Category - Mobile-phones
It's not as if you've got a PC. Yet if Macs and iOS are more secure than Windows and Android by design, that doesn't mean that you can't or shouldn't play your part in protecting yourself. We're not going to go screaming about a boogeyman, we're never going to recommend security software like Kaspersky's, which caused us more problems than they were supposed to fix, but we are going to be practical.
Two different US Appeals courts issued two different rulings on privacy-related cases on Tuesday that together deal severe blows to the concept of personal and computer privacy. In Richmond, Virginia, the full Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, in an en banc ruling, voted 12-3 that authorities do not need a warrant to obtain location information based on cell phone location from carriers. In New York City, a bitterly-divided Second Circuit court ruled that the government can mirror hard drives for one criminal action, and preserve that data indefinitely for use in possible future criminal actions.
Following the recent sale of the Nokia name and feature phone business to manufacturing partner Foxconn, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has announced the layoffs of 1,850 employees -- mostly former Nokia workers in Finland -- and the "streamlining" of the company's smartphone business, which will involve "focusing our efforts where we have differentiation -- with enterprises that value security, manageability, and our Continuum capability," according to a release.
Oracle and Google laid out their closing arguments to the jury yesterday, in the latest lawsuit between the two companies over Google's use of Java in Android. Google maintained the use of Java APIs was transformative and counts as "fair use" for copyright purposes, while Oracle managed to sum up its entire argument into one short sentence, telling the jury "You don't take people's property and use it without permission."
AT&T is streamlining its device payment plans, switching from four different options for customers to pay for their smartphones to a selection of just two. Starting from June 9, the AT&T Next with Down Payment, Next 12, Next 18, and Next 24 plans will be replaced by a pair of plans, one confusingly called AT&T Next, and another which will offer an accelerated upgrade rate compared to Next called Next Every Year.
The latest research data from Gartner shows Apple's first year-over-year decline in iPhone sales coincided with a reduced share of the global smartphone market. Although the global smartphone market grew by just 3.9 percent year-over-year, Apple was notable for going backwards. Although holding its position as the number two smartphone maker in the world, its market share slid from 17.9 percent to 14.9 percent. Whatever the exact cause of the decline, Gartner's data shows that Apple is not immune to the increasing rise of Chinese smartphone makers.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE