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  • Apple's TouchID Fingerprint Scanner: Still Hackable

    23 September 2014, 5:58 pm by: Soulskill

    electronic convict writes: A year ago, security researcher Marc Rogers demonstrated how to spoof the TouchID sensor in the iPhone 5S using some Elmer's glue and glycerol — oh, and a high resolution camera and a laser printer. Has TouchID security improved at…
  • Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?

    23 September 2014, 8:14 am by: Soulskill

    ourlovecanlastforeve writes: While reviewing a recent comparison of the Nexus 5 and the iPhone 6, OSNews staffer Thom Holwerda raises some relevant points regarding the importance of specs on newer smartphones. He observes that the iPhone 6, which is brand…
  • Apple Sells More Than 10 Million New iPhones In First 3 Days

    22 September 2014, 5:35 pm by: samzenpus

    An anonymous reader writes Apple has announced that it sold over 10 million new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models, just three days after the launch on September 19. From the article: "Chief Executive Tim Cook said the company could have sold even more iPhone 6…
  • Friendly Reminder: Do Not Place Your iPhone In a Microwave

    22 September 2014, 12:29 pm by: samzenpus

    Nerval's Lobster writes Placing your iPhone in the microwave will destroy the phone, and possibly the microwave. While that might seem obvious to some people, others have fallen for the "Wave" hoax making its way around online. The fake advertisement insists…
  • Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

    21 September 2014, 1:48 pm by: timothy

    kyjellyfish writes I've been using iOS 8 for several days and aside from a few gimmicks and add-ons that attempt to achieve parity with Android, my experience has been overwhelmingly unsatisfactory. My chief complaint is that the vast majority of my apps are…
  • Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

    20 September 2014, 1:21 pm by: timothy

    HughPickens.com writes Medium reports that although many startups want to design something that mimics the fit and finish of an Apple product, it's a good way to go out of business. "What happened when Apple wanted to CNC machine a million MacBook bodies a…
  • Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the iPhone 5

    20 September 2014, 10:24 am by: timothy

    Lucas123 writes When the iPhone 5 was launched two years ago, the base $199 (with wireless plan) model came with 16GB of flash memory. Fast forward to this week when the iPhone 6 was launched with the same capacity. Now consider that the cost of 16GB of NAND…
  • U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

    19 September 2014, 9:35 am by: Soulskill

    Squiff writes U2 and Apple are apparently collaborating on a new, "interactive format for music," due to launch in "about 18 months." (A direct interview is available at Time, but paywalled.) Bono said the new tech "can't be pirated" and will re-imagine the…
  • Inside Shenzen's Grey-Market iPhone Mall

    19 September 2014, 8:03 am by: samzenpus

    jfruh writes Despite being largely manufactured in China, iPhones are still too expensive for most Chinese to afford — new ones, anyway. That's why thousands come to a bustling marketplace in Shenzen that specializes in older grey-market iPhones. Many of…
  • Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

    18 September 2014, 7:34 pm by: samzenpus

    HughPickens.com writes When Apple published its first Transparency Report on government activity in late 2013, the document contained an important footnote that stated: "Apple has never received an order under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act. We would…
  • A Beginner's Guide To Programming With Swift

    18 September 2014, 5:46 pm by: timothy

    Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes Earlier this year, Apple executives unveiled Swift, which is meant to eventually replace Objective-C as the programming language of choice for Macs and iOS devices. Now that iOS 8's out, a lot of developers who build apps for…
  • Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

    18 September 2014, 12:59 pm by: timothy

    SternisheFan writes with this selection from a story at the Washington Post: Apple said Wednesday night that it is making it impossible for the company to turn over data from most iPhones or iPads to police — even when they have a search warrant — taking a…
  • Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

    18 September 2014, 3:08 am by: samzenpus

    Ronin Developer writes From the Cnet article: "At last week's Apple event, the company announced Apple Pay — a new mobile payments service that utilizes NFC technology in conjunction with its Touch ID fingerprint scanner for secure payments that can be made…
  • iOS 8 Review

    17 September 2014, 1:05 pm by: Soulskill

    An anonymous reader writes: Apple is releasing iOS 8 today, and Ars Technica has posted one of their huge, thorough reviews of the updated operating system. They have this to say about the UI: "iOS 8 tries to fit a whole lot more stuff onto a single screen…
  • Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

    16 September 2014, 3:10 pm by: Soulskill

    Sockatume writes: If you've been browsing Apple's site leading up to the iPhone 6 launch, you might've noticed something a little odd. Apple has edited the handset's protruding camera out of every single side-on view of the phone. (The camera is, necessarily,…
  • Tim Cook Says Apple Can't Read Users' Emails, That iCloud Wasn't Hacked

    16 September 2014, 12:20 pm by: timothy

    Apple CEO Tim Cook insists that Apple doesn't read -- in fact, says Cook, cannot read -- user's emails, and that the company's iCloud service wasn't hacked. ZDNet presents highlights from Cook's lengthy, two-part interview with Charlie Rose. One selection of…
  • Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

    16 September 2014, 11:13 am by: timothy

    Ronin Developer writes Apple has listened to the complaints of those who object to having received a pushed copy of U2's latest album as part of their recent campaign. While nobody has been charged for the download, some objected to having it show up in their…
  • Why Apple Should Open-Source Swift -- But Won't

    16 September 2014, 3:31 am by: Soulskill

    snydeq writes: Faster innovation, better security, new markets — the case for opening Swift might be more compelling than Apple will admit, writes Peter Wayner. "In recent years, creators of programming languages have gone out of their way to get their code…
  • Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

    15 September 2014, 2:03 am by: samzenpus

    Zanadou writes "Apple may have succeeded at breaking two records at once with the free release of U2's latest album, titled Songs of Innocence, via iTunes. But now, it looks like it's also on track to become one of the worst music publicity stunts of all time.…
  • Chrome For Mac Drops 32-bit Build

    14 September 2014, 6:53 pm by: samzenpus

    jones_supa writes Google has revealed that it's launching the finished 64-bit version of Chrome 39 for OS X this November, which already brought benefits in speed, security and stability on Windows. However at this point the 32-bit build for Mac will cease to…
  • Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

    14 September 2014, 2:00 pm by: samzenpus

    SternisheFan notes reports about why Apple didn't use sapphire glass screens in the latest iPhones as many expected. Sapphire screens were part of the iPhone 6 design until the glass repeatedly cracked during standard drop tests conducted by Apple suppliers.…
  • Early iPhone 6 Benchmark Results Show Only Modest Gains For A8

    13 September 2014, 12:12 am by: Soulskill

    MojoKid writes: Historically speaking, we typically see impressive performance gains each time Apple releases a new custom processor for its mobile products. Certainly that was true of the A7 SoC, the world's first 64-bit smartphone processor. So, can we…
  • iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

    12 September 2014, 11:37 am by: timothy

    Even after the months of hype and speculation, the behind-the-scenes development and manufacture, and then the announcement Tuesday, it seems Apple's servers weren't quite ready for the workout they got from would-be early adopters of its newest iPhone.…
  • Mining iPhones and iCloud For Data With Forensic Tools

    11 September 2014, 1:01 pm by: Soulskill

    SternisheFan points out an article that walks us through the process of using forensic tools to grab data from iPhones and iCloud using forensic tools thought to have been employed in the recent celebrity photo leak. There are a number of ways to break into…
  • Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

    9 September 2014, 2:31 pm by: Soulskill

    Today at Apple's September press conference, they announced the new iPhone 6 models. There are two of them — the iPhone 6 is 4.7" at 1334x750, and the iPhone 6 Plus is 5.5" at 1920x1080. Both phones are thinner than earlier models: 5S: 7.6mm, 6: 6.9mm, 6…

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