Google, Amazon, and Microsoft are getting closer to the goal of complex natural spoken language interaction with computers while Apple's Siri seems to be lagging behind. But Apple may be in a position to leapfrog its competitors thanks to last year's VocalIQ purchase. That's assuming Apple can pull this off without without invading our privacy to mine personal data.
The patent holding company VirnetX has managed to score a string of wins in its ongoing fight with Apple over infringement claims. Most recently, the company won US$625 million in a February ruling, and now is asking the court to bump that up another $190 million and grant an injunction forcing Apple to turn off FaceTime and iMessage. Despite VirnetX's track record so far, however, it isn't likely the court will agree to shut down Apple's video and text chat services.
It took some time. Apple wasn't always happy with the technology of OLED displays. Now, Apple has had the advantage of learning how to put an OLED display into production in the Apple Watch. That technology won't be far behind in the future iPhones.
Remember that thing Disney pulled from Apple TV? Disney Infinity? It was seen as a black spot on Apple TV's reputation, but Disney canceled the entire project Tuesday, and announced it was exiting the console gaming market altogether. It turns out it was never about Apple TV.
Anonymous Web surfing, VPNs, TOR, and even falling victim to malware could soon be enough justification for the FBI to brand you a criminal. Proposed Federal court changes will give judges the authority to issue mass search and seizure warrants—including remotely hacking into computers anywhere—that include victims of crimes as well as suspects. The rule amendments are so broad sweeping they amount to court sanctioned mass surveillance.
As if cued to prove Carl Icahn's worries about Apple's business in China, the company lost a trademark battle with a bag maker over "IPHONE" in that country. A Chinese court ruled that even though Apple filed its trademark several years before Chinese company Xintong Tiandi did, Apple didn't start selling its iPhone until later, so whatevs. Bryan Chaffin explains.
The scuttlebutt on the internet is that the Apple Watch isn't selling very well. Add to that the voices of some people who haven't taken a liking to the Apple Watch, and one might fall into the trap of thinking that it's a failure. But it isn't, and Apple's wise choice to not reveal sales numbers and roll it out slowly is turning out to be incredibly clever. John Martellaro explains.
Touch ID is more of a convenience than a security feature, and the FBI made that perfectly clear by obtaining a court order forcing a suspect to put their finger on the touch sensor and unlock their iPhone. The order shows courts still view our finger prints as physical evidence even when they serve as biometric keys to unlock devices and decrypt data.
The FBI isn't going to share the hack it bought to get into Syed Farook's iPhone with Apple, which means the law enforcement agency is intentionally withholding a 0-day exploit that could potentially be discovered by other parties and used before a patch is released. The reasoning behind the decision is that the FBI doesn't know how the hack works, and therefore complying with the White House Vulnerabilities Equities Process (VEP) wouldn't reveal any useful information.
In every Apple earnings conference call with analysts, there are a range of questions from good to bad. Sometimes worse. And sometimes most of them are just bad. But in Tuesday's call for Apple's second fiscal quarter of 2016, two analysts stood out for Bryan Chaffin as the ones who asked both the best and and worst questions.
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