Swatch CEO: Apple Watch is a Toy

10:45 AM, Aug. 24th, 2015 · · News

Swatch: We're betting on the smart-ish watch

Swatch CEO Nick Hayek says Apple Watch is a toy and that smartwatches in general are a bad idea. He went on to say that Swatch is working on its own smartwatch design, which presumably isn't a toy like Apple Watch.

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The future, according to Swatch isn't the smartwatch. It's the smart-ish watch.

German Car Makers Wary of Apple but Seeking Cooperation

2:45 PM, Aug. 21st, 2015 · · News

German car companies looking into Joint Ventures with Apple, Google

Daimler's chief executive has just declared that different types of cooperation are possible with Apple and Google. What he may be saying is that some U.S. high tech companies are moving so fast,  in car technology, the conventional car industry cannot afford to be left behind. Joint ventures are being looked at.

Apple’s Australia Bond Sale Hits a Record Breaking $3B

10:43 AM, Aug. 21st, 2015 · · News

Apple's Australia bond sale tops AU$3 billion

Apple's kangaroo bond blew past Australia's biggest bond sale to date topping AU$3 billion. The company took in $1.2 billion in orders for the bond sale during its first two hours, and didn't slow down.

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Sure looks like Australian investors want a piece of Apple's success.

Jeff Gamet Discusses Apple’s Next iPad on MacVoices

9:09 AM, Aug. 21st, 2015 · · News

TMO's Jeff Gamet on MacVoices

The Mac Observer's Jeff Gamet teamed up with MacVoices this week for a special MacJury panel to look at what could be in store for Apple's next iPad. The panel also offered up their thoughts on the rumored September iPhone launch event, the future of the iPad mini, how they use their iPads, and more.

Swatch Scores One More Thing in Switzerland, not Apple

7:15 PM, Aug. 20th, 2015 · · News

Swatch trademarks Apple's

Swatch can get away with trotting out Steve Jobs's "one more thing" catch phrase in Switzerland, but Apple can't. The watch maker scored a trademark on the line and linked it to tech gear along with software and many tech-related services, which means Tim Cook and other Apple representatives can't use the very line they rely on to unveil surprise produce—or, at least they can't in Europe.

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Apple hasn't hosted a big product unveiling in Switzerland, so trademarking the... um... trademark line from Steve Jobs isn't going to stop Tim Cook and company from using it. Maybe Swiss watchmakers are a little concerned about the Apple Watch's potential success.

Flash gets Another Death Sentence, this Time from Amazon

11:57 AM, Aug. 20th, 2015 · · News

Amazon joins the list of companies chipping away at Adobe Flash

Flash's coffin is quickly running out of room for nails, but Amazon still managed to find a place for a new one. The online retailer won't accept Flash-based ads starting in September for Amazon.com and the Amazon Advertising Platform.

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Advertisers using Flash today is like booking a ticket on the Titanic after it hit the iceberg.

Apple’s Australian Bond Sales Top $1.2B in First Two Hours

10:18 AM, Aug. 20th, 2015 · · News

Apple's Australian bond sale, or kangaroo bonds, have already topped expectations

Apple kicked off its first bond sale in Australia Thursday morning, and topped AU$1.2 billion in the first two hours. It was almost like an iPhone launch, but with Kangaroo bonds instead.

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Apple's bond sale is expected to help the Australian economy, but it is kind of crazy that it's far cheaper for U.S. companies to take on debt than to bring overseas revenue into the country.