Recent Articles By Jeff Gamet [RSS]

VirnetX Wants to Shut Down FaceTime, but it Won’t Happen

6:59 PM, May. 27th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

VirnetX wants to shut down FaceTime and Messages in its patent fight with Apple

The patent holding company VirnetX has managed to score a string of wins in its ongoing fight with Apple over infringement claims. Most recently, the company won US$625 million in a February ruling, and now is asking the court to bump that up another $190 million and grant an injunction forcing Apple to turn off FaceTime and iMessage. Despite VirnetX's track record so far, however, it isn't likely the court will agree to shut down Apple's video and text chat services.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-05-27: Apple’s Car Charging Plans, Eddy Cue’s Time Warner Deal

1:49 PM, May. 27th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple needs to make sure there's a way to charge its electric car when drivers are out and about. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to offer up their thoughts on how Apple will deal with existing charging station standards, competing with Tesla, and creating its own proprietary charging connector. They also have some thoughts on the report that Apple's Eddie Cue wanted to buy Time Warner Entertainment.

Support for Anti-encryption Laws Crumbles

10:44 AM, May. 27th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Support for anti-encryption bill fizzles out

The FBI's hopes for a laws to weaken encryption and require tech companies to build back doors through device security features seems to be crumbling because support in Congress is evaporating. A draft bill from Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) isn't going to to be introduced, and even if it was, there isn't any support for it.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-05-26: Apple’s Siri Speaker, HP’s Envy 34c Display

1:22 PM, May. 26th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

It looks like Apple may be ready to jump into the home listening appliance market, just as Amazon already has with its Echo. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on the rumored Siri speaker, and how it might stack up against the Echo and Google's just announced Home. John and Jeff also preview their HP Envy 34c display reviews.

Bad News, FBI: Apple Hires Security Pro Jon Callas

7:41 PM, May. 24th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Jon Callas brings his security expertise back to Apple

If the FBI was hoping Apple CEO Tim Cook was all talk when he said his company is digging in its heels to protect user privacy, it's time to put on the disappointed face because Jon Callas is back on Apple's payroll. His credentials in the security and privacy world make him a strong asset for Apple—just as he was when he previously worked for the company—and should have the FBI very worried about how far it'll be able to hack into future iPhones and Macs.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-05-24: New MacBook Pros this Fall, Spotify’s New Pricing

1:31 PM, May. 24th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

It looks like we won't see new MacBook Pro models until this fall, but at least they'll be loaded with new features. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's laptop upgrade cycle, what they're looking forward to in new models, and the mystery that is Ming-Chi Kuo. Turns out Dave is right about streaming music pricing, so he gets a few minutes to bask in his rightness.

No New MacBook Pro Until Fall, but it’ll be Really Cool

11:41 AM, May. 24th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

No new MacBook Pro until fall

If you're holding out expecting Apple to introduce a redesigned Retina MacBook Pro at Worldwide Developer Conference in June, get ready for some disappointment. KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says we'll have to wait until this fall, and what we'll get is a thinner, faster laptop with an OLED touch surface instead of traditional function keys and Touch ID.