Apple to Beats: Welcome to the Family

55 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple gave Beats Music an official "welcome to the family" on Friday with a special page on the company's website. The iPhone and iPad maker has been in the process of buying Beats and Apple just bought Vivendi's stake in the company, too.

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OK Apple, now that Beats is officially part of your team, can we get earbuds that sound better and don't fall out of our ears? Also, give us some Beats streaming music playlists in iTunes Radio.

BadUSB: Undetectable USB flaw Could Expose all Your Tech Gear to Hackers

1 hour, 31 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Security research firm SR Labs has discovered a flaw in USB devices that could be exploited by attackers to inject their own code into firmware. There currently isn't any way to detect a USB-based hack, and so far no one has found any way to patch the flaw.

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There isn't any evidence BadUSB is in the wild, but there also isn't an easy way to tell if it's out there. Get ready for USB infection paranoia to take hold.

Apple Buys Vivendi’s Stake in Beats for $404M

2 hours, 25 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple hasn't completed its Beats purchase, but is already a part owner in the company. Vivendi sold its 13 percent stake in Beats to Apple for US$404 million as part of the iPhone and iPad maker's plan to complete its $3 billion purchase of the company some time this quarter.

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It isn't a big surprise that Vivendi sold its stake in Beats to Apple. The deal lets Apple have total control over Beats, and it lets Vivendi offload more more of its side business ventures to focus on its core goals.

OS X: Configuring FileVault

3 hours, 28 minutes ago · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

For today's article, Melissa Holt is going to cover one of the most powerful security tools on your Mac—FileVault. She'll discuss why you need it, how you'll turn it on, and a really easy way you could lose access to all of the files on your computer. (Don't do that last thing, OK?)

U.S. Appeals Court Rules Microsoft Must Turn Over Email Hosted in Ireland

9:43 PM EDT, Jul. 31st, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · News

Tech vs. ?

An appeals court ruled on Friday that Microsoft must turn over email sought in a U.S. warrant, even though the customer's email is being hosted on servers in Ireland, not the U.S. Microsoft argued the US warrant has no jurisdiction in Ireland, but the court disagreed.

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This is a big deal. It must be to put Verizon and AT&T on the same side as Microsoft and Apple.

T-Mobile Q2 Earnings Suggest Uncarrier Model Works

8:27 PM EDT, Jul. 31st, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · News

T-Mobile Uncarrier Model

T-Mobile has announced earnings for the second quarter of 2014, and those earnings are promising, with over seven billion dollars in revenue. This was also the fifth consecutive quarter T-Mobile added over one million new customers.

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With numbers like these, it's hard to figure out how Sprint thinks they can buy out T-Mobile.

The Productive Design Mac Bundle: $39.99

5:52 PM EDT, Jul. 31st, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

The Productive Design Mac Bundle: $39

Check out the Productive Design Mac Bundle, a collection of 6 apps and a sub-bundle of subscription services for $39.99. The apps include Ember, Pixa, Poser 10, Anime Studio Pro 10, Art Text 2, and TotalFinder. You also get the Design Hacker Bundle, a collection of service subscriptions that include access to design templates, testing, graphics, Web hosting, and design. There are details on the apps and services on the deal listing. Combined they would add up to $943 retail, making the $39.99 deal price a huge bargain.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-31

1:54 PM EDT, Jul. 31st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Russia says it thinks Apple and SAP are using their software to spy, so it wants both companies to hand over their code. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at the motives behind Russia's demands and look at what could happen if both companies refuse to comply. They also jump into the middle of Amazon's latest posturing in its ongoing book pricing fight with Hachette.

Russia to Apple: All Your Code Are Belong to Us

11:18 AM EDT, Jul. 31st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Russia doesn't trust the United States government or Apple, so it is asking for source code from the Mac, iPhone and iPad maker to look for clues showing the devices are being used to spy on its citizens and government officials. The country also wants source code from SAP citing privacy concerns.

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Targeting Apple and SAP with the code request makes sense considering both are high profile companies that are unlikely to cooperate. That may be exactly what Russian officials are hoping for, or they may simply be posturing by naming popular and well known companies.

Shazam Song Recognition Comes to the Mac

10:15 AM EDT, Jul. 31st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

The iPhone music identification app Shazam is getting a little less mobile, but in a good way. A new version for OS X was released on Thursday that offers the same discovery features as its iPhone counterpart, but designed to live in your Mac's menu bar.

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Not having to scramble for your iPhone in a coffee shop to Shazam a song that's playing sounds pretty cool.