Analyst: AAPL on Track to Hit $1 Trillion Market Cap

9:18 AM, Mar. 24th, 2015 · · Apple Stock Watch

Cantor Fiztgerald analyst Brian White thinks Apple's future is so bright that he raised his 12-month target price for the company's stock from US$160 up to $180, which would put its market cap up over $1 trillion. He said the launch of Apple Watch, iPhone growth in China, and the iPhone and iPad maker's potential with its rumored electric car will all help to push the stock value higher.

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Apple seems to be the darling of Wall Street and most analysts are very optimistic about the company's future. Topping the trillion dollar market cap mark would be huge for Apple.

Instagram Launches ‘Layout’ App for Collages

7:04 PM, Mar. 23rd, 2015 · · Cool Stuff Found

Instagram announced Monday a new app called Layout for iOS (Android users can expect it in "the coming months"). Layout is a standalone app for making collages that can be posted to your Instagram feed, Facebook, or sent to other apps in iOS. It allows users to choose apps n the camera roll and then pick a layout pattern. The app auto-populates the photos into that layout, and the user can then swap photos out, rotate them, flip them, pinch to zoom, or drag them around. It includes a Faces tab that automatically detects photos with faces in them, and there's also a Photo Booth mode that allows you to take several photos in quick succession. Layout is a free app, and it's available now.

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How to Surf the Web on a Mac Plus

5:01 PM, Mar. 23rd, 2015 · · Cool Stuff Found

The Internet as we know it today didn't exist when the Mac Plus was introduced in 1986, so is it even possible to get one online and loading modern Web pages? Turns out the answer is yes, and Jeff Keacher did it just to show it can be done. It involved using a Raspberry Pi as a bridge to his network and some custom-rolled code to handle virtual host names instead of just IP addresses, and strip out CSS, Javascript, DIVs, and other newer stuff that wasn't around in 1986. In the end, Jeff's nearly 30 year old Mac was online and surfing the Web.

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How Comcast is Now Handling Internet Data Usage and Caps

3:45 PM, Mar. 23rd, 2015 · · Analysis

A few years ago, there was somewhat of a fuss about emerging Comcast monthly data caps for Internet usage. The number was 250 GB per month. Lately, however, Comcast has not been imposing hard data caps and has, instead, taken a pragmatic approach to monitoring and analyzing network usage. As a result, the path to 4K streaming will be eased.

iRig 2: New and Improved Mobile Guitar Interface from IK Multimedia

3:10 PM, Mar. 23rd, 2015 · · Cool Stuff Found

I've used the original iRig to play my guitars through my iDevices with IK Multimedia's AmpliTube and Apple's GarageBand (free) apps for years. It was a workhorse and a bargain at $39.99, but my one complaint was that it lacked an input gain control, so I had to record some of my guitars at lower-than-I'd-have-liked recording levels. iRig 2,the successor to my venerable iRig shipped last week, fixing my only complaint and adding new features like a 1/4" amplifier output jack, FX/Thru switch, and Android compatibility  (not that I care)—all at the same low price ($39.99 - Amazon link). If you want to play your guitar through your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, I can't think of a better or more reasonably-priced way to connect it than iRig 2.  

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Apple Makes it Easier to Target Ads on iTunes Radio

2:27 PM, Mar. 23rd, 2015 · · News

Apple's iAd service for selling advertising space in apps and on iTunes Radio finally added the ability to buy ads for the company's streaming music service without first going through the iAd sales team. The new system uses the same Workbench utility app developers rely on to push relevant ads to their customers.

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Apple wants to make sure iTunes Radio is an appealing option for advertisers, and making it easier to target listeners with appropriate ads is one way of doing that. Apple says it isn't sharing any listener information with advertisers, which is good news for those of us who don't want to be the product yet again.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-23: The New Steve Jobs Biography, Google’s Search Game

1:45 PM, Mar. 23rd, 2015 · · Daily Observations Podcast

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A new Steve Jobs biography comes out tomorrow, and Apple's executive team seems much happier about this book than Walter Isaacson's interpretation. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on why the executives like the Brent Schlender, Rick Tetzeli, and George Newbern book so much more. Also, Google games its search results.