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The Apple Watch was announced back in September 2014, but it was just released to the public two months ago. Those who were able to get their pre-orders in early have had plenty of time to assess the pluses and minuses of Apple’s first wearable. Now that product availability is beginning to improve, even more people are getting a taste of what the Apple Watch has to offer. With that said, information is already starting to trickle out about the next generation Apple Watch, and it looks as though it will address some of the strongest criticism leveled at the current generation wearable. This information... Read more...
"Xara" might sound like a cool name for an exploit, but according to researchers at three different US universities, it's one that should cause some alarm. At its root, if Xara is properly exploited, attackers would be able to procure passwords stored in OS X's Keychain, which could be used for most or all of someone's applications. Specific details are not covered, but it seems that if an app is installed on OS X that takes advantage of this exploit, it can take control of the stored passwords, and other information that might be present (eg: the login username itself). Examples given are hijacking... Read more...
Chrome on OS X is a battery hog. It’s been known for a while that compared to Apple’s stock Safari browser, Chrome has a tendency to eat up CPU cycles and use excess amounts of memory. Google took a step earlier this month to combat this problem by reining in the much-hated Adobe Flash Player plugin. Using what Google calls “Intelligent Pause,” Chrome can decide for itself whether a particular Flash element is worth displaying to the user. If isn’t, it will be disabled, thus helping to save your laptop’s battery from prematurel discharging. But Adobe isn’t the only party at fault when it comes... Read more...
The engineering wizards at Apple have designed a laptop that's lighter than Air...the MacBook Air, that is. It's the new MacBook (early 2015 edition), a forward-thinking laptop that measures just 11.04 inches (W) by 7.74 inches (D) by 0.14-0.52 inches (H), and weighs a mere 2.03 pounds. The super thin and light profile is what prompted Apple's clever tagline, "Light. Years ahead."At 2.38 pounds, the 11.6-inch MacBook Air is slightly heavier than the 12-inch MacBook we'll be showing you here. It's also marginally thicker at its highest point (0.68 inches), though a tad thinner where it tapers off... Read more...
It's been rumored for what feels like forever that Apple is planning to can its iPod lineup, and it's not hard to understand why. With the iPhone, and now, Apple Watch, Apple's lineup is becoming a bit vast, and fewer and fewer are picking up a device that's essentially an iPhone without phone capabilities. The same could be said about the iPod nano - it's hard to want to buy a dedicated device when our phones fill that void quite easily. It's interesting, then, that as soon as Apple Music was announced, earlier this week, Apple changed the iPod option on its site's menubar to "Apple Music". Clicking... Read more...
Jan Souček, a security researcher from Prague, has uncovered a vulnerability in the security of the iOS Mail application that nefarious types can deploy against users of the app to gain access to their iCloud passwords.    The method published by Souček illustrates how an email can be sent to the hapless victim that uses HTML code that mimics the iCloud login pop-up window upon receipt. Then, after said victim has inadvertently tapped their iCloud password into the window's Password field and clicked OK, an email is sent back to the sender with that critical information. Specifically,... Read more...
I was about to throw my arms up in the air and give up on technology when I first heard that Apple expanded its HealthKit app in iOS 9 to track sexual activity. My initial thought was, “Oh great, like I really need Siri telling me ‘You're doing it wrong, she doesn't like that’ or ‘Try pulling her hair for a better response.’” Awkward, right? Thankfully, that's not the sort of thing that will happen (well, not yet anyway). It's actually a lot more useful and less uncomfortable than that. There's a Reproductive Health category that's being added to HealthKit and it contains... Read more...
Look out, Google Maps? Apple has just confirmed that it's begun sending out vehicles to capture street-view imagery, in effect tackling head-on one of the best features of Google's Map software. While Google Maps is available for iOS, there's little doubt that Apple would prefer its users use its own solution, regardless of its checkered past. Interestingly, Apple takes things a step further here by letting us know when (roughly) it's going to be hitting up some cities. The list for June 15 - 30 is rather stark, with many cities being visited in Ireland, England, and the US. You can hit up the... Read more...
From the "It Should Have Been In Version 1" files comes a much-needed feature in Apple's watchOS 2: an activation lock. We learned a lot about what makes watchOS 2 special from WWDC yesterday, but it wasn't until Apple put up a landing page for the upcoming OS that this activation feature was revealed. On account of the fact that the Apple Watch will be strapped to your wrist, it seems likely that iPhones and smartphones in general are at a far greater risk of being stolen, but when these things start at $349, there's no doubt that the Apple Watch will be a heavily sought-after item for thieves.... Read more...
Yesterday at WWDC, Apple announced plenty of UI improvements and minor feature enhancements coming to iOS 9 this Fall, but one new feature that didn’t get any stage time is actually quite a bold move for the fruit company. The Android army shows no sign of growing weaker anytime soon, but for existing Android users that are looking to exit the Google ecosystem, Apple will soon make it easier to slip right into iOS Land. Apple will launch its Move to iOS app this fall when iOS 9 is made widely available for consumers. As Apple describes, Move to iOS makes it easy for Android users to “securely [transfer]... Read more...
Apple had some rather sedate announcements for both OS X (El Capitan) and iOS (iOS 9) earlier today, and with the exception of Split View for iPads, nothing was really groundbreaking. That same sentiment carries over to Apple’s newest operating system: WatchOS. WatchOS was first shown off last year at the iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus keynote, and Apple is already looking to its second iteration of the Apple Watch's operating system: WatchOS 2. The biggest addition to WatchOS 2 is the support for native apps. For anyone that’s used an Apple Watch, you know that third-party apps can sometimes be a chore... Read more...
Apple Music, as Apple puts it, is “One single app on your iPhone” that is the front-end for a “Revolutionary music service.” Apple Music will cost $9.99 per month for individuals, and will scale to $14.99 a month for a family plan that covers six individuals. And if you want to simply get your feet wet with the service, Apple will provide three months of the service for free. Taking a look at Apple Music, it is composed of a few different parts. You of course will be able to stream over 30 million music tracks that are currently available from iTunes, which are enhanced with human-curated playlists.... Read more...
Apple kicked off its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) with updates to its PC operating system: OS X. This wouldn’t be Apple if it didn’t brag a bit, so the company reported that the most recent release of OS X, Yosemite, is currently being used on 55 percent of Macs (Apple claims that this is the fastest adoption rate for any desktop OS ever). But everyone in the audience was there to hear about Yosemite; they wanted to hear about the next big thing. So what’s the name of Apple’s latest OS X release? It’s OS X El Capitan. Yes, you heard that correctly, El Capitan. Apple is focusing on two... Read more...
It’s long been said that Apple’s efforts to tackle “the cloud” have often come up short. Apple has seemingly struggled to get a firm grip on cloud data starting with iTools, which subsequently morphed into .Mac, MobileMe, and to its current incarnation as iCloud. In the past, Apple has rented server capacity from various vendors -- such as Amazon and Microsoft -- to support its cloud services like iCloud. In addition, Apple has taken the easy (but not always efficient) approach of using off-the-shelf hardware like Cisco switches and HP servers in its growing army of data centers. However, Apple... Read more...
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