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.

Racing Game ‘GRID 2 Reloaded Edition for Mac’ Released

7:32 PM EDT, Sep. 26th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Feral Interactive announced Friday the release of GRID 2 Reloaded Edition for Mac. This is a racing game allows you to get behind the wheel of more than 70 "high-performance rides" in a series of "nerve-jangling events." The graphics are intense and amazingly realistic—if you like racing games, this is certainly one of the best on the Mac. GRID 2 Reloaded Edition for Mac is out now, and it's priced at US$44.99 on the Mac App Store. It's also available on Steam.

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iRig Pads, a Portable MIDI Groove Controller for iOS, Macs, PCs

6:26 PM EDT, Sep. 26th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

IK Multimedia launched iRig Pads, a portable MIDI groove controller for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It also works with your Mac and Windows PC. This is the kind of device you can use for activating loops, playing and creating beats, and any other kind of MIDI action. It features 16 velocity-sensitive backlit rubber pads, two assignable push buttons, two edit push buttons, a MIDI programmable slider, two MIDI programmable knobs, and a MIDI programmable pushbutton rotary encoder. It also supports both 30-pin and Lightning connectors, meaning it's compatible with iPhones back to iPhone 4, iPads back to the original iPad, both iPad mini models, and iPod touch back to 3rd gen. Oh, and it has a port for a expression pedal. It's priced at US$149.99 and is available now.

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Last Chance for The Productive Design Mac Bundle: $39.99

4:48 PM EDT, Sep. 26th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Last Chance for The Productive Design Mac Bundle: $39.99

There's two days left on 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: 2014-09-26

1:46 PM EDT, Sep. 26th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple's efforts to protect the data on our iPhones isn't sitting well with the FBI. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on digital privacy and government access to our personal information, plus Dave shares his experience setting up iOS 8's Family Sharing.

Bent iPhone 6 Plus? There’s a Replacement for That

11:06 AM EDT, Sep. 26th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

If you're among the massive horde nine people suffering from a bent iPhone 6, Apple will replace it for you — assuming it hasn't been intentionally twisted out of shape, of course. You'll have to make a trip to your Apple Store's Genius Bar for a visual inspection, and if your 6 Plus is deemed worthy of replacement, you'll head back out the store with a flat iPhone.

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Of course Apple is replacing bent iPhones. That's the right thing, and the smart thing, to do.

880K Creditcards Stolen in TripAdvisor’s Viator Data Breach [Updated]

10:10 AM EDT, Sep. 26th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Tripadvisor's Viator service said credit card information for some 880,000 of its users has been compromised in a data breach where customer data for 1.4 million subscribers was taken. Unauthorized charges have been showing up on some subscriber's cards, and Tripadvisor is currently saying it isn't sure how the attackers gained access to the user data.

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Considering how many online database breaches are happening, maybe companies need to work on finding a better way to manage our creditcards. Alternately, users can turn to apps like 1Password that auto-fill creditcard information so it's stored locally instead of on a remote -- and potentially hackable -- server.

Apple Gives Away ‘John Paul George Ringo’ EP

12:00 AM EDT, Sep. 26th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Apple offered iTunes customers another album for free Thursday night, though the company hadnled it a tad differently from the Great Apple-U2 Tyranny of 2014. It's a 4-song EP called 4: John Paul George Ringo, with one song from each Beatles member's solo career. For you younguns, The Beatles are a band even older than U2. The EP contains "Love," by John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band, "Call Me Back Again," by Wings (Paul McCartney's band), "Let It Down," by George Harrison, and "Walk With You," by Ringo Starr. It's free for a limited time, but you'll have to go and download it from iTunes yourself.