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TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-21: iPhone 7 Fire, Microsoft Surface on the Rise

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An iPhone 7 in Australia caught on fire in a car, and now the media is comparing the incident to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 debacle. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at what happened, and to sort out whether or not it’s appropriate to compare this iPhone 7 to the Note 7 fires. They also compare Microsoft Surface sales to the current state of the iPad.

iPhone 7 Blamed for Car Fire

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Burned iPhone 7 following car fire

An iPhone 7 is being blamed for causing a car fire, and it’s already being compared to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 burning phone disaster. While it’s possible Apple is about to face a wave of burning iPhones, it’s possible this was an isolated incident, or that the iPhone wasn’t the cause of the fire.

MacBook Pro's Function Touch Strip Called Magic Toolbar

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MacBook, silver

We already have the Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad, and soon we’ll have the Magic Toolbar, too. A just uncovered trademark filing seems to confirm the MacBook Pro really is getting a touch sensitive bar to replace the keyboard’s row of function keys.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-20: Apple's 'hello again' Media Event Predictions

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Apple is hosting a media event on Thursday, October 27th, titled “hello again.” Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on whether or not we’ll finally see a refresh to the aging Mac Pro. They also offer up predictions on what else may or may not get announced, and generally hammer on Bryan for his Mac Pro hopes.

E Ink Keyboard MacBook Pros Aren't a Sure Thing

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Sonder E Ink keyboard in MacBook Pro

A report last week suggested Apple will ditch the MacBook Pro’s traditional keyboard for an E Ink version with keys that dynamically change based on the app being used. Now the Wall Street Journal is chiming is saying it has sources confirming Apple’s plan. That makes it more likely an E Ink keyboard is coming, but it still isn’t a sure thing.

TMO's HealthKit, Health, and Activity FAQ

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HealthKit, Health, Activity in iOS 10

Apple wants to be the hub for your health and fitness world, so HealthKit was introduced with iOS 8. That grew into a whole ecosystem that can be kind of confusing until you understand what’s going on with the different apps Apple gave us. Read on to get the lowdown on HealthKit, Health, and Activity.

ecobee3 lite Cuts Smart Thermostat Price, Keeps HomeKit Support

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ecobee introduced the ecobee3 lite smart thermostat HomeKit support and a lower price tag than the standard ecobee3 on Monday. The lower cost model offers most of the features as its not-so-lite brother such as remote access and IFTTT support, alerts, scheduling, and comfort settings. It doesn’t, however, support room activity sensors. The ecobee3 lite is priced at US$169. You can pre-order today and it’ll be available on October 31st.

ecobee3 lite Cuts Smart Thermostat Price, Keeps HomeKit Support

TMO Daily Observations 2016-10-17: Apple Car gets a New Focus, Apple's Cashless Society

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Apple’s car projects looks like it’s heading down a different path. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at how Bob Mansfield is refocusing the company’s car project and discussing what they expect will happen next. They also offer up their thoughts on Tim Cook’s plans to bring us into a cashless society.

Apple Has Plans for Better AI, Cashless Society

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Apple logo and really smart tin robot

Apple CEO Tim Cook wants to weave artificial intelligence deeply into our lives, and he’s ready for a cashless society. The iPhone and Mac maker’s planned research center in Japan will play a role in those plans, and the country could be at the forefront of plans to push Apple Pay as the standard for a no-cash world.

Samsung's Note 7 Banned from all US Flights as Hazardous Material

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 banned from all US flights

Don’t worry about powering down your Samsung Galaxy Note 7 before getting on your flight because the Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration just banned the smartphone from all flights. As of Friday afternoon, the fire-prone Note 7 is classified as “forbidden hazardous material,” and come Saturday can’t be transported in your carry-on or checked luggage.

Samsung's Note 7 Debacle Keeps Getting More Expensive

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in burning pile of money

What’s the cost of designing and selling an smartphone that catches on fire? If you’re Samsung, it’s US$5.3 billion. The electronics maker is now estimating its losses for dealing with the Galaxy Note 7 debacle will climb well over its earlier projections and could go higher than its latest expectation.

Facebook Video Streaming gets Apple TV Support

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Facebook just made it easier to watch videos wherever you want by adding support for streaming to Apple TV. The change means you can use AirPlay to watch Facebook videos on your television while continuing to scroll through posts in the Facebook iOS app, or on the Facebook website. Video comments will show up on your TV, too, which means you can keep on top of what everyone is thinks during the next Presidential debate—assuming you’re into streaming that from Facebook. You’ll need to download the latest Facebook app update on your iPhone or iPad to stream videos to your Apple TV.

Facebook Video Streaming gets Apple TV Support