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  • Safari (Apple browser) URL-spoofing vuln reveals how fanbois can be led astray

    05/20/2015 8:05:38 PM PDT · by dayglored · 13 replies
    The Register ^ | May 20, 2015 | Alexander J Martin
    A recently published exploit for the Safari browser demonstrates a URL spoofing mechanism which might convince users they are visiting a legitimate website, when they are actually visiting another site which may be phishing their details. Deusen researchers have disclosed a vulnerability which may be exploited by hackers to hijack user accounts on a range of websites, from social media to banking. The proof-of-concept invites users to visit what appears to be the Daily Mail website Ė however, a script will execute the loading of another URL before the page users are directed to can be displayed. Tested using Safari...
  • Tech giants donít want Obama to give police access to encrypted phone data

    05/19/2015 3:27:56 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 54 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 19 at 8:34 AM | By Ellen Nakashima
    FBI Director James B. Comey has expressed concern that the growing use of encrypted technologies is hindering the ability of law enforcement agencies to do their jobs. (Andrew Harnik/AP) May 19 at 8:34 AM Tech behemoths including Apple and Google and leading cryptologists are urging President Obama to reject any government proposal that alters the security of smartphones and other communications devices so that law enforcement can view decrypted data. In a letter to be sent Tuesday and obtained by The Washington Post, a coalition of tech firms, security experts and others appeal to the White House to protect privacy...
  • Apple launches new 15-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch trackpad

    05/19/2015 7:53:15 AM PDT · by Loud Mime · 71 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | 5/19/2015 | Neil Hughes
    Apple on Tuesday issued an update to its 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, adding faster Intel processors, as well as the new pressure-sensitive Force Touch trackpad. The new trackpad, previously available on the 13-inch MacBook Pro and 12-inch MacBook, has built-in force sensors and a Taptic Engine that delivers haptic feedback. It allows users to click anywhere with a uniform feel, and users can even customize the amount of pressure needed to register each click. Force Touch opens up a range of new gestures, including the new force click. Developers can tap into these expanded capabilities with new APIs...
  • Testing The 12-inch MacBook's Performance with Windows 10

    05/18/2015 9:55:53 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 20 replies
    ALEX KING'S PERSONAL BLOG ^ | MAY 13, 2015 | ALEX KING
    Update 5/15/15: I've clarified some of my findings at the bottom of this post. I've owned the 2015 MacBook for just over a month now. I've had a remarkably good time using it so far, and just yesterday I decided to upgrade my installation of Windows 8.1 to the Windows 10 Insider Preview. I had tried it out a couple months earlier through a virtual machine, and at the time I wasn't sure I wanted it as my main operating system. But after taking the plunge, I'm very happy to be using it. I wanted to record a few thoughts...
  • Survey: Apple Watch demand strongest in China

    05/18/2015 9:42:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    CNBC ^ | 05/18/2015 | Tom DiChristopher
    The UBS analyst who recently said Apple had "somewhat botched" the Apple Watch launch sees China playing a major role in driving sales for the new device. The insight comes from a new research note based on a UBS survey of 9,000 consumers in six countries released on Monday. "It's finding that Apple continues to be extremely strong, the stickiness is very clear, and it's China, China, China," Steve Milunovich told "Squawk on the Street." "We're finding that Apple's retention rate is very strong in China, and we're also finding that actually Apple Watch interest is highest in China relative...
  • This Apple Tech Will Be Obsolete in June

    05/18/2015 8:33:37 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 42 replies
    Real Clear Technology ^ | 5-18-2015 | Jordan Kahn
    Apple is about to sunset support for a number of iPhones, Macs, and other products as it plans to switch several models to ďObsoleteĒ or ďVintageĒ status in June, according to internal documents. When a device receives Obsolete status from Apple ó Vintage status only applies to California and Turkey, where the company is required to continue offering support ó it no longer offers service or repair support through its own Apple retail stores or authorized service providers. It typically begins the process for models 5-7 years after manufacturing has been discontinued and maintains a list on its website here.
  • Tim Cook on meeting George Wallace as teen: 'It felt wrong, like I was selling a piece of my soul'

    05/17/2015 9:36:42 PM PDT · by boycott · 60 replies
    AL.com ^ | May 17, 2015 | Crystal Bonvillian
    Apple CEO and Alabama native Tim Cook had some choice words on Sunday about meeting former Alabama Gov. George Wallace when he was a teenager. Cook, the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company, spoke of Wallace during a commencement address he gave at George Washington University. According to Business Insider, the Robertsdale native told the graduating class an anecdote about visiting Washington, D.C., as a 16-year-old who had won an essay contest at school. Before leaving for D.C., Cook had the chance to go to Montgomery and meet Wallace, who was notorious for his opposition to racial...
  • Hacker told F.B.I. he made plane fly sideways after cracking entertainment system

    05/16/2015 5:05:33 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 83 replies
    APTN National News ^ | May 15, 2015 | by Jorge Barrera
    A well-known U.S. hacker told F.B.I. agents he took momentary control of an airplaneís engines mid-flight by hacking into its inflight entertainment system, according to a document filed in U.S. federal court and obtained by APTN National News. Roberts, who has been interviewed at least three times by the F.B.I. this year, is under investigation for allegedly hacking into the electronic entertainment systems of airplanes, according to an application for a search warrant to probe seized electronic equipment. The document shows F.B.I. agents investigating Roberts believe he has the ability to do what he claims: take over flight control systems...
  • How to read Mac OS HFS drives in Windows for free

    05/15/2015 8:25:52 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 11 replies
    PC Advisor ^ | 15 May 15 | By Jim Martin
    Access and copy files from a Mac-formatted hard disk on a Windows PC How to read Mac OS HFS drives in Windows for free In general, Macs and PCs play fairly nicely together. Most file types work on both platforms, and both will talk to each other across a network. However, if you have an external USB hard drive for your Mac, it can be tricky to share it with a Windows laptop or PC as Microsoft doesn't support Apple's HFS file system in Windows. (Apple introduced NTFS support in OS X Leopard so you can share a Windows drive...
  • Windows 10 seems to run faster than OS X on the new MacBook

    05/15/2015 10:12:10 AM PDT · by for-q-clinton · 17 replies
    Mashable ^ | 15 May 2015 | Raymon Wong
    Love the new MacBook's svelte design, but not a fan of OS X 10.10 Yosemite? There's good news: According to a new test, Windows 10 apparently runs more smoothly on the new MacBook. Alex King, a computer science student studying at Tufts University, spent a month with the new 12-inch MacBook and provided some insightful new details about running the beta version of Windows 10 on it. See also: 5 things Apple didn't say about the new MacBook King installed Windows 10 using Boot Camp, meaning his new MacBook boots natively into Windows 10, as opposed to being emulated in...
  • Here is the proof that Apple is secretly developing a car battery

    05/14/2015 8:15:29 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 39 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | May 14, 2015, 12:00 PM | Rob Price
    For several months now, rumours of increasing credibility have circulated that Apple is secretly working on an electric car project. This week, the Cupertino company reportedly will settle a lawsuit brought against it by A123 Systems ‚ÄĒ a large-battery company that alleges Apple deliberately poached its employees to develop its own car battery technology.
  • Jeb Bush Says Apple Watch Health Apps Are Better Than Obamacare

    05/14/2015 2:04:29 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 11 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 5/14/15 | Kate Knibbs
    Gov. Jeb Bush hates the Affordable Care Act so much, heíd rather use the health apps on the Apple Watch instead. ďI think we should repeal Obamacare,Ē Bush said to a clapping crowd at Arizonaís Tempe Brewery. Then he pointed to his Apple Watch. ďOn this device in five years will be applications that will allow me to manage my healthcare in ways that, five years ago, were not even possible.Ē Bush went on to describe how he believes that, in five years, his Apple Watch will be able to alert him when heís eaten too many butterscotch sundaes, as...
  • Apple (and AT&T) intervenes in Radio Shack sale in effort to protect customer data

    05/14/2015 4:22:27 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 5 replies
    AppleInsider ^ | Thursday, May 14, 2015, 06:19 am PT | By Neil Hughes
    Bidding for the RadioShack brand and customer data has ended, but not before Apple weighed in on the proceedings, saying that information collected during the sale of its own products should be left out of the deal. A shuttered RadioShack store, via Ted Eytan. The hedge fund Standard General was the top bidder with $26.2 million for RadioShack's brand name and customer data. The same firm bought out Radio Shack's 1,700 store leases in March, as noted by Bloomberg. But as the bidding process was underway in a Delaware bankruptcy court, Apple joined the proceedings with a filing of its...
  • It's too easy to steal an Apple Watch

    05/14/2015 10:55:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 05/14/2015
    Anyone who steals an Apple Watch can -- in about 20 seconds -- simply reset it and make it their own. That's because the way Apple designed the Apple Watch makes it surprisingly easy to override your passcode and completely wipe it clean. You can set up a passcode on the Apple Watch. But -- get ready for this -- anyone can just hold down the "Power Off" button, then select and erase all the data on the Watch. By contrast, the iPhone has certain features that make it less desirable for criminals. If you set it up just right,...
  • Worker fired for disabling GPS app that tracked her 24 hours a day

    05/13/2015 2:04:06 AM PDT · by 9thLife · 49 replies
    mail ^ | Updated: 18:30 EST, 12 May 2015 | Myriah Towner For Dailymail.com
    A California woman claims she was fired after disabling an app with a GPS function that was required to run on her company iPhone and tracked her 24 hours a day. Myrna Arias was working for money transfer service company, Intermex, last year when she claims her boss, John Stubits, 'bragged that he knew how fast she was driving' at certain times after she had installed the app, Xora, according to the lawsuit. She then objected to being monitored during non-work hours claiming it was an invasion of her privacy and 'likened the app to a prisoner's ankle bracelet'. Arias...
  • Apple Watch design wins patent on look and feel

    05/05/2015 10:19:15 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 157 replies
    C-Net News ^ | May 5, 2015 11:46 AM PDT | by Don Reisinger 2015
    The patent -- which ensures the design for the Apple Watch cannot be copied by a competitor -- was filed in August of last year, just weeks ahead of its unveiling. The Apple Watch's design is now officially protected by the US Patent and Trademark Office. The USPTO on Tuesday issued a design patent on the Apple Watch look and feel. The design patent filing provides precious little information, but includes several sketches showing the device from all angles, including from the top, side and underneath the face where the sensor and charging apparatus sit. Getting a design patent is...
  • Apple Pay Is Creaming Walmart in the Mobile Payment Wars

    05/11/2015 2:49:30 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 13 replies
    Time Money ^ | May 10, 2015 | Jacob Davidson
    Walmart and a host of other retailers are trying to make inroads in the mobile payments marketplace. And they're failing. One of the most interesting, least talked about wars in tech is turning into a rout. Ever since Apple launched Apple Pay last year, the iPhone maker has been waging battle against an unexpected competitor: Walmart. And Americaís largest retailer is losing badly. A quick recap on the story so far: Walmart has spent years fighting for lower ďinterchange fees,Ē the 1% to 3% charge that retailers pay to card-issuing banks on every credit-card transaction the retailers process. Those fees...
  • Ex-NSA security bod fanboi: Apple Macs are wide open to malware

    05/09/2015 6:10:00 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 12 replies
    The Register ^ | 5/8/15 | John Leyden
    'I love Apple products, I just wish they were secure' A former NSA staffer turned security researcher is warning that bypassing typical OS X security tools is trivial. Patrick Wardle, a former NSA staffer and NASA intern who now heads up research at crowd-sourced security intelligence firm Synack, found that Apple's defensive Gatekeeper technology can be bypassed allowing unsigned code to run. Apple's Gatekeeper utility is pre-installed in Mac OS X PCs and used to verify code. The tool is designed so that by default it will only allow signed code to run or, depending on settings, only packages from...
  • Apple Watchís Hidden Diagnostic Ports Opens Floodgates For Battery Straps, Innovative Accessories

    05/04/2015 6:17:35 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 7 replies
    Hot Hardware ^ | Monday, May 04, 2015 | Rob Williams
    Apple's Watch launched two weeks ago to some incredible hype (read our review!), and while it almost seemed impossible to not know every single little thing about Cupertino's latest gadget, the company has just one more trick up its sleeve. On one side of the watch face (beneath were you insert the interchangeable straps) is a hidden door that exposes a 6-pin port. It's assumed that this could be used for diagnostic purposes, but with an Apple Watch in hand, company Reserve Strap was able to verify that it could also be used for charging. This is both huge and...
  • Some Users Reported: Skin Irritation And Allergic Reactions Caused by Apple Watch

    05/04/2015 6:12:30 PM PDT · by chevypowell · 22 replies
    Technobezz ^ | MAY 3, 2015 | LIZIDENI
    Apple Watch is a wearable device that always used by us at least in working hours, around 10-12 hours in average, could be more or less. Some users complained about skin irritation and allergic reaction caused by Apple Watch when theyíre wearing the device. Itís not caused by material manufacturing fault which is chosen by Apple for the Apple Watch itself. Apple has done a research and test toward all Straps material of Apple Watch. Apple said:
  • Silicon Valley Then and Now: To Invent the Future, You Must Understand the Past

    05/03/2015 6:00:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    BackChannel ^ | May 1, 2015 | Leslie Berlin
    ¬ďYou can¬ít really understand what is going on now without understanding what came before.¬Ē Steve Jobs is explaining why, as a young man, he spent so much time with the Silicon Valley entrepreneurs a generation older, men like Robert Noyce, Andy Grove, and Regis McKenna. It¬ís a beautiful Saturday morning in May, 2003, and I¬ím sitting next to Jobs on his living room sofa, interviewing him for a book I¬ím writing. I ask him to tell me more about why he wanted, as he put it, ¬ďto smell that second wonderful era of the valley, the semiconductor companies leading into...
  • Apple says EU probe of Irish tax policy could be Ďmaterialí

    05/01/2015 5:26:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Apr 29, 2015 2:44pm EDT | Devika Krishna Kumar
    Apple Inc. said the European Commissionís investigation into Irelandís tax treatment of multinationals could have a ďmaterialĒ impact if it was determined that Dublinís tax policies represented unfair state aid. Apple said that if the EUís investigations concluded against Ireland, the company could be required to pay past taxes for up to 10 years ďreflective of the disallowed state aid.Ē The EU began a formal investigation against Ireland in June last year for alleged state aid to Apple. Ö
  • There's 'lackluster interest' in Apple Watch, says UBS

    05/01/2015 8:34:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 05/01/2015 | Jay Yarow
    Interest in the Apple Watch is "tepid," says UBS analyst Steven Milunovich. Milunovich is lowering his estimates for Apple Watch sales in fiscal year 2016 based on "global search activity." He is predicting Apple sells 31 million Apple Watches, down from a previous estimate of 41 million. Apple's fiscal year starts in October. So, calendar Q4 is fiscal Q1 for Apple. Here's Milunovich explaining his thinking: Our latest Apple Watch Monitor continues to find lackluster interest as measured by global search activity. Watch supply has been limited, but our change is based on demand. We look for 11mn Watches to...
  • 12 Biggest surprises after a week with Apple Watch

    04/30/2015 10:45:28 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 30 replies
    Cult of Mac ^ | April 30, 2015 | Rob LeFebvre
    The Apple Watch keeps surprising us — Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac" Far from being a superfluous device strictly for hard-core Apple fans, the Apple Watch is a surprisingly delightful and useful device.Now that we’ve spent enough time with the latest gadget from the mothership, we’re noticing quite a few sweet little positives (and a couple negatives) about Apple Watch.Bottom line: The more you use this thing, the better it is.The battery lasts longer than expected Many of us were planning on carrying around an extra charger with us to keep Apple Watch’s gorgeous display working well into the afternoon....
  • Tattoo snafu irks inked Apple Watch wearers

    04/30/2015 12:32:28 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4-30-2015 | MATT SIEGEL
    SYDNEY - Early adopters of the Apple Watch are complaining that a number of its key functions are disrupted by their tattoos. Users of the watch, which went on sale last week, took to social media on Thursday under the hashtag #tattoogate to air their frustration with the flaw from Apple's renowned design house. One anonymous user on Reddit, an entertainment, social networking, and user-generated news website, said the device's locking mechanism, which should disengage when the watch detects it is being worn, failed to work on decorated skin. "My hand isn't tattooed and the Watch stayed unlocked. Once I...
  • Will It Blend? - Apple Watch

    04/28/2015 9:57:04 PM PDT · by dayglored · 13 replies
    YouTube, BlendTec ^ | Apr 27, 2015 | BlendTec
    BlendTec's Tom Dickson and his blender of doom take on the new Apple Watch -- with Siri.
  • 23 essential facts from Appleís Q2 fiscal call

    04/28/2015 7:33:47 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 33 replies
    Computerworld ^ | Tuesday, April 28, 2015 | Jonny Evans
    As it does so frequently the expression "Apple beat expectations" is becoming meaningless, Apple beat expectations in Q2 2015, with revenues up 27 percent and profit up 33 percent at $13.6 billion. The iPhone company - iPhone sales grew at 40 percent in the quarter; the market grew just 16 percent (IDC). - Apple is the iPhone company Ė the device accounts for over two thirds of company revenue. - Apple is now selling 8 iPhones each second, up 55 percent year-on-year. - Apple sold 61.2 million in Q2 Ė thatís the equivalent of one for each man, woman and...
  • The science behind smartwatch scratch resistance (Video)

    04/27/2015 9:05:14 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 7 replies
    Consumers' Reports ^ | April 24, 2015 08:00 PM | Glenn Derene
    Is the sapphire crystal on the Apple Watch worth the extra money? The Apple Watch with a sapphire crystal survived a level-9 Mohs pick in our scratch test. Durability is a greater concern for smartwatches than for any other personal electronics device. Sure, cellular phones can take a beating, but at least you can protect them in a case. Smartwatches, by design, are exposed to the elements and vulnerable to any hazards that your arms encouter. With millions of consumers now taking delivery of the new Apple Watch, thatís going to leave a lot of people wondering just how gingerly...
  • Apple pounds Street with record second quarter iPhone and Mac sales

    04/27/2015 8:00:34 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 53 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | April 27, 2015
    Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2015 second quarter ended March 28, 2015. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $58 billion and quarterly net profit of $13.6 billion, or $2.33 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $45.6 billion and net profit of $10.2 billion, or $1.66 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 40.8 percent compared to 39.3 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 69 percent of the quarter’s revenue. The growth was fueled by record second quarter sales of iPhone and Mac and all-time record performance of the...
  • iSmash! Video reveals 'impact-resistant' Apple Watch SHATTERS when dropped (video)

    04/27/2015 6:29:33 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 25 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 27 April 2015 | UPDATED: 08:52 EST | By SARAH GRIFFITHS
    Apple Watch Sport edition costs $349 and has an Ion-X glass screen. 'Durable' screen shattered when the watch's face hit the ground first Screen damage is not covered for free repairs in the Apple Watch warranty. It has been described as a durable and scratch resistant smartwatch and is a considerable investment, costing from $349. But the Apple Watch Sport model has been to shown to shatter easily after being dropped from a height of just under four feet (1.2 metres). Apple claims its watch, which has an Ion-X glass display, is 'protected by a lightweight aluminosilicate glass that's especially...
  • All signs point to Apple announcing a monster earnings report

    04/27/2015 7:58:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/27/2015 | Jay Yarow
    Apple reports earnings for the quarter that ended in March after the market closes on Monday, April 27. Get ready for another monster report. Analysts are expecting big iPhone sales and think Apple could provide a major update to its cash return program. According to data compiled by Bloomberg, analysts are looking for $56 billion in revenue, which would represent 23% growth. Apple's revenue growth is expected to be driven by strong iPhone sales. Analysts are anticipating that Apple sold 58.1 million units, which would be an impressive 33% increase. If Apple sells 58.1 million iPhones, it will be the...
  • Apple Wonít Always Rule. Just Look at IBM.

    04/26/2015 1:50:56 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 48 replies
    The New York Times ^ | APRIL 25, 2015 | By JEFF SOMMER
    Apple canít grow like this forever. No company can. In a few short years, Apple has become the biggest company on the planet by market value ó so big that it dwarfs every other one on the stock market. It dominates the Standard & Poorís 500-stock index as no other company has in 30 years. Appleís market capitalization ó the value of all of the shares of its stock ó is more than $758 billion, greater than any other companyís. Yet the Wall Street consensus is that Apple is still having a growth spurt. In fact, if Appleís watches, phones,...
  • Apple Watch Teardown

    04/24/2015 11:46:02 AM PDT · by Prov1322 · 7 replies
    ifixit.com ^ | 04.24.15 | ifixit tech team
    Time flies: it's been eight months since Apple announced its (digital) crowning achievement, the Apple Watch. Join us as we make time stand still by tearing down the Apple Watchóand see what makes it tick.
  • Apple Watch teardown reveals pulse oximeter, suggesting future measurement of blood oxygen

    04/24/2015 9:20:08 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 21 replies
    9to5Mac ^ | Friday, April 24, 2014 | Ben Lovejoy
    iFixitís teardown of the Apple Watch has revealed that the sophisticated heart-rate monitor used is actually capable of acting as a pulse oximeter, allowing it to calculate the oxygen content of your blood by measuring how much infrared light is absorbed. This data would be useful for health and fitness monitoring, but the functionality is not currently enabled in the watch. As iFixit notes, there are a couple of possible reasons Apple is not currently allowing to watch to display this data Ö First, it may simply be that the company hasnít yet achieved the necessary accuracy and reliability from...
  • iTunes stops working for Windows XP users, Apple security change likely to blame

    04/23/2015 10:13:10 PM PDT · by dayglored · 29 replies
    Venture Beat ^ | April 22, 2015 | Emil Protalinski
    iTunes users who still run Windows XP started to experience connectivity issues this week. As documented in an Apple Support Communities thread, they canít log into the iTunes store, meaning functions like buying content, watching already purchased movies and TV shows, playing DRM-protected content, backing up, updating, and syncing all do not work. The issue has to do with the secure connection iTunes uses to connect to the iTunes Store, meaning it doesnít affect users until they try to log in. While the support thread in question only has some 50 replies at the time of publishing, we expect it...
  • Apple Watch Killer Applications (Vanity)

    04/23/2015 4:04:43 PM PDT · by Rebel_Ace · 33 replies
    Myself, this is a Vanity Post ^ | 4/23/2015 | Rebel_Ace
    Rebel_Ace is bored again, and that can only mean that it's time for some more Photoshop fun! Last time it was Hillary's van. Today, we focus on the Apple Watch, the subject of quite a few FR threads of late. Killer Applications for the Apple Watch Here is a BLANK TEMPLATE for you creative types to download, manipulate and post back here for everyone's amusement (but mostly for my amusement, as I am the one that is bored)
  • The Apple Watch Is Neat, But That Is All

    04/23/2015 1:33:52 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 340 replies
    Business Day Live ^ | April 23 2015, 12:42 UTC | Jeffrey Joslin
    PEOPLE have been raving about the Apple Watch, so it is probably time for a rant from a devilís advocate. For starters, Appleís smartwatch is neat, but that might be the only thing it has going for it. If the productís intended function is providing you with around-the-clock health information, then there are a lot of roadblocks that need to be addressed. Here are five: (...) 1. Battery life is as terrible as you would expect. 2. Too little screen for too much information. 3. It is too big. 4. Even the positive reviews are negative. 5. The Apple Watch...
  • If You Crave an Apple Watch, You Probably Voted for Obama

    04/22/2015 12:46:47 PM PDT · by JOAT · 109 replies
    Yahoo Tech ^ | 4-15-2015 | Dan Tynan
    Just over six percent of Americans plan to buy an Apple Watch this year, according to an online poll of 1,829 US adults conducted by Reuters/Ipsos. If accurate, that means Apple could sell as many as 15 million Watches this year, or more than double the total number of smartwatches sold by all manufacturers in 2014. Who are these Watch watchers? Reuterís interactive polling tool offers an in-depth and occasionally surprising look at the demographics. According to this poll, Apple Watch fans are democratic leaning and college educated, largely male, but not necessarily Caucasian. They own their own homes and...
  • Apple hasn't patched admin privilege backdoor in 10.10.3, it's claimed

    04/22/2015 12:15:54 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 13 replies
    The Register ^ | 21 Apr 2015 at 21:03 | Shaun Nichols
    OS X Yosemite still open to Rootpipe hijacking, says ex-NSA bod Apple's attempt to fix a serious security weakness in OS X has fallen short, leaving users still vulnerable to malware seizing their Macs, it is claimed. Patrick Wardle, director of research at Synack, reckons Cupertino has not been able to fully kill off the so-called "Rootpipe" backdoor that was supposed to be eradicated in last week's OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 update. Apple has refused to address the vulnerability in older versions of OS X, such as version 10.9.x. The Rootpipe vulnerability, present in OS X since at least 2011,...
  • Google pulls plug on YouTube for older iPads, iPhones, smart TVs

    04/21/2015 11:55:15 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 28 replies
    The Register ^ | 21 Apr 2015 | Neil McAllister
    'Try the built-in browser Ė that might work' Pulling the plug Some aging smart TVs, Blu-Ray players, iPhones and iPads are headed for early dotage, thanks to a decision by Google to shut down the older version of its YouTube API. According to a revised product support page, the YouTube apps built into certain devices manufactured in 2012 or earlier will soon stop functioning, beginning this week. The cutoff will apparently happen regardless of whether the manufacturers advertised their devices as supporting YouTube at the time customers bought them. Google, characteristically, has tried to cast the end of service in...
  • L.A. school district demands iPad refund from Apple

    04/17/2015 7:24:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 54 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 16, 2015 | Howard Blume
    The Los Angeles Unified School District is seeking to recoup millions of dollars from technology giant Apple over a problem-plagued curriculum that was provided with iPads intended to be given to every student, teacher and administrator. To press its case, the Board of Education on Tuesday authorized its attorneys in a closed-door meeting to explore possible litigation against Apple and Pearson, the company that developed the curriculum as a subcontractor to Apple. L.A. schools Supt. Ramon C. Cortines ďmade the decision that he wanted to put them on notice, Pearson in particular, that heís dissatisfied with their product,Ē said David...
  • Apple cooperation with antitrust monitor down 'sharply' -report

    04/17/2015 7:54:40 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | APRIL 16, 2015 | BY NATE RAYMOND
    (Reuters) - Apple Inc's cooperation with a court-appointed monitor has "sharply declined" as he reviews the iPad maker's antitrust compliance policies, the monitor wrote in a report to a judge. Michael Bromwich, who became Apple's monitor after it was found liable for conspiring to raise e-book prices, said in a report on Thursday that Apple objected to providing information and "inappropriately" attempted to limit his activities. Bromwich, whose relationship with Apple has been testy since the start, had indicated that relations had improved in a report in October to U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan. However, he said in...
  • Are smartwatches dangerous? Lawyer wants $1 billion campaign to warn drivers

    04/21/2015 2:37:22 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 49 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 21, 2015 | By PARESH DAVE
    An attorney is seeking a court order that four tech giants fund a $1-billion smartwatch warning campaign After the Apple Watch ships to initial customers Friday, thousands of motorists might be sneaking a glance at the smartwatch to read text messages and other alerts. That has at least one person concerned. On Monday, an attorney filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court against Apple, Samsung, Microsoft and Google that seeks a court order for the technology companies to fund a $1-billion public education campaign about the dangers of using a smartwatch while driving. In his lawsuit, Stephen Joseph...
  • How to Pretend Apple Watch Is a Failure No Matter What

    04/17/2015 9:27:26 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 116 replies
    Mac Observer ^ | Apr 13th, 2015 7:50 PM EDT | Bryan Chaffin
    Apple Watch. Seems like Apple has a hit on its corporate hands. Or a preorder hit. The company sold a million Apple Watches in the first 24 hours¬ójust in the U.S.¬óaccording to one piece of analysis. That would make it the most successful new product category launch in Apple's history¬óso what do you do if you've been talking smack about it for months? If you're Roger Kay, you stuff a straw man full of nonsensical numbers that will allow you to declare the device a failure no matter what. It's a neat trick so long as no one applies a...
  • Apple Watch: An Overnight Multi-Billion Dollar Business

    04/19/2015 5:26:04 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 78 replies
    Carl Howe blog ^ | Posted on April 16, 2015 | By Carl Howe
    It was just three years in the making Quick look Hereís the quick summary for those of you who donít have time to read the next 3,000 words. The Apple Watch went on sale for pre-orders on April 10, 2015, and the Apple Store tells us that delivery dates for all orders now stretch into summer and beyond. We know that the initial production run of Apple Watch has sold out; what we donít know is how many Apple Watches that represents. Iíve built a simple model that predicts that the initial run of watches was more than 3 million...
  • Here's what you can do on the Apple Watch without your iPhone

    04/20/2015 3:22:57 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 163 replies
    CNet News ^ | Thursday April 9, 2015 | by Mitchel Broussard
    he Apple Watch is, first and foremost, an iPhone accessory. It might be even more than that eventually, a truly independent gadget, but a vast majority of its current core functions -- making calls, sending messages, getting information, even playing any third-party games -- require your iPhone to be on, have Internet service, and be paired with the Watch via Bluetooth or a shared Wi-Fi network. If you're thinking about getting one, make sure you know that. It requires an iPhone 5 or later, and it can't even be set up without one. Still, the Apple Watch can do a...
  • Here's What It Would Take to Prove Global Warming

    04/20/2015 9:09:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 04/20/2015 | Robert Tracinski
    Recently, Reason‚Äės Ronald Bailey asked what it would take to convince conservatives and libertarians that global warming is real. If generally rising temperatures, decreasing diurnal temperature differences, melting glacial and sea ice, smaller snow extent, stronger rainstorms, and warming oceans are not enough to persuade you that man-made climate [change] is occurring, what evidence would be? This has since been picked up by Jonathan Adler at the Washington Post‚Äės token right-leaning blog, the Volokh Conspiracy. There‚Äôs no pressure: Bailey and Adler merely insinuate that you are ‚Äúobscurantist‚Ä̬óthat is, you hate new knowledge¬óif you don‚Äôt agree. That, by the way¬óthe...
  • The Environmental Insane Asylum

    04/21/2015 8:45:10 AM PDT · by rktman
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 4/21/2015 | Alan Caruba
    arth Day was declared in 1970 and for the past 45 years we have all been living in the Environmental Insane Asylum, being told over and over again to believe things that are the equivalent of Green hallucinations. Now the entire month of April has been declared Earth Month, but in truth not a day goes by when we are not assailed with the bold-faced lies that comprise environmentalism. Around the globe, the worst part of this is that we are being victimized by people we are told to respect from the President of the United States to the Pope...
  • Apple's climate change efforts might be based on misguided idealism

    04/21/2015 1:53:58 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 27 replies
    CIO ^ | Apr 21, 2015 6:03 AM | By Jim Lynch
    Apple has made it clear that it believes in global warming, and that it wants to fix what it regards as a problem. But should the company tone down its rhetoric on the issue? Under the leadership of Tim Cook, Apple has been a vocal advocate for certain policies, including what the company calls "climate change." While some have applauded Apple's commitment to battle global warming, I'm forced to wonder if the company's efforts aren't simply misguided. Don't get me wrong, I think it's great that Apple is paying attention to the environment and that it's aware of its own...
  • DA says Apple, Google software helps terrorists

    04/20/2015 8:33:09 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 47 replies
    Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr. sounded a battle cry Sunday, calling on law-enforcement agencies to battle Apple and Google over software that makes it impossible for authorities to ďdecryptĒ cellphones seized in criminal investigations. The recently rolled-out ďupgradesĒ havenít attracted much general attention, which means police must start pressing elected officials to roll back the terrorist-friendly software, he said. ďApple has created a phone that is dark, that cannot be accessed by law enforcement even when a court has authorized us to look at its contents,Ē Vance warned on ďThe Cats RoundtableĒ show on WNYM/970 AM. ďThatís going to be...