Posts Tagged ‘iphone’

Here Are the Twitter Feeds Soledad O’Brien Finds Especially Helpful

February 7, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Who Soledad O'Brien Age 47 Accomplishments Broadcast journalist; CEO of Starfish Media Group ; philanthropist; will be hosting two panels at the NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans Feb. 14-16 Base New York What’s the first information you consume in the morning? I hate to admit it, but I wake up and I grab my iPhone and go on Twitter . If you can cast a wide net of conversations on Twitter, you can get a really well-rounded sense of the world in the first 10 minutes that you’re up. I’m sort of obsessed with Twitter. Then I start answering my emails, which range from crazy family issues to work. And then I get out of bed. Are there any Twitter feeds that you find especially helpful? First, my friends, Kim Bondy and Bevy Smith, just to keep up with what’s going on in their lives. Ezra Klein is really interesting, and Ross Douthat is wonderful. Roland Martin tweets a lot of good information from his News One Now show. And Ryan Lizza is terrific

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The Following Star Kevin Bacon Stays Close to His N.Y. Roots

January 17, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Who Kevin Bacon Age 55 Accomplishments Stars as Ryan Hardy on Fox’s The Following ( Season 2 preview airs Sunday, Jan. 19 after the NFC Championship Game); Golden Globe Award-winning actor; musician Base New York and Los Angeles What’s the first information you consume in the morning? I read The New York Times app or website. I like the regular dot-com better because the app is almost too homogenized. But there are certain things about the app that I also like, so I toggle back and forth between the two. And if I’m in New York, I will also be listening to the morning show on NY1 , which I love. There’s just something about Pat Kiernan. He’s kind of hilarious. What are your go-to social platforms? For social media, I use something called WhoSay . It’s more photo-centric, and it lets me simultaneously post to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and some Chinese sites. Where do you get your news? My main news source is the PBS NewsHour.

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Shiny New iPhones Widen Gap Between Apple and Samsung Before Holidays

January 16, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The release of two new iPhones designed for high-end and budget-conscious consumers helped Apple significantly grow its marketshare during the fourth quarter of 2013 and widen the gap over close rival Samsung in the U.S. Owners of the iPhone made up 42% of smartphone owners in the U.S. during the months of September and November,... Read more

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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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Late Start May Be Tempering China Mobile’s iPhone Preorders

December 30, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Apple’s iPhone won’t officially launch on China Mobile until January 17 , but the world’s largest mobile carrier began accepting preorders for them last week. And while early estimates say initial preorder numbers are high, they’re not quite as high as you’d think given the size of China Mobile’s subscriber base. Wedge Partners figures China Mobile accepted about 100,000 preorders for the iPhone 5s and 5c during the first two days of availability. Interestingly, that’s fewer than rival carriers managed when the devices first launched a few months back. In September, China Unicom racked up about 120,000 preorders and China Telecom about 150,000 for the 5s and 5c both. How is it that China Mobile, which currently provides cell service to over 763 million customers, is pulling in fewer iPhone preorders than its smaller rivals?

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Apple Asks Judge to Keep Patent Pressure on Samsung

December 28, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Back in November, Apple won a second chance to seek a sales ban against tens of Samsung smartphones and tablets found to violate its patents last year. And late last week, it took that chance. On Thursday, Apple asked U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh to halt sales of some 20 Samsung devices that a jury last year found to infringe some of its key utility and design patents. In a filing, the company argued that while Samsung has stopped selling the infringing products, the fact that it has done so doesn’t really lessen the harm done to Apple, or the need for punishment. “Samsung’s claim that it has discontinued selling the particular models found to infringe or design around Apple’s patents in no way diminishes Apple’s need for injunctive relief,” Apple argued in its filing. “Because Samsung frequently brings new products to market, an injunction is important to providing Apple the relief it needs to combat any future infringement by Samsung through products not more than colorably different from those already found to infringe.” The issue here, then, isn’t so much the discontinued products found to infringe, but the infringement itself, and Apple’s risk that Samsung might continue its infringement with some new products. Indeed, Apple is explicitly seeking an injunction that extends to “any other product not more than colorably different from an Infringing Product as to a feature found to infringe.” As Florian Mueller notes over at Foss Patents, Apple’s focus isn’t the accused products, but the patents asserted . For Apple, which claims that Samsung’s infringement cost it “incalculable lost market share and lost downstream sales,” the ability to bring those patents to bear on commercially relevant products when and if it needs to is crucial, because while Samsung claims to have a workaround in place for some of the patents at issue in the case, the company hasn’t yet disclosed it.

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Taiwan Fines Apple for iPhone Price-Plan Meddling

December 25, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

TAIPEI — Apple Inc. has been fined 20 million New Taiwan dollars and ordered to stop interfering with mobile service providers and handset distributors’ pricing, Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission said on Wednesday. Read the rest of this post on the original site

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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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You’ve Come a Long Way, Silicon Valley

December 17, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

At the first big technology conference I attended, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas a decade ago, I squeezed past hundreds of attendees on the show floor and was surprised to find myself alone in the ladies’ bathroom. Down the hall, the line for the men’s bathroom snaked out the door. Throughout my career at The Wall Street Journal, I’ve used my casual ladies’ bathroom observations as my own barometer to measure the number of women at events and, more broadly, in the tech community. The more women I see in the field, the less likely it is that just a team of guys are making and marketing tech products. Eleven years later, I’m happy to report I now regularly wait in line for the ladies’ rooms at conferences and product announcement events. A lot has happened since that first conference and I’ve had a front-row seat on this ever-changing industry. I’ve never written exclusively for or about women; rather, I hope my columns are read by anyone interested in learning more about a product. But privately I’ve noted the industry’s shift away from masculine marketing and product designs. In my final column this week, I’m taking a moment to look back at a few examples of how products geared toward women shaped this industry, counting failures and successes. First, the misses. A great example of a now-defunct company that tried entirely too hard to appeal to women with its product was the 2009 Palm Pre. The pebble-shaped smartphone had a slide-out keyboard and the company was proud to note that women would like the mirror that was revealed on the back of the pulled-down keyboard. On top of that, its commercial felt like a cross between a coordinated dance routine and a soap opera, complete with a woman standing on a rock in a windblown dress while she organized her digital life on a Palm Pre. A woman’s breathy voice-over said she was working on sorting “my family’s lives, friends’ lives, work life, play life, my life today and my life next week.” At the end of the commercial, the woman sat on the rock in the middle of a field with her dress tucked under her. All women do this, right? One of the most well-known failed attempts to design for women came in the shade of pink. After years of designing dull black and silver products, tech companies seemed to think they found the solution for appealing to all women by slapping a rosy hue on a device and calling it a female favorite. As laptops, cameras, cellphones, headphones, Bluetooth headsets, portable speaker docks, mice, keyboards and other products flooded the market, women continued to look for the best products with the best user interfaces—not just the pink ones. Another more recent failure: Verizon’s Droid

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