Apple Continues to Plunder Fashion Industry with Another Burberry Hire

6:28 PM, Jan. 23rd, 2015 · · News

Chester Chipperfield

Apple continues to pluck talent from the ranks of fashion executives—the only Silicon Valley tech giant to do so. Apple has hired one Chester Chipperfield for its "Special Projects" group. Mr. Chipperfield was previously Vice President of Digital and Interactive Design for Burberry, the same high fashion company that supplied Angela Ahrendts, Apple's Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores.

Missouri Law Would Require Photo ID for Apple Pay Purchases

11:45 AM, Jan. 23rd, 2015 · · News

Joshua Peters (D) from Missouri's state House of Representatives thinks smartphone-based payment systems like Apple Pay aren't secure enough, so users should be required to show a photo ID when using their iPhone to make credit card payments in stores. He's so sure of this that he presented bill on Wednesday that would require Missouri retailers to check photo IDs when making smartphone-based payments.

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I appreciate lawmakers wanting to reduce the risk of credit card fraud, but in this case the Missouri bill is off base. Instead of protecting shoppers, it could convince them to use their plastic card instead, which is inherently far less secure, and could expose their personal identification to criminals, too.

Apple to Support some Non-HomeKit Devices Through Apple TV

10:58 AM, Jan. 23rd, 2015 · · News

Apple looks to be positioning Apple TV as more of home automation hub than previously thought because the company plans to use the streaming media box as a bridge between HomeKit and non-homeKit devices. That support means more devices without official HomeKit support can be part of your smarthome setup, but with some big limitations.

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Apple TV looks like it really is shaping up to be Apple's HomeKit hub, just like TMO's Kelly Guimont predicted.

Adobe Patches One Critical Zero-day Flash Exploit, Leaves Another for Next Week

9:14 AM, Jan. 23rd, 2015 · · News

Adobe released a critical security update for its Flash Player on Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux that patches an exploit hackers are currently using to install malware on Windows PCs. The update didn't, however, patch a second critical security flaw that's already in the wild. Adobe says a fix for that is coming next week.

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Another day, another critical Flash security exploit—or two. Flash is riddled with serious security issues, and it doesn't seem to be getting any better despite the ongoing updates Adobe releases. If you don't need Flash, then get it off your computer.

Apple Loses Retail Tycoon Mickey Drexler from Board

8:48 PM, Jan. 22nd, 2015 · · News

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Longtime Apple board member Millard "Mickey" Drexler told the company he will retire on March 10th, 2015, the end of his current term. Mr. Drexler joined Apple's board at the invitation of the late Steve Jobs in 1999, and he helped develop Apple's massively successful Apple Store retail strategy.

Ten One Mountie: Easily Hang an iPhone/iPad on a MacBook

7:00 PM, Jan. 22nd, 2015 · · News

Ten One Designs has released the Mountie, a small gadget that solidly attaches an iPhone or iPad to your MacBook or iMac screen. Kelly has one and tries it out with a variety of devices. (Spoiler alert: Your iPad Air is in good hands. Or clips.)

Google Wants to be Your Next Cell Service Provider

5:47 PM, Jan. 22nd, 2015 · · News

Google is allegedly working on plans to be your next cell phone service provider. The Internet search giant isn't talking about its plans yet, but the word from insider sources says the company is working on deals with Sprint and T-Mobile that would make it a mobile virtual network operator, or MVNO, much like Cricket.

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Google getting into the cell and wireless data market would be a double-edged sword. We'd likely see competition that pushes down contract prices and drives up data speeds, but we'd also give up more of our personal privacy in exchange.

Logic Pro X gets New Drummers, AirDrop Support

10:59 AM, Jan. 22nd, 2015 · · News

Apple gave pro audio editors some love on Wednesday with the release of Logic Pro X 10.1. The update for the audio editing app for the Mac added AirDrop and MailDrop support for file sharing, 10 new drummers, and more.