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TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-01

11 hours, 23 minutes ago · 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.

Russia to Apple: All Your Code Are Belong to Us

11:18 AM, Jul. 31st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · News

Russia doesn't trust the United States government or Apple, so it is asking for source code from the Mac, iPhone and iPad maker to look for clues showing the devices are being used to spy on its citizens and government officials. The country also wants source code from SAP citing privacy concerns.

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Targeting Apple and SAP with the code request makes sense considering both are high profile companies that are unlikely to cooperate. That may be exactly what Russian officials are hoping for, or they may simply be posturing by naming popular and well known companies.

Shazam Song Recognition Comes to the Mac

10:15 AM, Jul. 31st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

The iPhone music identification app Shazam is getting a little less mobile, but in a good way. A new version for OS X was released on Thursday that offers the same discovery features as its iPhone counterpart, but designed to live in your Mac's menu bar.

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Not having to scramble for your iPhone in a coffee shop to Shazam a song that's playing sounds pretty cool.

Get Ready for 1Password Everywhere in iOS 8

9:06 AM, Jul. 31st, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

AgileBits, the maker of the popular password management app 1Password, is ready to move beyond auto-filling website logins only in their own iPhone and iPad app and plans to bring that functionality to any app that taps into its API in iOS 8. With 1Password support built into other apps, users will be able to enter their user names and passwords with Touch ID, and AgileBits has a video showing just how seamless the process can be.

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One touch login via Touch ID and 1Password is a perfect example of why Apple needed to open up iOS more. Features like this will make the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch so much easier to use.

ACM 265: Ford goes iPhone and Facebook’s App Breakup

11:45 PM, Jul. 30th, 2014 · Jeff Gamet · Apple Context Machine Podcast

Ford is giving BlackBerry a big kick in the pants by dumping the company's smartphones in favor of Apple's iPhone. Jeff and Bryan have plenty to say on what that means for both Apple and BlackBerry, plus they rant on Facebook and the decision to force private messages into a separate iPhone app, and they go with a listener request and look at the magic PC market numbers Gartner and IDC spew.