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Could you imagine if Apple launched a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) service? Given the popularity of its iPhone lineup, it would make sense for Apple to try and take control of the service side of things as well, and there's been a persistent rumor of that happening. The rumor gained steam yesterday when Business Insider claimed to have heard from sources close to Apple that the company was actually trialing (in private) an MVNO service in the U.S., though Apple was quick to shoot it down."BREAKING: Apple says it has not discussed and is not planning MNVO cellular service following reports... Read more...
Researchers appear to have found serious vulnerabilities in Mac laptops and desktops. Trammell Hudson at Two Sigma Investments and Xeno Kovah at LegbaCore are planning to discuss their discovery in detail at Black Hat USA 2015 in Las Vegas. The crux of their discovery: many of the same firmware vulnerabilities that plague PCs also exist in Macs. The researchers plan to prove the vulnerabilities on August 6th. Image credit: Apple   After discovering the firmware vulnerabilities, the researchers were able to create Thunderstrike 2, a proof-of-concept worm that can infiltrate Macs via their firmware.... Read more...
Ever notice that sometimes, the more expensive the product, the more bizarre or "stupid" it is? Nico Gerard's latest watch, called Pinnacle, is an awesome example of this, and it takes just one quick glance at it to understand what it's all about: Yes, that's a full-fledged Apple Watch built into the watch. Yo, dawg, this is some serious watchception. The watch itself looks great, with its stainless steel casing, brushed three-piece link bracelet, and stark black face. As a proud Swiss watchmaker, Nico Gerard's timepieces go through 15 days of testing at Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres,... Read more...
Compared to rival digital assistants like Google Now and Cortana, Apple’s Siri can often seem like it’s stuck in the past. While Apple has added some nifty functionality to Siri since it was first introduced with iOS 5 in 2011, Siri will get a significant “intelligence” overhaul this fall with iOS 9, and will become more proactive it helping you navigate your daily life. However, one new Siri feature is a little bit further away, and again shows Apple playing catchup in certain aspects to the likes of Google. The new functionality is called iCloud Voicemail and taps into Siri’s already robust voice... Read more...
Apple might be the richest company on the planet, but it's not about to slow down on its quest for total market domination. It's constantly looking at new avenues to get into, and as we've been hearing about for a while, autos is one of them. It's hard at this point to picture a vehicle sharing the same badging as an iPhone, but as time passes, it begins to look more and more likely. In a recent report, it was revealed that Apple, including CEO Tim Cook, paid a visit to BMW at its Leipzig factory. The intent was to have modest discussions about what could be possible, but nothing was agreed-upon... Read more...
The Internet is abuzz over a new generation Apple TV set-top box that is rumored to be coming out in September. If what's said about the new streaming device turns out to be true, the next generation model will be a significant upgrade over the currently shipping model with an improved remote control in tow.According to BuzzFeed's unnamed sources who are supposedly familiar with Apple's plans, the upgraded Apple TV box will be thinner and sport new hardware inside -- most notably, it will be built around Apple's A8 System-on-Chip (SoC). It will also sport more internal storage, an improved operating... Read more...
Volkswagen is taking a kitchen sink approach to in-car infotainment technology for its new vehicles. All 2016 VWs will include both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay so customers can have a solid experience regardless of their smartphone brand. Android Auto“With the new MIB II infotainment platform, Volkswagen’s next generation of Car-Net connected services brings to market one of the most comprehensive suites of connectivity features ever available in an automobile,” said Volkswagen of America president and CEO Michael Horn. “As the people car brand, we knew that it was important to democratize these... Read more...
With as fast as new smartphones come out, it's a scary proposition to consider purchasing the latest and greatest months after its launch. After all, it's not as though prices immediately begin to go into a decline; they stay locked in right up to the launch of the next model. T-Mobile understands what this frustration can feel like, so it's offering iPhone fans one sweet deal. Via a humorous and straight-forward YouTube video, T-Mobile CEO John Legere tells us why his company's latest deal is worth paying attention to, and he's got a good point. It's no secret that a new iPhone is en route, so... Read more...
More than 41,000 fake iPhones have been scooped up by Chinese authorities in a massive bust, thanks to a tip from U.S. officials. Beijing police picked up at least nine people believed to be involved in the operation, which involved a small factory posing as an electronics retailer. It’s not clear where the fake iPhones were being shipped, though the tip from American officials could indicate that some of the phones reached the U.S. That’s likely a question Beijing authorities will be putting to the couple who ran the counterfeit operation. The two apparently had as many as six assembly lines,... Read more...
Apple first announced the Apple Watch at the tail end of the iPhone keynote last September, but didn’t get around to actually releasing the wearable (in extremely limited quantities) to customers until April of this year. Since its initial launch, Apple has slowly ramped production and orders to the point where the initial 6- to 8-week delivery window has shrunk to two days with free shipping or one day with expedited shipping. Now that supply issues are for the most part worked out, Apple is ready to take the next step: opening up sales to one of its largest U.S. retail partners. Best Buy announced... Read more...
Magnolia Pictures and Magnet Releasing posted an official trailer for Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, an upcoming documentary that details the life of the late Apple co-founder. Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney directed the flick, though whether or not the movie's portrayal of Jobs is accurate is a topic of debate. This is the same documentary that premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival earlier this year. Several Apple employees were in attendance, include Eddie Cue, the company's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, who called the film "mean spirited"... Read more...
Just as you can't walk into a McDonald's and order a Whopper, you can no longer waltz into one of Apple's retail stores or visit the company's online shop and pick up a Nest thermostat, which is owned by rival Google. They've been yanked from store shelves, both physical and virtual, to make room for products that tap into Apple's own HomeKit home automation technology.Apple also kicked two other Nest products to the curb, at least for now -- the Nest Cam, a Wi-Fi video camera that lets you see your home on your phone, and the Next Protect, a second generation smoke and CO alarm that talks that... Read more...
In late May, Hyundai became the first automaker to officially support Android Auto with a software update to its 2015 (and newer) Sonata midsize sedans. At the time, Hyundai said that it would add support for Apple CarPlay at a later date. This week, however, Honda announced that is refreshed 2016 Honda Accord, a direct competition for the Sonata, is debuting with both Android Auto and CarPlay support fresh out of the box. CarPlay requires iOS 7.1 or higher, while Android Auto requires Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher. Both allow you to mirror functions from your smartphone like texting, navigation,... Read more...
It seems these days that Microsoft is giving more attention to competing platforms like iOS and Android than it does to its own Windows Phone (soon to be Windows 10 Mobile) devices. Joe Belfiore, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of the Operating Systems Group, even had to explain to Windows Phone users back in early January that it hadn’t abandoned its flock despite the fact that it gave iOS and Android users better versions of Office. With that in mind, Microsoft has launched its new Send email app for the iPhone (Microsoft says that Send is “coming soon” to Android and Windows Phone). Send... Read more...
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