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1st Gen Apple TV Owners Lose iTunes Store Access

11:42 AM, Apr. 21st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

First generation Apple TV owners can't connect to the iTunes Store any more, and it isn't clear if the issue is temporary, or if Apple is leaving those users behind. The problem started late last week, and so far there hasn't been any resolution.

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It seems likely that Apple has made some backend changes that leave first generation Apple TV owners in the dust. The company does, after all, leave products behind when it doesn't see any value in continued support.

Apple TV Adds A&E, History, Lifetime Channels

10:49 AM, Apr. 21st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple TV owners woke up to three new channels on Monday: A&E, History, and Lifetime. The new channels appeared without users needing to install any updates, and backs up the notion that Apple is serious about bringing more content to its little set top box.

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Seeing more channels come to Apple TV is great, but it doesn't make it any easier to cut the cord because you still need to have a cable or satellite subscription. For now, it's just another way to watch content that's already available to you.

Nike Shoots Down Reports of Killing FuelBand

9:58 AM, Apr. 21st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Nike may have axed most of its FuelBand team, but that doesn't mean the fitness tracker is on death row, or at least that's what the company is saying. When news of the layoffs leaked, speculation arose that the company was pulling out of the hardware market and would focus instead on software for fitness trackers, including Apple's rumored iWatch.

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If Nike is worried about competition in the wearable fitness tech market now, just wait until Apple gets in on the game.

Reminder: AAPL Q2 Earnings Report this Wednesday

8:45 AM, Apr. 21st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Stock Watch

Apple's second fiscal quarter earnings conference call for 2014 is scheduled for Wednesday, April 23, and will come with the usual watchful eyes of investors and analysts looking to see exactly how the company performed post-holiday season. Analysts will be watching Apple's iPhone and iPad sales figures closely, and The Mac Observer will offer our usual news coverage and analysis of the event.

Apple Maps Misses Your Coffee Shop, but Finds Loch Ness Monster

1:13 PM, Apr. 18th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Just because Apple's Maps may not be able to get you to your favorite coffee shop doesn't mean it's a failure. You just need to search for the right things, like the Loch Ness Monster. Satellite images that show up only for the iPhone and iPad show what Nessy fans are calling proof positive that the monster is real even though you can't actually see the beast in the water. Instead, there's a big wake from something that seems to be just below the water surface, and it isn't a boat, according to the Mail Online. Unfortunately, we can't get Siri to give us driving directions to the monster. Maybe in iOS 8.

Online Privacy: Track Which Apps Access Your Personal Information

12:55 PM, Apr. 18th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Quick Tip

Thanks to heartbleed, there's a renewed interest in sorting out which apps and services can access our personal information. Considering how many apps we use every day, that can be a pretty daunting task. With a little help from MyPermissions, however, that's far more manageable, and it can help you control exactly what information online services can gather, too.

Dropbox gets Deeper into Photo Management with Loom Purchase

9:25 AM, Apr. 18th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

The online photo management and sharing service Loom is now another tool in Dropbox's kit. Loom announced it was bought on Thursday, signaling Dropbox's push to become your go-to place for cloud-based photo storage.

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With Loom under the care of Dropbox, we shouldn't have to worry about this online photo management service suddenly closing its doors. You know, like EverPix. It also means Dropbox really wants to be your online photo management service.

Heartbleed Update: OpenVPN isn’t Safe, Either

2:00 PM, Apr. 17th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

As if the fact that the heartbleed bug wasn't already causing enough trouble for OPenSSL, it's a problem for OpenVPN, too. Just as hackers can exploit a code flaw in outdated versions of OpenSSL to potentially gain the secret keys to decrypt Internet traffic, they can do the same with OpenVPN, and one VPN operator has figured out exactly how it's done.

Apple’s iOS 8 to Reportedly Include Shazam Music Recognition

9:55 AM, Apr. 17th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple apparently wants to make it easier for iPhone and iPad users to identify the songs they hear, so the company is reportedly planning on including Shazam's song identification technology in iOS 8. Including Shazam as a system-level feature would make it easier to answer those "what song is playing" questions, but could put a crimp in sales of competing apps.

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Including song identification in iOS 8 would give Apple yet another way to drive customers to the iTunes Store, and if that technology comes from Shazam, it'll be a hard blow for SoundHound.