AT&T to Buy Time Warner in $85.4B Deal

· Jeff Gamet · News

AT&T buying Time Warner in $85.4 billion deal

AT&T is about to get a lot bigger because the communication company struck a deal to buy Time Warner for about US$85.4 billion. The two companies hope to close the deal by the end of 2017, but are already facing scrutiny over the impact a combined AT&T and Time Warner.

Apple Pay Used to Buy $1M Aston Martin DB5 Luxury Car

· Jeff Gamet · News

Aston Martin DB5 car bought with Apple Pay

Turns out you can buy more than groceries and iPhone accessories with Apple Pay—like a crazy expensive car, for example. British car auctioneer Coys of Kensington just sold a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 for £825,000, which is a little over US$1 million. That’s the single largest Apple Pay transaction to date.

Apple Regent Street Opening Photo Gallery

· Bryan Chaffin · News

Keith Burton was at last weekend’s Apple Regent Street opening. He took some great photos—including a shot of Apple retail head Angela Ahrendts—of the event and was kind enough to let us publish them.

Teens Steal $13,000 in iPhones from Natick Collection Apple Store

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Natick Collection store iPhone theft

A group of teenagers wearing hoodies and hats stormed the Apple Natick Collection Store, making off with US$13,000 worth of iPhones. The teens spent less than a minute in the store, and the iPhones they stole were attached to security cables.

iPhone 7 Blamed for Car Fire

· Jeff Gamet · News

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.

Eddy Cue Dampens Expectations for Original Apple TV Programming

· Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple & TV

Eddy Cue, Apple Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, dampened expectations for original TV programming from his company. Speaking at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit in San Francisco, Mr. Cue said that Apple was focused on making it easy to access content from everyone.

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I think I’ve all but given up trying to read the Apple TV tea leaves.

MacBook Pro's Function Touch Strip Called Magic Toolbar

· Jeff Gamet · News

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.

Did You Get the (i)Message? Tapback, Digital Touch, Apps, and More

· Bob LeVitus · Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves

Turn your phone sideways to handwrite a message.

When Dr. Mac sent his daughter an iMessage with iOS 10’s whizzy new stickers, full-screen effects, and animated GIFs, he was shocked when she replied: “Haha! I didn’t even know you could do all that.” He thinks it’s likely some of you in reader-land have yet to discover the joys of the iOS 10 Messages app. So in this week’s Dr. Mac’s Rants & Raves (Episode #197 if you’re counting) the good doctor offers up a short primer on the interesting new features in Messages.

Bryan Chaffin Will Discuss 'Apple vs. Samsung' in Live Webinar Thursday

· Bryan Chaffin · News

Man on a Soapbox

Bryan Chaffin will be doing a live webinar/discussion called “Samsung vs. Apple” on Thursday, October 20th, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT. Moderated by patent attorney Gene Quinn, the discussion has a subheading of, “Is A Single Patent Infringement Worth all the Profit?” Robert S. Katz, an attorney with Banner & Witcoff, will also be participating.

MacBook Pro Refresh May Still Happen in October

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

New Retina MacBook Pro models in late October 2016

If you’re counting on an major refresh for the MacBook Pro in October, don’t give up hope yet. A new report says updated models are still on the way and they’ll launch before the end of the month.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Could've Been Hillary Clinton's Vice President

· Jeff Gamet · News

Hillary Clinton and Tim Cook

U.S. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s Vice President running mate could’ve been Apple CEO Tim Cook. Mr. Cook is on a list of potential running mates John Podesta, Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign chairman, presented before Tim Kaine was selected.

Kenu Stance Compact Tripod for iPhone

· Bob LeVitus · Product News

Kenu Stance Tripod

Stance, by Kenu, is a $24.95 compact tripod for iPhones that attaches via Lightning connector. Find out why it earned a spot on Dr. Mac’s keychain.

TMO's HealthKit, Health, and Activity FAQ

· Jeff Gamet · News

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.

Apple Has Plans for Better AI, Cashless Society

· Jeff Gamet · News

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

· Jeff Gamet · News

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.

Nike+ Apple Watch Series 2 Available Oct 28

· Jeff Gamet · Product News

Nike+ Apple Watch Series 2 coming October 28

If you’ve been holding out for the Nike+ Apple Watch Series 2, you can finally put a date on your calendar. Apple will start selling the sports and fitness-focused version of its smartwatch on October 28.

Apple May Want Sonder's E Ink Keyboard for MacBook Pro

· Jeff Gamet · News

Sonder E Ink keyboard in MacBook Pro

Apple’s plans for adaptive keyboard elements may go beyond replacing the function keys on the MacBook Pro with a touch sensitive OLED strip. A new report claims Apple wants Sonder’s E Ink-based keyboard system for future MacBook Pro models, and may be negotiating to buy Sonder the company.

Amazon Music Unlimited versus Prime Music: What's the Difference?

· Jeff Gamet · News

Amazon Prime music versus Amazon Music Unlimited

If you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber you can already stream music, so why would you want to pay US$7.99 for the just launched Amazon Music Unlimited? It’s the extras you get with Amazon Music Unlimited that set the two apart—but they may not be worth the price.