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Apple’s Vision is Plain for (Most) Everyone to See

Tue, 2016-02-09 17:45

Scott Galloway, in a fascinating and informative presentation, asserts that it's fairly easy to grasp the basic message of Amazon, Facebook and Google. But when it comes to Apple, the argument is that Tim Cook, the superb operator, isn't a good storyteller. Worse, he says "What is Apple's mission? They don't have one that they can articulate." This blindness to Apple's charter from Steve Jobs is a mystery.


Final Fantasy IX Released for iPad and iPhone, Discounted at $16.99

Tue, 2016-02-09 17:00

Final Fantasy IX has been released on iTunes for iPhone and iPad, and it's on sale for 20 percent off through February 21st. TouchArcade noted that the game was originally supposed to be released in Japan only at first, making Tuesday's release a boon for fans of the iconic franchise.


‘Frodo Lives!’ and Other DOS Malware Examples

Tue, 2016-02-09 15:36

Frodo lives! This was once a rallying cry on college campuses in the 1960s and 1970s. It's a curious concept, of course, because Frodo's continued existence at the end of The Lord of the Rings isn't in question. Maybe it's an existential exploration of immortality as expressed in the form of Valinor? It's either that or something that made sense to hippies under the influence of mind-altering and expanding substances. But I digress. A lot. The screenshot included with this article is from malware called Q FRODO.COM, a malware relic of the 1980s. How do I know that? It's part of The Malware Museum, a collection of malware from the 1980s and 1990s. Flick on any given example, and a fresh DOS emulator is started in your browser, the malware is loaded, and you can see it run its all is DOStacular glory.


Luminid Touch Light-Up Cable: $9.99

Tue, 2016-02-09 14:16

Check out Luminid, a MFi-certified Lightning cord lights up the moment you touch it. Once you plug it in, the light turns off. Cool, right? We have a deal on 40-inch long Luminid cables for $9.99, half off the regular price.


Hackers in Ireland Trying to Buy Apple Employee Logins

Tue, 2016-02-09 12:52

Ireland has a new problem to throw at Apple: hackers are trying to buy company logins from employees. In some cases, employees are being offered upwards of â20,000 (about US$22,245) in efforts to coax out user names and passwords.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple isn't going to make it as simple as handing over user names and passwords to get into its network. That said, hackers seem to be ready to spend some serious money to try anyhow.


Scott Galloway on Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google (Video)

Tue, 2016-02-09 12:41

Scott Galloway, who is a professor of Marketing and Brand Strategy at the NYU Stern School of Business, did a presentation called "Gang of Four: Apple / Amazon / Facebook / Google." It's a lightning fast presentation on how these companies increasingly dominate the world, wield more influence, make all the profits, and affect our lives. I don't agree with everything he said (his thoughts on Apple's taxes in particular), but his insights are excellent. He's also a very entertaining speaker. I strongly recommend you take the 16 minutes to watch this video.


TMO Daily Observations 2016-02-09: Snagging Apple Employee Logins, Error 53 Lawsuit

Tue, 2016-02-09 11:26

Apple's employees in Ireland are being targeted by people or groups wanting company logins. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to speculate on what those logins could access and what Apple does to prevent unauthorized network access, plus they have some thoughts on the proposed class action lawsuit against the company over the Error 53 debacle.


Sony Adds Fuel to Dual Camera iPhone Rumor

Tue, 2016-02-09 09:23

In January KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Apple would include a new dual camera system on the iPhone 7 Plus, and now Sony may be backing that up. Sony's CFO recently talked about the company's dual-lens camera platform and said we'd see it in smartphones from the big name players.


Lawfirm Ready to File iPhone Error 53 Lawsuit

Tue, 2016-02-09 07:16

The Error 53 issue that's bricking iPhones that get replacement Touch ID sensors has the Internet up in arms, and that can mean only one thing: it's lawsuit time. The law firm of PVCA hasn't filed a case against Apple yet, but is looking for iPhone owners ready to sign up for a class action lawsuit.

The Mac Observer Spin: Right or wrong, the lawsuits over Error 53 were bound to happen. Welcome to the United States where starting lawsuits is as easy as buying a new pair of shoes.


Apple CEO Tim Cook Congrats Denver Broncos with Tweet

Mon, 2016-02-08 18:25

Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted his congratulations to the Denver Broncos for winning Super Bowl 50. Mr. Cook did so with a pair of tweets from the game itself, including the one below and an earlier one from the field. Congrats @Millerlite40 Peyton Manning @Broncos Amazing season. pic.twitter.com/3RfQml832C - Tim Cook (@tim_cook) February 8, 2016


Firewatch Release on February 9th for Mac, Windows, Linux, PlayStation 4

Mon, 2016-02-08 18:15

Firewatch comes to Mac, Windows, Linux, and PlayStation 4 on Tuesday. The Mac version is via Steam, where it's available for a preorder discount of US$17.99 (regularly $19.99) now. According to the developers, "Firewatch is a mystery set in the Wyoming wilderness, where your only emotional lifeline is the person on the other end of a handheld radio." It's set in 1989, meaning no smartphones or even cellphones. The trailer looks great. Check it out.


Intego Warns of Fake Flash Update that Installs Scareware

Mon, 2016-02-08 17:53

Security software company Intego is warning of a malware disguised as a (fake) Flash installer that actually installs scareware and other malware on your Mac. The malware isn't exploiting any security holes in OS X, but instead does a semi-credible job of looking like an Adobe Flash update to socially engineer users into permitting the installation.


Infographic for Spotting Fake Apple Watches

Mon, 2016-02-08 15:30

Watch retailer Watches2U put together an infographic for spotting fake Apple Watches, which we've included below. It's a handy-dandy guide, especially for those who don't eat, breathe, and sleep Apple products. Check it out in the full story.


TMO Background Mode: Interview with The Wirecutter’s Editor at Large Glenn Fleishman

Mon, 2016-02-08 15:00

Glenn Fleishman is currently the Editor at Large for The Wirecutter and a Macworld Senior Contributor. Glenn is also a book author, and his Peachpit Press bio describes him as an "unsolicited pundit." That's because, as you'll hear in this interview, Glenn mind-melded with mechanical devices at an early age and soon discovered that he has a programmer's mind. That led to computers, graphic design and journalism in college. Later, that led to stints at Infoworld magazine and at Amazon as well as technical support for Kodak. And that led to ... well you'll just have to listen in-especially to hear Glenn's perspectives on Apple.


AppDelete Uninstaller for Mac: $4

Mon, 2016-02-08 14:34

AppDelete Uninstaller for Mac is a utility that will deletes any stray folders, files, preference files, caches, widgets, preference panes, plugins, bundle, and screensavers associated with an app you want to delete. And it has an undo feature, too. We have a deal on it for just $4. Check out the deal listing for more information.


Apple Files for Mistrial in VirnetX Patent Infringement Case

Mon, 2016-02-08 12:33

Apple has filed a motion for a mistrial in the infringement case where the patent holding company VirnetX won US$625 million. The winnings came from a retrial, and Apple claims VirnetX's legal team misrepresented the facts, warranting a mistrial.

The Mac Observer Spin: Regardless of who's right and who's wrong in the Apple and VirnetX patent fight, it's pretty clear the fight isn't ending any time soon.


TMO Daily Observations 2016-02-08: Apple’s Error 53, Future Apple Watch Sensors

Mon, 2016-02-08 11:19

Apple says it's protecting users by locking up their iPhones when third-party Touch ID Home buttons are installed. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at iPhone and touch sensor security, plus John has some ideas on what Apple could do with health and fitness sensors in future Apple Watch models.


Apple Quietly Rolls Out 2013 Mac Pro Video Repair Program

Mon, 2016-02-08 09:05

If your 2013-model Mac Pro is having video issues, Apple may be ready to fix the problem for free. The company has a new hardware repair program in place to deal with the issue, but you'll have to ask because it isn't being advertised.

The Mac Observer Spin: tl;dr version: Mac Pros made between February 8th and April 11th last year are covered by the free parts replacement program. If you're having weird video issues, schedule a Genius Bar appointment.


Apple: Error 53 is About Security, not Bricking iPhones

Mon, 2016-02-08 08:16

Error 53 has taken the Internet by storm and is being tossed around as an example of how Apple is trying to screw iPhone users. The error can appear after the Touch ID sensor is replaced without following the proper procedure, which leaves the iPhone unusable. Apple says that's part of keeping our personal data-and fingerprints-secure.


MGG 591: If You Had a JBOD Would You Hold It Against Us?

Sun, 2016-02-07 14:17

JBOD, Airtime Fairness, Quality of Service (QoS), and RAID are just a few of the mysteries your two favorite geeks help you unravel this week. Add to that some answers about resetting pesky OS X passwords and photo storage plus a few Geek Challenges and a cornucopia of Cool Stuff Found and you've got Mac Geek Gab 591. Enjoy!