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AT&T has announced that its Modio case for the iPad mini, which adds LTE support to otherwise Wi-Fi-only models, will ship on March 20 and cost $50 with a two-year data plan. Buyers can also pick it up on an installment plan, costing $10 per month for 20 months; under any circumstance, adding it to a new or existing Mobile Share Value plan is $10 per month. The case can also be bought outright for $200. That is, however, $70 more than the difference between Wi-Fi- and...
A newly-discovered flaw in some implementations of cryptographic protocols SSL and TLS -- including those used by Apple's Safari and Google's Android AOSP browsers -- could allow an attacker to force clients to use older, weaker encryption that would make it significantly easier to intercept secure communications. Dubbed the "FREAK" attack, for "Factoring RSA Export Keys," the exploit relies on long-deprecated "export grade" encryption support mandated by the NSA...
A trio of important app updates were released onto the iOS App Store Wednesday, adding a new Pro service for BitTorrent's Sync file sharing, interface refinements for Sonos Controller on iOS, and bill reminders for Intuit's iOS budget tracker, Mint. BitTorrent Sync goes Pro BitTorrent Sync for iOS was updated Tuesday to version 2.0. Some improvements include redesigned desktop and mobile interfaces, a new certificate-based security system, and features such as the...
Apple is building an annex to San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center, where the company is expected to further detail Apple Watch at a special event next week, fueling speculation that the construction will yield a large demonstration area for attendees. Construction of the makeshift expansion began late last week, though the exact purpose of the build is unknown as workers have since erected barriers and covered the area with white cloth. It appears that Apple is...
Following months of pressure from service workers advocacy groups, Apple is set to end its reliance on external security vendors and will begin hiring security personnel as full-time employees, entitling them to many of the same benefits granted to other Apple workers. "We will be hiring a large number of full-time people to handle our day-to-day security needs," an Apple spokesperson told the San Jose Mercury News. "We hope that virtually all of these positions will...
This year's SXSW festival in Austin, Tex., will feature more than a thousand iBeacon transmitters onsite, allowing attendees to receive timely, location-specific messages and the ability to connect with others. iBeacons debuted at SXSW 2014 in a limited fashion, but for this year's event the festival is ramping up their use. Relying on Bluetooth Low Energy, the Gimbal-built iBeacons will provide attendees with a view of others in the vicinity, making it easier for...
Koenigsegg, a Swedish supercar maker which sells some of the most expensive vehicles on Earth, has joined the list of auto manufacturers offering support for Apple's CarPlay standard via the Regera, a new car unveiled today at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland. The vehicle is Koenigsegg's first hybrid. While powered primarily by 5-litre V8 gas engine rated at 1,085 break horsepower, three electric motors provide an additional 697 bhp, giving the car a total...
As the automotive glitterati descends on Switzerland for the first industry powwow since rumors of an Apple Car began swirling, executives from some of the world's largest automakers have opened up about the possibility of counting the iPhone maker as a competitor. "Apple has credibility and much more capacity to finance itself than any car producer, but I wouldn't underestimate the ability of the car industry to respond and adapt to the provocation," Fiat Chrysler...
Google is poised to lose billions in annual revenue if Apple does not renew a deal making Google the default search engine in iOS, according to a new memo by analysts at UBS, which attempts to predict the real-world impact of such a decision. An existing search deal is due to expire this year, and Google investors are reportedly worried that Apple will reject a new one. In a research note to investors obtained by AppleInsider, UBS estimates that Google will generate...
Squeezed at the high-end of the market by Apple, and also at the low-end by cheaper Chinese alternatives, Samsung saw its share of the total smartphone market shrink in 2014, even as overall smartphone shipments grew to new heights. Chart data via Gartner. Samsung's share dropped from 30.9 percent of total smartphone shipments in 2013 to 24.7 percent in 2014, according to new data released by Gartner on Tuesday. Total unit sales for the South Korean electronics maker...
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