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Staying on top of everything at San Diego Comic Con can be overwhelming, so The Mac Observer put together our list of must-have iPhone and iPad apps to get you through the week. Read on to see which apps will make your Comic Con experience easier and more fun.
Watch what you say online because the U.S. Federal government wants Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks to report on what you say. The Senate Intelligence Committee has approved a bill that would require social networking services to report whenever you post something deemed to be terrorist activity.
Apple Watch sales seem to be on the decline, and there are a few theories behind that drop. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to debate their views on why people aren't buying now like they did when Apple Watch was first introduced.
Another major Flash security flaw was uncovered this week prompting Adobe to release an emergency patch. The exploit, along with the story behind its uncovering, is a perfect example of why it's time to abandon Flash once and for all.
Apple wants to make OS X El Capitan and iOS 9 less susceptible to attackers, so it's introducing a new two-factor authentication system to both operating systems. The new authentication system will be available in the public betas for both operating systems.
Earlier this week Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus couldn't get Siri to play anything from The Beatles on his iPhone, but now we have a fix. Bob, along with Kelly Guimont, join Jeff Gamet to share the fix that got Siri back on track, plus they explain which devices support Apple Music's copy protection on downloaded songs.
Smartflash's hopes of scoring a big financial win in its patent infringement fight with Apple just got a little bleaker. U.S. District Court Judge Rodney Gilstrap tossed out the US$532.9 million Smartflash had been awarded and ordered a new damages trial because the jury in the case may have been given improper instructions.
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Some days it just doesn't pay to be a patent troll.
You signed up for Apple Music and want to download some songs so you can listen when you don't have an Internet connection. Yes, you can download tracks from Apple Music, but not every device can play them thanks to their built in copy protection. Since some devices don't get to come to the Apple Music party, The Mac Observer put together a list so you'll know before loading up on songs whether or not you have a device that can play them.
Product packaging in Apple's stores is about to undergo a big redesign. John Martellaro joins Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's plans to homogenize third-party packaging and explain why he thinks it's a bad idea. They also talk about Home Sharing and iOS 8.4, Eddy Cue's Twitter presence, and media outlets jumping to conclusions.
Ada Lovelace has the honor of being the first computer programmer thanks to her work on Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine—the first programmable computer. Now she has the opportunity to come back to life, in a manner of speaking, as a LEGO Ideas project. The proposed kit includes Ada and Charles minifigs, the Analytical Engine, punch cards, plus a pet owl. The Analytical Engine opens and has space to hold a Raspberry Pi, so you can turn it into an actual computer, too. Like all LEGO Ideas kits that get produced, this one needs to hit 10,000 votes before it can be considered. Bonus: It's another cool way to recognize women in science.