Senators Request Security Update From Tim Cook Over iCloud Attack

9:40 PM EDT, Sep. 11th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · News

Senators John D. Rockefeller and Claire McCaskill

Two Senate committee chairs have sent a letter to Tim Cook requesting more information about the security situation at Apple, specifically as it concerns iCloud security and measures taken to protect customer data.

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Hopefully this is an awareness move and not just a move to get attention and look like they're doing something about iCloud security.

Simon Pierro Does iPad Magic Using LEGO

6:57 PM EDT, Sep. 11th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Remember Simon Pierro? He's a magician who uses an iPad in his act. He's amazing, and he has a new video out where he is set up a LEGO store using real-world LEGOs for his iPad magic. I'm not sure which I enjoy most—Simon Pierro's abilities and incredibly fast hands or the awe on the children's faces as he works his magic. It's good stuff!

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Register for the Epic iPhone 6 Giveaway

5:09 PM EDT, Sep. 11th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Register for the Epic iPhone 6 Giveaway

We have a killer giveaway for you called the Epic iPhone 6 Giveaway. That's because it's an epic iPhone 6 giveaway. Cool, right? All you have to do is sign up to receive TMO Deal notifications, and you're entered to win. In two months, our friends at Stack Social will choose a winner, and—if you register—it could be you. If you're really keen to win, you can get additional entries by sharing on Twitter and Facebook. Good luck!

How to Type an Apple Symbol in iOS

5:00 PM EDT, Sep. 11th, 2014 · Adam Christianson · TMO Quick Tip

Typing an Apple Symbol in iOS

Now that we have Apple Pay and the Apple Watch it looks like Apple may be moving away from their ’90s “i” branding to a more modern and corporate branded “Apple” naming scheme. On the Mac there is an easy keyboard shortcut to type that Apple symbol, but how can you do it on iOS? Adam Christianson has the answer.

The Real Reason Apple’s Tim Cook Has Been Underestimated

2:15 PM EDT, Sep. 11th, 2014 · John Martellaro · Analysis

Tim Cook Has Been Underestimated

The influence of the entertainment industry is underappreciated. Strong leaders, for the sake of drama, are always depicted as extroverts—gregarious and flamboyant. Regrettably, that may have led the media to incorrectly diagnose Tim Cook in the comparison to Steve Jobs. John Martellaro explains why observers got Tim Cook all wrong. Very wrong.

iPhone 6 Pre-order Kick Off Sept 12 at 12:01AM Pacific Time

1:35 PM EDT, Sep. 11th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple promised pre-orders for the ,iPhone  and iPhone 6 Plus would start on Friday, September 12, but didn't say exactly what time. Thanks to Apple's carrier partners, we know that time is 12:01AM pacific time, which means there will be a lot of people up early Friday morning placing orders.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-11

1:11 PM EDT, Sep. 11th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

TMO's Dave Hamilton had the chance to go hands on with the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, so today he joins Jeff Gamet to talk about his first impressions and which model he's buy. Dave also squares off with Bryan Chaffin to debate whether or not Apple Pay really will be the jump start the NFC-based mobile payment market needs.

Nearly 5 Million Gmail Passwords Dumped to the Internet

10:10 AM EDT, Sep. 11th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Over 4.9 million Gmail user names and passwords were posted on a Russian Bitcoin forum earlier this week, posing a potential security headache for a lot of people. Google said there wasn't any data breach, which means the logins were likely culled from other sites.

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Posting user names and pasword lists online is a pretty crappy thing to do and sometimes the Internet is a pretty crappy place. This Gmail password leak is a great reminder to avoid using the same login information on more than one site.

Apple Refunds New iCloud Price Difference to Current Subscribers

9:01 AM EDT, Sep. 11th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Current iCloud customers received a welcome email from Apple Wednesday evening telling them the rates they're paying for extra storage have been adjusted to be in line with the new lower prices. Apple also said customers are receiving refunds for the difference in what they already paid for their annual subscription.

T-Mobile Unleashes Wi-Fi In Latest Uncarrier Event

8:40 PM EDT, Sep. 10th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · News

T-Mobile held another Uncarrier event Wednesday, title Wi-Fi Unleashed. This includes free Wi-Fi calling and texting for any capable T-Mobile device, a partnership with In-flight internet provider Gogo, and a T-Mobile Personal CellSpot, hardware to help improve reception indoors.

Apple Turns to The Gap for New Marketing Executive

7:10 PM EDT, Sep. 10th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

marcela Aguilar

Apple has turned to the fashion industry to boost its executive ranks again, hiring Marcela Aguilar as its new director of global marketing Communications. Ms. Aguilar was lured away from The Gap, where she was that retailer's senior global director-marketing communications.