MGG 603: Pronunciation, Rants and The Joy of a Smaller Phone

12:15 PM EDT, May. 1st, 2016 · John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Sound is a funny thing, so are pronunciations and ringtones, and yet your two favorite geeks have some great tips for you about both of those. Need to replace the Finder? Need to diagnose a malfunctioning port on your Mac? How about restoring your magically disappearing printers? Your geeks have you covered there, too. Plus, Dave talks about his experience with an iPhone SE. All of this and more for you today on MGG!

Nomad Pod Portable Apple Watch Battery Pack: $33.95

4:42 PM EDT, Apr. 29th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Nomad Pod Portable Apple Watch Battery Pack

Check out the Nomad Pod, a portable battery pack for your Apple Watch. It works like this: charge the internal battery through the micro-USB port. Inside the Nomad Pod is a port for your Apple Watch charging cable. Plug it in, wrap it around, and the charging surface will rest in a hole in the lid. You can then take the Nomad Pod anywhere you need to and charge your Apple Watch. We have a deal on this device for $33.95, more than 40 percent off retail.

FBI Director in the Dark on iPhone Hack Details

4:40 PM EDT, Apr. 29th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

FBI Director Comey doesn't know much about San Bernardino iPhone hack

FBI Director James Comey may have overstated how much the agency paid for the hack to get into San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook's iPhone 5c. Instead of the US$1.3 million he implied, the figure is reportedly actually less than a million dollars. Director Comey may not even know who the FBI paid, but that doesn't necessarily mean he doesn't know what's going on under his command.

Changing Your Wi-Fi Channel for Improved Speed

9:15 AM EDT, Apr. 29th, 2016 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

This Quick Tip is about how you may be able to improve your network speed by analyzing what channel your Wi-Fi is on. If you live in a congested area, you might see dozens of wireless networks around you, which really isn't ideal for keeping your own network speedy. We'll talk about how to tell what channel you're using and several options for what to do if you find a problem!

Carl Icahn Isn’t Wrong about Apple in China

7:59 PM EDT, Apr. 28th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · The Back Page

Carl Icahn

Carl Icahn told CNBC Thursday that he sold his considerable stake in Apple Inc.—some 0.8 percent of shares at his height—on concerns about Apple's business in China, though it might be more accurate to characterize it as concerns that China's government could have a deleterious affect on Apple's business in that market. Bryan Chaffin isn't always a fan of Mr. Icahn's, but in this instance, the mogul isn't wrong.

House Passes Email Search Warrant Bill

5:54 PM EDT, Apr. 28th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

House of Representatives bill reaffirms the Constitution is still here

The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill requiring a search warrant when law enforcement wants to access email and documents stored in cloud services such as Dropbox and iCloud. The Senate still needs to pass the bill before it becomes law, which seems a little weird considering we have this thing called the 4th Amendment in the Constitution. I'll just share a link to the Bill of Rights in case any of our Senators need a refresher.

Roxio Toast 14 Titanium for Mac: $49

3:20 PM EDT, Apr. 28th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Roxio Toast 14 Titanium for Mac: $49

Roxio Toast 14 is out, and we have a deal on it. This software allows you to capture video directly from your screen, portable devices, or the web, capture, edit, and enhance audio, convert video from the web to view on your devices, create cross-platform discs for easy sharing, copy CDs, DVDs & Blu-ray Discs, burn your digital media on to CD & DVD for both Mac and PC, and it features advanced DVD authoring capabilities. You can get it through our deal for $49, half off retail.
 

Bad Move: FBI won’t Share San Bernardino iPhone Hack with Apple

2:32 PM EDT, Apr. 28th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

FBI to Apple: No iPhone hack for you

The FBI isn't going to share the hack it bought to get into Syed Farook's iPhone with Apple, which means the law enforcement agency is intentionally withholding a 0-day exploit that could potentially be discovered by other parties and used before a patch is released. The reasoning behind the decision is that the FBI doesn't know how the hack works, and therefore complying with the White House Vulnerabilities Equities Process (VEP) wouldn't reveal any useful information.

CareKit’s Strong Suit may be Peer Support Apps

10:50 AM EDT, Apr. 28th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

CareKit apps hit the App Store

Apple introduced its CareKit platform in March, and now apps that take advantage of its features are rolling out on the App Store. The first four apps tasking advantage of CareKit are Glow Nurture, Glow Baby, One Drop, and Start. That's great for doctors, but could be even bigger for health and fitness apps and peer support.

John McAfee Invokes ‘Crazy Ones’ and Steve Jobs for Libertarian President Commercial

4:48 PM EDT, Apr. 27th, 2016 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

John McAfee, founder of his self-titled antiviral software company (sold to Intel in 2010), launched a new commercial in support of his bid to be the presidential candidate for the Libertarian party. The spot quotes the "Here's to the Crazy Ones" wording used in Apple's Think Different campaign of 1997, and it uses the tagline "Vote Different." The spot also quotes "Stay hungry. Stay foolish." That's from the late Steve Jobs's commencement speech at Stanford University. In addition to borrowing from Apple, the spot highlights many tech icons (also like the Think Different campaign), including Steve Jobs—which is interesting. It's impossible to know if Mr. Jobs would have supported John McAfee's bid for president, but he was known to support Democrats—not Libertarians—when he made his political affiliations known. That said, it's human nature for people to claim important and great people in the wake of their death no matter the grounding of those claims. Another fun fact, the closing segment of the spot features the U.S. Space Shuttle, among the largest government programs of all time. [Via Forbes]