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TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-11

1:16 PM, Nov. 11th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Net Neutrality became an even hotter topic yesterday, and there's a new security threat targeting the iPhone. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about President Obama's stance on Net Neutrality, plus they take a look at Masque Attack and what it means for iPhone and iPad users.

The Oatmeal Explains Net Neutrality

11:49 AM, Nov. 11th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

President Obama made a strong statement in favor of Net Neutrality yesterday, and Senator Ted Cruz called out the push for regulation as "Obamacare for the Internet." Seems the Senator needs some schooling on what a free and open Internet really is, and why it's so important. The Oatmeal offers up one of the best explanations supporting Net Neutrality I've seen, and it's totally worth checking out. Thank you, The Oatmeal.

OS X Yosemite: Viewing All Images in a Conversation

11:00 AM, Nov. 11th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Quick Tip

Apple's Messages app in OS X Yosemite borrowed a little from its iPhone and iPad cousins, so now you can do more in your conversations, like view all of the images and attachments you sent and received in a chat. Read on to see where Messages tucks away that view, and more.

Masque Attack: Why Your iPhone is Probably Safe

10:00 AM, Nov. 11th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Masque Attack sounds like an ominous threat to the iPhone and iPad because it lets attackers replace legit apps with their own malicious versions. Getting those on your iOS device, however, involves some trickery and interaction on your part. The security flaw is serious, but it isn't likely to hit you.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-10

1:32 PM, Nov. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Kelly is back from MacTech Conference 2014 and John has a broken iPad screen. The two join Jeff Gamet to talk about MacTech Conference and the trend towards smaller events in the conference world, plus John shares how he dealt with a cracked iPad screen without breaking the bank.

Apple Rolls Out Lost iMessage Repair Tool

10:59 AM, Nov. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Much to Apple's surprise, not everyone that buys an iPhone sticks with the platform, and that led to a problem where switchers never saw text messages from their friends who stayed with iOS. Apple has finally addressed the problem with a new Web-based utility that unlinks phone numbers from iMessage so you'll still see texts when switching to an Android or Windows smartphone.

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Good for Apple for fixing the lost SMS problem for people who don't want to use an iPhone any more. Shame on Apple for building a text messaging system that requires a special utility just so you can keep getting texts from your friends that still use iPhones.

Apple Ramps Up for Black Friday Sale, Plans 8AM Store Openings

9:06 AM, Nov. 10th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's Black Friday sale promotion will be back again this year with special discounts and early store openings, but not quite as early as some previous events. This year Apple will open its retail stores at 8AM local time instead of painfully early, like 4AM, or last year's 6AM start.

Unsealed GTAT Testimony Paints Apple as Bully Negotiator

3:41 PM, Nov. 7th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Judge Henry Boroff followed through on his plan to release previously sealed documents in the GT Advanced Technologies bankruptcy case that it and Apple had both agreed should stay secret. The documents paint Apple as a strong-arm bully imposing onerous terms on GTAT and its sapphire glass production, and claim the iPhone and iPad maker engaged in bait-and-switch tactics during contract negotiations.

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It would be easy to compare Apple to Darth Vader, but it's really more like GTAT is Jar Jar Binks.

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.