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Apple Blocks Older Flash Versions on Mac Over Security Issues

9:35 AM, Jul. 11th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple updated the built-in security safeguards in OS X to block versions of Flash prior to 14.0.0.145 from running following the discovery of a flaw in the multimedia platform that could let attackers steal login credentials for thousands of websites. Adobe released an update for Flash on Mac, Windows, and Linux earlier this week to address the issue, too.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-10

1:31 PM, Jul. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

How is Apple's fight for market domination against Samsung working out? John Martellaro says Apple is winning, so he joined Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin today to talk about that and why Apple TV doesn't seem to be able to keep up with Roku in the United States.

iTunes 11.3 Adds iTunes Extras for HD Movies

11:39 AM, Jul. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Apple released iTunes 11.3 for OS X and Windows on Thursday, adding support for iTunes Extras in HD movies. The company said HD movie extras are available on Apple TV with Software Update 6.2, and will be available in iOS 8 for the iPhone and iPad when it ships this fall.

Apple to FTC: Check Out Google’s App Store Policies

11:24 AM, Jul. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Parents who found their kids were racking up purchases through Apple's iTunes-base App Store complained to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission about the issue. Apple apparently didn't want to be left out, so it's legal team made a point to let the FTC know Google's app store used similar policies, too.

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It's important for companies like Apple, Amazon, and Google to have reasonable and responsible online purchase safeguards in place. It's also unfortunate that these companies are held responsible for parents failing to monitor their kids.

It’s Time for Some U.S. Apple TV Marketing

9:03 AM, Jul. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Roku accounts for nearly half of the streaming media set top boxes sold in the U.S. in 2013, and Apple TV sales came in just over 25 percent. That sales gap can be squarely placed on Apple's shoulders because the company isn't adequately marketing the device to U.S. customers. It's time for that to change, or Apple faces losing the market to Roku, Google and Amazon.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-09

1:35 PM, Jul. 9th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Home automation is getting cheaper and more accessible thanks to Home Depot's decision to start carrying Wink. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at how Wink's home automation platform might fit with Apple's HomeKit in iOS 8, and to talk about the new Here For You initiative to make mobile directions more useful for the visually -- or navigationally -- impaired.

They Might Be Giants Offers Free Live Album Download

11:41 AM, Jul. 9th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

They Might Be Giants fans have a little something special waiting for them online: a free download of the band's First Album Live album. The recordings were made during the band's 2013 world tour, and the album includes 19 tracks in MP3 format. If that isn't enough for you, TMBG has plans to release more free content throughout the year. Time to download and listen up!

Adobe Flash Patch Fixes Critical Website Login Stealing Security Flaw

10:51 AM, Jul. 9th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Adobe released an out of cycle update for its Flash multimedia platform on Mac, Windows and Linux on Tuesday to patch a security flaw that gives attackers the ability to hijack user's login credentials for popular websites like Twitter, eBay, Instagram, and more. Potentially thousands of sites are susceptible to the flaw, making the update critical for all Flash users.

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If you really, really need Flash on your computer, then install this security patch immediately. If not, then maybe it's time to uninstall Flash.

Apple Hires Former Nike FuelBand Engineers for Fitness-related Project

9:45 AM, Jul. 9th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple has added to its wearables team yet again by hiring two former Nike FuelBand engineers. Jon Gale wrote FuelBand firmware code for Nike and Ryan Bailey was a hardware engineer on the FuelBand team, and their new jobs make it even more clear that Apple is working on fitness tracking devices.

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At this point Apple may as well go ahead and announce the iWatch. The company has hired so many people from the health and fitness market that all we need now is an official product shot.