Countermeasure in Home Depot Data Breach: MacBooks, iPhones For Execs

10:00 AM EST, Nov. 10th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · Product News

One of the countermeasures taken during Home Depot's data breach was for all the executives to get MacBook Pros and iPhones as they had better security than Windows, which was actually the attack vector.

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This was an interesting read. Finally knowing how it all went down at Home Depot was illuminating, and hopefully happens a lot less with the new payment methods available (chip and sign or Apple Pay).

Apple Ramps Up for Black Friday Sale, Plans 8AM Store Openings

9:06 AM EST, Nov. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's Black Friday sale promotion will be back again this year with special discounts and early store openings, but not quite as early as some previous events. This year Apple will open its retail stores at 8AM local time instead of painfully early, like 4AM, or last year's 6AM start.

MGG 527: It’s Hard to be Offensive When You’re a Geek

11:40 AM EST, Nov. 9th, 2014 · John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Dave's back from MacTech, the studio iMac has a new power supply, and he and John are rocking and rolling at full strength! Topics covered include learning how to manually upload to iCloud Photo Library, cleaning up your SMTP Servers in Mail, sorting out where all those "remembered" wireless networks come from and more (LOTS more!). Download and enjoy! 

Lawyers Seek Class Action Victims for Apple Pay Suit against Rite Aid and CVS

8:11 PM EST, Nov. 7th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Apple in Court

That odor is the smell of chum in the corporate waters, as law firm Schubert Jonckheer & Kolbe LLP announced Friday that it was launching an "investigation" into Rite Aid and CVS's decision to block Apple Pay and Google Wallet. The firm said it was considering a class action lawsuit against the pharmacy chains based on antitrust law.

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My favorite part is the language in the press release that casts this private, for-profit law firm as crusading protectors of the public.

Unsealed GTAT Testimony Paints Apple as Bully Negotiator

3:41 PM EST, Nov. 7th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Judge Henry Boroff followed through on his plan to release previously sealed documents in the GT Advanced Technologies bankruptcy case that it and Apple had both agreed should stay secret. The documents paint Apple as a strong-arm bully imposing onerous terms on GTAT and its sapphire glass production, and claim the iPhone and iPad maker engaged in bait-and-switch tactics during contract negotiations.

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It would be easy to compare Apple to Darth Vader, but it's really more like GTAT is Jar Jar Binks.

Apple Drops Fitbit Products from Online Store

2:25 PM EST, Nov. 7th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple has quietly dropped Fitbit's fitness trackers from its online store, hinting at a growing rift between the two companies over HealthKit support. There isn't any official word on why Fitbit's products are gone, but other fitness trackers that support HealthKit are still available.

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It seems Apple isn't interested in selling fitness trackers that aren't HealthKit-compatible, and Fitbit isn't interested in supporting Apple's fitness management platform. Losing out on Fitbit won't hurt Apple, so now the question is whether or not Fitbit makes enough sales outside of Apple stores to absorb the loss.

Last Chance for the Epic iPhone 6 Giveaway

1:30 PM EST, Nov. 7th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Last Chance for the Epic iPhone 6 Giveaway

We're giving away an iPhone 6 with our friends at Stack Social, but time is running out to register. Actually, it's even better than an iPhone 6 giveaway, because the winner gets a $650 Apple gift card you can use to purchase an iPhone 6 or anything else. So, you know, that's kind of awesome, but you have to register in the next three days. To register, connect with Facebook or do an email registration to receive TMO daily deal notifications. Good luck!

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-07

1:24 PM EST, Nov. 7th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Aereo hasn't had much luck convincing the courts it should be able to transmit broadcast TV channels through the Internet, and now the company is laying off staff. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to debate whether or not Aereo should be able to send over-the-air television through the Internet without paying licensing fees, and what the consequences of allowing — or blocking — services like Aereo will have on the broadcast market.

LEGO Ideas: International Space Station

11:14 AM EST, Nov. 7th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

LEGO is cool, science is cool, and space is cool. Mash them together and you get LEGO Ideas proposals like the International Space Station. Assuming it scores enough points to get through the screening process and become a real kit, the ISS will include about 1,000 pieces for faithfull reproducing the the space station with  details like movable solar panels, a robotic arm, station modules you can rearrange, Soyuz and Progress space capsules, minifig astronauts, and more. You can use the parts to build the MIR and Chinese space stations, too. Bonus: One of LEGO's next Ideas kits will Leonard and Sheldon's apartment from Big Bang Theory.

SEC Launches Investigation into GT Advanced Technologies Trading Activity

9:47 AM EST, Nov. 7th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has launched an investigation into stock trading activity in GT Advanced Technologies dating back to the beginning of 2013. GTAT partnered with Apple to make sapphire glass for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, along with the Apple Watch, but failed to meet its goals and ultimately filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

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GTAT's CEO and COO both sold off a lot of stock before the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and now the SEC has launched an investigation into trading activity. That could be coincidence, but there's a good chance the SEC wants to know if they were trading inappropriately based on insider information.