TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-27

1:25 PM, Aug. 27th, 2014 ·

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There's a new report claiming Apple plans to start building 12.9-inch display iPads in early 2015. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont and join Jeff Gamet to discuss what they think of a bigger format iPad, and they also take a look at what's happening at Duke University's technology program for students and faculty ten years after they started handing out iPods.

Dropbox Ups the Cloud Storage Game with new 1TB for $9.99 Deal

11:12 AM, Aug. 27th, 2014 ·

The online storage and file sharing service Dropbox increased its paid Pro storage option from 100GB a month for US$9.99 up to 1TB. The new price point brings Dropbox in line with Google Drive's 1TB offering, and it also brings some extra features to the table that make the deal even more enticing.

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1TB for $9.99 a month is pretty competitive, especially since Dropbox is throwing other useful features, too. Your move, Apple.

Get Ready for the 12.9-inch iPad, Maybe

9:30 AM, Aug. 27th, 2014 ·

Apple is reportedly working on a 12.9-inch version of the iPad with plans to release the device in 2015. The tablet would be even bigger than the 9.7-inch iPad Air and would dwarf the 7.9-inch iPad mini.

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It's a safe bet that Apple has been experimenting with several screen sizes for possible future iPad models. If the company does release a 12.9-inch model, it won't be because analysts demand it, but instead because the company is sure it will sell well.

Seagate Ships First 8TB Hard Drives for Enterprise

9:16 PM, Aug. 26th, 2014 · · Cool Stuff Found

Seagate announced Tuesday that has shipped the first 8TB hard drive, a 33 percent increase in capacity from the 6TB enterprise monsters that were announced just last April. The devices come in a standard 3.5-inch form factor, and it doesn't use helium to increase capacity, a concept being pursued by Western Digital. Instead, as noted by Computerworld, Seagate is using a technology called shingled magnetic recording (SMR). The company hasn't announced pricing, and said that it was shipping the drive to "select customers," with wider availability starting next quarter. The 6TB enterprise drive shown below can be purchased for US$599. Now, if I could just get an iPhone with more than 64GB of storage.

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4:51 PM, Aug. 26th, 2014 ·

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TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-26

2:10 PM, Aug. 26th, 2014 ·

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The Los Angeles school district canceled its contract with Apple for iPads in the classroom. Kelly Guimont and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about the reasons why that happened, and they also take a look at what's on the TMO staff's iPhone Home screens.