Judge Rules Cops can Force You to Touch ID Unlock your iPhone

1 hour, 10 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

A four-digit lock code on your iPhone offers you more privacy protection than Touch ID in Virginia. Judge Steven Frucci ruled fingerprints as security codes constitute evidence police can collect, just like DNA samples, and aren't subject to Fifth Amendment self incrimination protection.

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Regardless of whether or not Judge Frucci interpreted the law correctly, letting law enforcement compel people to unlock their Touch ID-encrypted iPhones seems like a pretty slippery slope to head down.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-31

2 hours, 54 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

A Virginia Judge says police can force you to unlock your iPhone with Touch ID, but passcodes are protected. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to discuss what impact that ruling will have on iPhone owners and anyone else with a fingerprint-protected device. They also look at one CurrentC partner's decision to continue to accept Apple Pay.

Judge to Unseal GT Advanced Bankruptcy Filing Documents

6 hours, 31 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

The judge overseeing GT Advanced Technologies' bankruptcy filing said he will unseal documents in the case next week. The decision will release an affidavit from GTAT's COO detailing the company's sordid relationship with Apple for synthetic sapphire glass production, and comes despite protests from Apple, creditors, and GTAT's own legal team.

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It sounds like the parties that have a very direct interest in the outcome of this bankruptcy filing — Apple, GTAT, and its creditors — are about to lose out because Judge Boroff is going to unseal documents they all want kept secret. That said, if the documents don't meet the legal requirement to stay sealed, the judge is obligated to release them. Next week is looking to be pretty ugly for GTAT.

Meijer, the CurrenctC/MCX Member Who Refuses to Block Apple Pay

7:17 PM EDT, Oct. 30th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Meijer

Meet Meijer, the 213-store retailer that is a member of the MCX/CurrentC wannabe hegemony. Like Rite Aid and CVS, Meijer has NFC-equipped payment terminals that support Apple Pay. Unlike Rite Aid and CVS, Meijer, has no intention of blocking Apple Pay and is listed as an Apple Pay supporter by Apple.

Get Free Bitcoins with 52 Website Faucets that Really Pay [Update]

6:36 PM EDT, Oct. 30th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Link

Get Free Bitcoins with 52 Website Faucets that Really Pay [Update]

I've gathered 52 different Bitcoin "faucets"—websites that pay out free Bitcoins just for loading up a page full of ads—and tested them to make sure they actually pay out. I started off with eight sites, but this update adds several more and removes some faucets that have gone dark for a total of 52 different Bitcoin faucets that really pay, plus a Dogecoin faucet and a Litecoin faucet.

Last Chance for The Bluetooth Shower Speaker: $39

5:17 PM EDT, Oct. 30th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Last Chance for The Bluetooth Shower Speaker: $39

The Blue Bluetooth Shower Speaker has been a very popular deal with our readers, but there's just four days left. For $39, you can get a water-resistant speaker built for your shower. That means music or podcasts or whatever sound floats your boat while you bathe, without worrying about wrecking your iPhone. Huzzah! It has a rechargable battery, works up to ten meters from the source, and connects to your iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac, PC, or Android device via Bluetooth.

CES Rebrands iLounge Pavilion as iProducts, Hopes to Attract Macworld Expo Exhibitors

5:09 PM EDT, Oct. 30th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

CES

CES announced Thursday a major rebranding of the Apple-centric show-within-a-show that takes place in January. The company said it was changing the name from the iLounge Pavilion to the iProducts Marketplace. The change comes in the wake of Macworld/iWorld going on hiatus, and CES made it clear they want to snag as many vendors from its erstwhile competitor as possible.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-30

1:29 PM EDT, Oct. 30th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's gay, which puts him in a unique position as an equal rights advocate. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to look at how Mr. Cook's announcement could impact the ongoing fight for equal rights and what it could mean to people struggling with their own identity. Jeff also gets really excited about Microsoft's new fitness tracker.