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  • iOS, Mac vulnerabilities allow remote code execution through a single image

    07/22/2016 6:13:51 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 6 replies
    ZDNet ^ | July 22, 2016 -- 09:59 GMT (02:59 PDT) | By Charlie Osborne
    Researchers have discovered that image files can bury malware, allowing malicious code access without detection. Security flaws which affect both Apple iOS and Mac devices permit attackers to grab your passwords and data, researchers claim. According to researchers from Cisco's Talos, a set of five vulnerabilities, if exploited, could lead to data theft and remote code execution -- which in its worst state may result in device hijacking. The set of bugs, CVE-2016-4631, CVE-2016-4629, CVE-2016-4630, CVE-2016-1850, and CVE-2016-4637, are all caused by how Apple processes image formats. Apple offers APIs as interfaces for accessing image data, and according to Talos,...
  • IDC: Smartwatch shipments fall for the first time; Apple only company in top 5 to decline

    07/21/2016 10:53:26 AM PDT · by Shanghai Dan · 29 replies
    VentureBeat ^ | July 21, 2016 | EMIL PROTALINSKI
    he smartwatch market has hit its first bump, and it’s all Apple’s fault. Vendors shipped a total of 3.5 million smartwatches worldwide last quarter. This Q2 2016 figure is down 32 percent from the 5.1 million units shipped in Q2 2016, marking the first decline on record. .... As you can see above, Apple’s market share decreased 25 percentage points (from 72 percent to 47 percent) and it shipped less than half the smartwatches (1.6 million). But the company still holds almost half the market, with every other vendor shipping fewer than a million units.
  • Biased news feeds on my iPhone search screen.

    07/15/2016 1:27:44 PM PDT · by VinceASA · 37 replies
    Myself | 07/15/2016 | Myself
    I've been frustrated by biased news feeds that show up unsolicited on my iPhone when I access my search bar or sometimes when I wake the device up. I just looked and saw this: Does anyone know how to shut this off? What really ticks me off is that Apple is pushing this stuff out.
  • Network-1 Announces Settlement of Patent Litigation with Apple Inc.

    07/08/2016 8:56:41 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 11 replies
    PR Newswire ^ | July 08, 2016
    NEW YORK, July 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Network-1 Technologies, Inc. (NYSE MKT: NTIP) announced today that Mirror World Technologies, Inc. ("MWT"), its wholly-owned subsidiary, agreed to settle its patent litigation against Apple Inc. ("Apple") pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division, for infringement of U.S. Patent No. 6,006,227 (the " '227 Patent "). Under the terms of the agreement, Apple will receive a fully paid up non-exclusive license to the '227 Patent for its full term, which expired in 2016, along with certain rights to other patents in Network-1's portfolio. Network-1 will...
  • Apple devices held for ransom, rumors claim 40M iCloud accounts hacked

    07/08/2016 10:46:39 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 4 replies
    CSO ^ | July 8, 2016 | By Steve Ragan
    p>Since February, a number of Apple users have reported locked devices displaying ransom demands written in Russian.Earlier this week, a security professional posted a message to a private email group requesting information related a possible compromise of at least 40 million iCloud accounts.Salted Hash started digging around on this story after the email came to our attention. In it, a list member questioned the others about a rumor concerning "rumblings of a massive (40 million) data breach at Apple."How to respond to ransomware threatsThe message goes on to state that the alleged breach was conducted by a Russian actor, and...
  • What You Need to Know About Mac Malware 'Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor'

    07/06/2016 1:42:36 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    MacRumors ^ | July 6, 2016 | by Joe Rossignol
    What is Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor? Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor is new macOS malware arising from a malicious third-party app called EasyDoc Converter, which poses as a drag-and-drop file converter. What is EasyDoc Converter? "EasyDoc Converter.app" is a third-party Mac app that poses as a drag-and-drop file converter. The app has the following fake description:EasyDoc Converter is a fast and simple file converter for OS X. Instantly convert your FreeOffice (.fof) and SimpleStats (.sst) docs to Microsoft Office (.docx) by dropping your file onto the app. EasyDoc Converter is great for employees and students looking for a simple tool for quickly convert files to the popular...
  • Mac malware gives attackers backdoor into OS X

    07/07/2016 10:11:59 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 11 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Jul 7 2016 3:36PM (AUS) | Staff Writer
    A newly discovered malware capable of cyber espionage and remote takeover is targeting Apple Mac computers, delivering its payload by opening up a backdoor connection to a command-and-control web server via the encrypted Tor network. Named Eleanor (or Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor), the malware arrives disguised as a drag-and-drop file conversion application called the EasyDoc Converter. The application is found on many credible third-party sites, according to an analysis from Bitdefender, whose security researchers uncovered the malware. The program is neither verified nor digitally signed by Apple. In reality, the program's true purpose is far more malevolent, granting attackers a backdoor connection that...
  • Will California Ever Thrive Again?

    07/07/2016 5:45:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 7, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    There was more of the same old, same old California news recently. Some 62 percent of state roads have been rated poor or mediocre. There were more predictions of huge cost overruns and yearly losses on high-speed rail -- before the first mile of track has been laid. One-third of Bay Area residents were polled as hoping to leave the area soon. Such pessimism is daily fare, and for good reason. The basket of California state taxes -- sales, income and gasoline -- rates among the highest in the U.S. Yet California roads and K-12 education rank near the bottom....
  • Independence Day: How developer and customer revolt will de-throne Apple

    07/03/2016 5:46:34 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 38 replies
    zd net ^ | 3 July 2016 | Jason Perlow
    Taxes, overall, were the proximate cause. But there were certainly other reasons why we declared independence from England...And boy, oh the taxes. It's one thing to charge a 30 percent cut on apps, but a 30 percent tax imposed on everything you sell, including subscriptions and any ongoing revenue is preposterous.... It's practically North Korean in its ham-fistedness. Kim Jong-Il would congratulate Apple on its mastery of authoritarianism.
  • Apple’s official statement on why the iOS 10 kernel is not encrypted

    06/23/2016 10:31:48 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 2 replies
    The Loop ^ | Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 at 6:30 pm. PT | Dave Mark
    Some security experts who inspected that new version of iOS got a big surprise. They found that Apple had not obscured the workings of the heart of its operating system using encryption as the company has done before. Crucial pieces of the code destined to power millions of iPhones and iPads were laid bare for all to see. That would aid anyone looking for security weaknesses in Apple’s flagship software. Security experts say the famously secretive company may have adopted a bold new strategy intended to encourage more people to report bugs in its software—or perhaps made an embarrassing mistake....
  • Apple, Facebook and Google ban rifle emoji from Olympics update

    06/23/2016 8:11:00 PM PDT · by Callahan · 21 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 6/20/16 | Cara McGoogan
    Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft have joined forces to stop a rifle emoji from being added to the catalogue of images available to their users on their smartphones. The new emoji was due to join the keyboard line-up in an update this month. But members of the Unicode Consortium, which is responsible for regulating emoji, voted unanimously to remove it in a move the body described as "bizarre and unusual".
  • Apple Wins Case Over 'Error 53' Wiped iPhones

    06/21/2016 9:27:41 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 17 replies
    Fortune ^ | June 21, 2016 | by Jeff John Roberts
    Some iPhone owners got a nasty surprise in February when, after bringing the device for repairs, they saw an ominous “Error 53” message upon restarting their phones. Translation: Your fancy gadget is now a glorified paperweight.After much confusion and hand-wringing in Apple circles, the company admitted that Error 53 was a sort of over-zealous security feature that kicked in when a non-Apple technician repaired the iPhone’s Touch ID feature.Apple aapl eventually issued a software fix that let people restore their device through iTunes, and apologized to users for the inconvenience. The company also said anyone who had paid out...
  • Paul Ryan Just BETRAYED Trump After Teaming Up With THIS Liberal!

    06/21/2016 1:43:50 PM PDT · by WayneDupreeShow · 20 replies
    Headline Politics ^ | 6-21-16 | Wayne Dupree
    If you’re wondering why Donald Trump is so popular… Republicans are sick of electing good conservatives, only to watch them cave to the bullying tactics of those so very tolerant and nice liberals. One by one, elected Republicans compromise away their principles to sit at the cool kid table. Paul Ryan used to be pretty cool. Speaker Paul Ryan is joining Apple’s Tim Cook for a fundraiser next week in California. A couple of days ago Cook said Apple will not be sending any money to the GOP convention because they do not agree with Donald Trump. I’m sure that...
  • Apple's Cook to host Paul Ryan fundraiser amid Trump woes

    06/21/2016 11:39:57 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 21 replies
    Apple CEO Tim Cook will host a fundraiser with House Speaker Paul Ryan next week as the iPhone maker tries to strengthen its relationships with key Republicans — despite its decision to pull support for the GOP convention because of its distaste for Donald Trump. Cook will help generate cash for Ryan at a private breakfast on June 28 in Menlo Park, Calif., along with Gary Wipfler, the company’s treasurer, according to an invite obtained by POLITICO on Monday. The money benefits not only the speaker but a joint fundraising committee aimed at helping to elect other House Republicans.
  • Apple's detestable moral hypocrisy

    06/21/2016 11:21:33 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 16 replies
    The Week ^ | June 21, 2016 | by Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File During election season, major companies often donate to both parties' national conventions. This year, however, one big player is opting out. Last week, Apple announced it would refrain from donating materials and support to the 2016 Republican convention, "citing Donald Trump's controversial comments about women, immigrants, and minorities."As a conservative, I detest Trump, his pomp, and his works. His campaign looks more and more like a trainwreck as Trump focuses away from battleground states, doesn't raise money, and doesn't fill out his staff. More importantly, the predicted "pivot" to a general election populist theme has never...
  • What is Optimized Storage on macOS?

    06/21/2016 10:49:12 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 25 replies
    iMore ^ | Tuesday, Jun 21, 2016 at 10:00 am EDT | BY LORY GIL
    When your Mac's storage is almost full, macOS Sierra will help you make some space. You might have come across that dreaded message: "Your startup disk is almost full." The computer wants more space, and the only way to make that happen is by deleting files. But, how do we know what files to delete? In OS X El Capitan, we have to manually dig through old files and delete them as we find them, like some kind of animal. With macOS Sierra, Apple is making it easier to make space by allowing us to set up Optimized Storage, which...
  • You have come through the eye of the needle into Kingdom Come [Charismatic Caucus]

    06/21/2016 10:33:39 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 4 replies
    You have come through the eye of the needle into Kingdom Come , Zion lays before you blessed daughters and sons, So now the "real awakening begins", Truly you ARE worthy free from all sins, Look you are dressed in righteousness for you wear my gown, I have bestowed on you and a clean turban as your crown, Your feet shine at the mention of My WORD, For Now they Know it IS the Path of Righteousness they have heard, Holy ! Holy ! Holy ! Is the sound, That you hear now echoing all around, Voices that sound like...
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook Will Fund-Raise For Republicans

    06/21/2016 6:32:09 AM PDT · by blam · 21 replies
    BI ^ | 6-21-2016 | Kif Leswing
    Kif LeswingJune 22, 2016 Apple CEO Tim Cook will host a private breakfast for Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan next week, Politico reports. The breakfast is being hosted by Cook, according to the report, and not Apple itself. The event is expected to raise funds that will help elect House Republicans as well as Ryan. The move is a sign that Apple remains a bipartisan tech company, even as it has withdrawn its support for the Republican National Convention because of presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump's controversial views and campaign. Previously, Apple donated support to both the Republican and Democratic...
  • Apple CEO to host fundraiser for Speaker Paul Ryan next week but still won't aid GOP

    06/20/2016 4:57:06 PM PDT · by Walkingfeather · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6/20/16 | walkingfeather
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3651291/Apple-CEO-Tim-Cook-host-fundraiser-Speaker-Paul-Ryan-week-won-t-aid-GOP-convention-distaste-Donald-Trump.html#newcomment
  • Apple's Cook to host Paul Ryan fundraiser amid Trump woes

    06/20/2016 3:26:06 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 28 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/20/16 03:21 PM EDT | By TONY ROMM
    Apple CEO Tim Cook will host a fundraiser with House Speaker Paul Ryan next week as the iPhone maker tries to strengthen its relationships with key Republicans — despite its decision to pull support for the GOP convention because of its distaste for Donald Trump. Cook will help generate cash for Ryan at a private breakfast on June 28 in Menlo Park, Calif., along with Gary Wipfler, the company’s treasurer, according to an invite obtained by POLITICO on Monday. The money benefits not only the speaker but a joint fundraising committee aimed at helping to elect other House Republicans. Cook...
  • Apple’s Loss in Chinese Patent Fight Seen Emboldening Rivals

    06/20/2016 8:07:26 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 4 replies
    macdailynews ^ | 20 June 2016
    “Apple should really have caught the potential patent violation before it reached the courts, said Benjamin Bai, the head of Allen & Overy’s IP practice,” Ramli and Wang report. “‘They should’ve found the patent and dealt with it – this should never be a surprise,’ said Bai, who previously had Apple as a client at his former firm. But ‘there are a lot more things Apple can do to get out of this mess. You pay license fees and settle this mess. The second is to appeal and in the meantime try to invalidate the patent.'”
  • Apple Won’t Be Sending Funds to GOP Convention Because Trump Hurt Their Feelings!

    06/18/2016 4:57:34 PM PDT · by WayneDupreeShow · 55 replies
    Newsninja2012 ^ | 6-18-16 | Wayne Dupree
    This is a no-brainer. Donald Trump is a serious threat to Apple's slaves in China. Apple, if you're serious about being 'good citizens' you'd fix the conditions you force workers over there to endure and pay them a competitive wage the same as an American would make. You're exploitive, and it's sick. Don't be a bunch of globalist hypocrites. Hey, Apple, boycotting Trump and the RNC is so petulant. Man, that is some political courage right there. Tim Cook, you want to impress me? STOP SELLING YOUR PRODUCTS IN COUNTRIES THAT OUTLAW AND KILL HOMOSEXUALS! Put your money where your...
  • Apple reportedly blocked two gun-related emoji

    06/17/2016 5:47:13 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 21 replies
    mashable ^ | 17 June 2016 | KARISSA BELL
    The next emoji update will be two characters short of what was originally planned — the result of a "late stage" change, according to the organization overseeing the symbols. Now, a new report suggests the change may have come from an unlikely source: Apple. According to BuzzFeed, the rifle emoji had a chance of making it on the list of new emoji that Unicode, the organization in charge of them, was creating for 2016. However, that was not to be, and Apple was one of the larger voices rallying against its inclusion. Though a rifle was scheduled to be coded...
  • Apple iOS 10 Has Three Nasty Surprises

    06/16/2016 6:25:33 AM PDT · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 48 replies
    Bloomberg ^ | Jun 15, 2016 | Gordon Kelly
    1. Missing Dark Mode As with Android, for years a dark mode has been high on the list of iOS requests – and yet again Apple didn’t deliver it. 2. Goodbye Easy Access Widgets One of the larger changes made in iOS 10 is Apple’s decision to add widget support to its lockscreen and even some app icons for 3D Touch enabled devices (read: iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus). But what Apple didn’t touch on at the time was it has also removed them from the notification center. 3. Basic Keyboard Omissions Apple made some solid progress with the...
  • Next Steps for Legacy Plug-ins (Safari info)

    06/15/2016 7:56:24 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 8 replies
    WebKit, Safari team ^ | Jun 14, 2016 | Ricky Mondello
    The web platform is capable of amazing things. Thanks to the ongoing hard work of standards bodies, browser vendors, and web developers, web standards are feature-rich and continuously improving. The WebKit project in particular emphasizes security, performance, and battery life when evaluating and implementing web standards. These standards now include most of the functionality needed to support rich media and interactive experiences that used to require legacy plug-ins like Adobe Flash. When Safari 10 ships this fall, by default, Safari will behave as though common legacy plug-ins on users’ Macs are not installed. On websites that offer both Flash and...
  • Apple's Achilles' Heel in China is Services (and WeChat)

    06/15/2016 3:29:13 PM PDT · by Shanghai Dan · 8 replies
    LinkedIn ^ | June 13, 2016 | Jeffrey Towson
    Apple's success in China has been spectacular. Truly outstanding. But while the "Apple in China" story is usually told in terms of the rise (and now leveling off) of iPhone sales, it has been just as big a success in terms of brand building and customer capture. Apple today is known and pretty loved by China's increasingly wealthy urban middle class. And the company has a commanding position in the lucrative "affordable luxury" market segment. Apple’s success in rising consumer China is even better than its growth numbers imply. However... (you knew it was coming) While capturing Chinese consumers has...
  • WWDC 2016: Developer accuses Apple of stealing his Breathe app

    06/14/2016 5:20:28 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 1 replies
    BGR ^ | Jun 14, 2016 at 1:21 AM | Kul Bhushan
    At WWDC 2016 Apple announced a new app called Breathe as part of its watchOS 3 for the Apple Watch. The app focuses on helping users stay stress free by deep breathing. It reminds users to do breathing meditation and even helps them via haptic guiding. Now, a developer called Ben Erez has claimed that Apple has ripped off his app with the same name available on Apple Store for over a year. “We’ve had the same concept, same spelling, similar functionality in the App store for phone and watch for over a year. We built the app because the...
  • Apple unveils iOS 10, macOS Sierra previews

    06/14/2016 4:55:50 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 16 replies
    iTnews (.com.au) ^ | Jun 14 2016 8:45AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    Apple has released previews of its upcoming mobile and desktop operating systems, introducing several new features as well as opening up some built-in applications to third-party app coders. Apple's desktop operating system is dropping the OS X moniker in favour of macOS, Apple said at its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco today. The Siri digital assistant will make it into the next version of macOS, which has been dubbed 'Sierra'. Siri on Sierra can be used to find files and documents, calendaring and messages. Search results from Siri in the macOS notifications centre can also be copied and...
  • Pelosi tells Apple, ‘you didn’t build’ the iPhone. The government did

    06/10/2016 3:36:42 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 28 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/10/16 | Robert Laurie
    You didn't build that, someone else did. There aren’t’ too many devices that you can look at and instantly ‘get’ that they led to near-instantaneous changes in the way the world functions and behaves. Radios and TVs certainly did, as did the affordable automobile. We can toss in the microwave oven, the X-ray camera, and the personal computer as well. Most recently, the honor would have to go to the cell phone and, in particular, the iPhone. Apple’s baby is widely regarded as the most ubiquitous, and most forward-thinking, of the now borderline-essential cellular handsets. For better or worse, it’s...
  • Silicon Valley Finds Trump’s Disruption Unwelcome

    06/01/2016 6:36:36 PM PDT · by Mariner · 39 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 1st, 2016 | Jason Henry for The New York Times
    PALO ALTO, Calif. — Donald J. Trump would not be Silicon Valley’s first choice as president. Or its second. Or maybe even its third. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee wants to restrict immigration while bringing back manufacturing. He compulsively uses tech products like Twitter but is not in awe of the people who built them. He made his fortune the old-fashioned way, by going into the family business, in the old-fashioned industry of real estate. He’s not the valley’s kind of entrepreneur. Worst of all, Mr. Trump is revealing Silicon Valley’s vulnerability. In recent years, technology companies have extended their...
  • Apple Cuts Same-Sex Parents From Mother's Day Ads in Six Countries

    06/01/2016 9:40:18 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Wednesday 1 June 2016 | Samuel Gibbs
    Video campaign in Germany, France, Italy, South Korea, Turkey and Japan is altered by company whose boss is openly gayApple has removed an image of a same-sex couple with their two babies from its Mother’s Day advertising in France, Germany, Italy, South Korea, Turkey and Japan. The video advert, which uses photographs pulled from social media that have been “shot on iPhone”, has been shown in the run-up to Mother’s Day in each country. The version of the 30-second ad that played in the US, Australian, Canadian and Mexico included an image of prodigious Instagram users Melanie and Vanessa Roy...
  • Appeals Court Delivers Devastating Blow to Cellphone-Privacy Advocates

    05/31/2016 4:12:05 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 25 replies
    The Intercept ^ | May 31, 2016 | By Jenna McLaughlin
    COURTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY are grappling with a key question for the information age: When law enforcement asks a company for cellphone records to track location data in an investigation, is that a search under the Fourth Amendment? By a 12-3 vote, appellate court judges in Richmond, Virginia on Monday ruled that it is not — and therefore does not require a warrant.The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld what is known as the third-party doctrine: a legal theory suggesting that consumers who knowingly and willingly surrender information to third parties therefore have “no reasonable expectation of privacy” in that information...
  • Bible translated into emojis ‘for millennials’

    05/31/2016 2:50:48 PM PDT · by bkopto · 18 replies
    Breitbart/UPI ^ | 5/31/2016 | staff
    A new translation of the Bible updates the religious text with modern technology, replacing several words with emojis. The digital text titled “Bible Emoji: Scripture 4 Millenials” uses Apple’s vast library of emoticons to retell all 66 books of the Bible in a way intended to relate to young people.
  • BREAKING: EPIX Pulls Katie Couric’s Fraudulent Documentary “Under The Gun”

    05/31/2016 10:34:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 31 replies
    Bearing Arms ^ | May 31, 2016 | Bob Owens
    Just two weeks after first airing and one week after director Stephanie Soechtig and executive producer/narrator Katie Couric were caught in a scandal where Soechtig replaced the answer to a question with footage shot at a different time, the streaming media channel EPIX has pulled their original film.
  • EPIX CHANNEL IS PULLING KATIE COURIC’S GUN CONTROL MOVIE WITH ITS FRAUDULENT EDITING

    05/31/2016 10:33:26 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 72 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | May 31, 2016 | John R Lott Jr
    Katie Couric's gun control movie has gotten a lot of criticism for fraudulently editing a discussion with the Virginia Defense League. Just earlier today apologized today for the misleading edits. EPIX has just announced that it is no longer showing the movie here. The two might not be unrelated. Will Apple now pull the movie from iTunes?
  • In run-up to iPhone 7, Nikkei reports Apple moving to 3-year major iPhone refresh cycle

    05/31/2016 10:16:42 AM PDT · by Shanghai Dan · 11 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | 2016-05-31 | Ben Lovejoy
    Apple will likely take three years between full-model changes of its iPhone devices, a year longer than the current cycle. In a typical two-year term, fall 2016 was supposed to see a major upgrade. But the changes on the model to be launched this autumn will be minor, such as improved camera quality... These include a KGI report last month stating that the design would be largely unchanged and that it would not have ‘many attractive selling points.’
  • Huffington Post: At Secretive Meeting, Tech CEOs And Top Republicans Commiserate, Plot To Stop Trump

    03/07/2016 8:21:06 PM PST · by GeaugaRepublican · 333 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 03/07/2016 | Ryan Grim,
    "Billionaires, tech CEOs and top members of the Republican establishment flew to a private island resort off the coast of Georgia this weekend for the American Enterprise Institute's annual World Forum, according to sources familiar with the secretive gathering. The main topic at the closed-to-the-press confab? How to stop Republican front-runner Donald Trump. Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google co-founder Larry Page, Napster creator and Facebook investor Sean Parker, and Tesla Motors and SpaceX honcho Elon Musk all attended. So did Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), political guru Karl Rove, House Speaker Paul Ryan, GOP Sens. Tom Cotton (Ark.), Cory...
  • Another sign Apple's electric car is coming

    05/28/2016 5:34:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    ZD Net ^ | May 26, 2016 | Stephanie Condon
    Apple has yet to confirm whether it's investing in its own line of electric vehicles, but Reuters is out with more evidence that Project Titan is underway: The tech giant has reportedly been in talks with charging station companies and has hired at least four electric vehicle charging specialists. Apple has been asking charging station companies about their underlying technology, Reuters reports, for reasons other than providing charging stations for its own employees (which the company already does). Speculation about Apple's electric vehicle project, dubbed Titan, has gone on for months, with reports indicating the company is aiming to ship...
  • Saudi Claims He Invented e-Commerce, Intends to Sue Firms Which Use It

    05/28/2016 11:38:33 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Friday, 27 May 2016
    A Saudi man who claims he invented the concept of e-commerce during the early days of the internet says that he is talks with big firms who wish to avoid litigation for stealing his world-changing idea. “There are now undergoing negotiations with big companies inside [the kingdom] and abroad to find a solution without opting to head to international judiciary,” Faisal bin Fahd al-Osaimi told the local Saudi daily Okaz. Osaimi said he presented the concept of e-commerce to the late King Fahd in 1991, the same year the internet was born. The late king reportedly referred him to the...
  • Foxconn replaces '60,000 factory workers with robots' (China)

    05/25/2016 11:05:03 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 38 replies
    BBC ^ | 5/25/16 | uncredited
    Apple and Samsung supplier Foxconn has reportedly replaced 60,000 factory workers with robots. One factory has "reduced employee strength from 110,000 to 50,000 thanks to the introduction of robots", a government official told the South China Morning Post. Xu Yulian, head of publicity for the Kunshan region, added: "More companies are likely to follow suit." China is investing heavily in a robot workforce. In a statement to the BBC, Foxconn Technology Group confirmed that it was automating "many of the manufacturing tasks associated with our operations" but denied that it meant long-term job losses. [snip] Since September 2014, 505 factories...
  • Firebombing At Google Office Damages Google Earth Demo Car

    05/20/2016 9:52:39 AM PDT · by Flick Lives · 13 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 05/20/2016 | Tyler Durden
    Less than a month after a still unexplained suicide took place inside a conference room at Apple headquarters, there seems to be more trouble in Silicon Paradise. According to CBS, an incendiary device ignited a fire late Thursday night at the offices of digital giant Google, damaging a Google Earth demo car and leaving a large singe mark on one of the buildings, authorities said. Mountain View firefighters were called to the massive complex on Salado Drive at about 10:52 p.m. Arriving firefighters were met by Google security personnel and guided to an area where the car, used in Google’s...
  • Chaps make working 6502 CPU by hand. Because why not? (With discretes on a 12"x15" PCB)

    05/18/2016 10:21:45 AM PDT · by dayglored · 55 replies
    The Register ^ | May 18, 2016 | Richard Chirgwin
    The 6502 CPU is a fondly-remembered CPU* for good reason: along with chips from Motorola, Intel and Zilog, it helped create the personal computer business in the 1980s. However, this project is affection on a grand scale: some US enthusiasts are creating a transistor-for-transistor replica of the chip's design using discrete components. It's a good thing we're in the era of surface mount components, because even with small components the 3,218 transistors, 1,019 resistors and various other bits of the MOnSter 6502 need a four-layer PCB measuring 12” x 15” with components mounted on both sides. Because a big, slow,...
  • Stanford Law Fellow Vivek Wadhwa weighs in ... Trump ... on how Apple must make iPhones in the U.S.

    05/17/2016 9:55:44 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies
    CNBC ^ | May 17, 2016 | interview with Vivek Wadhwa
    Stanford Law Fellow Vivek Wadhwa weighs in on Donald Trump's rant on how Apple must make iPhones in the U.S. | Watch CNBC Live TV
  • Google's Chrome to block Flash this year - except for 10 top websites

    05/16/2016 10:03:47 AM PDT · by dennisw · 24 replies
    www.zdnet.com ^ | May 16, 2016 | By Liam Tung
    Google will soon close one more door on the Flash plugin in Chrome, requiring users to authorize each and every site where they want Flash to load, rather than running it automatically. Google has detailed a proposal to make HTML5 the default in Chrome over Adobe's Flash Player. If all goes to plan, by the fourth quarter of 2016 Chrome will not be using the Flash plugin for the vast majority of the web, and will only make an exception as the default media player for the world's top 10 sites that still rely on Flash. For the time being,...
  • Apple falls anew after iPhone 7 report; loses most valuable crown to Alphabet

    05/12/2016 2:22:39 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 20 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | May 12, 2016: 2:28PM
    “Apple stock tumbled to its lowest level in nearly two years on Thursday, following a report that Asian component suppliers are seeing weak orders related to the upcoming iPhone 7,” Patrick Seitz reports for Investor’s Business Daily. “Japanese business publication Nikkei Asian Review reported Thursday that Taiwan-based tech suppliers expect to get significantly fewer orders from Apple in the second half of this year compared with the year-earlier period,” Seitz reports. “They cited the ‘ongoing slump in demand for premium smartphones and a lack of groundbreaking features for the upcoming iPhone 7.'”“Apple shares were down more than 2.5%, near 90,...
  • Tim Cook is going to Beijing with $1 billion in goodwill

    05/13/2016 7:55:52 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | May 13, 2016 | David Goldman and Charles Riley
    Tim Cook has just made a very public investment in the future of China, betting $1 billion on the country's version of Uber as he prepares for a trip to Beijing. The investment in Didi Chuxing is an unusual one for Apple, which typically swallows smaller companies whole. It does, however, reflect Apple's laser-like focus on China, which Cook predicts will one day surpass the United States as the company's top market.
  • FBI wasn't able to unlock iPhone, even with a 'fingerprint unlock warrant' (video at Link)

    05/12/2016 1:58:44 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 40 replies
    CNN Money ^ | May 12, 2016: 10:24 AM ET | by Jose Pagliery
    A judge recently took the controversial step of letting the FBI force a woman to unlock an iPhone with her fingerprints. But it didn't work. CNNMoney has learned that the FBI was unable to open an iPhone in Los Angeles. It's an important detail when debating how new technology -- and new police methods -- affect Americans' Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination. And it shows that while the FBI unlocked the San Bernardino terrorist's iPhone 5C, law enforcement still has trouble getting into most iPhones. The present case sparked nationwide attention when it was highlighted by the Los Angeles...
  • Eerie, deserted dorms where Apple iPhone workers lived eight to a room, showered in groups of 20

    05/11/2016 11:06:45 AM PDT · by dennisw · 63 replies
    dailymail. ^ | 11 May 2016 | George Knowles
    Sprawling dormitory complex outside Shanghai housed workers who spend 12 hours a day making Apple products Eerie images show austere eight and 12-bed rooms and filthy 'bathrooms' where workers used communal showers Workers operated water taps by pedalling and squatting toilet cubicles positioned over open sewerage drains Dorms can house 6,000 workers at a time but were abandoned hurriedly, with mementos left behind Impoverished men and women from countryside work 12-hour shifts for Ł250 a month and pay Ł16 to live in dorms Mold and mildew crawl up the walls of the communal bathrooms and the tiny, austere rooms are...
  • Apple & SAP Partner to Revolutionize Work on iPhone & iPad

    05/06/2016 10:43:45 AM PDT · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 7 replies
    Apple ^ | 5/5/2016 | CUPERTINO, California and WALLDORF, Germany
    CUPERTINO, California and WALLDORF, Germany — May 5, 2016 — AppleŽ and SAP today announced a partnership to revolutionize the mobile work experience for enterprise customers of all sizes, combining powerful native apps for iPhoneŽ and iPadŽ with the cutting-edge capabilities of the SAP HANA platform. This joint effort will also deliver a new iOS software development kit (SDK) and training academy so that developers, partners and customers can easily build native iOS apps tailored to their business needs. “This partnership will transform how iPhone and iPad are used in enterprise by bringing together the innovation and security of iOS...
  • Apple Meets With Podcasters to Hear Wide-Ranging Community Grievances

    05/07/2016 1:46:51 PM PDT · by BBB333 · 12 replies
    Apple has held a special meeting with leading podcasters in an attempt to address concerns that the company is failing to adequately support the iTunes broadcast community