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Apple's OS X "Yosemite" brought a lot to the table, and while almost all of it has been good, there has been a stick in the mud. That stick is called "discoveryd", and relates to how the OS handles its networking duties. Since the release of Yosemite, many users have dealt with serious network stability issues, such as disconnections and a doubling of network names, and even full-blown computer crashes. Apple might have had good intentions with discoveryd, but it's clear that it's causing far more harm than good right now. Fortunately, the company agrees, and so it's decided to pull discoveryd... Read more...
Whenever Apple does something, it wants to do it better than the competition, rather than just deliver the bare-minimum to get by. Its upcoming TV service is no exception. Apple certainly won’t be the first to offer such a service when it arrives, and it knows it has to do something special to taste success right out of the gate. One of its biggest goals is to deliver widespread access to local programming. If successful, Apple would immediately one-up all of the competition, such as Sony and Dish, which have only been able to offer local programming in a handful of cities.... Read more...
No one except Apple itself knows when it's going to be relaunching its Beats Music service, but one thing we can feel pretty confident about is that when it launches, it's going to make a big impact. Apple doesn't do things small, and given its expertise in the digital music market, Beats Music could become a huge deal, and hit competitors right where it hurts. According to Re/code, Apple has a couple of ideas in mind that could help it stand out of the crowd. If we're talking about features that already exist, Apple simply wants to do them better better. For starters, depending on the negotiations... Read more...
The smartphone market may have four major OSes battling it out, but the real fight -- the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao -- is between Apple and Google. Given the trends we've seen in recent years, where Android shot up to command the bulk of the smartphone market, we knew Apple was facing an uphill battle to begin eating away at those percentage points. Well, there's some good news for iPhone fans: according to Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, 32.4% of those who adopted iOS during the first quarter came from Android. It should be noted that in many cases, Apple's overall market share didn't gain - it's just... Read more...
Apple's Watch launched two weeks ago to some incredible hype (read our review!), and while it almost seemed impossible to not know every single little thing about Cupertino's latest gadget, the company has just one more trick up its sleeve. On one side of the watch face (beneath were you insert the interchangeable straps) is a hidden door that exposes a 6-pin port. It's assumed that this could be used for diagnostic purposes, but with an Apple Watch in hand, company Reserve Strap was able to verify that it could also be used for charging. This is both huge and strange news: why would Apple keep... Read more...
As each day passes, it becomes more and more likely that Apple will soon introduce a larger iPad, 'iPad Pro', that will cater to the professional market. It's an interesting move in some ways, as Apple is a company that strives on making things smaller and smaller, and of course, thinner and thinner. But sometimes, it just doesn't make sense to keep scaling down, especially when a lot of digital desktop real estate is needed. YouTube channel Unbox Therapy has added fuel to this fire with a new video that shows an iPad Pro case, which makes a regular iPad Air 2 look rather small. With a printed... Read more...
There were many interesting tidbits to come out of Apple's Q2 financial call yesterday, all of which Brandon highlighted. There's one tidbit that might be flying under some people's radar, but deserves some more attention: Apple announced a major win with its Apple Pay service, as it can now count Best Buy as a supporter. This isn't just big news because Best Buy is a major retailer; it becomes massive news because Best Buy is part of the consortium of retailers that's working on its own Apple Pay competitor, called CurrentC. A Best Buy spokeswoman says that her company remains committed to the... Read more...
At this point, it is clear that virtually all of the major mobile device manufacturers are laser focused on the wearables market.  While one could argue that the war for the wrist began a couple of years ago, most of the smartwatches that have shipped thus far have served only a small niche. Early adopters have peeked at the Moto 360, Samsung Gear, and Sony SmartWatch, but none have sold at a clip that would make the mainstream really take notice. To date, the smartwatch has been seen as a nifty luxury, but hardly a necessity in the way that a smartphone is viewed. Now that Apple's involved,... Read more...
If you've been amped-up to get your hands on Apple's latest gadget, the Apple Watch, it appears that you may end up unfortunate enough to be forced to wait a while. According to research firm Slice Intelligence, a mere 22% of U.S. customers who pre-ordered an Apple Watch have received delivery, or put into actual numbers, 376,000 out of the total 1.7 million. Slice gathered this information with the help of some two million shoppers it has permission to monitor, of which 10,500 have ordered an Apple Watch. That's a low "slice" of the 1.7 million total, but it does expose that Apple was not prepared... Read more...
It's been a mere day since we last talked about an SSL-related vulnerability in iOS, and we couldn't even make it beyond hump day before another popped-up. This one is quite interesting, though, and not to mention quite severe. Researchers at Skycure have discovered that by generating a specifically-crafted SSL certificate, iOS will try to render it and go wonky. In simple cases, an app will crash, while in more aggressive situations, the entire phone will crash. Where it can get severe is if someone is exploiting this vulnerability hard, it could mean that an iPhone will get stuck in a reboot... Read more...
Another day, another story about a poor SSL implementation. According to analytics service SourceDNA, a staggering 1,500 iOS apps are bugged with a gaping HTTPS hole, allowing attackers to intercept traffic that should otherwise be secure. The bug exists in a popular networking library called AFNetworking. If an app was built with version 2.5.1, it's vulnerable, whereas with 2.5.2, released a few weeks ago, is not. It'd be easy to write this issue off as one that affects a small number of developers, but SourceDNA says that even apps from Microsoft, Uber, and Yahoo were all affected. Those apps... Read more...
In tech, it's not often that I take sides. I don't care if a GPU is NVIDIA or AMD, or a CPU is AMD or Intel. I just want what's better, or at least better for me at that particular point in time. Where mobile is concerned though, there has emerged a definitive winner for me. Windows Phone has never managed to grab me, and I loathe the locked-down iOS. So for me, I proclaim Android my true love. It's open, flexible, and I can personally do everything I want on my phone / tablet without the need for rooting. If you're like me and are comfortably sitting on one side of the fence (assuming Windows... Read more...
Apple has today announced that it will be kicking off the 26th iteration of its WWDC on June 8, and as usual, it'll be held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. As was the case last year, Apple will be choosing developers to purchase tickets at random, and also like last year, those tickets will cost $1,599 each. If you're interested in attending this year's WWDC, you can't waste any time; you must head here to register and do so no later than April 17, 10AM PDT. It seems obvious that Apple will use this WWDC to talk about iOS 9 and OS X 10.11. "Apple’s renowned developer community will come... Read more...
We're not quite sure when Apple was planning to launch its Apple Watch in Switzerland, but one thing we do know is that it's not going to happen until at least the end of the year due to a patent roadblock. In Switzerland, the rights to "Apple" in conjunction with a watch belongs to watchmaker Leonard's owner William Longe. William has owned the patent since 1985, and in this particular case, that means that it should expire this coming December - the 5th, to be exact. The fact that this kind of hitch involves Switzerland could be considered ironic, as it's that country's market that could fear... Read more...
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