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September 20, 2012

iOS 6 will probably be on more devices than iOS 5 by Monday

  • 15 percent of all eligible devices have iOS 6 installed only 24 hours after its release. When you include the flood of iPhone 5’s that will be activated with iOS 6 tomorrow, the numbers are only going to go up.
  • 20 percent of all eligible devices didn’t have iOS 5 installed until five days after the iOS update’s release. Clearly, native YouTube and Google Maps apps weren’t all that important to fans of Apple. source
17:30 // 1 year ago
September 12, 2012

Tablet Domination: Tim Cook just showed the iPad market share and web traffic numbers. It’s pretty safe to say that Apple has the tablet market on-lock at this point in time. (Photos via The Verge, Engadget) source

Check out our continuing iPhone 5 event coverage here

(Source: Engadget)

13:11 // 2 years ago
September 4, 2012

Hacker group leaks list of 1 million Apple device identifiers, says it’s from FBI

  • 12 million the number of Apple iOS device identifiers in the FBI’s custody, according to AntiSec
  • 1 million the number of device numbers AntiSec publicly leaked early Tuesday morning source

» Wait a sec … the FBI had them? Well, funny story about that. Back in March, the group says they gained access to a computer owned by an FBI official. Just by chance, they found a file on the agent’s desktop titled “NCFTA_iOS_devices_intel.csv” — a long list of 12 million UDID identifiers for iOS devices, along with a number of other pieces of personal info. AntiSec released just 1 million of the UDID numbers (which you can analyze here to see if you were nailed), but it’s worth keeping in mind that the odds may not be super-high of getting hit. There are 410 million iOS devices on the market, as of July. The problem for many is that the FBI reportedly had this info in the first place. What did they need it for, and why was it sitting on some dude’s desktop?

UPDATE: The FBI says that there is “no evidence” they had a file like the one described above.

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8:11 // 2 years ago
August 20, 2012
Today in things you literally cannot make up: Kenneth Kahn, better known as Kenny the Clown, unknowingly acquired Steve Jobs’ recently-burgled iPad, and after he used the iPad to buy the song — again, not making this up — “Smooth Criminal,” police showed up. ”If it wasn’t tragic, it would be comical,” Kahn — still not making this up — said. Kahn hasn’t been charged, but his longtime friend Kariem McFarlin, who gave Kahn the iPad as payback for $300 debt he was owed, has.

Today in things you literally cannot make up: Kenneth Kahn, better known as Kenny the Clown, unknowingly acquired Steve Jobs’ recently-burgled iPad, and after he used the iPad to buy the song — again, not making this up — “Smooth Criminal,” police showed up. ”If it wasn’t tragic, it would be comical,” Kahn — still not making this up — said. Kahn hasn’t been charged, but his longtime friend Kariem McFarlin, who gave Kahn the iPad as payback for $300 debt he was owed, has.

20:15 // 2 years ago
August 17, 2012
22:55 // 2 years ago
July 18, 2012
The earliest known iPad prototype: Here’s a bit of history that NetworkWorld surfaced as a result of the Apple/Samsung lawsuit — back in 2002, Apple was already working on tablet prototypes. (“I actually don’t know which model shop made this,” noted Jony Ive during testimony in the trial, “but I recognize this as a model that was produced during our exploration.”) Here’s what the prototype looked like. A couple interesting things: First, no buttons. Second, it looks like the monitor half of an old iBook. Third, it’s very thick compared to the current iPad models. But clearly, this was the iPad before all the rough edges were sanded off.

The earliest known iPad prototype: Here’s a bit of history that NetworkWorld surfaced as a result of the Apple/Samsung lawsuit — back in 2002, Apple was already working on tablet prototypes. (“I actually don’t know which model shop made this,” noted Jony Ive during testimony in the trial, “but I recognize this as a model that was produced during our exploration.”) Here’s what the prototype looked like. A couple interesting things: First, no buttons. Second, it looks like the monitor half of an old iBook. Third, it’s very thick compared to the current iPad models. But clearly, this was the iPad before all the rough edges were sanded off.

11:10 // 2 years ago
July 9, 2012
reuters:

Samsung Electronics defeated Apple in the latest spat in the rivals’ patent wars when a British judge ruled Samsung’s Galaxy tablets did not infringe the U.S. company’s designs for the iPad because they were “not as cool.”
In Monday’s High Court judgment Judge Colin Birss said that Samsung’s Galaxy tablets belonged to the same family as the Apple design when viewed from the front, but the Samsung products were “very thin, almost insubstantial members of that family with unusual details on the back.”
“They do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design. They are not as cool,” he said. “The overall impression produced is different.”
READ MORE: Samsung wins court case against Apple because it’s “not as cool”

Defeat disguised as victory.

reuters:

Samsung Electronics defeated Apple in the latest spat in the rivals’ patent wars when a British judge ruled Samsung’s Galaxy tablets did not infringe the U.S. company’s designs for the iPad because they were “not as cool.”

In Monday’s High Court judgment Judge Colin Birss said that Samsung’s Galaxy tablets belonged to the same family as the Apple design when viewed from the front, but the Samsung products were “very thin, almost insubstantial members of that family with unusual details on the back.”

“They do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design. They are not as cool,” he said. “The overall impression produced is different.”

READ MORE: Samsung wins court case against Apple because it’s “not as cool”

Defeat disguised as victory.

10:57 // 2 years ago
June 20, 2012
We never talked about him going back to Iran or anything like that. He was just speaking full-fledged Farsi and the representative came back and denied our sale. I would say if you’re trying to buy an iPhone, don’t tell them anything about Iran.
Atlanta resident Zack Jafarzadeh • Commenting on a recent trip to the Apple Store in Atlanta’s Perimeter Mall, when a friend wanted to purchase a new iPhone. Jafarzadeh’s story came to light after another Apple Store customer, University of Georgia student Sahar Sabet, contacted her local news station after being denied a new iPad for the same reason, citing State Department regulations and the fractured relations between the two countries. (She later got an apology after calling customer service.) Apple has not commented on the policy, or the story, at this time, though two Islamic-American groups have condemned the practice.  source (viafollow)
14:50 // 2 years ago
June 18, 2012

fastcompany:

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled a suite of Microsoft Surface products, including a signature tablet. The 9.3 mm Microsoft Surface tablet, powered by Windows 8, is a hair thinner than the 9.4 mm iPad 3, and its 10.6-inch display has a full inch on the iPad’s. The Surface’s two standout features are a full-sized, multitouch keyboard with trackpad that also doubles as the device’s case, and a built-in kickstand for hands-free use. It also includes a magnetized stylus that uses digital ink and a full-sized USB 2 port.

Watch the video->

A little torn on this. Granted, we tend to be reflexively anti-Microsoft at times, but this probably is the most-aggressive attempt to take on Apple we’ve seen yet, and it’s worth taking seriously. They took Apple’s biggest iPad weakness — the lack of physical keyboard — and banked the entire device on it. It’s a smart approach, but you know, it’s one that seems like it’d be simple for a Kickstarter to copy completely. It’ll be interesting to see how this affects third-party vendors, too. Either way, this seems like an attempt to take out the netbook — if they price it right, at least.

20:46 // 2 years ago
June 11, 2012
Here’s the full list of devices that will be compatible with iOS 6 when it releases this fall.

Here’s the full list of devices that will be compatible with iOS 6 when it releases this fall.

14:52 // 2 years ago