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Firefox Not Coming to iOS Confirms Sullivan

hypnosec (2231454) writes | about a year and a half ago

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hypnosec (2231454) writes "Jay Sullivan, Mozilla’s VP of Product, has revealed that the non-for-profit organization is not going to build an iOS version of its Firefox web browser as long as Apple doesn’t mend its unfriendly ways towards third party browsers. Speaking at SXSW in a mobile browser wars panel Sullivan said that Mozilla is neither building nor planning to build a Firefox version for Apple’s iOS. Mozilla pulled Firefox Home from the App Store back in September 2012 following Apple’s not so accommodating attitude."
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Apple and Intel discussing partnership regarding A-series processor production

Anonymous Coward writes | about a year and a half ago

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An anonymous reader writes "Apple has for a while now been in a thorny predicament given its relationship with Samsung. On one hand, Samsung supplies all of the processors that power Apple's wildly profitable lineup of iOS devices. And yet, on the other hand, Samsung has quickly emerged as Apple's chief competitor in the smartphone space. What's more, Apple has accused Samsung of "slavishly copying" Apple's own products and innovations instead of coming up with its own. Consequently, the two companies are currently engaged in a slew of intellectual property lawsuits across the globe.

That said, it's no secret that Apple is actively seeking to lessen its reliance on Samsung. It's been rumored for a while that Apple is hoping to move its AX processor production to TSMC sometime in the near future. And now comes a report that Apple has also engaged in discussions with Intel whereby they would become a significant supplier of Apple's A-series processors."

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Apple Patent Describes iTunes Reselling and Loaning System

Anonymous Coward writes | about a year and a half ago

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An anonymous reader writes "An Apple patent granted on 7 March details a system allowing customers to resell iTunes and iBooks content to other users at a reduced price, or to loan the content temporarily for free. Such a system could pave the way for second hand content being made available on iTunes for a discounted price."
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Gnome Founder Miguel de Icaza Moves To Mac

TrueSatan (1709878) writes | about a year and a half ago

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TrueSatan (1709878) writes "Miguel de Icaza, via his blog, has declared his intention to move to the Apple Mac platform stating his main reasons as being, "To me, the fragmentation of Linux as a platform, the multiple incompatible distros, and the incompatibilities across versions of the same distro were my Three Mile Island/Chernobyl."

Reaction to his announcement includes http://blogs.kde.org/2013/03/05/gnome-founder-leaves from Jonathan Riddell of Blue Systems/Kubuntu.

Given Miguel de Icaza past asociation with Microsoft (CodePlex Foundation) and the Free Software Foundation's founder Richard Stallman's description of de Icaza as a "traitor to the free software community" http://www.osnews.com/story/22225/RMS_De_Icaza_Traitor_to_Free_Software_Community this might be seen as more of a blow to Microsoft than to GNU/Linux."

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Ferarri and Apple are in talks to expand cooperation on in-car entertainment

Anonymous Coward writes | about a year and a half ago

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An anonymous reader writes "Ferarri chairman Luca Cordero Montezemolo said today that Ferrari and Apple will be exploring ways to expand upon their partnership in the next few months. No no, don't expect Apple to release an iCar anytime soon — though Phil Schiller did reveal a few months ago Apple did toss the idea around at one point. But what you can expect is to see more iOS integration in Ferarri automobiles in the future.

As for iOS integration, Ferrari also announced that its four-seater FF couple will "now seamlessly integrate with Apple technologies thanks to direct access to the infotainment system via SIRI voice commands and the adoption of two iPad Minis as the entertainment system of choice for the rear seat passengers.""

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0install reaches 2.0

tal197 (144614) writes | about a year and a half ago

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tal197 (144614) writes "Zero Install, the decentralized cross-platform software installation system, announced 0install 2.0 today after 2 years in development. 0install allows authors to publish directly from their own web-sites, while supporting familiar features such as shared libraries, automatic updates, dependency handling and digital signatures. With more than one thousand packages now available, is this finally a viable platform?"

iWatch may be a $6 billion opportunity for Apple

Anonymous Coward writes | about a year and a half ago

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An anonymous reader writes "Despite a report from late last week claiming that Corning's flexible "Willow Glass" won't appear in mainstream products for another 3 years, it's now being reported that that Apple's rumored iWatch may launch as soon as this year.

While watches may not be as sexy a product category as, say, HD Televisions, Citigroup analyst Oliver Chen relays that watches may actually be a more lucrative market for Apple.

While TV's obviously sell for a lot more money, the HDTV industry is notorious for razor thin margins. Watches, in contrast, can generate gross margins at upwards of 60%, a figure which is much more in line with Apple's current product lineup than the single digit margins often associated with HDTVs. All told, the watch market may be a a $6 billion opportunity for Apple to grab ahold of."

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Did Steve Jobs Pick The Wrong Tablet Size?

Anonymous Coward writes | about a year and a half ago

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An anonymous reader writes "During the 2010 Christmas shopping season, Steve Jobs famously dissed the 7 inch tablets being rolled out by competitors, including Samsung's Galaxy, as being "tweeners: too big to compete with a smartphone and too small to compete with the [9.7 inch diagonal] iPad", adding that "the current crop of 7-inch tablets are going to be DOA — dead on arrival." A year later Jobs was dead, and the iPad Mini, with a 7.9 inch diagonal screen, was rolled out under his successor Tim Cook in October, 2012. Looking at industry-wide tablet sales numbers for January 2013, which show that the iPad Mini surprisingly outsold its larger sibling by a substantial margin (as did 7 inch Android tablets from competitors), Motley Fool's Evan Niu thinks that the 7.9 inch form factor was the correct size all alone, contrary to Jobs' pronoucements (which of course was partly marketing bluster — but he chose the larger size in the first place). Of course the Mini is cheaper, but not by much — $329 vs. $399 for the larger iPad, for the baseline model with WiFi only and 16KB storage. Had Apple introduced the iPad with the smaller size to begin with, Niu argues, competitors would have faced a much difficult task grabbing market share. While the Mini is currently available only with "Super VGA" resolution (1024x768), rumors are afloat that Minis with the Retina display (2048x1536) are close to production."

Conflicted Judges Are Classier With English Accents

Anonymous Coward writes | about a year and a half ago

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An anonymous reader writes "Remember The Right Honourable Professor Sir Robin Jacob, Retired Lord Justice, who staged a temporary comeback on the bench of the England and Wales Court of Appeals last fall, required Apple to publicly retract its claims that Samsung copied the iPad and imposed sanctions on Cupertino when he concluded Tim Cook's lawyers hadn't fully complied? These days he made worldwide headline news again because he signed up as a Samsung expert witness at the US International Trade Commission. Samsung says he was hired by its law firm, not the company, but the ITC filing says "Sir Robin Jacob working on behalf of Samsung". His clerk issued a statement according to which Sir Robin had no idea of Samsung's desire to hire him before January--two months after he gave Apple a blast. Leading legal blogs agree that there is no evidence any law was violated, but suspect that "the general issue of what engagements retired judges are permitted to accept will be very much up for discussion" and that this was "a less than savvy public relations move by Samsung" because it casts doubt on the widely-noticed ruling in its favor. As one of them puts it, in the UK you "never know if the judge might be looking for a new job", so you better "make sure [you] have fat rolls of cash spilling out of [your] pockets" in front of a UK judge."
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Steam For Linux Adoption Closes In On Mac

Anonymous Coward writes | about a year and a half ago

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An anonymous reader writes "Valve has just released its February, 2013 Steam Hardware & Software Survey, and the results are absolutely mind blowing. Linux is now standing strong as a legitimate gaming platform. It now represents 2.02% of all active Steam users."
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Why a good green tablet computer is hard to find

tsamsoniw (1731366) writes | about a year ago

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tsamsoniw writes "Green laptops and computers were all the rage not long ago, with hardware makers such as Apple and HP crowing each time they rolled out a new machine that earned an EPEAT Gold rating. Now, though, if you peruse the EPEAT registry for a green "tablet notebook," you'll come up with one listing: the Xplore iX104C5 DMSR. No iPad, no Surface, no Kindle, no Galaxy. So what gives? For starters, the Energy Star spec briefly covered tablets, but not anymore, which means no tablet can be slapped with an Energy Star or EPEAT sticker. Energy Star is working on a new spec that will likely include tablets, while EPEAT is working on new criteria as well. But also potentially problematic is that some vendors — particularly Apple and Microsoft — aren't designing their tablets to be easily repairable, as evidenced by iFixit's Tablet Repairability scorecard. (Dell, by contrast, is doing an admirable job.)"
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Microsoft stealthily pilots Mac Office and Office 365 accredidation program

tsamsoniw (1731366) writes | about a year ago

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tsamsoniw writes "Microsoft has launched a pilot program to train and accredit Apple techs and consultants on Office for Mac and Office 365, but you wouldn't know it from perusing the Microsoft website or even reaching out to the company's public relations team. The Microsoft Office for Mac Accredited Support Professional accreditation is real, though it's currently being pushed only by MacTech, an Apple technology journal that's hosting the program at various events this year. It points to growing acceptance and usage of Mac products in the business world."
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Hedge Fund manager shows how easy it is to manipulate shares of Apple

Anonymous Coward writes | about 2 years ago

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An anonymous reader writes "In early trading on Tuesday, shares of Apple dropped down to about $437 a share, the lowest Apple has traded at in over a year.

But a curious thing happened just about 3 hours into the trading day.

Hedge fund manager Doug Kass put a tweet teasing the idea that Apple was going to announce a stock split on Wednesday during the company's shareholder meeting.

Shortly thereafter, with Apple trading at $449, Kass put out another tweet saying that it's about time he sell off some of his Apple shares.

But just one hour later, as Kass continued to sell off his shares of Apple, he tweeted out that the rumor — which he effectively willed into existence — was baseless."

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When did you learn how to code?

coondoggie (973519) writes | about 2 years ago

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coondoggie writes ""I think everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer — because it teaches you how to think." --Steve Jobs

That's the introduction to a new video and a new organization, Code.org which describes itself as being a is a non-profit organization "devoted to the vision that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn how to code. We believe computer programming should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other science and math courses such as biology, chemistry and algebra.""

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iOS 6.1.3 Beta 2 Patches Atleast One Vulnerablity Used by Evasi0n Jailbreak

hypnosec (2231454) writes | about 2 years ago

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hypnosec (2231454) writes "Apple recently seeded iOS 6.1.3 beta 2 to developers and it seems the beta version patches at least one of the vulnerabilities used by evasi0n thereby rendering the jailbreak tool useless — the time zone settings vulnerability. Released on February 21, the iOS 6.1.3 beta 2 brings with it enhancements to Japan Maps as well as fixes the much hyped Lock Screen bug. It was speculated that Apple would also patch exploits that would break evasi0n as it has been over three weeks since the jailbreak tool has been launched and Apple has had enough time to study it. David Wang aka @planetbeing, has confirmed that iOS 6.1.3 beta 2 does patch one of the vulnerabilities that they exploited in their evasi0n tool."
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