Former Facebook Exec Says Social Media Is Ripping Society Apart

· Bryan Chaffin · Cool Stuff Found

Chamath Palihapitiya is a venture capitalist and the co-owner of NBA basketball team The Golden State Warriors. Oh, and he  was a top executive at Facebook. And that makes his thoughts on social media salient, because he thinks social media is “ripping society apart.” He argues that Facebook and other forms of social media are little more than dopamine-producing machines that have profoundly negative effects on people and society. I recommend this as a must-watch. He also did an interview on CNBC on the topic earlier in December, where he also talked about cryptocurrency.

Boxing Day with Your Two Favorite Geeks – Mac Geek Gab 689

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

Mac Geek Gab Logo

Recurring Keychain authorization requests bugging you? iMessages out of order? Want to know what to do with your dead drives? This is just where your two favorite geeks start this week’s episode. Then it’s on to a headphone and earphone discussion, including some talk about letting ambient sound in, and letting someone else listen in on your bluetooth connection! Cool Stuff Found rounds out the show. Press play, listen, and learn! Oh, and enjoy, too.

Apple Poaches Three More TV Execs from Amazon

· Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

An Apple TV showing the Jolly Roger

Apple is making a significant expansion into a brand new market without diluting the time and attention the company’s technology experts spend on Apple’s software and hardware business.

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· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

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Happy Holidays from TMO!

· Jeff Gamet · News

Enjoy the holiday season!

Happy holidays from The Mac Observer! We’re taking December 25th off, but we’ll be back on Tuesday, December 26th with our usual Apple and tech world coverage.

Cryptocurrency Crash Drops Bitcoin to a 40% Gain for December

· Bryan Chaffin · Analysis

Metaphorical rendering of the cryptocurrency crash on December 22nd, 2017

Even at its low of $10,835 on Friday, Bitcoin was still up 10.2% in December. If you look back to January 1st, 2017, when Bitcoin opened at $998, Bitcoin is up a staggering 885% on the year.

Avoid the Passwords on this List to Reduce the Risk of Getting Hacked

· Jeff Gamet · Cool Stuff Found

The SplashData worst 100 passwords for 2017 list is out, and the top two are 123456 and password. The list shows just how predictable many passwords are and how difficult it is to convince people they need something more unique than letmein (number 7) or football (number 9). Admin is still a painfully popular password, and starwars is pretty popular, too. You can check out the full list at the SplashData website.

Avoid the Passwords on this List to Reduce the Risk of Getting Hacked

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· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

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