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+ - 157 0install reaches 2.0

Submitted by tal197
tal197 (144614) writes "Zero Install, the decentralized cross-platform software installation system, announced 0install 2.0 today after 2 years in development. 0install allows authors to publish directly from their own web-sites, while supporting familiar features such as shared libraries, automatic updates, dependency handling and digital signatures. With more than one thousand packages now available, is this finally a viable platform?"
Apple

+ - 112 iWatch may be a $6 billion opportunity for Apple->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Despite a report from late last week claiming that Corning's flexible "Willow Glass" won't appear in mainstream products for another 3 years, it's now being reported that that Apple's rumored iWatch may launch as soon as this year.

While watches may not be as sexy a product category as, say, HD Televisions, Citigroup analyst Oliver Chen relays that watches may actually be a more lucrative market for Apple.

While TV's obviously sell for a lot more money, the HDTV industry is notorious for razor thin margins. Watches, in contrast, can generate gross margins at upwards of 60%, a figure which is much more in line with Apple's current product lineup than the single digit margins often associated with HDTVs. All told, the watch market may be a a $6 billion opportunity for Apple to grab ahold of."

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Android

+ - 94 The future of mobile CPUs - Ars-> 1

Submitted by symbolset
symbolset (646467) writes "Ars Technica has up a very good two part series on the future of mobile CPUs by David Kanter. Part one is background on the history of mobile and system-on-a-chip integration. Part two is where he really lays into the competitive field, making predictions about future evolutions that look pretty good."
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Apple

+ - 119 Did Steve Jobs Pick The Wrong Tablet Size?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "During the 2010 Christmas shopping season, Steve Jobs famously dissed the 7 inch tablets being rolled out by competitors, including Samsung's Galaxy, as being "tweeners: too big to compete with a smartphone and too small to compete with the [9.7 inch diagonal] iPad", adding that "the current crop of 7-inch tablets are going to be DOA — dead on arrival." A year later Jobs was dead, and the iPad Mini, with a 7.9 inch diagonal screen, was rolled out under his successor Tim Cook in October, 2012. Looking at industry-wide tablet sales numbers for January 2013, which show that the iPad Mini surprisingly outsold its larger sibling by a substantial margin (as did 7 inch Android tablets from competitors), Motley Fool's Evan Niu thinks that the 7.9 inch form factor was the correct size all alone, contrary to Jobs' pronoucements (which of course was partly marketing bluster — but he chose the larger size in the first place). Of course the Mini is cheaper, but not by much — $329 vs. $399 for the larger iPad, for the baseline model with WiFi only and 16KB storage. Had Apple introduced the iPad with the smaller size to begin with, Niu argues, competitors would have faced a much difficult task grabbing market share. While the Mini is currently available only with "Super VGA" resolution (1024x768), rumors are afloat that Minis with the Retina display (2048x1536) are close to production."
Patents

+ - 111 Conflicted Judges Are Classier With English Accents->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Remember The Right Honourable Professor Sir Robin Jacob, Retired Lord Justice, who staged a temporary comeback on the bench of the England and Wales Court of Appeals last fall, required Apple to publicly retract its claims that Samsung copied the iPad and imposed sanctions on Cupertino when he concluded Tim Cook's lawyers hadn't fully complied? These days he made worldwide headline news again because he signed up as a Samsung expert witness at the US International Trade Commission. Samsung says he was hired by its law firm, not the company, but the ITC filing says "Sir Robin Jacob working on behalf of Samsung". His clerk issued a statement according to which Sir Robin had no idea of Samsung's desire to hire him before January--two months after he gave Apple a blast. Leading legal blogs agree that there is no evidence any law was violated, but suspect that "the general issue of what engagements retired judges are permitted to accept will be very much up for discussion" and that this was "a less than savvy public relations move by Samsung" because it casts doubt on the widely-noticed ruling in its favor. As one of them puts it, in the UK you "never know if the judge might be looking for a new job", so you better "make sure [you] have fat rolls of cash spilling out of [your] pockets" in front of a UK judge."
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Desktops (Apple)

+ - 202 Steam For Linux Adoption Closes In On Mac->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Valve has just released its February, 2013 Steam Hardware & Software Survey, and the results are absolutely mind blowing. Linux is now standing strong as a legitimate gaming platform. It now represents 2.02% of all active Steam users."
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Microsoft

+ - 136 Why a good green tablet computer is hard to find-> 1

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tsamsoniw
tsamsoniw writes "Green laptops and computers were all the rage not long ago, with hardware makers such as Apple and HP crowing each time they rolled out a new machine that earned an EPEAT Gold rating. Now, though, if you peruse the EPEAT registry for a green "tablet notebook," you'll come up with one listing: the Xplore iX104C5 DMSR. No iPad, no Surface, no Kindle, no Galaxy. So what gives? For starters, the Energy Star spec briefly covered tablets, but not anymore, which means no tablet can be slapped with an Energy Star or EPEAT sticker. Energy Star is working on a new spec that will likely include tablets, while EPEAT is working on new criteria as well. But also potentially problematic is that some vendors — particularly Apple and Microsoft — aren't designing their tablets to be easily repairable, as evidenced by iFixit's Tablet Repairability scorecard. (Dell, by contrast, is doing an admirable job.)"
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Microsoft

+ - 105 Microsoft stealthily pilots Mac Office and Office 365 accredidation program->

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tsamsoniw
tsamsoniw writes "Microsoft has launched a pilot program to train and accredit Apple techs and consultants on Office for Mac and Office 365, but you wouldn't know it from perusing the Microsoft website or even reaching out to the company's public relations team. The Microsoft Office for Mac Accredited Support Professional accreditation is real, though it's currently being pushed only by MacTech, an Apple technology journal that's hosting the program at various events this year. It points to growing acceptance and usage of Mac products in the business world."
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Apple

+ - 94 UK judge who said Apple lacked integrity hired by Samsung->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "From the "Thanks for that verdict. Here, have a high paying job as our thanks" department, the UK judge who ordered Apple to issue multiple statements saying that Samsung didn't copy the design of the iPad has been hired on by Samsung to act as an expert in an ITC investigation."
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Apple

+ - 133 Hedge Fund manager shows how easy it is to manipulate shares of Apple->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In early trading on Tuesday, shares of Apple dropped down to about $437 a share, the lowest Apple has traded at in over a year.

But a curious thing happened just about 3 hours into the trading day.

Hedge fund manager Doug Kass put a tweet teasing the idea that Apple was going to announce a stock split on Wednesday during the company's shareholder meeting.

Shortly thereafter, with Apple trading at $449, Kass put out another tweet saying that it's about time he sell off some of his Apple shares.

But just one hour later, as Kass continued to sell off his shares of Apple, he tweeted out that the rumor — which he effectively willed into existence — was baseless."

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Microsoft

+ - 128 When did you learn how to code? -> 3

Submitted by
coondoggie
coondoggie writes ""I think everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer — because it teaches you how to think." --Steve Jobs

That's the introduction to a new video and a new organization, Code.org which describes itself as being a is a non-profit organization "devoted to the vision that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn how to code. We believe computer programming should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other science and math courses such as biology, chemistry and algebra.""

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IOS

+ - 288 iOS 6.1.3 Beta 2 Patches Atleast One Vulnerablity Used by Evasi0n Jailbreak->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "Apple recently seeded iOS 6.1.3 beta 2 to developers and it seems the beta version patches at least one of the vulnerabilities used by evasi0n thereby rendering the jailbreak tool useless — the time zone settings vulnerability. Released on February 21, the iOS 6.1.3 beta 2 brings with it enhancements to Japan Maps as well as fixes the much hyped Lock Screen bug. It was speculated that Apple would also patch exploits that would break evasi0n as it has been over three weeks since the jailbreak tool has been launched and Apple has had enough time to study it. David Wang aka @planetbeing, has confirmed that iOS 6.1.3 beta 2 does patch one of the vulnerabilities that they exploited in their evasi0n tool."
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Android

+ - 162 Mobile Carriers Use Firefox OS To Fight Google, Apple->

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jfruh
jfruh writes "The first Firefox OS phones are arriving, and the fledgling mobile platform is getting a surprising amount of backing from mobile carriers. One reason: those carriers believe it provides a weapon against Apple and Google, which the mobile industry sees as raking in profits for apps and phones that rightfully belong to the companies that deal with government regulations and build out mobile infrastructure."
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Crime

+ - 188 Apple now working with the NYPD to curb iPhone thefts-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Back in late 2012, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg attributed the increase in statistical city-wide crime to Apple, noting that thieves had a propensity to target folks using iPhones and iPads. As an illustration of the problem, there were 3,890 more Apple product thefts than in 2012 than there were in 2011.

At the time, Mayor Bloomberg's press secretary Marc La Vorgna explained that "if you just took away the jump in Apple", crime in New York City would have been down year over year. Indeed, the number of major crimes reported in 2011 in NYC came in at 104,948 compared to 108.432 in 2012. If you exclude Apple related thefts from the figures, then the crime rate in 2012 is essentially the same as it was in 2011.

In light of that, a new report from the New York Post details that Apple is now working with the NYPD in an effort to curb iPhone and other Apple related thefts."

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Facebook

+ - 144 iOS Developer Site at Core of Facebook, Apple Watering Hole Attack->

Submitted by msm1267
msm1267 (2804139) writes "The missing link connecting the attacks against Apple, Facebook and possibly Twitter is a popular iOS mobile developers’ forum called iphonedevsdk which was discovered hosting malware in an apparent watering hole attack that has likely snared victims at hundreds of organizations beyond the big three. It's not clear whether the site remains infected, but researcher Eric Romang dug into the situation and determined that the site was hosting malicious javascript that was redirecting visitors to another site, min.liveanalytics. That site had been hosting malware as of Jan. 15."
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IOS

+ - 97 Real Racing 3 was built with Apple's *next* iPhone in mind->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Real Racing 3's international release is just days away, and in the run up, Firemonkey's development director sat down to explain just what it takesto make such a graphically intensive game for mobile. Each car takes a month to make and render, but the team are still planning to add more in DLC, as well as more real world tracks to race on. He also takes the time to discuss futureproofing and how they build the game to support Apple's next, unreleased iPhone and iPad. "It'll also be ready for new hardware that we anticipate being released in the future," he says."
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Java

+ - 111 Apple Hit By Hackers Who Targeted Facebook->

Submitted by
snydeq
snydeq writes "Apple was recently attacked by hackers who infected the Macintosh computers of some employees, the company said on Tuesday in an unprecedented disclosure that described the widest known cyber attacks against Apple-made computers to date, Reuters reports. 'The same software, which infected Macs by exploiting a flaw in a version of Oracle Corp's Java software used as a plug-in on Web browsers, was used to launch attacks against Facebook, which the social network disclosed on Friday. ... A person briefed on the investigation into the attacks said that hundreds of companies, including defense contractors, had been infected with the same malicious software, or malware. The attacks mark the highest-profile cyber attacks to date on businesses running Mac computers.'"
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Android

+ - 101 Brazilians can Now Buy an "iPhone" Loaded with Android->

Submitted by Andy Prough
Andy Prough (2730467) writes "If you happen to be in Brazil and have 599 reals jingling in your pocket ($304 US dollars or £196), you can buy an iPhone — that runs Android. Gradiente Electronica, which registered the "iPhone" name in Brazil in 2000, has won the right to sell its iPhone Neo One, an Android phone running version 2.3, Gingerbread (http://www.gradiente.com.br/prod/23/smartphone-linha-g-gradiente-iphone-modelo-neo-one-gc-500-sf-dual-chip-android-23-3g-wi-fi-camera-5mp-cartao-2gb-grafite.aspx). Gradiente won the ruling from the Institute of Industrial Property (INPI), despite Apple's argument that Gradiente should lose the right to "iPhone" because it had not used the name between 2008-2012. Apple retains the right to appeal the case, and Gradiente now has the right to sue Apple for exclusivity in Brazil. If Gradiente wins, the only iPhones sold in Brazil would have a picture of a cute green robot on the box cover."
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Microsoft

+ - 174 BYOD nightmare: iOS devices hobble Exchange servers when they synch ->

Submitted by
coondoggie
coondoggie writes "Microsoft and Apple recommend that businesses deny certain iPhones, iPads and iPods access to Calendar items until the companies can clear up a problem that slows Exchange servers to a crawl when the devices try to synch. The problem reveals itself to end users as an error message when they try to update items with Exchange Server 2010 that says "Cannot Get Mail" and "The connection to the server failed," according to a Microsoft support notification. The only option presented to users is to choose "OK," Microsoft says."
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