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Apple Source Say No Drama in Christie Departure

8:52 AM, Apr. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

When word surfaced on Wednesday that Apple Human Interface Vice President Greg Christie was leaving the company, it came with speculation that his departure was driven by friction with Jony Ive. Now sources are saying that's not the case, and instead Mr. Christie's retirement has been well planned for some time.

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The fact that Mr. Christie isn't leaving immediately helps back up the notion that friction with Jony Ive wasn't behind his retirement. Sources say he'll be around for at least a little while working on special projects, so maybe there isn't as much internal drama here as was originally suspected.

ACM 249: King Jony and the TV Settop Box Wars

2:20 AM, Apr. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple's Sir Jony Ive is the one guy in charge of all of the company's software design now that Greg Christie is out, there's finally a rumor about the iWatch that both Jeff and Bryan think is right, and the set top box war is heating up with Apple, Amazon, Roku, and now Google getting in on the game. All that, and Bryan has a special offer for bitcoin fans.

How to Protect Yourself from OpenSSL’s Heartbleed Flaw

11:44 AM, Apr. 9th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Link

OpenSSL's Heartbleed security flaw is a pretty big deal, and you need to know what to do to protect yourself and the websites you maintain. We covered heartbleed in depth, but if you don't have time to read all the details that doesn't mean you can't take steps to keep you and your sites safe. Just jump right to our how-to in our full report. We've got your back.

Dealing with Heartbleed: What You Need to Know

10:49 AM, Apr. 9th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Heartbleed is a security flaw in OpenSSL, which is the system used to ensure the security of nearly half the websites on the Internet. The flaw gives hackers the ability to gain the security keys that keep the information passing between your Web browser and online servers encrypted, which could let them decrypt information you're expecting to remain secure -- including user names, passwords, and credit card numbers -- and even pose as legit servers. That sounds pretty ominous, so we sorted out what that means for you.

Google Targets Apple TV, Fire TV with Android TV

11:54 AM, Apr. 8th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple has Apple TV, Amazon has Fire TV, and soon Google will have Android TV. The Internet search giant is reportedly ready to jump into the set top box game -- despite the fact that it already sells Google Chromecast.

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Oh, great. More fragmentation in the streaming set top box market. With Apple TV and Fire TV it's easier to decide which device to get based on your current media buying habits, but what happens when Android TV hits store shelves?

TMO Forum Poll: Are You Going to WWDC 2014?

11:19 AM, Apr. 8th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · WWDC

Apple sent out notifications letting developers know on Monday if they can buy tickets for the 2014 Worldwide Developer Conference on Monday after wrapping up the lottery entry. Did you win, and are you going? Head on over to the TMO forums and let us know in today's poll.

iOS Nap Time: Playing Music to Fall Asleep

10:53 AM, Apr. 8th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Quick Tip

If you want to listen to music on your iPhone while you fall asleep, you don't need to remember to shut it off or download third-party apps to handle that for you. Turns out the iPhone can handle that task all on its own, and it's easy to set up.

Amazon’s A9 Search Leader Joins Apple

10:08 AM, Apr. 8th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Benoit Dupin, formerly Amazon's vice president of A9 Search Technology, now works for Apple and may be part of the company's team working on search technology for the iTunes Store, the App Store, and Maps. If so, that's a big win for Apple and a loss for Amazon because A9 is the core of Amazon's extensive site search system.

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Amazon's site searches may not always bring back the results we expect, but that doesn't mean Mr. Dupin can't be a strong asset to Apple's own Maps search features. Here's hoping for even more improvements to Maps.

Adobe Lightroom Comes to the iPad

9:02 AM, Apr. 8th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Adobe announced the immediate availability of Lightroom for the iPad on Monday as a companion app for Lightroom 5 on the Mac and Windows. Lightroom is Adobe's professional photography management and editing application.

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iPhoto on the iPad is nice, but it isn't the same as having a mobile version of Aperture. Right now, Adobe is doing more for professional photographers on the go than Apple. It's your move, Cupertino.

iOS 7: Changing Siri’s Voice

11:50 AM, Apr. 7th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Quick Tip

Siri's pretty cool because it lets you talk to your iPhone, iPad, or iPhone iPod touch to issue commands, but what if you don't like the gender of the default voice Siri uses when it replies? That's not a problem in iOS 7 because you can switch Siri's gender between female and male with just a couple screen taps.