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TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-01: FBI Still Wants its Encryption Back Door

Sep. 1st, 2016 - 1:41 PM | 00:25:48

Bryan Chaffin and Andrew Orr join host Kelly Guimont to discuss issues with Japan’s new communication rules and Bryan’s new favorite TV show.

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  1. Sep. 1st, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-09-01: FBI Still Wants its Encryption Back Door

    FBI Director James Comey isn't ready to give up the fight to punch a hole through our encryption and privacy. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to discuss the FBI's stance on mandated back doors into encryption and the Director Comey's need to save face in this argument.

  2. Aug. 31st, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-31: Monster v Beats Lawsuit Implodes, Dropbox Data Breach

    Monster's Noel Lee is having a pretty bad day because his lawsuit against Beats fell apart. Kelly Guimont joins Jeff Gamet to look at Mr. Lee's claims he was duped to cut him out of the deal where Apple bought Beats. They also talk about the why Dropbox's 2012 data breach is news again, and get a little excited about Stranger Things season 2.

  3. Aug. 30th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-30: Apple’s EU Tax Bill, September 7 Media Event

    The European Union says Ireland's tax laws aren't legal, so Apple owes an extra €13 billion in back taxes. Bryan Chaffin joins Jeff Gamet to look at the ruling, how it impacts Apple, Ireland's response, and more. They also offer up their quick predictions for Apple's September 7th Media Event.

  4. Aug. 29th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-29: Apple Watch 2 Battery, Microsoft’s Smart Surface Pro 4 Ad

    New photos show what looks like the battery for the Apple Watch 2, and it seems to support John Martellaro's premise that the next model won't be any thinner. Today John and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet for a little gloating at Bryan's expense because he's been championing a thinner Apple Watch 2. They also look at Microsoft's latest Surface Pro 4 ad and dive into why slamming the MacBook Air was a smart move.

  5. Aug. 26th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-26: Interview with Fling’s Dave Hamilton

    This week TMO's Daily Observations turns to the musical side of the Apple community. Today Dave Hamilton from Fling and Mac Geek Gab joins Jeff Gamet to talk about his musical life outside of the podcasting world, recording and producing Fling's Bovine Abduction, the tools he uses for recording and mixing, and more.

  6. Aug. 25th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-25: Interview with Ruby Calling’s Jean MacDonald

    This week TMO's Daily Observations turns to the musical side of the Apple community. Today Jean MacDonald from Ruby Calling and App Camp for Girls joins Jeff Gamet to share how she became a musician, how music inspired App Camp for Girls, and more.

  7. Aug. 24th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-24: Interview with Andrew Tokuda, aka Digital Droo

    This week TMO's Daily Observations turns to the musical side of the Apple community. Today Andrew Tokuda, also known as Digital Droo joins Jeff Gamet to talk about creating his own music, working with MacAddict, and his own musical past, and his most popular song.

  8. Aug. 23rd, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-23: Interview with Victor Cajiao

    This week TMO's Daily Observations turns to the musical side of the Apple community. Today jazz musician and podcaster Victor Cajiao joins Jeff Gamet to talk about his new album with Joe Christina, Surrender, his experience producing and mastering the album, working with musical legends, and more.

  9. Aug. 22nd, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-22: Interview with Airplane Mode’s Dave Wiskus

    This week TMO's Daily Observations turns to the musical side of the Apple community. Today Airplane Mode's Dave Wiskus joins Jeff Gamet to talk about the band, his musical journey, and finding success as an indie band.

  10. Aug. 19th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-19: FCC’s Anti-robocall Plans, Moving from Evernote to OneNote

    The FCC wants to stop spam robocalls, and now it has a strike force to help make that happen. Dave Hamilton and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to examine the FCC's plan and share their thoughts on trying to stop unsolicited marketing calls. They also take a first look at Microsoft's new Evernote to OneNote importer for the Mac.

  11. Aug. 18th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-18: Apple’s Ethical Tax Dilemma, Target’s Apple Sales Decline

    Apple has a lot of money outside the United States, and not everyone is pleased with that. Bryan Chaffin joins Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's tax minimization strategy, and whether or not that has ethical implications. They also have some thoughts on Target's claim that declining Apple product sales negatively impacted its revenue.

  12. Aug. 17th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-17: Behind the Scenes with Background Mode’s John Martellaro

    John Martellaro has been hosting some great interviews on TMO's Background Mode podcast, so today Jeff Gamet turns the tables and interviews John. They go behind the scenes to learn learn how John makes his interviews happen, and to look at some of the high points from the show so far.

  13. Aug. 16th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-16: Apple’s China R&D Center, Microsoft’s iPad Pro Dig

    Apple plans to open a research and development center in China before the end of the year. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to explore why Apple is opening the center and how that fits into the company's plans in the country. They also look at Microsoft's clever iPad Pro slam.

  14. Aug. 15th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-15: Apple Pay’s Failing Competitors, Augmented Reality

    Contactless mobile payment platforms are pretty much a mess right now. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at the state of Apple Pay and its competitors, and who may be the real winner in the contactless payment game. They also look at Apple's push into augmented reality.

  15. Aug. 12th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-12: Microsoft’s Leaked Encryption Key, Explaining Internet Speed Tests

    Microsoft's private encryption key for validating Windows software was accidentally leaked, so that's a problem. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to explore the issues Microsoft is facing, and how the problem validates concerns over giving governments back door access into our personal data. They also explain why internet speed test results can vary so widely.

  16. Aug. 11th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-11: Reality Checking Apple’s Product Focus

    Apple seems to be making everything except new Macs, and that has some people wondering if the company has lost its focus. Bryan Chaffin and The Maccast's Adam Christianson join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on Apple's new product and product upgrade strategies and weigh in on whether or not the company is still focused.

  17. Aug. 10th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-10: Apple in the Health Market, Listener Comments

    Apple has the opportunity to be a big player in the health and fitness market. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's place in the health industry, and respond to listener comments. They also follow up on yesterday's report of an odd Apple vehicle-related patent.

  18. Aug. 9th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-09: Apple’s Big Future and New Car Patent

    We may not know what Apple has in store for the future, but Tim Cook is saying it'll be big. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's push to be more than the company selling us iPhones and Macs, plus they look at a just published Apple patent for an articulated vehicle.

  19. Aug. 8th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-08: Apple’s Strategy and Values Balancing Act, Google’s 16GB iPhone Dig

    Apple's recent Faceshift purchase shows sometimes its values conflict with its strategies. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at how that purchase is impacting Xcessity, and whether or not Apple has an obligation to continue licensing Faceshift's technology to the company. They also look at Google's excellent dig at the 16GB iPhone.

  20. Aug. 5th, 2016
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    TMO Daily Observations 2016-08-05: Apple’s Good Data Exploitation, iOS and OS X Hack Bounties

    Apple is exploiting some of our data it has collected, but in a good way. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about the personal touch the Apple Store app for the iPhone and iPad now offers users, plus they share their thoughts on Apple officially announcing it's offering bounties on iOS and OS X hacks.