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Apple Drops Fitbit Products from Online Store

2:25 PM, Nov. 7th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple has quietly dropped Fitbit's fitness trackers from its online store, hinting at a growing rift between the two companies over HealthKit support. There isn't any official word on why Fitbit's products are gone, but other fitness trackers that support HealthKit are still available.

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It seems Apple isn't interested in selling fitness trackers that aren't HealthKit-compatible, and Fitbit isn't interested in supporting Apple's fitness management platform. Losing out on Fitbit won't hurt Apple, so now the question is whether or not Fitbit makes enough sales outside of Apple stores to absorb the loss.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-07

1:24 PM, Nov. 7th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Aereo hasn't had much luck convincing the courts it should be able to transmit broadcast TV channels through the Internet, and now the company is laying off staff. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to debate whether or not Aereo should be able to send over-the-air television through the Internet without paying licensing fees, and what the consequences of allowing — or blocking — services like Aereo will have on the broadcast market.

LEGO Ideas: International Space Station

11:14 AM, Nov. 7th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

LEGO is cool, science is cool, and space is cool. Mash them together and you get LEGO Ideas proposals like the International Space Station. Assuming it scores enough points to get through the screening process and become a real kit, the ISS will include about 1,000 pieces for faithfull reproducing the the space station with  details like movable solar panels, a robotic arm, station modules you can rearrange, Soyuz and Progress space capsules, minifig astronauts, and more. You can use the parts to build the MIR and Chinese space stations, too. Bonus: One of LEGO's next Ideas kits will Leonard and Sheldon's apartment from Big Bang Theory.

SEC Launches Investigation into GT Advanced Technologies Trading Activity

9:47 AM, Nov. 7th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has launched an investigation into stock trading activity in GT Advanced Technologies dating back to the beginning of 2013. GTAT partnered with Apple to make sapphire glass for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, along with the Apple Watch, but failed to meet its goals and ultimately filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

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GTAT's CEO and COO both sold off a lot of stock before the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and now the SEC has launched an investigation into trading activity. That could be coincidence, but there's a good chance the SEC wants to know if they were trading inappropriately based on insider information.

Apple Blocks WireLurker Apps to Help Stop Malware Threat

1:53 PM, Nov. 6th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple was Johnny-on-the-spot Thursday morning with its response to the WireLuker malware threat for the iPhone, and has already blocked the trojan horse apps that install it so they can't launch. WireLurker is a malware threat out of China that uses Apple's own provisioning tools to install itself on iOS devices.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-06

1:08 PM, Nov. 6th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

There's a new malware threat targeting the iPhone, and it doesn't require a jailbreak to do its damage. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about WireLurker, the threat it poses to end users, why Apple needs to update its tools to block the attack, and what you can do to protect yourself. They also shoot down the idea that the iPad mini is on death row.

OnBeep Makes Star Trek: TNG Communicator a Reality

11:40 AM, Nov. 6th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

Until now, tapping a badge on your chest to talk to your bridge crew was the purview of Star Trek: The Next Generation, but OnBeep is making that a reality today with its Onyx. The Onyx is a walkie-talkie-like badge that lets you talk in real time with other users, and it clips to your shirt, just like a Star Trek comm badge. Onyx supports groups of up to 15 members, and you can set up multiple groups, all managed through your iPhone. Onyx is available for pre-order now for US$99 each, or $195 for a set of two. It'll ship before the end of the year.

Microsoft Office for iPhone, iPad Adds Editing Features, Drops 365 Subscription

10:55 AM, Nov. 6th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Microsoft is full of surprises recently, and the latest is an update for the iPhone and iPad versions of its Office suite that add in loads of editing features while dropping the requirement for an Office 365 subscription. The tech giant also rolled out a cross-platform fitness tracker and added Dropbox cloud storage support to its products in the past week.

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A cross platform fitness tracker, Dropbox support, and now Office for free on the iPhone and iPad? This is a new Microsoft.

Everything is Awesome: LEGO Movie Game comes to the Mac

6:20 PM, Nov. 5th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

One of the undeniable truths of the universe is that The LEGO Movie is awesome, and now that awesomeness can live inside your Mac because The LEGO Movie videogame is available through the Mac App Store. The game lets you travel through the LEGO worlds to help Emmet bring together Master Builders on his quest to stop Lord Business from gluing together all the LEGO bricks. Over 90 LEGO characters are available for game play such as Wyldstyle, Vitruvius, Princess Unikitty, Batman, Metalbeard, Benny, and Bad Cop, plus the game include multi-player support, and it includes the Wild West DLC pack with four extra characters and magical pants with special powers. The LEGO Movie videogame requires OS X 10.8.5 or higher, and is priced at US$29.99.