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Study Shows Music Makes for a Better Love Life

2 hours, 14 minutes ago · Jeff Gamet · News

Want a better love life? Play some music

They say music is the language of love, and now there's a study to prove it. Sonos commissioned a research project using their own gear along with Apple's iBeacons, iPhones, and the Apple Watch to study the effects of music on families, and one of their findings showed music led to 67 percent more sex.

Hackers in Ireland Trying to Buy Apple Employee Logins

2:52 PM, Feb. 9th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Hackers ready to buy Apple employee logins

Ireland has a new problem to throw at Apple: hackers are trying to buy company logins from employees. In some cases, employees are being offered upwards of €20,000 (about US$22,245) in efforts to coax out user names and passwords.

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Apple isn't going to make it as simple as handing over user names and passwords to get into its network. That said, hackers seem to be ready to spend some serious money to try anyhow.

TMO Daily Observations 2016-02-09: Snagging Apple Employee Logins, Error 53 Lawsuit

1:26 PM, Feb. 9th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Daily Observations Podcast

Daily Observations Podcast

Apple's employees in Ireland are being targeted by people or groups wanting company logins. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to speculate on what those logins could access and what Apple does to prevent unauthorized network access, plus they have some thoughts on the proposed class action lawsuit against the company over the Error 53 debacle.

Sony Adds Fuel to Dual Camera iPhone Rumor

11:23 AM, Feb. 9th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Sony hints at dual camera iPhone 7

In January KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Apple would include a new dual camera system on the iPhone 7 Plus, and now Sony may be backing that up. Sony's CFO recently talked about the company's dual-lens camera platform and said we'd see it in smartphones from the big name players.

Lawfirm Ready to File iPhone Error 53 Lawsuit

9:16 AM, Feb. 9th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple facing potential lawsuit over Error 53

The Error 53 issue that's bricking iPhones that get replacement Touch ID sensors has the Internet up in arms, and that can mean only one thing: it's lawsuit time. The law firm of PVCA hasn't filed a case against Apple yet, but is looking for iPhone owners ready to sign up for a class action lawsuit.

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Right or wrong, the lawsuits over Error 53 were bound to happen. Welcome to the United States where starting lawsuits is as easy as buying a new pair of shoes.

Apple Files for Mistrial in VirnetX Patent Infringement Case

2:33 PM, Feb. 8th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple files mistrial motion in VirnetX patent infringement case

Apple has filed a motion for a mistrial in the infringement case where the patent holding company VirnetX won US$625 million. The winnings came from a retrial, and Apple claims VirnetX's legal team misrepresented the facts, warranting a mistrial.

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Regardless of who's right and who's wrong in the Apple and VirnetX patent fight, it's pretty clear the fight isn't ending any time soon.

Apple Quietly Rolls Out 2013 Mac Pro Video Repair Program

11:05 AM, Feb. 8th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · News

Apple fixing Mac Pro video issue for free

If your 2013-model Mac Pro is having video issues, Apple may be ready to fix the problem for free. The company has a new hardware repair program in place to deal with the issue, but you'll have to ask because it isn't being advertised.

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tl;dr version: Mac Pros made between February 8th and April 11th last year are covered by the free parts replacement program. If you're having weird video issues, schedule a Genius Bar appointment.

Apple: Error 53 is About Security, not Bricking iPhones

10:16 AM, Feb. 8th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Analysis

Apple says Error 53 is about security, not cutting out repair centers

Error 53 has taken the Internet by storm and is being tossed around as an example of how Apple is trying to screw iPhone users. The error can appear after the Touch ID sensor is replaced without following the proper procedure, which leaves the iPhone unusable. Apple says that's part of keeping our personal data—and fingerprints—secure.

Ghostbusters Reboot gets its Own LEGO Kit

5:30 PM, Feb. 5th, 2016 · Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

LEGO has already shown its love for Ghostbusters with the Ecto-1 and firestation headquarters kits, and now the company is embracing this summer's reboot with a just announced kit that includes everything you need to get hyped up before the movie comes out. The kit includes the Ghostbusters team, proton packs, the redesigned Ecto-1 car, a new Ecto-2 motorcycle, and a monster just itching to be captured. You can pick up the new Ghostbusters kit for US$59.99 on July 1, and the movie will be in theaters on July 15.