Apple Releases iOS 8 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

1:02 PM, Sep. 17th, 2014 · · News

As promised, Apple released iOS 8 as a free upgrade on Wednesday, two days ahead of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch. iOS 8 adds new features such as Notification widgets, Health fitness tracking, support for third-party keyboards, and more.

Apple Adds App-Specific Password Support to iCloud

9:29 AM, Sep. 17th, 2014 · · News

Apple added two-step authentication support to iCloud on Tuesday, and also announced that app-specific passwords for the online service will be available starting on October 1. App-specific passwords will let users assign unique passwords to apps that need access to iCloud without having to hand over their primary login and potentially give full access to everything in their account.

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App-specific passwords will be a great way to help keep your iCloud data secure because third-party apps and services won't have your full login. If any are compromised, hackers will have access only to the content that app or service used, and if your Mac or iPhone is lost or stolen, you can revoke individual passwords to reduce the risk of someone getting at data you'd rather keep private.

Charlie Rose Posts Part 2 of Apple CEO Tim Cook Interview

8:02 PM, Sep. 16th, 2014 · · News

Tim Cook on the Charlie Rose Show

The Charlie Rose Show published the second part of Charlie Rose's interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook. In this section (embedded in the full article), Mr. Cook expanded on his thoughts on privacy, discussed human rights, the importance of diversity at Apple, and Apple's approach to human rights. Other topics include worker rights, what motivates Apple, and Mr. Cook's relationship with Bono.

Apple Pay Sparks Banks to Fight Over Consumer’s Default Credit Card Choice

11:55 AM, Sep. 16th, 2014 · · News

iOS 8's Apple Pay feature won't be available until some time in October, but that isn't stopping banks from firing up their marketing campaigns in hopes of becoming consumer's default credit card choice. Banks are seeing Apple Pay's NFC-based mobile payment system as a potential big win for them, and want to make sure they score the coveted default card spot on customer's new iPhone 6.

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If banks are fighting over the default card spot in Apple Pay, maybe there is a chance it could be the system that finally gives NFC-based payments the kickstart it needs to take off in the United States.

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.