EU Ready to Detail Apple Ireland Tax Investigation, not Impose Fines

2 hours, 20 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

An ongoing European Union investigation into Ireland's tax deal with Apple is about to become a little clearer because documents detailing exactly what the European Commission is looking into are about to be released. The Commission has been questioning the amount Apple pays in taxes in Ireland but until now hasn't clarified specifically what it is investigating.

Laurene Powell Jobs 28th Wealthiest American, 4th Richest American Woman

6:14 PM EDT, Sep. 29th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Editorial

Laurene Powell Jobs

Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of the late Steve Jobs, is the 28th wealthiest person in America, and the 4th richest woman. According to Forbes magazine's newest wealth ranking, Mrs. Powell Jobs is worth some $16.6 billion, less than the likes of Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Sheldon Adelson, and Sergey Brin, but more than roughly 313.9 million other people.

Apple Releases Shellshock Security Update for Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion

5:45 PM EDT, Sep. 29th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple released security updates for Bash in OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion Monday afternoon to address the Shellshock flaw that became big news last week. Bash is a command line shell for OS X's UNIX underpinnings, and Shellshock could potentially give attackers an exploit to gain access to servers and user's computers.

How to Use iOS 8’s Photos Extensions

4:58 PM EDT, Sep. 29th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Quick Tip

iOS 8 Extensions open the door for iPhone and iPad apps to share data and features, and that creates new potential for Apple's own Photos app and image editing. Third party image editing apps can now share their filters with the Photos app, but you need to know how to enable them first — which is fairly easy to do.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-29

1:51 PM EDT, Sep. 29th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

The bendy iPhone 6 thing is a big enough deal that even Consumer Reports is weighing in on the action. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about CR's findings and how much of an issue they think the bendable smartphone thing really is, plus they they share what they'd like to see linked into Apple's Health app.

iOS 8 Rollbacks Shut Down, Apple Stops Signing iOS 7.1.2

11:12 AM EDT, Sep. 29th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

If you made the move to iOS 8 but now are suffering from upgrader remorse, you're out of luck because Apple has stopped signing iOS 7.1.2. In muggle speak that means Apple won't let you downgrade from iOS 8 to iOS 7.1.2 any more.

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If you were on the fence about whether or not to keep iOS 8 on your iPhone or iPad, Apple took care of that decision for you. At least Apple waited longer than usual before shutting down the option to roll back to iOS 7.1.2.

iPhone 6 Plus not so Bendy After All, Says Consumer Reports

9:01 AM EDT, Sep. 29th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Just how bendable is the iPhone 6 Plus? Consumer Reports says not very, and that smartphones from Apple's competitors are actually easier to bend. The independent product testing company pitted both new iPhone 6 models against smartphones from Samsung LG, and HTC and found the competition flexed and deformed easier, which sits in contrast to online videos claiming to show an iPhone 6 Plus bending in someone's hands.

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If you really want to bend or break something, you can find a way to make that happen. Apple's new iPhones don't seem to be any easier to bend than competing smartphones, but it seems the media is always looking for something to latch onto.