Apple Plans to be Part of Coming Big Media Changes

10 hours, 7 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple CEO Tim Cook made it clear he wants his company to play a role in the rapidly changing market for entertainment content. He said as much during the company's second quarter earnings conference call on Monday, and called out HBO Now as an example of giving customers what they want.

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Now that Apple TV has a place in our living rooms, Tim Cook wants to make sure that's our go-to choice for TV shows and movies. He says major changes are coming to the market, and that has to have Comcast, Time Warner, and Dish taking notice. The customer loss will be slow, but it'll come unless they figure out how to change with the market instead of resisting what's coming.

MCX Member Best Buy To Accept Apple Pay

6:10 PM EDT, Apr. 27th, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · News

In Monday's earnings call, CEO Tim Cook mentioned Apple Pay and specifically noted that MCX member and Apple Pay holdout Best Buy will be accepting Apple Pay in-app and in stores soon.

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Best Buy was not accepting Apple Pay because it joined MCX, which was an exclusive relationship with plans to accept CurrentC, a payment system that is supposed to come sometime in 2015.

SKEYE Nano Drone Fits in Your Hand: $34.99

5:55 PM EDT, Apr. 27th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

SKEYE Nano Drone Fits in Your Hand: $34.99

Check out the SKEYE Nano Drone, a quadcopter drone that measures just 4 centimeters on a side. That's small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. It has three flight modes, one for beginners who are just learning to fly, another for more advanced pilots, and a third, ‘expert’ mode for seasoned flight veterans. The company that makes it says it will fly outdoors, but I personally imagine it's far better suited for indoor flight because of its size. At $34.99 through our deal (regularly $60), it's an inexpensive way to find out how much fun flying a quadcopter is. There's a video of the device in action on the deal listing.

Tim Cook: Apple Watch Coming to Other Countries in Late June

5:33 PM EDT, Apr. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Watch will likely be available in more countries by the end of June, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook. He confirmed the obvious when he told investors and analysts Monday afternoon that demand is currently far exceeding demand, but added that production is ramping up.

Apple Reports Record 2nd Quarter with 61.1 Million iPhones Sold

5:01 PM EDT, Apr. 27th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Apple Stock Watch

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Apple reported on Monday a blowout March quarter, the company's second fiscal quarter. Apple reported revenues of US$58 billion with earnings of $13.6 billion, or $2.33 earnings per share (EPS). This was fueled by record Q2 iPhone sales of 61.2 million units, a 40 percent increase year over year. iPhone revenue was 55 percent higher year over year. Gross margins came in at 40.8 percent.

Discover Coming to Apple Pay this Fall

10:29 AM EDT, Apr. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Discover card users are about to join Visa, MasterCard, and American Express credit card users in the Apple Pay game. The company will be adding support for Apple's wireless payment system for the iPhone and Apple Watch this fall.

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Discover's announcement will no doubt make its card holders happy. OF course, they probably would've been happier if Discover had been on board when the iPhone 6 with Apple Pay support first launched.

Apple’s iTunes Store gets Red Cross Donation Page for Nepal Earthquake Support

9:28 AM EDT, Apr. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Following the devestation of the Nepal earthquake, Apple added a special Red Cross donation page to its iTunes Store. The donation page lets you give up to US$200 for relief support for the earthquake victims, and Apple is skipping its usual 30 percent transaction cut so the entire amount of your donation goes to the Red Cross.

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Nepal's 7.8 magnitude earthquake was devastating, and the aftershocks have made the situation even worse. It's great to see Apple offering ways for us to support survivors of natural disasters.

AAPL Q2 2015 Earnings Report Set for Today

8:59 AM EDT, Apr. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Apple will host its second fiscal quarter earnings report for 2015 Monday afternoon after the market closes. The conference call with Apple executives and financial analysts is set to start at 5PM eastern time, and The Mac Observer will be here with our usual as-it-happens coverage and analysis.

Apple Watch Battery Straps Likely Not to Work

8:46 AM EDT, Apr. 27th, 2015 · Dave Hamilton · Dave Hamilton's Blog

After a few days with the Apple Watch one thing has become clear: many of the pre-announced accessories are going to be complete and utter failures. TL;DR: don't believe anyone that implies you'll be able to happily use your Apple Watch while it's separated from your wrist. Read on for more specifics.

MGG 550: Photos Isn’t Always Easy

12:04 PM EDT, Apr. 26th, 2015 · John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mac Geek Gab Podcast

You have questions about Apple's new Photos app and John and Dave have your answers. The answers are not always easy and not always exactly what you want, but your two favorite geeks will get you there as smoothly as possible. Also some fun (and geeky!) discussion of typing filenames (with spaces, no less) from the Terminal, as well as dealing with pesky WiFi signup screens when traveling. Oh, and Dave got his Apple Watch, too. All this and more!

Apple Not Allowing Fart Apps on Apple Watch

5:29 PM EDT, Apr. 25th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Plenty of Apps, but No Fart Apps

Bad news for fans of flatulence: Apple is not allowing fart apps on the Apple Watch. Good news for anyone with a sense of humor advanced past the age of 12: Apple isn't allowing fart apps on the Apple Watch.