:21 PM, Mar. 26th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Word on the street says Apple wants to be a big player in the streaming music market. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Apple's plans, and offer their take on brining DJs to iTunes Radio. They also dive into Amazon's new unlimited cloud storage options and what that means for their competitors.

Amazon Adds Unlimited Storage Options to Cloud Drive

11:31 AM, Mar. 26th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Amazon trumped everyone else in the online storage market on Thursday with its new unlimited plans. The online retailer is now offering a cloud-based file storage option without any data caps for just under US$5 a month—undercutting the best deals from very other online storage service, while making Apple's iCloud Drive options look painfully expensive.

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Unlimited online storage for any file type and only $5 a month. That's the best storage option for the price, period. Hopefully Amazon's move will make everyone else—including Apple—take note and offer more competitive pricing.

Apple Tasks Jimmy Iovine, Trent Reznor with Making a Spotify Competitor

10:32 AM, Mar. 26th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is ready to revamp its streaming music offerings, and has put Jimmy Iovine and Trent Reznor on the task. The iPhone and iPad maker wants to go head to head with Spotify and similar streaming music services, and is leveraging its Beats acquisition to make that happen.

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Apple wants to be a big player in the streaming music market, and it looks like the company is working on making that happen. Spotify and Pandora have to know Apple is working on something, so it'll be interesting to see what this does for competition in the Internet radio game.

Apple TV Adds CNNgo Channel

9:02 AM, Mar. 26th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple TV gained yet another new channel this week with the addition of CNNgo. The new channel taps into the CNNgo service to let viewers watch live news and previously recorded shows, but requires a cable TV subscription to watch most of the content.

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More channels coming to Apple TV helps make the little streaming entertainment box more enticing. Requiring a cable TV subscription yet again, however, doesn't do much to make the device a true alternative to Comcast or Time Warner TV packages.

Dave Hamilton Talks Mobile Tech at Connecticut Mac Connection

2:35 PM, Mar. 25th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Appearances

The Mac Observer's own Dave Hamilton will be speaking Wednesday evening at the Connecticut Mac Connection user group on how to keep all of your data with you no matter where you are. Dave will share his tips and tricks on how to make sure the information you need is available when you're away from your desk, and how to make sure your information stays secure.