Legal Mobile Phone Unlocking Bill to Be Signed into Law

2 hours, 1 minute ago · Bryan Chaffin · News

Unlocked iPhone

Huzzah! It will once again be legal to unlock your mobile phone, including smartphones, in the U.S. The White House announced on Friday that President Obama would sign the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, which was passed unanimously in a rare act of bipartisanship in both houses of Congress.

Brilliant ‘Apple Clickbait Generator’ Makes Apple-Doomed-Articles

2 hours, 31 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

"Why Everything Is Bad for Apple." So reads the title of the article you'll find at Apple Clickbait Generator (ACG), a brilliant idea created by Kirk Lennon and Owen Evans [via TUAW]. Every time you load up the ACG, you get a randomly generated article that explains why Apple is doomed. They're randomly generated, but many of the lines are culled from actual published clickbait. The result is so good, I expect many so-called journalists and their so-called publishers might start cribbing Apple-Is-Doomed straight from the ACG. Be it Apple's pricing, Apple's lefty obsession with Green, the lack of innovation, or the reality that the next iPhone will disappoint, the ACG has you covered. Brilliant!

Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course (Pre-Order) for $79

4 hours, 37 minutes ago · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course (Pre-Order) for $79

The Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course (Pre-Order) from Bitfountain has just 10 days left to preorder for $79. This is a learning-by-doing course designed to teach you how to code for iOS 8 using Apple's new Swift developing language. It includes more than 350 videos with 36.5 hours of content. During the course, you'll make 14 iOS 8 apps and learn how to connect with third party APIs, use Appel's graphical interface builder, work with core data, and a lot more. The course will be released once Apple releases iOS 8 to the public, and this preorder price makes it inexpensive.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-01

7 hours, 42 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Break out your tin foil hat because there's a new security threat in town and it has USB written all over it. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to offer their take on BadUSB, plus they dive into Microsoft's failed appeal to avoid turning over data on servers in Ireland to U.S. law enforcement, and what that could mean for other businesses both in and outside of the country.

Apple to Beats: Welcome to the Family

9 hours, 31 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

10 hours, 7 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 [Updated]

11 hours, 1 minute ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Ahead of Apple announcing it has completed its purchase of Beats, Vivendi sold its 13 percent stake in the company to Apple for US$404 million as part of the iPhone and iPad maker's plan to complete its $3 billion purchase.

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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

8:45 AM EDT, Aug. 1st, 2014 · 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.