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How to Use iOS 8’s Photos Extensions

4:58 PM, Sep. 29th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Quick Tip

iOS 8 Extensions open the door for iPhone and iPad apps to share data and features, and that creates new potential for Apple's own Photos app and image editing. Third party image editing apps can now share their filters with the Photos app, but you need to know how to enable them first — which is fairly easy to do.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-29

1:51 PM, Sep. 29th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

The bendy iPhone 6 thing is a big enough deal that even Consumer Reports is weighing in on the action. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about CR's findings and how much of an issue they think the bendable smartphone thing really is, plus they they share what they'd like to see linked into Apple's Health app.

iOS 8 Rollbacks Shut Down, Apple Stops Signing iOS 7.1.2

11:12 AM, Sep. 29th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

If you made the move to iOS 8 but now are suffering from upgrader remorse, you're out of luck because Apple has stopped signing iOS 7.1.2. In muggle speak that means Apple won't let you downgrade from iOS 8 to iOS 7.1.2 any more.

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If you were on the fence about whether or not to keep iOS 8 on your iPhone or iPad, Apple took care of that decision for you. At least Apple waited longer than usual before shutting down the option to roll back to iOS 7.1.2.

iPhone 6 Plus not so Bendy After All, Says Consumer Reports

9:01 AM, Sep. 29th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Just how bendable is the iPhone 6 Plus? Consumer Reports says not very, and that smartphones from Apple's competitors are actually easier to bend. The independent product testing company pitted both new iPhone 6 models against smartphones from Samsung LG, and HTC and found the competition flexed and deformed easier, which sits in contrast to online videos claiming to show an iPhone 6 Plus bending in someone's hands.

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If you really want to bend or break something, you can find a way to make that happen. Apple's new iPhones don't seem to be any easier to bend than competing smartphones, but it seems the media is always looking for something to latch onto.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-26

1:46 PM, Sep. 26th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Apple's efforts to protect the data on our iPhones isn't sitting well with the FBI. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on digital privacy and government access to our personal information, plus Dave shares his experience setting up iOS 8's Family Sharing.

Bent iPhone 6 Plus? There’s a Replacement for That

11:06 AM, Sep. 26th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

If you're among the massive horde nine people suffering from a bent iPhone 6, Apple will replace it for you — assuming it hasn't been intentionally twisted out of shape, of course. You'll have to make a trip to your Apple Store's Genius Bar for a visual inspection, and if your 6 Plus is deemed worthy of replacement, you'll head back out the store with a flat iPhone.

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Of course Apple is replacing bent iPhones. That's the right thing, and the smart thing, to do.

880K Creditcards Stolen in TripAdvisor’s Viator Data Breach [Updated]

10:10 AM, Sep. 26th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Tripadvisor's Viator service said credit card information for some 880,000 of its users has been compromised in a data breach where customer data for 1.4 million subscribers was taken. Unauthorized charges have been showing up on some subscriber's cards, and Tripadvisor is currently saying it isn't sure how the attackers gained access to the user data.

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Considering how many online database breaches are happening, maybe companies need to work on finding a better way to manage our creditcards. Alternately, users can turn to apps like 1Password that auto-fill creditcard information so it's stored locally instead of on a remote -- and potentially hackable -- server.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-09-25

1:44 PM, Sep. 25th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

There's a new security threat in town going by the name Shellshock, and it has the potential to cause some big headaches for Unix and Linux-based systems, including Mac OS X. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to dive into how Shellshock works, what it can potentially do, and how it impacts Mac users on personal and public networks.

Apple: iOS 8.0.1 Fix Coming in the Next Few Days

11:30 AM, Sep. 25th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Following Wednesday's release and subsequent retraction of iOS 8.0.1 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, Apple has said that an iOS 8.0.2 is coming "in the next few days." The 8.0.1 update added Health app support, but also killed cell service and Touch ID support on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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It's good to see Apple addressing the call-free iPhone problem from the iOS 8.0.1 updater, although it would've been better if the problem hadn't been there at all.