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  • Apple to suppliers: Gear up for the next iPhone [Larger Screens!]

    07/22/2014 10:22:59 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 51 replies
    www.marketwatch.com ^ | July 21, 2014, 8:51 p.m. EDT | By Lorraine Luk
    Apple Inc. is preparing for its largest initial production run of iPhones, betting that larger-screen models will lure consumers now attracted to similar phones from Samsung Electronics Co. and others. The Cupertino, Calif., company is asking suppliers to manufacture between 70 million and 80 million units combined of two large-screen iPhones with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays by Dec. 30, according to people familiar with the matter. Its forecast for what is commonly called the iPhone 6 is significantly larger than the initial order last year of between 50 million and 60 million versions of the iPhone 5S and 5C--which had...
  • Your iPhone May Be Rigged to Spy on You

    07/21/2014 7:22:14 PM PDT · by eyeamok · 14 replies
    Toms Guide ^ | 7-21-14 | Jill Scharr
    Zdziarksi is certain that these mechanisms, whatever their purpose, are no accident. He has seen them become more complex, and they seem to get as much maintenance and attention as iOS' advertised features. Even as Apple adds new security features, the company may be adding ways to circumvent them.
  • The day my kid found hardcore porn on his iPhone

    07/21/2014 11:58:26 AM PDT · by Morgana · 171 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | Abby Moore
    I never thought it would happen to me. I’m technologically savvy, hyper-vigilant about parental controls, and frequently check the search and browser histories of my kids’ electronic devices. As a writer for LSN, I’m more aware than most people of the filth that’s out there and the harmful effects it can have on a developing brain (not to mention a developing soul). So that’s why I was surprised and heartbroken the day I discovered my ten-year-old son had been watching hardcore pornography on his iPhone. It was the first day of final exams. At the bus stop that morning, my...
  • Rideshare Apps Prove to be Economic Boon for National and Local Economies

    07/03/2014 6:25:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 3, 2014 | Justin Sykes
    While plenty of ink has been spilled over the controversies in the states surrounding rideshare companies Uber, Lyft and Sidecar, less attention has been given to the new opportunities that these newly-ubiquitous companies have helped to create. To be sure, rideshare apps are popular with consumers because they offer an innovative twist on an outdated taxi system. But while wildly popular with consumers, these apps also create thousands of jobs and increase revenue for the national and local economies in which they operate. Over the past few years the rideshare boom, pioneered by Lyft and Uber, has taken the country...
  • (vanity) What are FReepers' favorite iPhone/iPod apps

    06/22/2014 8:31:41 AM PDT · by martin_fierro · 75 replies
    6/22/14 | ol' marty
    It's been a couple of years since the last thread on this, so what are FReepers' favorite or recommended iPhone/iPod apps?
  • Can the NSA really listen to your iPhone’s microphone even when it is turned OFF? Possibly (video)

    06/10/2014 10:25:59 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 66 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 9 June 2014 | By MARK PRIGG
    Can the NSA really listen to your iPhone’s microphone even when it is turned OFF? Experts say it is possible - but reveal the trick to beat it Technique known as an 'implant' (requires physical access—Swordmaker) Allows phone to appear switched off - but still operate some communications The NSA could technically listen in to the microphone of an iPhone even if it switched off, experts have revealed. The claim was first made by Edward Snowden during an interview with Brian Williams of NBC Nightly News. Today, experts confirmed the technique was technically possibly - and revealed a way to...
  • iPhones frozen by hackers demanding ransom

    05/27/2014 2:16:26 PM PDT · by for-q-clinton · 28 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 27 May 2014 | Matthew Sparkes
    Owners of iPhones and iPads have been targeted by a hacker who is freezing iOS devices and demanding a ransom of up to £55 to unlock them. ... "I went to check my phone and there was a message on the screen (it's still there) saying that my device(s) had been hacked by 'Oleg Pliss' and he/she/they demanded $100 USD/EUR (sent by paypal to lock404(at)hotmail.com) to return them to me. ... "Such scams have been around for years. By using the credentials to access an Apple iCloud account, the attackers can enable the 'Find My iPhone' service - this is...
  • When Hitting ‘Find My iPhone’ Takes You to a Thief’s Doorstep

    05/05/2014 4:26:09 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 74 replies
    NY Times ^ | 5-3-14 | Ian Lovett
    WEST COVINA, Calif. — After a boozy Saturday night, Sarah Maguire awoke the next morning to find that her iPhone was gone. Her roommate’s phone was gone, too. Were they at the bar, she wondered, or in the cab? Using the Find My iPhone app on her computer, she found that someone had taken the phones to a home in this Los Angeles exurb, 30 miles east of her West Hollywood apartment. So Ms. Maguire, a slight, 26-year-old yoga instructor, did what a growing number of phone theft victims have done: She went to confront the thieves — and, to...
  • Cyclist Arrested For Videotaping Cop During Red Light Stop

    05/03/2014 7:10:46 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 56 replies
    The Gothamist ^ | May 2, 2014 | Ben Yakas
    Photographing and videotaping anything in public view—including federal buildings and the police—is legal in NYC as long as the documentation does not impede any law enforcement activity. Nevertheless, plenty of people—including journalists—continue to be arrested and harassed by camera-shy NYPD officers. - snip - While in the back of the car, Paybarah (the arrestee) says he asked the officers why he was arrested for taking video. One officer responded memorably: I was told by another officer while in the car that recording a police officer was illegal because people are using iPhones as guns and shooting cops through the camera...
  • iPhone 5 Sleep/Wake Button Recall

    04/27/2014 6:30:53 PM PDT · by Blue Highway · 18 replies
    Apple.com ^ | 4/25/14 | Apple
    Apple has determined that the sleep/wake button mechanism on a small percentage of iPhone 5 models may stop working or work intermittently. iPhone 5 models manufactured through March 2013 may be affected by this issue. Apple will replace the sleep/wake button mechanism, free of charge, on iPhone 5 models that exhibit this issue and have a qualifying serial number. The sleep/wake button is located on the top of your iPhone 5:
  • Apple's Clueless and Misleading Environmental Campaign

    04/25/2014 4:21:13 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 04/24/2014 | IBD Staff
    Junk Science: How can a company as smart as Apple be so dumb about the environment? That's worth asking now that CEO Tim Cook has embarked on a massive push to make the company more "green." On Earth Day, Apple ran a full-page ad about how it has "set some pretty ambitious goals for reducing our impact on climate change ... and conserving our planet's limited resources." Apple's website features a field of solar panels and the promise to "leave the world better than we found it." But amid all this bragging about Apple's green credentials, nowhere is it mentioned...
  • Apple smashes Street with revenue of $45.65 billion in Q214

    04/23/2014 2:16:12 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 46 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Wednesday, April 23, 2014 · 4:33 pm
    Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2014 second quarter ended March 29, 2014. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $45.6 billion and quarterly net profit of $10.2 billion, or $11.62 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $43.6 billion and net profit of $9.5 billion, or $10.09 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.3% compared to 37.5% in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 66% of the quarter’s revenue. “We’re very proud of our quarterly results, especially our strong iPhone sales and record revenue from services,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO,...
  • CNN "SHOCKER": MH370 Intact, All Alive, Plane Was Followed By Military Jets (Video)

    04/08/2014 10:10:22 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 106 replies
    Conservative Infidel ^ | April 9th, 2014
    Posted on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 at 12:19 am. by: Santo Lippo KUALA LUMPUR (INTELLIHUB) — In a strange twist of events Sara Bajc, the girlfriend of missing flight 370 passenger Phillip Wood, told CNN how the Malaysian military and even the U.S. are likely involved in a massive cover-up surrounding the aircrafts disappearance on the morning of Mar. 8. Astonishingly Bajc told CNN, “The jet [flight 370] had actually been accompanied by fighter planes, there is some witness to that.”. “I think we need to have a better view into where that plane went and who has got it...
  • Purported Communication from Flight 370

    04/01/2014 5:02:45 PM PDT · by Mean Daddy · 18 replies
    Secrets of the Fed ^ | April1, 2014 | Shepard Ambellas
    INDIAN OCEAN (INTELLIHUB) — According to freelance journalist Jim Stone, one of the American passengers, Phillip Wood, a technical storage executive at IBM, who was aboard the now missing Malaysian Airlines flight, keystered his iPhone 5 in his anus after the Boeing 777 carrying 239 people was hijacked by military personnel while on route to China. Amazingly, Stone claims that metadata within the photo yields evidence confirming “100 percent” that Phillip Wood sent the photo, along with a brief voice activated text, from GPS coordinates which put Wood only a few miles away from the U.S. controlled Diego Garcia military...
  • Apple loses bid for U.S. ban on Samsung smartphone sales

    03/06/2014 3:51:21 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 20 replies
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Thursday rejected Apple's request for a permanent sales ban in the United States against some older Samsung smartphones, a key setback for the iPhone maker in its global patent battle. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, ruled that Apple Inc had not presented enough evidence to show that its patented features were a significant enough driver of consumer demand to warrant an injunction. Apple and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd have been litigating for nearly three years over various smartphone features patented by Apple, such as the use of fingers...
  • How do I downgrade my iPhone 4 operating system back to IOS6? I cannot stand IOS 7. (Vanity)

    03/29/2014 7:07:15 PM PDT · by NoKoolAidforMe · 45 replies
    NoKoolAidForMe | 03-29-14 | NoKoolAidForMe
    I just downloaded IOS 7 on my iPhone, and I cannot stand it. It is draining my battery. I cannot delete messages or voicemails easily. The calendar function is difficult to navigate. I just plain don't like it. I tried to restore a backup, but that only restores contacts and music, not the firmware. Thanks.
  • Over 500 million Apple iPhones sold

    03/27/2014 2:36:57 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 24 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | Tuesday, March 25, 2014 · 8:31 am
    “Apple has been known to mark big numerical milestones, celebrating the 50 billionth download from its App Store last May and the 30th anniversary of the Mac earlier this year,” Mark Rogowsky reports for Forbes. “But it appears to have quietly let a big one pass within the last few weeks as somewhere on earth, the 500 millionth iPhone was sold. Despite much consternation in the media that the high-end of the market is reaching saturation, this data point demonstrates that iPhone sales continue to accelerate for Apple even if the rate of that acceleration is less breathtaking than it...
  • Apple Engineer Recalls the iPhone's Birth

    03/26/2014 2:47:35 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 33 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Tuesday, March 25, 2014 | Daisuke Wakabayashi
    Jobs's Ultimatum: Lay Out a Vision Fast or Lose the Project In February 2005, Apple Inc.'s then chief executive, Steve Jobs, gave senior software engineer Greg Christie an ultimatum. Mr. Christie's team had been struggling for months to lay out the software vision for what would become the iPhone as well as how the parts would work together. Now, Mr. Jobs said the team had two weeks or he would assign the project to another group. "Steve had pretty much had it," said Mr. Christie, who still heads Apple's user-interface team. "He wanted bigger ideas and bigger concepts." Mr. Christie's...
  • Russian officials dump iPads over spy fears

    03/26/2014 1:00:18 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 24 replies
    google hjosted news ^ | March 26, 2014
    Moscow — Russian government officials have swapped their iPads for Samsung tablets to ensure tighter security, the telecoms minister told news agencies on Wednesday. Journalists spotted that ministers at a cabinet meeting were no longer using Apple tablets, and minister Nikolai Nikiforov confirmed the changeover "took place not so long ago." He said the ministers' new Samsungs were "specially protected devices that can be used to work with confidential information." "Some of the information at government meetings is confidential in nature and these devices fully meet these demands and have gone through the strictest system of certification." Nikiforov denied that...
  • iOS 7 now running on 85% of iPads, iPhones, iPods, says Apple

    03/25/2014 8:38:10 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 66 replies
    MacWorld UK ^ | Tuesday, March 25, 2014 | Ashleigh Allsopp
    Apple has revealed that iOS 7 is now running on an impressive 85% of iOS devices, compared with just 2.5% of Android devices running the latest version, KitKat. In a change to its developer website at the end of on 25 March, Apple revealed that its newest mobile operating system is now running on 85 per cent of iOS devices, according to data collected over the 7-day period ending 23 March. That's up from the 74 per cent Apple boasted at the beginning of December, and the 78 per cent touted at the beginning of January. The increase comes at...
  • Manchester police seize stun gun disguised as iPhone (UK)

    03/09/2014 10:14:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | 8 March 2014 | Last updated at 08:41 ET
    A stun gun disguised as a mobile phone has been seized from a 14-year-old boy in Manchester. Police said the weapon, which looks like a black iPhone and emits a strong electric shock, was found when the boy was searched. An officer suffered a shock as he examined it, but was not seriously hurt. A knife was also seized during the search, prompted after reports four teenagers were racially abusing a bus driver in Portland Street. …
  • Apple’s Reputation for Software Security a 'Myth': Expert

    02/25/2014 10:09:15 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    CBC ^ | Feb 25, 2014 | Andre Mayer
    Security experts call recent iOS software bug 'scary'A "scary" software flaw that has put users of iPhones, iPads and Mac computers at risk of being hacked has dealt a blow to the reputation of Apple, the world’s most valuable brand, say security researchers. Tech watchers say this bug — which Apple quietly announced on Friday — illustrates that the company’s reputation for strong security may be overstated. "People in general feel, 'It's Apple, so it's secure'," says Brian Bourne, co-founder of Toronto's annual SecTor cybersecurity conference. “Whereas the truth is that Apple operates within the same bounds as every other...
  • Apple says security flaw could allow hackers to beat iPhone encryption

    02/21/2014 5:51:18 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 51 replies
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A major flaw in Apple Inc software for mobile devices could allow hackers to intercept email and other communications that are meant to be encrypted, the company said in a Friday afternoon announcement. If attackers have access to a user's network, such as by sharing the same unsecured wireless service offered by a restaurant, they could see or alter exchanges between the user and protected sites such as Gmail and Facebook, experts said. "It's as bad as you could imagine, that's all I can say," said Johns Hopkins University cryptography professor Matthew Green.
  • Dr. Eric Topol Wireless Med (the future of better and cheaper healthcare)

    01/21/2014 3:32:29 PM PST · by doug from upland · 4 replies
    youtube ^ | 1-2014
    AMAZING USE OF OUR TECHNOLOGY. STAR TREK MEDICINE IS COMING.
  • Cube, Intuit, or PayPal Here credit card swipers for a small business?

    01/17/2014 7:36:25 PM PST · by bboop · 16 replies
    self ^ | 1.17.14 | self
    I am president of the board of a community orchestra, and I want to get a credit card swiper so people can donate at our concerts and/or purchase ticket for our fundraiser. I have done some research on Intuits, Cubes, and PayPal Here. But now I would like to gather some anecdotal evidence. Does anyone have experience with these? Preference? Feedback? Hate them? Cautionary advice? I have an iPhone 4 with IOS 5.
  • NSA has complete control of your iPhone, can activate your microphone and camera

    12/31/2013 5:05:37 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 69 replies
    http://benswann.com/ ^ | December 30, 2013 | Joshua Cook
    Leaked documents now show what we all suspected: the NSA can turn your iPhone’s microphone and camera on and off without you knowing. According to Der Spiegel’s website: “The NSA’s ANT division develops implants for mobile phones and SIM cards. One of these is a spyware implant called “DROPOUTJEEP” — designed for the first generation of iPhones — which was still in development in 2008, shortly after the iPhone’s launch. This spyware was to make it possible to remotely download or upload files to a mobile phone. It would also, according to the catalog, allow the NSA to divert text...
  • Minneapolis mayoral candidate mugged for iPhone at Mall of America, charges say

    12/28/2013 8:56:28 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 27 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 12-27-13 | David Hanners
    o the voters of Minneapolis, Mark Andrew was the guy who came in second in last month's mayoral election. To three robbers, he was just a mark. Andrew, 63, needed nine stitches to close a head wound suffered Thursday when, according to police, two female teenagers beat him after their male friend snatched Andrew's iPhone from a coffee shop table and ran. When Andrew gave chase, the two females allegedly jumped him and walloped him with a collapsible metal nightstick, police said. Although the attack took place outside a Starbucks at the busy Mall of America and was witnessed by...
  • iPhone text message retrieval help?

    12/27/2013 11:11:37 AM PST · by DainBramage · 13 replies
    I need to retrieve some messages accidentally deleted on an iPhone 3. Anybody that can help me or point me to a program that would help I would greatly appreciate it.
  • How many Americans will be using an iPhone when the US Smartphone Market Saturates? [68% in 2017]

    12/16/2013 8:02:05 AM PST · by Star Traveler · 84 replies
    Asymco [Analyst] ^ | December 13, 2013 | Horace Dediu
    As previously noted, the US smartphone market has followed an almost perfectly logistic growth. The measured data (via comScore, in green below) follows a predictive logistic function (thin blue whose formula is discussed here). The other notable market observation is how closely the iPhone follows the same pattern as the market. The red line representing the iPhone above is almost perfectly parallel to the green and blue lines which represent the overall market. The reason for this seems to be that consumers are absorbing the product in similar way to how they are absorbing the technology.[1] The “learning model” which...
  • iPhone slips in Europe as Windows Phone claims OVER 10% market share

    12/10/2013 8:11:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    The UK Register ^ | 12/02/2013 | By Shaun Nichols
    Apple's iPhones are losing ground in Europe as consumers increasingly opt for Android and Windows Phone handsets, according to researchers. Analysts with Kantar Worldpanel ComTech found that over the third quarter of this year, Apple saw its share of the market in Germany, France, and the UK decline over the same period in 2012, a sign that the release of the iPhone 5s and 5c failed to attract consumers as did the launch of the iPhone 5. According to the researchers, Apple's overall share of the European market shrank on the quarter from 20.8 per cent to 15.8 per cent....
  • Russia Hopes Its YotaPhone Worries Apple

    12/04/2013 10:11:02 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 15 replies
    WSJ blog ^ | December 4, 2013, 1:21 PM | Lukas I. Alpert
    MOSCOW—The space race may be over but Russia hopes the smartphone race has just begun. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was among the first to receive a YotaPhone—the country’s first foray into the hyper-competitive smartphone market—and was told industry pace-setter Apple Inc. better watch its back. “Is Apple concerned about our smartphone?” he asked Sergey Chemezov, the head of Russia’s state-run defense corporation, Rostec, who gave him the phone on Wednesday hours after it hit the market. “Definitely,” Mr. Chemezov replied, according to a transcript of the exchange posted on the government’s website.....
  • Find out if Big Brother is watching

    10/24/2013 11:04:00 AM PDT · by null and void · 6 replies
    Electronic Products ^ | 10/21/2013 | Grace Noto
    New app for Apple lets users see if satellites are overhead If you’ve ever been curious about whether you’ve ever been seen by a satellite, there’s now an app for that. Orbit Logic has just created SpyMeSat, a mobile app available for Apple devices that alerts users when they are within range of an image or spy satellite that might be photographing them. A company that normally provides apps for the military and defense communities, SpyMeSat is Orbit Logic’s first app for the common man, according its president Alex Herz. SpyMeSat provides users with a satellite map that shows orbit...
  • Contract vs. Prepaid wireless, what to do ?

    10/16/2013 6:24:05 AM PDT · by kyperman · 75 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 2, 2012 | Brian X Chen
    Prepaid phone plans, where you pay the full price for a cellphone and then pay lower monthly rates without a contract, seem to offer what most budget-conscious people want. So why haven’t they really caught on?
  • ObamaCare Phones Offered To Health Insurance Buyers

    10/03/2013 7:49:08 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 16 replies
    Say hello to Obamacare phones. In Tennessee, those shopping on the new health insurance co-ops could end up with more than just some health insurance. They might even walk away with a free smartphone. The Nashville Business Journal is reporting that Community Health Alliance, Tennessee’s Obamacare health insurance co-op, is using the prospect of a free phone to encourage folks to enroll:
  • Obama Likens Obamacare To Apple's iPhone: "I Don't Remember Anybody Suggesting Apple

    10/01/2013 12:32:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 56 replies
    RCP ^ | 10/1/13 | Staff
    PRESIDENT OBAMA: Consider that just a couple of weeks ago, Apple rolled out a new mobile operating system, and within days, they found a glitch, so they fixed it. I don't remember anybody suggesting Apple should stop selling iPhones or iPads or threatening to shut down the company if they didn't. That's not how we do things in America. We don't actively root for failure. We get to work, we make things happen, we make them better, we keep going.
  • Apple Passes Coca-Cola as Most Valuable Brand

    10/01/2013 5:46:44 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | 29 Sept 2013 | Stuart Elliott
    APPLE is the new most valuable brand in the world, according to a closely followed annual report. The report, to be released on Monday, is from Interbrand, a corporate identity and brand consulting company owned by the Omnicom Group that has been compiling what it calls the Best Global Brands report since 2000. The previous No. 1 brand, Coca-Cola, fell to No. 3. Not only has Apple replaced Coca-Cola as first among the 100 most valuable brands based on criteria that include financial performance, this is the first time that the soft drink known for slogans like “It’s the real...
  • iOS 7 Beta: An Estrogen-Addled Mess Designed for 13 Year Old Girls

    09/27/2013 11:08:53 AM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 23 replies
    Technology and Other Musings ^ | June 12, 2013 | Jim Lynch
    But my eyes!!! It felt like someone had dragged a cheese grater across my eyeballs when I saw the iOS 7 home screen, with its horrendous icons that looked like they were designed by Lisa Frank! Yes, the iOS 7 beta comes perilously close to looking like Lisa Frank’s “Stuff Girls Love” site.
  • The So-Called Supremacy of Apple, Inc.

    09/27/2013 9:45:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Townhall ^ | 09/27/2013 | Bill Tatro
    For a fleeting moment, questions were being raised about the validity of the most recent Apple, Inc. (AAPL) iPhone sales numbers — 9 million phones reportedly sold in three days, pretty impressive numbers.Then, in order to comprehend what was below the surface, a few stock analysts decided to actually peel back the onion a layer or two. A year ago, Chinese and Japanese sales were not included in the initial weekend sales report of 5 million units of the iPhone 5.Of course, this year Chinese and Japanese sales were included.I guess it’s a good thing to report new vendors, but...
  • Upgrade Iphone 4 to IOS 7.0 ?

    09/24/2013 12:40:56 PM PDT · by ez · 41 replies
    9/24/13 | ez
    I just received the update to IOS 7.0 on my IPhone 4. I'm worried that this phone is too old to handle the update and will run slow, even though the phone is only two months old. Should I install the update?
  • iOS 7 Download Day Worldwide Release Time [Chart]

    09/18/2013 2:21:23 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 24 replies
    redmondpie.com ^ | September 18th, 2013 | Paul Morris
    iOS 7 will be available to download today. While iOS 7 represents a total overhaul to Apple’s mobile OS, only time will tell what the mainstream public reaction will be to the changes that represent the post Scott Forstall era at Apple. If you have a compatible device capable of running iOS 7, then it’s time to back up that device, make a note of the release schedule and get ready to hammer Apple’s authentication servers. If we take a look back at release times of major iOS releases, almost all of the iOS 7 beta builds were released at...
  • Here’s how Apple’s iPhone 5s fingerprint scanner might incriminate you

    09/14/2013 12:43:55 PM PDT · by quimby · 57 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 9-13-13 | Jacob Siegal
    Considering the nationwide panic regarding security and privacy, both offline and online, Apple’s new Touch ID system was met with some cynicism. Where is the fingerprint data going to be stored? What happens if someone obtains the data? Would a criminal be willing to remove my finger in order to access my contact list? Some concerns were admittedly a bit more hypothetical than others, but Marcia Hofmann’s piece on Wired brings up a legal situation which is far more likely to cause problems for an iPhone owner than the theoretical digit thief. The Fifth Amendment provides the right against self-incrimination...
  • Apple goes plastic and colorful with new iPhone line

    09/10/2013 12:50:07 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 60 replies
    CNBC ^ | September 10, 2013 | Cadie Thompson , Eli Langer
    But the most significant news to come out of the event is a new security feature on the iPhone 5S called Touch ID, which is an app that allows users to use their fingerprint to access information in their phone. The new function is essentially a fingerprint identity sensor in the home button on the phone that enables users to unlock their device. However, it can also be used as a substitute for passwords when making purchases, including in Apple's iTunes Store. "Your fingerprint is one of the best passwords in the world. It's always with you," said Dan Riccio,...
  • Report: NSA can access most smartphone data

    09/08/2013 6:09:55 AM PDT · by John W · 48 replies
    AP via knoxnews.com ^ | September 8, 2013 | Frank Jordans
    BERLIN (AP) — The U.S. National Security Agency is able to crack protective measures on iPhones, BlackBerry and Android devices, giving it access to users' data on all major smartphones, according to a report Sunday in German news weekly Der Spiegel. The magazine cited internal documents from the NSA and its British counterpart GCHQ in which the agencies describe setting up dedicated teams for each type of phone as part of their effort to gather intelligence on potential threats such as terrorists. The data obtained this way includes contacts, call lists, SMS traffic, notes and location information, Der Spiegel reported....
  • Why would any company only write an iPhone app?

    09/04/2013 1:45:24 AM PDT · by chaosagent · 33 replies
    OK, I'm confused. Why would any company only write an iPhone/iPad app for their product? The last time I checked there were about 10 times more Android device than iPhone/iPads. Even Drudge only has an iPhone/iPad app. Nothing for Android. Is it just the cachet of the iPhone, or am I missing something here?
  • Links 17 Aug: Your iPhone Uses More Energy Than Your Refrigerator

    08/24/2013 3:49:39 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 31 replies
    Forbes ^ | 8/17/2013 | Tim Worstall
    That’s the claim at least from this new paper. That your iPhone, or more exactly your smartphone, uses more electricity than a refrigerator does. Do note though that it’s not actually the phone that does this: it’s the entire infrastructure that supplies it with the ability to be smart that does. All those data centres, running the WiFi and mobile networks and so on. In fact, the claim is that IT now uses 10% of the world’s electricity: The global digital economy, also known as the ICT system (information-communications-technologies), sucks up as much electricity today as it took to illuminate...
  • Controversial App Tracks Gun Owners

    08/15/2013 6:26:09 AM PDT · by rover3 · 30 replies
    Western Shooting Journal ^ | 8/15/2013 | J Hin
    A new mobile app developed by U of San Diego Lecturer Brett Stalbaum allows people to "GeoLocate dangerous guns and owners." The app pinpoints the locations of homes, businesses and other sites where "dangerous" guns are located. Geo Marker (app developer)states it's for the safety of public to know where potential "unsafe" gun owners might be. Read more here westernshootingjournal.com/industrynews/geolocate-guns-and-owner-app/Really?, WTF, as you can see many non-gun activist will jump all over this for the cause of good.
  • Scientists power mobile phone using urine

    07/29/2013 11:03:08 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 53 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | July 16, 2013 | Staff
    British scientists on Tuesday reported they had harnessed the power of urine and were able to charge a mobile phone with enough electricity to send texts and surf the internet. Researchers from the University of Bristol and Bristol Robotics Laboratory in south west England said they had created a fuel cell that uses bacteria to break down urine to generate electricity, in a study published in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. "No one has harnessed power from urine to do this so it's an exciting discovery," said engineer Ioannis Ieropoulos. "The beauty of this fuel...
  • Apple investigating iPhone 5 user death by electrocution

    07/15/2013 9:40:56 AM PDT · by topher · 80 replies
    FoxNews.com | July 15, 2013 | FoxNews.com
    Apple said Monday it would investigate claims that a Chinese woman was killed by an electric shock she received when answering a call while the device was charging. The claim quickly drew attention after a woman in the western region of Xinjiang wrote about the death of her 23-year-old sister Ma Ailun on China's popular microblog service Sina Weibo. "We will fully investigate and cooperate with authorities in this matter," said Apple's Beijing-based spokeswoman Carolyn Wu, offering condolences to the family.
  • AT&T to force Obama alerts for iPhones with no way to opt out

    06/17/2013 8:17:56 AM PDT · by T.O.K. · 74 replies
    bizpacreview.com ^ | June 17, 2013 | Janeen Capizola
    Not only is Big Brother President Obama watching you, he’s going to start messaging you if you own an iPhone with AT&T service. AT&T subscribers with an iPhone 4S or 5 using iOS 6.1 or higher are going to start getting presidential alerts on matters of “national importance” whether you want them or not. As part of AT&T’s new Wireless Emergency Alerts, once a user updates their operating system, AMBER and Emergency alerts are automatically sent to the phone. However . . .
  • Apple Announces 'Kill Switch' as Law Enforcers Seek Fix for Phone Thefts

    06/13/2013 9:54:40 AM PDT · by Theoria · 29 replies
    KQED ^ | 12 June 2013 | KQED
    When thieves steal an iPhone, it's referred to as "Apple picking." Apple's latest idea to deter such thefts is a feature called "activation lock." The company says it’ll be arming new iPhones -- and all its mobile devices -- with a kind of kill switch that can render a lost or stolen phone inoperable. The announcement comes shortly before San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon, along with New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, is scheduled to meet with officials from several cellphone companies about how to prevent the growing number of smartphone thefts. Apple's senior vice president of software...