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Symantec managed to do something no other security software vendor has managed: create a vulnerability that affects Mac, Windows, and Linux users. Simply running Symantec or Norton-branded security software potentially exposes users to attacks where hackers can get root-level control over their computer. Luckily, there aren't any reports of the exploit in the wild, and Symantec released a patch for the flaw a couple days ago.
Netflix wants you to know how fast your internet connection is, so came up with its own speed test website called Fast.com. It's a one trick pony in that you'll see just your download speed, which makes sense considering that's the part of your connection Netflix really cares about. What's nice is that you don't need to click any buttons to start or sift through ads trying to figure out how to start the test; just hit the Fast.com site and wait a few seconds while it does its thing.
CurrentC is delayed yet again, and it's looking more and more like the alternative contactless payment system will never officially launch. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about the eminent demise of CurrentC and the companies defecting from the platform for alternative systems.
The guy that got the interent in a tizzy over iTunes deleting his personal music library has a follow up: Apple's engineers paid him a personal visit to troubleshoot the problem. What they discovered was the lost music wasn't user error, there's a hard to track bug in iTunes, and Amber, the phone support representative he originally spoke with didn't know what she was talking about.
iTunes 12.4 is out with some new interface changes. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their first impressions with the iTunes update, plus they offer up some thoughts on the System and Security Info app getting bumped from the App Store.
Apple's manufacturing partner Foxconn is ramping up earlier than usual for the next wave of iPhone production, and it looks like device assembly is going to be even more complicated. Workers reportedly need more training to put the smartphone's components together, so hiring started early to meet Apple's expected September launch window.
System and Security Info from Stefan Esser launched on the iPhone only a few days ago and has already been booted off the App Store. The app checked which processes were running on users' iPhones, then reported back with details about which apps were running, and whether or not any could be unwanted or malware. The internet quickly jumped to the conclusion that Apple was blocking apps that could detect device-level spying, but the reality is far less insidious: System and Security info violated Apple's developer guidelines and was rejected.
Apple's car plans may not be exactly what we're expecting. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about shared cars and Didi, plus they debate whether or not iPhone users are tired of annual upgrades.
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.
Most all of the App Store revenue is going to the top 1 percent of developers. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at how the numbers break down and discuss whether or not there's a problem, or if this is just the market's natural progression.