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XAgent iPhone Malware Attack Steals Data without Jailbreaking

11:23 AM, Feb. 5th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's ad hoc provisioning feature for iOS apps is being used for a new malware phishing attack on the iPhone and iPad. The threat, dubbed XAgent, collects contacts, location information, installed app lists, photos, and text messages, and more.

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Don't install software on your iPhone or iPad if you see a dialog telling you the developer isn't trusted. Bad guys want to steal your data, and this is a surprisingly easy way for them to do that.

Net Neutrality Isn’t a Win Yet

9:02 AM, Feb. 5th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Federal Communication Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler made it clear on Wednesday that he wants to move forward with his plan to use Title II from the Communications Act to regulate Internet service providers and block them from creating Internet fast lanes. Mr. Wheeler's announcement is being heralded as a big win for net neutrality, which seems a bit premature. The FCC still has to vote on his proposal, and assuming it's approved, will then face a legal onslaught from the likes of Verizon and AT&T.

Not Sure about Apple Watch? You can Rent Before You Buy

11:18 AM, Feb. 4th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

If dropping between US$350 and $5,000 on an Apple Watch without trying one out first doesn't sit well with you, Lumoid thinks it has a solution. The company plans to rent Apple's smartwatch once its available in April so you can test one out before spending your hard earned cash to buy one.

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Renting before you buy an Apple Watch sounds like a pretty cool idea. This will be the first watch purchase over $100 for a lot of people, so having the option to try before committing could take the pain out of that decision.

AT&T Ready to Sue FCC Over Net Neutrality

10:19 AM, Feb. 4th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

AT&T is ready to sue the Federal Communication Commission over proposed reclassification of Internet services as a Title II common carrier service under the Communications Act. The FCC wants to make the change so it can preserve net neutrality, but AT&T, like Verizon, doesn't want the agency imposing more restrictions on how they conduct business.

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AT&T's stance on net neutrality, abridged: Cry 'Havoc!', and let slip the dogs of war.

FCC Ready to Classify Internet Service as a Utility in Net Neutrality Plan

2:59 PM, Feb. 3rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

The Federal Commission is expected to announce later this week that it plans to reclassify Interent service providers as utilities, giving it the authority needed to regulate the companies to preserve net neutrality. The proposed change to the way broadband Internet providers will be classified would let the FCC block companies like Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon from establishing "fast lanes" they force content providers to pay for or face intentionally throttled bandwidth.

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Hearing FCC chairman Wheeler plans to protect true net neutrality instead of an Animal Farm-style net neutrality where some data streams are more equal than others is a relief. Hopefully this new plan will hold up under the legal attacks that are sure to come from ISPs.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-02-03: Apple’s New Command Center, Bob Bridger’s Retirement

1:24 PM, Feb. 3rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Apple plans to turn GTAT's now defunct sapphire production plant into a new global command center. Kelly Guimont and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's plans for the Arizona factory and what impact it will have on jobs, plus they offer up their thoughts on the news that Apple's retail real estate vice president Bob Bridger is planning to retire.

Apple Retail Real Estate VP Bob Bridger Set to Retire

11:44 AM, Feb. 3rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Bob Bridger, Apple's senior vice president of retail real estate, is reportedly planning on retiring soon, making him the last of the senior executives that worked under former retail boss Ron Johnson to leave the company.

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Without any official word, it's hard to speculate as to why Mr. Bridger may be leaving Apple. Unless there's an announcement saying he's leaving for another job, expect to hear the usual line about wanting to spend more time with his family.