Bryan Chaffin on MacVoices: Bitcoin Economy, My Essential Gear, and Renting Software

7:16 PM EST, Nov. 14th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Chuck Joiner was foolish enough to invite me to MacVoices this week (episode #14218), and my interview went live on Friday. Chuck asked my thoughts on the current state of Bitcoin, talked to me about the hardware and software I use for TMO and writing fiction, plus my take on renting software. It's 49 minutes of wannabe Ben Franklin nonsense, so enjoy!

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Register to Win a Brand New Gold iPad Air 2 + A Gold iPhone 6

5:33 PM EST, Nov. 14th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Register to Win a Brand New Gold iPad Air 2 + A Gold iPhone 6

We have a killer giveaway for you called The Golden Apple Giveaway. You can register to win a gold iPad Air 2 and a gold iPhone 6. That's both of them, BTW, in case you thought I had a typo. Registering means signing up to receive deal emails from TMO, which you should do anyway. You can also get more entries by sharing a link through social network channels.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-14

1:47 PM EST, Nov. 14th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Privacy and security are the hot button topics this week. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about the FTC's inquiry into personal health privacy in HealthKit along with Apple's response to the Masque Attack threat for the iPhone and iPad.

Apple Says Masque Attack Security Flaw is a Non-issue

9:57 AM EST, Nov. 14th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple has responded to the news of the Masque Attack threat targeting iPhone and iPad users by saying it isn't an issue at all, and that it hasn't found any reports of people falling victim to the security flaw.

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Masque Attack doesn't look like a serious threat to iPhone and iPad users, and so far it seems that no one has been hit by the threat. Still, it's important that Apple continually evaluate its security measures and always work to make them better.

Monument Valley’s Forgotten Shores: Quick Fun (and Controversy)

8:45 AM EST, Nov. 14th, 2014 · Melissa Holt · Quick Look Review

Monument Valley, which may just be one of the finest iOS games ever released, has been updated with eight new levels. Hooray! In this article, Melissa Holt will tell you what she thinks of the new content (hint: we can hear her squealing happily all the way over here), and she'll also discuss the App Store fallout over the developers deciding to charge for the additional levels.

BURG 12 Smartwatch Makes Standalone Phone Calls, Also Pairs with iPhone

9:56 PM EST, Nov. 13th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Product News

Burg 12

A company called BURG has launched what it calls the "Dick Tracy-like" BURG 12 smartwatch. This device can function as a standalone phone, but the company has also designed it to be paired with both iPhones and Android devices. It's being launched at Walmart for US$199.

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My short take is that this device looks surprisingly good. I'm curious about its actual functionality, but I'm definitely intrigued the BURG 12 makes standalone calls, isn't an Android device, but pairs with both iPhone and Android.

Hachette Sort of Won The War Against Amazon

9:33 PM EST, Nov. 13th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Hachette vs. Amazon

The Hachette Book Group won its public battle with Amazon on book prices. Sort of, at least. The two companies announced on Thursday that they had reached an agreement that left pricing control in Hachette's hands, but allows Amazon to treat Hachette titles differently according to how low that pricing is.

FTC Talks to Apple about HealthKit, Seems Serious about Privacy

7:20 PM EST, Nov. 13th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

HeakthKit

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been in talks with Apple about privacy when it comes to HealthKit, the company's system level health data platform in iOS. According to Reuters, the FTC was seeking assurances that Apple would not sell that data to third parties or allow developers to do so. There are little or no regulations on how health data in apps can be used, something the FTC appears to be concerned about.

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The takeaway is this: Some of the health apps you're getting on even Apple's App Store are selling your personal health information. Apple's HealthKit is designed to protect your privacy and give you control over who you share your data with. Buy devices and apps that work with HealthKit.