Apple Digs Deeper into Enterprise with Cisco Partnership

2 hours, 27 minutes ago · · News

Apple scores another enterprise-level mobile partner in Cisco deal

Apple is teaming up with Cisco to create what they're calling "a fast lane for iOS business users." The two companies are also working together to bring iPhone and iPad support to Cisco's video conferencing and online collaboration services, all of which will make Apple's mobile devices even more enticing to the enerprise business market.

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First an IBM partnership, and now Cisco. Apple really wants to own the corporate mobile device market.

Apple Hire Hints at Move into Augmented Reality

3 hours, 41 minutes ago · · News

Apple may be getting serious about augmented reality

Apple's recent hiring spree includes more than car experts; it also includes at least one augmented reality pro. Most recently, Apple hired Nick Thompson who had been Microsoft's lead audio hardware engineer for the HoloLens project.

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I was hoping Apple's next big thing would be space ships, but I guess augmented reality is OK, too.

T-Mobile gives Data Tethering Abusers the Smackdown

7 hours, 10 minutes ago · · News

Tethering abusers: Don't make T-Mobile angry

If you've been finding ways to work around T-Mobile's data tethering caps, get ready for a smackdown because company CEO John Legere is gunning for you. He said customers who find ways to work around the 7GB monthly tethering cap are stealing and that's going stop. About 3,000 people are being targeted, and will get bumped from their unlimited data plan to a capped entry level plan.

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T-Mobile is clearly making an example out of its most extreme tethering abusers, and the message the company is sending is clear: Play by the rules and we can all be friends; abuse the system and we'll go medieval on you.

New Rumor Two-tier Pricing for Apple TV

8 hours, 34 minutes ago · · News

New Apple TV model will get Siri support and native apps

When the price of Apple TV dropped to US$69 and added "starting at" to the streaming content device's webpage, Apple clearly telegraphed a higher priced model would be coming. Now a rumor claims that second model will be priced between $149 and $199, and is going to be introduced during the company's September 9 media event.

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Reports of a new Apple TV model that costs more and includes Siri voice control and an App Store isn't much of a surprise. When Apple changed the price of the third generation Apple TV to "starting at $69," it was all but confirming the higher priced model with more features was on the way.

Losing Ian Rogers Sucks for Apple and the Music Industry

4:33 PM, Aug. 28th, 2015 · · News

Apple Music's boss leaves in surprise move

Apple's man in charge of Apple Music, Ian Rogers, has left the company and the music industry, too. That's a big loss for Apple, and considering his influence on the digital music market, it's a big loss for everyone else, too.

Windows 10 Users Will Be Able to Watch Apple’s September 9 Event

6:00 PM, Aug. 27th, 2015 · · News

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Previously, Apple events, as they were streamed, were restricted to OS X and Safari 6 or later, iOS 7 or later or the Apple TV. Now, the September event will also be available to Windows 10 users with the Microsoft Edge browser. Is this a change of heart by Apple?  John Martellaro thinks not.

PayAnywhere Hops on the Apple Pay Bus

4:20 PM, Aug. 27th, 2015 · · News

Apple Pay gets another mobile payment partner

PayAnywhere is onboard with Apple Pay and will be launching its compatible mobile device credit card transaction reader in September. This should give independent merchants another option for joining in on the Apple Pay action, and give consumers more payment options when they're out on a spending spree.

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Once iPhone and Apple Watch users get a taste for Apple Pay they want to use it everywhere. With both PayAnywhere and Square on board we should have a much easier time paying our favorite street vendors and food carts without breaking out our wallets.

Apple’s Next Big iPhone Event is Happening September 9th, and Siri May Know Something

1:07 PM, Aug. 27th, 2015 · · News

apple siri give us a hint

Apple this morning issued press invitations for its next major event, which will be held Wednesday, September 9th at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. Expected announcments include updates to the iPhone, final details on iOS 9 and watchOS 2, and possibly the long-awaited unveiling of the revamped Apple TV and Apple's new online TV service.

Amazon Hangs Up on Fire Phone

11:53 AM, Aug. 27th, 2015 · · News

Amazon's Fire Phone lost its connection. Forever.

Amazon's grand adventure in the smartphone market was short lived and disappointing. The online retailer has laid off the team working on its Fire Phone, and has scaled back some of its other hardware projects, too.

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Fire Phone's failure isn't any surprise. Amazon focused on driving its own sales instead of enticing potential customers with a great smartphone that also happened to link to the company's online store. It's too bad smart engineers lost their jobs for designing exactly what the company wanted.

Another Reason to Update to iOS 8.4.1: Ins0mnia

9:22 AM, Aug. 27th, 2015 · · News

Stop procrastinating and install iOS 8.4.1. It has some seriously important security fixes.

Ins0mnia is a serious security flaw in iOS 8 that could let hackers run what appear to be legit apps in the background to steal user's data, and it's a perfect example of why updating to iOS 8.4.1 is so important. The vulnerability was patched in the update, but instead of letting iPhone and iPad owners know about the critical fixes, Apple focused only on making sure everyone new about Apple Music improvements.

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Apple is going only half way with its security updates. Patching security flaws is important, but so is letting users know so they'll install the updates.