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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.

Apple May Know how to Block FBI iPhone Hack

9:24 AM, Apr. 11th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple isn't pushing FBI for iPhone hack details and may know how to patch it

Apple still doesn't know exactly how the FBI hacked into Syed Farook's iPhone 5c, and it looks like the agency doesn't want to hand over its little secret. There won't, however, be a legal fight to find out what technique the FBI used because Apple thinks it's a short-lived hack, which means there's a good chance the company has some ideas on how to block future attacks without needing any more details.

Patent Shows how the MacBook Pro Could Become More Like the iPad

2:19 PM, Apr. 8th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

MacBooks with virtual keyboards? Could be.

A recently published patent filing shows how the MacBook Pro could take some design cues from the iPad, making the devices even more similar than they are now. That doesn't mean the Mac's days are numbered, but it does mean we could see a Mac laptop at some point with a substantially different design that focuses on customizable touch interfaces.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-04-08: The White House’s Shifting Position on Digital Privacy

1:18 PM, Apr. 8th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

The White House doesn't seem interested in a bill giving judges the authority to force companies to bypass their own product's encryption. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at President Obama's position on encryption and privacy, and whether or not we're seeing a shift in his stance that law enforcement should be able to access all of our private data.

Cookie Monster and Siri, Behind the Scenes

9:51 AM, Apr. 8th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Cookie Monster's Siri commercial is absolutely awesome, and not just because it's brought to you by the number 6 and the letter s. What's equally awesome is that Apple put together a behind the scenes video following Cookie Monster through the commercial shoot. It's also great to see Cookie Monster's humanity; he's excited by new technology, he overcomes adversity, and he loves cookies, just like us—only with more fur. And he's blue.

FBI Says iPhone Hack is Limited, but Won’t Give it Up

2:49 PM, Apr. 7th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

The FBI says the big iPhone exploit it bought is safe, so they don't need to tell Apple about it

FBI director James Comey has a couple revelations about the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone unlock hack. The first is that it doesn't work on phones newer than the iPhone 5c, and the second is that he doesn't want Apple to fix the exploit they used to get in.