Recent Articles By Jeff Gamet [RSS]

FBI’s ‘No Data is New Data’ iPhone Spin Stinks

9:06 AM, Apr. 21st, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Nothing to see here: FBI says no useful information on Syed Farook's iPhone

The FBI says it has new data from Syed Farook's iPhone, and that new data is that there isn't any data, or at least no data that's of any use to the San Bernardino mass shooting investigation. The FBI is saying their analysis shows Mr. Farook didn't communicate with anyone during an 18 minute window that's unaccounted for following the shooting spree—something they should've known long before hacking into the phone.

Extra Discounts on Developer Conferences Ends Today

9:27 AM, Apr. 20th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

If you've been thinking about attending a developer's conference, but Apple's own Worldwide Developer Conference is too rich for your blood, there are six other events coming later this year that cost a lot less—and for the next couple hours you can get a 10-percent discount, too. 360|iDev, try! Swift, Indie DevStock, Release Notes, CocoaLove, and Úll are all offering the discount, but not for long. Use the coupon code "COMMUNITY" to get the lower conference price, but don't procrastinate because the deals end at 9AM pacific time today.

Want a more Comfortable Workstation? Try a Glass Chair Mat

5:30 PM, Apr. 19th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

If you can't get comfortable when you're working on your computer at your desk the problem may not be your chair, it may be the mat it's sitting on. The Mac Observer's Jeff Gamet has been using a glass chair mat instead of plastic for years, and he explains why that's been a much better choice for him—and may be for you, too.

Apple Website Honors Bill Campbell

10:20 AM, Apr. 19th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Apple is using its website home page to note the passing of former company executive and board member Bill Campbell. The memorial notes he was a "coach and mentor to many of us at Apple," and that he believed in Apple "when few people did." Mr. Campbell passed away on Monday following a long fight with cancer.

Apple, FBI Testifying Before Congress on Encryption Again

10:50 AM, Apr. 15th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

FBI Director James Comey testifying last month on encryption and law enforcement investigations

Apple and the FBI are headed back to Washington to answer questions about law enforcement investigations and encryption. Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell and FBI science and technology executive assistant director Amy Hess are scheduled to appear before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Tuesday, April 19.

Kanye’s New ‘Saint Pablo’ Exclusively on Apple Music

9:22 AM, Apr. 15th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News


Remember how Kanye West said "never never never" about streaming his "Life of Pablo" album on Apple Music, and then he did? Now you can stream his new song, "Saint Pablo," exclusively on Apple Music—it isn't available on Tidal. I don't think this word "never" means what he thinks it means.