Apple Blocks Outdated Flash Players Over Security Issues [Update]

9 hours, 42 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Flash Bugs

Apple updated the Web plugin blocking system in OS X on Thursday to prevent outdated versions of Adobe Flash Player from launching. The change means you'll need Adobe Flash Player 15.0.0.223 to view Flash content in Safari on OS X.

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New Flash security flaws are cropping up all the time, so if you need it on your Mac, be sure you're always running the latest version.

iOS 8: Using “Send Last Location”

10 hours, 26 minutes ago · Melissa Holt · TMO Quick Tip

Today we're going to discuss how to use "Send Last Location" within iOS 8, which'll allow your iPhone or iPad to automatically transmit its location right before its battery dies. This could potentially help you to recover a lost or stolen device with a dead battery, so we think it's important! Melissa Holt is going to teach us all about it in this Quick Tip.

Apple Reportedly Plans Cheaper Beats Music in iOS in 2015

7:53 PM EST, Nov. 20th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · Rumor

Beats Music

Apple is working behind the scenes to secure better pricing for Beats Music customers before including it as a service in iOS in 2015. Citing unnamed sources "briefed on the plans," The Financial Times reported that Apple is looking for a retail price of US$5 per month for subscribers, while record labels are holding out for a higher price.

Apple Changes App Store ‘Free’ Button to ‘Get’

6:25 PM EST, Nov. 20th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · News

Get

Apple has changed the wording for free and freemium apps—where once the download button said "Free," it is now labeled "Get," as shown in the screenshot below. Apple didn't announce the change, but it seems likely the change is part of Apple's efforts to comply with tighter European Commission rules governing the way Apple, Google, Amazon, and other market "free" apps.

Doxie Go Portable Scanner: $139

5:05 PM EST, Nov. 20th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

Doxie Go Portable Scanner: $139

Scanners. Remember when they were a thing? If you were a real computer geek, you needed one. And the more space it took on your desk, the more impressive it was. Then digital camera became a thing, and the number one activity we used scanners for—scanning printed photographs—became a quaint relic packed away with our FAX machines. But there are still things we need to scan. Receipts, contracts, the award your kid got for doing something nifty at school, that photograph of your great grandmother everyone in the family wants a copy of, but the negative might well be a slab of glass lost at the turn of the previous century. Anyway, enter Doxie Go! Nancy Carroll Gravley reviewed it for us, and through today's deal, you can get one for $139 (it retails for $199). Snap it up, because the deal expires in five days.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-20

3:14 PM EST, Nov. 20th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

It's iTunes smack down day on Daily Observations, but not for everyone. Dave Hamilton, Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about what they don't — or do — like about iTunes 12, what they'd like to see change in Apple's media manager app, why iTunes has evolved into the conglomeration it is today, and more.

Goodbye iTunes, WALTR Uploads any Media File to your iPhone and iPad

11:14 AM EST, Nov. 20th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

iTunes is the only option Apple gives us for loading media onto our iPhone, iPad or iPod touch from our Macs, and it limits the audio and video file formats we can upload. That's a thing of the past thanks to WALTR from Softorino. This awesome Mac app lets you upload a long list of file formats — such as MKV, AVI, MP4, CUE, FLAC, APE, ALAC, OGG, AAC, AIFF and WAV — to your iOS device without ever touching iTunes. Just fire up WALTR, connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac via USB, and drag files to convert and upload them so you can watch or listen on the go. It really is drag-and-drop simple, and file transfers are surprisingly fast. You can try out WALTR for free and a license costs US$14.97.

Apple: GTAT Couldn’t Make Usable Sapphire, Mismanaged Production

9:34 AM EST, Nov. 20th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple offered up more details on what led to the downfall of GT Advanced Technologies in a letter to the failed company's creditors. That letter said GTAT failed to manage its employees and sapphire glass production process, and that the company simply couldn't make a usable product.

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Apple may have made demands GTAT couldn't meet, but it looks like the sapphire maker wasn't managing its workers or production. This was a doomed relationship from the beginning.

DOJ Warns Apple that iOS Encryption Could Kill Children

10:46 PM EST, Nov. 19th, 2014 · Bryan Chaffin · The Back Page

iSpy

The number two person in the U.S. DOJ's number two person recently warned Apple the company's encryption scheme in iOS 8 will eventually result in the death of a child. Bryan Chaffin argues that when anyoen tells us we must give up privacy for the sake of the children, they've lost the argument.