Java

Submission + - Apple Fixes OS X Flaw That Allowed Java Apps to Run With Plugin Disabled->

Trailrunner7 writes: Apple on Thursday released a large batch of security fixes for its OS X operating system, one of which patches a flaw that allowed Java Web Start applications to run even when users had Java disabled in the browser. There have been a slew of serious vulnerabilities in Java disclosed in the last few months, and security experts have been recommending that users disable Java in their various browsers as a protection mechanism. However, it appears that measure wasn't quite enough to protect users of some versions of OS X.
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Apple

Submission + - Apple Releases Security Update 2013-001 and ML 10.8.3->

williamyf writes: Apple has released Mountain Lion 10.8.3, as well as a bunch of security Updates for Lion and Even Snow Leopard.

Some of the most Important Changes include handling of TIFF Images, issues with QuickTime and Software Update (a man in the middle attack), affecting all supported versions of the OS.

More Info at apple.

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Android

Submission + - How to block harassing calls on Android/iOS? 2 2

An anonymous reader writes: I work in Telecommunications for a large Canadian carrier.. I often get asked 'How to block numbers' by our customers. While I know the technical ability by the carrier to do this exists for whatever reason we do not extend this service to customers. So I'm wondering. On a standard, non-rooted device. Much like you iOS Lovers which do not have such options to root your device :P Or the not so savvy Android users that do not care to root their device. What avenues are you aware of to block numbers? Any apps you guys know that actually work? Rooted/Jailbroken solutions are welcome as well. But keep in mind most consumers are not of that variety unfortunately.
Advertising

Submission + - Samsung's advertising game outmuscled Apple in 2012->

anderzole writes: With Samsung set to release its Samsung Galaxy S IV tomorrow in New York City, the South Korea based company has certainly learned a thing or two about creating a media buzz prior to a product launch. Previously, that was a talent that only Apple seemed to have mastered.

What’s more, Samsung has also proven rather shrewd at another one of Apple’s historic specialties – advertising. Not only are its latest people-centric ads resonating with consumers, they also bash Apple fans and iPhone users in the process. That’s a lot of bang for the buck.

And speaking of bucks, Samsung isn’t shy about spending a lot of its money on advertising efforts either. While Apple outspent Samsung by a factor of 3-1 in mobile advertising in 2011, Samsung stepped up its game in a major way in 2012. Last year, Samsung outspent Apple by $64 million in mobile advertising. Specifically, Apple spent $333 million on its advertising efforts while Samsung spent $401 million.

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IOS

Submission + - iOS App Store Didn't Use HTTPS Until Two Months Ago->

jfruh writes: "HTTPS has long been a part of good Web security strategy, but apparently Apple didn't get the memo. The company's wildly successful app store for iOS didn't encrypt traffic via HTTPS by default until January 23 of this year. The researcher who discovered ways to exploit this vulnerability says he alerted Apple back in July of 2012."
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Firefox

Submission + - Firefox Not Coming to iOS Confirms Sullivan->

hypnosec writes: Jay Sullivan, Mozilla’s VP of Product, has revealed that the non-for-profit organization is not going to build an iOS version of its Firefox web browser as long as Apple doesn’t mend its unfriendly ways towards third party browsers. Speaking at SXSW in a mobile browser wars panel Sullivan said that Mozilla is neither building nor planning to build a Firefox version for Apple’s iOS. Mozilla pulled Firefox Home from the App Store back in September 2012 following Apple’s not so accommodating attitude.
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Intel

Submission + - Apple and Intel discussing partnership regarding A-series processor production->

An anonymous reader writes: Apple has for a while now been in a thorny predicament given its relationship with Samsung. On one hand, Samsung supplies all of the processors that power Apple's wildly profitable lineup of iOS devices. And yet, on the other hand, Samsung has quickly emerged as Apple's chief competitor in the smartphone space. What's more, Apple has accused Samsung of "slavishly copying" Apple's own products and innovations instead of coming up with its own. Consequently, the two companies are currently engaged in a slew of intellectual property lawsuits across the globe.

That said, it's no secret that Apple is actively seeking to lessen its reliance on Samsung. It's been rumored for a while that Apple is hoping to move its AX processor production to TSMC sometime in the near future. And now comes a report that Apple has also engaged in discussions with Intel whereby they would become a significant supplier of Apple's A-series processors.

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Apple

Submission + - Apple Patent Describes iTunes Reselling and Loaning System->

An anonymous reader writes: An Apple patent granted on 7 March details a system allowing customers to resell iTunes and iBooks content to other users at a reduced price, or to loan the content temporarily for free. Such a system could pave the way for second hand content being made available on iTunes for a discounted price.
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GNOME

Submission + - Gnome Founder Miguel de Icaza Moves To Mac-> 1 1

TrueSatan writes: Miguel de Icaza, via his blog, has declared his intention to move to the Apple Mac platform stating his main reasons as being, "To me, the fragmentation of Linux as a platform, the multiple incompatible distros, and the incompatibilities across versions of the same distro were my Three Mile Island/Chernobyl."

Reaction to his announcement includes http://blogs.kde.org/2013/03/05/gnome-founder-leaves from Jonathan Riddell of Blue Systems/Kubuntu.

Given Miguel de Icaza past asociation with Microsoft (CodePlex Foundation) and the Free Software Foundation's founder Richard Stallman's description of de Icaza as a "traitor to the free software community" http://www.osnews.com/story/22225/RMS_De_Icaza_Traitor_to_Free_Software_Community this might be seen as more of a blow to Microsoft than to GNU/Linux.

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IOS

Submission + - Ferarri and Apple are in talks to expand cooperation on in-car entertainment->

An anonymous reader writes: Ferarri chairman Luca Cordero Montezemolo said today that Ferrari and Apple will be exploring ways to expand upon their partnership in the next few months. No no, don't expect Apple to release an iCar anytime soon — though Phil Schiller did reveal a few months ago Apple did toss the idea around at one point. But what you can expect is to see more iOS integration in Ferarri automobiles in the future.

As for iOS integration, Ferrari also announced that its four-seater FF couple will "now seamlessly integrate with Apple technologies thanks to direct access to the infotainment system via SIRI voice commands and the adoption of two iPad Minis as the entertainment system of choice for the rear seat passengers."

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OS X

Submission + - 0install reaches 2.0

tal197 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

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

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

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

symbolset 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

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

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

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

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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Microsoft

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

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

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

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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