ACM 280: Apple’s Messages Lawsuit, Net Neutrality, and GTAT Woes

7:40 PM, Nov. 12th, 2014 · · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Apple is facing a potential class action lawsuit over text messages that never made it to former iPhone users, and the fight for Net Neutrality is turning very political. Jeff and Bryan dive into both topics, plus they take a look at recently unsealed documents in the GT Advanced Technologies bankruptcy filing and debate whether or not Apple bullies its suppliers.

6-Piece New Age Smartphone Photo Kit: $69

7:04 PM, Nov. 12th, 2014 · · TMO Deals

6-Piece New Age Smartphone Photo Kit: $69

Today's deal is for iPhoneographers. It's a six-piece lens kit for iPhone 4/4s/5/5s/6 (or Galaxy S5 if that's your thing). It includes an 8x Telephoto Lens, Fisheye Lens, Wide Angle Lens, Macro Lens, 2x Telephoto Lens, and 60x Magnifying Microscope. It also has a hard case for two of the lenses, a wallet for the rest, a tripod, and a cleaning cloth. That's a lot of glass, and it's $69 (regular price $199). There are example photos on the deal page, as well as a video. Check it out.

iMac w/Retina 5K Display = Best iMac Ever

4:23 PM, Nov. 12th, 2014 · · Columns and Opinions

iMac with Retina 5K Display

When I first heard about Apple’s 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display, I thought someone was pulling my leg. Earlier this year, when I was considering a new Mac Pro, I did a lot of research on high-resolution displays and the only 5K display I know of is a 27-inch Dell UP2715 that goes for a whopping $2,499, which happens to be the same price as the new 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display!

FCC Chairman Shoots Down President’s Call for Strong Net Neutrality Oversight

3:49 PM, Nov. 12th, 2014 · · Analysis

President Barack Obama and and FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler both agree something needs to be done to protect Net Neutrality, but they don't agree on exactly what that will be. Mr. Wheeler told Internet company executives he doesn't support the President's call for strong controls to ensure all Internet traffic is treated equally, and instead wants a system that caters more to ISPs such as Comcast and Time Warner.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-12

1:40 PM, Nov. 12th, 2014 · · Daily Observations Podcast

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How can you use Apple Pay in restaurants? John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to explain how Open Table fits in with Apple Pay and eating on the go, plus they get all excited about the just released new levels for Monument Valley for the iPad and iPhone.

Monument Valley Update Brings 8 New Chapters to iPhone and iPad

11:51 AM, Nov. 12th, 2014 · · Cool Stuff Found

The highly anticipated update for Monument Valley is finally available, and it brings eight new chapters to the iPhone and iPad game. The new levels, titled Forgotten Shores, include more MC Escher-like puzzles to work through with the same mysterious beauty we saw when the game was first released. The new levels will cost you US$1.99 as an in-app purchase, and the game costs $3.99 through Apple's App Store.

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AT&T Stops Fiber Upgrade Over Net Neutrality Fight

11:22 AM, Nov. 12th, 2014 · · News

AT&T's plans for bringing fiber connections to 100 cities is on hold because the company doesn't feel comfortable moving forward while the future of Net Neutrality regulations are up in the air. The FCC is considering its oversight options for the companies providing Internet connections, Verizon is threatening legal action depending on what decision the Commission makes, and the White House is pushing for strict controls.

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On one hand, delaying the fiber rollout makes sense because AT&T doesn't know exactly how it will be able to use the infrastructure once it's in place. On the other hand, this sure feels like ham fisted posturing to show that preserving Net Neutrality is bad for consumers.

AAPL Hits a New Closing High Again at $109.70

9:30 AM, Nov. 12th, 2014 · · Apple Stock Watch

Apple's stock price keeps climbing and hit a new closing high on Tuesday at US$109.70. The iPhone and iPad maker's stock has been on a upward trend since before its 7-to-1 stock split earlier this year, and doesn't seem to be showing any sign of slowing down.