TMO’s Jeff Gamet Shows Off Apple Watch at MacinTech

9:55 AM, May. 12th, 2015 · · News

The Mac Observer's Managing Editor, Jeff Gamet, will be speaking at Denver's MacinTech Macintosh User Group on Tuesday evening, May 12, in Centennial, Colorado. Jeff will be talking about Apple's new Apple Watch, will show off the smartwatch's features, and will share some tips and tricks, too.

Verizon to Buy AOL, Will Own TechCrunch, HuffPo, More

8:57 AM, May. 12th, 2015 · · News

Verizon is about to become a big name in the online news and blogging world thanks to its just announced plan to buy AOL in a US$4.4 billion deal. Once the deal closes this summer, AOL will be a fully owned subsidiary of Verizon, giving the wireless and broadband service provider properties such as TechCrunch, The Huffington Post, Makers, and Engadget, along with AOL.com.

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Verizon is already a big name in the wireless and broadband markets, and now wants to expand into content creation and delivery. This deal will expand Verizon's online advertising opportunities, and that's the real focus. HuffPo and TechCrunch are just along for the ride.

Synology Releases DSM 5.2 with Updated Support for Private & Public Cloud Services, Virtualization &

8:03 AM, May. 12th, 2015 · · News

On Tuesday Synology released DiskStation Manager 5.2, a significant update to the software that runs on all the NAS units the company makes. Updates include tighter integration between Synology's private cloud and public cloud services like Dropbox, Box, Google Drive and OneDrive; significant enhancements to Synology's Note Station, Audio Station and File Station; and a brand new virtualization environment called Docker.

Fiat Chrysler CEO Talks Cars with Apple’s Tim Cook

11:03 AM, May. 11th, 2015 · · News

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne met with Apple CEO Tim Cook on a recent California trip to talk cars. The meeting isn't an official confirmation Apple is designing a car, but does show the auto industry's interest in Apple's potential efforts.

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If Sergio Marchionne met with the CEOs from Apple and Tesla, it's a safe bet those weren't just social calls. Either they met to talk about potential collaboration efforts, or Fiat is very interested in knowing exactly what Apple is up to in the automotive market.

Apple Makes Big Moves Towards Environmental Protection in China

9:23 AM, May. 11th, 2015 · · News

Apple is partnering with World Wildlife Fund to increase the number of responsibly managed forests in China. The team up is part of Apple's new push for increased renewable energy and environmental protection in China.

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Manufactured goods, including the tech gear we love, has an impact on our environment. It's good to see Apple taking a leadership role in reducing the damage that has on our planet, and hopefully Apple's actions will push more companies to do the same.

Apple’s Jeff Williams to Speak at Code Conference 2015

7:12 PM, May. 8th, 2015 · · News

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Jeff Williams, senior vice president of operations at Apple, will be speaking at Code Conference 2015, the annual conference put on by Walt Mossberg, Kara Swisher, and Re/code. The event takes place from May 26 to 28 in Rancho Palos Verdes, California—this year's event features executives from GM, BuzzFeed, Pivotal, Xiami, Sprint, and Reddit.

Apple Watch Nails Heart Rate Monitor Accuracy

10:24 AM, May. 8th, 2015 · · News

Just how accurate is the Apple Watch heart rate monitor? Surprisingly accurate. In fact, it's pretty much in line with the Mio Alpha, which is considered to be as accurate as traditional chest strap heart rate monitors.

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Apple Watch heart rate tracking as accurate as the Mio Alpha? That's some really impressive.