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Apple released an update to iOS 7 on Friday, bringing the mobile operating system to version 7.0.6. The maintenance release specifically addresses an issue dealing with SSL connection verification.
We have a dandy deal on a USB-to-Lightning iPhone/iPad charging cable for you today. It's an Apple-certified, 3.3 meter cable from Hipstreet for US$17.99. Compare that to Apple's 1 meter cable at $19 and its 2 meter cable for $29. If you're looking for a long Lightning cable, this is the best deal i've seen for a Made for iPhone-certified cable. This deal expires in two days.
Adobe has released yet-another emergency Flash update to address yet-another Zero-Day Exploit, a security hole that was not identified before it was exploited by the bad guys. Adobe is recommending Flash Player users to update to version 22.214.171.124 immediately.
The U.S. Postal Service plans to release a commemorative stamp honoring the late Steve Jobs in 2015, according to unnamed sources cited by The Washington Post. The stamp is still being designed (my mockup can be seen below), and it is one of 16 new stamps the USPS is planning.
Apple has filed plans to add yet another data center to its massive complex in Maiden, North Carolina. According to a local newspaper, Apple will add a second "tactical data center" to the facility with a new 14,246 square foot building that is 25 feet tall.
I found a Kickstarter project called King's Assembly that is pretty much scrambling my brains. It's a a keyboard, mouse, and joystick, all wrapped up into one. More importantly you never have to take your hands off to access all three functions at the same time. The keyboard is split in half, one half for each hand, and both halves have a palm rest that allows you to move them easily so you can control the mouse that's built into the bottom. Both halves also have a joystick you can manipulate with your thumb. This is someone thinking differently, and then some. I had to watch the video to get it. They've already raised $40,000 of a $20,000 goal, with 49 days left to go—folks are interested in this thing. There are multiple stretch goals, too, for increased functionality.
News flash: the traditional advertising industry and its clients are cranky about Apple's penchant for protecting its customers' privacy. After all, we, the people, exist merely to be marketed to, and Apple's refusal to slice and dice everything it knows about us is a major fly in the advertising ointment.
Look out kids, your parents are about to pretty much have your number. A company called BleepBleeps has launched a Kickstarter project for Sammy Screamer, the first of many devices designed to help parents monitor their young kids. Sammy Screamer is a movement sensor you control with your iPhone, iPad, or Android device. It's designed to scream when it moves, so you can hang it on a door, on your fridge, in a cookie jar, or anywhere else you want to watch without having to actually watch. That's pretty clever, and the company has already raised US$59,000, almost three times its goal of $20,000 with 16 days to go! There are still plenty of funding options that get you one of their first devices, so check it out.
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Guess which company owns the world's most valuable brand? Yawn. It's Apple. Again. For the third year in a row, according to Brand Finance. No one other company comes close, and this despite Apple's remarkably narrow product line.