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New Bill Will Block Government from Mandating Back Doors into Encrypted Data

9:51 AM, Dec. 5th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced a new bill this week that would block government agencies from forcing companies to install back doors into their devices and data storage services to give investigators quick access to user data. The bill, dubbed the Secure Data Act, would effectively shut down efforts by the FBI and other agencies to require fundamentally unsecure encryption systems so they could more easily sift through the information on our smartphones and in our email accounts.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-04

1:50 PM, Dec. 4th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Is it time for Apple to make its own high definition television? Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to debate whether or not an Apple television makes sense, and what hints at Apple's plans the new 5K iMac may offer. Kelly also shares her experience using the new option to order Starbucks drinks from your iPhone.

Samsung’s Appeal in Apple Patent Win goes to Court

10:43 AM, Dec. 4th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Samsung's appeal in a high profile mobile device patent infringement case where Apple was awarded over US$900 million in damages goes to court today. Apple accused Samsung of "shameless copying," while Samsung claimed it developed its smartphone and tablet designs independently of the iPhone and iPad.

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Even if the Appeals Court sides with Apple, the victory will be relatively hollow. Samsung continues to make products that Apple sees as infringing on its patents, and that isn't likely to change any time soon.

iPod Antitrust Lawsuit Says Apple Deleted Rival’s Music

9:27 AM, Dec. 4th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

The class action lawsuit accusing Apple of antitrust violations for locking the iPod to the iTunes Store is claiming the company intentionally deleted competitor's music from the media player and didn't tell users. Apple's response: it was a necessary security measure.

ACM 283: Apple’s Ebook Conspiracy Appeal and a Plea for Better Music Files

7:10 PM, Dec. 3rd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Apple is headed back to court to appeal Judge Denise Cote's ruling that it orchestrated a conspiracy to artificially raise the price of books, and Jeff and Bryan have some thoughts on what Apple did, Judge Cote's ruling, and the book industry. They also have something to say about music file formats and the lack of Apple Lossless as an iTunes Store option.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-03

1:19 PM, Dec. 3rd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

The new Mac mini is something of a disappointment, Apple's Thunderbolt display is long in the tooth, and some of the company's apps are becoming frustration points. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to discuss the current state of Apple's product development, where they see problems, and more.

How to get Upgrade Pricing for Smile’s PDFpen 2 for iPhone and iPad

11:45 AM, Dec. 3rd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Quick Tip

PDFpen 2 for the iPhone and iPad is out, and the new version adds support for storing documents on iCloud Drive, adds an iOS 8 interface, and is now a Universal app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. PDFpen 2 is a PDF editor you can use when you're away from your computer, and the clever people at Smile figured out how to give its customers an upgrade price option even though that isn't something Apple supports through the App Store.

Eddy Cue on Apple Ebook Price Fixing Verdict: It’s Not Right

7:31 PM, Dec. 2nd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

With US$450 million on the line, Apple is ready for a court battle where it hopes to overturn Federal Judge Denise Cote's ruling that it participated in an ebook price fixing scheme. For Apple, the fight isn't about the money, but instead is about clearing the company's name and correcting a ruling senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue says just isn't right.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-02

1:21 PM, Dec. 2nd, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Remember the iPod? There's a antitrust class action lawsuit that does, and it's finally getting its day in court. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to offer their take on the case, talk about a very cool levitating speaker, and they take a side trip into the audio world to talk about the Leslie Speaker.