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Apple Store goes Offline Ahead of iPad Media Event

8:45 AM, Oct. 16th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's online store was replaced with the usual "We'll be back" message ahead of Thursday morning's media event. The company is expected to introduce updated iPad models, announce the launch date for Apple Pay, and possibly unveil updated MacBook Pro models and a new Apple TV.

Poodle SSL 3.0 Flaw Poses Web Browser Security Threat

1:39 PM, Oct. 15th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Google has discovered a 15 year old flaw in SSL 3.0, a security protocol that turns out isn't quite a s secure as originally thought, that could let remote attackers highjack Web browser sessions and gain access to personal data, like Web-based email. The flaw takes advantage of a browser's ability to fall back from the more secure TLS protocol to SSL where attackers can then gain access to session cookies on victim's computers.

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The tech world has been moving away from SSL in favor of TLS, and finds like this will only help push SSL to its inevitable demise.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-15

1:10 PM, Oct. 15th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

IDG announced that Macworld/iWorld is going on hiatus for 2015, so the conference's 30-year run has come to an end. Dave Hamilton and Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus join Jeff Gamet take a look at what IDG's announcement means for the Apple community, but instead of lamenting the passing of what was, they take a look to the future and speculate on what's coming next.

List of Macs That Will Run Yosemite

12:41 PM, Oct. 15th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Quick Tip

OS X Yosemite

Apple said OS X Yosemite would be released this fall, and with the company's latest media event set for Thursday, there's a good chance we'll have a better idea when to expect the big update to finally roll out. The big question is whether or not your Mac can take advantage of Yosemite's new features. Read on to see if the soon to be released version of OS X will run on your Mac.

GT Advanced COO Sold Stock After Missed Apple Milestones

9:05 AM, Oct. 15th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

GT Advanced Technologies COO Daniel Squiller sold off US$1.2 million in company stock in May and put a plan in place to sell an additional $750,000 over the following months leading up to the company's October bankruptcy filing. The timing of the sales came after GTAT failed to meet milestone points in its sapphire glass production for Apple, and could raise some eyebrows because company CEO Tom Gutierrez was selling off his stock, too, including 9,000 shares the day before the iPhone 6 was introduced.

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Coincidence or not, Mr. Squiller's stock sale could be seen as a problem because he was very much in a position to know that GTAT's deal with Apple was going south.

Apple Adds Egg Freezing to Women’s Job Benefits

1:43 PM, Oct. 14th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple is offering a new job perk to the women on its payroll: the company will cover the cost of freezing their eggs. The iPhone and iPad maker will cover up to US$20,000 for the procedure, and will gladly do so for non-medical reasons.

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Good on Apple for its part to help bring fair and equal reproductive coverage to the workplace.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-14

1:25 PM, Oct. 14th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Apple now offers egg freezing as a health benefit for its female employees. John Martellaro and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to talk about what this means for Apple, women, and the workplace, plus they take a look at the alleged leak of Dropbox user names and passwords and the importance of using unique passwords.

Dropbox: We Weren’t Hacked, Your Password Wasn’t Stolen

9:47 AM, Oct. 14th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Following reports that Dropbox had been hacked and user logins were stolen, the online storage service has said that's not so and instead the user names and passwords were taken from other sites. Several hundred logins appeared on Reddit with the claim that the hackers have user names and passwords for more than 7 million accounts and the promise more will be released in exchange for Bitcoin payments.

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The possibility of stolen account logins really sucks, but in this case there's a chance that it's the hackers who are getting scammed. There's a little bit of delicious irony in that. Still, don't use the same password on more than one site.

Walgreens Memo Claims Saturday Apple Pay Launch

2:22 PM, Oct. 13th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

iOS 8's mobile payment system Apple Pay could get its official launch on October 18, only two days after a media event where Apple is expected to introduce new iPad models. The hint at the potential launch date comes from an internal Walgreens memo pointing out the weekend start.

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Apple said Apple Pay would be coming in October, so it's just a matter of waiting for the official launch announcement. With a media event happening this Thursday, it's possible we're only days away from the rollout.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-13

1:12 PM, Oct. 13th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Turns out flight attendants are so excited about gate-to-gate portable electronics use on flights. Kelly Guimont and Dave Hamilton put on their ranty pants today and let Jeff Gamet know just how they feel about flight attendants suing the FAA to reinstate the electronics ban, plus Dave explains why he's decided to go with the iPhone 6 Plus instead of the smaller iPhone 6.