Carl Icahn Steps Up Pressure on Apple and Tim Cook to Buy Back More Shares

8:41 PM, May. 18th, 2015 ·

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Activist investor Carl Icahn stepped up his pressure on Apple and company CEO Tim Cook to increase share buybacks. In an open letter designed as much to influence investors as Apple's management, Mr. Icahn made the argument that Apple's stock is worth US$240 share today based on his believe that Apple will dominate the television market in 2016 and the automobile industry by 2020. Bryan Chaffin walks you through the pretinents.

Appeals Court Agrees that Samsung Copied Apple

6:24 PM, May. 18th, 2015 ·

The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled Monday that Samsung did indeed copy Apple. In a 34-page ruling, the court upheld most Apple's landmark victory over Samsung in 2012, but threw out damages relating to trade dress. In other words, Apple's innovations in the area of user interface remain protected in this ruling, but the overall look of Apple's hardware was not.

Apple Watch In-Depth Review

5:40 PM, May. 18th, 2015 ·

The dust is starting to settle and we've been able to spend some serious time putting Apple Watch through its paces following its release, so we're ready to let you know what we think of Apple's entrance into the smartwatch world. Is it worth the cost, and will you really get any benefits out of slapping one on your wrist? Read on to find out.

Lifetime Subscription 1TB Dripbit Online Backup: $54.99

3:33 PM, May. 18th, 2015 ·

Lifetime Subscription 1TB Dripbit Online Backup: $54.99

Check out our deal on a lifetime 1TB subscription to Dripbit Online Backup. It's a $480 value priced at $54.99 through our deal. With Dripbit, you can access your files through a browser, and the service uses military-grade AWS 256 encryption. You can stream music and movies straight from the service, too. Check out the deal listing for additional details.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-05-18: Apple’s Navigation Plans, iPhone Crime Doesn’t Pay

1:08 PM, May. 18th, 2015 ·

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Apple just bought the GPS service company Coherent Navigation. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about how Apple could use Coherent to improve services it offers like Maps, navigation, Find My iPhone, and more. They also look at a case out of England that shows exactly why crime doesn't pay, and they offer up a send off for popular Mac community writer Ted Landau.

Rumor Claims MacBook Pro, iMac Update Coming this Week

11:08 AM, May. 18th, 2015 ·

Apple is reportedly planning on updating the 15-inch MacBook Pro and 27-inch iMac on Wednesday. The new computers are said to include Intel's new Broadwell processors, and the MacBook Pro will ship with the Force Touch trackpad recently introduced on the new MacBook and 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro.

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Regardless of when new MacBook Pro models ship, it seems likely they'll include Intel's Broadwell processors and the Force Touch trackpad. It's just a matter of timing.

Sorkin’s ‘Steve Jobs’ Biopic Trailer Already More Interesting than the Kutcher Movie

10:23 AM, May. 18th, 2015 · · Cool Stuff Found

The much-hyped Steve Jobs biopic written by Aaron Sorkin, directed by Danny Boyle, and starring Michael Fassbender is giving us a first glimpse into the movie with a just release teaser trailer. The minute-long teaser already looks more interesting than the "Jobs," the earlier biopic starring Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs and so far all we have to go on is a very short clip and some voice overs. The movie is based on the only authorized biography of Mr. Jobs by Walter Isaacson, and considering the powerhouse team behind the movie adaptation, there's a good chance it's going to fair much better in theaters than the Kutcher film did. Sorkin's "Steve Jobs" movie is due in theaters this year on October 9.

Apple Buys GPS Company Coherent Navigation

9:25 AM, May. 18th, 2015 ·

Apple's Maps service will most likely gain some more independence now that the company has purchased Coherent Navigation. Coherent is a GPS company that offers higher accuracy location data compared to other services.

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Apple has been buying up navigation-related companies ever since it dropped Google Maps for its own navigation system for the iPhone. Getting its own satellite-based positioning company is yet another step in closing the gap between Apple and Google for navigation, and considering the level of accuracy Coherent Navigation offers, it looks like a pretty smart purchase.