Samsung Buys ‘Battery Pack Business’ for Electric Cars

10:40 PM, Feb. 23rd, 2015 · · News

Samsung Buys 'Battery Pack Business' for Electric Cars

Samsung announced Monday that it will acquire the "battery pack business" of Magna International, a major automotive supplier. The company said the purchase, "is expected to enhance Samsung SDI’s capabilities in batteries for electric vehicles by combining the company’s established leadership in battery cells and modules with Magna's expertise in battery packs."

White House Includes Apple Pay in Cybersecurity Initiative

5:30 PM, Feb. 23rd, 2015 · · News

Earlier in February, the White House held a Cybersecurity Summit to discuss online security and privacy. Afterward, information was released about actions the government would take, including integrating Apple Pay into federally issued debit and credit cards.

Moscow Woman Electrocuted in Bath while Charging iPhone

11:55 AM, Feb. 23rd, 2015 · · News

23 year old Yaroslav Dubinina was electrocuted earlier this month while surfing social networks on her iPhone in the bath tub in Moscow. The electrocution victim was charging her iPhone at the time, and her roommate found her with the phone sitting at the bottom of the tub still plugged in.

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Considering the charger didn't shut off when the iPhone hit the water, it's likely the victim was using a cheap knock-off that didn't have proper safety measures in place. Apple iPhone chargers may cost a little more, but that's more than outweighed by safety they offer compared to after market copies.

Apple Warns Developers Garbage Collection is Dead, Move to ARC

11:12 AM, Feb. 23rd, 2015 · · News

Apple has issued a warning to developers that it has deprecated the garbage collection feature used for memory management in favor of Automatic Reference Counting, or ARC. New Mac apps and app updates submitted to the Mac App Store starting in May will be required to use ARC.

Movie-themed Oscars iPad Ad Shot on an iPad

10:05 AM, Feb. 23rd, 2015 · · News

Apple premiered its newest iPad commercial during the Oscars Sunday night, and the ad showing high school students filming movies with iPads was shot on an iPad, too. Martin Scorsese provided a voice over extolling the importance of exploring our creativity, and like Apple's other iPhone and iPad ads, was more about empowering users than touting device features.

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A professional quality commercial shot entirely on iPads. That's really impressive.

Apple Investing €1.7B in European Renewable Energy Data Centers

8:58 AM, Feb. 23rd, 2015 · · News

Apple is planning on investing €1.7 billion into two new data centers in Europe scheduled to open some time in 2017. The facilities will be powered entirely by renewable energy and are set to be built in Denmark and Ireland.

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Apple is sticking with its plans to use renewable energy for its operations, which serves as an example for other tech industry businesses. The company has also committed to helping restore the ecosystem around its Ireland data center even though the damage was done long before the facility was planned. We need to see more companies following Apple's proactive lead on improving the environment.

Superfish Security Flaw Extends Beyond Lenovo

8:29 PM, Feb. 20th, 2015 · · News

Yesterday it was reported that Lenovo had installed software called Superfish that was supposed to allow Lenovo to snoop on browser sessions, even the secure ones, and add shopping suggestions. It turns out today the problem goes much further than just Lenovo.

Pebble Teases New Smartwatch Announcement for Next Week

4:12 PM, Feb. 20th, 2015 · · News

Pebble has something new up—or at the end of—its sleeve, and it's going to be unveiled on March 24. The smartwatch maker is now teasing the announcement with a countdown timer on its website, presumably for a new model that will roll out ahead of Apple's planned April release for the Apple Watch.

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With Apple Watch only weeks away, it seems likely Pebble is planning on announcing a new smartwatch model to better compete with Apple's offering.

Apple Plans to Offer First iOS 8 Public Beta in March

11:34 AM, Feb. 20th, 2015 · · News

Apple opened beta versions of OS X Yosemite to the public, and a new report claims the company is about to do the same for iOS on the iPhone and iPad. A public beta version of iOS 8.3 will reportedly be released in March, which will mark the first time Apple has given public access to upcoming versions of its mobile operating system.

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Trying out the iOS 8.3 beta sounds great, but may not be such an awesome plan if you're putting it on a mission-critical iOS device. Maybe try it on a spare iPhone or iPad instead.

Apple Reportedly Investing in Japan Display Factory for iPhone Screens

11:03 AM, Feb. 20th, 2015 · · News

Japan Display is reportedly building a new factory to meet demand for iPhone components, and Apple is said be investing heavily in the project. If true, the factory will come online some time in 2016.

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There isn't much to support the report the Japan Display factory report, but if it's true, that probably means fewer iPhone display orders for Sharp—and that most likely has Sharp really worried about its relationship with Apple.