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  • Peter Thiel Says The Age Of Apple Is Over

    01/12/2017 7:11:40 AM PST · by blam · 58 replies
    BI ^ | 1-12-2017 | Steve Kovach
    Steve KovachJanuary 12, 2017 Silicon Valley investor and Donald Trump transition-team member Peter Thiel says Apple is past its peak. Here's what he said in a Q&A with Maureen Dowd of The New York Times when he was asked to confirm or deny that "the age of Apple is over": "Confirm. We know what a smartphone looks like and does. It's not the fault of Tim Cook, but it's not an area where there will be any more innovation." Thiel is best known in Silicon Valley for his early investment in Facebook.(snip)
  • Apple plans 'high-tech manufacturing' of data-center gear in Arizona

    01/09/2017 1:52:20 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/09/2017 | Kif Leswing
    Apple is seeking permission to conduct "high-tech manufacturing" and to build data-center server gear in a Mesa, Arizona, facility, according to a notice published Monday by the US federal government. A notification published in the Federal Register on Monday said Apple was looking for approval from the Foreign-Trade Zones Board to produce "finished products" in a special zone that exempts it from customs duty payments. "Apple Inc has repurposed the site as a global data command center that will conduct high-tech manufacturing of finished data center cabinets for other data centers," according to a document filed by Mesa on behalf...
  • Apple iPhone 10th anniversary: The journey to iPhone 7, here’s a look in pictures

    01/09/2017 1:34:26 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 6 replies
    indianexpress.com ^ | January 9, 2017 | Shruti Dhapola
    When iPhone launched in 2007, it was called the Jesus phone, the one that everyone wanted, and other manufacturers wanted to mock. The iPhone was launched by Apple CEO and co-founder, the late Steve Jobs at the MacWorld conference in 2007.
  • [MacBook Pro] Lap top saves man's life during Fort Lauderdale airport shooting

    01/08/2017 3:29:53 AM PST · by markomalley · 37 replies
    WPLG ^ | 1/7/16 | Andrea Torres
    There were bullets flying at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport when 13 people were shot. Five of them didn't make it out of the baggage claim area alive. And Steve Frappier was lucky. He credited his Apple MacBook Pro for saving his life. The 37-year-old traveler from Atlanta brought his school-issued lap top, because he was going to an education conference. He placed it in his backpack, but didn't think of it when he felt an impact on his back during the shooting. "I was wearing a backpack on both shoulders and then when we went to the floor, I dropped...
  • Apple cuts CEO Tim Cook's pay, citing performance

    01/06/2017 6:15:29 AM PST · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 56 replies
    marketwatch ^ | Jan 6, 2017 8:42 a.m. ET | Austen Hufford
    Apple Inc. said Chief Executive Tim Cook and other leaders received less total compensation in 2016 as the company missed its revenue and profit goals for the year. According to a regulatory filing on Friday, Apple said its annual sales of $215.6 billion were 3.7% below its target of $223.6 billion, and its operating income of $60 billion was 0.5% short of the $60.3 billion target. As a result, company executives got 89.5% of their targeted annual cash incentive. In 2015, the executives got 100%. In all, Mr. Cook received $8.75 million in total 2016 compensation, down from $10.28 million...
  • Movie theaters, studios react to potential “Theater Mode” in upcoming iOS update

    01/06/2017 1:54:39 AM PST · by Ciaphas Cain · 22 replies
    Polygon ^ | January 5th, 2017 | Julia Alexander
    To say that film Twitter, as it has become to be known, lost its collective mind when a rumor began circulating that the newest iOS update would have a “Theater Mode,” is an understatement. The rumor started with a tweet from Sonny Dickson, a contributor to Forbes who has broken Apple news in the past. Dickson said that in iOS update 10.3, a “Theater Mode” would be added that could be accessed from clicking on a “popcorn-shaped Control Center icon.” Dickson didn’t allude to what the mode would do, but in 2012, Apple patented technology that would “disable noise and/or...
  • What Apple got right but Amazon is getting wrong

    01/04/2017 12:27:07 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 45 replies
    CNBC ^ | January 4, 2017 | By Bruce Abramson
    The matter implicating Amazon's Echo is prosaic, by comparison. While investigating a homicide committed in a private home in Bentonville, Arkansas, the police noticed that the homeowner—and prime suspect—was something of an electronics junkie. Among his devices was an Amazon Echo, an "always listening" device that, when triggered, records ambient sound and stores the recording on Amazon's cloud. The police thought that selected recordings might help fill some gaps in their investigation. Amazon refused to hand them over. The information available about the Bentonville case suggests two distinct problems. The police request may be overbroad, in which case Amazon is...
  • Distracted driver sues Apple over a fatal car crash [California]

    12/30/2016 11:52:25 AM PST · by SES1066 · 56 replies
    San Jose CA Business Journal ^ | 12/30/16 | Gina Hall
    The plaintiff filed suit in a California court in early December in regards to a road accident that occurred on Christmas Eve in 2014. The driver was " distracted while using the 'FaceTime' application on an iPhone 6 Plus during the operation of his motor vehicle," and hit the back of a stationary vehicle while going 65 miles per hour, per the court documents obtained by AppleInsider.SNIP Apple was sued for not implementing a technology that could have prevented the driver from using the app while driving. The Cupertino-based company applied for the patent on the technology in 2008 and...
  • Apple’s new MacBook Pro is the first MacBook Consumer Reports won’t recommend

    12/23/2016 5:31:57 PM PST · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 68 replies
    Extreme Tech ^ | 12/23/2016 | Joel Hruska
    Apple’s new MacBook Pro isn’t having an easy time in the market. It’s been panned for its reliance on dongles, criticized for using older Intel chips, and a significant number of users have reported decidedly substandard battery life when using the system. Apple has responded to these complaints by cutting dongle prices and removing the “Time Remaining” indicator on the laptop’s battery, neither of which constitutes an actual solution. Now, Consumer Reports has refused to recommend the MacBook Pro for the first time ever. The reason? Battery life.
  • Review: Apple's new wireless AirPods put a smile on 2016

    12/21/2016 7:40:56 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 34 replies
    AppleInsider ^ | Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 08:31 am PT (11:31 am ET) | By Daniel Eran Dilger
    Delivering hours of enveloping, untethered sound and Siri assistance, Apple's new wireless AirPods elegantly perform in a way that promises to put a smile on your face no matter how terrible of a day you're having--a beautiful thing given how many ugly days 2016 has thrown at us so far. AirPods, captured with iPhone 7 Plus 2x lens AirPods are a bicycle for your ears Walking down the street with AirPods in, a smile consistently crept across my face. Not having wires is a bigger deal than I'd imagined. It's the same feeling I got from an iPod back in...
  • Gab, the Alt-Right's Favorite Social Network, Gets Rejections From Apple, Twitter

    12/15/2016 1:00:36 PM PST · by bkopto · 122 replies
    INC. ^ | 12/15/2016 | salvador rodriguez
    Gab, a service that has been billed by some as the social network for the alt-right, has had its access to both Twitter and Apple cut off, the company told Inc. on Thursday. Last week, Gab submitted its iPhone app to Apple so it could be included in the App Store, but on Wednesday, the company received a rejection from Apple, which cited pornography on Gab as its reason for the denial. Similarly, Gab on Monday added a new feature that let its users share their posts from Gab directly to Twitter, but on Wednesday night, Twitter cut off Gab's...
  • Source: Twitter cut out of Trump tech meeting over failed emoji deal

    12/14/2016 1:57:41 PM PST · by ColdOne · 37 replies
    politico ^ | 12/14/16 | Nancy Scola
    Twitter was told it was "bounced" from Wednesday's meeting between tech executives and President-elect Donald Trump in retribution for refusing during the campaign to allow an emoji version of the hashtag #CrookedHillary, according to a source close to the situation. Twitter is one of the few major U.S. tech companies not represented at Wednesday afternoon's Trump Tower meeting attended by, among others, Apple's Tim Cook, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg and Tesla's Elon Musk — an omission all the more striking because of Trump's heavy dependence on the Twitter platform. With some 17.3 million followers of his account, the...
  • Apple releases macOS 10.12.2 with new emoji, wallpapers, graphics & System Integrity Protection

    12/14/2016 1:51:56 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 22 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | December 13, 2016 | By Zac Hall
    Apple is releasing the macOS 10.12.2 software update for Mac today. The new version includes Unicode 9 emoji like iOS 10.2 plus four new wallpapers and plenty of bug fix improvements. macOS 10.12.2 is available as an update from the Mac App Store including for developers and public beta testers. Release notes below: Unicode 9.0 emoji support matches compatibility with both iOS 10.2 and watchOS 3.1.1. These are the changes discovered during the beta period: Apple releases first iOS 10.2, watchOS 3.1.1, tvOS 10.1 and macOS 10.12.2 betas w/ new emoji, wallpapers, moreHere are the new emoji included in iOS 10.2 [Gallery]macOS 10.12.2...
  • Another Trump Win: Apple Supplier Foxconn Says It Is In Discussions To Expand US Operations

    12/07/2016 12:15:03 PM PST · by servo1969 · 18 replies
    Zerohedge.com ^ | 12-7-2016 | Tyler Durden
    There is over a month left until Trump's inauguration, and the President-elect's hard-hitting negotiating style may have scored yet another economic victory: according to a statement issued by Foxconn, the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer and a major Apple Inc supplier, the company said it was in preliminary discussions to expand its operations in the United States. "While the scope of the potential investment has not been determined, we will announce the details of any plans following the completion of direct discussions between our leadership and the relevant U.S. officials," it said in a statement. Foxconn in its statement did...
  • Foxconn says in preliminary discussions to expand U.S. operations

    12/07/2016 11:59:53 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Yahoo! Sports ^ | December 7, 2016 | Reuters
    TAIPEI (Reuters) - Foxconn, the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer and a major Apple Inc supplier, said on Wednesday that it was in preliminary discussions to expand its operations in the United States. "While the scope of the potential investment has not been determined, we will announce the details of any plans following the completion of direct discussions between our leadership and the relevant U.S. officials," it said in a statement. On Tuesday, Masayoshi Son of Japan's SoftBank Group Corp <9984.T> said he would invest $50 billion in the United States and create 50,000 new jobs, a move U.S. President-elect...
  • Apple assembly partner Foxconn plans US expansion

    12/07/2016 6:45:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | 12/07/2016 | Roger Fingas
    Apple's primary assembly partner, Foxconn, will soon invest in expanding its U.S. operations, the latter company said on Wednesday, apparently following in the steps of a similar SoftBank announcement. "While the scope of the potential investment has not been determined, we will announce the details of any plans following the completion of direct discussions between our leadership and the relevant U.S. officials," Foxconn explained in a statement to Bloomberg. "Those plans would be made based on mutually-agreed terms." Although Foxconn didn't provide specifics, a document held up by SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son after meeting with U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump allegedly...
  • Palo Alto Apple Store Patched Up After Smash & Grab Robbery

    12/06/2016 4:58:32 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 30 replies
    CBS ^ | 6 Dec 16 | CBS Staff
    Customers once again filled the Apple store in Palo Alto, but a large 40-foot section of the iconic front glass wall was boarded up after a smash & grab robbery Sunday. A damaged SUV was sitting in the police department’s impound area after being used as a battering ram in the crime. “Witnesses reported seeing up to 20 people running from the scene,” Palo Alto Police Lieutenant Zach Perron told KPIX 5. Photos of the scene were put out on social media, showing the SUV in front of the shattered glass facade. Police say it appeared to be a coordinated...
  • Researchers Bypass Apple's Activation Lock on iPhones and iPads

    12/06/2016 3:42:35 PM PST · by LouieFisk · 12 replies
    Bleeping Computer ^ | December 2, 2016 | Catalin Cimpanu
    Two researchers have found a way to bypass the Apple Activation Lock on both iPhones and iPads, running the two most recent versions of iOS, 10.1 and 10.1.1.
  • Apple is reportedly using drones to beat Google Maps

    12/01/2016 10:05:33 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 16 replies
    The Verge ^ | 12/01/16 | Tom Warren
    Apple is reportedly planning to use drones to improve its Maps app and truly compete with Google Maps, following a problematic launch four years ago. Bloomberg News reports that Apple has been building a team of experts in robots and data capture to utilize drones to quickly update maps. Google and Apple both use fleets of cars and vans equipped with cameras, but drones will allow Apple to examine and monitor roads, street signs, construction areas, and more. Apple is said to have hired at least one employee from Amazon’s Air division to help run its own drone team based in Seattle. Alongside the...
  • Apple Removes Breitbart From Their App Store

    11/30/2016 4:02:20 AM PST · by servo1969 · 74 replies
    Thegatewaypundit.com ^ | 11-29-2016 | Jim Hoft
    Full Title - "THE CONSERVATIVE PURGE BEGINS=> Apple Removes Breitbart From Their App Store" Guest post by Joe Hoft Let the purge begin. Democrats are furious that Americans rejected their criminal, unethical, boring and fainting far left candidate. And they are OUTRAGED that they do not control the flow of information anymore thanks to the internet, Facebook, Twitter, and talk radio. So rather than win on ideas they have decided to purge the conservative websites from the marketplace of ideas. The Apple store removed Breitbart.com from their App store recently. If you do a search on “Breitbart” or “BreitbartNews” this...
  • Many iCloud users receiving spam Calendar & Photo Sharing invitations, here’s how to fix

    11/29/2016 10:46:32 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | November 1, 2016 | By Chance Miller
    Over recent weeks, iCloud users have started to notice an increased amount of spam coming to various aspects of their accounts. Email accounts, of course, are always vulnerable to spam messages and the root cause can be a variety of different reasons. This new type of spam, however, relates to iCloud’s Calendar and Photo Sharing functionalities
 Essentially what happens in these instances is an iCloud user will receive a request for either a Calendar event or to view/share an iCloud Photo Sharing album or image. The issue with this type of spam is that, even if the user hits...
  • Trump Pushes Apple CEO To Manufacture In US; Promises "Very Large Tax Cuts"

    11/24/2016 7:15:43 PM PST · by Helicondelta · 32 replies
    http://planetfreewill.com/2016/11/23/trump-promises-large-tax-cut-apple-makes-products-u-s/ ^ | November 23, 2016 | New York Times; The Next Web; PLANET FREEWILL
    While speaking with the New York Times, President-elect Donald Trump said that he received a call from Apple’s Tim Cook on Monday in which he pushed the CEO about bringing manufacturing jobs back to the United States. “I got a call from Tim Cook at Apple, and I said, ‘Tim, you know one of the things that will be a real achievement for me is when I get Apple to build a big plant in the United States, or many big plants in the United States, where instead of going to China, and going to Vietnam, and going to the...
  • Trump Pushes Apple CEO To Manufacture In US; Promises "Very Large Tax Cuts"

    11/24/2016 12:50:24 PM PST · by quesney · 49 replies
    “I got a call from Tim Cook at Apple, and I said, ‘Tim, you know one of the things that will be a real achievement for me is when I get Apple to build a big plant in the United States, or many big plants in the United States, where instead of going to China, and going to Vietnam, and going to the places that you go to, you’re making your product right here.’ Trump told the NYT on Tuesday. ‘I think we’ll create the incentives for you, and I think you’re going to do it. We’re going for a...
  • Silicon Valley Bows to Trump: Apple to Build iPhones in America

    11/18/2016 2:25:30 PM PST · by mandaladon · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 18 Nov 2016 | CHRISS W. STREET
    With Silicon Valley CEOs terrified that President Donald Trump will retaliate against offshoring production, Apple is already preparing to move iPhone production back to America. The Nikkei Asian Review reported: “Apple asked both Foxconn and Pegatron Corp., the two iPhone assemblers, in June to look into making iPhones in the U.S.,” a source said. “Foxconn complied, while Pegatron declined to formulate such a plan due to cost concerns.” As Breitbart News reported, candidate Donald Trump, while speaking at Liberty University in January, said, “We’re going to get Apple Computer to build their damn computers and things in this country, instead...
  • Apple could make iPhones in US in future: sources

    11/17/2016 5:11:31 PM PST · by cba123 · 11 replies
    Nikkei ^ | November 18, 2016 12:20 am JST | Debby Wu
    TAIPEI iPhones might one day soon carry "Made in America" labels. (full article available at link, not copied because it requires setting up an account)
  • Apple could make iPhones in US in future: sources

    11/17/2016 11:19:41 AM PST · by barmag25 · 17 replies
    Asian review ^ | 11/18/16 | Debby Wu
    MENU Nikkei Asian Review Sort by Region Nikkei Asian Review Log in Subscribe Home Politics & Economy Business Markets Tech & Science Viewpoints Life Sources say Apple has asked its assemblers to look into making iPhones in the U.S. © AP TAIPEI -- iPhones might one day soon carry "Made in America" labels. Key Apple assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn Technology Group, has been studying the possibility of moving iPhone production to the U.S., sources told the Nikkei Asian Review. "Apple asked both Foxconn and Pegatron, the two iPhone assemblers, in June to look into making...
  • You’ll have Donald Trump to thank if the iPhone 8 is even more expensive

    11/16/2016 10:58:00 AM PST · by mdittmar · 62 replies
    yahoo ^ | November 16, 2016 | [BGR News] Chris Smith
    The iPhone isn’t cheap. Not even close. Apple’s phones have been setting the bar for high-end smartphone pricing for years, though. Apple has also been improving the iPhone without changing the price, which is a good thing. The simplest example concerns memory. In 2014, Apple upgraded its storage tiers without changing the iPhone 6’s price. It did the same this year with the iPhone 7, though the iPhone 7 Plus did get a bit more expensive because of the new dual camera and the added RAM.Are you upset about the iPhone 7 Plus price hike despite the added benefits? If so,...
  • China fires its first warning shot, warning iPhone sales will suffer if Trump starts a trade war

    11/14/2016 6:28:34 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 69 replies
    CNBC ^ | 11/14/16
    Apple iPhones and other U.S. goods could suffer sales hits in China if President-elect Donald Trump goes through with his "naive" plan of slapping a large import tariff on Chinese products, a state-backed newspaper warned on Sunday.  During his election campaign this year, Trump spoke of a 45 percent import tariff on all Chinese goods while failing to outline how it would work. Should any such policy come into effect, China will take a "tit-for-tat approach", according to an opinion piece in the Global Times, a newspaper backed by the Communist party.  "A batch of Boeing orders will be replaced by Airbus. U.S. auto and iPhone...
  • Apple Offers Anti-Trump App Allowing Voters To Trade Votes

    11/04/2016 2:35:40 PM PDT · by PROCON · 23 replies
    zerohedge.com ^ | Nov. 4, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    At a time rife with speculation that the presidential vote on Tuesday may be rigged or tampered, we find it troubling - not to mention illegal - that Tim Cook has allowed the Apple store to distribute an app called #NeverTrump created by Trimian, whose mission statement is "Red or Blue, we must all unite to defeat Trump this election. Let's ensure Hillary wins in swing states, and make sure third-party votes count." The app allows potential voters to trade votes, boosting Hillary's support in swing or battleground states, while 3rd party candidates get more (meaningless) support in blue states....
  • New MacBook Pros lack iconic Mac startup chime, but they do boot when you open the lid

    10/31/2016 12:58:30 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 13 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | October 30, 2016 | by Benjamin Mayo
    New MacBook Pros lack iconic Mac startup chime, but they do automatically boot when you open the lid (update: here’s how to enable it) Update: There is apparently a way to make your 2016 MacBook chime again at boot, using an NVRAM tweak — full details here on how to do it. To enable chimes, open Terminal and type sudo nvram BootAudio=%01 This is not documented or officially supported in any way, so mileage may vary. There’s also a flag to disable the auto-boot behavior.It has been discovered that along with physical function keys, glowing Apple logo and ‘old style’ USB ports, the new MacBook Pros...
  • The future of PCs and Macs is expensive: The PC is a niche now

    10/29/2016 1:59:49 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 49 replies
    The Verge ^ | October 28, 2016 | Vlad Savov
    The personal desktop computer used to once be an exclusive and expensive machine, though we now know it and its laptop counterpart as a mass-market commodity that most people can afford. This week, however, the companies that defined the personal computer, Microsoft and Apple, gave us a glimpse of the future and it looks like a return to the past: the PC is going back to being an exclusive and expensive machine. Set aside all the explosions of color on gorgeous, high-resolution displays. Ignore the glamorous promo videos and the ultrathin, all-metal chassis of the new Surface Studio and MacBook...
  • The new MacBook Pro looks and feels so good it's unreal (with video at source)

    10/27/2016 6:21:48 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 84 replies
    The Verge ^ | October 27, 2016, 4:37PM | By Dieter Bahn
    The new MacBook Pro is here — literally available for preorder today — and I’ve just tried it. The best thing I can say about is simple: everything about it looks and feels so good I almost didn’t believe it. We’ll start with the marquee feature, the Touch Bar. What you might not have gathered from the keynote is that it has a matte finish, which makes the buttons on it somehow feel a little more physical. It’s bright, but not so bright that it distracts — it seems to be about on par with the brightness of the backlit...
  • Pop ups on iPad

    10/26/2016 8:37:44 AM PDT · by Former MSM Viewer · 23 replies
    http://www.freerepublic.com ^ | 10/26/2016 | Self
    I have recently begun getting popups on my Apple IPad. Some lock up my screen. When I visit Drudge I occasionally will get one that totally freezes my screen.
  • Apple beats Street, services revenue grows 24% to all-time quarterly record of $6.3 billion

    10/25/2016 2:17:21 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 37 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | October 25, 2016: 2:00 PM
    Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2016 fourth quarter ended September 24, 2016. The company posted quarterly revenue of $46.9 billion and quarterly net income of $9 billion, or $1.67 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $51.5 billion and net income of $11.1 billion, or $1.96 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 38 percent compared to 39.9 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 62 percent of the quarter’s revenue.“Our strong September quarter results cap a very successful fiscal 2016 for Apple,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, in a...
  • Tesla, Apple and Uber Push Lithium Prices Even Higher

    10/18/2016 7:03:50 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 12 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 18-10-2016 | James
    After more than tripling in price this year, Lithium is no longer that dull commodity we take for granted in our consumer electronics: It’s the commodity powering the next, undeniable energy revolution. The tight supply picture emerging as electric cars, mega-batteries and massive energy storage solutions become the cornerstones of our lives could be on the edge of turning new lithium explorers into the next barons.
  • RAINBOW TRUMP POSTERS APPEAR IN SAN FRANCISCO ON ‘NATIONAL COMING OUT DAY’

    10/11/2016 7:07:54 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 38 replies
    BREITBART.COM ^ | OCTOBER 11, 2016 | CHARLIE NASH
    Several “Think Different” posters portraying a rainbow Apple logo with a silhouette of Donald Trump’s face on it have appeared around San Francisco, including near both Twitter and Hillary Clinton’s campaign offices on National Coming Out Day today. The posters resemble colored versions of the black and white prints that were spotted in Hollywood, Los Angeles, last month, and appear to be the doing of the “Art Wing Conspiracy” group, who displayed their poster design at Lucian Wintrich’s pro-Trump art show, #DaddyWillSaveUs, last Saturday.
  • USB Kill: The $55 Gadget That Will Fry Most Devices (Video of killer in operation)

    10/10/2016 11:56:27 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 28 replies
    The Mac Observer ^ | October 10, 2016 | By Bryan Chaffin
    There’s a device out there called USB Kill 2.0 (or USB Killer and other variants) that can fry an electronic device with a USB port. While it looks like an every day USB flash drive, rather than memory, these devices have capacitors that can store up juice being transmitted over the USB bus and then discharge at once. The result is a high-voltage attack on your PC, Mac, smartphone, or other device that can fry the electronics.YouTuber EverythingApplePro posted a demonstration video with one of these devices where he fried a PC and tried to fry an iPhone 7 Plus...
  • Is Insulting Your Rival’s Supporters Ever a Good Idea? (Hillary, Apple, Samsung)

    10/08/2016 8:03:06 AM PDT · by Vision Thing · 3 replies
    Harvard Business Review ^ | 10/7/2016 | Christopher GravesSteve Simpson
    In a series of conversations leading up to the U.S. presidential election in November, Christopher Graves, a recent Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Resident honoree for behavioral science, global chair of Ogilvy Public Relations, and chair of the PR Council, and Steve Simpson, chief creative officer of Ogilvy & Mather North America, will dissect and debate the candidates’ communications and marketing strategies and techniques. SIMPSON: Hillary Clinton triggered an avalanche of criticism by saying “you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables.” Her comment had staying power; it provoked a stream of counterattacks by Donald...
  • Apple's use of 'sapphire' in iPhone camera lens questioned in new tests

    10/05/2016 9:52:51 AM PDT · by Shanghai Dan · 22 replies
    The Verge ^ | 10/4/2016 | Tom Warren
    Apple has been using sapphire on its iPhone camera lenses for a few years now since the launch of the iPhone 5S, but it might not be as scratch resistant as you'd expect. A new video raises questions over Apple's use of sapphire in its iPhone camera lens, and includes scratch tests to rate its durability. While Apple claims it uses sapphire crystal in its iPhone lens, tests by YouTuber JerryRigEverything show that Apple could be using a more cost effective sapphire laminate on top of regular glass. JerryRigEverything tested Apple's iPhone lens with an XRF machine and electron microscope,...
  • Does Your iPhone Suffer from So-Called 'Touch Disease'?

    10/04/2016 8:14:01 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 33 replies
    toptechnews.com ^ | 10/4/2016 | Kif Leswing
    An increasing number of iPhone users are reporting an issue with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus phones freezing up and becoming unresponsive to touch. The issue even has a deadly sounding name: "Touch disease." There are a lot of iPhones out there, so a problem that affects a fraction of a percent of devices could potentially impact thousands of users. But there's some evidence that this particular issue is fairly widespread. Apple has never officially acknowledged the problem, but independent iPhone repair vendors and Apple Store technicians have said that it is easily one of the most common issues...
  • Apple is named the biggest corporate tax avoider in the US after booking $218 BILLION

    10/04/2016 5:25:01 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 25 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/4/2016 | KEITH GLADDIS
    Apple has been named as the biggest corporate tax avoider in the United States after booking $218.55 billion (Ł171.6 billion) of profit offshore last year. The tech giant was able to save $65.08 billion (Ł51.1 billion) that it should have paid in tax thanks to its convoluted arrangements. The report revealed that last year three quarters of the Fortune 500 companies use subsidiaries in offshore tax havens where they sent a total of $2.42 trillion (Ł1.9 trillion) of income. In the US alone this amounted to $715.62 billion (Ł561.9 billion) in tax which they avoided paying. The report of said...
  • The iPhone 7 has worse battery life than HTC 10, Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5

    10/02/2016 5:13:13 PM PDT · by Shanghai Dan · 48 replies
    Beta News ^ | Sept 29, 2016 | Mark Wilson
    Consumer group Which? has conducted a series of battery life tests on the latest smartphones, and the news is not good for the iPhone 7. Pitted against the Samsung Galaxy S7, HTC 10 and LG G5, Apple's latest handset came in last place... and by some distance. ... But whatever efficiency optimization Apple has baked into iOS 10, it seems they are not enough to make up for the measly 1,960mAh battery it decided to put in the case.
  • VirnetX Wins $302.4 Million Trial Against Apple in Texas (Link Only due to copyright issues)

    10/01/2016 12:07:00 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 9 replies
    Bloomberg | September 30, 2016 | by Susan Decker and Dennis Robertson
    Apple loses patent infringement case against VirnetX on second retrial. . . link only due copyright issues: VirnetX Wins $302.4 Million Trial Against Apple in Texas
  • Think Different, Think Bigly – Exceptional Agitprop…

    09/29/2016 11:22:42 PM PDT · by monkapotamus · 6 replies
    The Last Refuge ^ | September 29, 2016 | sundance
    Effective agitprop, at its intellectual pinnacle, is sharper than any blade… (Follow) This last picture is exceptional.  This could be my favorite political photograph of the year so far.  My apologies to the artist for framing it: “Free Yourself”…
  • Israeli firm rumoured to have helped FBI hack into iPhone claims it can unlock any smartphone

    09/27/2016 12:11:06 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 4 replies
    international Business Times ^ | September 26, 2016 | By Agamoni Ghosh
    The company says it can hack into an iPhone 7 as well depending on the data required. Israeli firm Cellebrite, which is believed to have helped the FBI crack an iPhone 5C used by San Bernardino attacker Syed Farook, now claims it can decrypt and extract data from any phone in the world. The company said that it has the biggest research and development team in the sector and that the team is up-to-date with the latest technology. A BBC report details how the firm – that helps the police gain access to data on smartphones belonging to suspected criminals...
  • Clueless iPhone 7 owners destroy new handsets after... DRILLING their own headphone jack (trunc)

    09/24/2016 8:56:21 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 46 replies
    Clueless iPhone 7 owners have been destroying their new Ł600-handsets after watching a prank video advising them to drill a hole for their headphones. Apple's slick new phone comes without a headphone jack, unlike any of its predecessors, as the tech giant encourages its customers to invest in wireless ear pieces. The cruel but funny tutorial instructs iPhone uses to clamp their precious new mobiles in place before creating their own jack with a 3.5mm drill.
  • Apple has just become an energy company, looks to sell excess electricity into the grid

    09/23/2016 11:27:14 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 10 replies
    9to5Mac ^ | 4 months ago | Seth Weintraub
    Apple has quietly created an energy subsidiary, ‘Apple Energy’ LLC, registered in Delaware but run from its Cupertino headquarters. The company was seemingly formed to allow it to sell excess electricity generated by its solar farms in Cupertino and Nevada, with plans to sell electricity across the whole of the US. [Apple Energy LLC] is a Delaware limited liability company and is a 100% wholly owned subsidiary of Apple Inc. [Contact is] Apple Energy LLC, One Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA 95014 Given Apple’s expertise and huge commitment to using renewable energy to power its operations, it is no surprise that...
  • Teen Hacker Says He Jailbroke The iPhone 7 in Just 24 Hours

    09/22/2016 4:23:26 PM PDT · by Shanghai Dan · 23 replies
    Motherboard ^ | September 22, 2016 | LORENZO FRANCESCHI-BICCHIERAI
    The iPhone 7 is, in Apple’s own words, “the best, most advanced iPhone ever.” It is not, however, impossible to hack. A teenage hacker has found a way to circumvent the phone’s security and restrictions, jailbreaking a brand new iPhone 7 running iOS 10, effectively taking full control of it and allowing him to install apps not approved by Apple. The 19-year-old hacker, who’s known online as qwertyoruiop but whose real name is Luca Todesco, took advantage of a series of bugs he found and exploited—and all it took him, he said, was just 24 hours.
  • Apple patents bold new innovation – a paper bag

    09/21/2016 9:05:04 AM PDT · by Shanghai Dan · 24 replies
    Apple has patented remotely disabling iPhone cameras. It’s patented Gear VR-style headsets, and watch-controlled photography. It’s even patented the sliding function to unlock the phone – deceased as of iOS 10 – and the concept of a phone with a bezel and rounded edges. Now it’s gone one step further, and applied to patent a paper bag.
  • Americans Finally Get A Bite At The Apple

    09/20/2016 11:40:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 20, 2016 | Armstrong Williams
    Perhaps one of the most underreported stories of recent weeks was the European Union’s ruling on Apple’s tax arrangement with Ireland. After a three-year investigation, the EU levied what is believed to be the largest and most controversial tax penalty in its thirty year history. The implications of this are obviously of great importance to Apple and to the Irish government – but it could also have significant implications for the U.S. election cycle. First of all, let’s make it clear. Apple got a sweetheart deal from Ireland in return for using the country as a tax haven. While the...