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Bankruptcy is Just the Beginning of GT Advanced Tech CEO’s Headaches

11:16 AM, Oct. 8th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

GT Advanced Technologies CEO Tom Gutierrez has already been dealing with the headaches that go along with his company filing for bankruptcy protection, and now those headaches may be growing following the news that he sold more than 9,000 shares of company stock the day before Apple announced the iPhone 6. Apple didn't use GTAT's sapphire glass for the new iPhone models as had been expected, which drove the glass maker's stock down 13 percent.

iOS 8: Rearranging Share Pane Icons

8:59 AM, Oct. 8th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Quick Tip

Rearrange iOS 8 shared app icons

iOS 8 makes it easier to share content between apps thanks to its new Extensions feature. Once you enable sharing for specific apps they'll appear in the Share Pane, but they might not list in an order that makes sense to you. There are a couple ways to change the order of shared app icons, and both are easy to do.

Analyst: Apple Could take GTAT’s Sapphire Furnaces

2:24 PM, Oct. 7th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

With GT Advanced Technologies filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, questions about what that means for Apple and its plans for synthetic sapphire glass displays for the Apple Watch and future iPhones. Susquehanna Financial Group analyst Chris Caso thinks Apple could take possession of the furnaces, take back the factory it leased to GTAT, and buy more sapphire-related IP from the company, too, turning the iPhone and iPad maker into its own glass manufacturer.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-07

1:29 PM, Oct. 7th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

What happens now that GT Advanced Technologies has filed for bankruptcy protection? One analyst thinks Apple could take the factory and furnaces. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to offer their take on whether or not Apple wants to get into the sapphire glass manufacturing business, and they also look at Adobe's new push into mobile apps for designers.

Plastc Aims to be Your One-card Digital Wallet

9:59 AM, Oct. 7th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Coin may have kickstarted the digital card to store all your creditcards, but Plastc thinks it has what it takes to leapfrog past its competitor and win a place in out wallets. With Coin months behind schedule, and its lack of chip and PIN support, Plastc could have a leg up in the all-in-one card game — assuming Apple doesn't run over both companies when it launches Apple Pay later this month.

Adobe goes Mobile with New Creative Cloud Updates

7:57 PM, Oct. 6th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Adobe rolled out a collection of new and updated apps for the iPhone and iPad on Monday that make mobile devices a bigger part of your design process. Adobe's iPad app parade let you create graphics on your iPad and easily transfer them to Photoshop and Illustrator on your Mac through your Creative Cloud account.

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Adobe already owns graphic design on the desktop, and now the company wants to make sure it owns the market on our iPads and iPhones, too. Adobe gets that these are more than content consumption devices.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-10-06

2:15 PM, Oct. 6th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Apple's synthetic sapphire glass partner, GT Advanced Technologies filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, but that doesn't mean the company is about to go belly up. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to looks at how Apple, the iPhone and the Apple Watch play into GTAT's filing, and they also have something to say about HP's decision to split into two companies.

Apple Adds iWorm to Xprotect Malware Definition List for OS X

11:13 AM, Oct. 6th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple pushed an update to its Xprotect malware list for the Mac that includes the Mac.BackDoor.iWorm malware over the weekend. Xprotect watches for telltale signatures from known malware threats and attempts to stop them from invading your computer.

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It's good to see Apple is on top of iWorm, and even better that users don't need to do anything to get Xprotect's updated malware definition list.

HP Splitting into PC, Services Companies

10:16 AM, Oct. 6th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

HP is splitting into two companies as a move to better compete in both the PC and services markets. The PC company will focus on selling computers and printers, while the services company will target business technology, data storage, and related server systems.

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Leo Apotheker left quite a mess for Meg Whitman to clean up. Hopefully the plan to split HP into two companies will help keep some serious competition in the PC market.

Surprise: Mac iWorm Spreads through Pirated Apps

8:50 AM, Oct. 6th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

When news of Mac.BackDoor.iWorm for the Mac hit the Web last week, the way the  malware threat spread was still something of a mystery, but that's been uncovered now, too: pirated software. Like so many other malware threats, attackers are using the promise of free software as a trojan horse to trick victims trying to save a buck into installing the iWorm payload.

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Using pirated software as a trojan horse to install iWorm doesn't come as a surprise at all. Using stolen software is bad not only because hard working developers don't get paid for their work, but also because you could infect your Mac with malware.