Fallout could still be on the way as a result of the collection of nearly 5 million Gmail username and password credentials leaked on a Russian Bitcoin forum, but for now at least one company is taking action. Automattic, the company responsible for the blogging platform WordPress, announced it reset user passwords for more than 100,000 accounts based on the information contained in the list.
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Sat September 13, 2014 | Posted in: industry, troubleshooting
Ride sharing service Uber is being sued by the California branch of the National Federation of the Blind for mistreatment of the disabled. The complaint, filed in the Northern California District Court, alleges refusal of rides to blind persons with service dogs, abandonment of blind travelers in harsh weather conditions, and cancellation fee being charged after being refusing to transport blind riders. Additionally, there is one report of a Uber ride share driver putting a service dog in the trunk of the car, with the driver refusing to pull over and rectify the situation when the passenger realized where the dog was riding.
Sat September 13, 2014 | Posted in: computers, upgrades/storage
Storage solutions provider G-Technology announced the first extension of its Studio line, the G-Speed Studio XL. Expanding on the two–bay G-RAID Studio and four-bay G-Speed Studio Thunderbolt 2 storage solutions which launched earlier this year, the G-Speed Studio XL holds up to eight removable enterprise-class 7,200 RPM hard drives. Fully populated and properly configured, the array is capable of moving in excess of 1.3GB per second.
Information security professionals are still apparently sorting out the depth of an intrusion at J.P.Morgan Chase from earlier this summer. Three people with information regarding the digital break-in have spoken to press, claiming that the hackers had -- and in some cases may still have -- high-level access to bank servers, as well as gleaning information from around a million customer accounts.
More details are emerging from Microsoft regarding the rumored deal for Mojang deal. According to sources familiar with the matter, the software giant could announce the deal which would net it the Minecraft developer as soon as Monday, for $2.5 billion in cash. The acquisition cost is about eight times the developer's sales for 2014, and there is no clear known heir to the Minecraft throne in the pipeline.
In addition to the more publicly-known features found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple's tech specs page for the new models has revealed that they support H.265 video encoding and decoding, otherwise known as High Efficiency Video Coding. It allows the same quality of video as H.264, but using only half as much bandwidth -- allowing FaceTime video-conferencing calls to maintain the necessary quality on cellular networks without requiring large amounts of data. It could foreshadow the option of multi-party FaceTime calls on broadband.
In a new interview for the PBS Charlie Rose show, Apple CEO Tim Cook adds some small tidbits to hs previous public statements around Apple's latest products. Specifically, he reveals that the company's "great interest" in television is continuing, that the company is working on products not even "rumored about yet," and more.
Some of the details of Apple's new mobile payment system, Apple Pay, have been revealed in a report by Britain's The Financial Times. As briefly alluded to by CEO Tim Cook, Apple does get a small commission on sales made using Apple Pay, to the tune of 0.15 percent (15 cents on every $100 spent), though this does not affect the purchase price.
Fri September 12, 2014 | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, digital imaging, iPad
Two key iOS 8 features -- SMS Continuity and iCloud Photo Library -- have been pushed to October. The delay was quietly mentioned in a press release from earlier this week. Even when Photo Library does appear, it will only be in beta form. The feature has meanwhile been removed from Apple's iCloud marketing page, and it can't be found in the iOS 8 gold master.
Fri September 12, 2014 | Posted in: industry
U2's Songs of Innocence album -- which Apple is currently giving away for free via iTunes -- has already been downloaded over two million times since Tuesday, sources say. The group's back catalog appears to be doing well as well, with 17 albums on the iTunes Top 100 chart, led by The Joshua Tree at number 12.
Fri September 12, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, troubleshooting, Apple
A number of people trying to place early preorders for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have been met with technical issues. Shoppers are complaining, for instance that they were initially unable to buy unlocked T-Mobile or AT&T models. Apple servers in fact appear to have had problems connecting to carrier servers, forcing the company to issue reservation numbers via email that people could use to complete an order within the next 24 hours.
Fri September 12, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, computers, troubleshooting, Apple
As everyone knows by now, this week Apple took the wraps off their latest creation -- the Apple Watch. While there was much hype about this device leading up to its release, some MacNN forum-goers don't seem to think there is much reason to get this particular device over the competition, as is discussed in the thread titled "Apple watch…why bother." One Mac Elite wonders if the Apple Watch will be on display in stores before it is available for sale.
Apple's Online Store currently has a wide selection of refurbished iPads and iPods on sale for bargain prices. Save 37 percent on the refurbished iPad 2 with Wi-Fi and 16GB of storage space for $249, which is a savings of $150 off the original price. Get special limited-time pricing on the refurbished iPad mini with Wi-Fi and Cellular for AT&T; it was $429, but has been cut by $110 to $319.
Fri September 12, 2014 | Posted in: computers, upgrades/storage, Apple
Amazon currently has the previous-generation 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display on sale for $1,599 with free US shipping. That's a savings of $400 off the list price of $1,999, and $100 less than the lowest price found anywhere else. This MBP features a 2.0GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage and Intel Iris Pro graphics. Included is a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.
Fri September 12, 2014 | Posted in: gaming, audio, iPhone apps, iPad apps
British audio company Cambridge Audio has announced the upcoming release of its ultra-compact Bluetooth speaker, the G2. Comprised of a four speaker array, the G2 can run for up to ten hours on a charge. The speaker features Bluetooth connectivity as well as Near-Field Communication (NFC), which supports one-touch pairing, and can remember eight different devices. Its solid aluminium body includes soft touch controls, and is available in black or champagne finish options. Priced at $175, the G2 can be ordered in October.
Fri September 12, 2014 | Posted in: iPhone, mobile phones
AT&T will be bringing Wi-Fi calling to its network, though customers will have to wait until 2015. The president and CEO of AT&T's Mobile and Business Solutions group Ralph de la Vega claimed that the technology will be made available to customers, but not until the carrier has worked to prevent calls from dropping on the service.
Fri September 12, 2014 | Posted in: computers, upgrades/storage, iPhone apps, iPad apps
While we know that you're all busy getting your iPhone pre-order on, but yet, there's still time for Friday Deals! Every Friday afternoon, we're going to take a look at sales, and bring you what we think are some of the best deals on prime apps, gadgets, and peripherals for you, the discriminating MacNN and Electronista reader. All prices are verified at the time of publication, and any sales may not be valid if you're reading a few days down the line. Check pricing before you click buy. We do add deals over the weekend, so keep checking!
Overnight preorders of the iPhone 6 achieved "record" numbers, an Apple spokesperson claims. The company is not, however, offering specific figures. A similar statement has been issued by AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel, who says that preorder demand is higher than any time in the past two years. Apple and all of the major US carriers are believed to have sold out of their initial preorder stock for the 5.5-inch 6 Plus, resulting in shipping times stretching out to 3-4 weeks.
Fri September 12, 2014 | Posted in: industry
Two major US retailers -- Best Buy and Walmart -- have announced that they will not support Apple Pay, according to the Wall Street Journal. The companies are instead said to be backing a payment service operated by Merchant Customer Exchange. The MCX technology requires only an app download, and is platform-agnostic, supporting older iPhones as well as Android devices. Apple Pay will be restricted to the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, and Apple Watch.
Hewlett Packard has pleaded guilty to international bribery charges, as part of a plea arrangement it had previously negotiated. As part of the deal. the company's Russian subsidiary has admitted to charges that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in a transaction arranged with Russia's top prosecutorial office. The company will pay an additional $58.7 million to settle the charges on top of the $108 million it agreed to pay in April.
Fri September 12, 2014 | Posted in: industry, networking
BitTorrent's Chief Executive Officer Eric Klinker has made his response to the US Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality proposal, using the "fast lane" provisions, known. Klinker believes that a model similar to that of the electric distribution in the US can be used, where users and websites get lower rates for use in times of lower demand rather than the potential conflict of interest, and double-payment, that ISPs would get for having sponsored faster access under FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal.
Fri September 12, 2014 | Posted in: Apple
Apple Pay will at some point make it to China by way of China UnionPay, a source tells Caixin. UnionPay is a state-supported bank card company, and has reportedly reached a deal with Apple that will allow Apple Pay to link to its cards. It's not clear though when the platform will reach China, or even when the iPhone 6/6 Plus will ship to the country.
Pixelmator is a layer-based image editing application for the Mac, featuring a number of tools for modifying digital images. Version 3.2.1 has migrated to the OpenGL Core Profile, allowing the software to now access the latest GPU features and have a more streamlined API, with more control over the rendering pipeline. The rendering process has also been improved with IOSurface technology, and various bugs have been resolved.
Soulver is a calculator utility that can be used for performing quick calculations. The software solves problems as they are entered, and allows words to be used alongside calculations to help users keep track of what is being calculated. A crash related to line references that was introduced in the last update has been fixed in v2.4.7.
TextSoap is a text processing utility that can use find and replace commands to change words and copy formatting throughout a document. A potential crash that could occur when launching the software under some circumstances has been addressed with this update.
Drive Genius is a storage management utility that features a number of tools for optimizing and repairing hard drives. Version 3.2.5 is now fully compatible with OS X 10.9.5 and OS X Yosemite. A number of rare stability issues have also been resolved with this update.
Posterino enables users to create everything from photo collages to frames to greeting cards. The software includes a variety of templates which can be filled automatically with random images, or with user imported content. The v2.6.6 update resolves a problem with submitting reports via the built-in feedback system.
Apple's giveaway of the latest U2 album cost it over $100 million, sources tell the New York Times. The company is said to have paid the band and its music label, Universal, a blanket royalty fee, and on top of that promised a marketing campaign worth up to $100 million. That includes a worldwide TV campaign, which kicked off with a commercial shown during Apple's livestream on Tuesday.
Fri September 12, 2014 | Posted in: industry
Reports have surfaced that search engine Yahoo (and possibly others) were threatened by the US government to comply with PRISM surveillance requirements, or face a $250,000 per day fine in 2008. While Yahoo fought the demand through the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review, it ultimately lost and complied with the order, which paved the way towards mass surveillance of Internet users.
Fri September 12, 2014 | Posted in: computers, digital imaging
Apple may be prepared to launch a 5120x2880 monitor later this year, says an LCD market research firm, WitsView. That would however be beyond the limits of the DisplayPort 1.2 standard used in Thunderbolt 2; when limited to a single cable, even a Mac Pro can only support a 4K display at specific refresh rates. A more likely resolution would therefore be 4096x2160, DisplayPort's current maximum. At the same time, Dell has announced a 5K display, and whatever technology that uses could presumably be adopted by Apple.
Fri September 12, 2014 | Posted in: upgrades/storage
Flash disk manufacturer SanDisk Corporation has launched its 512GB SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I memory card, the world's highest capacity SD card on the market. The new offering is designed to meet the demands of industry professionals who shoot 4K Ultra High Definition (3840x2160p) video, Full HD video (1920x1080) and high-speed burst mode photography.
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