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iTunes Music Deleting Fix Coming, but Users Still Aren’t Happy

9:59 AM, May. 16th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

iTunes bug fixes won't be enough to make users happy

The internet went nuts a few days ago after a blogger said Apple Music deleted his entire music library, and that Apple's own support people told him that's exactly how it's supposed to work. That's flat-out wrong, although Apple has confirmed there's an esoteric iTunes bug where music is deleted, and a fix is coming in the next couple days. That's good news, but won't be enough to stop growing dissatisfaction with the app.

Google’s Gboard Adds Search to Your iPhone Keyboard

11:01 AM, May. 12th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Google is making Web and data searching easier on our iPhones thanks to its new Gboard custom keyboard. Once installed, you can perform Google searches, find specific emoji, look up addresses, and more from any app that includes a keyboard. The idea is that you don't have to hop from, say, Messages to Maps to look up a location, and then jump back to paste the address in a chat. Gboard also includes Glide Typing so you can swipe from letter to letter to spell words, which is pretty cool. You can pick it up for free on the App Store.

No, Apple isn’t Killing Off iTunes Music Sales

9:55 AM, May. 12th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

The iTunes music store isn't shutting down

Apple is planning to stop selling music downloads in the next couple years to focus instead on its Apple Music streaming services, according to insiders claiming to know the company's plans. That sounds like a horrible plan, so it's a good thing it isn't true, and it may be time for a couple insider sources to start job hunting.

Whatsapp goes Native on OS X and Windows

10:10 AM, May. 11th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Whatsapp, the end-to-end encrypted messaging app for the iPhone and Android devices, is now available for Mac OS X 10.9 and higher, and Windows 8 and higher. Apple's Messages offers end-to-end encryption, too, but only with other iOS device and Mac users. Whatsapp encrypts your conversations regardless of which platforms everyone in the chat uses. Think of it kind of like a babble fish for encrypted chats. Whatsapp is free and the desktop version is available for download at the Whatsapp website.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-05-10: Apple’s Big Car Challenges, Smart Device Security

1:27 PM, May. 10th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple may have an uphill battle coming over meeting production for its electric car project. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at how the Apple Car may fare against Tesla and other car makers who have a head start in the business. They also offer their take on whether or not we need to be concerned about smart home device security.

Hey FBI, India can Hack iPhones but Doesn’t Want Backdoors

9:56 AM, May. 10th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

India's government has its own iPhone hack

Maybe the FBI should team up with India because that country's government says it can hack into Apple's iPhones. Both think access to encrypted data in investigations is important, although India's government doesn't seem to be going to the same extremes to get it.