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ACM 317: T-Mobile’s Crazy iPhone Deal, Fitness Tracking Accuracy, Listener Comments

5 hours, 54 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

T-Mobile is shaking up the mobile phone contract market again with a really great deal for potential customers looking for a new iPhone. Jeff and Bryan dive into why T-Mobile's JUMP! On Demand plan is so cool for its customers, and could lead to better deals at Verizon and AT&T, too. They also talk about why they like fitness trackers even though they have accuracy issues, and they respond to listener comments.

Photoshop CS6 Stragglers Out of Luck for Camera Raw Updates

10:15 AM, Jul. 29th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Adobe leaves Photoshop CS6 behind with last Camera Raw update

It's no secret that Adobe left its Creative Suite 6 apps behind when it moved to Creative Cloud and annual software licenses, and if you've been holding out hope for extended support for the old versions of Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, get ready for the bad news. Adobe says Camera Raw 9.1.1 will be the last version released that still offers Photoshop CS6 support. For people using Adobe's apps professionally, this is another reminder that Creative Suite 6 is now a relic and it's time to let it go.

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Dropping Camera Raw updates for Photoshop CS6 is yet another sign from Adobe they really want everyone to move to Creative Cloud. The fact that they offered CS6 ACR updates for this long is pretty amazing.

Your Fitness Tracker May be Wrong, but that Doesn’t Make it Bad

6:11 PM, Jul. 28th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Nike FuelBand with coins. Nike FuelBand settlement value is in education, not money.

Nike has agreed to pay out US$2.4 million to settle a lawsuit where it and Apple were accused of misleading consumers into believing the Nike FuelBand logged accurate fitness tracking data. The pain point in the settlement isn't the money; instead, it's the fact that most fitness trackers simply aren't accurate.

Apple Targets Fitness, Travel, Music Apps in New Apple Watch Ads

9:31 AM, Jul. 28th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Watch fitness apps commercial

Apple took the lid off three new Apple Watch ads on Tuesday that highlight fitness, travel, and music apps instead of the more personal feel of earlier commercials. The 15 second spots offer a fast paced look at the types of apps available for the smart watch and introduce a new tag line: Apps at a tap.

Get Lost, and Found, in the Awesome Literary Road Trips Map

1:46 PM, Jul. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

I love seeing cool and unexpected uses for Google Maps, like the awesome map tracking the road trips from several classic American literary works. Atlas Obscura has what they're calling an "obsessively detailed" map showing the routes from several books such as Travels with Charlie, The Lost Continent, and (my favorite) Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. You can pick individual books and then click route points for quotes, and it's an awesome way to visualize exactly where these epic journeys took place. Be sure to clear some time before checking out Atlas Obscura's Guide to Literary Road Trips because you will get sucked in. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test and On the Road are calling to you.

Huge Counterfeit iPhone Maker Shut Down in China

10:48 AM, Jul. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Chinese police shut down huge counterfeit iPhone operation

A Beijing business making counterfeit iPhones failed to follow one of Mac Geek Gab's tenets: Don't get caught. The business produced over 41,000 knock-off iPhones before police raided their factory and shut them down.

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Sure, you can make counterfeit Samsung Galaxy smartphones, but there's big money in knock-off iPhones—until you get caught.

Good News, Apple Watch, You’re Coming to Best Buy

9:15 AM, Jul. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Watch coming to Best Buy

Best Buy will be the first big retailer to sell Apple Watch outside of Apple's own retail stores starting in August. Adding Apple Watch to its in-store product lineup at Best Buy expands in store availability in a big way, which is good news for people who don't live near an Apple Store, and helps boost the idea that it's a product for everyone and not just the tech crowd or shopping elite.

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Best Buy's smart watch display is so bad it's embarrassing. It's a good thing Apple has its own store-in-a-store displays where Apple Watch can stand out.