The act of unlocking a smartphone was perfectly acceptable in the United States until January of last year, when an exemption in the Digital Millenium Copyright Act expired and thereby made the process illegal. All one had to do is look at the White House petition that gained over 100,000 signatures to realize how much consumer backlash ensued, but the issue was largely swept under the rug until recently… (more…)
It has been an interesting week for popular cross-platform messaging service WhatsApp. Just days after being acquired from Facebook for up to $19 billion, the app experienced its longest outage in years. The result was more than favorable for Telegram Messenger, which gained close to 5 million new users in the aftermath… (more…)
Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac reports that Apple’s ninth version of its Mac operating system, known as OS X Mavericks, or 10.9 will be released by the end of October. 10.9, which includes Apple maps and iBooks integration and several new power user enhancements, was first shown of June of this year at WWDC13. Mavericks has been in beta since then and Apple has seeded at least 7 developer previews of its new operating system. Gurman, who has been reputable in the past, reports that Apple is focusing on launching the redesigned iOS 7 as early as possible. (more…)
The message we want to deliver is that right now, the Apple review process is mostly doing a static analysis of the app, which we say is not sufficient because dynamically generated logic cannot be very easily seen.
Security researchers have discovered that Apple only runs apps for a few seconds during the review process. With malware on the rise, developers can easily hide malicious code under Apple’s nose. And the researches did just so. With over 900,000 iPhone and 375,000 iPad apps on the App Store, you can’t expect Apple to review every app, can you?
Incidentally beta 6 was a minor update weighing in at just 13 MB, and was seemingly only seeded to fix iTunes in the Cloud purchases. BGR reports this morning that beta 7 is going to drop today and will be the final beta before the GM, which is likely to be seeded at Apple’s next event on September 10th.
Last week, Apple released an emergency bug patch that the company referred to as iOS 7 beta 6, though Apple had actually planned on sticking to its regular release schedule with a different update called beta 6 today. We are told by our trusted sources that Apple has once again seeded a new build of iOS 7 to partners, and that it should be released to developers later today.
If Apple does seed beta 7 today, it’ll likely be at 1 PM EST. We’ll keep you updated. What do you think? Is iOS 7 even close to a public release yet?
The ill-begotten Steve Jobs’ biopic has just been released in theaters. This movie takes place between Apple’s start up years in the 1970s all the way to the introduction of the first iPod in 2001. You can watch the following trailer or perhaps you’ll maybe just want to read the book instead. Ashton Kutcher is featured as Steve Jobs while Josh Gad plays Steve “Woz” Wozniak. The film is just over two hours long and it is rated PG-13.
You can read The Verge’s review here.
Jobs is a point-A-to-point-B story about a uniquely innovative thinker and ruthless businessman — one that had a notable and meaningful impact on the world. It’s a good film, but it’s also very “safe” — a familiar story that doesn’t try for a bigger picture. It’s not destined to be the Great Jobs Biopic — and yes, there will be many in the years and decades to come — but it’s worth taking a chance on for Kutcher’s performance.
With just over one week remaining until Google Reader shuts down for good, AOL has been busy working on its own alternative to the ill-fated reading platform. AOL Reader, with a tagline of “all your favorite websites, in one place,” will launch on Monday as a private beta, featuring a customizable layout, automatic importing and exporting of RSS feeds, and a public API for developers. (more…)
Yahoo announced on Thursday morning that it had officially closed its acquisition of Tumblr, the massive blogging network with more than 110 million registered users. Yahoo reiterated that Tumblr will continue to operate as a separate, standalone business led by current CEO David Karp.
Yahoo is now the legal guardian of Tumblr. How do you feel about this acquisition?
Microsoft co-founder and leading philanthropist Bill Gates has reclaimed his position as the world’s richest man, despite having donated over $28 billion to charities through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The resurgence of Gates as the world’s richest individual is the result of Microsoft shares posting gains of 28 percent on the stock market this year, as his 6.3 percent stake in the corporation makes him the largest individual shareholder.
Gates has an estimated worth of $72.7 billion, which gives the Microsoft chairman the number-one spot on the Billboard Billionaires Index for the first time since 2007. Mexican investor Carlos Slim, who saw his shares of America Movil decline 14 percent this year, was the most recent titleholder of “world’s richest man,” and now sits in second. American businessman Warren Buffett is third-richest with $59.7 billion.