TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-21

1:24 PM, Jul. 21st, 2014 · · Daily Observations Podcast

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Google and Apple have very different philosophies on product development and that's having an impact on how both companies are perceived. Today John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about what that means for consumers, and they also offer their take on the EU pushing Apple and Google to drop "free" from the description of games with in-app purchases.

Voyager Q Conveniently Docks Your Extra SATA Drives

12:35 PM, Jul. 21st, 2014 · · In-Depth Review

NewerTech Voyager Q review

The Voyager Q dock from NewerTech allows you to access a 2.5- or 3.5-inch SATA drive with a Mac (or PC) using a conventional connection, USB, FireWire or eSATA.  It's a boon for those moving on from the old Mac Pros or PC towers but want to keep a SATA drive or two active. NewerTech's implementation is very good, but not without some minor issues.

Apple Faces Patent Infringement Lawsuit over iPhone 5 Speech Recognition

10:16 AM, Jul. 21st, 2014 · · News

The patent holding company Cedatech Holdings hit Apple with a lawsuit last week alleging the iPhone 5's speech recognition technology infringes on a patent it owns. The company filed its lawsuit in Federal Court in the Eastern District in Texas -- a court known for favoring patent trolls -- and the case's wording makes it clear Cedatech can't even keep up on who it is suing.

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If you're suing several companies for patent infringement the least you can do is get their names right in your boilerplate filings.

Apple’s 2014 London iTunes Festival to Include Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams

9:01 AM, Jul. 21st, 2014 · · News

Apple's annual iTunes Festival is set for September and once again will take place in London with performances from Maroon 5, Beck, Pharrell Williams, and more. The annual event includes 30 days of free concerts from big name artists at the Roundhouse with tickets for each event given out through a lottery system.

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iTunes Festival is always a great event, so if you'll be in London in September be sure to sign up for the ticket lottery.

MGG 511: Geeky Tangents Are Good!

7:19 PM, Jul. 20th, 2014 · & · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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Searching Gmail from the iOS Mail app usually fails, and the guys tackle that for you. Did you know that Keynote files often store extra stuff you don't need? Listen and learn how to get rid of that. Then it's on to a discussion about guest networks on your AirPort base station. Want to learn about modifying the Finder's "Open With" menu. Geeks to the rescue. Join John and Dave as they answer all these issues and more. It's a blast!

Get Free Bitcoins with 41 Website Faucets that Really Pay [Update]

9:48 PM, Jul. 18th, 2014 · · Link

Bitcoin Faucets

I've gathered 41 different Bitcoin "faucets"—websites that pay out free Bitcoins just for loading up a page full of ads—and tested them to make sure they actually pay out. I started off with eight sites, but this update adds several more and removes some faucets that have gone dark for a total of 41 different Bitcoin faucets that really pay, plus a Dogecoin faucet and a Litecoin faucet.

Apple Goes Back to the Future to Fight Google

4:50 PM, Jul. 18th, 2014 · · Particle Debris

This week's edition looks at how, in one case (Google), forgetting the past can have a negative impact on our perception of a company. In another duo of stories, John Martellaro looks at how denying change (by advertisers) can be a modern weapon against consumers. It all seems to fit together in TV land.