TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-23: The New Steve Jobs Biography, Google’s Search Game

1:45 PM EDT, Mar. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

A new Steve Jobs biography comes out tomorrow, and Apple's executive team seems much happier about this book than Walter Isaacson's interpretation. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on why the executives like the Brent Schlender, Rick Tetzeli, and George Newbern book so much more. Also, Google games its search results.

Pegtron Rides the iPhone Wave to Big Profits

10:12 AM EDT, Mar. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Pegatron's annual net profit is up 53.4 percent year over year, and that's thanks to Apple's iPhone 6. The company builds iPhone for Apple, and that partnership has been paying off with profits hitting US$466.8 million.

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As long as iPhone sales stay strong, Pegatron is doing great. Considering revenue is down substantially for its other manufacturing categories, however, the company could find itself hurting if iPhone sales drop, or if Apple takes its assembly needs somewhere else.

AT&T Uses Title II Regulation to Get Out of Millions in Fees

9:10 AM EDT, Mar. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

AT&T may have fought the FCC's decision to classify Internet service as a Title II common carrier service, but that isn't stopping the company from using that to its advantage. The cell service and broadband Internet provider argued last week that it feels Great Lakes Comnet and Westphalia Telephone Company of Michigan charged were against the law because of AT&T's common carrier status, and the FCC agreed.

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AT&T may not like being classified as a common carrier for its Internet services, but that doesn't mean the company can't take advantage of the change. In fact, it would be bad business if it didn't.

MGG 545: Ghosts In The Mac

12:12 PM EDT, Mar. 22nd, 2015 · John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Has your Mac ever suddenly developed a problem that you're swear you didn't create? Maybe it has a ghost. Or is it time for Dave's "Gremlin Story" from his consulting days? Download today to find out! In addition, your geeks also chat through using an SD Card for ongoing data storage, sharing your iCloud Photo Library, how DiskWarrior can save the day, and battery advice from KISS!

Video Shows How Apple Watch Companion App Rearranges Apps

9:46 PM EDT, Mar. 20th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Hamza Sood posted a great video to Twitter (via 9to5Mac) showing how rearranging the apps on the Apple Watch Companion App works on the iPhone. While shot on the iPhone companion app, the process will work in a similar way on the Apple Watch itself. The Apple Watch will be available for preorder on April 10th and it ships on April 24th.

FTC Report Details How Google Manipulated Results to Hurt Competitors

9:36 PM EDT, Mar. 20th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Google Baloney

A previously undisclosed report from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission detailed some of the many ways that Google Inc. manipulated its search results to promote its own services at the expense of its rivals. The report was part of a "lengthy" investigation, yet no complaint or lawsuits will be filed against the company.

80% Off MacDojo ‘Yosemite OS X Productivity’ Course: $19

7:54 PM EDT, Mar. 20th, 2015 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

80% Off MacDojo 'Yosemite OS X Productivity' Course

We have a deal today on the MacDojo 'Yosemite OS X Productivity' Course. It gives you access to more than 50 HD-quality video lessons, and they're designed to teach you how to be productive with OS X Yosemite. How to utilize multiple desktops, hidden settings, Mission Control, Notification Center, Hot Corners...if you want to learn more about these things, this course is for you. Through our deal it's just $19, 80 percent off retail. Check it out!

Brute Force Device can Find Your iPhone Password

2:17 PM EDT, Mar. 20th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Bypassing your iPhone's passcode before it auto-deletes all of your data seems to be a possibility now thanks to a new device that uses a brute force attack system. The device can run through every four-digit unlock code combination in about 111 hours, and once completed, gives whoever has your iPhone access to all of your information.

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Devices like this can essentially negate all the work Apple has done so far to make our iPhones more secure and less enticing to criminals. Hopefully this is something Apple can find a fix for, and if we're lucky it'll be something that they can do with software instead of hardware. If not, we'll have to wait for a future iPhone release to see a fix.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-03-20: Apple’s Streaming TV Opportunity, iPhone Passcode Hack

1:26 PM EDT, Mar. 20th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple is reportedly getting into the streaming TV game, and TMO's John Martellaro thinks they're missing out on a big opportunity to disrupt the market. John and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to offer up their thoughts on how Apple could handle in-show advertising, plus have a warning about a new way of brute force hacking into iPhones.

Which Airlines are Supporting Apple Watch? [Updated]

10:41 AM EDT, Mar. 20th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple showed American Airlines during its Apple Watch media event earlier this month as an example of how the new smartwatch can be used to keep you up to date on your flight status. Which airlines have committed to an Apple Watch app as well? Read on to find out.

iOS 8: Using the Lock Screen to Manage Your Email

8:55 AM EDT, Mar. 20th, 2015 · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Did you know you can use your iPhone or iPad's lock screen to mark an incoming email as read or send it to the trash? It's true, and if you've received a particularly private email, you can even dismiss the notification for it without unlocking your device. Both privacy and convenience tricks are here in today's Quick Tip!

Nintendo Finally Embraces iPhone Gaming and Still Blows It

5:15 PM EDT, Mar. 19th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

When I heard Nintendo was finally going to bring its games to the iPhone and iPad, my first thought was, "Shut up and take my money!" My second thought was, "They're going to find a way to screw this up." Turns out I was right: Nintendo figured out exactly how to fail on the iPhone, and ran with it.

OS X: How to Optimize Your Privacy with Skype

4:40 PM EDT, Mar. 19th, 2015 · John Martellaro · How-To

There are some important things to know about Skype that will improve your privacy on a Mac. This means tweaking just a few of Skype's privacy settings. It's easy, and John Martellaro walks you through it with just a few clicks. You'll be glad you did it.