Amazon Hangs Up on Fire Phone

11:53 AM EDT, Aug. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Amazon's Fire Phone lost its connection. Forever.

Amazon's grand adventure in the smartphone market was short lived and disappointing. The online retailer has laid off the team working on its Fire Phone, and has scaled back some of its other hardware projects, too.

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Fire Phone's failure isn't any surprise. Amazon focused on driving its own sales instead of enticing potential customers with a great smartphone that also happened to link to the company's online store. It's too bad smart engineers lost their jobs for designing exactly what the company wanted.

Why the Older, Slower 3G Network is Sometimes Better Than 4G

10:00 AM EDT, Aug. 27th, 2015 · Jim Tanous · MGG Answers

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All of those cellular company commercials tell us that 4G is amazing, fast, and the best thing since sliced bread. So why would you ever want to use 3G on a 4G phone? Read on to find out why Mac Geek Gab listener Andrew suggests this seemingly nonsensical advice, and why John and Dave agree with him.

Another Reason to Update to iOS 8.4.1: Ins0mnia

9:22 AM EDT, Aug. 27th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Stop procrastinating and install iOS 8.4.1. It has some seriously important security fixes.

Ins0mnia is a serious security flaw in iOS 8 that could let hackers run what appear to be legit apps in the background to steal user's data, and it's a perfect example of why updating to iOS 8.4.1 is so important. The vulnerability was patched in the update, but instead of letting iPhone and iPad owners know about the critical fixes, Apple focused only on making sure everyone new about Apple Music improvements.

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Apple is going only half way with its security updates. Patching security flaws is important, but so is letting users know so they'll install the updates.

Kelly Guimont Witnesses Penghazi on MacBreak Weekly

9:57 PM EDT, Aug. 26th, 2015 · Kelly Guimont · TMO Appearances

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Kelly Guimont appeared on this week's episode of MacBreak Weekly, over on TWiT TV. Kelly spoke with Leo, Rene Ritchie of iMore, and Andy Ihnatko of the Chicago Sun Times about a variety of news items from throughout the week, and witnessed the disaster that is Samsung’s penghazi in action.

Swatch: We Stole ‘One More Thing’ from Columbo, not Apple

6:14 PM EDT, Aug. 26th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

There's just one more thing, according to Columbo

It wasn't Apple Swatch was copying when it trademarked "one more thing," it was the TV series Columbo, or so says the watchmaker. Swatch has been openly critical of Apple's smartwatch efforts and trademarking the line Steve Jobs famously used in several presentations to show off surprises was presumed to be some sort of snub.

Dozens of Projects That Let You Do Real Science on Your Mac

5:15 PM EDT, Aug. 26th, 2015 · John Martellaro · John Martellaro's Blog

Science Projects for Desktop Macs

Macs (and of course PCs with Linux or Windows) can be powerful tools when their collective computing capacity is aggregated on a network. If you're interested in exploring how you can contribute to important science causes with that Mac sitting on your desk, here are dozens of projects that could benefit from the gigaflops of computational power that you're currently using for kitten videos.

Dyconn iPhone 6 Battery Case with 2 Charging Stations: $59.99

4:48 PM EDT, Aug. 26th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Deals

Dyconn's iPhone 6 charger case with 2 stands for $59.99

If you need extra juice for your iPhone 6 on the go, Dyconn has you covered with its battery case and charging station kit. The 4 ounce case holds a 3200mAh battery and adds some extra protection in case you accidentally drop your iPhone. It also comes with two charging stands so you can keep one at home and the other at the office. Dyconn's charger pack is usually priced at US$115, but with TMO's deal you can get it for $59.99 which is 47% off.

OS X: El Capitan’s Deletion of “Repair Disk Permissions” Could Impact You

3:45 PM EDT, Aug. 26th, 2015 · John Martellaro · Analysis

OS El Capitan Removes

Apple's next version of OS X El Capitan uses something called "System Integrity Protection" to prevent the alteration of critical system files. As a result, scripted installers and even privileged users can no longer change those UNIX file permissions and then modify them. This should make El Capitan more stable and secure. So, while "Repair Disk Permissions" is gone, that also creates an important issue for users: software upgrades.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-08-26: Best Buy’s Apple Watch Sales, OS X El Capitan Permissions

1:26 PM EDT, Aug. 26th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple Watch sales in Best Buy are going so well that the retailer is accelerating its rollout program to include all of its stores before October. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple Watch sales and the smartwatch market, plus they share their very different thoughts on the lack of a Repair Permissions option in OS X El Capitan.

Ashley Madison Users Line Up for Lawsuits over Data Theft

10:40 AM EDT, Aug. 26th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

The lawsuit frenzy over Ashley Madison's data breach is firing up

Avid Life Media, the parent company for AshleyMadison.com, is facing a class action lawsuit in California after hackers stole the site's subscriber database and posted the information online. With over 30 million user's records now online and the serious impact that's having on people's lives, it's a safe bet the lawsuits are just beginning.

iOS 9 Beta: Extra Security with a 6-Digit Passcode

8:55 AM EDT, Aug. 26th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

iOS 9's new six digit passcode

The beta of iOS 9 is just a goldmine of fun new stuff to mess around with, but in this Quick Tip, we're going to go over something serious: an easy new way to improve the security of your device without much inconvenience. Setting up a six-digit passcode and thwarting thieves is what Melissa Holt's got for us today.

Best Buy Shows Apple Watch Has Muggle Appeal

5:34 PM EDT, Aug. 25th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Best Buy's Apple Watch sales are a big success

Apple Watch has appeal beyond the tech crowd, and that has Best Buy happy. The big box retailer said demand for Apple's smartwatch has been high, and it's original plan to have them in 300 of its stores by the holiday buying season has expanded to include all 1,050 of its locations before October.

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It's OK for tech analysts to chill out a little over Apple Watch. If the average user didn't want one Best Buy wouldn't be expanding its in-store sales locations.

Apple Adds Alchemy Synthesizer Support to Logic Pro X

4:15 PM EDT, Aug. 25th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Logic Pro X gets a serious update with Alchemy support

Apple released Logic Pro X 10.2 on Tuesday with several new features, most notably support for Alchemy—a synthesizer plug-in with several sound generators. Logic Pro is Apple's professional audio editing application for the Mac.

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That's a seriously big update for Logic Pro.