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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.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-04-14: Check Your Router’s Performance, No iPhone Leads for FBI

1:35 PM, Apr. 14th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Your network router may be slowing you down. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to explain how you can check your network router to see how it performs and what impact it's having on your internet connection speeds. They also offer up their thoughts on news that the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone doesn't have any information the FBI can use.

Law Enforcement says No Leads on Syed Farook’s iPhone

11:20 AM, Apr. 14th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Syed Farook's iPhone 5c is the ghost town of investigation leads

Last week I laid out the case for Syed Farook's work-issued iPhone 5c being a bust in the FBI's investigation into last December's San Bernardino mass shooting, and now law enforcement is saying the same. That means the FBI and DOJ were more than willing to toss aside the digital security for iPhone owners around the world to unlock a smartphone they reasonably knew wouldn't give them any useful information.

FBI Still Manipulating Public in Encryption Fight

3:03 PM, Apr. 13th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Director Comey says public encryption debate was a surprise benefit of San Bernardino iPhone case

The San Bernardino iPhone unlocking court battle is over, and FBI Director James Comey said he's glad for it. He also said the very public battle had an "unintended benefit," and lamented the fact it became an emotional issue—right before he added fuel to that fire by equating the encryption fight to the emotions he sees in the gun control debate.

FBI Scores a Hollow Victory in Apple iPhone Unlocking Fight

5:50 PM, Apr. 11th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Court orders Apple to do what it already does to help FBI investigations

The FBI won what amounts to a hollow victory in its fight to force Apple to break its own iPhone encryption. A Federal Judge in Boston an order compelling Apple to help recover data from an iPhone, but stopped short of forcing the company to break its own encryption or hack the lockscreen passcode, effectively telling the company to do exactly what it already does to help out law enforcement agencies.

The Next Apple Watch is Coming in Spring. Or Fall. Maybe

11:19 AM, Apr. 11th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

The second generation Apple Watch is coming this spring and it's going to be 40 percent thinner than the original model. Or, the

The second generation Apple Watch is coming this spring and it's going to be 40 percent thinner than the original model. Or, the new model is coming this fall and it'll have the same form factor as the original. What we really know about the second generation Apple Watch is that we don't really know anything yet.

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tl;dr: No one knows when the next Apple Watch is coming, or what features it'll have.