Apple acquired two more companies in 2013, further adding to its mapping infrastructure by buying BroadMap. The company also purchased what seems to have been its favorite note-taking app, Catch, an Evernote competitor.
Two researchers have found a way to disable the green light on your Mac laptop that lets you know when the built-in camera is active, giving hackers a potential way to spy on you remotely. Just because it's possible, however, doesn't mean it's practical. In other words, there isn't much chance of your Mac being used to watch what you're doing without your knowledge.
You can't make up stuff that's this good: Samsung has reportedly hired a former Apple Store senior designer as it works towards a major expansion of its U.S. retail presence. This serves double duty in Samsung's Quixotic quest of being—or at least of having the perception of being—just as good as Apple.
Apple's 64-bit A7 processor was a blow to the corporate guts at Qualcomm, according to unnamed sources who spoke with Dan Lyons, the former BusinessWeek made famous as the Fake Steve Jobs. Those sources said that Apple's first-mover advancement with a 64-bit processor has thrown the industry into turmoil.
Another day, another iWatch rumor: a Chinese site reported that unspecified insider sources—presumably in Apple's supply chain—said that Apple will release the long-rumored iWatch in October of 2014. The report comes with caveats, however, as Apple has reportedly not settled on a screen size, and is struggling with the fight between battery life and battery size. Bryan Chaffin offers his thoughts on this rumor.
We know that Apple's new Mac Pro can drive three 4K displays. We also know that Apple has a keen interest in next generation television, and that may be reflected in an Ultra High Definition 4K TV set, not just a follow-on to the current Apple TV. So how do the two relate, if at all? John Martellaro ponders the situation.
Get ready for Applesoft, or maybe Micrapple, because one analyst thinks tech giants Apple and Microsoft will merge. Keith Fitz-Gerald from Money Map Press said the rivals will team up to compete with Google and its Android platform as well as Facebook, and they'll do it within five to ten years. Guess what? He's wrong.
Where in the world is former Apple golden boy Scott Forstall? Since his surprise termination in October of 2012, that's been the question on many Apple watchers' minds. According to The Information, Mr. Forstall has been traveling—Italy and South Africa—advising unspecified startups, and working on various philanthropic efforts.
The National Security Agency's data tracking and collection has gone too far according to several high profile tech companies that includes Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook, and they're calling for serious reform. The companies have teamed up to push for government surveillance reform around the world with an open letter to President Barak Obama, and they have a new website where anyone can see their proposed changes.
Apple has launched iBeacon—Bluetooth-powered stations that can communicate with iPhones and iPads. The feature allows Apple to guide customers and send information to their devices, but the bigger story is that Apple is proactively demonstrating why it never bothered to support near-field communications, or NFC.
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