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TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-19

1:21 PM, Aug. 19th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Our iPhones can be more than text message tools and cameras; they can play an important role in enhancing our lives, too. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to share some of their favorite apps and accessories for improving the quality of their lives, and even offer up a little relationship advice, too.

Developer Portal Breach May have Forced Apple’s Gatekeeper Changes

11:02 AM, Aug. 19th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Changes to the Gatekeeper feature in OS X Mavericks designed to help protect users from malware and may be the result of a security breach Apple experienced through its Developer Portal. Developers first saw the change in the beta version of OS X 10.9.5, and if they haven't updated the digital signatures in their apps, end users will start seeing warnings saying those apps may not be trustworthy.

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Protecting users and developers from security risks is a hard job, and it isn't any secret that Apple's Developer Portal fell victim to attackers. It's possible the information the attackers made off with forced the company to change how Gatekeeper works to prevent similar attacks in the future.

iTunes Festival 2014 Adds Paolo Nutini, Lenny Kravitz, Elbow

10:13 AM, Aug. 19th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's 2014 London iTunes Festival lineup just filled out a little more with Paolo Nutini, Lenny Kravitz, and Elbow all getting show dates. The annual music event includes 30 days of free concerts from big name artists at London's Roundhouse, but tickets are available only through a lottery system.

5 Great iPhone Accessories for Runners and Hikers

9:22 AM, Aug. 19th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Your iPhone probably goes pretty much everywhere with you, and that includes fitness-related activities like walking, running and hiking. That magical slab of glass and metal is already capable of tracking and logging what you're doing, but there are some great accessories and apps that can make your workout or leisurely stroll even better. Read on to see a few of Jeff's favorites.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-18

2:58 PM, Aug. 18th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Your home may not be as safe as you think if you're using home automation products. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about the security-related issues surrounding smart home and home automation products, plus they talk about some of their favorite menu bar items from their Macs.

Apple Wins Emmy for “Misunderstood” iPhone Ad

1:25 PM, Aug. 18th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's holiday iPhone commercial, "Misunderstood," scored an Emmy award for best commercial. The beat out two Super Bowl ads from Budweiser, along with ads from Nike and GE.

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Apple's long standing partnership with TBWA has produced several award winning advertising campaigns. We'll see if Apple can keep that up now that it's bringing more of its advertising efforts in house.

Analyst: No Sapphire for iPhone 6 Display

10:40 AM, Aug. 18th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

If you're hoping your next iPhone will include a sapphire glass display, you may be waiting another year. JP Morgan analyst Rod Hall says the cost of synthetic sapphire glass is still too high, and that Apple won't be able to get the price down to a reasonable level in time for this year's iPhone 6 launch.

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GTAT is already running at least 2,600 sapphire glass furnaces for Apple, and may well have a nice stockpile, too. That's a pretty compelling setup for sapphire displays on the iPhone this year instead of next year.

5.5-inch iPhone 6 Photos Surface, Along with Horrible Name

9:07 AM, Aug. 18th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Photos showing what are claimed to be components from a 5.5-inch version of the iPhone 6 have surfaced, although they don't exactly qualify as definitive proof that a super-size iPhone is on the way. The name that goes along with the big-screen model photos is a bit dubious, too: iPhone 6L.

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At this point, not seeing a 4.7-inch iPhone model this fall will be a big surprise. The rumored 5.5-inch model, however, still feels like a wild card.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-15

2:09 PM, Aug. 15th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Push notifications are making the move from our smartphones to our desktops, or at least to our Web browsers. Roost co-founder Burton Miller joins Jeff Gamet to explain how push notifications are already available on your Mac, the standard that will bring them to browsers on other platforms, why Web and app notifications matter, and more.