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Foxconn Buys Sharp in $3.5B Deal

11:23 AM, Mar. 30th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Foxconn buys Sharp for $3.5 billion

Foxconn announced it's buying Sharp on Wednesday for US$3.5 billion, ending speculation surrounding whether the deal would come through. Foxconn originally offered over $5 billion for Sharp, and the buyout looked like it might fall apart for a while thanks to surprise Sharp liabilities.

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This looks like good news for Sharp because it needs a way to grow faster outside of Japan, and Foxconn may be able to make that happen. For Foxconn, the deal takes it beyond manufacturing for other companies, and turns it into a parts supplier for Apple—which could be a lucrative proposition.

Suncorp: The Real Winner in the FBI’s iPhone Unlocking Fight

10:14 AM, Mar. 30th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Suncorp is the big winner in the iPhone unlocking fight

The FBI found a way into Syed Farook's iPhone and dropped its fight to force Apple to create a hackable version of iOS. The real winner here isn't the FBI or Apple, it's Suncorp—Cellebrite's parent company—who's stock jumped 40 percent in the week since the government said an outside party was helping hack into the iPhone.

Apple Invents Stackable Ports for MacBook

11:06 AM, Mar. 29th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's magnetic expansion port patent

It's still only a patent, but Apple has a clever way to overcome the need for more ports on laptops: magnetic stackable expansion ports. Apple was just granted a patent for the idea, and it could find its way not only to the MacBook, but to the iPad, too.

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This looks like a cool way to address expandability on the MacBook and iPad. Bonus: it closes up another place where dust and other gunk can get inside.

FBI Hacks into Syed Farook’s iPhone, will Withdraw Apple’s Unlock Order

6:04 PM, Mar. 28th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

FBI finds a way to unlock San Bernardino shooter's iPhone

The FBI's mystery hack to get into San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook's iPhone worked, which means investigators now have access to the device's encrypted content without Apple having to create a hackable version of iOS. The DOJ and FBI are expected to withdraw their court order compelling the company to create the less secure iPhone operating system, and that request could come as early as today.

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The FBI said NAND mirroring wasn't the way they cracked through Syed Farook's iPhone passcode. Apple will want to know how they did it, and now we know the FBI has a way to bypass our iPhone passcodes. It's time for stronger passcodes, everyone.

PSA: Apple Broke Fantastical on Apple Watch

2:58 PM, Mar. 28th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Quick Tip

watchOS 2.2 breaks Fantastical on Apple Watch

watchOS 2.2 may fix several bugs, but it introduced new issues that effectively break Fantastical. Once Apple's latest and greatest Apple Watch update is installed, events stop appearing in Fantastical even though they show up in Apple's own Calendar app.

So much for Never: ‘Famous’ from ‘The Life of Pablo’ Now on Apple Music

10:58 AM, Mar. 28th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apparently "never never" can be quantified as 41 days, because that's how long it took Kanye West to go from Tidal-only with his newest album to offering a track on Apple Music—the very service he said "The Life of Pablo" would never see.

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Thanks to Kanye we now know exactly how long "never" really is.