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  • Y'all have a Texas accent? Siri (and the world) might be slowly killing it

    02/10/2016 1:48:23 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 58 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10 Feb 16 | Tom Dart
    'People speak to machines differently than how they speak to people,' says language technology expert Alan Black. It was a simple enough question, at least in this part of the world. "How can we mosey on down to the rodeo?" my friend Ben Crook drawled, sat in a rocking chair on his front porch, a can of Lone Star beer in his left hand on a humid night in Houston. Only one thing jarred with this otherwise stereotypical Texas scene: Crook was asking Siri, the voice-activated digital personal assistant on his iPhone, rather than, say, a passing sheriff on horseback...
  • ‘Huge’ number of Mac apps vulnerable to hijacking, and a fix is elusive

    02/09/2016 2:38:59 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 13 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | February 9, 2016
    “Camtasia, uTorrent, and a large number of other Mac apps are susceptible to man-in-the-middle attacks that install malicious code, thanks to a vulnerability in Sparkle, the third-party software framework the apps use to receive updates,” Dan Goodin reports for Ars Technica. “The vulnerability is the result of apps that use a vulnerable version of Sparkle along with an unencrypted HTTP channel to receive data from update servers. It involves the way Sparkle interacts with functions built into the WebKit rendering engine to allow JavaScript execution.” “As a result, attackers with the ability to manipulate the traffic passing between the end...
  • Anodizing (Or the beauty of corrosion)

    02/06/2016 8:20:33 PM PST · by Utilizer · 26 replies
    YouTube ^ | Published on Feb 24, 2014 | Anna Berney
    Anodizing (Or the beauty of corrosion) Bill describes how metals like aluminum and titanium are made resistant to corrosion by growing an oxide layer into the metals. These is the same process used on many Apple products.
  • Scareware Signed With Apple Cert Targets OS X Machines

    02/06/2016 7:24:03 PM PST · by Utilizer · 28 replies
    Threatpost ^ | February 5, 2016 , 11:31 am | Michael Mimoso
    A unique scareware campaign targeting Mac OS X machines has been discovered, and it's likely the developer behind the malware has been at it a while since the installer that drops the scareware is signed with a legitimate Apple developer certificate. "Sadly, this particular developer certificate (assigned to a Maksim Noskov) has been used for probably two years in similar attacks," said Johannes Ullrich, dean of research of the SANS Institute's Internet Storm Center, which on Thursday publicly disclosed the campaign. "So far, it apparently hasn't been revoked by Apple." Ullrich said he happened upon the scam while investigating some...
  • Apple now accepting your banged-up iPhone

    02/05/2016 12:46:46 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 5, 2016 2:28 PM EST
    Apple for the first time is accepting banged up iPhones as a trade-in from those wanting to upgrade. Until now, Apple offered credit to iPhone owners only if the device had an intact screen and working buttons. Apple hopes that with more leeway, applicable only to iPhone 5 and later models, more people will upgrade to new iPhones. ...
  • True scale of Apple’s spaceship campus revealed in new flyover video

    02/04/2016 12:24:27 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 46 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | February 3, 2016 | By Trevor Mogg
    In the latest drone flyover video of Apple's so-called "spaceship" campus, the true scale of the ambitious project has never been clearer. The footage, uploaded to YouTube this week by drone enthusiast Duncan Sinfield, shows that the gargantuan circular structure is moving steadily toward completion, with significant progress made in the last five months alone. The swish new headquarters will become the workplace of some 14,000 Apple employees when it opens its doors toward the end of this year or early next. Besides the main building, the footage also gives us a look at what'll be the circular entrance to...
  • Apple hit with $626 million damages in patent case

    02/03/2016 8:38:45 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    Computerworld New Zealand ^ | 04 February, 2016 09:20 | Martyn Williams (IDG News Service)
    A jury in the Eastern District of Texas found for patent licensing company Virnet X A jury in Texas has decided Apple must pay $626 million for infringing four patents held by a Nevada-based patent licensing company. The patents cover technology used in Apple's VPN on Demand software back to 2009, its FaceTime messaging system back to 2010, and its iMessage software. The trial follows one in 2012 in which Apple was found to infringe on Virnet X patents but managed to overturn the verdict on appeal. On Wednesday, a jury in the Eastern District of Texas found for VirnetX...
  • Apple’s Siri will now direct mothers to abortion facilities

    02/02/2016 7:02:53 AM PST · by wagglebee · 28 replies
    LifeSiteNew ^ | 2/1/16 | Father Mark Hodges
    CUPERTINO, California, February 2, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Want to abort your baby?  There's an app for that. Apple has "fixed" its software, "Siri," to correctly interpret inquiries for abortion business locations. "Siri" is an "intelligent personal assistant" on the Apple iPhone that you can use to find pretty much anything. Simply say, "Where can I get a good steak?," and the Siri software will list steakhouses near your location. But say, "Where can I get an abortion?," and, since 2011, Siri would look up "abortion" –but because abortion facilities are deceptive in their titles (they never use the A-word, but...
  • Bill plans to ban iPhones from being sold in New York, Apple would face fines of $2,500 per device

    01/30/2016 10:53:46 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 29 replies
    Biz PAC Review ^ | 01/30/16 | Eric Boehm
    A New York lawmaker has proposed a bill that would ban iPhones from being sold in the state, unless Apple provides special "back doors" that would allow law enforcement to spy on users. That's a double dose of the Nanny State: setting rules for what can be bought and sold, while giving the government an easier way to spy on residents' everyday activities. The bill is sponsored by State Assemblyman Matthew Titone, D-Staten Island, and it would mandate that iPhones and other cell phones sold in New York be "capable of being decrypted and unlocked." The bill has support, perhaps...
  • Apple is trying to change its story, and it will not work

    01/27/2016 3:18:45 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/27/2016 | Jay Yarrow
    The Apple story is all screwed up right now. The iPhone is out of growth, so Apple wants to be seen as a services company like Amazon, Facebook, or Google. For Apple, services include things like app sales, iCloud revenue, Apple Pay, Apple Music, and iTunes. This is a wonderful idea, but there's a problem: Apple's services revenue is tied to the strength of its iPhone business, which is projected to drop this year. Apple can argue that it will be able to squeeze more revenue out of its installed base, but on its earnings call the company said the...
  • FCC wants more companies making cable boxes

    01/27/2016 2:57:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 27, 2016 4:14 PM EST | Tali Arbel
    The government wants to make it easier for you to buy and use cable boxes from companies other than your cable provider. This could help companies like TiVo, Roku and Apple deliver a cable feed, too, as part of their video recorders or streaming-TV devices. Introducing competition could also help lower people's cable bills. The Federal Communications Commission says that 99 percent of cable and satellite TV customers rent boxes from their cable providers, and that the price of cable boxes has nearly tripled since 1994. Meanwhile, prices of common consumer electronics like cellphones, TVs and computers have fallen sharply....
  • MacDailyNews presents live notes from Apple’s Q116 Conference Call (prerecorded)

    01/26/2016 5:02:57 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 7 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | January 26, 2016 | Mac Daily News Staff
    (Read the bullet points from the bottom to the top to get the correct order of events and points as they were made in the conference call as made.--Swordmaker) MacDailyNews presents live notes from Apple's Q116 Conference Call with analysts starting at 5pm EDT/2pm PDT today.Apple will provide live audio streaming of its Q116 Results Conference Call using Apple's industry-leading QuickTime multimedia software.The live webcast will begin at 2pm PDT/ 5pm EDT today here.Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2016 first quarter ended December 26, 2015. The Company posted record quarterly revenue of $75.9 billion and record quarterly...
  • Why Apple's iPhone Q4 Earnings Beat Droid's Lifetime Revenues

    01/25/2016 8:24:21 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 9 replies
    Invetopedia ^ | January 25, 2016 | By Euny Hong
    Turn on the Android spigot, please. According to Oracle Corp. (ORCL), Alphabet Inc.'s (GOOG) free mobile operating system Android has generated $31 billion in revenues for the company. The Redwood Shores, Calif.-based company has filed a lawsuit accusing Google of using Java to develop Android without paying dues. “Look at the extraordinary magnitude of commerciality here,” Oracle attorney Annette Hurst is quoted as telling a federal magistrate attorney judge in the courtroom in a Bloomberg piece. The revenue amount for Android is not peanuts. But, it still falls short of Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) earnings from iPhone by a wide...
  • Apple Announces Fiscal 1Q16 Results, Misses Revenue Estimates (part 1 of 8)

    01/27/2016 11:10:51 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 7 replies
    NASDAQ ^ | Jan 27, 2016 11:59 am EST | By Adam Rogers
    Apple revenues increase 1.7% YoY On January 26, 2016, Apple (AAPL) announced its fiscal 1Q16 results. Its revenues of $75.9 billion were lower than analysts' estimates of $77 billion. But EPS (earnings per share) of $3.28 was better than the $3.25 that analysts were expecting.Apple's EPS grew from $3.06 in fiscal 1Q15 to $3.28 in fiscal 1Q16, mainly due to the aggressive share buyback program it's been following. Enlarge GraphEarnings beat analysts' estimate Apple's net income (or earnings) was $18.4 billion on revenues of $75.9 billion for fiscal 1Q16, beating consensus analyst estimates of $18.2 billion. In comparison, Apple's net...
  • Apple reports a quarterly profit of $18.4 billion, the largest in history

    01/27/2016 2:06:32 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 19 replies
    The Verge ^ | January 26, 2016 | By Ben Popper
    But the company predicted revenue will decline next quarter, its first drop in years Apple's profits typically skyrocket during the fourth quarter, when new models of the iPhone often arrive and shiny new devices are purchased as holiday gifts. Last yearApple notched a record $18 billion in profit during this period, the largest ever recorded by a single public corporation. This year the company topped that, generating a profit of $18.4 billion on $75.9 billion in revenue during the last three months of 2015. The average sale price for its best selling devices, the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, was also...
  • Now California state wants to ban sale of encrypted smartphones

    01/21/2016 8:06:48 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 25 replies
    ZDnet ^ | January 21, 2016 | By Zack Whittaker
    The bill, similar to a New York draft law, would prevent companies like Apple from selling its encryption-enabled iPhone on its own turf. California: home of the world's biggest technology companies, terrible bagels, and the only place that can suffer both drought and floods at the same time. Despite the state's deep tech roots, California's legislature is considering banning devices that come with unbreakable encryption. SECURITY As New York looks to ban encrypted smartphones, here's what you can do As New York looks to ban encrypted smartphones, here's what you can do A new website lets New Yorkers vote on...
  • Linux Trojan captures audio and takes screenshots

    01/20/2016 8:26:27 PM PST · by Utilizer · 4 replies
    InfoWorld ^ | Jan 20, 2016 | Jim Lynch
    Security is something that is always on the minds of users these days, and that includes those who use Linux. TechWeek Europe has a disturbing article about a Linux trojan that captures audio and takes screenshots. It remains to be seen how widespread this Trojan is among Linux users and what the exact attack vector is for it. Steve McCaskill reports for TechWeek Europe: Security researchers have found a new Linux Trojan capable of taking screenshots of infected systems and even recording sound. Russian anti-virus firm Dr Web says that once the Linux.Ekoms.1 malware is launched it checks for two...
  • Why Apple Defends Encryption

    01/20/2016 9:05:49 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 27 replies ^ | January 20, 2016 -- 19:53 GMT | by Rich Mogull
    The Intercept recently reported that Apple CEO Tim Cook, in a private meeting with White House officials and other technology leaders, criticized the federal government’s stance on encryption and technology back doors (see "Tim Cook Confronts the White House Over Encryption," 14 January 2016). As it was a private meeting, we don't know exactly what happened, and The Intercept is admittedly biased on this issue, but such statements would certainly align with Cook's previous public positions. This is just the latest in Apple's spats with the government over encryption -- I first wrote about them in “Apple and Google Spark...
  • Tech giants, farmers voice support for Samsung in Apple patent spat

    01/19/2016 2:15:12 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 9 replies
    C-Net ^ | January 18, 2016 | by Shara Tibken
    Samsung's got some new friends in its legal battle against Apple -- including farmers, African American small businesses and an electronics retailer. Legal experts, nonprofit organizations and technology companies have filed amicus or "friend of the court" briefs in support of Samsung, urging the US Supreme Court to consider the patent-infringement case. They want the nation's highest court to better define design patents and limit the damages that can be awarded. And they're using Apple v. Samsung as the case that hopefully gets the federal government to enact patent reforms, preventing so-called patent trolls from cashing in on intellectual property....
  • Apple, Microsoft, Samsung Linked To Child Mining In DRC, Says Amnesty International Report

    01/19/2016 10:51:00 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    forbes ^ | 1-19-2016 | Abigail Tracy
    Tech giants - Apple, Samsung and Microsoft among them - are under fire following the release of a new report that links the companies to the child mining of cobalt in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. As portable electronics such as smartphones, tablets and laptops become more and more ubiquitous, the global demand for rechargeable batteries and in turn cobalt - a major component in lithium-ion batteries - continues to grow. According to estimates, the African country is responsible for more than 50% of the world's cobalt production, a portion of which is sourced from artisanal mines in the...
  • The 2-Year Phone Contract Is Dead

    01/19/2016 3:15:13 AM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 54 replies
    The Fool ^ | January 18, 2016 21:16 UTC | Adam Levy
    You won't be getting a subsidy on your new smartphone in 2016. AT&T (NYSE:T) and Sprint (NYSE:S) are the last two of the four major wireless carriers to do away with the two-year phone contract and subsidy model. Now, any new contract requires customers to pay for their new smartphone upfront or in installments separate from their service bill. Verizon (NYSE:VZ) killed off smartphone subsidies in August, and T-Mobile (NASDAQ:TMUS) is now three years removed from its Uncarrier initiative that kicked off this whole trend. Ultimately, wireless carriers could be better off for it, and big phone companies like Apple...
  • Donal Trump says he will force Apple to build its "computers and things" in the United States

    01/18/2016 5:29:49 PM PST · by Tzfat · 124 replies
    9 To 5 Mac ^ | 1/18/2016 | Chance Miller
    Trump told the audience at Liberty University that to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States he would make Apple "build their damn computers and things in this country." While this isn't a bad idea, or even the first time it has been suggested, Trump didn't offer any specifics on how he would force Apple to abruptly change its manufacturing. "Please, we have such amazing people in this country: smart, sharp, energetic, they're amazing," Trump said. 'I was saying make America great again, and I actually think we can say now, and I really believe this, we're gonna get...
  • Apple's Gatekeeper Bypassed Again

    01/15/2016 7:46:38 PM PST · by Utilizer · 7 replies
    Engadget ^ | January 15, 2016 | Roberto Baldwin
    Back in September, Synack security researcher Patrick Wardle disclosed a nasty issue with Apple's nefarious-app stopping Gatekeeper system in OS X. While the software is great at stopping malware-infected apps that users have downloaded from the bowels of the internet, it did have a flaw: a signed app could, upon launch, initiate an unsigned program if it resided in the same directory. Because the end user is never aware that this second application is launching, it's a great way to infect a computer. As a responsible researcher, Wardle informed Apple and got a security update as a result. That should...
  • Apple Stock Is Headed for $80 or Less in Coming Months, These Charts Reveal

    01/15/2016 2:12:11 PM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 10 replies
    The Street ^ | January 16, 2016 14:29 UTC | Ken Goldberg
    Apple (AAPL - Get Report) stock will fall to $80 or less in the next few months, according to comprehensive technical analysis. That prediction is based on the same set of analytical tools that yielded this Oct. 2 forecast that Apple shares would rise to the $120 area after hitting an August low of $92.00. The same day that forecast was published, the stock closed at $109. By the end of November, the stock reached the target level and began to roll back down. In that analysis, the decision support engine's algorithms showed that after the stock tested $120, the...
  • Apple's board calls diversity proposal 'unduly burdensome and not necessary'

    01/15/2016 11:24:30 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 13 replies
    CNN Money ^ | January 15, 2016 | Sara Ashley O'Brien
    Apple's board is telling investors to reject a new diversity proposal, calling it "unduly burdensome." The company, like other big tech firms, has been criticized in recent years for being mostly male and predominantly white. Last year, Apple CEO Tim Cook sang the praises of a diverse workforce. He said diversity is a "readily solvable issue" that can be fixed. But Apple's board of directors opposes a new proposal to increase diversity among its board and senior management. The proposal, submitted by Apple shareholder Antonio Avian Maldonado, would require an accelerated recruitment policy to change the company's organizational makeup. The...
  • Apple iPhone ban? New York looks to outlaw sale of encrypted smartphones[$2,500 Fine]

    01/15/2016 10:38:03 AM PST · by Theoria · 78 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 14 Jan 2016 | Liam Tung
    A proposed bill in New York seeks to require that all smartphones sold in the state can be decrypted or unlocked and proposes hefty fines for vendors failing to comply.The proposed law marks the latest effort by lawmakers to make it easier for law enforcement to access and read encrypted data stored on smartphones. Should the proposed bill successfully pass through New York's state assembly and senate, Apple and Google could face fines of $2,500 per device sold in the state after January 1, 2016, if a retailer knowingly sold a smartphone that could not be unlocked or decrypted by...
  • Apple's Tim Cook pushes White House to take stand on encryption

    01/13/2016 1:41:32 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 10 replies
    cnet ^ | 1-14-2016 | Katie Collins
    The CEO makes a case for standing against the use of back doors, or intentional security vulnerabilities that let law enforcement poke into your private information. It seems Apple CEO Tim Cook isn't shy about doling out advice to the Obama administration. Cook is reportedly unhappy with the White House's unwillingness to take a stance on encryption, or the scrambling of emails and other messages to keep them private. According to The Intercept, he made his concerns clear to a high-level delegation of officials during a meeting in San Jose, California, last week, asking the administration to issue a statement...
  • 17M smartwatches shipped last year, and over half were Apple

    01/13/2016 10:29:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    VatorNews ^ | 01/13/2016
    If you went and bought a smartwatch in the last year, there's a really good chance it was an Apple Watch.In all there were 17.1 million smartwatches shipped globally in 2015, according to new data out from Juniper Research on Tuesday. More than 50 percent of those shipments were Apple Watches, or roughly 8.9 million in all. That's even more impressive when you realize that the device was only released at the end of April. Android Wear shipments, on the other hand, made up less than 10 percent of sales for the year.The dominance of Apple surely has something to...
  • Every Major Apple Analyst is Now Predicting a Decline in iPhone Sales

    01/12/2016 6:59:00 PM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 63 replies
    Business Insider Austrailia ^ | January 13, 2016 02:12 UTC | Jim Edwards
    Piper Jaffrey's Gene Munster, one of the better-known analysts who covers Apple, has joined the ranks of his colleagues and competitors who are predicting a decline in iPhone sales when CEO Tim Cook reports his December quarterly earnings on January 26. Of the seven most recent analyst reports that Business Insider has viewed, all of them now predict an upcoming slump in the number of iPhone units sold. One group, Pacific Crest, all but accused Apple of shading the truth about its sales prospects in a previous earnings call, in a note that said, "Management's confidence now looks highly likely...
  • Apple's competition is going to have a tough year in 2016

    01/10/2016 7:41:05 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 70 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | Saturday, January 09, 2016 | By Daniel Eran Dilger
    In 2015 Apple grabbed a 94 percent share of the world's global smartphone profits, sold the only profitable tablets and smartwatch, increased its Mac unit sales,, launched a successful NFC payment platform, took a huge slice of the music streaming market and introduced a new platform for the living room. How can it possibly beat that performance in 2016? That's the premise set out by clickbait legend Jay Yarow of Business Insider, who penned a compendium of worries of potential scenarios of doom for the world's largest and most successful tech company, bravely entitled "Apple is going to have a...
  • Why So Much Apple Commentary Is So Clueless

    01/10/2016 4:04:43 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 35 replies
    Fortune ^ | JANUARY 10, 2016, 11:49 AM EST | by Philip Elmer-DeWitt
    It’s painful to read much of what passes for business reporting about Apple these days. The combination of high page-click value and low barrier-to-entry has reduced online journalism to headlines like this: Apple Chips ImplodeApple Gets PeeledThe iPhone slowdown spells doom for Apple That last piece, from Dow Jones’ MarketWatch, refers to Apple CEO Tim Cook as a “bozo” and advises readers, whatever they do, not to buy the company when its shares are near a 52-week low.“Apple’s stock fell hard in the second half of 2015, and is now down about 25% from its July high,” wrote MarketWatch’s...
  • Apple Registers '' and Other Auto-Related Domains

    01/09/2016 10:35:37 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 12 replies
    Mac Rumors ^ | January 8, 2016 | by Joe Rossignol
    Apple Registers '' and Other Auto-Related Domains Apple has registered a trio of auto-related top-level domain names, including, and Whois records updated on January 8 show that Apple registered the domains through sponsoring registrar MarkMonitor Inc. in December 2015, although the addresses are not yet active. The domains could be related to CarPlay, but there will naturally be speculation about their possible relation to Apple's much-rumored electric vehicle plans. Multiple reports over the past year said Apple has a secretive team of hundreds working on an electric vehicle with a prospective 2019 or 2020 shipping date....
  • The Truth About Apple's '100% Renewable' Energy Usage (Apple lies)

    01/08/2016 2:54:56 PM PST · by all the best · 19 replies
    Forbes ^ | January 8, 2016 | Alex Epstein
    Apple has been claiming, to great public acclaim, that it uses 100% renewable sources of energy such as solar and wind for many of its power needs, including its data centers. From Apple’s website: "Since 2012, all our data centers have been powered by 100 percent renewable energy sources. That means no matter how much data they handle, there is a zero greenhouse gas impact on the environment from their energy use." This is a lie. Apple, like nearly every other international technology company in the world, gets the overwhelming percentage of its power from cheap, plentiful, reliable coal and...
  • China suspends circuit breaker

    01/07/2016 2:29:39 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 18 replies
    China will suspend its new stock market circuit-breaker mechanism - designed to stop free-falling prices - from Friday, the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges have said. The mechanism, which had been in place since the start of this year, suspends trading on China's main stock markets if stocks fall 7%. This move may well rattle the confidence of investors even further. Watch out for more volatility on Friday.
  • 3 Reasons Not to Panic Over the Stock Market Plunge

    01/07/2016 2:16:29 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 29 replies ^ | 1-7-2016 | Paul J. Lim
    Here we go again. For the second time this week, concerns about the world's second largest economy sent Chinese stocks plummeting more than 7%. And for the second time this week, Chinese regulators were forced to halt trading to stem the bleeding. "These market reactions seemed to confirm that China's economy is in serious trouble," said Ed Yardeni, president and chief investment strategist at Yardeni Research. They also reverberated around the world. European shares sank more than 3% on those global economic fears, and early this morning, the Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 220 points at the open...
  • Chinese Stock Plunge Forces a Trading Halt, and Global Markets Shudder

    01/07/2016 4:52:20 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 65 replies
    The market turmoil in China, the world's second-biggest economy after the United States, continues to have global reverberations. Chinese stocks plunged again on Thursday, by more than 7 percent, forcing officials to halt trading for the second time this week - but this time closing the market for the rest of the day. The reverberations carried over to Europe, where markets fell sharply once again on Thursday. And futures trading indicated that Wall Street might open down by about 2 percent, after a sharp sell-off in the United States the day before. The big question now is how much of...
  • Weak iPhone 6S Performance Forcing Apple Into Drastic Action

    01/05/2016 4:37:24 PM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 54 replies
    Forbes ^ | January 5, 2015 20:56 UTC | Ewan Spence
    While the latest smartphones from Apple might have picked up critical acclaim after their launch in September, Apple is ready to cut the production on the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus lines by thirty percent, reports Nikkei. Nikkei suggests that the drop in production follows slower sales in Q4 2015. Apple's production for the iPhone 6S family matched the production numbers for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S Plus. The lower sales of the newer handsets have led to more stock in the supply chain than Apple is apparently comfortable with, so the production will be slowed down for...
  • Surprise, Apple's OS X Comes Out as Most Vulnerable Software of 2015

    01/03/2016 5:58:53 PM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 92 replies
    Hackread ^ | January 3, 2015 17:01 UTC | Ali Raza
    In a study conducted by CVE Details, the most vulnerable software of the previous year has been identified as Apple’s OS X and the tech-giant is also the company with most bugs. With 2016 coming, people in all sectors have been busy summarizing 2015 with reports and lists of who have been the winners and who have been the losers. The tech experts and security personnel have been at it too, with CVE Details producing a list of most vulnerable software of the past year. Many would have expected the list to be topped by Adobe Flash, for the software...
  • Global Equities' Trip Chowdhry Blasts Apple Management: 'Cook Has Zero Vision/Zero Passion[Trunc]

    01/03/2016 5:49:10 PM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 16 replies
    Benzinga ^ | January 3, 2015 14:26 UTC | Garrett Cook
    Trip Chowdhry of Global Equities Research pulls no punches in his latest Apple Inc. AAPL 1.92% In a recent note, Chowdhry called for the "completely clueless" Tim Cook to be replaced. He cited a culture of "bozos" at Apple destroying $486 billion in shareholder value under Cook's management. Apple's PE multiple under Steve Jobs was consistently above the S&P 500 PE and above 20X according to Chowdhry. The S&P 500's current 20.5X PE dwarfs the 11.5X PE Apple generated under Tim Cook and Luca Maestri leadership. The lack of reward (positive yearly stock performance) is the market's way of telling...
  • AT&T Killing Off Two-year Phone Contracts Jan 8

    12/31/2015 11:29:02 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 36 replies
    Mac Observer ^ | December 31, 2015 | By Jeff Gamet
    Just like the Emperor wiping away the last vestiges of the Republic, AT&T is doing away with its remaining two-year contract options for cell phones. The company has been making a push away from two-year contracts and subsidized device prices for smartphones, and come 2016 that'll apply to the rest of its phone lineup and text messaging devices, too. AT&T killing off two-year contracts January 8th. The big change is supposed to go into effect on January 8, according to internal documents obtained by Engadget. Along with the end of two-year lock-in contracts, customers won't have an option for subsidized...
  • Apple CEO Says Chinese Have More Skill Making Their Products Than Americans

    12/31/2015 8:11:22 AM PST · by Lorianne · 152 replies
    China Money Report ^ | 22 December 2015 | D. Collins
    Tim Cook has come out about a real truth of the decline in manufacturing. What he omitted however, is that no one will manufacture in the U.S. unless they absolutely have to due to a 38% corporate tax rate. On 60 Minutes Sunday, Charlie Rose asked Apple CEO Tim Cook about his company’s manufacturing practices in China. Cook said the decision to use Chinese manufacturing has nothing to do with American workers demanding higher wages. He said it was because the Chinese have more skill. “Let me be clear,” Cook told Rose, “China put an enormous focus on manufacturing in...
  • Apple sales set to slump in 2016 with no new products, analysts warn

    12/27/2015 8:49:52 AM PST · by Scutter · 100 replies
    News Corp Australia Network ^ | 12/27/2015 | Rod Chester
    AFTER a year of big Apple releases, analysts are predicting a flat 2016 where the world's biggest tech company refines product lines rather than produces the next big thing. Apple's share price has taken a battering in the past six months, with more than $220 billion slashed from the company's value as analysts look towards an era of smartphone saturation. Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty recently predicted that 2016 would be first time that iPhone sales would shrink, dropping by up to three per cent.
  • Senator Tom Cotton Slams Apple CEO Tim Cook For Protecting User Privacy

    12/24/2015 10:58:10 AM PST · by Gandalf the Mauve · 32 replies
    Techdirt ^ | 12-21-15 | Mike Masnick
    As you may have heard, last night Apple CEO Tim Cook was on 60 Minutes. The overall story really wasn't all that insightful for anyone who's been following Apple for any length of time, but what got a lot of attention was Tim Cook reiterating his position on protecting the privacy of Apple users through encryption.... Same basic stuff he's said before. Nothing new. Nothing controversial. But grandstanding Senator Tom Cotton apparently flipped out about it and pushed out a statement that shows a rather stunning ignorance of the law.... Of course, Senator Tom Cotton apparently didn't bother to read...
  • (vanity) Anyone using the iPad Pro? How u like?

    12/21/2015 3:56:31 PM PST · by martin_fierro · 12 replies
    12/21/15 | marty
    Anyone using the iPad Pro yet? If so, how do you like it? Are you using it with any Apple accessories (keyboard/cover; Apple Pencil)?
  • iPad Crashes in the Middle of Videos

    12/21/2015 10:22:01 AM PST · by stayathomemom · 23 replies
    12/21/15 | Me
    I do most of my internet use on my iPad. Often, particularly on Facebook, if I'm trying to view a video, my screen will go black right when I get to the meat of the video. This just happened now when I was trying to watch Santorum's comments on The Morning Joe. I notice this happens often to videos linked through The Blaze. In order to watch the enitre thing, I need to search through Facebook again, hope I can find it, and that it won't crash again. Is anyone else experiencing this? Could it be a function of a...
  • 60 Minutes goes inside Apple’s weekly exec meeting, design studio, spaceship campus, & more

    12/20/2015 8:13:36 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 69 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | December 20, 2015 | Chance Miller
    As expected, this weekend’s episode of 60 Minutes on CBS was chockfull of Apple news and anecdotes. Retail chief Angela Ahrendts, design head Jony Ive, CEO Tim Cook, and many more all joined host Charlie Rose to discuss a wide range of topics, including encryption, terrorism, design, retail, and much more… First off, Cook again talked about how users shouldn’t have to choose between privacy and national security. “I think that’s an overly simplistic view,” Cook explained. “We’re America. We should have both.” Building on that, Cook reiterated the fact that there shouldn’t be a backdoor for anybody into...
  • Cook bashes talk Apple is dodging taxes

    12/19/2015 4:28:52 AM PST · by Cringing Negativism Network · 14 replies
    AFP ^ | December 18, 2015
    San Francisco (AFP) - Apple chief Tim Cook emphatically rejected accusations that the world's richest company is sidestepping US taxes by keeping bundles of cash overseas, suggesting that the claim was politically motivated. (if you say so Tim)
  • Competition is Shifting to the High End

    12/18/2015 11:46:36 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 7 replies
    TechPinions ^ | December 17th, 2015 | by Jan Dawson
    The consumer electronics industry has always fascinated me. I spent my first ten years as an analyst covering the telecom industry, which historically has had very good margins. But, when I started covering the consumer electronics industry, I was struck by the fact the vast majority of players in that market make razor-thin margins, if they’re profitable at all. Even more striking is Apple, which might be described accurately, if incompletely, as a player in the consumer electronics market, makes telecom-like margins while competing with those barely profitable vendors. And just as interesting is the fact that, as players that...
  • Apple Stock: $123 Billion Of Wealth Destroyed, New Lows Reached

    12/18/2015 12:27:12 PM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 63 replies
    HNGN ^ | December 18, 2015 20:34 GMT | Peter de Jesus
    The end of the year does not seem to bode well for Apple, as the tech giant's shares continued to drop 0.3 percent in early Tuesday trading. The company's stocks have now dipped below $110 for the first time since October, pushing the company to new financial lows, according to USA Today. The drop in Apple's shares continued from Monday, when the company fell by as much as 3 percent, to $109.79 in early Monday trading. Though the stock recovered for a time, it nevertheless closed down 0.6 percent, to $112.48 by the day's end. With the company's high of...
  • Australia's banks sign up to Android Pay

    12/15/2015 8:02:46 PM PST · by Utilizer · 8 replies
    iTnews AUS ^ | Dec 16 2015 7:16AM (AUS) | Allie Coyne
    Still no deal with Apple. Five of Australia's biggest banks have signed up with Google's Android Pay payments service as they continue to butt heads with Apple over Cupertino's own Apple Pay platform. ANZ Bank, Westpac, ING Direct, Macquarie Bank, St George, Bank of Melbourne, Bank of South Australia and Bendigo Bank will all support the Android payment service when it lands in Australia in the first half of next year. At launch, Android Pay will support Mastercard and Visa credit and debit cards, Google said in a blog post today. The company is currently "working with Eftpos" on similar...