Steve Ballmer Quits Microsoft’s Board, Will Focus on Clippers and Study

3:55 PM, Aug. 19th, 2014 · · News

Steve Ballmer, Clippers Owner

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced Tuesday that he was quitting the company's board of directors, effective immediately. In a letter to new CEO Satya Nadella published by Microsoft, Mr. Ballmer said he was leaving the board because he saw, "a combination of the Clippers, civic contribution, teaching and study taking a lot of time."

Shares of $AAPL Top $100, Flirt with Record Closing High

1:35 PM, Aug. 19th, 2014 · · News

$AAPL Chart

Shares of Apple Inc. topped US$100 in intra-day trading on Tuesday, trading as high as $100.525 per share in heavy volume. $AAPL's all-time closing high is $100.30 on a split-adjusted basis, set on September 19th, 2012. The stock briefly traded over $100 per share two days later, but this is the first time it has crossed that mark since.

Developer Portal Breach May have Forced Apple’s Gatekeeper Changes

11:02 AM, Aug. 19th, 2014 · · News

Changes to the Gatekeeper feature in OS X Mavericks designed to help protect users from malware and may be the result of a security breach Apple experienced through its Developer Portal. Developers first saw the change in the beta version of OS X 10.9.5, and if they haven't updated the digital signatures in their apps, end users will start seeing warnings saying those apps may not be trustworthy.

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Protecting users and developers from security risks is a hard job, and it isn't any secret that Apple's Developer Portal fell victim to attackers. It's possible the information the attackers made off with forced the company to change how Gatekeeper works to prevent similar attacks in the future.

iTunes Festival 2014 Adds Paolo Nutini, Lenny Kravitz, Elbow

10:13 AM, Aug. 19th, 2014 · · News

Apple's 2014 London iTunes Festival lineup just filled out a little more with Paolo Nutini, Lenny Kravitz, and Elbow all getting show dates. The annual music event includes 30 days of free concerts from big name artists at London's Roundhouse, but tickets are available only through a lottery system.

5 Great iPhone Accessories for Runners and Hikers

9:22 AM, Aug. 19th, 2014 · · News

Your iPhone probably goes pretty much everywhere with you, and that includes fitness-related activities like walking, running and hiking. That magical slab of glass and metal is already capable of tracking and logging what you're doing, but there are some great accessories and apps that can make your workout or leisurely stroll even better. Read on to see a few of Jeff's favorites.

China’s Xiaomi Is No Apple

6:30 PM, Aug. 18th, 2014 · · News

Bleh

China's Xiaomi. It's the Apple of China, or so some would have us believe. This company has been called China's Apple, and its CEO has been called China's Steve Jobs. It's a bunch of crap, of course, and this weekend Xiaomi demonstrated its commitment to proving it. Bryan Chaffin offers his thoughts on the subject.

Apple Wins Emmy for “Misunderstood” iPhone Ad

1:25 PM, Aug. 18th, 2014 · · News

Apple's holiday iPhone commercial, "Misunderstood," scored an Emmy award for best commercial. The beat out two Super Bowl ads from Budweiser, along with ads from Nike and GE.

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Apple's long standing partnership with TBWA has produced several award winning advertising campaigns. We'll see if Apple can keep that up now that it's bringing more of its advertising efforts in house.

Analyst: No Sapphire for iPhone 6 Display

10:40 AM, Aug. 18th, 2014 · · News

If you're hoping your next iPhone will include a sapphire glass display, you may be waiting another year. JP Morgan analyst Rod Hall says the cost of synthetic sapphire glass is still too high, and that Apple won't be able to get the price down to a reasonable level in time for this year's iPhone 6 launch.

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GTAT is already running at least 2,600 sapphire glass furnaces for Apple, and may well have a nice stockpile, too. That's a pretty compelling setup for sapphire displays on the iPhone this year instead of next year.

5.5-inch iPhone 6 Photos Surface, Along with Horrible Name

9:07 AM, Aug. 18th, 2014 · · News

Photos showing what are claimed to be components from a 5.5-inch version of the iPhone 6 have surfaced, although they don't exactly qualify as definitive proof that a super-size iPhone is on the way. The name that goes along with the big-screen model photos is a bit dubious, too: iPhone 6L.

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At this point, not seeing a 4.7-inch iPhone model this fall will be a big surprise. The rumored 5.5-inch model, however, still feels like a wild card.

Apple Adds 5 Vice Presidents to Leadership Page

6:41 PM, Aug. 15th, 2014 · · News

5 Additions to Apple's Leadership Page

Apple significantly expanded the ranks of executives featured on its leadership page Friday. That page previously featured Apple CEO Tim Cook and the company's nine senior vice presidents, but now features an additional five vice presidents, all of whom report to CEO Tim Cook.