California Bill Would Ban Encrypted Smartphones

6:20 PM, Jan. 21st, 2016 · · iPhone

Promo shot of Assembly Member Cooper, in the middle

It turns out that New York isn't the only state with uninformed state legislators with misguided thoughts on technology. California Assembly Member Jim Cooper (D-9th) introduced Assembly Bill 1681 this week, a bill that would ban the sale of all encrypted smartphones without backdoors available to the manufacturer.

Last Chance for the ‘ExoMount Touch’ Universal Car Mount at $19.99

4:50 PM, Jan. 21st, 2016 · · iPhone

'ExoMount Touch' Universal Car Mount

Our deal for the 'ExoMount Touch' Universal Car Mount is winding down, and this is your last chance to get it for $19.99, a third off retail. According to the manufacturer, it mounts to any flat, smooth, textured, curved, or rounded surface, and the adjustable grip will hold most smartphones. Check out the deal listing for more info.

Everything You Need to Know About OLEDs, Quantum Dots & iPhone, Part II

3:30 PM, Jan. 21st, 2016 · · iPhone

OLEDs, Quantum Dots & iPhone

A new LCD display technology for 4K UHD is called Quantum Dots. On the other hand, Organic LEDs are often mentioned as a next generation technology for iPhone displays.  Here is Part II of John's interview with Paul Gagnon, Director of TV Research at IHS Technology.  The discussion continues with manufacturing issues, suppliers, response times, costs and the ultimate winner down the road.

Apple Took 2.5 Years to Fix a Security Flaw, but this Time it’s OK

1:45 PM, Jan. 21st, 2016 · · iPhone

Apple knew about one of the security issues iOS 9.2.1 fixes 2.5 years ago

When Apple released iOS 9.2.1 earlier this week it fixed several bugs and security flaws, one of which the company knew about for two and a half years. That makes it look like Apple dropped the ball, but in this case it was more about needing some serious time to properly address the security flaw.

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We shouldn't cut Apple any slack when security issues aren't addressed in a timely manner, but we also need to remember that sometimes it takes longer than expected to really address the underlying issue.

Apple Launches iOS App Development Center in Italy

3:33 AM, Jan. 21st, 2016 · · iPhone

Apple in Italy

Apple announced Thursday the creation of what the company said was the first iOS App Development Center in Italy. In a press release that emphasized Apple's impact on Italy's economy and the number of jobs the company has directly and indirectly fostered in Europe, Apple said the Center would help give students "practical skills and training on developing iOS apps."

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Thursday's press release was a big banner reminding the EU that Apple contributes greatly to the European economy. 

Everything You Need to Know About OLEDs, Quantum Dots & iPhone, Part I

4:20 PM, Jan. 20th, 2016 · · iPhone

OLEDs, Quantum Dots & iPhone

A new LCD display technology for 4K UHD is called Quantum Dots. On the other hand, Organic LEDs are often mentioned as a next generation technology for iPhone displays.  John Martellaro interviewed Paul Gagnon, Director of TV Research at IHS Technology to find out more about these two technologies and possible use in Apple's future iPhone.

Apple Unveils GarageBand Live Loops for iPhone and iPad

2:35 PM, Jan. 20th, 2016 · · iPhone

GarageBand's Live Loops for iPhone and iPad

Apple ramped up its music creation efforts for the iPhone and iPad on Wednesday with the introduction of Live Loops for mobile GarageBand. The loops are included with the GarageBand 2.1 update and include rock, electronic dance music, house, and electro funk, and more.

Apple Releases ‘Music Memos’ for Quickly Capturing Song Ideas on iOS

1:07 PM, Jan. 20th, 2016 · · iPhone

Apple's Music Memos Screenshot

Apple released an iOS app called Music Memos on Wednesday. It allows you to record song ideas, hear those ideas played with auto-generated bass and/or drum accompaniment, view the chords, and add lyrics. Artists can then share them via Apple Music Connect or import them directly into GarageBand or Logic Pro X for further development.

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Bryan Chaffin thinks this app is just what the doctor ordered.