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When it comes to mobile payments, security is an obvious concern. In fact, even the more standard forms of payment are facing all sorts of new security issues these days. In a bid to help things, MasterCard and Syniverse have partnered to test out a new mobile payment methodology that would tap into a phone's GPS in order to approve or deny a given purchase. The news was revealed at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The two companies are currently in pilot-phase for an opt-in service that will enable card transactions for users only when they have their mobile device switched on in a specific... Read more...
After reading our headline, you might have clicked through expecting to see a punchline, but this is no joke. A Windows PC user of 20 years decided to switch over to a Mac and leave behind his platform of choice cold turkey, and then chronicle what the experience was like. It's an interesting proposition considering that Apple is more popular today than it's ever been and there are likely other Windows users wondering (to themselves) what life on the other side is like. Andy Patrizio from IT World took that journey by scoring a 2011 MacBook Pro off of Craigslist and then using it exclusively for... Read more...
According to a new Bloomberg report, HTC is planning to showcase its own smartwatch as early as next week at Mobile World Congress. The handset maker, despite world-class hardware and rave reviews, has struggled to secure market share in the high-end smartphone realm. Out-marketing a giant like Samsung has proven difficult, if not outright impossible, leaving the company with little choice but to change course and focus on lower-end devices in the coming quarters. But it's also continuing to innovate in other areas, as it should. Under the watch's face will (reportedly) be a Qualcomm processor... Read more...
Once you hit your thirties, you begin to realize that the older you get, the better you used to be. You start to embellish your stories of past accomplishments and eventually that game tying layup in the third quarter of your high school basketball's regular season game becomes a slam dunk in triple overtime against an archival in a critical playoff match. The brain is a funny thing, twisting memories around and distorting reality, but c'mon, how can a major player at Apple forget that a company like Hewlett-Packard exists? During a recent interview with MacWorld, Philip Schiller, Apple's senior... Read more...
It was 30 years ago that Apple brought forth the Macintosh, a personal computer with a great GUI and all sorts of capabilities foreign to most users. Apple debuted that iconic “1984” ad in the Super Bowl that year, and the company has been innovating and producing new machines since then, most of which have been compelling. Apple set up a few pages to commemorate the anniversary, and unless you’re a real Apple hater, pop over and browse through it. There are images of Apple computers through the years, a lot of history, examples of what creative and smart people have done with... Read more...
Googlers are well-known for using Macs on campus, and Google has a history of dishing out great software to both OS X and iOS. To that end, the company is announcing Mac support for Chrome Apps. Starting today, you'll just need an updated version of the Chrome browser, and then head into the "For your desktop" section of the Chrome Web Store. Chrome Apps work offline, update automatically and sync to any computer where you're signed into Chrome, so you can pick up where you left off. The goal was to make these apps "feel like native software." For example, you can find your Chrome Apps in the Applications... Read more...
Bah, humbug. As if crowds fighting yet again to get to Walmart doorbusters weren't bad enough to nearly ruin Thanksgiving, Apple zealots who have waited all year for a small sale on an iProduct are likely going to be let down by this year's Black Friday sale. Unlike years in the past, Apple isn't offering cash-off discounts on products. Instead, it's offering Apple Gift Cards as the discount. In other words, you'll still pay full retail for anything you buy from Apple today, but at least you'll have a bit of Apple cash to spend on more Apple gear in the future. It's actually a pretty clever trick.... Read more...
Investors are still trying to figure out how to react to Apple's Q4 financial results for its fiscal year that ended in September. Apple posted quarterly revenue of $37.5 billion and a profit of $7.5 billion, or $8.25 per diluted share, compared to revenue of $36 billion and a profit of $8.2 billion, or $8.67 per diluted share, in the same quarter a year ago. In other words, revenue is up but profit is down, albeit the company is still making an obscene amount of money. Apple sold 33.8 million iPhone devices during its financial fourth quarter, the most ever for that particular time period, and... Read more...
If there's one thing Apple has proven to be quite good at, it's design. Love it or hate it, Apple's design chops have drawn all sorts of attention, and the company's latest foray into the waning desktop world has yet again struck a chord. Pundits suggest that the forthcoming Mac Pro looks about like a black trash bucket that you'd find in any home improvement store, while proponents are hailing it as the biggest leap forward in workstation design history. Regardless of your own personal feelings, the new Mac Pro is an eye-catcher, and if you're really (really!) into the design language, there's... Read more...
History doesn't always repeat itself, particularly when you're trying to juggle supply chains across the globe year in and year out, but it seems that 2013 will mirror 2012 in terms of Apple event launches in the fall. Last year, we saw the new iPhone and iPad launched within weeks of one another. This year, it appears that the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s launch will be followed by a new iPad, a refreshed iPad mini, and perhaps a few other surprises. AllThingsD is reporting that Apple's next iPad will be unveiled at a California event on October 22nd. The focal point will obviously be the iPad, where... Read more...
Steam has taken the gaming world by storm, and in more ways than one, has shaped how the digital distribution model impacts our lives. Gamers in particular have a lot to appreciate about Steam, but there's been one major point of trouble: sharing. Now, Steam is addressing it, with the introduction of Family Sharing. The service claims that this is a new feature that "allows close friends and family members to share their libraries of Steam games," and it'll support PC, Mac and Linux. The feature will become available next week, in limited beta on Steam, but should roll out more broadly soon after... Read more...
The modern version of SimCity just can't seem to enjoy a smooth launch. When it was released to Windows PCs back in March, users complained about the lack of offline play and problems connecting to overburdened servers. Now several months later, SimCity launches to the Mac platform, and once again, gamers are having trouble. Several posts on EA's forums detail issues gamers are having getting the game to run properly. The complaints aren't limited to a single system, either, but a range of Macs, including brand new Retina MacBook models. One user complained of having to reinstall Origin five times... Read more...
Some people are just gluttons for punishment. A pair of self-professed online distraction addicts, Robert R. Morris and Dan McDuff, have created a tool called “Pavlov Poke” that will zap them if they spend too much time on Facebook and not enough time working on their dissertations. The Pavlov Poke works by using a UI Inspector (the duo used their Mac’s UI Inspector), a bit of code to produce an onscreen alert when a site is visited too frequently, a USB-connected Arduino to send the shock circuit, and electrodes connected to metal strips on a keyboard rest. Admittedly, the Pavlov... Read more...
With all due respect to anyone enjoying their summer break, school is almost once again in session. Yes, it's only mid-July, but before you know it, August will be wrapping up and that annoying alarm clock will be buzzing way too early as you stumble out of bed and head to class. On the bright side, you're investing in your future, so your suffering won't be in vain. Also on the bright side is the opportunity to score some deals courtesy of various back-to-school promotions. As it were, Apple's back-to-school campaign is in full session. The Cupertino company hopes to pack your bag with a laptop,... Read more...
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