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In a wide-ranging interview with The Wall Street Journal, excerpts of which were published on Friday, Apple CEO Tim Cook discussed expanding the iPhone business, Google and Android, emerging markets and innovation.| Read more »
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has slapped Samsung's wrist, warning the South Korean company not to use standards-essential patents (SEPs) to try and get import bans on competitors' products. The warning caps an investigation into Samsung patent abuse by the DOJ, but it didn't include any penalties for the company.| Read more »
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While it takes years of training, determination and really good genes even to get a chance to compete in the Olympic Games, the difference between making the podium or not can come down to milliseconds. At this year's Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, new advances in fabrics, materials and designs are giving the athletes an edge as they go for the gold. It isn't just sporting goods manufacturers that are developing the new technologies. Auto makers such as BMW and aerospace pioneers like Lockheed Martin have helped design equipment.
The first portion of the planned expansion of Apple's existing Austin campus is complete, with certificates of occupancy now issued for the first two of six planned buildings on the expanded site, which will now be home to the company's "Americas Operations Center." Two parking garages and two additional buildings are also planned and in various stages of permitting. When the first phase is fully complete in 2015, the campus will double its present workforce.... ...| Read more »
I don't know what one iPhone said to the other, but that has a nice ring to it!
Steven Sande and Erica Sadun have been working on the third edition of Talking to Siri, the book that covers all the ins and outs of everyone's favorite digital...| Read more »
We've gathered 14 different Bitcoin "faucets"âwebsites that pay out free Bitcoins just for loading up a page full of adsâand tested them to make sure they actually pay out. We started off with eight sites, then eleven, but this update adds three more and updates the descriptions for the original sites with additional information.| Read more »
The CEO of Blockchain, which had its Bitcoin wallet app removed from the App Store on Thursday, called Apple a "gatekeeper to innovation" and believes the company is cracking down on possible competitors for an unannounced payment system leveraging iTunes account holders.| Read more »
Web camera privacy accessory SpiShutter has been released for Mac laptops, offering an always-available physical barrier to block the built-in camera on a Macbook Pro or MacBook Air laptop. Consisting of an opening in the center of the strip that lets its user enable the webcam by sliding the strip left or right, the SpiShutter then blocks the camera physically when not in use. SpiShutter can remain on the laptop when closed, and is coated with low-friction powder to prevent the screen from scratches. Priced at $20, SpiShutter is available in black, silver and yellow through Amazon.... ...| Read more »
According to sources familiar with the matter, IBM is pondering a sale of its semiconductor manufacturing facilities and business. The poorly-performing unit makes chips for IBM's own servers, as well as a limited amount of chips for other companies, with the major consumer of the chips being Nintendo, which uses POWER chips in its current Wii-U console.... ...| Read more »
Tim Cook yesterday revealed that Apple in the last two weeks alone snatched up US$14 billion worth of its own shares. That's an astounding figure that really puts Carl Icahn's investment in Apple to shame. To help put the $14 billion buyback into...| Read more »
The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday said it will close an investigation into Samsung's use of deemed standard essential patents as a weapon against other corporations, but promises to monitor the company's ongoing patent litigation.| Read more »
If you’re looking for the best iPhone case ever made, look no further.
When it comes to iPhone cases I’ve tried just about all of them: Protective cases from companies like Otterbox, Lifeproof, and HardCandy, super-slim cases that add barely any bulk to the device, wallet cases for holding cash and cards, and just about everything in between. It’s true I’ve long...
After an old Radio Shack sales flier was found listing a page worth of electronics that just so happen to offer many of the same functions as an iPhone, the idea that an iPhone would cost US$3,000 in 1991 sounded pretty amazing. That figure was based on the price of each item in the ad. The problem was it only took into account how much each device providing a specific function cost, and not the price of base components like RAM. Bret Swanson at TechPolicyDaily took on the task of running the numbers and it turns out an iPhone in 1991 would cost you a lot more than $3,000. 32GB of RAM would set you back $1.44 million, data bandwidth would cost a cool $1.5 million, and the iPhone's processor comes in at a paltry $620,000. Total cost: $3.56 million, and that doesn't even include the price of a car big enough to carry all of the 1991-era components....| Read more »
Cryptocurrencies have exploded over the last few years, creating nongovernmental economies that allow users to buy goods with "money" made from ones and zeros. The craze kicked off with Bitcoin, but other competitors are rising with surprising...| Read more »
The Wall Street Journal has published the full contents of yesterday's interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook, in which he announced the company's expanded share buyback plan. Commenting on Google's recent sale of Motorola to Lenovo, Cook says that he "wasn't surprised," and that it "seems like a logical transaction," since Motorola is losing money and Google isn't committed to it. "I think it's really hard to do hardware, software and services and to link all those things together. That's what makes Apple so special," he adds. "It's really hard, so I'm not surprised that they are not going to d... ...| Read more »
Following the ITC-ordered embargo of Apple products and subsequent Presidential veto, the US Justice Department commenced an investigation of Samsung, and its use of standards-essential patents (SEPs) as a legal weapon. Declining any action, the Department of Justice is closing the investigation, but noted that Samsung was guilty of abusing SEPs legally, and that it would keep monitoring patent lawsuits filed by the Korean electronics manufacturer.... ...| Read more »
Flappy Bird is simple, straightforward, and hugely successful. Those three things make it a prime target for copycats, and now that the game has perched itself on the top of the App Store charts, the clones are arriving in full force. They are, on...| Read more »
Nokia and HTC have entered into a patent and technology collaboration agreement, and as a result, have settled all pending patent litigation between them worldwide. HTC will make payments to Nokia and the collaboration will involve HTC's LTE patent portfolio. The companies will also explore future technology collaboration opportunities. The full terms of the agreement have not been disclosed.... ...| Read more »
TrendNet has released two new HomePlug AV2 Powerline adapters, the TPL-408E2K (two adapters) and the TPL-408E (a single adapter), for creating a network using an existing electrical system. The new Powerline adapter is more powerful than its predecessor, with 500 Mbps networking speeds (PHY rate of 600 Mbps). Pre-encrypted, the TrendNet adapter does not require CD installation. Users can connect one adapter to a router and plug in another adapter on one's electrical system for instant internet access.... ...| Read more »
Democratic State Senator Mark Leno of California has introduced a bill that would require any smartphone or tablet sold in the state to include some form of "kill switch" antitheft technology, says the New York Times. The bill is being sponsored by San Francisco district attorney George Gascón, who along with the attorney general for New York has been pressuring cellphone makers to add the technology for some time. Under the proposed law, any unprotected mobile device sold in California on or after January 1st 2015 would net the vendor a fine up to $2,500 per unit.... ...| Read more »
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Not quite content with pushing the boundaries on the level of screen clarity with the vaunted Retina display, Apple apparently is investigating new ways of advancing screen technology. The USPTO on Thursday published three patent applications that detail Apple's interest in improving the Retina display through the use of quantum dots. The technology would enhance colors and give them a greater degree of accuracy. One way to judge a display quality is through the uniformity of color that's generated by the display on various brightness levels.
Apple shares are trading up nearly $10 after CEO Tim Cook revealed the company's recent $14 billion buyback and hinted at an entry into new markets, though Wall Street's reaction was not good enough for activist investor Carl Icahn.| Read more »
It's the story of our time. Smartphone displays are slowly getting bigger. Phablets abound. Apple seems to be holding back. The question is, do we really need larger iPhone displays? John Martellaro weighs in with a "yes."| Read more »
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After posting excerpts last night, in which Tim Cook announced Apple’s share buyback of $14 billion in the last two weeks, The Wall Street Journal has now published the full interview with Apple’s CEO.
The interview repeats many of the comments Cook has made to investors in the past, reaffirming that new product categories under development, but does contain some new, interesting tidbits. For instance, Wakabayashi asked Cook about Google’s disposal of Motorola. Cook says he “wasn’t surprised” that Google sold it off, saying that software and hardware integration is what makes Apple unique as a company.
The world's gaze will be firmly fixed on the sprawling Russian resort town of Sochi for the next 18 days as the city plays host to the 22nd Winter Olympics, and AppleInsider has everything you need to know to follow along at home or on the go.| Read more »
In 50 seconds and one uninterrupted flowing video shot, UK directing duo US and advertising agency Grey pay tribute to six completely unique, culturally iconic images by expertly recreating one after the other.
If that sentence made no sense, it’s because it’s hard to describe what you’re about to see.
Rodin, Forest Gump, Mad Men, Michelangelo, Reservoir Dogs and Daft Punk all in one shot. Make sure you watch the behind the scenes video.
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Apple bought back another US$14 billion of its own stock when prices dropped after its first quarter earnings report in a move CEO Tim Cook called "opportunistic." Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um sees that as a move to help increase value for long-term investors, and he thinks Apple will announce a dividend increase for shareholders in April, raising the amount from $3.05 to $3.45.The Mac Observer Spin: Assuming Apple increases its stock buyback program and shareholder dividend it's a safe bet the company will take on more debt instead of bringing offshore cash into the country. That's not a bad thing since borrowing will be cheaper than the tax hits the company faces when bringing money into the country, and every share the company buys increases the overall value for the shares that are still available....| Read more »
Do you feel like having some fun at the expense of your iPhone-toting friends? There are a number of nasty things you can do to anyone with a mobile phone -- switching contact numbers, for example -- but there are a few special tricks you can pull on...| Read more »
There had been some articles floating around, implying the new Mac Pro GPUs were underperforming. A new article from Arstechnica shows the issue lying with Maya and not the new Mac Pro.
While this issue still needs to be resolved for some programs like modo, some quick sleuthing by Apple and AMD shows that the problem was on the Autodesk side. Maya was not simply querying the GPU RAM
Goodbyes are always hard, and today LinkedIn is saying farewell to its Intro service. The product released last fall by the social network that used questionable methods to connect its contact data with the native Mail app for iPhone is shutting down next month, the company announced today.
First impressions are always important, of course, and LinkedIn was met with a rough introduction to its service. The product wasn’t exactly an App Store app and used unfamiliar methods to tie in LinkedIn contact data to iOS Mail. LinkedIn says users will need to manually remove the functionality from their devices before March 7th for email to resume working correctly. Check below for the full announcement as well as instructions for removing LinkedIn Intro...
As a part of his tour of the United Arab Emirates, Apple CEO Tim Cook today met with Minister of Cabinet Affairs Mohammad Abdullah Al Gergawi and other government officials in Dubai, says the Khaleej Times. The ensemble reportedly discussed developing next-generation educational apps, and the potential of creating an entirely new educational model that other nations might adopt as well. Al Gergawi is said to have lauded the potential of a public-private partnership with Apple.... ...| Read more »
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Against the grainThis week's iPhone case roundup is all about materials: There's the usual combination of high-tech plastics and composite components, various kinds of leather, and even wood harvested from environmentally sound sources for the one-of-a-kind look you've always wanted.Case-MateThe Caliber (iPhone 5 and 5s; $50) is made from genuine G10 ballistic composite, with an interior patterned inlay that increases shock protection during everyday use.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here| Read more »
When a developer decides to completely rip off another game, they usually at least attempt to give it a fresh spin. Sure, games take inspiration from each other all the time, and to be fair it's oftentimes difficult to pin the word "ripoff" on a game...| Read more »
In our recent review of the late 2013 Mac Pro, one of our sticking points was the OpenGL performance that trailed Windows on the same hardware. A particularly damning case was the high-polygon-scene performance in Autodesk Maya showing how OpenGL viewport 2 performance fell off a cliff when you pushed into very high polygon counts of over 20 million with the D700 in OS X. While this issue still needs to be resolved for some programs like modo, some quick sleuthing by Apple and AMD shows that the problem was on the Autodesk side. Maya was not simply querying the GPU RAM; for some reason, it was using a hard ceiling on OS X, so the brutal performance hit was the result of that ceiling. Once you explicitly tell Maya to use your available VRAM with the environment variable MAYA_OGS_GPU_MEMORY_LIMIT=6000 in ~/Library/Preferences/Autodesk/maya/2014-x64/Maya.env, performance is perceptibly...| Read more »
As rumored earlier, iOS 7.1 will indeed not reach the public until March, new sources say. The people add that the update will also lack any "secret features," meaning items which Apple sometimes conceals from betas so it can make a splash when the software is finished. Instead the update is expected to concentrate only on the sort of things that have been seen so far, such as improved Phone and Calendar apps, speed boosts, and bugfixes.... ...| Read more »
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The United States' top diplomat for Europe was caught saying, "F*ck the EU," in a now-viral recording. The diplomat, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland, made the comment in a thought-to-be private telephone call that later was leaked online. She has apologized to EU officials, but her remarks -- which were made in reference to molasses-paced European efforts to rectify problems in Ukraine -- figure to live in infamy online.
A widely circulated iPhone tip would have you believe that your device will charge must faster in Airplane Mode. On the surface, this makes a whole lot of sense. After all, with GPS lying dormant and all of the wireless radios inside the device...| Read more »
Built for guitThis week's roundup includes Pedometer++, an app reportedly great at creating guilt when users discover how little they walk during the day. Also on the roster: George Harrison, wedding planning, and a detailed look inside the human body.Essential Anatomy 3The $25 Essential Anatomy 3 updates one of the coolest apps out there, filled with 3D models of every human system imaginable. Developers say this version offers more detail but uses less processing power from the iPad, and includes a grand total of 4000 anatomical structures for study and review. Plus: The lymphatic system has been added!To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here| Read more »
NBC ran a shocking report about Internet security at the Sochi Olympics, where reporter Richard Engel demonstrated how an Android phone and a MacBook (which he ripped out of the box like an angry gorilla) were hacked the second he connected them to a network. Errata Security has pointed out that the story was completely fabricated. The piece was filmed in Moscow, not Sochi; Engel deliberately installed the malware; and the hacks shown could have occurred anywhere in the world. The moral of the story? Don’t turn to NBC for security advice (or unboxing instructions). Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with...| Read more »
As part of his ongoing whistle-stop world tour, Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday spoke with officials from the government of the United Arab Emirates to discuss a range of topics including a possible partnership on new e-learning programs.| Read more »
The Parallax feature for wallpapers in iOS 7 adds a sense of depth to your iPhone screen, but not everyone is comfortable making their own graphics to add that personal feel to their mobile tech world. Enter Wallgram from Capable Bits. This iPhone app lets you search through your Instagram feed -- as well as any photo on Instagram -- for the perfect wallpaper photo, and then converts it into a parallax-ready image for you; no settings or edits to worry about. Your wallpapers get saved to your iPhone's camera roll, and the set your images as wallpaper for you. Wallgram is priced at US$1.99 and is available at Apple's iTunes-based App Store.| Read more »
Siri's phone integration is top-notch. I use it on a daily basis to place calls. So why after placing my call do I have to look at my screen and tap to place my call into speaker mode? If I'm using hands-free to place the call, you'd think the phone...| Read more »
Logitech has announced the release of its new Global Fan Collection, comprised of flag-inspired designs for its popular wireless mouse. The Global Fan Collection features graphic designs that represent thirteen nations' flags, intended for users who are enthusiastic about a country as well as its sport culture. Countries represented by the designs include the United States, Argentina, the United Kingdom, Brasil, France, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Switzerland, and more.... ...| Read more »
Apple appears to have ordered somewhere over 30 million iPad display panels during the holiday quarter that ended in December, according to new research data by WitsView. The company only sold 27 million iPads to the public, suggesting that remaining quantities -- actually closer to 4 million -- went into channel inventory. The bulk of the panels, 17 million, are believed to have gone towards building 9.7-inch iPads. WitsView doesn't distinguish between iPad Air and iPad 2 panels, but the latter are likely marginal.... ...| Read more »
Apple has been awarded temporary certificates of occupancy for two of the buildings at its new Americas Operations Center in Austin, Texas, and another four buildings are currently in the occupancy review process. That doesn't, however, mean the campus is finished because two more buildings and two parking garages are still on the Mac, iPhone and iPad maker's to-do list.The Mac Observer Spin: It's great to see Apple bringing new jobs to the Austin area. With ongoing construction and Apple's growing staff, there should be new jobs in the area for the next few years.| Read more »
Apple’s stock fell 8 percent after it reported its most recent quarterly results, and the company took advantage by purchasing $14 of it back. “It means that we are betting on Apple. It means that we are really confident on what we are doing and what we plan to do,” said CEO Tim Cook. He also confirmed new product categories for 2014, saying, “There will be new categories. We’re not ready to talk about it, but we’re working on some really great stuff.” Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.| Read more »
Macs have simply beautiful displays, but still there's no getting around how tired your eyes can get while starring at a screen. Even beyond your own personal comfort there are other people to consider. How many nights have you kept a significant...| Read more »
When it first launched in 2005, the Mac mini was almost unimaginably small. The original aim of the machine was to convert owners of desktop Windows machines. Because those people already owned monitors, keyboards and other peripherals, selling them just the computer itself would enable them to switch to Mac for far less than the cost of buying an iMac.
The typical Windows desktop box of that era looked like this:
A system unit that measured just 6.5 inches square and only 2-inches thick was an incredible feat of engineering. Today, however, it looks rather less impressive …
The current Mac mini is thinner, but actually larger than the original at 7.7 inches square, thanks to squeezing the power supply also inside the casing.
Up until 2010, there was a good reason...
Your Mac’s Wi-Fi should automatically connect to a remembered network when you turn on or wake up your Mac. But sometimes you have to remind it how. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.| Read more »
With the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics officially kicking off with opening ceremonies today at 11 AM EST/ 2 PM PST, you’re probably wondering how to watch live streams and keep up to date with events from your iPhone, iPad, and Mac. NBC will be delaying the live TV broadcast of the opening ceremonies until 7:30pm tonight in the US, but you can still catch everything live on your Mac or mobile...| Read more »
As part of the $3 billion transaction that will see ownership of handset maker Motorola passed from Google to Lenovo, the Silicon Valley search giant is set to receive stock representing a six percent stake in the Chinese PC manufacturer.| Read more »
In another universe, in another time, the world may have had its first Apple retail stores in the 1970s. Why? According to just-released documents, that's when Apple originally considered building its own line of shops. The documents come courtesy of...| Read more »
New product categories, ahoy!
Combatting worries that Apple’s days of innovation might be behind it, CEO Tim Cook’s here to tell you that it’ll all be all right. The head honcho spoke to Wall Street Journal reporter Daisuke Wakabayashi and reiterated that the company isn’t just sitting on its hands. While the article focused on Apple repurchasing $14 billion of its own stock in the last two weeks (after a share price decline the CEO found “surprising”) Cook also found time to once again tease Apple’s secretive upcoming pipeline.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
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While recent reports are pegging a launch sooner than later, reliable sources say that Apple is currently planning to ship iOS 7.1, the first significant update to iOS 7, in March. The iOS 7.1 update is said to not have any “secret features,” and it will basically be what we have been told to expect by the past five betas: some user-interface tweaks in the Phone app, an improved Calendar app, speed improvements, and numerous bug-fixes. It wouldn’t be surprising for Apple to talk iOS 7.1 at an event in March (a month in which Apple has held events in the past), which would possibly be centered...
In January, Apple quietly scaled back the licensing fees it charges companies wanting to make Lightning and/or Made-for-i accessories, reports say. To what extent the fees have been reduced hasn't been made public. The change could, however, potentially reduce the cost of accessories to the public and/or encourage development of more products.... ...| Read more »
Sales of the non-Retina iPad mini may have nearly matched those of its higher-resolution sibling over the holidays as consumers chose the more diminutive tablet in equal proportions to Apple's full-size slates, according to a Friday report.| Read more »
Apple has reduced its MFi licensing fees, according to a Japanese report. The licensing rate was lowered in January, along with the purchase rate for Lightning connectors. It’s possible the rate reductions will be reflected in cheaper prices for future third-party Lightning accessories. This may also result in seeing Lightning…| Read more »
In the two weeks following its earning report that disappointed analysts, Apple has bought back another US$14 billion of its own stock. The purchase was part of the iPhone and iPad maker's $60 billion stock buyback program, and brings its total buybacks over the past 12 months up over $40 billion.| Read more »
It looks like Amazon is determined to expand out of the “virtual” retail space to get its foot in the door of brick-and-mortar stores. The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos, has plans to0 equip retailers with Kindle tablets with credit card readers for accepting payments, possibly in exchange for web site development and data analysis. Trying to push its way into traditional retail spaces means Amazon will be pitting itself against much larger companies that provide checkout and POS (Point Of Sale) systems to large retailers, which may require Amazon to turn to smaller businesses. Even there, they are competing with companies like Square Inc., who have a big...| Read more »
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Apple has been developing a sensor-laden, fitness- and medical-focused wearable computer as indicated by several notable recent hires and information we have received from sources.
New Apple hires on both the senior executive and standard engineering levels have expertise in fashion, wearable product industrial design, retail, blood-reading sensors, medical device product management, hardware engineering, software vision, and fitness.
As the rumored launch of the “iWatch” approaches, we have compiled an up-to-date list (into categories of leadership, fashion, fitness, and health) of all known and pertinent recent Apple hires to provide a clearer picture of what Apple’s future...
The iOS has always been about intuitiveness, but every once in a while it assumes a little too much. That seems to be the case with the Panorama photo feature which, at first glance, appears to only allow panoramas to be shot from left to right. If...| Read more »
We were quite impressed with the redesigned Infuse media player from developers FireCore when it first launched version 2 last month. The app, which supports 14 video formats and 1080p playback, is today getting an update to version 2.2 with a few notable new features and performance enhancements.
The update includes some features highly requested by users including the ability to download files form network shares for offline playback, as well as new “rich cover art and video info” when browsing network shares. Other new features include a new list view option, a volume boost setting, and an option to disable metadata fetching.
A full list of improvements in today’s update below:
I’ve had a few days to work with the updated 2.0 firmware on the Pebble smartwatch and the updated iOS app which now features the new appstore. As far as app and watch face management go, the new iOS app is a huge improvement, but the appstore component still needs a bit of work. If you want to see a video about setting up a Pebble with the new iOS app plus a look at the new Pebble Steel (still saving up for mine), head over to the Apple Core where Jason O’Grady does an unboxing walk-through with Pebble’s latest product.
Hit the break for the rest of my look at the software side of the Pebble.
Let’s start with the appstore
The new iOS app definitely has a better layout that the previous...
Threes! is a game of threes that, appropriately, was made by three people -- Asher Vollmer, Greg Wohlwend and Jimmy Hinson. It's a sliding puzzle game that'll have you doing math and loving every minute of it.
Threes! challenges you to slide numbers...| Read more »
Youâve sent someone an email, and now you want to pass it along to another person. But when you choose to forward it, youâve got a bunch of header gobbledygook, quoted text, and all that jazz to strip out (especially if you donât want your new recipient to see who else you sent it to). Luckily, Mail offers a way to re-send messages without including any of that formatting, and itâs really handy. In this Quick Tip, weâll let you know how.| Read more »
Apple began formulating a strategy for direct-to-consumer sales from a nationwide chain of first-party brick-and-mortar retail stores as many as 25 years before the first Apple Store opened in 2001, according to a new report.| Read more »
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There are two words I try to avoid connecting: "greatest" and "challenge." Clearly I've failed. I try to avoid this phrase because it reeks of hyperbole -- and yet here I am, typing it out in association with Apple's utterly mythical "iWatch." Still, the more I look ahead, the more I realize that Apple's greatest challenge might be convincing a world that it can produce an iWatch that matters. Consider the abandonment of the watch. As cellphones became more and more ubiquitous, users realized that they told time very well.
The cost of Apple-endorsed Lightning cables may fall if Macotakara is correct that Apple has reduced both the cost and minimum purchase volumes for MFi licenses.
The new deal was reportedly introduced last month, and would likely take some time to filter through into retail prices.
The MFi program is a licensing arrangement dating back to 2005, when it stood for Made For iPod. It now officially stands for Made For iPhone/iPod/iPad, and allows manufacturers access to the authentication chip as well as the right to use the MFi logo and describe the cables as certified.
Apple initially started generating ...
The Winter Olympics are here again, and there are more ways to follow them now than ever. Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.| Read more »
Apple last month again pared back the fees it charges third-parties and accessory makers who wish to manufacture official (MFi) electronic accessories, AirPlay audio accessories, and game controllers that connect to its iPods, iPhones, and iPads.| Read more »
What was to become the world’s most successful chain of retail stores - generating more revenue per square foot than even luxury stores like Harrods and Tiffany & Co. – might have been opened as long ago as 1976, if Apple had agreed a proposal made by Silicon Valley marketing guru Regis McKenna.
CNET reports that he made the proposal in December 1976, after meeting with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.
Jobs and McKenna had dinner and talked about what the future of Apple could look like, and McKenna signed on. Eventually McKenna drafted an eight-page marketing plan in December 1976. Lo and behold, what was written under “Distribution Channels”? Apple stores.
The plan would have seen the first stores in office parks, aimed primarily at business customers. Apple decided not to go...
Remember that big sapphire manufacturing deal in Arizona that Apple was working on? According to some excellent sleuthing from Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac, Apple is working with sapphire producer GT Advanced to make enough sapphire for 200 million iPhone displays, and if so, Apple will leave the competition flat-footed once again.| Read more »
Walmart is using the iPad as a loss leader againâthe retailing behemoth is selling the iPad 2 for US$299, a discount of $100 off Apple's retail price. Walmart is also offering a minimum of $100 trade-in for your old iPad, meaning you could pick up that iPad 2 for $199.| Read more »
Apple’s new sapphire plant in Arizona already has the capacity for large-scale sapphire production, according to 9to5Mac. Reported shipping documents note that the plant has already received 518 sapphire furnace and chamber systems, with 420 machines still to be assembled. The report speculates that more than 103 million 5-inch…| Read more »
Apple is making it clear that health and fitness are on its radar in a serious way with yet another job listing for experts in the field. This time, the iPhone and iPad maker is looking for for physiologists to design and run health-related studies, and then analyze the collected data. Add that to the other medical and fitness related hires Apple has made, and there's a pretty compelling case to support the idea that the rumored iWatch will include health monitoring and fitness tracking features.The Mac Observer Spin: Based on the hirings we know about, Apple is very serious about wearable fitness technology. Get ready for an already competitive market to get even more exciting.| Read more »
Contrary to a report from German-language site Bluewin, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) told MacRumors on Thursday that athletes are free to use iPhones and other devices without covering the logo. While current Olympic rules require athletes not to mention products that compete with sponsors' products, an exemption covers using products with logos that cover less than 10 percent of its surface.| Read more »
Files United (free) from Zuhanden GmbH is a file manager app that gives users access to documents, images, music, and videos. The app can access Dropbox, Drive, Box, and SkyDrive. Version 1.1 of the app lets users quickly access and transfer files between iOS devices and Macs in conjunction…| Read more »
Bose has released SoundLink Bluetooth speaker III ($300), the newest edition in its mobile Bluetooth speaker line. Featuring a new design, the SoundLink III boasts up to 14 hours of battery life with its rechargeable lithium-ion battery. SoundLink III has four drivers, two passive bass radiators, and Bose claims…| Read more »
An Apple job listing seeking physiologists is the first official sign from the company that it’s looking to move into the health realm. The job listing — which was posted earlier today and has since been removed from Apple’s website — seeks a “user studies exercise physiologist” to “design and…| Read more »
Apple has pulled another yet Bitcoin app from the App Store: Blockchain, the online wallet app from Blockchain.info. With this latest action, Apple has systematically removed the ability to conduct Bitcoin transactions from the App Store, and it's unclear why.| Read more »
LEGO CUUSOO is great because it gives us cool kits like the Delorean time machine from Back to the Future, the Mars Curiosity Rover, and a Ghostbusters anniversary kit. What's also cool is the potential for future kits based on our votes -- like the Female Minifigure Set. The proposed kit includes minifigs showing professional women doing the things they do every day, like research into astronomy, chemistry and paleontology. It's a great role model kit because it doesn't perpetuate the Barbie-style stereotype and it reminds everyone -- not just girls -- that anyone can have cool careers. The good news: This CUUSOO proposal has enough votes to move forward as a candidate kit. It hasn't, however, been given the green light to move forward. More good news: You can let LEGO know if you'd like to see this kit on store shelves. Just have your say in the CUUSOO project comments....| Read more »