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TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-04

2:05 PM, Aug. 4th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

The White House signed the cellphone unlocking bill into law last week so it'll be easier to unbind our iPhones and other smartphones from specific carriers. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to look at what that means for consumers, and they offer up some tips on organizing the cables and power cords around our desks.

Touch This: BioShock Coming to iPhone this Summer

11:47 AM, Aug. 4th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

The ever popular and always creepy first person shooter BioShock is making the jump to the small-ish screen this summer when it is finally released for the iPhone and iPad. The game was launched in 2007 and is currently available for gaming consoles, the Mac, and PCs, but so far has shied away from iOS's touch-based interface. There isn't any word yet on exactly when this summer it'll launch, or how much gamers will have to pay. Considering this is the original BioShock, and it's seven years old, we're betting it'll come in around the US$14.99 mark. Thanks to Engadget for the heads up.

Sprint lets iPhone in on Framily Wall Action

11:11 AM, Aug. 4th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Sprint's Framily Wall opened up to iPhone users on Monday, bringing the private chat network Apple's smartphone for the first time. Framily Wall is a feature open to Sprint's Framily Plan subscribers for sharing messages, photos, video, and audio only between participants.

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If you want to share photos and videos, plus participate in chats with a small group of people, outside of services like Facebook, Framily Wall may be a good option. Assuming you, or someone you want to share with, is a Sprint subscriber, of course.

US May Ban In-flight Calls, But not Over Safety Concerns

10:08 AM, Aug. 4th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

The FCC doesn't see any problem with travelers making cell phone calls on airplanes, but the U.S. Department of Transportation still plans to push for a ban on in-flight calls. Instead of citing safety concerns, the DOT wants to prohibit cell phone calls because they would be too disruptive to other passengers.

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You can read ebooks, listen to music and watch movies, play Angry Birds, and even text and email on your flights, but make a call? Looks like the DOT doesn't want to have anything to do with that.

Microsoft Sues Samsung for Failure to Pay Patent Royalties

9:07 AM, Aug. 4th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News


Microsoft filed a lawsuit against Samsung last Friday over claims the electronics maker stopped paying patent licensing fees it agreed to in a three year old deal. According to the lawsuit, Samsung temporarily stopped making its routine payments last fall after Microsoft purchased Nokia and is now claiming the deal constitutes a breach of contract.

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Apple didn't strike any patent licensing deals with Samsung, but Microsoft did. IT looks like Samsung doesn't have much respect for intellectual property even when it does agree to licensing terms.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-01

1:07 PM, Aug. 1st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Break out your tin foil hat because there's a new security threat in town and it has USB written all over it. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to offer their take on BadUSB, plus they dive into Microsoft's failed appeal to avoid turning over data on servers in Ireland to U.S. law enforcement, and what that could mean for other businesses both in and outside of the country.

Apple to Beats: Welcome to the Family

11:18 AM, Aug. 1st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple gave Beats Music an official "welcome to the family" on Friday with a special page on the company's website. The iPhone and iPad maker has been in the process of buying Beats and Apple just bought Vivendi's stake in the company, too.

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OK Apple, now that Beats is officially part of your team, can we get earbuds that sound better and don't fall out of our ears? Also, give us some Beats streaming music playlists in iTunes Radio.

BadUSB: Undetectable USB flaw Could Expose all Your Tech Gear to Hackers

10:42 AM, Aug. 1st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Security research firm SR Labs has discovered a flaw in USB devices that could be exploited by attackers to inject their own code into firmware. There currently isn't any way to detect a USB-based hack, and so far no one has found any way to patch the flaw.

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There isn't any evidence BadUSB is in the wild, but there also isn't an easy way to tell if it's out there. Get ready for USB infection paranoia to take hold.

Apple Buys Vivendi’s Stake in Beats for $404M [Updated]

9:48 AM, Aug. 1st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Ahead of Apple announcing it has completed its purchase of Beats, Vivendi sold its 13 percent stake in the company to Apple for US$404 million as part of the iPhone and iPad maker's plan to complete its $3 billion purchase.

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It isn't a big surprise that Vivendi sold its stake in Beats to Apple. The deal lets Apple have total control over Beats, and it lets Vivendi offload more more of its side business ventures to focus on its core goals.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-07-31

1:54 PM, Jul. 31st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Russia says it thinks Apple and SAP are using their software to spy, so it wants both companies to hand over their code. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at the motives behind Russia's demands and look at what could happen if both companies refuse to comply. They also jump into the middle of Amazon's latest posturing in its ongoing book pricing fight with Hachette.