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  • Apple pulls apps over security concerns

    10/09/2015 8:51:45 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 30 replies
    Yahoo Finance News ^ | October 9, 2015 | By Arjun Kharpal
    Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) has removed some products from its App Store over concerns they could compromise users' sensitive details, the U.S. technology giant said on Friday. The maker of the iPhone and iPad did not reveal how many apps had been taken down, but the problem appeared to center on products that install "root certificates". Ad blockers in particular use root certificates as a means of blocking ads within apps. But root certificates allow the developers of those apps to view unencrypted traffic from their users such as the web pages you are visiting -- which could include sensitive financial...
  • Gartner: Apple Mac keeps gaining share as Windows PC sales continue decline

    10/08/2015 9:24:40 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 34 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | October 8, 2015 | Gartner, Inc.
    Worldwide PC shipments totaled 73.7 million units in the third quarter of 2015, a 7.7 percent decline from the third quarter of 2014, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. “The global PC market has experienced price increases of around 10 percent throughout the year, due to the sharp appreciation of the U.S. dollar against local currencies. In the third quarter of 2015, this continued to be a major cause for weaker demand in those regions,” said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner, in a statement. “These impacted regions, which include EMEA, Japan and Latin America, posted double-digit declines in...
  • Surface Book vs. MacBook Pro: Here's How They Compare

    10/08/2015 8:01:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Laptop Magazine ^ | 10/08/2015 | Phillip Michaels
    Microsoft may have just personally revived the Mac-vs.-Windows debates of yesteryear with its introduction of the Surface Book, the first-ever laptop to come out of Redmond, Calif. With its silver chassis and 13.5-inch display, the Surface Book invites comparisons to Apple's MacBook Pro. So how does the Surface Book stack up against Apple's 13-inch professional laptop?Design: Surface Book's Display Pulls Double Duty At 12.3 x 9.1 x 0.5-0.90, the tapered Surface Book is just a little bit larger than the 13-inch MacBook Pro (12.35 x 8.6 x 0.7 inches). Of course, that modestly larger size allows the Surface Book...
  • Steve Jobs' widow pressured Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale not to star in biopic

    10/07/2015 6:13:22 PM PDT · by dennisw · 62 replies
    dailymail. ^ | 7 October 2015 | Ollie Gillman
    A source involved in the making of the film, which hits screens on Friday, told The Hollywood Reporter that MS Jobs Powell had been 'trying to kill this movie' for years. The source said: 'Laurene Jobs called Leo DiCaprio and said: "Dont do it." Laurene Jobs called Christian Bale and said: "Dont."' She is even alleged to have called potential financial backers when the movie hit issues with funding. The movie portrays Jobs in a different light to how he is seen by many, depicting him as 'heartless' and showing him disowning his daughter. Laurene Jobs Powell phoned actors Leonardo...
  • With the Surface Book Laptop/Tablet hybrid, Microsoft is taking the game to Apple

    10/07/2015 7:21:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10/07/2015
    Microsoft did something shocking last night. It launched something people might actually lust over, something sleek, something powerful, something innovative. The Surface Book. At an event in New York rammed with press and industry types and live-streamed to the world, Microsoft confidently and defiantly unveiled its grand vision of Windows 10 devices. Some of the products the company unveiled were expected: an updated Surface Pro 4 tablet, the second generation of the companys Microsoft Band fitness tracker and two new Lumia smartphones. But it was the Surface Book, Microsofts first laptop and a big bet for the company, that drew...
  • Microsoft just unveiled its first laptop and claims it's twice as fast as a Macbook Pro

    10/06/2015 1:59:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/06/2015 | Lisa Eadicicco and Matt Weinberger
    Microsoft on Tuesday unveiled its first laptop: the Microsoft Surface Book, a 13-inch touch-screen device that also comes apart to become a tablet. "This is the ultimate laptop," Microsoft's Panos Panay said. It has two processors and a dedicated graphics-card system. Microsoft says the laptop is twice as fast as a Macbook Pro. Pricing starts at $1,499, and the laptop will be available on October 26. As with many devices in the Surface line, the Surface Book can detach from its keyboard to become a tablet. The keyboard can then dock on the back of the tablet to keep it...
  • Apple Acquires Artificial Intelligence Startup Perceptio

    10/05/2015 4:35:40 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 5 replies
    Mac Rumors ^ | october 5, 2015 | by Juli Clover
    Apple has purchased Perceptio, a small startup focused on artificial intelligence, reports Bloomberg. Founded by Nicolas Pinto and Zak Stone, Perceptio was developing technology that would let smartphone companies create advanced artificial intelligence systems "without needing to share as much user data" in the cloud. Perceptio's goals were to develop techniques to run AI image-classification systems on smartphones, without having to draw from large external repositories of data. That fits Apple's strategy of trying to minimize its usage of customer data and do as much processing as possible on the device.According to Bloomberg, both Stone and Pinto are established artificial...
  • New Steve Jobs biopic is a travesty says exCold, Ruthless, Obsessive? No, he was FAR worse

    10/04/2015 4:20:55 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 44 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | October 4, 2015 | By CHRISANN BRENNAN
    Fans of the iPhone and the iPad have long seen the late Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, as a messianic figure, whose drive and vision turned computers from clunky business machines into the epitome of cool. Danny Boyle's new biopic, starring Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet, will further burnish his remarkable reputation when it premiers next month. But one woman has a different and more traumatic view: Jobs's high school sweetheart Chrisann Brennan. She lived with Jobs and was an early Apple employee, only for the relationship to fall apart amid wild recriminations when she became pregnant with his...
  • Tim Cook: A back door for the good guys is a back door for the bad guys

    10/04/2015 9:42:18 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 26 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | October 3, 2015 2:05 AM | By Chris Matyszczyk
    Photo creditCNet: Josh Miller I get the sense that the FBI doesn't entirely appreciate Apple CEO Tim Cook.I get that sense from an interview he gave to NPR on Thursday. In it, he cogently explained Apple's attitude toward security in general and national security in particular.Cook repeated his view that Apple isn't interested in tracking its customers as infinitum from app to app."If you buy something from the App Store, we do know what you bought from the App Store, obviously," he said. "We think customers are fine with that. Many customers want us to recommend an app. But what...
  • "NexDef" HeadAche and OS X Yosemite Upgrade to OS X 10.11 El Capitan

    10/02/2015 8:33:21 PM PDT · by Yosemitest · 14 replies
    Several Sources | Oct 2, 2015, Friday Night | Yosemitest
    After about a day and a half, trying to stop a "NexDef requires Java SE6 Runtime" notice hoping up every 10 Seconds, and Java JRE-8u60 download not completing (but saying and verifying as completed), I finally got rid of the problem. FIRST: I HIGHLY RECOMMEND BEFORE YOU UPGRADE FROM OS X YOSEMITE, to El Capitan, you follow the instructions I found at the bottom of Page 1 of this link . But I stopped at step 6 and did NOT do Steps 7, or Step 8. Here are those directions, which state: violins27 May 26, 2013 5:56 PM Re:...
  • Apple Watch saves teenagers life; Tim Cook offers thankful teen an internship

    10/02/2015 6:07:43 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 10 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | October 10, 2015
    An Apple Watch may have saved a teenagers life, and Apple CEO Tim Cook is so pleased that he offered the thankful teen an internship next year,” Gregory Ferenstein reports for ReadWrite. “Paul Houle, a 17-year-old from Massachusetts, says that the watch’s heart rate monitor tipped him off to a dangerous condition. Had he not gone to see a doctor to check out his unusually high heart rate, he may not be alive today.” “‘After [football] practice I went and took a nap, my heart rate was still at 145,’ he told WCVB, a local CBS news station. Houle went...
  • How Steve Jobs Fleeced Carly Fiorina

    10/01/2015 4:31:04 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 28 replies
    Backchannel ^ | October 1, 2015 | Steven Levy
    ... Steve Jobs and Carly Fiorina made a deal where HP could slap its name on Apples wildly successful product. Nonetheless, HP still managed to botch things. ... If it were a straight deal for HP to include Apples software, the fee might have been hundreds of millions of dollars. (Around that time, software companies were paying huge sums to have their products or services preinstalled, since people seldom deleted them and often used the default choices.) Even better, preinstalling iTunes was a way for Apple to stifle Microsofts competitor to the iTunes Music Store. As an Apple leader at...
  • Apple invents ring-style wearable device with voice control, haptics, cameras and more

    10/01/2015 9:34:59 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 23 replies
    Apple Insiderder ^ | Thursday, October 01, 2015, 01:44 am PT | by Mikey Campbell
    It seems rumors that claimed Apple conducted research into an "iRing" wearable product were based in reality, as a new patent application reveals work on a finger-mounted device stuffed with microphones, motion sensors, a haptic feedback system, biometric sensors, cameras and even a small display. The fairly comprehensive patent application, titled "Devices and methods for a ring computing device" and published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, describes an advanced ring-style wearable that uses voice, motion and touch input to control and interact with larger computing devices. In many ways, the claims read like an overview of...
  • iPhone 6S teardowns show Apple is paying more for longevity

    09/30/2015 10:01:50 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    C-Net ^ | September 29, 2015 | By Josh Miller
    Worried about how long your new iPhone will last? Worry no more, because Apple is paying more to put its new iPhones together, and a longer lifespan and improved resale value seem to be the name of the game.That's what research firm IHS Technology has said after its latest teardowns of the two new smartphones from the Cupertino, California-based tech giant.IHS found that Apple is paying as much as $16 more per unit to assemble the new 16GB iPhone 6S Plus when compared with last year's iPhone 6 Plus, and the extra spending is covering not only new features like...
  • THE ENERGY ELECTION ( climate change money )

    09/30/2015 11:21:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    New Geography ^ | 09/30/2015 | Joel Kotkin
    Progressive pundits increasingly envision the 2016 presidential election as a last chance, as one activist phrased it, to stop climate change catastrophe. As this agenda gets ever more radical, the prominence of climate change in the election will grow ever more obvious. The key here is that the green left increasingly does not want to limit or change the mix of fossil fuels, but eliminate them entirely, the faster the better. ... Climate activists such as hedge fund billionaire Tom Steyer increasingly couch their policies on theological grounds, one reason why the popes intervention was so timely. Stark self-interest is...

    09/29/2015 8:12:12 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 66 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | 25 SEP 2015 | BY SARAH LASKOW
    The Broadway Apple Store (Photo: Matt Buchanan/Flickr)In more ancient times, when communal experiences were mediated by religion, crowds used to gather outside temples on feast days. In Biblical times, for instance, on pilgrimage holidays like Passover, Jewish people were supposed to travel to Jerusalem, to be present at the Holy Temple, where the High Priest would make a sacrifice to God.Nowadays, we have Apple Release Daythe Feast of St. Jobswhen faithful customers gather outside Apple stores and await the renewal of a next generation iPhone.But is the Apple store really like a sacred space? To find out, Atlas Obscura brought...
  • Apple iOS 9 feature Wi-Fi Assist could lead to huge iPhone bills

    09/29/2015 5:40:33 PM PDT · by dayglored · 52 replies
    CBC News Technology & Science ^ | Sep 29, 2015 | CBC News
    On by default, feature automatically switches to cellular signal when Wi-Fi is weak If you've upgraded to iOS 9, you should be aware that it comes with a new feature enabled by default that could make your next wireless bill a lot bigger. Wi-Fi Assist automatically switches your phone from Wi-Fi to a cellular connection when the Wi-Fi signal is poor. That's helpful if you're in the middle of watching a video or some other task on the internet that you don't want interrupted by spotty Wi-Fi service. "But this also means eating through your 500 MB data...
  • Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak proclaims Ahmed Mohamed a modern day hero

    09/29/2015 12:02:33 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 69 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | Robert Wilonsky
    At this point theres no point in aggregating ever last this and that about Ahmed Mohamed, especially since this is the newspaper that has Avi Selk on the payroll. But a reader did forward a Facebook post in which you might be interested and, no, not Mark Zuckerbergs, but an overnight post from Apple co-founder (and Midlake fan) Steve Wozniak. Related Irving 9th-grader goes from handcuffed to hero over homemade clock frenzy GOP candidates weigh in on Ahmed Mohamed arrest for hoax bomb Editorial: Overreaction in clock-bomb mix-up has chilling effect It began with a few sentences in which...
  • Aaron Sorkin Rips Apple's Tim Cook Over 'Steve Jobs' Critique: "You've Got a Lot of Nerve"

    09/26/2015 1:03:12 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 16 replies
    Hollywoord Reporter ^ | 9/25/2015 11:35am PDT | by Alex Ritman
    "If you've got a factory full of children in China assembling phones for 17 cents an hour, you've got a lot of nerve calling someone else opportunistic." Aaron Sorkin has lashed out at Apple CEO Tim Cook's recent assertion that filmmakers were being "opportunistic" in making films about the late tech titan Steve Jobs.Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter during a press junket roundtable for Universal's Danny Boyle-directed Steve Jobs in London, the writer claimed that he and those working at the top of the project had taken pay cuts to get it made."Nobody did this movie to get rich,"...
  • China's Silicon Valley power play

    09/23/2015 9:45:32 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/23/15 | Cory Bennett and Katie Bo Williams
    Chinese officials have summoned top American tech executives to Seattle for a forum on Wednesday in a show of force that could make the Obama administrations standing in Silicon Valley appear weak by comparison. Beijing moved up the date of the annual event to coincide with President Xi Jinpings U.S. visit and reportedly pressured major Silicon Valley players to send their chief executives to what is normally an annual summit for midlevel management, threatening regulatory scrutiny if they didnt comply. Its not really voluntary, said Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Jason Healey, a former director of cyber infrastructure protection at the...
  • Russia has filed a lawsuit against Apple for gay emoticons

    09/25/2015 10:16:20 AM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 17 replies
    AppleApple ^ | June 11, 2015 | na
    Moscow lawyer Vsevolod Sazonov calls to ban the sale of the iPhone and is going to get a million rubles as compensation for moral damage. In Savelovsky court of Moscow received the lawsuit capital of the lawyer Vsevolod Sazonov to the American company Apple, reports Lifenews. The grievance of the plaintiff caused the smileys in the new operating system iOS 8.3, some of which contain LGBT symbols. As explained by Slowed Sazonov, he bought her six-year-old son an iPhone 6. After some time the boy asked the father what is the meaning of some emoticons in your phone. Seeing the...
  • Apple Appeal: iPhone 6s Sales Begin

    09/25/2015 4:58:51 AM PDT · by amigatec · 24 replies
    Apple devotees queued outside the firm's flagship store on London's Regent Street to be among the first to get their hands on the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. The latest iPhones went on sale at 8am - and already promises to be a best-seller.
  • Apple car might be a disaster

    09/23/2015 5:16:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | 09/23/2015 | By Richard Read
    Yesterday morning, we reported that Apple had discussed requirements for testing autonomous cars on California's public roads with the state's Department of Motor Vehicles. At the end of that article, we made some predictions about Apple's automotive plans, and we guessed that, based on Apple's track record with making sleek, desirable consumer goods, it was probably planning to make cars, too. (Unlike Google, which may be just about the software.) Within moments, our hunches were confirmed. Citing everyone's favorite sources -- "people familiar with the matter" -- the Wall Street Journal reported that that Apple plans to complete its first...
  • Rush Limbaugh: What Apples iOS 9 ad-blockers will unleash

    09/21/2015 8:11:19 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 47 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | September 21, 2015 | by Rush Limbaugh
    Rush Limbaugh: What Apple’s iOS 9 ad-blockers will unleash Monday, September 21, 2015 · 5:34 pm · Among other things during his radio program, Mac, iPhone, and iPad user Rush Limbaugh on Monday discussed Apple’s iOS 9 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, specifically content- or ad-blockers and what he thinks is Apple’s reasoning and what will result.The 3-hour Rush Limbaugh Show, the highest-rated, most-listened-to talk-radio program in the United States with some 15 million weekly listeners, airs daily on a network of approximately 590 AM and FM affiliate radio stations. The program is also broadcast worldwide on the U.S. Armed...
  • iOS9 fail: Apple users furious at software crashing issue

    09/19/2015 2:02:29 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 46 replies
    Journal Telegraph ^ | September 19, 2015 | Jamie Smith
    iOS9 has been met with a mixed reception from users Apple users have taken to social media to show their fury at iOS9 software issues. Many iPhone and iPad users have struggled to download the new operating system, which was released by Apple yesterday. Users of older devices have struggled in particular to get the new software to work, but Apple has so far refused to comment on the problems.
  • Apple Fanatics Try to Sell Kidneys to Buy New iPhone

    09/19/2015 10:37:12 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Friday, September 18, 2015
    Deal fell through after buyer disappearedA couple of gadget fanatics in China tried to sell their kidneys in order to buy the new iPhone 6s. Social media networks in China are filled with humourous content on how Apple fanatics are resorting to selling their organs in order to be able to afford the latest iPhone, reports In fact, this trend is not new. In 2011, a teenager had sold his kidney for 22,000 Yuan to buy an iPhone and an iPad. This recent incident was exposed when a man went missing in an eastern province of China after...
  • Apple customers report devices crashing on iOS 9 update

    09/19/2015 7:35:44 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Sep 18, 2015 1:30pm EDT | Heather Somerville and Jane Wardell
    A significant number of Apple Inc customers are reporting their mobile devices have crashed after attempting to upload the new iOS 9 operating system, the latest in a line of launch glitches for the tech giant.
  • Sidewire launches News Analysis Platform

    09/18/2015 11:14:38 PM PDT · by iowamark · 3 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 9/18/2015 | Craig Robinson
    Noise. In a presidential campaign there is always a lot of noise, but it is especially noisy when there are more than a dozen candidates vying for attention. Social media sites certainly help keep tabs on what every candidate is up to, but sites like Twitter and Facebook also contribute to noise level. If there is anything missing in modern politics, it is civil political discourse. Fortunately, there is a new option for those of us large consumers of news who could do without all the noise and instead participate in a more thoughtful discussion about the news of the...
  • The App Store's Leading Ad Blocker Just Took Down His App Out of Guilt

    09/18/2015 4:19:53 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 12 replies ^ | September 18, 2015 | By Jack Smith IV
    To take sides in the war against advertising, you have to ask yourself this question: Are you willing to watch an ad to support the creators of the articles and stories you love reading, or should those creators starve until they find a better way of doing business?  It's a popular war too: This morning, the top app on the Apple App Store wasn't Minecraft, Facetune or some new puzzle game. It was Peace, an ad blocker, one of the greatest tools consumers have against ads on their iPhones. But the general who was leading that front has fallen on...
  • Amazon's answer to Apple TV: a Fire TV box with Alexa and 4K video support

    09/17/2015 11:47:34 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 28 replies
    The Verge ^ | September 17, 2015 09:00 am | By Lauren Goode
    Last week Apple sucked up most of the air in the tech press with its newest gadgets, which included a long-awaited, new Apple TV. This week, Amazon has some TV box news of its own. The e-commerce giant just announced a variety of updates to its Fire TV product line. The newest Fire TV set-top box, a flat, plastic box that plugs into your TV and offers a variety of internet video content, now supports 4K Ultra HD video, a claim that Apple can't make with its own set-top box. (You'll have to be watching 4K content, on a 4K...
  • Apple iOS 9.0 Download Is Available Now

    09/16/2015 12:06:50 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 21 replies
    Apple iOS 9.0 is available now. It has all types of updates including Siri's that can do a lot more than in the past, maps, automated battery management so your device battery will last longer, etc.... Here is what I had to do in order to download it. 1) You have to have a WIFI connection to download. 2) Make sure your device is plugged in the wall too. 3) Go to your "Settings" App 4) Go to "General" 5) Go to "Software Update" and you have to "Agree" to the new policy in order to download it. **Notes** Both...
  • Conservative Tech Fans Once Again Snubbed By Lack Of Apple Gun (HuffPo Satire)

    09/10/2015 5:16:27 PM PDT · by dayglored · 12 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | Sep 10, 2015 | John Trowbridge
    This week, Apple announced plans to roll out the iPad Pro, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, Apple Pencil and a Siri-Controlled Apple TV. This came as a huge disappointment to conservative tech users who have been silently waiting for the tech conglomerate to release a product that fits their Republican lifestyle. First on their wish-list: the Apple Gun. A Texas techie complained, "I don't draw. Neither does anybody I know. So a digital pencil is garbage to me. What I'd love is a gun that can stream Hannity. I'd pay $400 for that. No question." Tim Cook and Co. made...
  • VIDEO: Apple iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus okay, but Apple Pencil and iPad Pro!?

    09/10/2015 11:02:26 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 14 replies
    YouTube ^ | September 10, 2015 | Taiwanese Animators
    VIDEO SAN FRANCISCO Fanboys across the world are gushing after Apple debuted its newest iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus at a press event at the Bill Graham Auditorium in downtown San Fran. "What we have to show you today is really awesome," Tim Cook said. "While they may look familiar, we have changed everything about these new iPhones." Unfortunately, the rest of the event probably had Steve Jobs spinning in his grave. Jobs actually came back to life halfway through to kick the living crap out of Cook for doing the things Apple said it would never do....
  • Microsoft Blatantly Ripped Off By Apple, Apple Announces Surface Pen And Touch Cover Clones For iPad

    09/09/2015 11:59:03 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 51 replies
    Microsoft News ^ | September 9, 2015 17:38 GMT | Pradeep
    Apple today announced two new accessories which are blatant rip-offs from Microsoft. In addition to announcing iPad Pro to take on Surface Pro, Apple also announced Smart Cover (Touch Cover clone) and Apple Pencil (Surface Pen). Apple Smart Cover will attach to iPad Pro using Magnets. And Apple Pencil will support pressure sensitivity just like Surface Pen.
  • Apple unveils the all-new Apple TV with Siri Remote, tvOS, and Apple TV App Store

    09/09/2015 4:31:47 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 173 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | Wednesday, September 9, 2015
    Apple today announced the all-new Apple TV, bringing a revolutionary experience to the living room based on apps built for the television. Apps on Apple TV let you choose what to watch and when you watch it. The new Apple TV’s remote features Siri, so you can search with your voice for TV shows and movies across multiple content providers simultaneously. The all-new Apple TV is built from the ground up with a new generation of high-performance hardware and introduces an intuitive and fun user interface using the Siri Remote. Apple TV runs the all-new tvOS™ operating system, based on...
  • Apple Event Live Stream

    09/09/2015 10:00:22 AM PDT · by zeebee · 34 replies
    Analysts and industry insiders predict that Apple will unveil updated iPhones along with an Apple TV revamp that may signal a push into the online television streaming sector, dominated by Netflix.
  • Jesse Jackson Calls On Tech's 'Unicorns' To Join Apple, Google And Release Diversity Reports

    09/09/2015 9:15:45 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 41 replies ^ | SEPTEMBER 8, 2015 | Salvador Rodriguez
    SAN FRANCISCO -- The herd of $1 billion-plus startups -- the so-called "unicorns" -- is growing. But the workforces at these oversized startups are raising a question now familiar to Silicon Valley: do these mythical creatures only come white and male? A year ago, Rev. Jesse Jackson drew attention to Silicon Valleys lack of diversity and spurred Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo and many others to start issuing diversity reports to hold themselves accountable. But now he has a new target: the unicorns, which are delaying their IPOs and, in a sense, public scrutiny, as they look to establish markets around...
  • Ireland likely to face censure over Apple tax (EUSSR attacks)

    09/09/2015 1:56:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Tue, Sep 8, 2015, 13:07
    Ireland will probably face censure from European authorities within months in relation to its tax dealings with Apple, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. A finding against Ireland will spark a legal battle that may last years, as the government is ready to fight the decision in the European Union Court of Justice, its understood. In preliminary findings last year, European antitrust authorities said Apples tax arrangements were improperly designed to give the iPhone maker a financial boost in exchange for jobs in the country. Apple said in 2013 it had paid an effective tax rate of...
  • Apple and Google are KILLING KIDS with encryption, whine (U.S. Government) lawyers

    09/06/2015 4:56:42 PM PDT · by dayglored · 37 replies
    The Register ^ | Aug 12, 2015 | Iain Thomson
    Children are being raped, citizens murdered, and lost souls trafficked for sex and the police can't do anything about it thanks to Apple and Google, senior government lawyers and a top cop have claimed. In an op-ed in The New York Times, Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance Jr; Adrian Leppard, commissioner of the City of London Police; Paris' chief prosecutor Franois Molins; and Javier Zaragoza, chief prosecutor of the High Court of Spain, said that the current situation is unsupportable and legal changes are needed to keep the public safe. "The new encryption policies of Apple and Google have made...
  • AP Tech Writer Gives Colluding Companies an Unearned Free Pass

    09/06/2015 2:05:10 PM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 4 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | September 5, 2015 | Tom Blumer
    Here's a little parlor exercise readers can conduct with their friends who think that high-tech CEOs are the innovative saints of the universe. The game would be to take the first three paragraphs of Michael Liedtke's Associated Press report on the collusion settlement to which that industry's major players just acquiesced, and revise it to reflect a different industry far less favored by the press. Then accurately point out the following: "There is no way this industry would gotten as much sympathy from the press as the AP gave these high-tech titans." After the jump, readers will see how I...
  • My smartwatch turned me into a rude bastard (don't let it happen to you)

    09/05/2015 9:39:57 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 25 replies
    cio ^ | September 3, 2015 6:10 AM PT | Brian Sacco
    Smartwatches are slowly starting to catch on, and they bring with them a new type of digital distraction that could further shrink attention spans and make for ruder masses. My favorite thing about my smartwatch: I no longer need to take my phone out of my pocket 4,718 times a day to check my notifications 4,707 of which are completely useless and require no immediate action. Instead, I now quickly check them on my wrist. I can also pick and choose which apps I want to show up in my notifications, so I get only, say, 2,846 of them on...
  • Apple fans fooled by Dutch humorists into thinking Android is iOS 9

    09/03/2015 7:57:54 PM PDT · by Vision Thing · 18 replies
    Android Community ^ | August 6, 2015 | Ida Torres
    Apple fanboys have often been accused of worshipping anything that comes from the brand, even though the rest of the world is saying it sucks or its nothing special anymore (I guess thats why they call them fanboys). Some Dutch humor artists decided to test this out, pretending to show them the new iOS9, which is in fact just an Android OS loaded onto an iPhone, Predictably, the results were hilarious. Well, it would be funny if you were an Android fan or even user, not so much if you were one of said fanboys. What these humor artists did...
  • Android loss continues in Europe as 27% of smartphone users dump Android for Apple iPhone

    09/02/2015 1:21:02 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 30 replies
    Kantar Worldpanel ComTech via Mac Daily News ^ | September 2, 2015 | Kantar Worldpanel ComTech
    The latest smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech for the three months ending July 2015 shows continued market share losses for the Android OS across Europe’s five largest markets. Europe’s big five markets are Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain.“Android market share in Europe was negatively impacted by challenging market dynamics in Germany, France, and Great Britain,” reported Carolina Milanesi, chief of research at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, in a statement. “In the U.S., performance was more of a level field between the two leading operating systems, as the iOS market share decline and Android share gain both decelerated.”“The...
  • Hackers Steal 225,000 Apple Account Logins From Jailbroken iPhones

    09/02/2015 5:12:09 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 2 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 08/31/15 | Jonathan Zhou, Epoch Times
    A recently discovered group of malware that infects jailbroken iPhones has gathered the login information for more than 225,000 Apple accounts, and is believed to be one of the largest breaches of Apple accounts ever. The malware, dubbed KeyRaider by its discoverer, found its way to victims via websites that hosted repositories of Cydia software. Cydia is an app that allows users of jailbroken iOS devices to access software and apps locked phones cant normally access. The malware then steals Apple account information by intercepting iTunes traffic from the device. Palo Alto Networks (PAN) and WeipTech, which found the vulnerability,...
  • Apple Inc Partners With Cisco As Latest Effort To Take On The Enterprise Market

    09/01/2015 4:49:18 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 5 replies
    International Business Times ^ | August 31 2015 4:07 PM EDT | By Salvador Rodriguez
    Apple and Cisco Monday announced a partnership that will optimize the way iPhones and iPads work in business environments. Above, Apple CEO Tim Cook delivers his keynote address at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco in June. Robert Galbraith/Reuters Apple on Monday announced a partnership with Cisco to help create improved experiences for professionals who use iPhones and iPads for business purposes. It's part of Apple's broader strategy to go after the enterprise market and revive iPad sales. The partnership, announced in Las Vegas at Cisco's employee Global Sales Experience conference, will create a so-called fast lane for Apple...
  • Apple Inc To Focus On Creating Original Content Of Movies And TV Shows

    09/01/2015 4:56:56 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 39 replies ^ | SEPTEMBER 1, 2015 04:30 AM PDT | BY VIRAJ SHAH
    As the countdown for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) launching its iPhone 6S and 6S Plus began, the expectations of an announcement on other key matters is also growing. There are already expectations that the company might disclose something on Apple TV. Things could even go a step further to suggest that the tech firm will also produce the original video content. The company has scheduled an event on September 9 and more news about the possible announcement will keep growing. Meeting Hollywood Executives The news about Apple Inc. producing original contents gain grounds because it held meetings with the executives of...
  • Apple and Pentagon in a $171 Million Wearable Tech Venture

    09/01/2015 4:32:43 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 24 replies ^ | August 28, 2015 | By TARA CLARKE
    The Pentagon has partnered with Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL), Boeing Co. (NYSE: BA), Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ), and 159 other private companies and universities to develop wearable tech for military use. "I've been pushing the Pentagon to think outside our five-sided box and invest in innovation here in Silicon Valley and in tech communities across the country," U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said at Moffett Airfield near Mountain View, Calif. on Friday. "Now we're taking another step forward." Carter announced the creation of a new institute in San Jose called "Flexible Hybrid Electronic Institute." The institute will work to develop...
  • Apple's next pursuit: Its own original programming a la Netflix?

    09/01/2015 7:51:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 09/01/2015 | By Brian Stelter
    Is Apple about to enter the world of original programming, and if so, what sort of programming is it pursuing? Those questions are swirling in media circles after a Monday night report from Variety, a Hollywood news fixture, that Apple (AAPL, Tech30) is exploring such a move. One thing is for certain: Apple executives are reaching out to high-level entertainment industry types for confidential talks. An executive familiar with the outreach to Hollywood said Apple is assessing whether it should start to bankroll original TV shows and movies. This would put Apple into close competition with streaming services like Netflix...
  • Malware swipes 225,000 Apple accounts

    09/01/2015 6:06:29 AM PDT · by Pontiac · 4 replies
    Engadget ^ | 8/31/15 | Jon Fingas
    Jailbreaking an iPhone gives you the freedom to run the apps and interfaces you want (rather than those allowed by Apple), but it also carries some inherent risks -- you're giving apps much more control over your phone. And unfortunately, some of these users are discovering this the hard way. Researchers have discovered a strain of iOS malware, nicknamed KeyRaider, that has stolen over 225,000 Apple IDs from jailbroken devices. The software takes advantage of Chinese app repositories that let people directly upload and share their own titles. If you happen to download the code, it'll either scoop up your...
  • John Sculley: 'Steve Jobs was misrepresented in popular culture'

    08/31/2015 11:58:02 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 21 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | August 31, 2015 | By Rhiannon Williams
    Exclusive: The former Apple chief executive on Steve Jobs, the greatest current technology leaders and why Aaron Sorkin’s Jobs biopic will tell the truth about his and Jobs’ “amazing relationship” Steve Jobs (L) and John Sculley, pictured in 1983 Photo: CAP/NFS It goes without saying that Steve Jobs is perhaps the most famous business leader of the century, if not of all time. The late co-founder of Apple has become a deified figure since his death in 2011 aged 56 from pancreatic cancer, with each new product launch incurring a rash of ‘What Would Steve Do?’ think pieces and endless...