Apple’s Silicone Case for iPhone 6/6 Plus: Good Looks, Modest Protection

3:30 PM EDT, Oct. 15th, 2014 · Michael Johnston · In-Depth Review

Apple iPhone 6 case review

Any case produced by Apple itself has to survive a fair amount of scrutiny. After all Apple makes the device the case is protecting. It has to work well in every way, from the out of box experience, to putting it on the device, to protecting the device it covers. Not surprisingly, Apple's iPhone 6 Silicone Case does stand up to scrutiny, assuming you're looking for a case that doesn't claim to take extreme punishment.

HBO Go Will Go It Alone

3:13 PM EDT, Oct. 15th, 2014 · Kelly Guimont · Cool Stuff Found

HBO Go might just go it alone, according to CEO Richard Plepler, who made the remarks at Time Warner's investor day event on Wednesday. "In 2015, we will launch a standalone, over-the-top HBO service in the United States. We will work with our current partners. And we will explore models with new partners. All in, there are 80 million homes that do not have HBO and we will use all means at our disposal to go after them," Pleper said.

There are rumblings that Netflix will be reporting some nice earnings, which is probably excellent motivation for HBO to go after the cordcutting crowd. This is very exciting news for me personally, because I've been calling HBO customer service about once a month for like a year now and BEGGING them to let me pay directly instead of having to give more money to the Cable Service Which Must Not Be Named. It doesn't take long, but it looks like I'm going to get my way on this.

Hopefully my crusade for the last two seasons of The Muppet Show on DVD will go my way too…

Apple Leaks iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 in iBooks User Guide

2:49 PM EDT, Oct. 15th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3

Another day, another leak in the Apple world, only this one was leaked by Apple itself. In screenshots posted for the iPad User Guide For iOS 8 in the iBooks Store Apple posted details of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, neither of which have been announced. In that the source has the ultimate insider knowledge of Apple's goings on, it seems a sure bet that both devices will be announced during the October 16th media event.

Dr. Mac Looks Back on 16 Years Covering Macworld/iWorld

2:07 PM EDT, Oct. 15th, 2014 · Bob LeVitus · Columns and Opinions

Bob

I’ve written about Macworld Expo often over the years and it’s been part of my life for as long as I’ve been a geek. I’ll miss attending more than I can put into words. Rather than try, let’s take a stroll down memory lane and relive some of the words I’ve written about Macworld Expo over the years.

Poodle SSL 3.0 Flaw Poses Web Browser Security Threat

1:39 PM EDT, Oct. 15th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Google has discovered a 15 year old flaw in SSL 3.0, a security protocol that turns out isn't quite a s secure as originally thought, that could let remote attackers highjack Web browser sessions and gain access to personal data, like Web-based email. The flaw takes advantage of a browser's ability to fall back from the more secure TLS protocol to SSL where attackers can then gain access to session cookies on victim's computers.

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The tech world has been moving away from SSL in favor of TLS, and finds like this will only help push SSL to its inevitable demise.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-15

1:10 PM EDT, Oct. 15th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

IDG announced that Macworld/iWorld is going on hiatus for 2015, so the conference's 30-year run has come to an end. Dave Hamilton and Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus join Jeff Gamet take a look at what IDG's announcement means for the Apple community, but instead of lamenting the passing of what was, they take a look to the future and speculate on what's coming next.

List of Macs That Will Run Yosemite

12:41 PM EDT, Oct. 15th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Quick Tip

OS X Yosemite

Apple said OS X Yosemite would be released this fall, and with the company's latest media event set for Thursday, there's a good chance we'll have a better idea when to expect the big update to finally roll out. The big question is whether or not your Mac can take advantage of Yosemite's new features. Read on to see if the soon to be released version of OS X will run on your Mac.

GT Advanced COO Sold Stock After Missed Apple Milestones

9:05 AM EDT, Oct. 15th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

GT Advanced Technologies COO Daniel Squiller sold off US$1.2 million in company stock in May and put a plan in place to sell an additional $750,000 over the following months leading up to the company's October bankruptcy filing. The timing of the sales came after GTAT failed to meet milestone points in its sapphire glass production for Apple, and could raise some eyebrows because company CEO Tom Gutierrez was selling off his stock, too, including 9,000 shares the day before the iPhone 6 was introduced.

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Coincidence or not, Mr. Squiller's stock sale could be seen as a problem because he was very much in a position to know that GTAT's deal with Apple was going south.

Pre-Order Exclusive: The Limited Edition Black Hawk Drone + SD Camera for $69

5:51 PM EDT, Oct. 14th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Pre-Order Exclusive: The Limited Edition Black Hawk Drone + SD Camera for $69

We have ane exclusive preorder deal for you today for the Limited Edition Black Hawk Drone with an SD Camera for $69 (there's a deal for one with an HD camera for $89, too). This is an aggressive looking drone quadricopter drone that retailed for $149. It comes with a remote, a USB cable for charging, and the SD camera. It has a fkight time of ten minutes between charges. Check out the deal page for more info. This is a pre-order price—it will ship "on or before" November 24th, 2014.

Apple Adds Egg Freezing to Women’s Job Benefits

1:43 PM EDT, Oct. 14th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is offering a new job perk to the women on its payroll: the company will cover the cost of freezing their eggs. The iPhone and iPad maker will cover up to US$20,000 for the procedure, and will gladly do so for non-medical reasons.

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Good on Apple for its part to help bring fair and equal reproductive coverage to the workplace.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-14

1:25 PM EDT, Oct. 14th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple now offers egg freezing as a health benefit for its female employees. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about what this means for Apple, women, and the workplace, plus they take a look at the alleged leak of Dropbox user names and passwords and the importance of using unique passwords.

Macworld/iWorld Going on ‘Hiatus,’ No Show for 2015

1:19 PM EDT, Oct. 14th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

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IDG World Expo announced Tuesday that its Macworld/iWorld tradeshow is going on "hiatus," and that no event would take place in 2015. The company's enterprise-oriented event called MacIT will continue "next year," with details scheduled for announcement in "the coming weeks."

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Bummed. Severely.

Dropbox: We Weren’t Hacked, Your Password Wasn’t Stolen

9:47 AM EDT, Oct. 14th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Following reports that Dropbox had been hacked and user logins were stolen, the online storage service has said that's not so and instead the user names and passwords were taken from other sites. Several hundred logins appeared on Reddit with the claim that the hackers have user names and passwords for more than 7 million accounts and the promise more will be released in exchange for Bitcoin payments.

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The possibility of stolen account logins really sucks, but in this case there's a chance that it's the hackers who are getting scammed. There's a little bit of delicious irony in that. Still, don't use the same password on more than one site.

Charge Your Phone by Walking with Ampy Kickstarter

6:28 PM EDT, Oct. 13th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Yeah, this is frakking cool. It's a Kickstarter project for Ampy, a portable charger for iPhone (or anything that powers from USB) that you charge by walking around. Ampy turns kinetic energy into electrical energy and stores it in an internal battery. According to the Kickstarter description, 10,000 steps is enough to generate three hours of battery life on your smartphone. 30-60 minutes on a bicycle will do the same thing. Strap it on your working dog? Who knows, but the idea of an iPhone powered by dog awesomeness brings a huge smile to my face. Oh, and Ampy can also be charged by plugging it into a wall socket. With 28 days to go, the developers have already raised $128,000 with an original goal of $100,000, but there are still ways to get a discounted Ampy and support the company's efforts. [Via Ryan Faas > GigaOM]