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Starting on Thursday, IBM workers will be able to choose between a MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or a PC when getting a new or updated workstation, according to a company-wide memo. Each machine will come preloaded with all necessary software, such as VPN and security tools, the company said. The memo remarked that IBM already has about 15,000 active Macs deployed through its bring-your-own-device program, but aims to deploy 50,000 MacBooks by the end of 2015. That number...
During the keynote presentation at its annual developers conference on Thursday, Google officially announced Google Photos, a new photo storage and backup service that offers unlimited storage for photos and videos. In the free tier, Google Photos will allow images up to 16 megapixels to be stored at full resolution. Photos taken in higher resolutions will be compressed, but Google says the image quality will not be affected. Videos, meanwhile, can be stored for free...
Seeking to connect everything around us, from household appliances to public parking meters, Google on Thursday announced Brillo, a low-level operating system that can run on a range of devices, as well as Weave, a communications layer that will allow devices to talk to one another. Based on the "lower levels of Android," Brillo is a small, flexible operating system that features just the basics needed for devices to share information. According to Google, it will...
The new 15-inch MacBook Pro has become the third Apple computer to ship with the ability to drive high-resolution 5K displays, but Apple's flagship 5K device -- the iMac with Retina 5K display --?continues to lack the popular target display mode feature. Apple revealed 5K support for the latest 15-inch MacBook Pro revision in a Thursday support document update. The company says its latest power-user laptop can drive Dell's UP2715K 27-inch 5K monitor when equipped with...
Todoist for iOS on Thursday updated with support for the Apple Watch, while notebook maker Moleskine launched a calendar app for both the iPhone and Watch, Timepage. Todoist for Apple Watch The Todoist Watch app, available to iPhone users, allows voice-based dictation of tasks and due dates, and access to all projects, task lists, labels and filters. It will also trigger reminders based on time and place, and notify users of new comments on shared tasks and projects....
Jony Ive -- appointed this week as Apple's first-ever Chief Design Officer -- has a long history of design work for Apple, stretching all the way back to a consulting role in the early 1990s. Before joining Apple, Ive was part of a London design firm called Tangerine, where he worked on a number of household products such as kitchen and bathroom appliances. One Tangerine client was Apple though, and Ive officially joined Apple in 1992, following work on the PowerBook...
Jawbone is suing rival fitness tracker maker Fitbit, accusing the latter of "systematically plundering" corporate secrets by hiring Jawbone workers who smuggled sensitive data before exiting the company. Jawbone's Up3. The case was filed Wednesday in the California State Court in San Francisco, according to the New York Times. In the complaint, Fitbit recruiters are alleged to have contact almost a third of Jawbone staff early in 2015. Some of the people who left are...
Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler will on Thursday propose subsidizing broadband Internet for poorer Americans, much in the way it currently subsidizes phone bills, officials with the agency said. Wheeler's proposal may involve giving people an option of phone service, Internet access, or a combination of the two, the officials told the New York Times. Any changes would modify the current Lifeline subsidy program, valued at $1.7 billion. Wheeler...
Mobile development services firm Urban Airship on Thursday released a study that found Android users are on average more than two times more responsive to push notifications than iOS device users. Source: Urban Airship Drawing from a data set of almost 3,000 apps and 100 billion push notifications sent out to 500 million users in 2014, Urban Airship sampled notification response rates for apps in the 90th, 50th and 10th percentiles, ranked respectively as high, medium...
Apple's efforts to have antitrust compliance monitor Michael Bromwich removed from oversight of its business were denied on Wednesday, as an appeals court said the iBooks operator lacked sufficient reasoning to have him replaced. In the decision, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York admitted that some of the actions made by Bromwich "give pause." But that wasn't enough to have him entirely removed from his oversight position, as noted by Reuters. Bromwich...
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