Posts Tagged ‘apple’

Apple Denies Working with NSA on iPhone Backdoor

December 31, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Apple just responded to newly released documents claiming that the U.S. National Security Agency has a method for gaining backdoor access to its iPhone. It says it has never worked with the agency, and is unaware of the alleged program targeting the iPhone known as DROPOUTJEEP. The program was disclosed in a trove of documents leaked yesterday and shared by the security researcher Jacob Appelbaum and the German news magazine Der Spiegel. Here’s Apple’s statement in full: Apple has never worked with the NSA to create a backdoor in any of our products, including iPhone. Additionally, we have been unaware of this alleged NSA program targeting our products. We care deeply about our customers’ privacy and security. Our team is continuously working to make our products even more secure, and we make it easy for customers to keep their software up to date with the latest advancements. Whenever we hear about attempts to undermine Apple’s industry-leading security, we thoroughly investigate and take appropriate steps to protect our customers. We will continue to use our resources to stay ahead of malicious hackers and defend our customers from security attacks, regardless of who’s behind them. According to the Der Spiegel documents, DROPOUTJEEP is software that can be implanted on an iPhone. It provides SIGINT or signals intelligence including the ability to push and pull files from the phone, retrieve text messages, contact lists, voice mail messages, the phone’s location, and turn on the internal microphone and activate the camera. Data can be removed or “exfiltrated” as the slide reads, over wireless data connections. Here’s another interesting line, which you can read in the original slide below

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What You Need to Know About Online Gift-Card Exchanges

December 30, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Chances are you received at least one gift card this week. According to the National Retail Federation, gift-card spending this holiday season was expected to reach an all-time high. Eighty percent of consumers said they planned to buy these oh-so-personal pieces of plastic. But, as we all know, gift cards often go unspent — or half-spent, with a nominal balance left on them for all of retail eternity. So if you’d rather turn them in for cash or another brand-name gift card, this column might help you out. What follows are some possible questions about how online gift-card exchanges work.

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LG to Unveil webOS-Powered TV

December 30, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

South Korea’s LG Electronics Inc. will soon take the veils off a television model that will run on the webOS operating system, highlighting its ambition of creating a prominent operating system for so-called smart TVs. LG bought webOS, a mobile-device operating system, from Hewlett-Packard Co. earlier this year. The operating system was originally developed by Palm Inc. to power smartphones that would compete with the likes of Apple Inc.’s iPhones. H-P acquired Palm in 2010 and used webOS to power a tablet and its smartphone models. But the system failed to gain traction with the developers who write apps for devices and the devices didn’t sell well. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Google, Apple Forge Auto Ties

December 30, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Technology giants Google and Apple are about to expand their battle for digital supremacy to a new front: The automobile. Next week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Google and German auto maker Audi plan to announce that they are working together to develop in-car entertainment and information systems that are based on Google’s Android software, people familiar with the matter said. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Another nugget of data from Apple’s latest shareholder proxy : CEO Tim Cook took home a compensation package valued at $4.25 million this year, little changed from the year prior. In its annual proxy filing on Friday, Apple said Cook’s pay for fiscal 2013, which ended in September, consisted of $1.4 million in salary and a bonus of $2.8 million. In 2012, Cook’s compensation package was $4.2 million. So Cook’s pay remained steady over those two years, with one noteworthy exception: He gave up about 7,123 Apple shares tied to the company’s annual performance. Because of the decline in Apple’s stock this fiscal year the company’s board decided that only 72,877 shares out of a tranche of 80,000 should vest. Cook — who in June explicitly requested vesting terms tied to the company’s performance — forfeited the remainder. Based on Apple’s closing stock price of $560.09 on Friday, those shares would have been worth nearly $4 million.

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Nokia Yanks Here Maps From Apple’s App Store

December 27, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Here Maps, the mapping service that Nokia touted as an alternative to Apple’s first ill-starred iOS Maps app , is gone from the App Store today, and evidently iOS 7 is the reason. “We have made the decision to remove our Here Maps app from the Apple App Store because recent changes to iOS 7 harm the user experience,” Nokia said in a statement. “iPhone users can continue to use the mobile Web version of Here Maps under m.here.com , offering them core location needs, such as search, routing, orientation, transit information, and more, all completely free of charge.” It’s not clear how, exactly, iOS 7 harmed the Here Maps experience, though some report that the app became quite buggy with the advent of Apple’s latest mobile OS. Apple did not respond to a request for comment.

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All Things Walt: Mossberg’s Top Dozen Picks Over 20 Years of Reviewing Tech (Video)

December 23, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Here’s the tech reviewer Walt Mossberg talking on CNBC about his top picks for the last two decades he has written about the arena. Mossberg names Apple products as the biggest influencer over this time, although in his last column for The Wall Street Journal after more than 20 years of reviewing, he also mentions Microsoft’s Windows 95, Google Search and Twitter. Although he is leaving the WSJ on December 31 — and this site too, since it is owned by News Corp. — there is much more to come at the start of 2014. You can read a bit about that here in this Mashable exit interview , where Mossberg talks about his work over the last 20 years and more. Here’s the best part, his advice for young journalists just starting out, which never really changes: “I would tell them quality over quantity, which is one of the biggest sins on the Web, particularly today.

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Apple Strikes Long-Awaited Deal With China Mobile, With iPhone 5s and 5c to Hit Stores on January 17

December 22, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

After years of talks, Apple confirmed on Sunday that it has at long last reached a deal with China Mobile to officially carry the iPhone. China Mobile will start selling the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c starting on Jan. 17, with pre-registrations starting this Wednesday. Pricing details will come later, Apple said. “Apple’s iPhone is very much loved by millions of customers around the world,” China Mobile Chairman Xi Guohua said in a statement. “We know there are many China Mobile customers and potential new customers who are anxiously awaiting the incredible combination of iPhone on China Mobile’s leading network.

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Music Discovery Service ExFM Pulls the Plug

December 21, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

After a four-year-run, music startup ExFM is throwing in the towel. The company, which operates a music discovery Web site, as well as iPhone and Android apps, says it will shut down its apps, as well as the guts of its site, on January 15. Hardcore users will still be able to access a bit of the service, via a Chrome browser extension; ExFm raised a reported $2.75 million from investors including Spark Capital. Startups are hard, and music startups are much harder . And while there was a short window when digitally savvy music fans were quite interested in ExFM, the service was facing an uphill battle from the get-go: It started out as a Chrome extension, which limited its market to the relatively small group of people who knew what a Chrome extension was and how to use one. Here’s ExFM’s summation of its problems: After an amazing four years of sweat and tears, we’re ever-so-reluctantly accepting the reality of sustaining the Exfm platform as it exists today

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Netflix Doesn’t Have the Market Cornered on Binge TV: Zombies + Walter White Help AMC Win the Fall VOD War

December 20, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Everyone* gets the concept of binge-viewing. And most people now associate binge-viewing with Netflix, in part because Netflix wants us to associate binge-viewing with Netflix . But if you want to gorge on episode after episode of your favorite show, you don’t necessarily have to pony up for Netflix, or for an iTunes season pass: Lots of you can watch lots of your favorite shows on your pay-TV provider’s on-demand system, for free. And many of you do. Time spent watching video on demand is increasing , even as traditional TV-watching flattens out and/or declines. Newest data point: In September and October, AMC Networks generated more video-on-demand orders than any other network, according to pay-TV tracker Rentrak.

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