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2014

Apple now blocking 'WireLurker' malware targeting Chinese iOS & Mac users

Thursday November 06, 2014

Apple on Thursday announced it has begun taking measures to block apps that contain the so-called "WireLurker" malware, which transmits from a Mac to iOS devices over USB, by preventing the infected applications from launching.

Philips Hue iOS 8 Notification Center widget for connected lightbulbs now available

Thursday November 06, 2014

Users of the popular Philips Hue connected LED lightbulbs can now quickly control their lighting and enable "scenes" with the new easy-access Hue widget, now available for iOS 8.

Apple Pay dominates discussion at Money20/20 mobile payments industry conference

Thursday November 06, 2014

This week was the Money20/20 mobile payment conference in Las Vegas, Nev., and with over 7,000 people in attendance, the hottest topic at the show was the recent launch of Apple Pay and what it means for the industry.

Microsoft Office for iOS overhauled to allow free creating & editing of documents without subscription

Thursday November 06, 2014

Dedicated versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint, comprising the Microsoft Office suite, are now available for iPhone, based on a unified codebase with their iPad counterparts, and also offering both iPhone and iPad users the ability to create and edit documents for free without an Office 365 subscription.

First look: Pixelmator 3.3 with support for 5K iMac, Handoff, Repair extension, more

Thursday November 06, 2014

Popular image editing software developer Pixelmator on Thursday released version 3.3 of its eponymous Mac app, bringing a host of new functions that take full advantage of Apple's latest OS X Yosemite features.

Samsung Electronics' heir apparent Lee Jae-yong profiled as silver spoon-fed product of corrupt nepotism with little real experience

Thursday November 06, 2014

When Apple's chief executive Tim Cook came out as gay, jokes flew that Samsung might rush to announce it "was even more gay." In reality however, Samsung Electronics is a step further behind Apple, having yet to officially name a successor to its ailing leader Lee Kun-hee, who at 72 remains hospitalized following a heart attack in May.

Apple launches refreshed Mac App Store designed for OS X Yosemite

Thursday November 06, 2014

Apple late Wednesday began rolling out a redesign of its Mac App Store with new flat graphics, thinner font styles and a more open feel, in line with the latest OS X Yosemite release.

New AppleCare for Enterprise website features IBM IT support, suggests imminent rollout

Wednesday November 05, 2014

More than three months after Apple and IBM announced a partnership for business solutions, Apple has posted to its website a new AppleCare for Enterprise page touting onsite hardware repairs from IBM Global Technology Services, now a worldwide Apple Authorized Service Provider.

New 'WireLurker' malware targets Chinese Apple users, hops from OS X to iOS via USB

Wednesday November 05, 2014

Coming less than one week following the discovery of an OS X vulnerability called "Rootpipe," computer security researchers have found a new form of malware dubbed "WireLurker," which infects well-protected iOS devices through OS X.

MCX CEO compares CurrentC rollout to original iPhone, reiterates exclusivity to end in 'months'

Wednesday November 05, 2014

In a short interview published on Wednesday, MCX CEO Dekkers Davidson likened CurrentC exclusivity agreements to Apple's original iPhone rollout on AT&T, saying consortium members have their best interests in mind in not supporting Apple Pay.

Microsoft's Surface Pro stunt fails as CNN election commentators stick to iPads

Wednesday November 05, 2014

News commentators covering U.S. elections for CNN were given Surface Pro tablets by Microsoft, but continued using iPads on air, covering up the supplied Surface with papers or even the iPad itself.

EFF ranks Apple's iMessage, FaceTime "best mass market options" for secure messaging, ahead of BlackBerry Messenger, Google Hangouts, Facebook, Microsoft Skype

Wednesday November 05, 2014

In its ranking of electronic messaging systems for safety and security, the Electronic Frontier Foundation said no mainstream products passed all of its criteria, but that Apple's iMessage and FaceTime "stood out as the best of the mass-market options."

Google Maps overhaul coming to iOS with new 'material design' look, OpenTable reservations

Wednesday November 05, 2014

Google announced on Wednesday that its popular Maps platform, including the free downloadable iOS application, will receive a major update in the near future, including a new look and new features, such as the ability to make restaurant reservations through OpenTable without leaving the app.

Rumor: Apple working on glasses-less 3D display for future iPhone

Wednesday November 05, 2014

Apple is said to be exploring the incorporation of three-dimensional display technology that does not require special eyewear in its next-generation iPhone, according to a questionable report from Taiwan Wednesday, claiming the company is partnering with longtime supplier TPK to develop the feature.

Google Wallet usage surges after much-hyped Apple Pay launch - report

Wednesday November 05, 2014

The highly successful launch of Apple Pay on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has helped to grow the long-established Google Wallet service, as both rely on the same near-field communication technology for tap-to-pay functions.

Jawbone launches new 'UP3' fitness band and entry-level 'UP Move' activity tracker

Wednesday November 05, 2014

Coming in just before the holiday shopping season, Jawbone on Wednesday announced two new fitness trackers with the basic $50 UP Move and advanced $180 UP3 band.

Spotify royalties surpass Apple's iTunes in Europe by 13%, report says

Wednesday November 05, 2014

In what could be a bellwether for the global recording industry, royalty payments from streaming service Spotify have reportedly overtaken earnings from Apple's iTunes music store in Europe, a drastic shift from only last year.

Rumor: Gold Apple Watch Edition priced up to $5,000, steel version at $500, will debut on Feb. 14

Tuesday November 04, 2014

A rumor on Tuesday claims Apple's upcoming Apple Watch will be priced at $500 for the mid-tier steel model and up to $5,000 for top-end gold "Edition" versions, a number much higher than previous estimates.

Apple, GT Advanced agree to unseal secret documents as part of bankruptcy settlement

Tuesday November 04, 2014

In a ruling on Tuesday, a federal court judge handling bankruptcy proceedings for sapphire maker GT Advanced Technologies ordered to unseal sensitive documents detailing the company's doomed partnership with Apple.

Unicode consortium looks to bring ethnic diversity to emoji by mid-2015

Tuesday November 04, 2014

In a draft proposal published on Monday, the Unicode Consortium revealed a range of emoji skin tone modifiers it plans to roll out as an update to the current standard, finally bringing a dose of ethnic diversity to the ubiquitous pictographs.