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As expected, reviews for Apple's new iPhone lineup hit the Web on Tuesday, with most assessments being largely positive on hardware -- especially the 6 Plus' battery life-- but giving the nod to iOS 8 for keeping the handsets ahead of the competition. Re/code Walt Mossberg, who handled the iPhone 6 review for Re/code, called the handset "the best smartphone on the market, when you combine its hardware, all-new operating system, and the Apple ecosystem whose doors it...
After the second segment of a two-part Charlie Rose interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook aired on Monday, full versions of both are now available for streaming online. The two-part broadcast, filmed last week after Apple's iPhone 6 lineup reveal, is now up on the official Charlie Rose website, as well as the PBS host's Hulu channel. Both segments are free to stream. Over the course of nearly two hours, Cook discusses new products like the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus,...
Every new product Apple unveiled last week has ignited vocal, public derision from a series of threatened competitors, including Samsung, luxury watch maker LVMH and PayPal. However, their attempts to direct attention away from Apple may likely backfire, just like earlier attempts to demonize Siri, Maps, iCloud and Touch ID. PayPal: we will handle Apple Pay, so don't trust us Yesterday, online payment firm PayPal published a full page ad clearly implying that Apple Pay...
In a bid to secure its online consumer services, Apple on Tuesday activated two-factor authentication for iCloud.com access, allowing only basic access to Find My iPhone for those opted-in to the security layer. As seen in the screenshot above, the iCloud.com portal is now protected by Apple's two-step authentication system, which requires users to enter a dynamically generated code sent to a trusted device prior to gaining access to the service. Apple first tested...
With Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus seeing wide release later this week, the company on Tuesday published a reference guide aimed at helping Android device owners migrate content to the new handsets. Posted to Apple's Support Documents sub-site, the new page, titled "Move content from your Android phone to iPhone," takes current users of Google's mobile operating system through the steps necessary to move content like Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Photos and Documents...
Patent holding company VirnetX's infamous $368 million win over Apple --?which most notably resulted in changes to FaceTime that riled consumers --?has been thrown out by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit after review. The appellate court held that the initial trial was "tainted" after incorrect instructions were given to the jury and expert testimony that should have been barred was instead allowed, according to the Wall Street Journal. The case will...
Fitness tracking hardware and software firm Misfit on Tuesday announced Flash, a reworking of the company's Shine activity monitor designed for durability and a more attractive price of entry. According to Misfit, Flash is a complete reimagining of its original Shine activity monitor, which launched in 2013 as the company's first product. The new fitness monitor offers the same fitness and tracking capabilities as Shine, but at half the price. The most apparent...
Major U.S. banks are set to engage in an advertising dogfight --?designed to sway consumers' choice of their default Apple Pay card --?as they look to take advantage of the simple one-touch mobile payment flow found on Apple's next-generation iPhones to boost profits. "It's a healthy competition," JPMorgan Chase marketing chief Kristin Lemkau told the Financial Times. JPMorgan Chase launched Apple Pay-centered marketing campaigns on the same day as the service's...
In its quest to humanize computers and digital user interfaces, Apple has invented a physics-based GUI that assigns mass to files and folders based on their data size, allowing for novel, yet intuitive, user interactions. Source: USPTO The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Monday granted Apple U.S. Patent No. 8,839,150 for "Graphical objects that respond to touch or motion input," which describes a hybrid mobile operating system and corresponding graphical user...
According to a report on Monday, Apple is restricting developer access to the NFC module found in the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, limiting the component to first-party Apple Pay services only. While Apple's new iPhone 6 lineup is the first to incorporate near-field communications hardware, it seems the company will keep the component on lockdown as it makes an entrance into secure digital payments with Apple Pay. An Apple spokesperson told Cult of Mac that...
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