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TMO Daily Observations 2015-06-18: Edward Snowden on Apple and Privacy, Indy Labels and Apple Music

1:12 PM, Jun. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Edward Snowden has already shaken up the security world, and now he says we should buy Apple products to show our support for better privacy protection. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to offer their thoughts on using our wallets to incentivize companies into giving us better security and privacy protection, plus they have something to say about U.K. indy record labels bowing out of Apple Music.

Zoo Keepers get Their Jurassic Park Moves On

11:45 AM, Jun. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Chris Pratt totally has the Jurassic tame-the-raptors move down, and it turns out he isn't the only one with the magic touch. Zoo keepers are showing off their tame-the-beast moves, too. They're recreating a scene from the just released Jurassic World movie where Pratt's character, Owen Grady, is taming velociraptors and it's the perfect set up for people work with non-extinct animals in real life. The meme is awesome, and a great way to remind us that people are working hard for animal conservation. And thanks to The Nerdist for putting together some of the best photos so we didn't have to.

600M Samsung Android Devices Open to Critical Security Threat

10:49 AM, Jun. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Samsung follows Apple with major Galaxy smartphone security flaw

Not to be outdone by Apple and the XARA security threat, 600 million of Samsung's Android-based mobile devices are susceptible to a critical security flaw that could let attackers steal data and eavesdrop on phone calls and conversations. The flaw targets the version of the SwiftKey on-screen keyboard Samsung bundles with its smartphones, and there isn't any way for users to get rid of it.

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I could make another joke about Samsung going overboard with copying Apple again, but that feels too much like stealing candy from a baby.

Apple Watch Now Available in Apple Stores

9:01 AM, Jun. 18th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Watch is now available for in store purchase

Apple's website isn't the only place where you can buy an Apple Watch. The company launched in store sales Thursday morning, finally giving customers shopping for a new smartwatch the opportunity for some instant gratification.

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Apple said in store sales were coming in June, and it's nice to see the company follow through on that promise. Looks like some of those inventory issues are finally under control.

Indy Labels Say Apple Music Terms Will Put them Out of Business

11:45 AM, Jun. 17th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Indy U.K. labels say Apple Music terms will put them out of business

Independent record labels in the U.K. aren't excited for Apple Music to launch, and have even gone so far as to say the contract terms will put them out of business. The labels are saying the three month free trial period for subscribers will cut so deep into their revenue stream that they won't be able to keep their doors open.

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Apple's post-trial terms may be enticing, but not enough to get U.K. independent labels on board with Apple Music. That means names like Adele and Arctic Monkeys won't be there, and plenty of other artists, too.

Apple Pulls Monster’s MFI Status Over Beats Lawsuit

9:54 AM, Jun. 17th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple kills Monster's MFI certification over Beats lawsuit

Monster can't make Apple-certified audio and video cables anymore now that the Mac and iPhone maker has pulled the company's MFI certification status. The decision, according to Monster's legal team, was in response to a lawsuit it filed against Beats Electronics—a company Apple now owns.

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Apple is within its rights to drop Monster from its MFI program, but it sure feels like a retribution move.

Public Beta Testers get New OS X 10.10.4 Version

11:06 AM, Jun. 16th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 gets a new public beta

Apple's latest beta version of OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 is out for developers and public testers, inching us ever closer to the official public release. For those keeping track at home, this release is numbered 14E36b.