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Like many first generation products from Apple, the Apple Watch is far from perfect. It requires a smartphone tether to do more than basic functions like telling time, app load times can be excruciatingly long and battery life leaves much to be desired. Fitbit CEO James Park has taken note of all of these shortcomings of the Apple Watch and is still surprised at the attention that it is getting from not only the press, but also the public. In an interview with The New York Times, Park talks about how excited he was to reveal the Fitbit Blaze at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, only have it... Read more...
Apple recently reported its first revenue decline in 13 years and its first ever year-over-year drop in iPhone sales. The consensus by some is that the market is saturated with smartphones and that Apple hasn't been an innovative company since the late Steve Jobs passed the torch to Tim Cook. Is that really the case? Cook says hold the boat. In an interview with CNBC's Jim Cramer, host of Mad Money, Cook called all the recent negative fuss over the iPhone amounts to a "huge overreaction." As far as Cook is concerned, the iPhone is far from dead, and the same is true of Apple as a whole, which generates... Read more...
The government’s ability to compel you to cough up the contents of your smartphone is growing with each day. Just last week, we reported that the U.S. Supreme Court has granted federal law enforcement agencies the ability to issue search warrants for computing devices in any jurisdiction in the United States; an act that U.S. Senator Ron Wyden said would allow the government to “search thousands or millions of computers at once; and the vast majority of the affected computers would belong to the victims, not the perpetrators, of a cybercrime.” Now, U.S. Magistrate Judge Alicia Rosenberg has granted... Read more...
While it's not uncommon for consumers to want to upgrade their smartphones each and every year, the market is learning more and more that tablets don't enjoy the same kind of uptake. IDC's latest report highlights this well, as it shows a 14.7% year-over-year decline in tablet shipments. That puts the total at 39.6 million shipped, and includes both standard "slate" and detachable form-factors. With these results, it's clear that there is not as much demand for tablets as there once was, but things could change in the future as more and more users are ditching their desktops to become more mobile.... Read more...
Authorities are calling the death of a male employee at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, California an "isolated incident." Beyond that, public details surrounding the incident are scarce—officers responded to a call yesterday morning to the discovery a body in a conference room with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head. "They found one individual male down and that he was deceased," said Sergeant Andrea Urena of the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office. "Through further investigation they determined that there were no other individuals involved and they believe it was an isolated incident,... Read more...
All good things must come to an end, and for Apple, that means its enviable winning streak when it comes to its quarterly earnings. Apple today reported its fiscal Q2 2016 results and it represented the first time that the company has witnessed a year-over-year sales decline for its popular iPhones. Apple sold 51.2 million iPhones during the quarter compared to 61 million during the same period one year ago. Apple generated $50.6 billion in revenue for the quarter and net income of $10.5 billion ($10.90 per diluted share). Most companies would kill for those kinds of numbers, but it was an off... Read more...
If you’re an Apple Watch user, chances are that you’ve spent a frustrating amount of time staring at your smartwatch’s display screen, waiting for it to accomplish a task. Be it pulling up a map or something as simple as retrieving weather information, using your Apple Watch for anything actually useful (other than telling time and viewing notifications) can be a test of your patience. To combat this performance headache, Apple is requiring that all watchOS apps be native (and built using the watchOS 2 SDK) by June 1st. When the Apple Watch launched last year running watchOS 1.0, only Apple apps... Read more...
For the second time in less than a month, the U.S. government has backed down from attempting to force Apple through a court order to help authorities access the contents of a locked iPhone. This time it was the Justice Department that sought Apple's assistance, willingly or not, with opening an iPhone 5s handset that was seized in 2014 as part of a drug investigation. "Yesterday evening, an individual provided the passcode to the iPhone at issue in this case,’’ prosecutors stated in a letter to the judge. "Late last night, the government used that passcode by hand and gained access to the iPhone.... Read more...
From the get-go, FBI Director James Comey insisted that his agency's attempt to force Apple to crack the security protecting the contents of the iPhone 5c handset that belonged to one of the San Bernardino shooters was not a ploy to set a precedent. Instead, it was about a debt to the victims, to which he said "we owe them a thorough and professional investigation under the law." Well, the FBI (and taxpayers) ultimately provided one, paying a third-party more than $1.3 million to hack the phone. It's the largest sum for hiring hackers the FBI has ever publicized, coming in over $300,000 above even... Read more...
More of the same After all the harping and complaining about the single USB-C port on the 2015 MacBook by both the press and Apple fans for the past year, you would expect that Apple would add in a second USB-C port for the 2016 model. Surely the folks in Cupertino had heard the calls for change. Well, those calls fell on deaf ears, because here we are with the 2016 MacBook and still, it has a single USB-C port. Sure, Apple has upgraded the MacBook to Intel's Skylake Core m3, m5, and m7 processor platform, squeezed an extra hour out of the battery and added Rose Gold to color mix (big whoop), but... Read more...
The comings and goings at Tesla Motors and Apple with respect to personnel are being closely watched by the tech and auto industries as the former is the most high-profile electric vehicle manufacturer on the planet, while the latter is widely rumored to be working on its own EV. Further fueling those rumors of an Apple Car is today’s report that the the Cupertino, California-based gadget company has hired Chris Porritt, Tesla’s former Vice President of Vehicle Engineering. Before arriving at Tesla in May 2013, Porritt spent 16 years at Aston Martin as the company’s chief engineer. While there,... Read more...
Apple has been in the spotlight for the past few months due to its defiance of FBI requests to unlock an iPhone 5c at the center of an ongoing investigation. The US Government contended that Apple should comply with a lawful request that was in the interest of national security, while Apple pushed back, stating that the order not only went against its ideals but would appall the Founding Fathers. The US Government eventually dropped its case against Apple the day before both were to appear in court after a third-party was able to assist in unlocking the iPhone 5c in question. Although this matter... Read more...
Apple views its 12-inch MacBook as "the future of the notebook," and if that's the marketing pitch, you can't go around selling the thing with old hardware, right? Of course not, though up until now that's exactly what Apple was doing. Not anymore—Apple went and updated the MacBook with Skylake processors, while also giving it longer battery life and a new rose gold option.The MacBook now rocks Intel's sixth-generation Core M processors ranging in speed from 1.1GHz to 1.3GHz, with Turbo Boost speeds of up to 3.1GHz. These chips bring burlier integrated graphics to the table that Apple says increases... Read more...
Apple has begun informing customers that it's pulling the plug on its iTunes Allowances feature that allowed parents to load up their kids' iTunes account with anywhere from $10 to $50 each month. As an alternative, Apple is encouraging parents to manage iTunes purchases by taking advantage of its Family Sharing feature.This is a bit of a bummer for those who were taking advantage of monthly allowances. We've all read our fair share of horror stories involving kids and teenagers running up enormous bills on their parents' dime because of things like unchecked in-app purchases. Though that's tougher... Read more...
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