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Apple's online retail VP left the company for another job, and that got Jeff Gamet and Bryan Chaffin talking about how they feel about the company's integrated website and store experience. Bryan also helps our listeners reality check Jeff on HomeKit and the possibility of Apple making networked smoke detectors.
Good news, students! Apple Music's monthly subscription is now half off for you if you're signing up for the first time or already paying for the streaming music service. That means instead of spending US$9.99 a month, you'll be dropping $4.99 to stream all the tunes your ears can handle. Sorry high school kids, you still have to pay full price because you need to be enrolled in an eligible university or college to take advantage of the deal. New users just need to sign up. Current subscribers need to change their status in Apple Music's account settings.
The iPhone SE may be small, but it packs a lot of power in its tiny case. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to discuss why the small screen iPhone still fits into Apple's lineup, and Dave explains why he likes it more than his iPhone 6s Plus. They also look at why the LAPD iPhone hack isn't as big a deal as some make it out to be.
While the FBI was trying to force Apple to bypass security features on an iPhone 5c recovered in the San Bernardino mass shooting, Los Angeles police were successfully hacking into and recovering data from an iPhone 5s in a separate homicide case. If LAPD was able to hack into the iPhone 5s on its own, then why did the FBI insist it needed Apple's help with the iPhone 5c? The answer is simple: different operating systems, different security features.
If Apple makes a smoke detector, I'm not buying it. Considering the bag of hurt HomeKit is, I'm just not ready to trust a life or death-level product to Apple regardless of how awesome my Mac, iPhone, and iPad may be.
Apple may have plans to make its own networked smoke detector of sorts for our homes. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about their HomeKit headaches and whether or not they'd buy a smoke detector from Apple.
Anonymous Web surfing, VPNs, TOR, and even falling victim to malware could soon be enough justification for the FBI to brand you a criminal. Proposed Federal court changes will give judges the authority to issue mass search and seizure warrants—including remotely hacking into computers anywhere—that include victims of crimes as well as suspects. The rule amendments are so broad sweeping they amount to court sanctioned mass surveillance.
The Department of Justice will soon be able to target computers using a VPN or TOR Web browsers with search warrants. Bryan Chaffin joins Jeff Gamet to discuss the implications of the changes, and has a tip on how to save money on iTunes gift cards.
As long as your window air conditioner does its job and keeps your place cool, that's pretty much all that matters—until you see the Noria. The diminutive air conditioner is 18.25-inches wide and just under 6-inches tall, but cools a room as effectively as many larger units, and it looks so much better. It's programmable, includes an iPhone app for remote control, works with single- and double-hung window frames, and is surprisingly easy to install. It's a Kickstarter that's already met its minimum pledge goal with a month left to go, which means you won't have one in time for this summer's heat. But by next summer you'll good to go—and pretty chill.
An electric car isn't the only new thing Apple is working on. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to explore what Apple may be developing next, and Bryan helps sort out why Carl Icahn sold his bucket loads of Apple stock.