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Bad Move: FBI won’t Share San Bernardino iPhone Hack with Apple

2:32 PM, Apr. 28th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

FBI to Apple: No iPhone hack for you

The FBI isn't going to share the hack it bought to get into Syed Farook's iPhone with Apple, which means the law enforcement agency is intentionally withholding a 0-day exploit that could potentially be discovered by other parties and used before a patch is released. The reasoning behind the decision is that the FBI doesn't know how the hack works, and therefore complying with the White House Vulnerabilities Equities Process (VEP) wouldn't reveal any useful information.

CareKit’s Strong Suit may be Peer Support Apps

10:50 AM, Apr. 28th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

CareKit apps hit the App Store

Apple introduced its CareKit platform in March, and now apps that take advantage of its features are rolling out on the App Store. The first four apps tasking advantage of CareKit are Glow Nurture, Glow Baby, One Drop, and Start. That's great for doctors, but could be even bigger for health and fitness apps and peer support.

Apple Music’s 13M Subscribers Take Away a Little of Q2’s Sting

7:06 PM, Apr. 26th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Music numbers are on the rise even as overall company numbers declined

Apple's numbers were down across the board for its 2016 second fiscal quater, but music numbers were up. Apple Music showed a nice increase to 13 million subscribers compared 11 million in February, and that helped bring an end to what has been a declining market segment for the iPhone and Mac maker.

Deadpool is on iTunes… Everywhere on iTunes

11:19 AM, Apr. 26th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Deadpool is awesome, amazing, and now on iTunes. But it isn't just on iTunes; it's everywhere. Deadpool is showing up in the iTunes Store banners for other movies like "Say Anything," "X-Men Days of Future Past," the 1966 "Batman" movie, and "Taken." The best—and by "best," we mean "wonderfully inappropriate"— is "127 Hours." You can buy Deadpool, complete with extras such as behind the scenes videos, bloopers, and deleted scenes, for US$14.99.

Someone Needs to tell Tidal what ‘Exclusive’ Means

10:24 AM, Apr. 26th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Editorial

Beyoncé's Lemonade isn't as exclusive as Tidal would like

Tidal has a problem, and it's one they could probably fix by picking up a dictionary. The streaming music service touts new albums as exclusive deals, which then show up on other services days or weeks later—or in the case of Beyoncé's Lemonade, within 24 hours. "Exclusive," it seems, doesn't mean what Tidal thinks it means.

Tune in Today for TMO’s AAPL Q2 Earnings Report

9:12 AM, Apr. 26th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's Q2 2016 earnings conference call is scheduled for this afternoon

Apple will host its 2016 second fiscal quarter earnings conference call this afternoon after the market closes at about 5PM eastern time. Analysts will be watching closely to see how many iPhone sales the company reports, and to see if this will mark the first quarterly decline in revenue since 2003. The Mac Observer will be here with our as-it-happens coverage and analysis.