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TMO Daily Observations 2015-01-30: Samsung’s Smartphone Numbers, Congress Wants More Corporate Cash

26 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Apple and Samsung shipped the same number of smartphones last quarter, and that doesn't bode well for Samsung. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at what Samsung's smartphone numbers mean for the market and Apple, plus they take a look at a new bill that hopes to convince big corporations to bring offshore money into the United States.

FiftyThree’s Pencil Stylus for iPad goes Gold

2 hours, 26 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

FiftyThree, the company behind the popular Paper drawing app for the iPad and the Pencil pressure sensitive stylus, is adding gold to its lineup. The Pencil is already available with a walnut finish (my favorite) or graphite, and come February 3 it'll be available in gold, too. The color matches Apple's gold iPad Air 3, and it offers the same pressure sensitivity and blending features as the other models. The gold version is priced the same as the walnut model at US$59.95, and you can pre-order yours now. The Pencil is one of my favorite styluses, and it's pretty cool to see it now in gold.

iTunes gets OS X Yosemite Notification Widget

4 hours, 30 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Apple rolled out iTunes 12.1 on Thursday with a new feature just for OS X Yosemite users: a Notification Center widget. The widget lets iTunes users play and pause songs from their personal music library or from iTunes Radio, skip ahead, and purchase streaming songs from the iTunes Store.

China Demands Back Door into Computers, Software

2:13 PM, Jan. 29th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Tech companies hoping to sell computers, smartphones, tablets, and software in China are facing some serious hurdles now that the country is demanding they build back doors into their products, comply with invasive audits, and hand over proprietary and secret source code. The Chinese government is justifying the move by saying it's necessary to ensure western countries aren't spying through technology, but it may also be a ploy to push those companies out in favor of in-country tech makers.

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China wants hardware and software back doors to access our private and encrypted data, as does the United States and United Kingdom. This is bad for consumers, and won't likely end well.

FCC Says Hotels Can’t Block Personal Hotspots

11:09 AM, Jan. 29th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · News

Hotels were handed a bucket of disappointment this week when the Federal Communications Commission made it clear that blocking personal hotspots is against the law, and doing so could lead to hefty fines. The FCC also said its warning extends beyond hotels to other businesses, too, which should cut down on places intentionally interfering with hotspot signals.

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Intentionally blocking our hotspots is a sleazy act for hotels, and then telling us it's for our own good is just salt in the wound. Seeing a very clear and strong statement from the FCC saying that's against the law is great.

Apple Remembers Remote Desktop Exists, Releases Yosemite Update

9:27 AM, Jan. 29th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Product News

Apple released Apple Remote Desktop 3.8 on Wednesday, the first update for the remote Mac administration app in more than a year. The update improved OS X Yosemite compatibility, refreshed the user interface, and more.

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Apple still supports ARD? We thought they forgot about it since its last update was pretty much just an OS X Mavericks compatibility release.

TMO Daily Observations 2015-01-28: AAPL Q1 2015 Earnings, YouTube Dumps Flash

1:17 PM, Jan. 28th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Apple's first fiscal quarter earnings conference call for 2015 happened yesterday, and the company reported block buster numbers. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's earnings report and Tim Cook's leadership, plus they have a few things to say about YouTube's decision to drop Flash as its default media format for desktop computers.

How to Restore Missing iPhoto Image Thumbnails

11:01 AM, Jan. 28th, 2015 · Jeff Gamet · TMO Quick Tip

Using iPhoto to manage the photos from your iPhone, iPad, and digital camera is fine unless the thumbnails showing you previews of your snapshots disappear. Keeping track of your pics when you can't actually see them isn't very productive, but there is a fix for that. Read on to learn how to resurrect your missing iPhoto image thumbnails.