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Missouri Law Would Require Photo ID for Apple Pay Purchases

11:45 AM, Jan. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Joshua Peters (D) from Missouri's state House of Representatives thinks smartphone-based payment systems like Apple Pay aren't secure enough, so users should be required to show a photo ID when using their iPhone to make credit card payments in stores. He's so sure of this that he presented bill on Wednesday that would require Missouri retailers to check photo IDs when making smartphone-based payments.

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I appreciate lawmakers wanting to reduce the risk of credit card fraud, but in this case the Missouri bill is off base. Instead of protecting shoppers, it could convince them to use their plastic card instead, which is inherently far less secure, and could expose their personal identification to criminals, too.

Apple to Support some Non-HomeKit Devices Through Apple TV

10:58 AM, Jan. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple looks to be positioning Apple TV as more of home automation hub than previously thought because the company plans to use the streaming media box as a bridge between HomeKit and non-homeKit devices. That support means more devices without official HomeKit support can be part of your smarthome setup, but with some big limitations.

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Apple TV looks like it really is shaping up to be Apple's HomeKit hub, just like TMO's Kelly Guimont predicted.

Adobe Patches One Critical Zero-day Flash Exploit, Leaves Another for Next Week

9:14 AM, Jan. 23rd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Adobe released a critical security update for its Flash Player on Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux that patches an exploit hackers are currently using to install malware on Windows PCs. The update didn't, however, patch a second critical security flaw that's already in the wild. Adobe says a fix for that is coming next week.

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Another day, another critical Flash security exploit—or two. Flash is riddled with serious security issues, and it doesn't seem to be getting any better despite the ongoing updates Adobe releases. If you don't need Flash, then get it off your computer.

Google Wants to be Your Next Cell Service Provider

5:47 PM, Jan. 22nd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Google is allegedly working on plans to be your next cell phone service provider. The Internet search giant isn't talking about its plans yet, but the word from insider sources says the company is working on deals with Sprint and T-Mobile that would make it a mobile virtual network operator, or MVNO, much like Cricket.

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Google getting into the cell and wireless data market would be a double-edged sword. We'd likely see competition that pushes down contract prices and drives up data speeds, but we'd also give up more of our personal privacy in exchange.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-01-22: Debunking the 24-bit/192kHz Audio Hype

1:10 PM, Jan. 22nd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

There's a debate raging in the audio world about whether we should listen to music encoded above the standard 16-bit 44.1kHz mark. Dave Hamilton joins Jeff Gamet to look at the differences between 16-bit 44.1kHz and 24-bit 192kHz, whether or not the science backs up the quality of 24-bit tracks, and why the bit depth doesn't necessarily translate to better sounding recordings.

Apple’s Cover Flow Targeted in Patent Lawsuit Again

9:30 AM, Jan. 22nd, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple's Cover Flow feature from OS X is the target of a new infringement lawsuit from the patent holding company TriDim, and this isn't the first time it's been part of an intellectual propert case. The company is claiming 3D-like user interface elements in Cover Flow, Time Machine, and Mobile Safari in iOS 7 and iOS 8 infringe on two patents it holds.

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Mirror Worlds wasn't able to make its Cover Flow patent infringement case against Apple stick, and based on TriDim's patent descriptions this new case will likely have a hard go of it, too.