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Apple has received criticism for not injecting more innovation into its iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus handsets, and the same will probably be true of the inevitable iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus variants. However, Apple will have an opportunity to shake things up when it releases its iPhone 8 and one of the things it might be considering is revising its Touch ID system to combine fingerprint recognition with facial recognition for enhanced security. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo states in a new research report that he expects Apple to go this route, though not only for security purposes. Revising... Read more...
The pieces to the puzzle are starting to come together. Earlier this week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hit Qualcomm with a lawsuit concerning anticompetitive practices with its licensing. The FTC specifically called out Qualcomm’s actions towards Apple, writing, “Qualcomm recognized that any competitor that won Apple’s business would become stronger, and used exclusivity to prevent Apple from working with and improving the effectiveness of Qualcomm’s competitors.” The lawsuit from the FTC followed similar actions taken by governments in Asia and Europe. On Friday, Apple launched the latest... Read more...
Certainly it is not easy running Apple, one of the biggest companies in the world (it cracked the top 10 of the Fortune 500 list with a No. 9 ranking in 2016, and with a market capitalization of more than $629 billion, it is the most valuable firm on the planet), but easy or not, that is the job of Tim Cook. How he is doing is up for debate, and according to at least one former Apple employee, Cook has sucked the excitement out of Apple. Bill Burrough, a former Apple engineer, described Apple to CNBC as being like the "wild west" in 2007. Burrough said that during his first two years of employment... Read more...
Texting and driving is illegal in forty-six states and territories. While most people would argue that the person texting and driving is ultimately responsible for their dangerous actions, one court case argues that cellphone companies are also at fault. California resident Julio Ceja has filed a class action lawsuit against Apple, claiming that corporation values profit over safety. Why would anyone blame Apple for a car accident? Julio Ceja was rear-ended by another vehicle in Costa Mesa, California while stopped at a stoplight. The distracted driver was using her iPhone during the accident.... Read more...
Qualcomm has faced legal hurdles in recent years for its licensing practices in both Europe and in Asia. Now, the company is coming under fire right here in the United States, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is leading the charge. The FTC alleges that Qualcomm used its dominant position as the world’s premier supplier of mobile baseband chips to force “onerous and anticompetitive supply and licensing terms” upon smartphone manufacturers. These actions were also reportedly meant to stifle Qualcomm’s competitors in the baseband field in order to maintain its position as the top supplier. Qualcomm... Read more...
According to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the limitations surrounding the MacBook Pro’s support for greater than 16GB of RAM will be lifted this year. Apple is expected to adopt Kaby Lake processors (months after the PC community quickly embraced them), and at the same time offer a 32GB RAM option. This will likely be a build-to-order option for the MacBook Pro, but it’d be a welcome addition for mobile professionals. Interestingly, Kuo says that the 32GB option will apparently be limited to the larger 15-inch model, and will not be available on the 13-inch model. Apple is expected to begin production... Read more...
Though Apple is making a killing on mobile app sales, that is not stopping the company from raising prices in several regions overseas. In the United Kingdom, one of Apple's biggest and most lucrative markets, app prices and in-app purchases are jumping up more than 25 percent. So for an app that might have sold for $0.99 in the United States, it will now sell for £0.99 in the U.K. instead of £0.79.The price hike is a result of a weak pound exchange rate following the Brexit vote. It's not just £0.79 apps that are going up by 25 percent or more, either. Similar price hikes will hit every price... Read more...
One of the biggest fears of companies that say they can hack virtually anything is to be found out that they've been hacked themselves. Case-in-point: Israeli firm Cellebrite. We've reported on the company multiple times in the past, notably after it aided the FBI in cracking open a terrorist's iPhone 5c. Since then, the company has boasted lots, even going as far to say that it can crack "nearly any smartphone". Fast-forward to the present time, and we learn that Cellebrite itself wasn't just hacked; it had a staggering 900GB worth of data stolen. The firm says in a statement: Cellebrite recently... Read more...
After plenty of back and forth between Apple and Consumer Reports, the latter party is now willing to recommend the 2016 MacBook Pro family of notebooks. The whole mess started in December, when the publication made headlines by failing to recommend the new MacBook Pros for the first time in the product’s history. It attributed the decision to inconsistent battery life across all three MacBook Pro models. Apple and Consumer Reports decided to put their heads together to find the source of the battery life inconsistencies, and it was determined that a bug in the developer setting that the publication... Read more...
If you were expecting to see a miraculous turnaround for the PC market in 2016, it didn’t happen according to Gartner. The research firm says that Q4 sales fell 3.7 percent compared to the same period in 2015 to 72.6 million. Worldwide PC sales fell to 269.7 million for the full calendar year, which marked a 6.2 percent decline compared to 2015. So, what’s behind this continued softness in PC sales, which has entered a fifth straight year of declines? "Stagnation in the PC market continued into the fourth quarter of 2016 as holiday sales were generally weak due to the fundamental change in PC buying... Read more...
We'd contend that one of the best feelings in the entire world is that of nostalgia. Most of us love to time-travel in our minds back to a time that filled us with joy, whether it was caused by a place we visited, or something as simple as a video game we played. Well, where the Amiga is concerned, nostalgia is the name of the game (not literally), so it's of almost no surprise to learn that a brand-new documentary revolving around the platform has soared up the charts. Viva Amiga: The Story Of A Beautiful Machine is an hour-long documentary that takes a look at the Amiga computer from its inception,... Read more...
Apple recently celebrated the 10-year anniversary of when it introduced its first iPhone model, which took place at Macworld 2007 in San Francisco. It was an ambitious product that ultimately shaped the smartphone sector into what it is today, and part of the reason is because Steve Jobs gambled on a design that was very different from the iPod touch. It was a design featured on one of two early prototype iPhone handsets, the P1 and P2, from two competing teams—one led by Tony Fadell, the Godfather of the iPod, and the other by Scott Forsall, a software engineer who had been working with Jobs since... Read more...
Tesla is one of the hottest companies around these days, and it is continually adding new talent to help bolster its self-driving operations. And increasingly, Tesla has been picking its top prospects from Apple’s deep bench. Early last year, Tesla secured Jim Keller, an engineer that spearheaded both AMD K8 and Apple A-Series chip efforts, in order to lead in-house development of Autopilot hardware. This week, Tesla managed to steal the head of Apple’s Swift programming language: Chris Lattner. Lattner is settling in with his new role as Vice President of Autopilot Software at Tesla. He takes... Read more...
Well well well; it looks as though Apple and Consumer Reports have come to at least some kind of agreement as to what went wrong with the former’s testing of the 2016 family of MacBook Pro notebooks. It all started in late December when the testing lab said it could no longer recommend the MacBook Pro due to extreme fluctuations in the battery life of the notebooks. “For instance, in a series of three consecutive tests, the 13-inch model with the Touch Bar ran for 16 hours in the first trial, 12.75 hours in the second, and just 3.75 hours in the third,” wrote Consumer Reports at the time. “The... Read more...
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