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Apple Adds Podcasts App to Apple TV

2:55 PM, Jan. 25th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Apple adds Podcasts app to 4th get Apple TV

Apple released tvOS 9.1.1 for the fourth generation Apple TV on Monday and it includes a Podcasts app. Podcast support has been a glaring omission from the latest Apple TV model ever since it shipped last September.

Cord Cutters: Where to Watch X-Files 2016

10:33 AM, Jan. 25th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Quick Tip

The new X-Files is available on iTunes and Fox Now

The X-Files returned to television Sunday night, and while Agents Mulder and Scully were hunting to see if the truth is still out there, cord cutters were staying away from Twitter to avoid spoilers. Luckily, there are legit ways to watch the new episodes assuming you're willing to wait a day.

Fire Erupts at Foxconn iPhone Factory

9:28 AM, Jan. 25th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Foxconn's main iPhone production center caught fire. This is another location that isn't burning.

A fire broke out at Foxconn's primary iPhone production facility on Sunday. The cause of the fire hasn't been determined yet, and Foxconn representatives said there weren't any casualties and iPhone production won't be impacted.

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Foxconn took measures in 2011 to prevent fires from dust in factory air circulation systems. It'll be interesting to see if this latest fire is similar, or something new.

Holy Vatican, Batman! The Pope Hosts Meeting with Tim Cook

11:17 AM, Jan. 22nd, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Carol Glatz's photo of Pope Francis' meeting with Tim Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook's Friday schedule included a meeting you wouldn't typically associate with major tech companies: Pope Francis. The two met Friday morning, and while their discussion wasn't public, it's no secret the two share common interests in humanitarian issues and environmental protection.

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Where Steve Jobs was relatively reclusive Time Cook is outgoing and always meeting with other influencers. That's how he rolls, so it was only a matter of time before the Pope ended up in his schedule.

Apple Hires top Virtual Reality Expert Doug Bowman

9:59 AM, Jan. 22nd, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple hires VR expert Doug Bowman

Apple's quite move into the virtual and augmented reality market thanks to the company's recent hire of Doug Bowman. Mr. Bowman is one of the top researchers in virtual reality and was a computer science professor and the director for the Center for Human-Computer Interaction at Virginia Tech before joining Apple.

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We don't know what Apple is up to yet in the VR and AR space, but it's pretty clear the company has something cooking.

Apple Took 2.5 Years to Fix a Security Flaw, but this Time it’s OK

1:45 PM, Jan. 21st, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple knew about one of the security issues iOS 9.2.1 fixes 2.5 years ago

When Apple released iOS 9.2.1 earlier this week it fixed several bugs and security flaws, one of which the company knew about for two and a half years. That makes it look like Apple dropped the ball, but in this case it was more about needing some serious time to properly address the security flaw.

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We shouldn't cut Apple any slack when security issues aren't addressed in a timely manner, but we also need to remember that sometimes it takes longer than expected to really address the underlying issue.

Apple Hit with Patent Lawsuit Over Siri Features

10:45 AM, Jan. 21st, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Dot 23 sues Apple over Siri features

Apple has hit with a lawsuit on Wednesday from Dot 23 Technologies alleging the iPhone and iPad maker's Siri feature infringes on three of its patents. Dot 23 is just a patent holding company, so it's no surprise the case was filed in the Eastern District Court in Texas—a favorite for patent trolls.

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This sure looks like another patent troll case and Dot 23 may be hoping for an out of court settlement because that's the easiest way to make money in a situation like this. Considering Apple's usual tactics, however, Dot 23 better be ready to spend some time in the court room.