The Unofficial Apple Weblog Will Shut Down February 3rd

5:40 PM, Jan. 30th, 2015 · · News

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As part of AOL's reorganization, a few of the sites it runs are being closed. Joystiq and AOL Autos are ending, as is The Unofficial Apple Weblog. TUAW recently celebrated its 10th birthday, and former TUAW writer Kelly Guimont looks back at her time there.

Peri Duo Case for iPhone Marries Speaker, Battery, and Wi-Fi Audio

5:18 PM, Jan. 30th, 2015 · · News

Peri Duo Case

Bryan Chaffin met with the folks at Peri this week to check out their Duo Case. This device is an iPhone case with a built-in 2,500mAh battery for charging your iPhone. It also has two speakers built into the back of the case, making it the most portable of speakers. But what really got him excited is its support for Wi-Fi Audio, which sets this product apart.

iTunes gets OS X Yosemite Notification Widget

9:05 AM, Jan. 30th, 2015 · · News

Apple rolled out iTunes 12.1 on Thursday with a new feature just for OS X Yosemite users: a Notification Center widget. The widget lets iTunes users play and pause songs from their personal music library or from iTunes Radio, skip ahead, and purchase streaming songs from the iTunes Store.

Apple Tied Samsung for Global Smartphone Units in Q4

6:59 PM, Jan. 29th, 2015 · · News

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Apple is running neck and neck with Samsung in global smartphone sales. Though Samsung was once the king of smartphone numbers—though never the king of smartphone profits—Apple closed the gap in the December quarter, according to Strategy Analytics.

Wall Street Continues Apple Love Fest as $AAPL Closes at $118.90

6:14 PM, Jan. 29th, 2015 · · News

Shares of Apple Inc. ended Thursday at US$118.90 per share, just shy of its all-time closing high of $119.75 set on November 25th, 2014. Investors continued to pile on the love for the company two after its December quarter earnings report, giving the company a market capitalization of $692.6 billion.

China Demands Back Door into Computers, Software

2:13 PM, Jan. 29th, 2015 · · News

Tech companies hoping to sell computers, smartphones, tablets, and software in China are facing some serious hurdles now that the country is demanding they build back doors into their products, comply with invasive audits, and hand over proprietary and secret source code. The Chinese government is justifying the move by saying it's necessary to ensure western countries aren't spying through technology, but it may also be a ploy to push those companies out in favor of in-country tech makers.

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China wants hardware and software back doors to access our private and encrypted data, as does the United States and United Kingdom. This is bad for consumers, and won't likely end well.

FCC Says Hotels Can’t Block Personal Hotspots

11:09 AM, Jan. 29th, 2015 · · News

Hotels were handed a bucket of disappointment this week when the Federal Communications Commission made it clear that blocking personal hotspots is against the law, and doing so could lead to hefty fines. The FCC also said its warning extends beyond hotels to other businesses, too, which should cut down on places intentionally interfering with hotspot signals.

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Intentionally blocking our hotspots is a sleazy act for hotels, and then telling us it's for our own good is just salt in the wound. Seeing a very clear and strong statement from the FCC saying that's against the law is great.

Apple Remembers Remote Desktop Exists, Releases Yosemite Update

9:27 AM, Jan. 29th, 2015 · · News

Apple released Apple Remote Desktop 3.8 on Wednesday, the first update for the remote Mac administration app in more than a year. The update improved OS X Yosemite compatibility, refreshed the user interface, and more.

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Apple still supports ARD? We thought they forgot about it since its last update was pretty much just an OS X Mavericks compatibility release.

Apple Blocks Flash on the Mac Following Major Security Exploit

7:52 PM, Jan. 27th, 2015 · · News

Apple has updated its Flash Player blacklist again, this time blocking versions lower than 16.0.0.296 and 13.0.0.264. The move follows a zero-day exploit currently targeting Windows PCs that could also potentially go after Macs, too.

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If you don't need Flash Player on your Mac, don't install it. Flash is an ongoing security headache that doesn't seem to be improving despite Adobe's constant updates.