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  • 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 · 64 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...
  • 'Huge' iPhone 6 sales drive iOS to 40% smartphone market share in Australia, US, UK, Japan

    12/05/2014 9:19:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | 12/05/2014 | Daniel Eran Dilger
    During the last 12 days of Q3 2014, Apple "experienced a huge jump in sales share across almost all major markets thanks to the launch of the iPhone 6," reported Dominic Sunnebo of Kantar Worldpanel, enabling iOS to reach or exceed 40 percent market share in Australia, U.S., UK and Japan. Twelve days of iPhone 6 sales dramatically shifted quarterly market share in Europe Kantar's estimates of Apple's market share for the quarter increased by 40 percent (5.9 percentage points) over the year ago quarter across the five largest markets in Europe (Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain), while Android's...
  • DOJ warns Apple: iPhone encryption will lead to a child dying

    11/20/2014 12:57:41 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 60 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Wednesday, November 19, 2014 · 5:23 pm
    “The No. 2 official at the Justice Department recently warned top Apple executives that stronger encryption protections added to iPhones would lead to a horrific tragedy, such as a child dying, because police couldn’t access a suspect’s device, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday,” Dan Goodin reports for Ars Technica. “The beefed up protections, Apple recently disclosed, mean that even when company officials are served with a court order, they will be unable to retrieve potentially crucial evidence such as photos, messages, or contacts stored on iPhones and iPads,” Goodin reports. “Instead, the data can be accessed only by people...
  • 87% of top Apple iOS apps have been cracked

    11/18/2014 11:44:07 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Attacks on Apple iOS devices are rising sharply, with 87 percent of the top 100 paid-for iOS apps now having been cracked and cloned - up from just 53 percent in 2013, according to a new report.87% of top Apple iOS apps have been cracked Arxan's 2014 ‘State of Mobile App Security' study also highlights the widespread targeting of Android apps. It finds 97 percent of the top 100 paid-for Android apps have been cloned, similar to previous years.The report, which was released on Monday, also reveals widespread copying of financial services, healthcare/medical and retail/merchant apps: 95 percent of Android-based...
  • Watch Out, Apple; Microsoft Now Second Most Valuable Company In The World [bumping out Exxon]

    11/17/2014 1:39:54 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | 11/17/2014 | Mike Upton
    The air is beginning to get a bit thin for the Redmond tech giant, as reports released Friday showed Microsoft climbing to the number two spot on the list of most valuable companies in the world, bumping out Exxon by roughly $9 billion. The cause for Microsoft and Exxon swapping places is two-fold, in that while the price of oil has been dropping, along with Exxon’s share price, Microsoft has been on the rise since October following reports of strong fiscal first-quarter gains with its cloud computing business at its heart. Microsoft has also been making waves recently with its...
  • The Cost Of 'Putinphones' Is Skyrocketing After Tim Cook Announced He's Gay

    11/14/2014 3:46:25 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Nov. 12, 2014 | Sarah Kaufman
    The Cost Of 'Putinphones' Is Skyrocketing After Tim Cook Announced He's Gay Sarah Kaufman, Vocativ Nov. 12, 2014, 12:26 PM Do you have $3,600 to spend and want to be the coolest kid around? Then snatch yourself up a limited-edition “Putinphone.” Available in your choice of titanium or gold, this conversation-starting version of the popular iPhone 6 comes complete with detailed engravings of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s handsome, powerful face. The Italian boutique brand Caviar released a stunning collection of Putinphones out of the iPhone 5 in June, each one a reasonable $4,350. Naturally, all 144 of the treasurable items...
  • Apple criticized after users' private files end up in the cloud

    11/14/2014 3:29:20 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Standard Examiner ^ | 10/31/2014 | Craig Timberg
    After security researcher Jeffrey Paul upgraded the operating system on his MacBook Pro last week, he discovered that several of his personal files had found a new home — on the cloud. The computer had saved the files, which Paul thought resided only on his own encrypted hard drive, to a remote server that Apple controls. “This is unacceptable,” thundered Paul, an American based in Berlin, on his personal blog a few days later. “Apple has taken local files on my computer not stored in iCloud and silently and without my permission uploaded them to their servers — across all...
  • Security Flaw in iOS Opens Malware Door for Cyber Crooks

    11/12/2014 9:21:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    The VAR GUY ^ | 11/12/2014 | DH Kass
    Security provider FireEye (FEYE) is cautioning that an opening in Apple’s (AAPL) iOS leaves most iPhones and iPads vulnerable to hackers attempting to swap installed, trusted applications for rogue software capable of stealing sensitive and confidential information from the user. FireEye first reported the bug to Apple in late July, dubbing the way it infiltrates iOS 7.1.1 and later devices (including the most recent iOS 8 and iOS 8.1 updates), a “Masque Attack.” The hack requires users first click on a malicious link included in an email or text message that targets the location of the malware download, tricking users...
  • Apple iOS bug makes devices vulnerable to attack: experts

    11/10/2014 2:28:47 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/10/2014 | Jim Finkle
    Researchers have warned that a bug in Apple Inc's (AAPL.O) iOS operating system makes most iPhones and iPads vulnerable to cyber attacks by hackers seeking access to sensitive data and control of their devices. Cybersecurity firm FireEye Inc (FEYE.O) published details about the vulnerability on its blog on Monday, saying the bug enables hackers to access devices by persuading users to install malicious applications with tainted text messages, emails and Web links. The malicious application can then be used to replace genuine, trusted apps that were installed through Apple's App Store, including email and banking programs, with malicious software through...
  • CNN Election Team Hides iPads Behind Sponsored Microsoft Tablets [CNN caught with their 'Pads down]

    11/05/2014 8:24:41 PM PST · by Colofornian · 49 replies
    NYMag.com ^ | Nov. 4, 2014 | Joe Coscarelli
    CNN's partnership with Bing and Microsoft was going great until someone switched the camera angle. From the front, all midterm viewers could see last night was an immaculate row Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablets: ...But like a Playboy resting comfortably in a geometry textbook, there were iPads lurking...
  • Tim Cook's Coming Out Is Inspirational. Just Don't Expect More Fortune 500 CEOs to Follow Suit.

    Other than Russia's notorious anti-gay activist Vitaly Milonov calling for a “lifetime ban” on Tim Cook's travels, the reactions to the Apple CEO's coming out Thursday were mostly predictable and tame. Social media was full of praise, as were liberal politicians. Most conservatives kept mum, except for “iPhone-loving” Ted Cruz, who dismissed Cook's orientation as “his personal choice.” And why should there be any hoopla? It's 2014, after all. Same-sex marriage is now legal for a majority of the U.S. population. Coming out isn't the big deal it once was even five years ago, especially for a CEO long rumored...
  • Cruz on Apple CEO Tim Cook being gay: 'Personal decision'

    10/30/2014 12:23:27 PM PDT · by BurningOak · 257 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 30, 2014 | Peter Sullivan
    "Those are his personal choices. I’ll tell you, I love my iPhone," Cruz said. "Listen, Tim Cook makes his personal decisions, and that is his life. My focus is on the constitutional question of who has the authority to make decisions," he later added. Cruz said that marriage is a "question for the states" because of the country's federalist system. "This is something we’ve seen over and over again, which is the federal government and federal courts deciding they don’t trust the people," Cruz said. "They look down on the people, they don’t trust us to make judgments about our...
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook: “Being Gay Is Among The Greatest Gifts God Has Given Me”

    10/30/2014 7:18:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 146 replies
    Business2Community ^ | 10/30/2014 | By Steph Bazzle
    Apple CEO Tim Cook is speaking out about his sexuality, for the first time openly since he was accidentally outed by a CNBC anchor back in June. He’s coming out publicly to announce that he is proud to be gay, and to speak about the things his sexuality has taught him — and how his coming out may help others. Back in June, a CNBC anchor was discussing the story of John Browne, a former CEO of BP, who left his job after being publicly outed by a tabloid paper. In response, host Simon Hobbs commented that there are many...
  • Apple CEO Cook comes out: 'I'm proud to be gay'

    10/30/2014 5:10:01 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 132 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/30/2014 | CNN
    Apple CEO Tim Cook came out Thursday, announcing that he is gay in a column in Bloomberg Businessweek. "Let me be clear: I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me," he wrote. Cook has not publicly discussed his sexual preferences before now, despite some rumors and speculation that he is gay. A year ago he announced support for a federal law which would have protected workers from facing discrimination based on their sexual orientation. "For too long, too many people have had to hide that part of their identity in...
  • Benchmark Test: Apple iPad Air 2 Still Can’t Beat Microsoft Surface Pro 3

    10/29/2014 10:46:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | 10/24/2014
    Apple’s latest and greatest tablet has only just hit the shelves at retails stores nationwide, and although sales of the device have been outstanding — as has come to be the expectation of new Apple products — tech analysts say the iPad has only one competitor across the gamut of devices on the market today. And the iPad is losing.Despite being host to a throng of new features and sporting a lighter, thinner build, Apple’s newest technological must-have can’t seem to escape the shadow left by the Surface Pro 3, of all things. It’s not surprising considering the Surface Pro...
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook criticizes Alabama for not offering equality to LGBT community

    10/28/2014 7:13:42 AM PDT · by dennisw · 57 replies
    al.com ^ | October 27, 2014 | Erin Edgemon
    MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- While expressing his love for his home state of Alabama, Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook criticized the state for being slow to grant equality to minorities and the poor. Having grown up in a loving family in Robertsdale, he said he doesn't understand why so many in Alabama and the rest of the nation are slow to grant equal rights to everyone, including the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender community. "As a state, we took too long to steps toward equality," he said. "We were too slow on equality for African-Americans. We were too slow on...
  • When Corporate Titans Slug It Out, You Win

    10/28/2014 4:31:39 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 2 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 10/28/2014 | Steve Berman
    One of the chief benefits of living in a capitalist society is seeing those greedy corporations actually compete for your business.  Every so often, we get to enjoy a true cataclysmic battle between titans of commerce, and the one that’s shaping up between Apple and Walmart is a doozy that could put money in your pocket. In Apple’s corner, we have the Visa and MasterCard associations, American Express, Bank of America, Capital One, Chase, Barclays, and soon a host of other card issuers.  In Walmart’s corner, there’s a line-up of heavy-hitter retailers, like CVS, Rite-Aid, Best Buy, Circle K, Lowe’s,...
  • Retailers are disabling NFC readers to shut out Apple Pay

    10/26/2014 3:20:18 PM PDT · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 85 replies
    The Verge ^ | October 25, 2014 01:09 pm | By Dante D'Orazio
    There's a lot of hype around Apple Pay right now, but not everyone is on board with the new mobile payments system. In fact, a significant number of merchants, including heavyweights like Walmart, Kmart, 7-Eleven, and Best Buy, are in outright competition with Apple Pay. The retailers, through a joint venture formed in 2012, are building their own mobile payment app, called CurrentC. It's expected to launch next year. In the meantime, these retailers have no intention to support Apple Pay. Following Apple's announcement last month, both Wal-Mart and Best Buy confirmed to The Wall Street Journal that customers would...
  • The Washington Post's privacy story on Apple and how they got it wrong

    10/20/2014 11:49:05 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 7 replies
    The Loop ^ | October 20, 2014 | Jim Dalrymple
    The Washington Post’s privacy story on Apple and how they got it wrong Posted on Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 6:36 pm. PT Written by Jim Dalrymple The Washington Post ran a sensationalistic story this morning that claimed Apple would have user’s location, unique identifying codes and search terms when using Spotlight in OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. The function is part of Spotlight search, which was updated with last week’s launch of new Mac computers and Apple’s latest operating system, Yosemite OS X, which also is available for download to owners of older machines. Once Yosemite is...
  • China-backed hackers may have infiltrated Apple's iCloud

    10/20/2014 7:36:36 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 17 replies
    Yahoo / Reuters ^ | 10-21-2014
    Apple Inc's iCloud storage and backup service in China was attacked by hackers trying to steal user credentials, a Chinese web monitoring group said, adding that it believes the country's government is behind the campaign. Using a method called a "man-in-the-middle" (MITM) attack, unknown hackers interposed their own website between users and Apple's iCloud server, intercepting data and potentially gaining access to passwords, iMessages, photos and contacts, Greatfire.org wrote in its blog post. Greatfire.org, a group that conducts research on Chinese Internet censorship, alleged government involvement in the attack, saying it resembled previous attacks on Google Inc, Yahoo Inc and...
  • FBI Head: Apple, Google Encryption Leads to 'Dark Place'

    10/17/2014 4:17:20 PM PDT · by e-gadfly · 22 replies
    Tom's Guide ^ | 2014-10-16 | Paul Wagenseil
    FBI Director James Comey gave a strong speech today (Oct. 16) explaining why law enforcement should have access to data on encrypted smartphones. But he failed to cite any examples in which such law-enforcement access could have made the difference between life and death.... The Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) of 1994 mandates that telecommunications companies must give police the ability to listen in on telephone conversations. CALEA covers landlines and cellular carriers, and was expanded in 2004 to cover Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) providers and broadband Internet service providers. For the past few years, the FBI...
  • Bono apologises for U2's iTunes album release (forced on consumers)

    10/15/2014 9:42:32 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 57 replies
    BBC ^ | 15 October 2014 Last updated at 07:47 ET | no byline
    U2 frontman Bono has said sorry after their latest album was automatically added to the libraries of all iTunes users around the world. Speaking in a session on Facebook, the star said the move was a "drop of megalomania, a touch of generosity". In response to a questioner who told him it was "rude" to impose their music upon everyone, Bono said: "Oops, I'm sorry about that." Apple later released a one-click tool enabling iTunes customers to remove it. Some users complained that the 11-track Songs of Innocence had been added to their music library without permission and that it...
  • Facebook and Apple now paying for women to put motherhood on ice by freezing their eggs

    10/14/2014 7:50:31 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 20 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/14/14 | Josh Gardner
    Apple and Facebook say they'll shell out out as much as $20,000 for women to put their parenthood plans on ice. The firms also hope the incentive will help women balance child-rearing and work life. However, even as success rates continue to rise, there are no guarantees the method will lead to conception down the road.
  • iPhone 6 blowout: Chinese pre-orders put at 20 million plus

    10/14/2014 6:59:30 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 40 replies
    Fortune ^ | 10/13/14 | Philip Elmer-DeWitt
    A reporter who has been tracking iPhone 6 and 6 Plus reservations in China for the past week estimated on Tencent QQ Monday that more than 20 million units were pre-ordered last weekend. His report is being picked up by DigiTimes and other Asian tech sites. If the 20-million figure is accurate — a big if — it would mean that five times as many iPhone 6s were pre-ordered in three days in one country as were the first weekend in 10 countries, including the U.S., U.K. and Hong Kong.
  • Why Adoption Rates For Apple Inc.‘s iOS 8 Have Slowed Down

    10/09/2014 2:02:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Bidness etc ^ | 10/09/2014 | By: Larry Darrell
    According to reports, Apple Inc.'s iOS 8 adoption rates have started to stagnate, increasing only 1% since the last reported figure. Bidness Etc explores the possible reasons behind users' reluctance to shift to Apple's latest mobile operating system. iOS 8 was Apple Inc.’s (AAPL) eighth major mobile operating system. With its release, the company increased focused on refining and enhancing built-in features and functionality, instead of relying on a major overhaul of user interface as with the iOS 7. With iOS 8, Apple incorporated user feedback received from iOS 7 users and developers. Previously, Apple had kept the operating system...
  • 'Hairgate': iPhone hit by new social media storm

    10/08/2014 10:00:50 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 37 replies
    ASIAONE ^ | Wednesday, Oct 08, 2014 | Reuters
    Fresh from the online uproar over whether the shiny new iPhone 6 bends when carried around in pockets, Apple has been hit by a new complaint - that the handset traps users' hair or beards when they make calls. It is difficult to gauge whether there is any real issue, but Twitter users have made #hairgate a rising social media trend, leading major news outlets to pounce on the story. RELATED STORIES Companies poke fun at iPhone 6 over #bendgate Apple's most compelling new iPhones After a week with the iPhone 6 Plus, I can't love it Moving stuff from...
  • A Man Is Offering To Sell His Detroit House For An iPhone 6

    10/07/2014 7:09:38 PM PDT · by absentee · 17 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 10/7/14 | Rachel Zarrell
    A homeowner who tried for months to sell a beat-up, two-story house in Detroit has offered to sell it to anyone who gives him an iPhone 6. He’s also willing to sell it for a 32GB iPad.
  • People Have Pretty Much Stopped Updating Their iPhones To iOS 8

    10/07/2014 7:34:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/07/2014 | James Cook
    Apple has updated its App Store to show new statistics for iOS 8, its new mobile operating system. It's not looking good. 9to5Mac reports that iOS 8 adoption has increased by just 1% since Apple last published statistics on the operating system. To make things worse, the statistic that Apple published on its developer site excludes a large number of users who are known to be slow in updating to the latest operating system.Since Sept. 21, the percentage of mobile devices visiting the App Store running iOS 8 has increased to 47% from 46%. Here's Apple's old iOS chart. On...
  • Apple Sapphire Glass Display Supplier GT Advanced Files For Bankruptcy, Stock Falls 90%

    10/06/2014 8:27:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/06/2014 | Myles Udland
    GT Advanced Technologies is filing for bankruptcy. In an announcement on Monday, GT Advanced, which makes sapphire displays that many investors hoped would be in Apple's newest iPhone, said it was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Ahead of the announcement, shares of GT Advanced were halted for trade. After re-opening on Monday, shares of GT Advanced were down more than 90% to $1.06. Ahead of the announcement, GT Advanced had a market cap of about $1.5 billion, and after the collapse in the share price on Monday this had fallen to about $175 million. In early September, shares of GT...
  • Apple will face $350M trial over iPod DRM

    10/04/2014 10:33:43 AM PDT · by Utilizer
    arstechnica ^ | Oct 3 2014, 12:05pm -0700 | Joe Mullin
    arstechnica.com cannot be linked or excerpted to, but there is a slightly interesting article up about how the battle against DRM seems to be finally heading to court. Ignore the link above, it merely links to the FR index page. Article link is: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/10/apple-will-face-350m-trial-over-ipod-drm/
  • Hackers Have Found A Flaw In Macs And Are Using It To Control 17,000 Apple Computers ... Via Reddit

    10/03/2014 8:06:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/03/2014 | James Cook
    Criminals have discovered a flaw in OS X, the Mac operating system, and are using it to control thousands of Apple computers around the world. The Russian security company Dr. Web first discovered the software, known as "Mac.BackDoor.iWorm." We don't yet know how the software spreads, but Dr. Web has released information on the clever way it connects to the criminals who control the program. When a Mac is infected with Mac.BackDoor.iWorm, the program tries to make a connection to a command server. The iWorm reportedly uses Reddit's search function to find comments left by the criminals in a Minecraft...
  • Retailers Considering Larger Pants Pockets for New iPhones

    10/02/2014 9:31:25 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 30 replies
    The Fashion Spot ^ | 10-2-14 | Jihan Forbes
    Get ready for deeper pockets, because they could be coming to a pair of pants near you. Now that Apple has launched the ginormous iPhone 6 Plus, brands are starting to reconsider their designs to accommodate the device’s 5.5″ size. Samsung Galaxy users might wonder, “Where was this when we bought our phones two years ago?” We guess you can chalk this revelation up to the Apple effect. Customers have been complaining they can’t fit their new fancy iPhones in their jean pockets, and when they do manage to stuff their devices in there, sometimes the phone itself bends. At...
  • Chicago Police Chief: iPhone the ‘Phone of Choice for the Pedophile’

    10/01/2014 5:01:50 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 20 replies
    mediaite ^ | 9-26-14 | Josh Feldman
    The information leaked by Edward Snowden last year raised the public consciousness quite a bit about user privacy and security in using certain services (not to mention the hope that companies won’t be that willing to acquiesce to government requests for user information). In recent weeks, Apple CEO Tim Cook has been emphasizing a new focus on user security and encryption. Both Apple and Google have implemented stronger data encryption so it’s harder to compromise user data. The problem is, however, that it would be harder for law enforcement to access that data too. And FBI Director James Comey isn’t...
  • U.S. Law Enforcement Seeks to Halt Apple-Google Encryption of Mobile Data

    09/30/2014 1:13:24 PM PDT · by Crazieman · 13 replies
    Bloomberg, link only
  • Two scenarios that would make OS X vulnerable to the Shellshock bug

    09/28/2014 8:02:59 PM PDT · by dayglored · 44 replies
    PC World ^ | Sept 28, 2014 | Jeremy Kirk
    Apple’s OS X is vulnerable to the Shellshock bug, but it’s not that easy for attackers to take advantage of it, according to Intego, which specializes in security software for the operating system. Shellshock is the nickname for a flaw in the Bourne Again Shell, or Bash, which is a command-line shell processor widely present in Unix and Linux systems. The flaw in Bash, which has been present for two decades, could allow an attacker to take complete control of a computer. Apple, which plans to patch the flaw, said most users are fine unless they’ve tweaked advanced Unix settings....