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Analyst: Don’t Look for Apple’s Custom Baseband Chips this Year

10:49 AM, Apr. 11th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

JP Morgan analyst Rod Hall isn't buying into reports that Apple is ready to dump Qualcomm and use its own custom designed baseband chips in the next iPhone. He thinks Apple is working on its own chips, but that they won't be ready until some time in 2015.

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Baseband chips aren't easy to design, but that doesn't mean Apple isn't working on just that. If so, expect improved battery life and performance from future iPhones and iPads while Qualcomm and other chip makers take a hit to their bottom line.

Google Glass Goes Public for a Day

9:03 AM, Apr. 11th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Google is ready to expand sales of its Google Glass facetop tech to more than just developers, but only for a day. The Internet search giant plans to let anyone in the United States pony up the US$1,500 for Google Glass on April 15.

Amazon Goes Deep into the Comics Game with ComiXology Purchase

5:15 PM, Apr. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Digital comic book reseller ComiXology dropped a surprise on readers Thursday afternoon when it announced that Amazon is buying the company. ComiXology is the big name in digital comic sales with distribution deals with publishers such as Marvel, DC, IDW, Image, and Dynamite.

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Please, Amazon, don't kill the ComiXology app because reading comics in the Kindle app sucks.

Facebook to Push Messenger in Bid for All Our Texts

1:21 PM, Apr. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Facebook has a clear image of how they want people to use its services, and that includes messaging, too. The social network company is ready to disable messaging in its current mobile apps and will soon require users to send their in-network private conversations through its Messenger app -- and that's just another step in the company's plans to take over all our messaging needs.

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Facebook's next message could well be, "All your message are belong to us."

Analyst: iWatch Sensor to Protect You from Sunburn

10:06 AM, Apr. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Wearing a watch protects your wrist from sunburn, but if Barclay's analyst Blayne Curtis is right, Apple's iWatch will be able to protect your entire body. It doesn't cover your body or coat you in sunscreen; instead, he thinks the iWatch will include a UV sensor that can help monitor your sun exposure to avoid sunburns.

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At this point it's starting to sound like Apple is designing a wrist top tricorder and not just a smartwatch. Maybe it'll be able to scan for alien life forms, too.

Apple Source Say No Drama in Christie Departure

8:52 AM, Apr. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

When word surfaced on Wednesday that Apple Human Interface Vice President Greg Christie was leaving the company, it came with speculation that his departure was driven by friction with Jony Ive. Now sources are saying that's not the case, and instead Mr. Christie's retirement has been well planned for some time.

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The fact that Mr. Christie isn't leaving immediately helps back up the notion that friction with Jony Ive wasn't behind his retirement. Sources say he'll be around for at least a little while working on special projects, so maybe there isn't as much internal drama here as was originally suspected.

ACM 249: King Jony and the TV Settop Box Wars

2:20 AM, Apr. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple's Sir Jony Ive is the one guy in charge of all of the company's software design now that Greg Christie is out, there's finally a rumor about the iWatch that both Jeff and Bryan think is right, and the set top box war is heating up with Apple, Amazon, Roku, and now Google getting in on the game. All that, and Bryan has a special offer for bitcoin fans.

How to Protect Yourself from OpenSSL’s Heartbleed Flaw

11:44 AM, Apr. 9th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Link

OpenSSL's Heartbleed security flaw is a pretty big deal, and you need to know what to do to protect yourself and the websites you maintain. We covered heartbleed in depth, but if you don't have time to read all the details that doesn't mean you can't take steps to keep you and your sites safe. Just jump right to our how-to in our full report. We've got your back.

Dealing with Heartbleed: What You Need to Know

10:49 AM, Apr. 9th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Heartbleed is a security flaw in OpenSSL, which is the system used to ensure the security of nearly half the websites on the Internet. The flaw gives hackers the ability to gain the security keys that keep the information passing between your Web browser and online servers encrypted, which could let them decrypt information you're expecting to remain secure -- including user names, passwords, and credit card numbers -- and even pose as legit servers. That sounds pretty ominous, so we sorted out what that means for you.

Google Targets Apple TV, Fire TV with Android TV

11:54 AM, Apr. 8th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple has Apple TV, Amazon has Fire TV, and soon Google will have Android TV. The Internet search giant is reportedly ready to jump into the set top box game -- despite the fact that it already sells Google Chromecast.

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Oh, great. More fragmentation in the streaming set top box market. With Apple TV and Fire TV it's easier to decide which device to get based on your current media buying habits, but what happens when Android TV hits store shelves?