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Masque Attack: Why Your iPhone is Probably Safe

10:00 AM, Nov. 11th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Masque Attack sounds like an ominous threat to the iPhone and iPad because it lets attackers replace legit apps with their own malicious versions. Getting those on your iOS device, however, involves some trickery and interaction on your part. The security flaw is serious, but it isn't likely to hit you.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-10

1:32 PM, Nov. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Kelly is back from MacTech Conference 2014 and John has a broken iPad screen. The two join Jeff Gamet to talk about MacTech Conference and the trend towards smaller events in the conference world, plus John shares how he dealt with a cracked iPad screen without breaking the bank.

Apple Rolls Out Lost iMessage Repair Tool

10:59 AM, Nov. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Much to Apple's surprise, not everyone that buys an iPhone sticks with the platform, and that led to a problem where switchers never saw text messages from their friends who stayed with iOS. Apple has finally addressed the problem with a new Web-based utility that unlinks phone numbers from iMessage so you'll still see texts when switching to an Android or Windows smartphone.

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Good for Apple for fixing the lost SMS problem for people who don't want to use an iPhone any more. Shame on Apple for building a text messaging system that requires a special utility just so you can keep getting texts from your friends that still use iPhones.

Apple Ramps Up for Black Friday Sale, Plans 8AM Store Openings

9:06 AM, Nov. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's Black Friday sale promotion will be back again this year with special discounts and early store openings, but not quite as early as some previous events. This year Apple will open its retail stores at 8AM local time instead of painfully early, like 4AM, or last year's 6AM start.

Unsealed GTAT Testimony Paints Apple as Bully Negotiator

3:41 PM, Nov. 7th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Judge Henry Boroff followed through on his plan to release previously sealed documents in the GT Advanced Technologies bankruptcy case that it and Apple had both agreed should stay secret. The documents paint Apple as a strong-arm bully imposing onerous terms on GTAT and its sapphire glass production, and claim the iPhone and iPad maker engaged in bait-and-switch tactics during contract negotiations.

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It would be easy to compare Apple to Darth Vader, but it's really more like GTAT is Jar Jar Binks.

Apple Drops Fitbit Products from Online Store

2:25 PM, Nov. 7th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple has quietly dropped Fitbit's fitness trackers from its online store, hinting at a growing rift between the two companies over HealthKit support. There isn't any official word on why Fitbit's products are gone, but other fitness trackers that support HealthKit are still available.

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It seems Apple isn't interested in selling fitness trackers that aren't HealthKit-compatible, and Fitbit isn't interested in supporting Apple's fitness management platform. Losing out on Fitbit won't hurt Apple, so now the question is whether or not Fitbit makes enough sales outside of Apple stores to absorb the loss.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-07

1:24 PM, Nov. 7th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Aereo hasn't had much luck convincing the courts it should be able to transmit broadcast TV channels through the Internet, and now the company is laying off staff. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to debate whether or not Aereo should be able to send over-the-air television through the Internet without paying licensing fees, and what the consequences of allowing — or blocking — services like Aereo will have on the broadcast market.

LEGO Ideas: International Space Station

11:14 AM, Nov. 7th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

LEGO is cool, science is cool, and space is cool. Mash them together and you get LEGO Ideas proposals like the International Space Station. Assuming it scores enough points to get through the screening process and become a real kit, the ISS will include about 1,000 pieces for faithfull reproducing the the space station with  details like movable solar panels, a robotic arm, station modules you can rearrange, Soyuz and Progress space capsules, minifig astronauts, and more. You can use the parts to build the MIR and Chinese space stations, too. Bonus: One of LEGO's next Ideas kits will Leonard and Sheldon's apartment from Big Bang Theory.

SEC Launches Investigation into GT Advanced Technologies Trading Activity

9:47 AM, Nov. 7th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has launched an investigation into stock trading activity in GT Advanced Technologies dating back to the beginning of 2013. GTAT partnered with Apple to make sapphire glass for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, along with the Apple Watch, but failed to meet its goals and ultimately filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

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GTAT's CEO and COO both sold off a lot of stock before the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and now the SEC has launched an investigation into trading activity. That could be coincidence, but there's a good chance the SEC wants to know if they were trading inappropriately based on insider information.