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posted in September 2012
We show videos from three different organizations who did comparative drop tests of the new iPhone 5 versus the Samsung Galaxy S3. The pattern is clear: The iPhone 5 is an especially resilient phone and the Galaxy S3 breaks without a lot of provocation.
Acrobat XI will work better with cloud services and improve PDF support for phones and tablets, said Adobe Monday in announcing the next generation of its document creation and management tool.
In a letter posted to the company's web site, Apple CEO Tim Cook has apologized to customers for "the frustration" caused by the disappointing experience of Apple Maps on the iPhone 5 and iOS 6. The letter suggests that customers use alternatives such as Bing, MapQuest and Waze, or use Google or Nokia maps.
A marketing video with the first clear images of BlackBerry 10 devices, with and without the full QWERTY keyboard, were posted Thursday on Vimeo and then removed. The video lives on at other sites. Appearing in the video are celebrities such as Lady Gaga, J. K Rowling and Thorsten Heins. We also have some images of the BB10 phones taken by CrackBerry.com.
So you've installed iOS 6 or bought an iPhone 5, and Apple Maps is making you miserable? Join the club. While we wait for Google to release a Google Maps app for iOS 6, here's a simple workaround: Put a browser link to Google Maps on the Home page.
Everyone, even RIM, knows that time is running out and that in spite of what today's earnings announcement shows, if it has one last chance, it's with BlackBerry 10. What's really hard is that not only does RIM have to change to survive, it also has to stay the same, and that means keeping what people like about the BlackBerry: the keyboard. RIM won't get out of its hole by trying to out-iPhone Apple.
Perimeter E-Security will offer cloud-based mobile device management based on AirWatch to manage bring-your-own-device deployments. The system works with Perimeter's Exchange-based email security service.
How secure are Apple products like iMessage and FaceTime? We have no idea. The protocols in those products have never been documented or scrutinized by outside experts.
A researcher at a security conference in Berlin has shown how USSD codes can be used in cyber attacks against Samsung phones. The Galaxy S3, for instance, could have its SIM card wiped merely by browsing a malicious website.
So now access to FaceTime on one's current cellular data plan is a human right. Net neutrality proponents always played a weak hand, both legally and logically, and the controversy over AT&T and FaceTime on the iPhone and iPad just exposes further the vacuousness and arbitrariness of their positions.
The iPhone 5 sold by Verizon is unlocked, which means it can accept SIM cards from other carriers including AT&T. You still need to buy a Verizon data plan contract to get the phone at a discount, but after the plan is over you can change carriers easily.
iOS 6 might turn out to be a great product, but Apple has released it half-baked. The screwed-up Maps is only the most obvious, sometimes funny, example.
The iOS 6 update for iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S users is here! I threw caution to the wind and dove into the upgrade. I found some problems in Apple's new mapping app and experienced a big glitch with my home Wi-Fi. Here's what happened.
The potential applications for near field communications (NFC) are numerous and appealing. But now that Apple has decided not to put NFC in the iPhone 5, the rest of the world might hesitate. If it doesn't, and NFC becomes popular anyway, Apple could have a problem.
A Muslim hacker group claims responsibility for crashing the Bank of America website on Tuesday. The bank website and mobile access both were inaccessible for several hours.
It's easy to find bugs in software, especially considering today's exceedingly complex systems and their frequent interactions with each other. Still, I think computers work rather well, much better than in the Windows XP era. Now, if someone would just tell me what that "Other" space is on my iPhone.
Organizations running Windows XP might have a problem on their hands: Google is on the verge of ending support for Internet Explorer 8 in Google Apps, now known as Google Drive. This is the last version of IE on Windows XP.
Twitter's hiring of Charlie Miller could be a sign that the company is getting ready to produce a phone or something like it.
Award-winning hacker of the Mac and iPhone will join the security team at Twitter. Miller's most recent famous hack exploited a vulnerability in NFC support on Android devices.
Prediction: Apple will sell every iPhone 5 it makes just on good execution and the strength of the brand. But the new phone already lags the competition in many areas, and it will be a year before the next major refresh. The iPhone 5 is a good incremental update, but Apple has left a big opening for Android and Windows Phone.
There are no big surprises in the new iPhone, but many new and significant features. The screen is longer, but not wider, and movies and FaceTime look better thanks to improved HD support. Better audio and new earbuds round out the multimedia experience. The phone also supports LTE, and has a new--and incompatible--connector called Lightning.
I was walking by San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts this morning at 7:45AM local time. The Apple event, presumably announcing the new iPhone (possibly a.k.a. iPhone 5) is scheduled for 10AM local. The satellite trucks and camera people are in force already and some are already waiting in line. Here's a video of the scene.
Alex Baldwin might finally be able to play Words With Friends without being hassled. For over 20 years, airline passengers in the U.S. have been required to turn off personal electronic devices during takeoffs and landings. The evidence behind this ban was always thin and evidence against it is accumulating. Now the Federal Aviation Administration is seeking public comment on whether it should end the policy.
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation is increasingly pressuring Apple and Google for assistance in bypassing encryption on suspects' iPhones, iPads and Android smartphones and tablets.
Poor Windows Phone. All this time, nobody has paid much attention to it. That's about to change with the just-announced Nokia Lumia 920 running Windows Phone 8. It looks to be a top-notch phone that showcases the killer OS Microsoft has been planning all along.
Breaking an embargo on public dissemination, Chinese wholesalers on Alibaba are selling iPhone 5 cases.
What happens when Incase teams up with the Andy Warhol Foundation? The latest are MacBook, iPad, and iPhone sleeves that look like a box of Brillo pads.
The FBI has called claims that a database of iPhone/iPad IDs and personal info was hacked off one of its computers "TOTALLY FALSE".
Hacker group AntiSec released a file of a million and one UDIDs, which are unique IDs for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices. It claims to have hacked it off an FBI computer via a Java vulnerability.
A raft of touch-enabled Windows 8 tablets and hybrid notebook-tablets will be available when Windows 8 ships in October. Here's an unofficial list, including devices from Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Microsoft, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba.
The bigger screen in the impending iPhone 5 will cause problems for some apps. Many apps will have to be updated for the new size or they will end up looking bad.
Days away from the rumored formal release of the next-generation iPhone, two videos emerge apparently showing prototypes. The new phone is taller and slightly slimmer than an iPhone 4S and one video shows the new iPhone dock clearly.
Amazon.com is working on a low-price tablet partially supported by advertising, according to reports. The company uses a similar model with their basic Kindle reader, but this device would be a more complete Android tablet similar to the Kindle Fire.
Apple has filed an amended complaint in Federal Court in California against Samsung and now they're going after the cream of the company's current crop of mobile devices, including the Galaxy S III, the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet and the Galaxy Note phablet.