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Do you like to rock out with your college textbooks out? Try listening to classical music instead, it could help with your studying. Don't worry, we're not here to nag you about your grades or bust your chops about how you spend your free time while mom and pop pick up the tuition bill. We're here to let you know that Apple is rolling out a discounted Apple Music subscription to students.If you're a student at a qualifying university or college, you'll soon be able to subscribe for $5 per month, a 50 percent discount over the regular $10 per month subscription. The student membership option is... Read more...
Apple would have you believe that it's iPhone devices are locked down tighter than Fort Knox, that its encryption and security schemes are so well implemented that even its own engineers would have trouble hacking a handset. But is that really the case? In a murder investigation involving an actor from The Shield, the Los Angeles Police Department made quick work of hacking an iPhone 5s model that belonged to the victim.Ironically enough, murder suspect Michael Jace is best known for playing a member of the LAPD in the popular FX drama The Shield. He stands accused of killing his wife April Jace... Read more...
When iPhone or iPad sales start heading south, you can count on Apple to look for ways to further expand its reach. After iPad sales starting taking a turn for the worse, Apple inked an enterprise development deal with IBM. And now that both iPhone and iPad sales are down (but moreso the iPad), Apple is once again looking to boost its enterprise cred — this time with SAP. Apple hopes that its alliance with SAP will “revolutionize the mobile work experience for enterprise customers of all sizes.” The fruits of this partnership will include a new SAP HANA Cloud Platform SDK for iOS that will allow... Read more...
Top talent is highly coveted in the tech industry, so it's no surprise that Apple jumped at the chance to bring one of the one of the biggest brains in robotics on board. Her name is Yoky Matsuoka and she's joining Apple to help with the outfit's health and fitness initiative, a growing trend in mobile and wearables. Matsuoka has an impressive resume, one that includes co-founding Google's X lab and serving as head of technology at Nest. She was bound for a vice president role at Twitter last year, but decided to turn down the job offer after being diagnosed what she described on Medium as a life-threatening... Read more...
Much to the chagrin of Apple. a Chinese court has ruled against the company's trademark infringement claim in a case it brought against a seller of luxury leather accessories. The ruling allows Xintong Tiandi Technology to continue using the "IPHONE" name, which it displays in all caps, on things like smartphone cases, wallets, and purses.The good news for Apple is that it retains its trademark for mobile devices, so it doesn't have to worry about an iPhone knockoff, or at least not a legal one with the iPhone branding. Apple can also appeal the decision to the Supreme People's Court in Beijing,... Read more...
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...
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