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Apple TV: Unboxing + comparison gallery

Mine is waiting for me to go pick it up :-)  Do you know if Plex is in the ATV AppStore…?

Posted by benjitek on October 30, 2015 at 10:29 AM (CDT)

Apple Stores to start selling new Apple TV this Friday

I am very excited….

Posted by Disquss on October 29, 2015 at 2:47 AM (CDT)

Best Buy taking preorders for new Apple TV

A good use for my $50 in rewards program certificates :-)

Posted by benjitek on October 28, 2015 at 9:04 AM (CDT)

Apple sued for activating Wi-Fi Assist by default

I disabled the blasted feature. Yes, I listen to podcasts and Spotify…mostly on Wi-Fi !!!! Yet after updating to iOS 9.02 I gobbled up 11GB of cellular data within 24-36 hours

Posted by MacSmiley on October 27, 2015 at 10:06 AM (CDT)

New Apple TV now available from Apple's online store

I was going to wait, but they got me both for the AppleTV and the express shipping.  I’m weak :-)

Posted by benjitek on October 26, 2015 at 10:07 AM (CDT)

Apple sued for activating Wi-Fi Assist by default

The first use of intermingling WiFi with LTE is something I’ve found best turned off for now.  WiFi Assist and WiFi calling with AT&T are both ‘confused’ on my 6S+ when I tried them.  The device seems unsure which to use, so it keeps switching between WiFi and LTE when both signals are fine.  WiFi calling being particularly annoying when I tried it as the other caller kept saying ‘what?’ as the signal would switch between WiFi and LTE.
Once activated, I found WiFi calling worked best if I turned it on, then activated Flight-Mode, turned on WiFi and used it exclusively.

Posted by benjitek on October 26, 2015 at 10:04 AM (CDT)

Google launches YouTube Red Subscription service

We were discussing that very thing this morning, and I generally don’t think that YouTube Red has much by itself to recommend it, but I do think that Google was clever to bundle it with Google Play Music, as it makes their streaming service more appealing, and maybe, for some, even actually worth considering over Spotify or Apple Music.

Posted by Jesse Hollington on October 22, 2015 at 2:59 PM (CDT)

Google launches YouTube Red Subscription service

$10 bucks a month just to make Google stop bullying me with ads???  No thanks!

Posted by okwassup.com on October 22, 2015 at 2:57 PM (CDT)

Apple Store employee charged with stealing nearly $1 million in gift cards

Then I guess he didn’t really “Profit” did he…

Posted by Jubeisan on October 21, 2015 at 9:53 AM (CDT)

Tim Cook joins CEO Council for Sustainable Urbanization

Hmm.. nice

Posted by AS on October 21, 2015 at 12:44 AM (CDT)

Hundreds of iOS apps caught taking user data from private APIs

You seem upset and whiney—do you even use an iPhone?

Posted by snworf on October 20, 2015 at 6:40 AM (CDT)

Hundreds of iOS apps caught taking user data from private APIs

Which probably isn’t exactly comforting for Apple’s Chinese customers. My point is still the same whether or not it effects people only in a specific country. (And in this case, they are saying “most” are Chinese, not all, so they’ve left wiggle room.)

Posted by Steve H on October 20, 2015 at 2:20 AM (CDT)

Hundreds of iOS apps caught taking user data from private APIs

If you haven’t bough app from the China AppStore, doesn’t sound like you need to worry :-)

Posted by benjitek on October 19, 2015 at 12:27 PM (CDT)

Hundreds of iOS apps caught taking user data from private APIs

Pulling it from the App Store does not delete it from our devices (and it shouldn’t), therefore, users deserve the courtesy of notification of which apps are affected. Has anyone found a list of the apps affected, yet? It bugs the crap out of me that we keep hearing that so-and-so discovered that an app they won’t name is harvesting info.

Posted by Steve H on October 19, 2015 at 11:48 AM (CDT)

Report: Apple to increase iTunes Match limit 'before the end of the year'

It’s been fixed, thanks.

Posted by Phil Dzikiy on October 14, 2015 at 2:25 PM (CDT)

Report: Apple to increase iTunes Match limit 'before the end of the year'

*$25/year (?)

Posted by Pat on October 14, 2015 at 1:13 PM (CDT)

Apple loses patent lawsuit, could face $862 million in damages

That answers the question of how they’ll spend their Samsung settlement ;-)

Posted by benjitek on October 14, 2015 at 11:34 AM (CDT)

App Store prices going up in Australia, Indonesia and Sweden

I can’t remember App Store prices reducing when the Australian dollar was soaring a couple of years ago….

Posted by Big Bad Burley on October 13, 2015 at 6:12 PM (CDT)

Apple now selling SIM-free iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus

Looks like the model numbers they’re using is the one with AT&T’s band 30…

Posted by benjitek on October 9, 2015 at 11:28 AM (CDT)

Apple releases iOS 9.0.2

This update stinks. Phone doesn’t work at all. My Camara will not even focus. All pictures stay blurry.

Posted by pamela carter on October 8, 2015 at 10:14 PM (CDT)

Battery impact of Samsung vs TSMC A9 chips overestimated? (Update: Apple response)

Figures the Samsung chip consumer more battery juice—surely it was some sort of ‘accident’ on their part ;-)

Posted by benjitek on October 8, 2015 at 4:37 PM (CDT)

Apple using new AAE sidecar format for iOS 8 photos?

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Posted by Kit Ellis on October 6, 2015 at 6:33 AM (CDT)

Apple releases Apple Watch Hermès collection

Thanks for the insightful reply, Jesse.  Really excellent point.  It doesn’t sound ludicrous at all.  And Apple won’t just see higher sales in French fashion houses.  The publicity will increase their sales of sub-$1000 Watches among bottom 99-percenters who read Vogue and the like or are influenced by the fashion choices of Beyonce and others who’ve been photographed wearing Apple Watches.

Posted by RC on October 5, 2015 at 4:33 PM (CDT)

Apple releases Apple Watch Hermès collection

I see the Hermès pricing in the same vein as the gold Edition Apple Watch. While I’m sure just like the Edition, people will buy the Hermès, I’m not sure how much Apple cares whether they sell a lot of them or not.
You see, somewhere along the way, Apple decided that they wanted the Apple Watch to be a fashion accessory, and not just another geek gadget. I attribute this to Ahrendts influence, since she was the one who brought the Burberry mentality into Apple, and is in the process of turning Apple Retail Stores into “boutique” stores in the process. Regardless, however, the bottom line is that if you want to be covered by magazines like Vogue and sell your stuff in French fashion houses, you need to ensure that you’re selling something that will be taken seriously by the fashion industry. As ludicrous as it sounds, the Edition (and now the Hermès) exist to impress that segment of the industry and get Apple more coverage and credibility in that space.
To put it another way, if there were no Apple Watch Edition announced last year, do you really think the device in any version would have been making the cover of Vogue, GQ, Flair, Self and others?

Posted by Jesse Hollington on October 5, 2015 at 4:08 PM (CDT)

Apple releases Apple Watch Hermès collection

The Hermes bands effectively cost $550 or more (the difference between the Hermes Watch starting price and the stainless Apple Watch starting price).  The Watch hardware is exactly the same, right?  The Hermes band and matching Watch face are very handsome, but still that’s a lot to spend for just a band.
Also, if I understand correctly (and forgive me if I don’t), you can’t buy the Hermes bands without the stainless Watch.  So, someone who previously bought a stainless Watch and wants a Hermes band will have to buy a second Watch.
I’ve always defended Apple’s high prices in debates with friends who buy much cheaper Android phones and Windows computers with similar feature sets as their Apple counterparts.  A reasonable person could argue that the consistently excellent build quality, elegant and intuitive user experience, and customer support that accompany iPhones and Macbooks make them worth the premium prices.
I don’t think I can defend Hermes pricing, though.  Apple is targeting very high-income consumers.  Good for them (the consumers) that they can drop $550 or more on a band for a Watch that’s going to be obsolete in a year.  But most of us in the real world will likely pass on this one.

Posted by RC on October 5, 2015 at 3:58 PM (CDT)

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