Apple: GTAT Couldn’t Make Usable Sapphire, Mismanaged Production

9:34 AM, Nov. 20th, 2014 · · News

Apple offered up more details on what led to the downfall of GT Advanced Technologies in a letter to the failed company's creditors. That letter said GTAT failed to manage its employees and sapphire glass production process, and that the company simply couldn't make a usable product.

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Apple may have made demands GTAT couldn't meet, but it looks like the sapphire maker wasn't managing its workers or production. This was a doomed relationship from the beginning.

DOJ Warns Apple that iOS Encryption Could Kill Children

10:46 PM, Nov. 19th, 2014 · · The Back Page

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The number two person in the U.S. DOJ's number two person recently warned Apple the company's encryption scheme in iOS 8 will eventually result in the death of a child. Bryan Chaffin argues that when anyoen tells us we must give up privacy for the sake of the children, they've lost the argument.

ACM 281: Microsoft’s Clouded Vision, Apple Watch SDK, and Protecting Our Privacy

8:36 PM, Nov. 19th, 2014 · & · Apple Context Machine Podcast

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Microsoft just doesn't get how to deliver a compelling message, and that's so clear in its latest Surface Pro 3 ad. Jeff and Bryan take a look at Microsoft's lack of vision in its product designs and marketing messages, plus they have plenty to say about yesterday's Apple Watch SDK beta announcement and the DOJ's efforts to pressure Apple into making a back door into iPhone encryption.

TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-19

1:37 PM, Nov. 19th, 2014 · · Daily Observations Podcast

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Thanks to unsavory comments from Uber executives, there's a new interest in knowing what personal information companies may be keeping. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about leaving our personal data in the hands of online companies, why it's important to keep on top of what information is being stored and shared, and why deleting an account doesn't always mean your personal information gets deleted, too.

Apple Plans to Repurpose GTAT Sapphire Glass Factory

9:53 AM, Nov. 19th, 2014 · · News

GT Advanced Technologies is shutting down the Mesa, Arizona factory where it produced synthetic sapphire glass for Apple, but the iPhone and iPad maker has different plans. Apple told city officials it plans to repurpose the factory which will save some jobs, but hasn't said yet exactly what the factory will make next.

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It's good to see Apple following through on its plans to keep the Mesa factory open because that will help keep jobs in the area. It'll be interesting to see what Apple has planned for the facility because it most likely won't be making sapphire glass.

QCut Custom Fit Women’s Jeans

5:34 PM, Nov. 18th, 2014 · · Cool Stuff Found

If you are a woman who has ever purchased a pair of jeans, you know this process can be…fraught with peril. You have to guess at the random number that is allegedly your size, since it varies from year to year and designer to designer. Then you have to guess close enough that you don't get stuck in them in the dressing room, and you have to hope they aren't too long/short/wide/narrow/high-waisted/low-waisted/whatever. If you find a pair you don't hate, you purchase multiples on the spot, even at full price. You know. In Case. Well, Crystal Beasley decided enough was enough and launched a Kickstarter campaign to fix this. Called QCut (as in cut on cue), Crystal is designing jeans for you. And you. And you, too! They're all custom made, based on five measurements that include shoe size and bra size to help determine body type. This campaign has two weeks left as of today, and even though it's funded, you still may want to get in on it. Jeans that fit make an awesome Christmas gift! (Full disclosure: I know Crystal, and I am a woman who wears jeans.)