Connecticut AG Questions Apple Watch Privacy

10:07 AM, Sep. 16th, 2014 · · News

Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen is asking Apple to detail just how the Apple Watch will safeguard user's privacy because the smartwatch will be able to collect and store health-related data. Mr. Jepsen sent Apple CEO Tim Cook a letter on Monday posing his questions and asking for a meeting to discuss his concerns.

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Personal privacy is a serious concern, especially when our health is involved. Mr. Jensen's questions don't seem out of line, and considering Apple's ongoing push for privacy, and the company's assertion that it doesn't want to collect and store personal data, it's likely he'll like the answers he gets.

Apple: iPhone 6 NFC Just for Apple Pay

9:11 AM, Sep. 16th, 2014 · · News

The NFC chip in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be used only for Apple Pay, making it hands-off for third party developers. That means other uses, like proximity-based device pairing, is off the table for now.

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It's unfortunate Apple chose to block third-party developers from using the NFC chip in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The chip could be used for much more than just credit card payments, so we're keeping our fingers crossed that Apple will open NFC to other developers at some point.

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Privacy: Follow the Money

8:29 PM, Sep. 15th, 2014 · · News

Tim Cook on Charlie Rose

Apple CEO Tim Cook has some advice for those concerned about privacy and your data: follow the money. In an interview with Charlie Rose posted to YouTube on Monday (embedded below the fold), Mr. Cook made an impassioned argument that Apple makes its profit from selling goods, rather than selling you.

Apple Offers U2 Removal Tool for People Angry about Free Album

6:08 PM, Sep. 15th, 2014 · · News

Songs of Innocence

Apple on Monday released SOI Removal, a one-click tool for removing Songs of Innocence, the free U2 album the company gave its customers. This was necessary, apparently, because a vocal number of entitled, narcissistic gits found whinging about free music easier than ignoring it, hiding it, or...gasp...not downloading it.

Stanford, Duke University Start Apple HealthKit Patient Trials

4:52 PM, Sep. 15th, 2014 · · News

Stanford University Hospital and Duke University are both ramping up for patient trials for Apple's HealthKit platform in iOS 8, and they're working with medical device makers to link health data into HealthKit so it can be transmitted to doctors. Stanford is testing HealthKit-based technology with pediatric patients who suffer from Type 1 diabetes, and Duke University is tracking weight and blood pressure for cancer and heart disease patients.

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Hospitals and major health clinics tend to move relatively slowly when adopting new technology to make sure it's safe and accurate, so don't expect to see HealthKit become an overnight success. That said, if Apple can keep the interest of medical centers associated with big names like Stanford and Duke, it could become the name in remote personal medical data collection.

iPhone 6 Pre-orders Showing Week-long Shipping Delay

9:48 AM, Sep. 15th, 2014 · · News

Apple's new iPhone 6 pre-orders have slipped from delivering on September 19 to a seven to ten day shipping delay. The delay means anyone who didn't manage to pre-order their iPhone 6 before inventory ran out will have to wait about a week before seeing theirs, or stand in line this Friday morning at an Apple Store or one of the company's retail partners.

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It sounds like Apple built up a bigger pre-launch inventory than it had available for earlier iPhone launches, and yet there weren't enough to handle all the pre-orders. You don't see this level of interest for new Samsung or Microsoft smartphone launches.

iPhone 6, 6 Plus Pre-orders Top 4 Million in First Day

8:46 AM, Sep. 15th, 2014 · · News

Pre-order sales for Apple's brand new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus topped 4 million during on their first day of availability last Friday. Apple said its first day pre-orders set a new record ahead of this Friday's official in-store launch, and exceeded the company's pre-order inventory.

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Apple managed to score another record breaker for iPhone sales with last Friday's pre-orders, and if that's any indication, we'll likely see long lines for early adopter sales this Friday at the company's retail locations. There's a chance we'll see fast inventory sellouts, too, especially for the larger screen iPhone 6 Plus.

Apple Says iPhone 6 Pre-orders Hit Record Numbers

8:10 PM, Sep. 12th, 2014 · · News

Despite getting off to a rocky start, pre-orders for Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus hit record numbers on Friday. The company isn't saying just how many smartphones it sold, but anyone wanting the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will see shipping delays of about a week, and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus is showing even longer delays.

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Interest in the new iPhone models is clearly high considering Apple and its carrier partners are pleased with first day pre-order activity. So much for interest in the iPhone is fading.

AT&T Supporting Wi-Fi Calling Eventually

6:27 PM, Sep. 12th, 2014 · · News

AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega has announced that AT&T will support Wi-Fi calling (announced as a feature of iOS 8) sometime in 2015, even though it's not really necessary due to the great reach and reliability of the AT&T network.

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AT&T says their network is so awesome nobody needs Wi-Fi calling anyway. That's cute.