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Apple

+ - 121 European carriers complain to EU about anti-competitive contracts with Apple->

Submitted by whoever57
whoever57 (658626) writes "Several European phone carriers have complained to the EU about the contracts that Apple imposes on them if they want to sell the iPhone. Because the contracts stipulate a minimum purchase, and the carier must compensate Apple if they fail to sell through that minimum, it has the effect of forcing the carrier to promote iPhones ahead of alternative phones. The European Commission is monitoring the situation. Apple claims that its "contracts fully comply with local laws wherever we do business, including the E.U""
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Desktops (Apple)

+ - 105 Apple Makes Two Factor Authentication Available for Apple IDs->

Submitted by wiredmikey
wiredmikey (1824622) writes "In an effort to increase security for user accounts, Apple on Thursday introduced a two-step verification option for Apple IDs. As the “epic hacking” of Wired journalist Mat Honan proved, an Apple ID often carries much more power than the ability to buy songs and apps through Apple’s App store.

An Apple ID can essentially be the keys to the Kingdom when it comes to Apple devices and user maintained data, and as Apple explains, is the “ key to many important things you do with Apple, such as purchasing from the iTunes and App Stores, keeping personal information up-to-date across your devices with iCloud, and locating, locking, or wiping your devices.”

“After you turn [Two-step verification] on, there will be no way for anyone to access and manage your account at My Apple ID other than by using your password, verification codes sent your trusted devices, or your Recovery Key,” a announcing the new service explained."

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Apple

+ - 188 Apple: 75% of our world wide power needs now come from renewable power sources->

Submitted by skade88
skade88 (1750548) writes "Wow! Color me green on this one! I am normally very critical of Apple's business practices, but this one is just perfect all around! Apple now owns and runs enough renewable energy power plants that 75% of their world wide power needs come from renewable sources such as wind, solar, geothermal and hydro.

From the Apple Blog Post: 'Our investments are paying off. We’ve already achieved 100 percent renewable energy at all of our data centers, at our facilities in Austin, Elk Grove, Cork, and Munich, and at our Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino. And for all of Apple’s corporate facilities worldwide, we’re at 75 percent, and we expect that number to grow as the amount of renewable energy available to us increases. We won’t stop working until we achieve 100 percent throughout Apple.'

Any other big power hungry data centers want to step up and join Apple on this one? Im looking at you Google and Rackspace!"

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Android

+ - 123 We did not need Google's Schmidt to tell us Android and Chrome would not merge->

Submitted by Steve Patterson
Steve Patterson (2850575) writes "Thankfully, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt has announced that "Android and Chrome will remain separate." Rumors that the products would be combined emerged last week when leadership of Android and Chrome were consolidated under Google Senior Vice President Sundar Pichai. Schmidt stated the obvious, but if you are a developer and you took the bait and thought the rumors might be true, you already read enough of Google Chrome or Google Android documentation before Schmidt’s clarification and confirmed that consolidating the two products would be, well, stupid."
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Security

+ - 139 New OS X Trojan Adware Injects Ads Into Chrome, Firefox, Safari

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A new trojan specifically for Macs has been discovered that installs an adware plugin. The malware attempts to monetize its attack by injecting ads into Chrome, Firefox, and Safari (the most popular browsers on Apple's desktop platform) in the hopes that users will generate money for its creators by viewing (and maybe even clicking) them. The threat, detected as "Trojan.Yontoo.1" by Russian security firm Doctor Web, is part of a wider scheme of adware for OS X that has "been increasing in number since the beginning of 2013," according to the company."
Cloud

+ - 139 Apple Hires Former Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch, Destroyer of iPhones->

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Nerval's Lobster
Nerval's Lobster writes "Why did Apple hire former Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch as vice president of technology? Adobe and Apple spent years fighting a much-publicized battle over the latter’s decision to ban Adobe Flash from iOS devices. Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs was very public in his condemnation of Flash as a tool for rich-content playback, denigrating it in an April 2010 letter posted on Apple’s Website as flawed with regard to battery life, security, reliability and performance. Lynch was very much the public face of Adobe’s public-relations pushback to Apple’s criticism; in a corporate video shot for an Adobe developer conference in 2009, he even helped run an iPhone over with a steamroller. (Hat tip to Daring Fireball’s John Gruber for digging that video up.) As recently as 2010, he was still arguing that Flash was superior to HTML5, which eventually surpassed it to become the virtual industry standard for Web-based rich content. It’s interesting to speculate whether Steve Jobs would have hired someone who so publicly denigrated Apple’s flagship product. But Jobs is dead, and his corporate successors in Cupertino—tasked with leading Apple through a period of fierce competition—obviously looked at Lynch and decided he’d make a perfect fit as an executive."
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Iphone

+ - 142 Apple Releases Patch For Evasi0n Jailbreak (After It's Used 18 Million Times)->

Submitted by Sparrowvsrevolution
Sparrowvsrevolution (1926150) writes "Apple has released a new update for iOS that prevents the jailbreak evasi0n released last month. But that hacking tool has already become the most popular jailbreak ever: It's been used to remove the software restrictions on 18.2 million devices in the 43 days between its release and the patch, according to data from Cydia, the app store for jailbroken devices. In its announcement of the update, Apple says it has fixed six bugs and was polite enough to credit the hackers behind evasi0n with finding four of them. At least one of the bugs used by evasi0n remains unpatched, according to David Wang, one of evasi0n's creators. And Wang says that he and his fellow hackers still have bugs in reserve for a new jailbreak, although they plan to keep them secret until the next major release."
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Software

+ - 113 Miguel de Icaza Helps Windows Developers Go iOS->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Miguel de Icaza is at it again. The open source guru who led the Gnome and Mono projects is now talking about the mobile platform wars. De Icaza, who has a history of being anti-Apple, says he originally “dismissed” the iPhone as marketing fluff, but has come around to its charms. And he sees Microsoft remaining a distant third in what he calls the “two-horse race” in mobile between Apple and Google. His latest startup, Xamarin, helps Windows developers write iOS and Android apps in C#, which de Icaza argues makes for more creative and less buggy software. (Xamarin’s most recent release lets developers do this all in Visual Studio.) Is this the death knell for Windows Phone?"
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Android

+ - 336 Samsung Galaxy S 4 crushes iPhone 5, other leading phones in performance tests->

Submitted by redkemper
redkemper (2621761) writes "Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 might not offer much in the way of an exciting new exterior design, but inside, it’s a completely different story. The retooled internals on the U.S. version of the Galaxy S 4 were put to the test by benchmark specialists Primate Labs and the results are impressive, to say the least. The Galaxy S 4 scored a 3,163 on the standard Geekbench 2 speed test, just shy of twice the iPhone 5s score of 1,596. That score was also good enough to top the upcoming HTC One, the Nexus 4 and the previous-generation Galaxy S III. The chart below shows the Galaxy S 4s results compared to other leading smartphones tested by Primate Labs..."
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Java

+ - 215 Apple Fixes OS X Flaw That Allowed Java Apps to Run With Plugin Disabled->

Submitted by Trailrunner7
Trailrunner7 (1100399) 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

+ - 140 Apple Releases Security Update 2013-001 and ML 10.8.3->

Submitted by williamyf
williamyf (227051) 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

+ - 143 How to block harassing calls on Android/iOS? 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
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

+ - 104 Samsung's advertising game outmuscled Apple in 2012->

Submitted by anderzole
anderzole (2729537) 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

+ - 144 iOS App Store Didn't Use HTTPS Until Two Months Ago->

Submitted by
jfruh
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

+ - 121 Firefox Not Coming to iOS Confirms Sullivan->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) 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

+ - 114 Apple and Intel discussing partnership regarding A-series processor production->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
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

+ - 144 Apple Patent Describes iTunes Reselling and Loaning System->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
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

+ - 190 Gnome Founder Miguel de Icaza Moves To Mac-> 1

Submitted by TrueSatan
TrueSatan (1709878) 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

+ - 109 Ferarri and Apple are in talks to expand cooperation on in-car entertainment->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
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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