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  • Analysts say Apple has beaten Samsung to become world's largest smartphone vendor

    01/29/2015 5:46:39 PM PST · by Star Traveler · 24 replies
    The Verge ^ | Thursday, January 29, 2015 | James Vincent
    Samsung is refusing to release concrete figures, but some industry experts are giving the win to Apple. After recording the biggest quarterly profit by any company ever, Apple might have earned itself another accolade: world's largest smartphone vendor. It's clear that the iPhone maker had a bumper quarter, reporting record sales of 74.5 million smartphones. However, Samsung is only saying that it sold 95 million total handsets, of which, it says, somewhere between 71 million and 75 million (the "high 70 percent") were smartphones. So has Apple finally beaten Samsung? It's impossible to say with absolute certainty. Samsung isn't likely...
  • FCC says broadband-class connections must offer at least 25Mbps download speeds

    01/29/2015 1:21:11 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 39 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | 01/29/15 | AppleInsider Staff
    The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday took a step toward improving Internet speeds in America, requiring providers to offer download speeds of at least 25 megabits per second to classify as "broadband." The new restrictions also require 3Mbps speeds for uploads to classify as broadband Internet. Internet service providers face the more severe restrictions after the FCC determined that U.S. broadband deployment is not keeping pace with the rest of the world. The new benchmark speeds are a large improvement from the previous requirement of 4Mbps download and 1Mbps upload to classify as broadband. The FCC said that the...
  • Dear Skeptics, Here's How Apple Will Continue To Demolish Expectations

    01/28/2015 2:42:33 PM PST · by Star Traveler · 359 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Wednesday, January 28, 2015 | Jay Yarrow
    Apple delivered the greatest earnings report in history on Tuesday. That's not hyperbole. Apple earned $18 billion in net income over the three-month period of October to December 2014. That's more than any other company has ever earned over a three-month span. Apple earned those mind-melting profits thanks mostly to the iPhone, which is an incredible business. Apple sold 74.5 million iPhones, up 46% from the year prior. The iPhone generated $51 billion in revenue, giving each iPhone an average selling price of $687.
  • Sony's 'Music Unlimited' Service Shutting Down After Failing to Emerge as Viable iTunes Alternative

    01/28/2015 2:24:06 PM PST · by Star Traveler · 12 replies
    MacRumors ^ | Wednesday, January 28, 2015 | Joe Rossignol
    Sony announced on Wednesday that it will be shutting down its Music Unlimited on-demand streaming music service ahead of launching Spotify on PlayStation Music. Music Unlimited will shut down in all 19 countries it operated on March 29, 2015, with nearly all of the countries among the 41 regions that Spotify for PlayStation Music will be available upon launch, including the United States, Canada, Mexico and Brazil. Music Unlimited launched in December 2010 on PlayStation Network in several countries worldwide, and the service was later extended to iPhone [Direct Link], Android, PlayStation Vita and other devices and platforms. In February...
  • iPhone Astrophotography: How to Take Amazing Images of the Sky with Your Smartphone Tonight!

    01/28/2015 12:09:31 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | on January 28, 2015 | David Dickinson
    Got a smartphone and a telescope? It’s a sight now common at many star parties. Frequently, you see folks roaming through the darkness, illuminated smartphone aimed skyward. Certainly, the wealth of free planetarium apps has done lots to kindle a renewed interest in the night sky. Inevitably, after peering through the eyepiece of a telescope, the question then arises: “Can I get a picture of that with my phone?” The short answer is yes, with a little skill and patience. Now simply aiming a camera at the eyepiece of a telescope — known as afocal astrophotography — and shooting without...
  • The Mac market just gets bigger and bigger

    01/28/2015 10:52:49 AM PST · by Star Traveler · 174 replies
    Apple Daily Report ^ | Wednesday, January 28, 2015 | Dennis Sellers
    Forget the post-PC era. The Mac just continues to get bigger. For its fiscal 2015 first quarter that ended Dec. 27, 2014, Apple sold 5.5 million Macs. That’s up 9% year-over-year and up 14% from the previous quarter and brought in revenue of US$6.9 billion. Apple has gained market share verses Windows PCs in all quarters since 2005 but one. The Mac has surpassed overall PC growth for 34 of the last 35 quarters.The Mac’s unit share of the worldwide PC market has grown from 2.1% in 2005 to 5.5% in 2013. Apple’s U.S. market share is somewhere between 10%...
  • Vote Against Al Gore on Apple's Board

    01/28/2015 8:50:05 AM PST · by bukkdems · 16 replies
    Jan 28, 2015 | Bukkdems
    If you own Apple stock, you can vote today for the Board of Directors. Please take the time to vote against Al Gore.
  • Apple Just Had The Most Profitable Quarter Of Any Company Ever

    01/27/2015 8:12:52 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 48 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | January 27, 2015 | by Greg Kumparak
    Apple had a pretty good quarter. And by “pretty good,” I mean it was the biggest quarter in history. And not just for Apple. For any company. Ever. This page charts the past record holders. Until today, Russia’s Gazprom (the largest natural gas extractor in the world) held the record at $16.2 billion in a quarter. Apple now holds the record: $18.04 billion in profit, fiscal Q1 of 2015. Absolutely. Insane. For reference, that means Apple makes around $8.3 million dollars per hour in profit (24 hours a day). Of the current Top 20 record holding earners, 15 are Oil/Gas...
  • Apple just made $18 billion in 90 days, more than 435 firms in the S&P 500 in total

    01/27/2015 2:58:24 PM PST · by alexmark1917 · 28 replies
    INVESTMENT WATCH BLOG ^ | Worker Ant #11
    Apple just made $18 billion in 90 days, more than 435 firms in the S&P 500 each made – in total – since 2009 Submitted by WorkerAnt#11, on January 27th, 2015 Share0 Tweet0 0 Share0 Apple shares rose 45% over the past 12 months and grew 15% since $AAPL introduced the iPhone 6 NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — Apple Inc. is set to report first-quarter earnings after the market closes on Tuesday. The Cupertino-based company has continued to impress Wall Street with stronger-than-expected sales of its higher-margin iPhone 6 Plus. Quarterly earnings per share and revenue estimates have risen an average...
  • Apple announces Q1 2015 results: 74.5 million iPhones, 21.4 million iPads, 5.5 million Macs sold

    01/27/2015 1:57:48 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 60 replies
    iMore ^ | 01/27/15 | Rene Ritchie,
    Apple has announced their Q1 2015 earnings and the numbers include Apple announces Q1 2015 results: 74.5 million iPhones, 21.4 million iPads, 5.5 million Macs sold, $74.6 billion in revenue earned! Apple's CEO, Tim Cook: "We'd like to thank our customers for an incredible quarter, which saw demand for Apple products soar to an all-time high," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "Our revenue grew 30 percent over last year to $74.6 billion, and the execution by our teams to achieve these results was simply phenomenal." Highest-ever revenue & earnings drive 48% increase in EPS Growth led by record revenue from...
  • Apple releases iOS 8.1.3

    01/27/2015 11:45:36 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 15 replies
    Tuesday, January 27, 2015 · 1:39 pm
    Apple today released iOS 8.1.3 which includes bug fixes, increased stability and performance improvements, including: • Reduces the amount of storage required to perform a software update • Fixes an issue that prevented some users from entering their Apple ID password for Messages and FaceTime • Addresses an issue that caused Spotlight to stop displaying app results • Fixes an issue which prevented multitasking gestures working on iPad • Adds new configuration options for education standardized testing. For more information on the security content of this update, visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222 iOS 8.1.3 is available via iTunes and also via...
  • Foxconn Layoffs: Apple Supplier to Downsize Workforce [Desire to replace workers with robots]

    01/27/2015 10:49:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    InvestorPlace ^ | 01/27/2015 | By William White,
    Foxconn, a supplier for Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), has announced that it’s cutting its workforce. The exact number of employees that will be affected by the Foxconn layoffs hasn’t been announced. The company also hasn’t said when the layoffs will go into effect. The job cuts come as the company faces higher wages in China and less revenue growth, reports Reuters. The Foxconn layoffs are also likely affected by the company’s desire to replace workers with robots. The use of robotic arms in some parts of the company’s work will allow the company to replace workers that were performing simple tasks, Reuters...
  • Apple iPhone Grabbing 50 Percent of Smartphone Activations

    01/25/2015 6:40:43 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 55 replies
    Tech Times ^ | 01/24/15 | Quinten Plummer,
    A new smartphone market report reveals Apple is dominating as iPhones represented nearly half of the new device activations in the fourth quarter of 2014. "Apple had virtually double the sales of Samsung, and five times that of LG. No other brand accounted for as much as 5 percent of U.S. sales," says Lowitz. "The Amazon Fire and Blackberry smartphones registered slight share, which we attribute to random sample fluctuation as much as actual sales." The report found iPhone activations nearly doubled from the previously quarter. Apple smartphones accounted for about 28 percent of new activations in third quarter of...
  • Edward Snowden: Apple iPhone with Secret iFeature Allows Government to Spy on You

    01/24/2015 8:40:48 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 62 replies
    Tech Times ^ | January 24, 9:59 AM | Aaron Mamiit
    Apple's iPhone has "special software" that authorities can activate remotely to be able to gather information about the user.
  • How Apple wants to remake the classroom

    01/24/2015 2:47:33 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 23 replies
    Tech Republic ^ | January 23, 2015, 2:44 AM PST | By Nick Heath
    Apple's VP of education on how ingenuity, online services and deformed frogs helped his son win his science fair and why that matters for our schools. "Steve Jobs saw technology as an amplifier for our intellect" recalls John Couch, who first met Jobs in the early days of Apple. Apple's vice-president of education remembers the then 20-year-old Apple co-founder comparing computing to a bicycle, referencing its power to augment humans' natural abilities. As someone who exposed his children to computers from an early age, Couch claims to have witnessed this multiplier effect firsthand. Jobs gave an Apple II to Couch's...
  • Google drops three OS X zero-day vulnerabilities on Apple

    01/24/2015 1:41:55 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 7 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Friday, January 23, 2015
    “Don’t look now, but Google’s Project Zero vulnerability research program may have dropped more zero-day vulnerabilities—this time on Apple’s OS X platform,” Dan Goodin reports for Ars Technica. “” “In the past two days, Project Zero has disclosed [three] OS X vulnerabilities,” Goodin reports. “At first glance, none of them appear to be highly critical, since all three appear to require the attacker to already have some access to a targeted machine.” ‘Still, the exploits could be combined with a separate attack to elevate lower-level privileges and gain control over vulnerable Macs,” Goodin reports. “And since the disclosures contain proof-of-concept...
  • iPhone 6 hands Apple record share of Samsung's home market

    01/21/2015 4:48:37 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Jan 21, 2015 5:55am EST | By Se Young Lee
    SEOUL, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Apple Inc is chipping away at Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's dominant position in its home turf of South Korea - thanks to its new iPhone 6 series. Apple captured a record 33 percent market share in South Korea in November, the highest ever for a foreign brand, according to a monthly report released by Hong Kong-based market research company Counterpoint on Wednesday. In contrast, Samsung's share slipped to 46 percent after hovering around 60 percent for five months. Apple's gains in South Korea are telling, as November was the first full month that the...
  • Do you own an iPhone? Then you're SMARTER than an Android user:

    01/23/2015 2:29:44 AM PST · by moose07 · 132 replies
    Dailymail.com ^ | Friday, Jan 23rd 2015 | Ellie Zolfagharifard
    Do you own an iPhone? Then you're SMARTER than an Android user: Infographic reveals link between education and phone choice Study found states with more college graduates, such as Alaska and Vermont, have higher iPhone sales New Mexico, Iowa and Delaware have lowest percentage of iPhone users, and a lower number of graduates The more densely populated an area, the more chance iPhone sales will be higher, according to the research Previous study found that iPhone owners are vainer and spend more on clothes than those who have Android iPhone users have a reputation for being smug – and...
  • What BlackBerry's CEO Wants From Apple

    01/22/2015 11:43:37 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 20 replies
    ABC 13 ^ | 1-22-15 | ALYSSA NEWCOMB
    BlackBerry's CEO John Chen wants companies to stop "discriminatory practices" against BlackBerry by not allowing them to use certain apps. Chen called out Apple and Netflix in a blog post about net neutrality and what he called a "two-tiered wireless broadband ecosystem" where developers create apps only for iOS and Android devices. "Unlike BlackBerry, which allows iPhone users to download and use our BBM service, Apple does not allow BlackBerry or Android users to download Apple's iMessage messaging service," he wrote. Apple's iMessage service is only available to customers using the company's ecosystem of devices. Calling out Netflix, Chen said...
  • Center for American Progress won’t account $5 million in donations

    01/22/2015 6:35:32 AM PST · by opentalk · 3 replies
    FireAndreaMitchell ^ | January 21, 2015
    Obama lackey John Podesta who founded the far left Center for American Progress is about as transparent as Obama. The Center of American Progress has been hiding it’s donor lists for month. Finally, today they were shamed into releasing a partial list of donors. Problem is Podesta’s Center for American Progress isn’t accounting for over $5 million in donations from ‘anonymous sources.’ Podesta will likely be a big part of Hillary Clinton’s run next year, if the old granny does in fact run. Wonder if she’ll get questions about her buddy Podesta’s missing $5 million. Funny too that you don’t...
  • What 'MacKeeper' is and why you should avoid it

    01/21/2015 10:23:51 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 54 replies
    iMore ^ | Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 | By Peter Cohen
    Literally every time I work in the computer store, we'll get a customer whose Mac is plagued with problems they don't understand: Their Mac is acting slow. It crashes. And more. And in more cases than not, we find that they've installed a program called MacKeeper. Removing MacKeeper fixes the problem. So what is MacKeeper and why should you avoid it? MacKeeper was originally developed by a company called Zeobit and was sold a couple of years ago to another firm called Kromtech. The software purports to be a suite of more than a dozen individual utilities that are actually...
  • 5 things Steve Jobs said Apple would never do - and Apple is doing

    01/19/2015 11:18:56 AM PST · by martin_fierro · 158 replies
    Money/CNN ^ | 1/19/15 | David Goldman
    Go to the link for details, but herein I break it down for ya bruvva Introducing styluses Small iPads Large screen iPhones Lifelike-looking software/icons ("skeuomorphism") Restoring philanthropy
  • Apple Cuts Off Developers In Crimea Following U.S. Sanctions

    01/18/2015 1:28:47 PM PST · by dila813 · 14 replies
    Techcrunch ^ | Today | Ingrid Lunden (@ingridlunden)
    Tensions between Russia and the U.S. over Crimea are spilling into the world of tech: developers are reporting that Apple is sending out notices of termination to people whose accounts are registered in Crimea, citing sanctions that the U.S. has ordered against the region as a response to Russia annexing it earlier in 2014. This means the developers cannot create nor publish apps in Apple’s App Store. The move follows Valve apparently also terminating access to its Steam games distribution platform in Crimea, too.
  • Apple's iBooks Platform Seeing 1 Million New Users Per Week After iOS 8

    01/17/2015 10:20:45 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 11 replies
    Mac Rumors ^ | 1/17/15 | Juli Clover
    Apple's iBooks platform is seeing an average of a million new users per week after the company's decision to ship iOS 8 with the app pre-installed, according to Apple Director of iBooks Keith Moerer, who spoke today at the Digital Book World Conference. efore iOS 8, the iBooks app had to be searched for and downloaded from the App Store, putting it on par with several other App Store-based e-books apps like Amazon's Kindle app for iOS. Pre-installing iBooks made it "so easy" for new users to try iBooks for the first time, said Moerer. Family Sharing, also new in...
  • To beat the iPhone, you have to beat the iPhone’s camera

    01/13/2015 11:09:05 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 94 replies
    The Verge ^ | January 13, 2015 10:11 am | By Vlad Savov
    Speed kills, and the iPhone goes from 0 to a good picture faster than anything else I was at Intel’s CES booth, composing a photo with my Android smartphone, when a pair of anonymous hands thrust a shining iPhone 6 Plus into my line of vision. A nonchalant tap of the camera shutter button later, the hands were pulling back, having captured a stupendously clear and sharp picture on the first attempt. By the time I’d completed my routine of setting proper focus and steadying myself, the dude who’d beaten me to a better shot with none of the effort...
  • It’s been 8 years since the iPhone was unveiled. Look how terrible the first one was

    01/11/2015 10:42:14 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 55 replies
    Venture Beat ^ | January 10, 2015
    It’s eight years to the day since Steve Jobs first revealed the iPhone to the world.It was nothing short of a miracle.Before the iPhone came out, smartphones were clunky devices, half keyboard and half screen.Full websites didn’t run on mobile phones, so companies were forced to build weak, mobile versions of their sites.The iPhone changed everything. And yet the iPhone experience we all enjoy today didn’t happen overnight. It took years of Apple adding feature upon feature. By today’s standards, the original iPhone was a useless brick. As a reminder of how far the iPhone has come, we’ve put...
  • Apple Commercial: You Better Burn That Flag...

    01/11/2015 4:14:14 PM PST · by ziravan · 120 replies
    Apple TV Commercial | Current | Orwell's: Who Needs You.
    Lyrics to song on current Apple Commercial: "Who Needs You" by The Orwells. You better toss your bullets You better hide your guns You better help the children Let 'em have some fun You better count your blessings Kiss mom and pa You better burn that flag Cause it ain't against the law! You better pledge your allegiance You're not the only one Listen up forefathers I'm not your son You better save the country You better pass the flask You better join the army I said: "no thank you, dear old uncle Sam!" You better toss your bullets You...
  • Eight years ago, Steve Jobs unveiled iPhone and changed the world again — Video at Link

    01/10/2015 6:52:10 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 30 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | January 9, 2015
    “Eight years ago, on January 9, 2007 to be exact, the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs took the stage at the Moscone Center in San Francisco to introduce the first iPhone. “Today, Apple is going to reinvent the phone,” Jobs proclaimed. Jobs wasn’t overstating the impact of his announcement. The iPhone, like the Mac and iPod, redefined the category. It was the world’s first modern smartphone and it became the template for wannabes the world over. The smartphone revolution started by the iPhone has put a powerful computer into the hands of billions of people worldwide. Steve Jobs’ iPhone unveiling...
  • ‘Super Cookies’ Track Your Private Web Browsing — Apple Users Can't Get Rid Of Them

    01/08/2015 3:04:25 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 42 replies
    Business Insider ^ | JAN. 8, 2015, 8:30 AM | ROB PRICE
    A security flaw means that users of almost every modern web browser can be surreptitiously tracked online without their knowledge, Ars Technica reports, even when they make use of “private browsing.” Apple users are particularly vulnerable, as their devices do not have a function that lets users delete super cookies from their browsers. Most websites place what’s called a “cookie” on visitors’ computers, which is used to track them and record their preferences. It’s how websites can remember your password, for example. Like your web-browsing history, cookies are easy to delete. If you use your browser’s “private browsing” mode, they’re...
  • Apple's Software Is In A 'Nosedive' That Is Deeply Concerning, Longtime Apple Supporter Says

    01/05/2015 7:48:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 85 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/05/2015 | Jay Yarow
    Respected developer Marco Arment is worried about Apple's future. In a blog post he writes: "Apple's hardware today is amazing — it has never been better. But the software quality has taken such a nosedive in the last few years that I'm deeply concerned for its future."Arment was CTO at Tumblr before he left to start Instapaper, the first app that let users save stories to be read later. He also launched Overcast, an increasingly popular podcasting app. He records his own podcast, which has a devoted following in Apple and developer circles. Arment is not an alarmist. He dislikes...
  • Hackers Just Released A Tool That Could Threaten Everyone's iCloud Account

    01/02/2015 6:34:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/02/2015 | James Cook
    A hacker has released a tool that he says can break into any iCloud account. The tool, iDict, uses an exploit in Apple's security to bypass restrictions that stop most hackers from gaining access to accounts. On iDict's GitHub page, user "Pr0x13" says the exploit used to create the hacking tool is "painfully obvious" and that it "was only a matter of time" before hackers used it to break into iCloud accounts. The tool is described as a "100% working iCloud Apple ID dictionary attack that bypasses account lockout restrictions and secondary authentication on any account."
  • Apple hit with class action lawsuit over storage consumed by iOS 8

    01/01/2015 1:38:43 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 91 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Wednesday, December 31, 2014 · 8:59 am
    “Apple has been hit with a lawsuit alleging that it doesn’t inform users just how much storage its new operating system will eat up – and then prods them to buy more space through its iCloud service,” Julia Love reports for The Mercury News. “The case, filed in the Bay Area’s federal court on Tuesday, claims iOS 8 can take up as much as 23.1 percent of the advertised storage capacity on Apple gadgets, but few users realize that when they make their purchases.” “‘We feel that there are a substantial number of Apple consumers that have been shortchanged, and...
  • Major corporations funding “gay” indoctrination in elementary schools across America.

    12/29/2014 7:27:53 AM PST · by massmike · 59 replies
    http://massresistance.com/ ^ | 12/29/2014 | n/a
    It's every parent's nightmare, but true: Major U.S. corporations are funding a campaign of sophisticated, psychologically intrusive "gay" indoctrination programs targeting very young children in elementary schools across America. It’s part of a very well-planned and well-funded effort to reach children as young as possible without their parents’ intervention. The national program, called “Welcoming Schools”, skillfully works on the minds of young children in three ways: (1) Introducing the concept of homosexuality to children. (2) Telling them that homosexuality is normal and natural. (3) Telling them that their parents or friends who portray homosexuality in a less than positive way...
  • Apple And Samsung: Here’s What Happens When The Money Begins To Run Out

    12/26/2014 10:19:05 AM PST · by Star Traveler · 162 replies
    PixoBebo ^ | Friday, December 26, 2014 | Kate MacKenzie
    You knew this had to happen. While Samsung and other Android smartphone vendors bask in the glory of marketshare vs. Apple’s iPhone and iPad, it’s Apple that walks away with most of the profits. Without profits, tech companies have to tighten their belts, cut back on R&D (research and development), close stores, and reduce the product line. Guess which high profile tech company is doing all that? If you guessed Apple, you’d be so far off the mark that you’re probably in need of public assistance for watching too much Faux News and reading Business Insider. It’s not Apple. It’s...
  • Faith in Apple’s future as Woz becomes an Aussie

    12/18/2014 2:58:24 PM PST · by Star Traveler · 41 replies
    Financial Review ^ | Thursday, December 18, 2014 | Paul Smith
    Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has officially become an Australian resident, is planning to make the Apple Isle his home – appropriately enough – and says one day he’d like it said he lived and died an Australian. The man who formed Apple with Steve Jobs in California back in 1976 has just had ­“permanent residency” stamped in his passport. He originally applied for Australian citizenship in 2012. He’s since taken steps to move more aspects of his life Down Under; in October he became an adjunct professor at the University of Technology in Sydney. He says he’s thinking about a...
  • An iPad app can land your plane if the engine quits

    12/18/2014 2:33:38 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    EndGadget ^ | 12/18/2014 | Steve Dent
    If the engine quits in a small plane, it's not the end of the world -- just glide to the nearest airport and make a dead-stick landing. Simple, right? Sure, if the pilot makes perfect, lightning-quick decisions. Since we're only human, there's now an iPad app called Xavion that can connect with a small-plane's autopilot, find the nearest airport and, if possible, fly you to the runway's threshold by itself. It'll even tell you if you can't make it, so that you can find a nearby farmer's field instead. According to Popular Science, the autopilot update will arrive in a...
  • Secret video of 'exhausted workforce' in Chinese factory making Apple products

    12/18/2014 2:25:06 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 33 replies
    BBC ^ | 18 December 2014 Last updated at 19:02 GMT | Richard Bilton, BBC
    A BBC investigation for Panorama has exposed poor working conditions in factories making Apple products in China. The undercover team secretly filmed the iPhone production line and found Apple's promises to protect workers were routinely broken. One undercover reporter - making parts for Apple computers - had to work 18 days without a day off. Other workers were filmed falling asleep. Apple say they will investigate any concerns brought to them. The BBC's Richard Bilton reports from Shanghai. [VIDEO]
  • Secret video of 'exhausted workforce' in Chinese factory making Apple products

    12/18/2014 2:18:16 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 23 replies
    BBC ^ | 18 December 2014 Last updated at 19:02 GMT | Richard Bilton, BBC
    A BBC investigation for Panorama has exposed poor working conditions in factories making Apple products in China. The undercover team secretly filmed the iPhone production line and found Apple's promises to protect workers were routinely broken. One undercover reporter - making parts for Apple computers - had to work 18 days without a day off. Other workers were filmed falling asleep. Apple say they will investigate any concerns brought to them. The BBC's Richard Bilton reports from Shanghai. [VIDEO]
  • Sony “stuck in 1992″ after hacks – except for Macs, iPads and iPhones

    12/18/2014 7:38:04 AM PST · by Star Traveler · 65 replies
    9-to-5 Mac ^ | Thursday, December 18, 2014 | Staff
    A Sony employee has described the company as being “stuck in 1992″ following the massive hacks, with employees desperately trying to avoid using any technology that could be compromised, reports TechCrunch. There has, though, been one exception to the ban on modern technology: Apple kit. “People using Macs were fine,” she said. She said most work is done on iPads and iPhones. Sony may need to buy a few extra Macs, with some departments having only one or two computers for the entire office. It is, she said, like “living in an office from ten years ago.”
  • Apple temporarily halts Russian online sales over currency issues

    12/16/2014 7:34:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    C/NET ^ | 12/16/2014 | by Shara Tibken
    Russian customers waiting for Apple's iPhone 6 will have to wait longer. The Cupertino, Calif., electronics giant on Tuesday temporarily shuttered its online store in the Eastern European country because of the instability of Russia's currency. Apple doesn't operate physical stores in the country, and the company declined to say when it would resume online sales there. "Due to extreme fluctuations in the value of the ruble, our online store in Russia is currently unavailable while we review pricing. We apologize to customers for any inconvenience," Apple said in a statement. The ruble has been dropping sharply in recent days...
  • Jury: Apple not guilty of harming consumers in iTunes DRM case

    12/16/2014 2:44:40 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Tuesday, December 16, 2014 · 1:28 pm ·
    “A federal jury handed Apple a win in a long-running antitrust case on Tuesday, rejecting plaintiffs’ claims that the company had sidelined competitors and hiked up prices during the iPod’s heyday,” Julia Love reports for The Mercury News. “After just a few hours of deliberations, the eight-member jury sided with Apple that iTunes 7.0 was a meaningful improvement over previous versions of the software, rather than a plot to hobble rivals,” Love reports. “The verdict defuses a case that could have cost Apple as much as $1 billion.” “The trial was full of legal drama, including an eleventh-hour search for...
  • Apple antitrust case over iPods nears jury deliberations

    12/15/2014 8:48:49 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Dec 15, 2014 4:10pm EST | BY DAN LEVINE
    (Reuters) Oakland, CA — A software update for Apple Inc's iPod music player was not a product improvement, but was intended to improperly raise costs for consumers who wanted to switch to newer devices, an attorney for Apple customers said in court. Closing arguments were delivered on Monday in an Oakland, California, federal courtroom in an antitrust trial that has cast fresh scrutiny on Apple's onetime virtual domination of the digital music market. The plaintiffs, a group of individuals and businesses who purchased iPods from 2006 to 2009, are seeking about $350 million in damages from Apple for unfairly blocking...
  • Former iTunes Engineer Tells Court He Worked to Block Competitors

    12/12/2014 7:29:25 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 13 replies
    Blogs.WSJ.com ^ | December 12, 2014 | By JEFF ELDER
    A former iTunes engineer testified in a federal antitrust case against Apple Friday that he worked on a project “intended to block 100% of non-iTunes clients” and “keep out third-party players” that competed with Apple’s iPod. Plaintiffs subpoenaed the engineer, Rod Schultz, to show that Apple tried to suppress rivals to iTunes and iPods. They argue that Apple’s anticompetitive actions drove up the prices for iPods from 2006 to 2009; they’re seeking $350 million in damages, which could be tripled under antitrust laws. . . Apple argues – and Schultz agreed in court Friday – that it released many improvements...
  • Hollywood producer attacks Angelina Jolie as 'spoiled brat with rampaging ego'

    12/12/2014 8:15:40 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 43 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 10 Dec 2014 | Nick Allen
    Hollywood producer attacks Angelina Jolie as 'spoiled brat with rampaging ego' In embarrassing emails leaked by Sony hackers Scott Rudin, producer of The Social Network and The Queen, claims the star's planned remake of Cleopatra will be an "ego bath" By Nick Allen, Los Angeles 8:14PM GMT 10 Dec 2014 An Oscar-winning Hollywood producer reportedly attacked Angelina Jolie as a "spoiled brat with a rampaging ego" in leaked emails. Scott Rudin, who produced films including The Social Network, Notes on a Scandal, Moneyball, and The Queen, made the comments in what appear to be a series of angry exchanges with...
  • Obama's DOJ is bringing its big guns to the Apple e-book appeal

    12/12/2014 3:03:21 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 3 replies
    Fortune ^ | DECEMBER 11, 2014, 12:11 PM EST | by Philip Elmer-DeWitt
    The primary job of the Solicitor General’s office is to argue cases before the Supreme Court. Why is it taking Amazon’s side on this appeal? Here’s a surprise. The e-book antitrust trial that went so badly against Apple two years ago is headed to an appeals court Monday and there’s a new name on the docket. Arguing for the U.S., alongside the lawyers for the antitrust division who handled the trial, will be Malcom Stewart, one of the biggest guns in the office of the U.S. Solicitor General. For the Solicitor General’s office to argue a case at this level...
  • Why Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 Sales Soared as Apple's iPad Sales Plunged

    12/11/2014 9:23:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 92 replies
    Motley Fool ^ | 12/11/2014 | Leo Sun
    Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) reported its fourth-quarter earnings on Oct. 20, impressing investors in all areas except for iPad sales. iPad shipments fell year over year for the third consecutive quarter, dropping 13% to 12.3 million units. iPad revenue ($5.3 billion) also came in lower than Mac revenue ($6.6 billion) for the first time in years.Three days later, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) posted its first-quarter earnings, revealing that sales of its Surface tablets had more than doubled both year over year and sequentially, to $908 million. Microsoft attributed that surge in demand to "strong interest from students, professionals, and increasingly enterprises for...
  • Apple trial continues, without a plaintiff for now

    12/08/2014 10:40:29 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 49 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | December 8, 2014 Updated 5:31 pm, Monday, | By BRANDON BAILEY
    <p>OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — In an unusual legal twist, a federal judge decided Monday that a billion-dollar, class-action lawsuit over Apple's iPods should continue, even though she also disqualified the last remaining plaintiff named in a case that has been on trial since last week.</p>
  • I Think Yahoo Weather Is Gaslighting Me On The Temperature (iPhone)

    12/08/2014 11:03:13 AM PST · by Haiku Guy · 50 replies
    12/8/14 | Self (VANITY)
    I have noticed over the last few months that the temperature I get for my location from Yahoo Weather on my iPhone is running 3-4 degrees F higher than the actual temperature that I observe through my own equipment or on various thermometers around town. For instance, right now it is 29 degrees F, the puddles are frozen, and the termometer outside my window, the radio and the bank across the street all agree that it is 29 degrees F. But my iPhone is telling me it is 34 degrees. If this just happened from time to time, I would...
  • Mac and Linux come under attack as the threat landscape shifts

    12/07/2014 8:46:24 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 28 replies
    Beta News ^ | December 4, 2014 | By Ian Barker
    The latest monthly report from internet security specialist Doctor Web shows that whilst Windows and Android users have no cause for complacency, November saw substantial numbers of malicious programs aimed at Mac OS X and Linux platforms. Trojans remain the most popular form of attack making up 8.7 percent of all malware detected. Trojan.InstallCore.12, which installs different adware, toolbars and browser extensions, ranks first. BackDoor.Andromeda.404, which downloads other malicious programs into an infected system when commanded to do so by intruders, ranks second. In November BackDoor.Andromeda.404 was distributed in large quantities by email thanks to a mass spam campaign. It...
  • Oops, no plaintiff! Apple iPod judge asks if lack of plaintiff dooms trial

    12/07/2014 12:35:26 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 40 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Dec 5, 2014
    “Apple Inc said it discovered that the lead consumer in a $1 billion group antitrust lawsuit over the iPod didn’t buy a device in the time period covered by the case, which could derail a trial now under way,” Karen Gullo reports for Bloomberg. “Bill Isaacson, Apple’s attorney, told U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers that plaintiff Marianna Rosen’s iPod was purchased in July 2009, three months after a deadline for iPod owners to be included in the case. The case, filed in 2005, is over claims that Apple sought to thwart rival music stores to maintain a monopoly over...