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TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-22

9 hours, 18 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

NPR's Serial podcast has become so big that Saturday Night Live recently made their own parody version. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at the show and how podcasting has become a part of mainstream life.The also look at how Apple Watch has stolen the wearables market for the holiday buying season even though it won't hit store shelves for months.

Apple Pay goes to Disney World for Christmas

11 hours, 55 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Merry Christmas, Apple Pay, you're going to Disney World. The world-destination theme park plans to start accepting Apple's mobile payment platform on December 24, just in time for the holiday.

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Disney promised to launch Apple Pay support before Christmas. Looks like they're keeping that promise even if it is within only a few hours of the holiday.

SNL Takes on Serial with a Holiday Flair

10:46 AM, Dec. 22nd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Serial is the season's stand out podcast, which makes it a prime target for Saturday Night Live. The weekly sketch comedy show did Serial justice with a brilliant take that has Sarah Koenig investigating an elf named Chris who breaks into people's homes to leave presents for children. It's almost as if you're watching an actual episode of Serial. Pure holiday magic.

Apple Rolls Out OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 Public Beta

10:07 AM, Dec. 22nd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Mac owners who just can't wait to get their hands on the latest updates for Yosemite can try out OS X 10.10.2 public beta. The latest public beta release rolled out over the weekend and is available to anyone who signed up to get at the releases.

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Public betas will give you an early look at what's coming next for OS X, but don't install the beta operating systems on mission critical Macs. There is a possibility you could lose data if something goes wrong.

Rumor Claims 12-inch MacBook Air Production Coming in Early 2015

9:03 AM, Dec. 22nd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

The long-rumored 12-inch MacBook Air will finally start production in early 2015—or so claims the latest rumor. That news comes from Digitimes, which has a dubious record with its laptop predictions, but will no doubt have many hopeful shoppers holding their breath waiting for a summer launch.

Google, Samsung can’t Top Apple’s Unreleased Apple Watch

5:31 PM, Dec. 19th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

What's the most sought after wearable tech device? That would be the Apple Watch—a device that isn't even scheduled to ship until some time next spring. Apple's unavailable smartwatch beat out Google, Samsung, and Fitbit as the wearable device people most want to buy, according to a study by Ipsos MediaCT.

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Polls like this are great news for Apple and horrible for their competitors because it shows consumers are more interested in buying a wearable device that has even shipped than products that are already on the market.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-19

1:41 PM, Dec. 19th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

The BBC says working conditions in factories making iPhones isn't all that great, and Apple says it's doing more than other companies to fix that. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about factory conditions, Apple's impact on workers in China, and the involvement of other companies in the efforts to address human rights.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Calls BS on BBC iPhone Factory Film

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

Following the airing of a BBC show depicting poor working conditions in the Pegatron factory making iPhones Apple CEO Tim Cook said the situation was misrepresented, and that he's "deeply offended." The report showed factory workers forced into extended shifts and ongoing safety issues.

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It's a safe bet that Apple will have a new report out soon detailing its ongoing efforts to improve working conditions in China, and hopefully Panorama's "Broken Promises" special will help accelerate the process. It's important that Apple is called to task for poor factory conditions at its suppliers, but it's also important other companies using the same facilities get called out, too.

McDonald’s Supersizes Sales with Apple’s iBeacon Tech

9:11 AM, Dec. 19th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Fast food giant McDonald's has been testing Apple's iBeacon technology in some of its Columbus, Georgia, locations and that's translating into bigger sales. The four-week program say 18,000 redemptions for products features through iBeacon notifications, and a notable increase in sales, too.

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McDonald's is an excellent test platform for iBeacon because the company already has an efficient system for tracking sales, so any changes are easy to see. It's also a great example of how effective iBeacon can be for retailers and restaurants hoping to find new ways to boost sales and improve customer service.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-18

1:43 PM, Dec. 18th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

You can't buy an iPhone in Russia today because Apple isn't cool with the wildly fluctuating ruble. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's decision and what impact that has on the company and consumers, plus they take a detour into Sony's decision to not release "The Interview," and they touch on Netflix's decision to not offer movies for offline viewing.