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Microsoft engineer: 'Definitely problems' with test process after crippling Windows patch
A week after Microsoft pulled a Patch Tuesday update that crippled some Windows 7 PCs, the company has yet to provide a working fix for either the original flaw or the resulting problem.

Carmakers put Apple's CarPlay in the slow lane
Some car manufacturers are delaying their rollout of CarPlay, the software platform from Apple that synchronizes an iPhone to a vehicle's infotainment system.

What matters in the fall smartphone lineup: brand, display size, battery life, LTE
Given that at least five top-flight smartphones will be launched in September, would-be buyers will have plenty of choices.

Apple updates OS X Yosemite public beta
As expected, Apple today released the second public beta of OS X Yosemite.

Even rivals are waiting for Apple to get into wearables
There may be big expectations for the wearables market, but the reality is that until someone transforms the category -- Apple's the usual suspect -- it won't break out of a very small constituency.

Apple preps final non-security Mavericks update
Apple is working its way toward releasing OS X Mountain Lion 10.9.5, very likely the last non-security update for the 10-month old operating system.

Petition demands Apple fix MacBook Pro graphics woes
A petition started last year that urges Apple's CEO to recall older MacBook Pro laptops to fix a graphics problem has passed the 10,000-signature mark, part of an ongoing effort to get Apple to do something.

The 5 most anticipated smartphone launches coming in September
September is shaping up to be a very exciting month for smartphone buyers around the world: We know that Motorola Mobility, Microsoft, Sony and Samsung Electronics will all launch new smartphones, and it looks like Apple will join the party too. So what new devices are we looking forward to the most? Here's our countdown:

New Yosemite dev preview may herald public beta update later this week
Apple released the sixth developer preview of OS X Yosemite today.

iPhone 5C's China bust raises questions about Apple's pricing for '14 models
Apple's iPhone 5C, the lower-priced model introduced last year -- by many accounts to boost sales in countries like China -- has done poorly in the People's Republic.

New Microsoft same as the old Microsoft
For all the talk by its CEO about a new and different Microsoft, the company's money-making software groups remain lashed to hardware-intensive divisions that increasingly drag down the firm's overall margin.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Patent trolls under attack, but not dead yet
The patent wars keep going and going and we keep paying and paying.

Deja vu all over again: Windows 7 will be the new XP
Even as enterprises try to get rid of their last Windows XP machines, Gartner analysts are urging them to start planning for the end of Windows 7.

Apple bans two chemicals from product assembly after protests
Apple is banning the use of two toxic chemicals from final assembly processes for its products, after watchdog groups demanded the company replace the substances with safer alternatives.

The biggest iPhone security risk could be connecting one to a computer
Apple has done well to insulate its iOS mobile operating system from many security issues, but a forthcoming demonstration shows it's far from perfect.

Microsoft whacks Apple with new Surface Pro 3 ads
Microsoft is taking on Apple's MacBook Air with a trio of new ads, doubling down on its contention that the Surface Pro 3 is a better laptop than the real laptop.

Mac sales so far in '14 may signal share push
The Mac is poised to break Apple's annual sales record this year, according to an analysis of past sales trends as well as Wall Street projections.

Chromebooks may grab 5% of PC market, about the same as Apple's Mac
With more than 5 million units expected to be sold this year, Chromebooks will account for about 2% of all personal computers.

Steve Jobs was 'central figure' in Silicon Valley hiring case, judge says
In rejecting a proposed settlement in Silicon Valley's closely watched "no hire" case, District Judge Lucy Koh said on Friday there's strong evidence that Steve Jobs was a central figure, if not "the" central figure, in the alleged conspiracy to suppress workers' wages.

Judge says settlement is too low in Silicon Valley hiring case
A California judge has rejected the proposed settlement in a lawsuit over no-hire agreements among top Silicon Valley companies, saying the amount being offered to compensate workers is too low.

U.S. rejects claims of Apple patent in dispute with Samsung
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has rejected some claims of an Apple patent that was one of the basis for a recent damages award in a dispute with Samsung Electronics.

Galaxy Note 4 won't turn around Samsung's ailing fortunes, analysts say
Samsung Electronics is expected to soon launch the Galaxy Note 4 in a bid to help improve its ailing fortunes in the high-end segment of the smartphone market.

China scrubs Apple's iPad and MacBooks from government buying list
China's government, which banned Windows 8 from agencies' computers, has now dropped Apple's notebooks and tablets from an approved list of purchases.

Navdy's planned heads-up car display works with iPhone or Android
A crowdfunding project hopes to attract enough money to develop the heads-up car display, which can be controlled by voice or hand gestures and syncs with iPhone or Android devices.

Google ships 64-bit Chrome for OS X
Google has pushed the 64-bit version of Chrome for Windows to the browser's Beta distribution channel, and boosted Chrome for OS X to 64-bit on the more preliminary Canary and Dev builds.

Apple and Samsung agree to settle patent fights outside U.S.
Apple and Samsung Electronics have agreed to end their patent litigation outside the U.S., in an indication of a softening of their dispute that has extended across many countries.

Apple, Samsung agree to settle patent disputes outside US
Apple and Samsung Electronics have agreed to end their litigation outside the U.S.

Microsoft discounts Surface for college kids, goes for price edge over Apple's MacBook Air
Microsoft has kicked off a month-long deal on its new Surface Pro 3 tablet-slash-notebook for college students, cutting prices between 10% and 19%.

Circle the date: Apple's iPhone 6 event slated for Sept. 9
It looks like Apple will hold its annual iPhone event on Tuesday, Sept. 9.

Is Apple on Its Way to Being a Mobile Enterprise Player?
While attending a tech conference last month, Michael DeFranco received word on his phone that Apple was joining forces with IBM to go after the enterprise. The CEO and founder of Lua, a mobile messaging service running on Android and iOS, stared at the text message in disbelief.

User Beware: That Mobile App is Spying on You
Those apps you download on your smartphone may be free or very cheap, but there's a hidden price you should be aware of: loss of privacy.

Stable Mac prices fuel reliable profit engine
Even though iPhone revenue dwarfs the Mac, Apple's computer line remains important because its average selling price has held steady for four years.

Chrome passes 20% share milestone, locks up 2nd place
Google's Chrome browser last month broke the 20% user share bar for the first time, according to Net Applications.

Judge approves Apple e-books price-fixing settlement
A U.S. district court judge has given preliminary approval for Apple to pay a $450 million settlement for its role in an e-books price-fixing conspiracy.

China's Xiaomi rises to fifth place in smartphone rankings
Xiaomi became the world's fifth-largest smartphone vendor in the second quarter, catapulted into the top five for the first time by its hit products in its home market of China, according to research firm Strategy Analytics.

Samsung, Apple still dominate smartphones, but their shares slip
Samsung and Apple, in the second quarter, sunk to their lowest shares of the global smartphone market in recent years as Chinese smartphone vendors came on strong, market research firm IDC said.

Hands on: OS X 10.10 Yosemite beta shows off a new look and features
The beta of Apple's latest operating system, OS X 10.10 Yosemite, promises a sparkling new design and some very useful features.

Apple unveils minor bumps to MacBook Pro laptops
Apple today refreshed the MacBook Pro line with minor upgrades of the processor, a small price cut to the aged non-Retina model, and additional RAM for the least-expensive Retina configurations.

Feds arrest Florida man who allegedly conned Apple out of $309K
A Florida man was arrested and charged with wire fraud after he allegedly bilked more than three-dozen Apple stores across the country of more than $309,000 worth of products over a several-month stretch.

Yosemite's traffic share triples after public beta debuts
The preview of Apple's OS X Yosemite public beta last week resulted in a tripling of the upgrade's share of online traffic.

Apple will 'set the world on fire' with iPhone 6 sales
Look for Apple to "set the world on fire" later this year with huge sales of the next iPhone.

Apple hasn't exhausted its supply of Yosemite betas
Apple still has redemption codes available for its public beta of OS X Yosemite.

Bose sues Beats over headphone patents
Headphone maker Bose has launched a patent-infringement lawsuit against rival Beats Electronics, which Apple recently agreed to acquire in a US$3 billion deal.

In Digital Assistant Faceoff, Good Now (Just) Edges Siri
Call me old fashioned, but unlike Joaquin Phoenix in the film "Her," I'll never fall in love with a computer, Apple's Siri, or any other digital assistant. Siri is helpful, but does it work as well as Google Now? According to Gene Munster, a Piper Jaffray analyst who performed a rather painstaking analysis of the subject, there's almost no difference between the two -- though the Android version has a very slight edge.

13 pieces of advice for Yosemite beta testers
For the first time since 2000, Apple is allowing pubic beta testers to try out a prerelease version of OS X. Ryan Faas tells testers what to do and what to avoid.

The other Apple economy: $2B in devices on eBay
In the U.S. alone, nearly $2 billion worth of Apple devices -- Macs, iPhones, iPads and iPods -- were sold on eBay over the past 12 months.

Apple sends users scrambling for OS X Yosemite
Apple today released the public beta of OS X Yosemite, giving nondevelopers their first chance to preview an upcoming Mac operating system in 14 years.

Apple is losing its grip as the top tablet company
Apple's grip on the tablet is loosening, with the iPad losing ground during the second quarter this year to Android and Windows tablets.

Long replacement cycle drags down iPad sales
Apple announced it sold 13.3 million iPads in the second quarter, a year-over-year drop of 9%, the second straight quarter of declining numbers, and blamed a slowdown in developed markets.

QuickPoll: Is Apple smart to release a public beta of OS X Yosemite?
Apple is releasing its first public beta of OS X Yosemite. Is that a smart move?

Google tried to buy music giant Spotify
Google reportedly tried to buy popular music streaming service Spotify late last year, but the talks broke down and the deal didn't go through.

Apple unwraps OS X Yosemite public beta Thursday
Apple will release its first public beta of OS X Yosemite early Thursday

The Apple/IBM deal: iOS claims the IoT
The partnership announced last week isn't just about selling more iPhones. It's part of a big push into the Internet of Things.

Workers hit Apple with class action suit over alleged labor rule violations
Apple faces in a state court in California a class action suit that its employees were not provided timely meal breaks, rest breaks and final paychecks, according to the lawyer for the employees.

Apple grows Mac sales by 18% on the back of the MacBook Air
Apple sold 4.4 million Macs in the June quarter, the most ever for that three-month stretch, with an annual growth rate the rest of the PC industry hasn't seen since 2010.

Five takeaways from the Apple earnings call
Apple reported its quarterly numbers on Tuesday, a mixed bag that saw profits rise up but sales fall short of the mark. Here are five takeaways from the earnings call that followed.

Apple reports huge profit but sales disappoint
Apple has racked up another hugely profitable quarter on sales of iPhones and Macintosh computers, though its revenue growth was slower than expected.

Want an Apple watch? Just 3D print one
An industrious design graduate from the University of Edinburgh has posted a 3D printing CAD file for a wrist ban that allows users to insert an iPod Nano, which can act as a watch, music player and more.

What to listen for during Apple's earnings call today
Apple today will reveal its Q2 revenue and device sales during a conference call with Wall Street. Here's what to listen out for.

Apple gets patent on iTime smart watch
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office served up further evidence on Tuesday that Apple is designing a smart watch when it awarded the company a patent for a wrist-worn gadget with a touchscreen and ability to communicate with a smartphone.

OS X Yosemite public beta nears release
Apple may release a public beta for OS X Yosemite as early as next week, according to an online report Monday.

Apple's new iPhone 6 could have biggest initial production
Apple is ordering a combined 70 to 80 million units of two big-screen versions of its next iPhone, its largest initial production to date, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

Mac sales will again outstrip industry average
Apple likely sold more Macs than it did in the same quarter last year, keeping its better-than-the-industry sales pace going.

10 Things You Should Know About Apple's Swift
Apple recently unveiled Swift, a new language to replace Objective-C for OS X and iOS application development. Apple won't accept submissions built using Swift to the iOS or Mac App Store until the fall, when iOS 8 and the next version of OS X (Yosemite) ship, so there's still some time to learn the ins and outs of this new programming language.

Lenovo spins 180, says it's still in the 8-in. Windows tablet game
Lenovo on Friday said it would continue selling sub-10-in. Windows tablets in the U.S., backing away from statements it made the day before.

Rise of the Planet of the Lockscreens
The humble lockscreen is about to become the most important interface on your smartphone, says columnist Mike Elgan.

Apple, IBM spell out enterprise support for iPhone, iPad
Apple will provide an expanded set of support services to IBM customers with iPhones and iPads under a new enterprise-grade AppleCare plan.

Quickpoll: Who's the winner in the Apple-IBM partnership?
Register your opinion on who gets the most out of the Apple-IBM pact.

Among IBM users, Apple agreement gets praise, questions
The IBM-Apple partnership resonates with users who like the idea of connecting Apple's mobile platform with IBM's back-end data, but some observers have questions about the deal and there's no certainty the partnership will succeed.

Timeline: How Apple's iOS gained enterprise cred
In the seven years since the first iPhone arrived, iOS has morphed from a consumer-centric OS into one with a wealth of enterprise-worthy features.

Apple and IBM: A winning combo for IT
One thing is clear about the Apple-IBM partnership: It will change the dynamic of the enterprise mobility market in significant ways.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Who should really worry about Apple/IBM? Microsoft
Sure, the enterprise push by Apple and IBM should worry the Android camp, and business writers should make sure they have an up-to-date obituary ready for BlackBerry. But Microsoft is the company with the most to lose.

Apple's Partnership With IBM Leaves CIOs Hanging
The big news this week of Apple and IBM joining forces to dominate the mobile enterprise market makes a great story -- at least on the surface.

Why Microsoft isn't spooked by the Apple-IBM alliance
The Apple-IBM partnership will have little effect on Microsoft's dominance in the enterprise, or drastically change its mutating mobile strategy.

Fingerprint Faceoff: Apple Touch ID vs. Samsung Finger Scanner
My single favorite feature of the iPhone 5s is the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, which lets you unlock your device with the tap of a finger. So when Samsung recently sent me its new Galaxy Tab S 10.5" tablet for review, the first thing I did was test the Tab S fingerprint scanner.

Apple agrees to pay up to $400M in e-books price-fixing case
Apple has reached a settlement in a long-standing case that accused the company of fixing the price on e-books, with the company paying up to US$400 million, depending on the outcome of its appeal in the case, a law firm has announced.

Apple-IBM deal threatens Android's enterprise push
The new Apple-IBM partnership seems sure to help Apple sell more iPads to businesses, but it may also be setting off alarm bells at mobile device management companies large and small.

Microsoft boosts OneDrive storage to free terabyte
Microsoft has begun boosting the free allowance of its OneDrive cloud-based storage service to one terabyte for subscribers to consumer and college student Office 365 plans.

IBM and Apple ties go way back
IBM and Apple have a history of working together that dates back more than 20 years.

Apple fashions 'brilliant' partnership with IBM for instant enterprise cred
The business-focused deal between Apple and IBM unveiled Tuesday is 'brilliant,' one analyst said, noting that Apple now gets into the enterprise through the front door rather than the back.

Why the Apple-IBM deal matters
Apple's partnership with IBM to tackle the mobile enterprise could have lasting ramifications for both companies -- as well as for rivals Google, Microsoft and BlackBerry. It could also make life a lot easier for IT staff at large enterprises.

Apple and IBM in major deal to tackle corporate market
Apple is making a big push for the corporate IT market through a partnership with IBM, which will develop iOS apps for its big data and analytics services and promote iPhones and iPads to its clients.

Update: Apple and IBM team up on 'historic' enterprise push
Apple and IBM today unveiled an "exclusive partnership" that melds IBM's big data and analytics capabilities with Apple's iPhone and iPad for business customers..

Apple's Eddy Cue takes cue from boss, auctions off lunch date for charity
Apple's chief of Internet software and services, Eddy Cue, has put himself up on the charity auction block.

Microsoft gets real, admits its device share is just 14%
Microsoft COO Kevin Turner acknowledged today that his company's operating systems power only a small fraction of all devices worldwide.

iPhone 6 Sapphire Display Durability Could be Vastly Exaggerated
Each and every spring/summer, keeping track of all the various new-iPhone-related rumors becomes a challenge that even the most dedicate iPhan would struggle to meet.

Apple quickly counters China claim of iPhone spying
Apple on Saturday quickly denied claims by China's state-run television that its iPhones track owners' locations.

Big changes and possible cuts prompt Microsoft to publicly air Nadella memo
Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella distributed his Thursday memo beyond the halls of his company to signal to everyone that big changes, likely including staffing cuts, are coming.

Why Samsung needs to move beyond Android -- and Google
Samsung depends on Google's Android OS, but needs to find a way to differentiate itself from rivals who also use Android if it's to grow and thrive.

China calls the iPhone and iOS 7 threats to national security
China's state-run TV is telling iPhone owners that the device is a threat to national security because it tracks their movements.

Apple's CarPlay to dominate infotainment systems, will be in 24M cars by 2019
Apple's API for in-car mobile devices, better known as CarPlay, will outpace both the open API MirrorLink and GENIVI.

Tip of the Hat: Samsung's warning should be no surprise
Several analysts argue that Samsung's warning about Q3 profits is due to its strategy of competing on price.

Dev interest in OS X Yosemite is 4X what it was for Mavericks in '13
Developer interest in OS X Yosemite appears to be quadruple that of 2013's Mavericks.

Patch alert: Update browsers' Flash ASAP to block log-on theft
While Google's Chrome and Microsoft's IE10 and IE11 browsers will automatically update to the latest version of Adobe Flash, anyone using Safari, Firefox, Opera or older versions of IE must do so manually.

Apple yanks Google Maps from iCloud's 'Find My iPhone'
Apple has begun replacing Google Maps with its own mapping technology on, specifically in the Web-based "Find My iPhone" service.

Gartner scales back Windows forecast
Gartner today scaled back its forecast of Windows' near future, saying that while Microsoft's OS will power a growing number of devices this year and next, the gains will be smaller than it projected in January.

Firefox falters, falls to record low in overall browser share
Firefox's user share on all platforms -- desktop and mobile -- has plunged in the last two months as its desktop browser continued to bleed and efforts to capture users on smartphones fell short.

Google shows Apple how to buy a music service
Google's purchase of music streaming service Songza will be a boost for the Google brand as well as its search, Play, Glass and other services. Maybe Apple could learn a thing or two from the deal.

Nova: Bluetooth flash for iPhone
There are many times when your iPhone camera flash just isn't up for the job. Either you need light from a different angle (ever notice how phone-based flashes tend to wash out the subject?) or you need a warmer or cooler flash than your iPhone provides. You, my friend, might be interested in the Nova, a Bluetooth LE flash.

Samsung invokes Alice case to challenge two Apple patents
Samsung Electronics has asked a court in California to hold invalid claims of two Apple patents in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that tightened standards for patentability.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Crazy pent-up iPhone 6 demand

Apple's supply chain is rushing to manufacture 100 million iPhones by December following claimed production delays -- but the company has everything to play for and there's huge pent-up demand as Cupertino aims to shift up to 100 million units of the iPhone 6 by the end of this year.

10 credible future Apple product claims for this week

Apple executives have been promising an amazing year of Apple product introductions since last year, but some products on that schedule may slip -- Apple seldom ships a product until it is ready. All the same, big news is coming and here's the best of what we've heard in the last week.

iMessage spam explosion: Apple flamed for bad design and dropping ball

Spam spam spam spam. Spam spam spam spam. Wonderful spam.

For many users, iMessage is becoming an unusable cesspool of spam. Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is under fire for poor security design in iMessage, and for failing to react to the (inevitable) spam problem that has ensued.

smh. Why do we keep having to reinvent the wheel, every single freakin' time a new communications tool becomes popular? In IT Blogwatch, bloggers eyeroll furiously. Not to mention: Bloody Vikings

16 tips for Mac users who must use Windows

I was forced to use a Windows PC the other day. It was a shock, particularly because search engines generally generate tips for switching from Windows to Mac when queried on this. It made me suspect Mac users may sometimes need a little help when they use Windows because they can't get to a Mac. I assembled these short tips to help such temporary migrants:

6 Apple lessons Microsoft never learned

If only Microsoft had been able to learn from Apple across the last few decades, it's possible the company wouldn't be in the state it is in.

Can Apple keep us safe in the Internet of Things?

All the tech players are getting into the space but that doesn't mean they know what they are doing. All they seek is a way to keep revenue rising, some by selling you things, others to learn more about you so they can sell you. And in their rush they're selling problems not solutions.

New Windows Phones will be swamped by the iPhone 6, Samsung Note 4

Microsoft's timing couldn't be worse: It's expected to announce one or two new Windows Phones on September 4, just one day after Samsung will reveal the Note 4 phablet, and five days before Apple shows off its newest line of iPhones. Do the new Windows Phone devices have a chance?

Liberation: 10 OS X steps to free Mac disk space

Are you running out of space on your Mac? Are you unable to save files because your computer tells you its disk is full? Clean your drive with these 10 simple tips...

Want a tech job? Apple says it helps to be white and male

In 1869 African American men gained the right to vote in the U.S. Fifty-one years later, women won that right. Despite this, jobs across the technology sector seem easier to get if you happen to be white and male, and Apple's public employee diversity report confirms this.

Apple's iOS leads the enterprise, Android doesn't

Google's Android has managed to steal a few points of share in the enterprise sector, but is unlikely to maintain this once new iPhones and iPads ship and the Apple/IBM alliance truly kicks in.

10 credible iPhone 6 details we heard this week

The nearer we get to the launch of each new iPhone, the velocity and accuracy of rumors about it also increase. This doesn't mean all the claims are true, but here are some relatively credible details we heard in the last week or so.

Like an iPad mini

Apple/Samsung patent trial shambles: '172 claim ''invalid''

Judge Lucy H. Koh: Egg on face.

Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) patent-infringement actions against Samsung seem to be all-but in tatters. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has ruled, preliminarily, that a key claim in Apple's autocomplete patent is invalid, due to prior art.

In other words, no, Apple didn't invent it, after all. The decision isn't final, and Apple could still appeal it, but it's increasingly apparent that Apple has lost the stomach for the fight. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers see some semblance of sanity.

Chinese government bans Apple, really?

The situation for US tech firms in China has certainly become more difficult as a result of US surveillance activities.

iPhone 6 release date post Sept 9 reveal, confirmed by secret sources

Tim keeps mum. He's not so dumb.

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is said to be preparing a 9/9 launch for its next smartphone -- and the new phablet. The rumor and its confirmation came from three credible organs. But it's earlier than expected -- so does that mean the iPhone 6 release date will also be earlier?

How will we contain our excitement for over a month? OMG OMG OMG new shiny incoming... etc., etc., etc. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers froth themselves into a foamy lather.

Apple sets iPhone 6 special event September 9, claims Recode

Apple has scheduled a special event for September 9, and while the world waits for second line confirmation, a hubbub of expectation has already begun.