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  • Apple Wins Free Speech Award After China Censorship | China Uncensored

    04/25/2017 12:16:14 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 5 replies
    China Uncensored via YouTube ^ | April 24, 2017 | Chris Chapel
    Video at link.
  • Silicon Valley's Tech Entrepreneurs Are Crafting Their Own 'Constitution' On Google Docs

    04/19/2017 5:10:04 AM PDT · by Fedora · 45 replies
    Business Insider via Inc. ^ | 04/18/2017 | Melia Robinson
    Speaking before a crowd at San Francisco's Commonwealth Club on April 14, Sam Altman, president of startup accelerator Y Combinator, said he's spoken to hundreds of tech leaders and investors about creating a set of core values that all tech companies can get behind.There's a Google Doc where the big names in Silicon Valley, whom Altman would not reveal, have been drafting a statement that outlines the tech industry's position on a number of social, economic, and political issues. The document does not have a title or known release date."We're trying to basically figure out, can we come up with...
  • Does Apple have its eye on diabetes?

    04/17/2017 3:12:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Healthcare Dive ^ | April 17, 2017 | Meg Bryant
    Dive Brief: •Apple has hired a team of biomedical engineers to develop noninvasive sensors that can monitor blood sugar and help diabetics manage their disease, CNBC reports, citing three unnamed sources. •The tech giant's secretive team, based in Palo Alto, CA, is part of an initiative first imagined by the late Steve Jobs (Apple’s founder). •If successful, the effort could create a whole new market for devices like the Apple watch. Dive Insight: Apple is already running feasibility trials at Bay Area clinical sites and has engaged consultants to help the company navigate the regulatory requirements for medical devices, the...
  • Analysts are speculating about Apple buying Disney: 'A tech/media juggernaut like no other'

    04/13/2017 10:45:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 13, 2017 | Rob Price
    Could Apple buy Disney? It would be a huge deal, worth hundreds of billions of dollars — and that's what analysts are speculating about on Thursday. Research from RBC Capital Markets says such a merger would produce a "tech/media juggernaut like no other" — the combination of the biggest tech company in the world and a near-century-old cultural titan. "The resultant company would be massive, with enough cash and balance sheet capacity to change the nature of the hardware, service, and content industries," the analysts wrote in a note to investors....
  • That Fingerprint Sensor on Your Phone Is Not as Safe as You Think

    04/10/2017 9:56:44 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 25 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 10, 2017 | By VINDU GOEL
    . . .New findings published Monday by researchers at New York University and Michigan State University suggest that smartphones can easily be fooled by fake fingerprints digitally composed of many common features found in human prints. In computer simulations, the researchers from the universities were able to develop a set of artificial “MasterPrints” that could match real prints similar to those used by phones as much as 65 percent of the time. The researchers did not test their approach with real phones, and other security experts said the match rate would be significantly lower in real-life conditions. Still, the findings...
  • The Mac Pro Lives

    04/05/2017 5:19:44 AM PDT · by PIF · 58 replies
    Daring Fireball ^ | Tuesday, 4 April 2017 | John Gruber
    Apple is currently hard at work on a “completely rethought” Mac Pro, with a modular design that can accommodate high-end CPUs and big honking hot-running GPUs, and which should make it easier for Apple to update with new components on a regular basis. They’re also working on Apple-branded pro displays to go with them. These next-gen Mac Pros and pro displays “will not ship this year”. (I hope that means “next year”, but all Apple said was “not this year”.) In the meantime, Apple is today releasing meager speed-bump updates to the existing Mac Pros.
  • Apple just pulled off one of the great engineering feats of all time

    03/29/2017 11:56:48 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 89 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | March 29, 2017
    “Apple just pulled off one of the great engineering feats of all time by upgrading a few hundred million devices to a new file system,” Dave Farrington writes for NoodleMac. “Folks, that’s no mean feat.” “At the heart of all the cosmetic changes and app updates in iOS 10 this week, came a big one. APFS. That’s Apple’s new file system, now standard on iPhone, iPad, and Watch; and coming soon to macOS,” Farrington writes. “Think 20th century vs. 21st century. Also, think Apple against the rest of the world – especially criminals and governments – which does not seem...
  • President Trump dumps his Android phone for an Apple iPhone

    03/29/2017 10:33:27 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 29 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | March 29, 2017
    According to Dan Scavino, White House Director of Social Media, President Trump has now switched from some random unsecured Android phone (possibly a Samsung Galaxy model) to a real Apple iPhone. Apple iPhones are more secure than Android phones. In fact, earlier this month, it was reported that 36 widely-used Android devices shipped with malware preinstalled. Numerous Samsung Galaxy phones populate that list of malware-infested iPhone knockoffs. President TrumpFor years on Twitter, the 45th president extolled the Samsung’s large phone displays in the years when Apple hadn’t yet made — and was, frankly, years late — to making iPhones with larger...
  • After once calling for a boycott of Apple, President Trump is now using a 'new iPhone'

    03/29/2017 8:38:53 AM PDT · by House Atreides · 22 replies
    9to5mac.com ^ | March 28, 2017 | Chance Miller
    This evening, however, Dan Scavino Jr, director of social media and senior advisor to President Trump, revealed that the president has been using his “new iPhone for the past couple of weeks.” Scavino also confirmed that yes, it’s still President Trump himself behind most of those tweets. A piece from The New York Times earlier this year highlighted the problems associated with Trump using an insecure and outdated Android device. The report explained that many of Trump’s advisors and aides, not to mention the Secret Service, had issue with the president using the “old, unsecured Android phone.”
  • Apple says recent WikiLeaks CIA docs detail old, fixed iPhone and Mac exploits

    03/24/2017 2:35:08 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 9 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | March 23, 2017 | by Matthew Panzarino
    Apple says that its preliminary assessments of the WikiLeaks documents released today indicate that the vulnerabilities it details for iPhone and Mac were fixed years ago. The documents, which originated with the CIA, detailed a variety of methods for compromising — breaking into — Apple devices if an agent was able to gain physical access to the device.The leaks were a part of the “Vault7″ documents, which WikiLeaks has been dribbling out. Some of the exploits, like NightSkies, could access personal info like call logs and SMS conversations — but only with physical access.Apple’s full statement is as follows We...
  • iPad Optics (Apple’s iPad has an installed base of over 300 million, far larger than the Mac’s)

    03/24/2017 10:11:52 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 16 replies
    Asymco ^ | March 24, 2017 | By Horace Dediu
    The iPad has an installed base of over 300 million. This is a far larger audience than that of the Mac (which has somewhere between 100 million and 150 million). And whereas the iPad acquired this audience in about 7 years, the Mac took 33 years.Curiously however, it is the iPad that is seen as the more fragile product. The iPad is considered to be failing, with a presumption of an end of life in the near future. The evidence of this failure the year-on-year decline in units sold. This is illustrated by the following graph.  Note that the iPad decline is paired with...
  • Wikileaks Releases "NightSkies 1.2": Proof CIA Bugs "Factory Fresh" iPhones

    03/23/2017 7:34:38 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 63 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 03/23/17 | Tyler Durden
    A new WikiLeaks Vault 7 leak titled “Dark Matter” claims that the Central Intelligence Agency has been bugging “factory fresh” iPhones since at least 2008 through suppliers. The documents are expected to be released after a 10 a.m. EDT “press briefing” that WikiLeaks promoted on its Twitter. And here is the full press release from WikiLeaks: Today, March 23rd 2017, WikiLeaks releases Vault 7 "Dark Matter", which contains documentation for several CIA projects that infect Apple Mac Computer firmware (meaning the infection persists even if the operating system is re-installed) developed by the CIA's Embedded Development Branch (EDB). These documents...
  • WikiLeaks Vault 7 Leak Claims CIA Bugs ‘Factory Fresh’ iPhones

    03/23/2017 8:33:48 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 33 replies
    Heavy.com ^ | March 23, 2017 | By S.J. Prince
    A new WikiLeaks Vault 7 leak titled “Dark Matter” claims, with unreleased documents, that the Central Intelligence Agency has been bugging “factory fresh” iPhones since at least 2008. WikiLeaks further claims that the CIA has the capability to permanently bug iPhones, even if their operating systems are deleted or replaced.The documents are expected to be released after a 10 a.m. EDT “press briefing” that WikiLeaks promoted on its Twitter. RELEASE: CIA #Vault7 "Dark Matter" https://t.co/pgnfeODXVB pic.twitter.com/vkI16f3vMD— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) March 23, 2017 Watch a livestream of the Julian Assange led event here. WATCH: WikiLeaks Vault 7 Livestream on CIA ‘Dark Matter’...
  • Why Apple announced its new, low-priced iPad with such little fanfare

    03/21/2017 1:58:01 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 130 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | March 21, 2017 -- 3:30PM
    Apple just dropped a new iPad with all the excitement of an IRS audit,” Daniel Howley writes for Yahoo Finance. “That is to say, there was none. It feels like the company just woke up Tuesday morning and decided, ‘Hey, let’s announce a new iPad.’ Instead of a flashy event like Apple usually holds when it debuts a new product, we simply got a press release. I’ve had dentist appointments that were more thrilling than Apple’s latest announcement.” “So why did Apple, the company that basically owns the tablet market, debut a new iPad without making a big show of...
  • This laptop-bricking USB stick just got even more dangerous (video at source site)

    03/18/2017 6:54:27 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 52 replies
    ZDNet ^ | March 16, 2017 -- 19:42 GMT (12:42 PDT) | By Zack Whittaker
    When plugged in, this weaponized USB stick can destroy laptops, kiosks, ATMs, cars, and more. (Image: USBKill) Remember that USB stick that would destroy almost anything in its path, from laptops, photo booths, kiosks, to even cars? Now there's a new version, and it's even more dangerous than before. In case you missed it the first time around, a Hong Kong-based company built a weaponized pocket-sized USB stick, which when plugged into a device, will rapidly charge its capacitors from the USB power supply and then discharge, frying the affected device's circuits. Dubbed the USB Kill stick, it fries almost...
  • Apple CEO: Globalization 'in general is great for the world'

    03/18/2017 4:39:05 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 18, 2017 | Nikita Vladimirov
    Apple CEO Tim Cook defended globalization on Saturday, arguing that it is generally "great for the world." During a public speech in China, Cook reportedly warned world leaders against abandoning globalization even though gains are not equally distributed within nations. “I think the worst thing would be to—because it didn’t help everyone—is to say it’s bad and do less of that,” Cook said during his speech at an annual conference sponsored by the Chinese government, The Wall Street Journal reported. “I think the reality is you can see that countries in the world … that isolate themselves, it’s not good...
  • U.S. appeals court tosses patent verdict against Apple

    03/01/2017 3:10:10 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 1, 2017 | By Jan Wolfe
    A federal appeals court has thrown out a jury verdict that had originally required Apple Inc to pay $533 million to Smartflash LLC, a technology developer and licenser that claimed Apple's iTunes software infringed its data storage patents. The trial judge vacated the large damages award a few months after a Texas federal jury imposed it in February 2015, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said on Wednesday the judge should have ruled Smartflash's patents invalid and set aside the verdict entirely. A unanimous three-judge appeals panel said Smartflash's patents were too "abstract" and did not...
  • Apple investors reject diversity proposal

    02/28/2017 4:00:06 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 27 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | February 28, 2017 | Troy Wolverton
    Apple touts its commitment to diversity, but its shareholders don’t seem to care all that much about it. On Tuesday, Apple investors overwhelmingly rejected a proposal that would have urged the company to ramp up its efforts to hire African Americans, Latinos and other people of color for its board of directors and senior management positions. As is the case at many tech companies, members of such groups have been underrepresented at Apple compared with the general population.
  • New macOS ransomware spotted in the wild

    02/22/2017 5:15:34 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 10 replies
    Macworld ^ | February 22, 2017 | By Lucian Constantin
    The program’s creator asks for payments but doesn’t have the encryption key to unlock victims’ files A new file-encrypting ransomware program for macOS is being distributed through BitTorrent websites, and users who fall victim to it won’t be able to recover their files, even if they pay. Crypto ransomware programs for macOS are rare. This is the second such threat found in the wild so far, and it’s a poorly designed one. The program was named OSX/Filecoder.E by the malware researchers from antivirus vendor ESET who found it. OSX/Filecoder.E masquerades as a cracking tool for commercial software like Adobe Premiere...
  • McDonald’s Reengineered The Straw And Is Selling It Like Apple Product

    02/17/2017 10:24:03 AM PST · by Windcatcher · 45 replies
    vocativ ^ | Feb 16, 2017 at 12:50 PM ET | Alejandro Alba
    McDonald’s is known for its Big Mac, Happy Meals, and creepy clown mascot, but not for trying to be innovative with technology. Yet, the fast food chain restaurant teamed up with aerospace and robotic engineering firms to reinvent the straw and make it easier to drink its Chocolate Shamrock shakes.