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Security Manager's Journal: Security flaw shakes faith in Apple mobile devices
And without remote management, getting patches onto devices scattered throughout the organization is hit or miss.
Apple's call for ban on U.S. sale of Samsung products is rejected again
Apple has again been denied a permanent U.S. sales ban on 23 Samsung Electronics products that infringe on Apple patents.
IDC forecasts deeper declines in PC shipments for 2014
Shipments of new PCs, most of them equipped with Microsoft Windows, will decline more in 2014 than thought a few months ago, according to IDC.
Tip of The Hat: Apple's key edge in car tech game
Macworld's Dan Moren offers a reason to be optimistic about the future of Apple's new CarPlay in-car, iPhone user interface after its less-than-enthusiastic reception: Apple's expertise in developing and updating software.
Ballmer regrets not aping Apple sooner
In his first public appearance since he stepped down as Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer again acknowledged that the company missed the boat on mobile.
Hands on: Apple's Mac Pro is the fastest Mac ever
One thing is certain: You won't mistake Apple's powerful new Mac Pro for any other desktop computer. And it has the computing chops to match its high-style look.
OS upgrades: Cheap is better than pricey, free is better than cheap
Lowering the price of an operating system upgrade boosts its uptake five-fold, but pushing it out for free speeds uptake as much as 12 times, data from an analytics company shows.
Apple's CarPlay vs. MirrorLink: Is there a need for both?
Both MirrorLink and Apple's new CarPlay will eventually be able to duplicate some iPhone functions on a car's in-vehicle infotainment system. But MirrorLink can also handle Android, Windows and Blackberry phones.
Apple CFO to retire in September after he cashes in $53M stock award
Apple's chief financial officer, Peter Oppenheimer, a long-familiar voice to Wall Street on the company's quarterly earnings calls, will retire at the end of September.
Open source challenges a proprietary Internet of Things
The only limit to the Internet of Things isn't imagination or technology. It's interoperability. And the Linux Foundation thinks that's an issue it can help fix.
Apple's CarPlay to spark mobile apps war in your car
Apple's CarPlay user interface will not only add complexity to existing in-vehicle infotainment systems, it would virtually take away the keys from automakers who plan their own systems and interfaces.
Android takes 62% share of tablet market in 2013; Apple's share declines
Android and Samsung Electronics were the big winners in the tablet market last year, as sales grew by 68%, according to Gartner.
Apple, automakers to roll out hands-free iPhone controls
Apple has teamed with car manufacturers to let drivers use their iPhones to make calls, access music, get directions and send and receive messages with a touch or a voice command using a car's display and controls.
Two Cool Tools to entertain the kids during winter, spring or summer vacation
Over the past few weeks we've been snowbound several times, which also included a school vacation week. With my kids asking me for the one-millionth time "What can we do, Dad?", fortunately I had two technology-related items for the column to test out, and they would also appeal to the youngsters as well as adults.
German court dismisses patent suit against Apple
The Mannheim Regional Court has dismissed a lawsuit in which German patent licensing firm IPCom demanded $2.1 billion in damages from Apple for infringing a 3G patent, a court spokesman said Friday.
Google postpones add-on 'kill switch' for Chrome on Windows
Google yesterday gave Chrome extension developers another two months to register their work with the browser's online store, after which the company will throw a "kill switch" on most add-ons installed from other sources.
64-bit smartphones are coming, but Apple's iPhone 5s still stands alone
After top smartphone makers announced new products at Mobile World Congress this week, Apple's iPhone 5s remains the only 64-bit handset available. But with new chips announced at the show and 64-bit Android now ready, competitive handsets are only a few months away.
Analyzing Mobile Phone Choice by Age Is Risky Business
Are iPhones used primarily by more mature mobile users who crave ease of use? Are Android phones more popular among the young, techie and cost-conscious? CIO.com's Tom Kaneshige has discovered there are no simple answers.
Arizona tech firms fight anti-gay bill and a future in a pariah state
Arizona's tech industry is united in fighting a state bill that allows a business to deny service to gay customers for religious reasons.
Apple retires Snow Leopard from support, leaves 1 in 5 Macs vulnerable to attacks
Apple on Tuesday made it clear that it will no longer patch OS X 10.6, aka Snow Leopard, when it again declined to offer a security update for the four-and-a-half-year-old operating system.
In appeal, Apple says e-book ruling will harm consumers
Apple had no knowledge that publishers were engaged in a conspiracy in December 2009 or at any other point, the company said in its appeal against a district court ruling which found Apple and five major U.S. publishers had conspired to fix e-book prices.
Apple patches critical 'gotofail' bug with Mavericks update
Apple today updated OX Mavericks, plugging the embarrassing security hole the Cupertino, Calif. company left wide open in the operating system's implementation of basic Internet encryption.
Kenneth van Wyk: Apple's big fail
It's disturbing that Apple would release an essential fix for iOS while ignoring the exact same problem in OS X.
New iOS flaw allows malicious apps to record touch screen presses
Security researchers identified a vulnerability in iOS that allows apps to record all touch screen and button presses while running in the background on non-jailbroken devices.
German security firm offers unauthorized patch for critical encryption bug in OS X Mavericks
A German security company has released an unauthorized patch for Apple's OS X Mavericks that it claimed closes the hole the Cupertino, Calif. giant left wide open in the operating system's implementation of basic Internet encryption.
Microsoft: Android Nokia not our call to make
Microsoft today sidestepped commenting on the Nokia's decision to launch a new low-cost smartphone powered by an offshoot of Google's Android.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Windows 7 lives!
More and more for Windows users, there's no OS like an old OS.
Verizon says heavy Web users should pay more
Heavy broadband users should help shoulder the cost of their traffic, but Verizon Communications does not give preferential treatment to some Web traffic, the company's CEO said Monday.
U.S. carriers rejected 'kill switch' technology last year
U.S. cellphone carriers were offered a technology last year that supporters say would dramatically cut incidents of smartphone theft, but the carriers turned it down, according to sources with knowledge of the proposal.
Apple encryption mistake puts many desktop applications at risk
A subtle mistake in how Apple implemented a basic encryption feature that shields data from snooping also affects many desktop applications that rely on the code, according to a noted security researcher.
New smartphone OS flags will fly at Mobile World Congress
Smartphone OS entrants hoping to chip away at the dominance of Android and iOS are heading to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress, facing a landscape that has changed since last year's show.
Microsoft tries to jumpstart cheap Windows devices with license price cut
Microsoft has cut the price of Windows 8.1 by nearly three-fourths to device makers who produce lower-cost laptops and tablets.
Mediation fails to bridge Apple, Samsung patent divide
The top executives of Apple and Samsung have failed to reach an agreement that would end an ongoing fight over smartphone and tablet patents, lawyers for the two companies said late Friday.
Why Apple needs a $700 MacBook Air
Apple has been able to maintain high prices and high margins for its computers even as competitors jumped into a pricing pit. But with computer sales drooping, Apple may use the opportunity to lower prices.
Update: Google ships Chrome 33, patches 28 bugs
Google today upgraded Chrome to version 33, patching 28 security vulnerabilities.
What if Microsoft threw an iPad Office party, and no one came?
Microsoft will make a killing when it launches Office apps for Apple's iPad and tablets powered by Android. Or will it?
Tip of the Hat: What would unlikely merger bring to Tesla, Apple
Computerworld offers a Tip of the Hat to Richard Read of The Christian Science Monitor for a look at The Tesla-Apple rumors and what such an unlikely deal could mean for Apple's developers and users, and what it could bring to Tesla.
Apple takes top spot in brand value computation
Apple was appointed the world's highest-valued brand today by Brand Finance, which said the Cupertino, Calif. company's brand is worth nearly $105 billion.
Apple gets a patent for health-monitoring ear buds
Apple today has been awarded a patent for a sport motion and health monitoring system that can be attached to headphones, including ear buds, and used to monitor vital signs and even perspiration levels.
Jonny Evans: Has Samsung stalled?
The smartphone giant's troubles are deeper than its big drop in quarterly profits.
Mozilla's top exec defends in-Firefox ads, revenue search
The chairwoman of Mozilla Foundation, the non-profit that funds the development of Firefox, is defending the decision to pursue in-browser ads, saying that it's important to generate revenue.
Perspective: Microsoft hedges on Office for iPad, cites 'thoughtful' decisions
'Thoughtful' was the watchword yesterday for Tami Reller, Microsoft's chief of marketing, when she was asked how the company plans to extend its lucrative Office franchise to mobile platforms other than Windows
Phil Schiller up again in next round of Apple-Samsung battle
Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller is among the witnesses that lawyers for Samsung plan to call when the two companies return to court in California in late March.
Federal smartphone kill-switch legislation proposed
Pressure on the cellphone industry to introduce technology that could disable stolen smartphones has intensified with the introduction of proposed federal legislation that would mandate such a system.
Apple shifts to hardware-first TV strategy with revamped set-top box
Apple is gearing up to launch a revamped Apple TV, but will not push into the television market this year, as many assumed.
Smartwatch shipments hit 1.9M in 2013
Global smartwatch shipments reached 1.9 million units last year, and Google's Android mobile OS captured a 61 percent market share, according to Strategy Analytics.
Windows Phone's Q4 share stumbles as Nokia's sales slump
Windows' share of the smartphone market fell slightly in the December quarter as the biggest manufacturer supporting Microsoft's OS, Nokia, posted less-than-stellar sales numbers, IDC said today.
iTunes is almost as big a biz as OEM Windows
Apple's iTunes, software and services group generated almost as much revenue in 2013 as the Microsoft division responsible for licensing Windows to computer and smartphone makers, according to comparisons of the companies' financial statements.
Apple's iPhone shipments strong in China, but can't catch Xiaomi
Apple's iPhone shipments to China hit a record in the fourth quarter, but the company was pushed out of the top five smartphone makers in the country by strong demand for phones from local vendor Xiaomi.
Review: 4 NAS appliances deliver big storage cheap
12-bay rack-mount systems from QNAP, Netgear, LenovoEMC, and Infortrend combine huge storage capacities, business-grade features, smooth setup, and easy administration
Mac Pro ship date slips to April as profiteers mark up computer 50% or more
Apple continued to have problems meeting demand for its radically redesigned Mac Pro desktop computer, with ship dates today extending into April.
Apple monitor to stay in e-books case, with boundaries
Apple will continue to be watched by an antitrust monitor during its appeal of a court order creating the position, a court ruled.
Icahn says 'I can't' and stops $50B fight over Apple stock buyback
Investment agitator and former corporate raider Carl Icahn today ended his fight to get Apple to boost its share buyback program by another $50 billion after an influential proxy advisory service nixed the idea.
Preston Gralla: Patents don't equal innovation
Today, lawyers at times have as much influence as engineers, if not more, and patents are used to fend off competitors and to force them to pay licensing fees that can run to billions of dollars annually.
Judge rebukes Apple for invoking nationalist bias but denies Samsung a retrial
A U.S. judge has denied Samsung's request for a retrial in a patent dispute with Apple, but she also chastised Apple's lawyers for making the Korean firm's "foreignness" an issue in closing remarks to the jury.
California proposes mandatory kill-switch on phones and tablets
Politicians and law enforcement officials in California will introduce a bill on Friday that requires all smartphones and tablet PCs sold in the state be equipped with a digital "kill-switch" that would make the devices useless if stolen.
Nadella's rise renews appeals for Office on iPad, Android tablets
The anointment of new CEO Satya Nadella has renewed calls by analysts that Microsoft free its profitable Office franchise from Windows and release full-featured versions for Android and iOS tablets.
Microsoft promises Nadella up to $18M for fiscal year 2015
Microsoft this week set Satya Nadella's annual base salary at $1.2 million, nearly twice his predecessor's but right on the average of CEOs in the tech industry, an executive compensation expert said today.
Apple removes Blockchain, last Bitcoin wallet app, from mobile store
Apple on Wednesday removed Blockchain, the last remaining application in its mobile store for transmitting bitcoins, signaling the continuing uncertainty around the virtual currency.
Humorists strike gold with Nadella's promotion, Gates' job change
Humorists stuck a minor gold mine yesterday when Microsoft anointed Satya Nadella, a veteran company insider, as its new CEO, proving that funny can be found in the most unlikely places.
Apple faces $2.1B patent damages claim in Germany
German patent licensing firm IPCom has accused Apple of infringing a patent on 3G technology and wants $2.1 billion in damages, the Mannheim Regional Court said Wednesday.
ConnectED brings in $2B in federal funds for high-speed Internet at schools
The FCC will invest $2 billion during the next two years to expand high-speed Internet at America's schools and libraries, and major tech companies will chip in another $750 million.
As Dell cuts, Apple adds jobs in Austin
If there is one region in the U.S. that can absorb Dell's planned workforce cutbacks, it may be the Austin, Texas, area, one of the nation's hottest areas for tech jobs.
Google Chromecast SDK lets coders super-size apps for TV
App developers can now push their software onto a TV screen using a software development kit that Google is introducing for its Chromecast media streaming device.
Google, Facebook, Microsoft show steady rise in surveillance data requests
Google, Facebook and Microsoft were among the technology companies to release new figures showing a rising number of requests for their users' data coming from a secretive U.S. surveillance court.
The ROI of free OS updates: Who wins, Apple or Microsoft?
By offering their latest operating systems for free, Microsoft and Apple have accelerated the adoption pace of their newest OSes, according to data released by analytics firm Net Applications.
Lenovo-Moto deal's impact on Apple? Zip
Apple won't lose any sleep over the Lenovo acquisition of Google's Motorola handset business, analysts said today.
Office 365 turns one, but success is tough to tally
A year after the launch of Microsoft's ambitious Office 365, it's almost impossible for outsiders to get a grip on how the software-by-subscription program has done, analysts admitted today.
Samsung not sanctioned over leakage of Apple documents
A court in California has decided not to sanction Samsung Electronics for the leak of confidential Apple licensing information, stating that the information had not been misused in patent negotiations.
Tablet shipments could start to slip as consumer markets get saturated
Global tablet shipments are still on the rise, but are showing signs of dramatic slowing as consumer markets such as the U.S. become saturated, IDC said.
Everyone bets on bigger iPhone for '14
Virtually every analyst who follows Apple has jumped on the bigger iPhone bandwagon, asserting that the company will step into the quickly-growing large-screen market this year.
Obama touches on NSA, patent reform in State of the Union address
President Obama repeated his call to reform intelligence surveillance programs, saying U.S. intelligence agencies need the trust of people inside and outside the country, during his State of the Union speech Tuesday night.
Brace yourself for flood of new domain names
Brace yourself. The Internet is about to get a lot busier and more cluttered. The Internet addresses that we are accustomed to using -- .com, .net and .edu - will be getting a lot of company next week.
Apple patents solar-powered MacBook
Apple has been awarded the patent for a MacBook shell that would combine smart glass and solar cells to generate power.
Apple's iPod business collapses as revenue becomes a rounding error
Apple's iPod business collapsed last quarter, with revenue plummeting 55% and the number of music players dropping by more than half compared to the same period the year before.
Update: More than 1B smartphones were shipped in 2013
For the first time ever, just over 1 billion smartphones shipped to vendors worldwide in 2013, double the number of just two years earlier, IDC said late Monday.
Perspective: If Windows 8 = Vista, what's Microsoft's next move?
As Windows 8 struggles to gain traction, you can hear the criticism mounting that Microsoft's latest OS is the new Vista. If that turns out to be true, the company has some big decisions to make.
Mac sales jump 19% when compared to terrible Q4 2012
Mac sales jumped 19% in the fourth quarter of 2013 over the year before, the first uptick in more than a year, Apple said Monday.
Cook admits Apple blew the call on the iPhone 5C
Apple sold a record 51 million iPhones in the fourth quarter of 2013, but acknowledged it underestimated the appeal of the flagship iPhone 5S, making some analysts question the company's two-model strategy.
Obama administration forges deal with tech firms on data requests
Technology companies will be allowed to reveal more details about government data requests under a tentative agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice.
Apple sold 51M iPhones last quarter, touts $57.6B in revenue
Apple set two records for itself in the first quarter of its 2014 fiscal year, selling 51 million iPhones and reporting revenue of US$57.6 billion, with a net profit of $13.1 billion.
Android now has more than half of U.S. smartphone sales
Android represented more than half of U.S. smartphone sales in the last quarter of 2013, while the iPhone's share dropped to 43.9%, said Kantar WorldPanel ComTech.
Google-Samsung deal will boost Android, wearable tech
The Android ecosystem and wearable technology will probably get a boost from the patent deal Google and Samsung have struck, but the agreement is unlikely to have an influence on Samsung's intellectual property disputes with Apple, analysts said Monday.
Apple plans to add mobile-payments offering
Apple is making internal and external moves to expand its ability to handle mobile payments, stepping more deeply into a market where rivals would include PayPal, Google and niche specialists like Square and Stripe, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Samsung's Apple damages equal to just 16 days' profit
The $930 million in damages Samsung was ordered to pay Apple last year for infringing its smartphone patents is more than some device makers earn in a year, but for Samsung it's equal to just over 16 days' worth of profit.
24 milestones in the Mac's 30-year history
Today marks the 30th anniversary of the arrival of the now-iconic Apple Macintosh computer. Columnist Ryan Faas looks back over the past three decades at some of the highlights and lowlights of the Mac's -- and Apple's -- evolution.
Tech and telecom vendors spend millions on lobbying in DC
Google, Comcast, AT&T and Verizon Communications ranked among the top spenders on U.S. government lobbying in 2013, with Apple and Facebook increasing their lobbying expenses significantly, according to year-end lobbying reports released this week.
iFixit celebrates Mac's 30th by turning an '84 antique inside out
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Apple's launch of its original Macintosh personal computer, the do-it-yourself iFixit website today tore apart the beige all-in-one to find out what was inside.
Google lays $2.7M on the line for Pwnium hacking contest
Google will again host its Pwnium hacking contest at a Canadian security conference in March, putting $2.7 million at stake to draw out researchers who can hack its browser-based operating system, Chrome OS.
Lenovo's IBM server deal mimics multi-market growth strategy used by Samsung and others
Lenovo's deal to buy IBM's x86 server business for $2.3 billion gives the Beijing company another tech segment where it can expand beyond PCs, smartphones, tablets and smart TVs.
Icahn targets eBay, pans Apple board on same day
Investment agitator Carl Icahn has now put his sights on auctioneer eBay, but that doesn't mean he will end his pursuit of a massive stock buyback by Apple, an analyst said today.
Apple to fix iOS 7 crash bug
Apple says it will fix a bug in the iOS 7 operating system that has caused some iPhones to crash.
U.S. issues 320,000 requests for Verizon customer data
Verizon Communications received more than 320,000 requests for customer information from U.S. federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in 2013, more than 100 times the number of requests from any other country, the telecom carrier said in its first surveillance transparency report.
Apple edges back toward the data center
Now that OS X Mavericks Server has some new enterprise-oriented features and the updated Mac Pro has finally arrived, it's time to ask whether Apple is edging back into the data center, says columnist Ryan Faas.
Calif. court rules Samsung infringed Apple patent ahead of trial
A court in California has ruled that Samsung Electronics infringed in its devices an Apple patent on word recommendations during text input, ahead of a March trial.
Tablet trends for 2014: More Windows tablets, 3G/4G and phablets
Android and iOS tablets will both begin to lose global market share in 2014, while Windows ramps up slightly, according to research firm IDC.
iPad sales skew even more toward Mini
iPad sales shifted over the last year, with fewer buyers purchasing the aged iPad 2 and more choosing the lower-priced iPad Mini, a research firm said today.
Surface 2 Pro owners: Where's our @#$%&! firmware update?
After a month-long wait, some owners of Microsoft's Surface Pro 2 tablet this weekend said that they received a fix for a faulty firmware update that exhausted their batteries and caused sleep mode problems.
Windows 8's complexity tax shackles Microsoft
Complexity may be Windows' downfall, and Microsoft has not only failed to address the problem, but exacerbated it by shipping the dual-threat, two-UI Windows 8.
Starbucks vows to beef up security on its iPhone app
Starbucks today promised to update its iOS app to calm a storm of interest in a report this week that claimed criminals could easily nab the app's credentials from a stolen iPhone.
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OS X Mavericks: 6 useful Mac tricks
While we wait for Apple to pull its finger out and get Mail working reliably again, I thought it might be fun to put together a half dozen cool Mac tricks some readers may not have seen before.
20 years a tech journalist: Shift happens at warp speed
It's hard to beleive the change that's happened over the last 20 years. Consider:
Digital Equipment Corp, Sun Microsystems and Data General were leading hardware manufactures.
Compaq was the fastest growing PC vendor.
Google didn’t exist.
Mark Zuckerberg was 9 years old.
Amazon.com hadn’t launched yet
There was no e-commerce, Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari.
Digital glasses were what Geordi La Forge wore in Star Trek.
Why Mac users still use OS X Snow Leopard
Apple's decision to end support for OS X Snow Leopard is reasonable -- but it's the kiss of death for a large segment of the Mac resale market.
Student hackers make Apple's iOS 7 Siri way more useful with Spotify support
Four students have hacked Apple's iOS 7s voice assistant to control third-party apps with Siri without jailbreaking their iPhone.
Geneva Motor Show: Apple's CarPlay pimps your ride (Updated)
Apple is going to pimp your ride when Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are expected to introduce new vehicles with built-in iPhone support at the Geneva Motor Show this week -- so what is it, who will offer it, and which models will deliver CarPlay?
More than shiny: Apple is an enterprise firm
They say: "Apple is not an enterprise company", but things have changed -- Tim Cook's Apple is an enterprise company, here's some proof.
Apple tells Arizona to drop its anti-gay pride
Apple says there's no saving Arizona if it allows its controversial anti-gay prejudice bill to become law, and it's hard to disagree.
7 ways to turn an Apple iPhone 5S into a Samsung Galaxy S5
If you are an iPhone 5S user and want Galaxy S5-like features on your phone, try these simple tips -- and if you can't wait, the first comparative reviews are in, take a look:
Apple's 'Gotofail' bug sucks, but here's 8 ways to stay safe online
Apple's "Gotofail" bug is a big deal because customers were exposed to risk for a long time. The only positive of this appalling oversight is that it illustrates why users of any platform should embrace the following security tips.
Why is Microsoft dissing Apple when it comes to Office?
Microsoft's so far refusing to release a version of Office for the iPad is not the only way that the company is dissing Apple. It's been more than three years since the company has released a version of Office for the Mac, and there's still no release date. Why is Microsoft treating Apple so badly when it comes to Office?
OS X Mavericks: What is Activity Monitor?
OS X's Activity Monitor is an essential tool to help you keep your system in good shape. In this report we tell you what it is and some ways to use it.
OS X, Mavericks: 5 steps to a faster Mac
If your Mac begins running slowly then it's probably time to review the most likely culprits -- and learn how to deal with them.
Mac users four times more engaged than Windows users
Mac users are almost four times more likely to upgrade to the latest edition of their OS in comparison with Windows users, with nearly a quarter of the most active users of both platforms now using Macs.
Apple values your privacy, ads firms complain
Apple puts your privacy way above its own short-term gain -- you can tell that's true because Ad Age calls the firm, "slow, cocky and downright stingy" because it won't share your private data with advertisers, which kind of makes them cry.
Failing Microsoft must bring Office to iPad
Microsoft may have chosen a new CEO but it seems it still hasn't figured out how to carve a future in the Apple-driven Post-PC computer world. And it all comes down to Office.