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Samsung, Amazon customize Kindle app
Users of the new Kindle for Samsung app will get up to 12 e-books for free a year, as Samsung Electronics joins forces with Amazon.com to boost the content on its mobile devices.
Automakers show off in-vehicle Wi-Fi, new smartphone interfaces
Ahead of the big New York Auto Show, several car companies today displayed in-vehicle infotainment systems that connect to smartphones to use mobile apps, music playlists, calling features and calendars.
Mac Pro shortage sets record as worst Mac production debacle
Apple's inability to meet demand for its Mac Pro desktop computer has surpassed that of its most egregious Mac production problem in memory, the debacle over the all-in-one iMac of late 2012 and early 2013.
First-to-market means diddly when it comes to smartwatches
The old wisdom that "first-to-market" technology products will win out gets thrown out the window when it comes to smartwatches and some other wearables.
Tip of the Hat: An iWatch won't affect Apple's long-term success
Some Wall Street analysts are warning that Apple needs to unveil its post-iPhone and iPad products to assure it can survive and thrive in the years ahead.
Mozilla names ex-exec Chris Beard as interim CEO
Mozilla today named former executive Chris Beard as its interim CEO and appointed him to its board of directors.
Microsoft's Office for iPad Shakes Up Mobile Enterprise
It's hard to overstate the impact of the Microsoft Office for iPad. The arrival of the dominant productivity suite on the dominant tablet promises to change how iPads are viewed in the enterprise. Office for iPad may also crush competitive apps, shut out cloud storage providers and limit MDM vendors.
Apple and Samsung spar over $2.2B damages claim
Apple outlined for the first time on Friday how it came up with the US$2.2 billion in damages that it wants a California jury to award it for Samsung's alleged "massive infringement" of five Apple patents.
Wi-Fi problems dog Apple-Samsung trial
There's a new sign on the door to Courtroom 5 at the federal courthouse in San Jose, the home to the Apple v. Samsung battle that's playing out this month: "Please turn off all cell phones."
Heartbleed flaw affects mobile apps, too
Android and IOS mobile applications are just as vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug as websites are, security vendor Trend Micro warned.
Wearables market to take off, hit 112M devices in 2018
Wearable computers "took a huge step forward" in 2013 and shipments of smartwatches and related devices will grow by 78% a year until 2018, IDC said Thursday.
MediaFire offers 1TB of cloud storage for $2.50
MediaFire has launched a storage and file-sharing service that it argues is more secure than Amazon's.
Apple lays out its $2.2B claim against Samsung
Apple began to lay out its $2.2 billion damages claim against Samsung Electronics for the first time on Tuesday, arguing to an eight-person jury in California that Samsung's alleged patent infringement was large and significantly damaged Apple.
FAQ: Good-bye old pal, old paint, Windows XP
Today's the day: Microsoft will serve up its final public patches for Windows XP, the aging OS that's been around since 2001.
Intel's Thunderbolt 2 supports peer-to-peer Mac connections
Intel is bringing peer-to-peer computer networking capabilities to Thunderbolt 2 with a feature that allows Macs -- and soon, PCs -- to connect directly for high-speed data transfers.
In Apple v. Samsung, it's a 'holy war' for $2B
Apple and Samsung were back in San Jose federal court last week arguing over more patents and another set of devices. Apple is demanding more than $2 billion in damages, in the second case between the companies in California.
Microsoft to restore Start menu to Windows
Microsoft this week gave customers a bare-bones peek at the future of Windows, saying that the next iteration after Windows 8.1 Update will restore a Start menu and let users run "Metro" apps on the classic desktop.
Apple designer's testimony recounts birth of iPhone
The roots of the iPhone can probably be traced to many corners of Apple's campus in Cupertino, Calif., but a Silicon Valley courtroom on Friday heard how some of the phone's most recognizable software design features were born of a team working in a dark, dirty, windowless room with special security to keep others out.
Can VCE Be the Apple of the Converged Enterprise Cloud?
Apple wouldn't be where it is today if it hadn't taken redefined consumer electronics. VCE could very well do the same to the enterprise cloud market. First, it just has to convince companies to 'think different.'
Microsoft gets strategic with its Enterprise Mobility Suite
With its Enterprise Mobility Suite, Microsoft will make it easier for companies to manage a range of devices, including those running Apple's iOS and Google's Android. It's a smart move, says columnist Ryan Faas.
A day into the trial, Apple and Samsung already annoying each other
That didn't take long. The jury has only been sitting a day in the latest Apple v. Samsung patent battle and lawyers are already fighting about what's being said in court.
Apple slates WWDC for June 2-6, sets up ticket lottery
Apple today announced that its annual developers conference will run June 2-6, and that it's copying Google's method of assigning tickets through a random drawing.
Microsoft teases touch-first Office for Windows
Microsoft teased a touch-first Office for Windows 8.1, but contrary to many experts' expectations, previewed only one app and declined to define a release window.
Cortana's voice is synthesized in part from an AI character in Halo
Cortana, Microsoft's new digital assistant for Windows Phone 8.1, gets her name from a fictional character in the popular Halo video game series.
Hell freezes over: Microsoft makes Windows free for some devices
Microsoft will give away licenses to Windows Phone and Windows to device makers building smartphones or tablets with screens smaller than 9-in. measured diagonally.
Amazon releases Fire TV set-top box with voice activation
Amazon announced its $99 Fire TV set-top box that plugs into an HDTV's HDMI port and includes voice activated searches.
Steve Jobs called for 'holy war' against Google
Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs declared 2011 the year of "holy war against Google" in an email to Apple executives ahead of an annual management retreat in late 2010.
Apple patches Safari's Pwn2Own vulnerability, two-dozen other critical bugs
Apple on Tuesday patched the security vulnerability in Safari that was successfully exploited at last month's Pwn2Own hacking contest, where a team cracked the browser to win $65,000.
Apple looks to buy Renesas chip joint venture
Apple is said to be in talks with Renesas Electronics to buy its majority-owned joint venture that designs chips for smartphone displays.
Apple exec takes jury back to dawn of the iPhone -- 2007
Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller took a California courtroom on a trip back to 2007 on Tuesday afternoon, recalling how Apple 'bet the company' on development of the iPhone
Apple demands over $2B from Samsung for patent infringement
Samsung should pay more than US$2 billion for repeated infringement of Apple patents in more than 37 million smartphones sold in the U.S., a Silicon Valley jury was told Tuesday as a trial between the two companies got underway after more than two years of preparation.
Jury is selected for Apple-Samsung patent trial
Lawyers for Apple and Samsung spent most of Monday selecting a 10-person jury for their latest patent infringement trial, and they're now set to make their opening arguments Tuesday morning.
Judge overrules Samsung objection to patent video jury for jury
U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh on Sunday overruled Samsung Electronics' objections to showing jurors a recent instructional video on how patents work, ahead of a trial in a patent dispute between Apple and Samsung.
'No poaching' case versus Google, Apple, others can go to trial
A lawsuit that accuses Google, Apple and other top Silicon Valley companies of driving down wages by agreeing not to hire each others workers can go to trial, a judge ruled on Friday.
Federal judge approves class-action price fixing suit against Apple
A New York judge has given the go-ahead for a group to collectively sue Apple for damages over its collusion with publishers to fix the price of electronic books.
Why Twitter, Facebook, Google and Amazon want to be each other
It was a loony week in Silicon Valley. Four major technology companies announced expensive and risky programs to become less like themselves and more like their competitors.
Apple, Samsung head back to court for next phase of patent battle
The never-ending legal battle between Apple and Samsung enters a new phase Monday when lawyers begin selecting a jury for a new trial that will address new complaints against a different set of phones.
Microsoft's freemium Office apps jump to top of iPad chart
Microsoft's new Office for iPad apps vaulted to the top of the free application chart on Apple's App Store shortly after their Thursday debut.
Nadella to Cook on Office revenue sharing: Drop dead
With the launch of Office for iPad yesterday, Microsoft again effectively cut Apple out of most of the revenue stream by making the apps free to download.
Lawyers near settlement in Silicon Valley employee-poaching case
Attorneys say they're making progress toward a possible settlement in Silicon Valley's employee poaching case, in which Google, Apple and other companies are accused of conspiring not to hire employees from other tech giants.
Microsoft scraps 'Windows-first' practice, puts Office on iPad before Surface
As expected, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella hosted a press conference where the company unveiled Office for iPad, breaking with its past practice of protecting Windows by first launching software on its own operating system.
Update: Microsoft unveils Office for iPad
As expected, Microsoft today announced Office for the iPad at a press event in San Francisco led by CEO Satya Nadella.
On eve of expected Office for iPad, some remain skeptical
Although rumors have pegged today as the day when Microsoft will announce a long-awaited Office for iPad, some remain skeptical that the company will actually pull the trigger.
PC sales to drop by 6% in 2014
The global decline in sales of laptops and desktops is expected to continue in 2014 -- and Gartner envisions another decline of nearly 5% in 2015
Bitwig Studio on Linux: Will one top-tier app change the game?
The release of a highly anticipated music application on Ubuntu Linux could be a watershed event for the free OS.
Microsoft to webcast event where Office for iPad may be announced
Microsoft on Thursday will publicly webcast a press event from San Francisco during which many expect CEO Satya Nadella to not only make his first appearance but also announce an upcoming Office for Apple's iPad.
Tip of the Hat: Lenovo looks to recreate Jobs magic, while Apple moves on
The wildly successful playbook used by Steve Jobs at Apple would normally be copied and followed by other companies looking for a competitive edge.
2-in-1 devices face a long, slow slog to credibility
Microsoft's efforts to push the concept of a "2-in-1" device, a tablet that does double duty as a notebook, will continue to struggle, an IDC analyst said Tuesday.
Google Now alerts hit desktop Chrome, OS subversion continues
Google yesterday began rolling out Google Now notifications to users of its desktop browsers on Microsoft's Windows and Apple's OS X.
Self-publishing e-books: How to get started
Self-publishing has become an increasingly important industry for both individual authors and businesses who want to put out their own books. But how do you begin? Here are some tips for self-starters.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Office for iPad: Big deal, or big yawn?
Flop or not? Users will soon decide whether Office for the iPad is the greatest thing since Flappy Birds or the next Microsoft Kin. What's a Kin, you ask? Exactly.
iOS tops Android for Web browsing in U.S. and other developed nations
Android smartphones from all manufacturers make up nearly 80% of all smartphones recently sold worldwide, but iOS still dominates when it comes to Web browsing in the U.S. and other developed countries.
Are Apple and Gartner Afraid of Analytics?
In theory, analytics should help firms make key business decisions. In practice, companies ignore analytics because it's likely to tell them the bad news they don't want to hear. This week, the actions of Gartner and Apple illustrated this point to CIO.com columnist Rob Enderle.
Tim Cook's approval ranking climbs one spot in top-50 CEO list
Even as Apple CEO Tim Cook is blasted by some investors for not being the next Steve Jobs, the company's employees boosted his approval rating to the 17th spot on an annual ranking of the top U.S. chief executives.
Fake Tor app has been sitting in Apple's App Store for months, Tor Project says
For the past several months Tor developers have unsuccessfully been trying to convince Apple to remove from its iOS App Store what they believe to be a fake and potentially malicious Tor Browser application.
Microsoft's free OneNote vaults to top of Mac App Store chart
Microsoft's OneNote jumped to the top of the free application chart on Apple's Mac App Store shortly after its Monday launch.
Apple drops iPad 2, inserts 4th-gen Retina iPad into $399 price slot
Apple today replaced the iPad 2 with 2012's fourth-generation Retina iPad as its lowest-priced tablet, a likely reaction to both pressure from cheap Android tablets and the advanced age of the iPad 2.
Apple discounts iPhone 5C 8%-9% in five markets via storage cuts
Apple today unveiled an 8GB iPhone 5C that costs between 8% and 9% less than the previous lowest-priced model with 16GB of storage space.
Microsoft CEO Nadella to unveil Office on iPad next week
Microsoft will announce Office apps for Apple's iPad on March 27, according to a pair of reports Monday.
Isis CTO accuses retailers of turning off NFC and smartcard payment tech
A powerful group of retailers plans to roll out mobile payments in 2014 by scanning barcodes from smartphones, a move that sets up a potential battle with backers of NFC and Google Wallet.
Microsoft's OneNote strategy: Battle Evernote, or something bigger?
Microsoft today began offering Mac users its OneNote application free of charge, making rumors last week about a release a reality.
Major browsers fall during second day at Pwn2Own hacking contest
Security researchers demonstrated zero-day exploits against Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox and Adobe Flash Player during the second day of the Pwn2Own hacking competition Thursday, racking up total prizes of $450,000.
Create Magical Vendor Presentations Using Analytics, TED and Steve Jobs
The best TED speakers, channeling Steve Jobs, are dynamic, engaging and moving. Meanwhile, analytics technology can provide near-real-time feedback on whatever you want, including audience (dis)engagement. So why are so many tech industry events just more of the same?
Hands on with iOS 7.1: A few good improvements
Apple's latest upgrade to its mobile operating system, iOS 7.1, adds some useful touches and fixes some of the glitches that appeared in the previous version.
Microsoft's new lower-priced Office 365 is 'obvious preface' for iPad suite
Microsoft's announcement today of a less expensive Office 365 subscription for consumers was the strongest hint yet that the company will soon offer an edition for Apple's iPad, an analyst said.
Microsoft dips toe in Office unbundling water
Microsoft is unbundling chunks of Office, including a rumored free OneNote client for the Mac, as part of a strategy to reach customers who can't stomach the idea of paying for the full-fledged suite, or who have opted for free or inexpensive alternatives, an analyst said today.
Researchers pocket record $400K at Pwn2Own hacking contest's first day
Researchers cracked Microsoft's Internet Explorer 11, Mozilla's Firefox and Adobe's Flash and Reader at the Pwn2Own hacking contest, earning $400,000 in prizes, a one-day record for the challenge.
New boycott called on Apple products for toxic chemical use
Green America, a D.C.-based non-profit group, and The Nation magazine launched a campaign Wednesday intended to persuade consumers to boycott Apple products unless the company makes changes in its production and supply chain operations.
Microsoft to launch next Office for Mac in second half of 2014
Microsoft said that it would launch a new version of Office for Mac before the end of the year, but won't discuss details until the second half of 2014.
Apple hands stock worth $12.1M to top execs in retention deal
Apple last week gave six top executives $12.1 million each in stock grants that will vest over the next four years, according to filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Apple ships iOS 7.1 with CarPlay support, home screen crash fix
Apple today shipped iOS 7.1, the first major update since its newest mobile operating system launched in September 2013.
Samsung removes some claims from U.S. patent suit vs. Apple
Samsung Electronics removed three standard-essential patents claims from its dispute with Apple in a California federal court.
A clear-eyed guide to Mac OS X's actual security risks
Apple has improved its security in recent years, but is it enough?
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.
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Mourning Steve Jobs, Samsung-style
Samsung vice-chairman, Lee Jae-yong, attended the private memorial service for Steve Jobs on October 16, 2011. While he mourned, his US team schemed to capitalize on Jobs' death, which they called the "best opportunity to attack iPhone".
Apple's anti-Android Holy War gets real
You don't get plans like these by "benchmarking" competitors. You get them by ignoring them.
Google's flat Android plan is not just about Apple
User interfaces won't be defined by what you see on the display forever, of course. Voice and gesture recognition will become part of the user interface equation -- this absolutely makes sense when the challenge of developing logical user experiences for wearable devices really takes off.
Apple has no Heart (bleed)
“Apple takes security very seriously. iOS and OS X never incorporated the vulnerable software and key Web-based services were not affected.”
Smartphone makers: If you don't make iPhones or Samsung you may as well quit
What’s bad about the Apple/Samsung market duopoly is that lack of competition in the sector inevitably weakens innovation in the space, prompting further market consolidation and ultimately limiting consumer choice.
OS X Mavericks: How to control your Mac with your voice
While it doesn't offer Siri (yet) you can already control your Mac using speech – you can even add more spoken word commands using Automator.
The iWatch Mac: Why Apple should put Siri in OS X
Apple's "done innovating"? Don't be stupid. There's plenty more it can achieve.
Why is Facebook killing iPhone battery life?
Facebook is one of the world's most popular smartphone apps so why, just why, is the Facebook app devouring iPhone battery life?
Apple's sensor experts are developing much more than an iWatch
Apple has assembled an all-star team featuring some of the world's most proficient and well-connected biosensor engineers. Is this extensive investment entirely dedicated to an iPhone app called Healthbook and an accessory called an iWatch?
WWDC 2014: Apple's return to glory?
Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) begins June 2 in San Francisco; the company says -- will the event mark a return to industry leadership?
OS X Mavericks: 7 tips for the travelling Mac
If you are travelling for business or for pleasure with your Mac please follow these selected tips to help you stay safe while on the road.
Review: Apple's recent iWork improvements
Apple's much-improved iWork is now a perfectly credible cross platform, device-agnostic productivity solution that will achieve what most casual users need while also being compatible with Microsoft Office.
Quick guide to Microsoft's Office for iPad
Microsoft has promised regular Office for iPad updates, so future features should reflect the increasing capabilities of iPad range, but the company has made a pretty good start with this release, subject to a few annoying (and unecessary) limitations designed to drive Office 365 sales.
iPhone 6 'Air' sexy pictures! (But is it an April fool?)
Leaked schematics, blurry spy photos, and now beautiful renders.
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) doesn't want you to know about the iPhone 6. Or perhaps it does. Anyway, the alleged leaks keep dribbling out of Asia, and bloggers keep falling over themselves to 'report' them.
We've already heard that manufacturing is about to start, but here's our clearest look yet at what some are dubbing the iPhone Air.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers check their calendars.
iPhone 6 release date in September, but 5.5-inch phablet delayed [updated]
[You're fired -Ed.]
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is starting production on the iPhone 6. Japan's biggest business daily 'newspaper' says so, telling us their 'sources' now 'expect' the device to be 'likely' released in 'September.'
An update from Reuters adds credence to the rumor, giving us hints about production problems: Cupertino has apparently decided on two screen sizes, both bigger than the current generation. However, the larger of the two has been delayed until... uhhh... squirrel!
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers rank the rumors against reality. Not to mention: Hank and John Green finally realize they've been ripping off Ian Shoales for all these years…