Ireland Residents Critical of New €850M Apple Data Center

7:21 PM, Jun. 18th, 2015 · · News

Apple's planned Ireland data center meets with local resistance

Apple is ready to drop €850 million (about US$960 million) on a new data center in Athenry, Co Galway in Ireland, but local residents aren't pleased with the plan. Some residents think Apple is choosing the wrong location for its data center, plus they have concerns over power usage, noise, and traffic congestion.

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On one hand, it's important for residents to have a say in big changes to their community. On the other hand, Apple is bringing new jobs to the area, offering to make nice improvements, and isn't going to place a burden on the local power infrastructure. Hopefully there's a middle ground that makes the project mutually beneficial, otherwise Apple will simply go somewhere else.

Apple Watch Sales Estimates Hit 2.79M

1:59 PM, Jun. 18th, 2015 · · News

Apple Watch sales estimated at 2.79 million units so far

Apple has sold an estimated 2.79 million Apple Watches since it first went on sale about two months ago. Those sales will add up to some nice profits for Apple, especially since 20 percent of those include extra wrist bands that reportedly sport hefty margins.

600M Samsung Android Devices Open to Critical Security Threat

10:49 AM, Jun. 18th, 2015 · · News

Samsung follows Apple with major Galaxy smartphone security flaw

Not to be outdone by Apple and the XARA security threat, 600 million of Samsung's Android-based mobile devices are susceptible to a critical security flaw that could let attackers steal data and eavesdrop on phone calls and conversations. The flaw targets the version of the SwiftKey on-screen keyboard Samsung bundles with its smartphones, and there isn't any way for users to get rid of it.

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I could make another joke about Samsung going overboard with copying Apple again, but that feels too much like stealing candy from a baby.

Apple Watch Now Available in Apple Stores

9:01 AM, Jun. 18th, 2015 · · News

Apple Watch is now available for in store purchase

Apple's website isn't the only place where you can buy an Apple Watch. The company launched in store sales Thursday morning, finally giving customers shopping for a new smartwatch the opportunity for some instant gratification.

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Apple said in store sales were coming in June, and it's nice to see the company follow through on that promise. Looks like some of those inventory issues are finally under control.

Significant Security Hole in iOS and OS X Keychain Exposed

4:43 PM, Jun. 17th, 2015 · · News

Significant Security Hole in iOS and OS X Keychain Exposed

A significant security hole in iOS and OS X has been exposed by researchers from three universities a security hole that allows malware to access Keychain data from other apps. That means your login information and passwords could be compromised and captured. Bryan Chaffin explains.

Indy Labels Say Apple Music Terms Will Put them Out of Business

11:45 AM, Jun. 17th, 2015 · · News

Indy U.K. labels say Apple Music terms will put them out of business

Independent record labels in the U.K. aren't excited for Apple Music to launch, and have even gone so far as to say the contract terms will put them out of business. The labels are saying the three month free trial period for subscribers will cut so deep into their revenue stream that they won't be able to keep their doors open.

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Apple's post-trial terms may be enticing, but not enough to get U.K. independent labels on board with Apple Music. That means names like Adele and Arctic Monkeys won't be there, and plenty of other artists, too.

Apple Pulls Monster’s MFI Status Over Beats Lawsuit

9:54 AM, Jun. 17th, 2015 · · News

Apple kills Monster's MFI certification over Beats lawsuit

Monster can't make Apple-certified audio and video cables anymore now that the Mac and iPhone maker has pulled the company's MFI certification status. The decision, according to Monster's legal team, was in response to a lawsuit it filed against Beats Electronics—a company Apple now owns.

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Apple is within its rights to drop Monster from its MFI program, but it sure feels like a retribution move.

Interview: How to Write Secure Software, Guaranteed

1:30 PM, Jun. 16th, 2015 · · News

When a security snafu happens on the Internet that's due to a design or coding error, there's always a scramble to issue a fix. Meanwhile, the public frets. Galois, Inc is one of several companies that is developing the process of writing provably correct and secure software. John Martellaro interviewed the CEO to find out how they do it.

Public Beta Testers get New OS X 10.10.4 Version

11:06 AM, Jun. 16th, 2015 · · News

OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 gets a new public beta

Apple's latest beta version of OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 is out for developers and public testers, inching us ever closer to the official public release. For those keeping track at home, this release is numbered 14E36b.