TMO Daily Observations 2016-02-04: Apple’s Hacker Hires, Foxconn Buys Sharp

2:45 PM, Feb. 4th, 2016 ·

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Apple bought the security research company behind the Thunderstrike 2 Mac exploit. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's commitment to software and hardware security, and how putting the people who find exploits on its payroll plays into that. They also look at Foxconn's winning bid to buy Sharp.

Sharp Ready for Foxconn Buyout

2:35 PM, Feb. 4th, 2016 ·

Foxconn's bid for Sharp won out over INCJ

Sharp is about to have a new owner, and instead of Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, it's going to be Foxconn—the same company that builds iPhones for Apple. Taiwan-based Foxconn's US$5.3 billion bid was about double what INCJ was offering, and seems to have been enough to overcome Japan's stigma of foreign investors.

Apple Pay Now in 2 Million Retailers

9:23 AM, Feb. 4th, 2016 ·

Apple Pay retail partners hits 2 million

The number of retailers accepting Apple Pay is still climbing and has hit the 2 million mark. Au Bon Pain, Chick-fil-A, Create & Barrel, and Zappos are among the latest to get on board with Apple's wireless mobile payment system, and more are on the way.

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More retailers on board means more opportunities for iPhone and Apple Watch owners to use Apple Pay. It's easy to use, and far more secure than the magnetic stripes on credit cards. It's a little frustrating that more stores aren't supporting NFC payment systems.

How to Save and Autofill Arbitrary Online Forms with 1Password

7:50 PM, Feb. 3rd, 2016 ·

1Password can save online forms you need to fill out again and again

Modern web browsers can save usernames and passwords for online logins. Most of them also support "auto-fill" for data like contacts or credit cards. But what do you do if you regularly have to fill out complex online forms that contain arbitrary text fields, menus, and checkboxes? Your Password manager, like 1Password, can handle it for you.

The Beatles Performing ‘Two of Us’ Video

6:34 PM, Feb. 3rd, 2016 · · Cool Stuff Found

On Tuesday I wrote about Bill gates choosing the song "Two of Us" by The Beatles as symbolic of his relationship with Steve Jobs—something Mr. Jobs himself suggested in a joint interview the two gave. That sparked a friend of mine to point me to this performance video of the song by The Beatles from 1970. It's a straight ahead promo video, recorded more than a decade before the launch of MTV, but I always enjoy seeing The Beatles. 

MacTech Pro Dates Announced, Plus TMO Discount

3:19 PM, Feb. 3rd, 2016 ·

MacTech Pro 2016 event dates

MacTech Pro 2016 is ramping up for its tour around the United States with events in seven cities. The one-day training events are always a hit with the professional Apple support crowd, and The Mac Observer has a special discount you can use through Friday, February 5th.