NSA Reportedly Exploited Heartbleed for 2 Years, but NSA Denies

5:47 PM, Apr. 11th, 2014 · · Analysis

When system administrators scrambled earlier this week to patch a serious security flaw in the SSL protocol, they assumed it was to protect against hackers and criminals from gathering user names, passwords, and other pieces of sensitive data on the Interent. News surfaced on Friday afternoon, however, that said the NSA knew about the flaw almost as soon as it was introduced into OpenSSL, and had been exploiting it ever since -- a point the NSA flat-out denies.

Shakeup Cements Jony Ive’s Control Over Apple’s Software Design

6:41 PM, Apr. 9th, 2014 · · Analysis

King Jony Ive

Apple CEO Tim Cook has reportedly initiated another management shakeup at Apple in a change that will soon leave Sir Jony Ive firmly in charge of Apple's software design. Apple Human Interface Vice President Greg Christie is reportedly departing the company, and Sir Jony will completely subsume control over Apple's software design group.

Dealing with Heartbleed: What You Need to Know

10:49 AM, Apr. 9th, 2014 · · Analysis

Heartbleed is a security flaw in OpenSSL, which is the system used to ensure the security of nearly half the websites on the Internet. The flaw gives hackers the ability to gain the security keys that keep the information passing between your Web browser and online servers encrypted, which could let them decrypt information you're expecting to remain secure -- including user names, passwords, and credit card numbers -- and even pose as legit servers. That sounds pretty ominous, so we sorted out what that means for you.

Apple Reportedly Cements iWatch Suppliers for Q3 Intro

6:45 PM, Apr. 8th, 2014 · · Analysis

The Apple Crystal Ball

Gird your loins, because it's time for more iWatch rumors: Economic Daily News of Taiwan is claiming to have a finalized list of suppliers for Apple's iWatch with terms that include August delivery for components for a Q3 introduction. The report also claims Apple is targeting production of 65 million units for 2014 alone, but take that one with a huge grain of salt.

Apple’s Incoming Retail Chief to Be Named Dame of the British Empire

6:34 PM, Apr. 7th, 2014 · · Analysis

Angela Ahrendts

Angela Ahrendts, the outgoing CEO of fashion retailer Burberry and the incoming head of Apple's worldwide retail operations, is set to be named a Dame of the British Empire. UK newspaper The Daily Mail reported that Ms. Ahrendts will be so named in a "low key" ceremony, and that she is believed to be starting her gig at Apple this month.

Google Updates Gmail with More User Snooping

7:20 PM, Apr. 4th, 2014 · · Analysis

Yeah...this.

Like a lot of Google moves, this sounds fine at first, but after a little consideration it turns out to only be in Google's best interests. Please fetch me my fainting couch.

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Spec Shootout: Fire TV vs Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast

9:45 AM, Apr. 4th, 2014 · · Analysis

Shootout

Amazon announced the Fire TV this week, and on paper it’s quite far ahead of it’s competitors. The online retailer posted a comparison chart for the Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku 3, and Chromecast, but it's a chart that has been spun, and heavily. We thought it would be more useful to people if we broke it down in ways that make sense.

Apple Will Need to Up Its TV Game to Compete with Amazon Fire TV

5:52 PM, Apr. 3rd, 2014 · · Analysis

Amazon Fire TV

Amazon announced the Fire TV on Wednesday, and once again Amazon has taken aim at Apple and come out swinging. It’s another box to hook up to the telly, but this one offers a lot. Many consumers will find it compelling, and that means Apple should pay attention.