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  • How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft

    8:23am By timothy
    HughPickens.com writes James B. Stewart writes in the NYT that in 1998 Bill Gates said in an interview that he "couldn't imagine a situation in which Apple would ever be bigger and more profitable than Microsoft" but less than two decades later, Apple, with a…
  • Wi-Fi Issues Continue For OS X Users Despite Updates

    Fri 1:53pm By Soulskill
    itwbennett writes: Although Apple has never officially acknowledged issues surrounding Yosemite and Wi-Fi connectivity, the company is clearly aware of the problem: Leading off the improvements offered in the update 10.10.2 update released Tuesday was…
  • The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

    Wed 10:22am By Soulskill
    HughPickens.com writes: Five years ago, Steve Jobs introduced the iPad and insisted that it would do many things better than either a laptop or a smartphone. Will Oremus writes at Future Tense that by most standards, the iPad has been a success, and the tablet…
  • Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

    Wed 3:37am By Soulskill
    jmcbain writes: Yesterday, Apple reported its financial results for the quarter ending December 27, 2014. The company posted $18 billion in profit (on $74 billion in revenue), the largest quarterly profit by any company, ever. The previous record was $16…
  • Apple Agrees To Chinese Security Audits of Its Products

    Jan 23, 2015, 3:00 am By samzenpus
    itwbennett writes According to a story in the Beijing News, Apple CEO Tim Cook has agreed to let China's State Internet Information Office to run security audits on products the company sells in China in an effort to counter concerns that other governments are…
  • Researchers Use Siri To Steal Data From iPhones

    Jan 19, 2015, 6:03 pm By samzenpus
    wiredmikey writes "Using Apple's voice-activated Siri function, security researchers have managed to steal sensitive information from iOS smartphones in a stealthy manner. Luca Caviglione of the National Research Council of Italy and Wojciech Mazurczy of the…
  • Why Run Linux On Macs?

    Jan 18, 2015, 8:27 am By timothy
    jones_supa writes Apple has always had attractive and stylish hardware, but there are always some customers opting to run Linux instead of OS X on their Macs. But why? One might think that a polished commercial desktop offering designed for that specific…
  • 'Be My Eyes' App Crowdsources Help For the Blind

    Jan 16, 2015, 4:03 pm By Soulskill
    An anonymous reader writes: A new not-for-profit app, Be My Eyes, aims to help the visually-impaired by connecting them with volunteer users who can support them in their daily lives via live video calls. Once downloaded, Be My Eyes asks the user to identify…
  • Apple Awarded Gesture-Control Patent

    Jan 13, 2015, 5:50 pm By Soulskill
    mpicpp points out a report that Apple has been awarded a broad patent for gesture control of a computer interface (8,933,876). The company inherited the patent after their acquisition of motion-sensor company PrimeSense in 2013. (PrimeSense's technology is…
  • Glitch In OS X Search Can Expose Private Details of Apple Mail Users

    Jan 9, 2015, 12:55 pm By timothy
    itwbennett (1594911) writes "The potential privacy risk in Apple's OS X Yosemite, first reported by German tech news site Heise and confirmed by IDG News Service, appears when people use the Spotlight Search feature, which also indexes emails received with the…
  • First OSX Bootkit Revealed

    Jan 8, 2015, 5:32 pm By samzenpus
    Trailrunner7 writes A vulnerability at the heart of Apple's Mac OS X systems—one thus far only partially addressed by Apple—opens the door to the installation of malicious firmware bootkits that resist cleanup and give hackers persistent, stealthy control…
  • EFF: Apple's Dev Agreement Means No EFF Mobile App For iOS

    Jan 8, 2015, 2:39 pm By samzenpus
    schwit1 writes The EFF launched a new app that will make it easier for people to take action on digital rights issues using their phone. The app allows folks to connect to their action center quickly and easily, using a variety of mobile devices. Sadly,…
  • Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive

    Jan 5, 2015, 12:27 pm By samzenpus
    mrspoonsi writes Respected developer Marco Arment is worried about Apple's future. In a blog post, he writes, "Apple's hardware today is amazing — it has never been better. But the software quality has taken such a nosedive in the last few years that I'm…
  • Sony, Facebook, Google, Samsung, Apple, and Microsoft Now All Have a Hand In VR

    Jan 4, 2015, 10:55 am By samzenpus
    An anonymous reader writes The Oculus Kickstarter breathed new life into consumer virtual reality when it raised more than $2.4 million just three years ago. Now, at the onset of 2015, some of the world's biggest tech companies have a vested interest in the…
  • Apple Faces Class Action Lawsuit For Shrinking Storage Space In iOS 8

    Jan 1, 2015, 10:08 pm By samzenpus
    An anonymous reader notes that Apple is being sued over claims that iOS 8 uses too much storage space on the company's devices. "Ever wonder why there never is enough space on your iPhone or iPad? A lawsuit filed this week against Apple Inc. alleges that…
  • Putting a MacBook Pro In the Oven To Fix It

    Tue 2:53pm By Soulskill
    An anonymous reader writes: A post at iFixit explains how one user with a failing MacBook Pro fixed it by baking it in the oven. The device had overheating issues for months, reaching temperatures over 100 C. When it finally died, some research suggested the…
  • Apple Pay For the UK

    Dec 29, 2014, 6:30 pm By samzenpus
    An anonymous reader writes about when Apple Pay will be available in the UK. "A major UK bank's concern over data collected by Apple Pay is reportedly stalling negotiations to launch the mobile payments service in the country by 'the first half of 2015.' The…
  • High Speed DIY M&M Sorting Machine Uses iPhone Brain

    Dec 26, 2014, 1:28 pm By Soulskill
    HughPickens.com writes: Canoe Tech reports that M&M sorting machines are a popular project for people who like combining electronics, programming and machine building. Most of them send a single M&M down a chute to a simple color sensor where the color sensor…
  • Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

    Dec 24, 2014, 1:14 pm By samzenpus
    An anonymous reader writes "The BBC reports: "Sony Pictures is to distribute its film The Interview online, after a cyber-attack and a row over its release. The film will be offered on a dedicated website — seetheinterview.com — as well as via Google and…
  • De-escalating the Android Patent War

    Dec 23, 2014, 11:08 pm By Soulskill
    In 2011, a consortium formed from Microsoft, Apple, Sony, BlackBerry, and others spent $4.5 billion acquiring Nortel's patent portfolio, which contained a great deal of ammunition that could be used against Android. That threat has now been reduced. Today,…
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