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Attorney General Eric Holder is the latest government official to come down on new mobile OS security features from Apple and Google that make unlocking a smartphone nearly impossible, even for law enforcement agencies. During a speech in front of the Global Alliance Against Child Sexual Abuse Online on Tuesday, Holder criticized Apple's iOS 8 device encryption for essentially being too secure, saying officers who require access to an iPhone should have a way in,...
A report on Tuesday claims PayPal was in the running to be a prominent partner in Apple's rollout of Apple Pay, but talks went south earlier this year after the payments company struck a similar partnership with Samsung. When Apple unveiled Apple Pay last month's iPhone 6 event, the company highlighted a number of bank and credit card firms working to integrate the technology with existing payment systems. Noticeably absent from the list was PayPal, a prime contender...
In the wake of the Apple Watch announcement, startup smartwatch maker Pebble has countered with a $50 price cut for its entry-level and high-end Steel model, while also adding new background tracking capabilities for exercise and sleep. Activity tracking applications from Misfit, Jawbone and Swim.com now work seamlessly in the background on all Pebble hardware. Users can view installed "Activity" apps and toggle their preferences in the Pebble Settings menu, and a...
Software behemoth Microsoft on Tuesday announced that its next-generation desktop operating system would not follow the numerical progression of its two predecessors -- which would have made it Windows 9 -- but will instead be called Windows 10. Microsoft executive Joe Belfiore demonstrates Windows 10. Photo courtesy of the Seattle Times. "Windows 10 represents the first step of a whole new generation of Windows," Microsoft operating systems chief Terry Myerson said...
Huge crowds --?and some of the world's most sought-after models --?greeted the Apple Watch during its Tuesday debut in Paris, as the wrist-worn device captivated the attention of the glitterati in town for Paris Fashion Week. The display was a strictly hands-off affair for the public, but Apple seems to have made some exceptions for some of its more high-profile fans. Supermodel Karlie Kloss Instagrammed a photo of herself wearing what appears to be the Apple Watch...
In a sign that the next-generation Mac operating system is near release to the public, Apple on Tuesday released a golden master candidate of OS X Yosemite to developers for testing. The OS X Yosemite GM Candidate is still labeled as a pre-release version of OS X Yosemite, but its identity as a golden master signifies that Apple believes the software could be the final version of OS X 10.10. It is identified as build 14A378a. A new, fourth public beta was also made...
With the Apple Watch set to debut in early 2015, a new rumor suggests the company plans to begin manufacturing its upcoming wearable device in January, and that Taiwan's Quanta Computer will exclusively handle that responsibility. Quanta is also said to be preparing for manufacturing by hiring new employees, with its total headcount to rise to 40,000 workers, according to Taiwan's Apple Daily. The alleged terms of the deal are said to prevent Quanta from partnering...
Bigger iPhone 6 screens are likely to result in a bigger upgrade cycle for Apple, in the eyes of Evercore Partners, which increased its price target to $125 on Tuesday and advised investors to buy in. Analyst Rob Cihra reiterated his "overweight" rating for AAPL stock in his latest research note to investors, a copy of which was provided to AppleInsider. He also increased his estimated iPhone sales for the September quarter to 39 million units, which would be a 15...
The Apple Watch has attracted some of fashion's biggest names to its one-day-only showing at Parisian boutique Colette, with industry icons like Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld turning up to get a look at Apple's long-awaited foray into the wearable device market. Source: Instagram user papasoey Wintour -- the infamous editor of Vogue and arguably the most powerful person in fashion -- and Chanel creative chief Lagerfeld were given a personal introduction to the Apple...
In an official preliminary finding published on Tuesday, the European Union's antitrust watchdog said it believes Apple is receiving special treatment from Ireland in the form of tax agreements, a situation that constitutes state aid and could therefore be viewed as illegal. Source: European Commission As outlined by the European Commission, Ireland's 1991 and 2007 tax deals with 100-percent Apple subsidiaries Apple Operations International, Apple Sales International...
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