Recent Articles By Jeff Gamet [RSS]

Bad News, FBI: Apple Hires Security Pro Jon Callas

7:41 PM, May. 24th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Jon Callas brings his security expertise back to Apple

If the FBI was hoping Apple CEO Tim Cook was all talk when he said his company is digging in its heels to protect user privacy, it's time to put on the disappointed face because Jon Callas is back on the payroll. His credentials in the security and privacy world make him a strong asset for Apple—just as he was when he previously worked for the company—and should have the FBI very worried about how far it'll be able to hack into future iPhones and Macs.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-05-24: New MacBook Pros this Fall, Spotify’s New Pricing

1:31 PM, May. 24th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

It looks like we won't see new MacBook Pro models until this fall, but at least they'll be loaded with new features. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's laptop upgrade cycle, what they're looking forward to in new models, and the mystery that is Ming-Chi Kuo. Turns out Dave is right about streaming music pricing, so he gets a few minutes to bask in his rightness.

No New MacBook Pro Until Fall, but it’ll be Really Cool

11:41 AM, May. 24th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

No new MacBook Pro until fall

If you're holding out expecting Apple to introduce a redesigned Retina MacBook Pro at Worldwide Developer Conference in June, get ready for some disappointment. KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says we'll have to wait until this fall, and what we'll get is a thinner, faster laptop with an OLED touch surface instead of traditional function keys and Touch ID.

Star Wars as an Infographic is Fantastically Awesome

10:25 AM, May. 24th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

What happens when you mash up Star Wars and infographics? Only the most graphically awesome retelling of the movie ever. That's exactly what Martin Panchaud did with his retelling of the original Star Wars movie. You'll need to check it out in a Web browser. It's brilliant, it's beautiful, and Han shoots first.

Dubious Study Says Fitbit Sucks at Heart Rate Tracking

8:40 PM, May. 23rd, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Questionable study says Fitbit fails at heart rate tracking

A new study claims Fitbit's fitness trackers don't accurately measure user's heart rate. That shouldn't come as a big surprise considering Fitbit's products don't undergo FDA approval, but the study itself is dubious first because of its questionable methods and second because it was commissioned by a law firm that's currently suing Fitbit.

Patent Lawsuit Targets iPhone for Making Phone Calls

2:37 PM, May. 23rd, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple hit with patent lawsuit over iPhone phone call support

Apple is facing the most stunningly amazing patent infringement lawsuit ever: the iPhone's ability to be used as a phone. The patent holding company Corydoras Technologies filed its lawsuit in the Texas Eastern District Federal Court, which is known for favoring patent trolls.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-05-23: iPhone Calling Patent Lawsuit, Fitbit Heart Rate Accuracy

1:51 PM, May. 23rd, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple is getting sued for patent infringement because the iPhone can make phone calls. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at the Corydoras Technologies lawsuit and the plight of patent troll cases in general, plus they have some thoughts on a lawsuit claiming Fitbit's heart rate tracking feature is wildly inaccurate.

Apple May Turn its Stores into Car Showrooms

9:50 AM, May. 23rd, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple Store doors are big enough for a car

The massive sliding doors on Apple's redesigned Union Square San Francisco retail store create a 40-foot opening that's more than big enough to drive a car through. Sure, it makes for a great open air experience when shopping, but maybe it's a hint that Apple plans to use its new store design to show off its own car.

Fitbit Wants to Give Apple Pay a Run for its Money

9:44 AM, May. 20th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Cha-ching! Fitbit buys Coin

Fitbit has long been the big name in wearable fitness trackers, and now it looks like the company wants to have a part in mobile contactless payments, just like Apple Pay. The company just announced it purchased Coin and could start including NFC-based payment options in its products as early as 2017.