Apple Rolls Out Lost iMessage Repair Tool

10:59 AM, Nov. 10th, 2014 · · News

Much to Apple's surprise, not everyone that buys an iPhone sticks with the platform, and that led to a problem where switchers never saw text messages from their friends who stayed with iOS. Apple has finally addressed the problem with a new Web-based utility that unlinks phone numbers from iMessage so you'll still see texts when switching to an Android or Windows smartphone.

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Good for Apple for fixing the lost SMS problem for people who don't want to use an iPhone any more. Shame on Apple for building a text messaging system that requires a special utility just so you can keep getting texts from your friends that still use iPhones.

Countermeasure in Home Depot Data Breach: MacBooks, iPhones For Execs

10:00 AM, Nov. 10th, 2014 · · News

One of the countermeasures taken during Home Depot's data breach was for all the executives to get MacBook Pros and iPhones as they had better security than Windows, which was actually the attack vector.

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This was an interesting read. Finally knowing how it all went down at Home Depot was illuminating, and hopefully happens a lot less with the new payment methods available (chip and sign or Apple Pay).

Apple Ramps Up for Black Friday Sale, Plans 8AM Store Openings

9:06 AM, Nov. 10th, 2014 · · News

Apple's Black Friday sale promotion will be back again this year with special discounts and early store openings, but not quite as early as some previous events. This year Apple will open its retail stores at 8AM local time instead of painfully early, like 4AM, or last year's 6AM start.

Lawyers Seek Class Action Victims for Apple Pay Suit against Rite Aid and CVS

8:11 PM, Nov. 7th, 2014 · · News

Apple in Court

That odor is the smell of chum in the corporate waters, as law firm Schubert Jonckheer & Kolbe LLP announced Friday that it was launching an "investigation" into Rite Aid and CVS's decision to block Apple Pay and Google Wallet. The firm said it was considering a class action lawsuit against the pharmacy chains based on antitrust law.

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My favorite part is the language in the press release that casts this private, for-profit law firm as crusading protectors of the public.

Unsealed GTAT Testimony Paints Apple as Bully Negotiator

3:41 PM, Nov. 7th, 2014 · · News

Judge Henry Boroff followed through on his plan to release previously sealed documents in the GT Advanced Technologies bankruptcy case that it and Apple had both agreed should stay secret. The documents paint Apple as a strong-arm bully imposing onerous terms on GTAT and its sapphire glass production, and claim the iPhone and iPad maker engaged in bait-and-switch tactics during contract negotiations.

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It would be easy to compare Apple to Darth Vader, but it's really more like GTAT is Jar Jar Binks.

Apple Drops Fitbit Products from Online Store

2:25 PM, Nov. 7th, 2014 · · News

Apple has quietly dropped Fitbit's fitness trackers from its online store, hinting at a growing rift between the two companies over HealthKit support. There isn't any official word on why Fitbit's products are gone, but other fitness trackers that support HealthKit are still available.

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It seems Apple isn't interested in selling fitness trackers that aren't HealthKit-compatible, and Fitbit isn't interested in supporting Apple's fitness management platform. Losing out on Fitbit won't hurt Apple, so now the question is whether or not Fitbit makes enough sales outside of Apple stores to absorb the loss.

SEC Launches Investigation into GT Advanced Technologies Trading Activity

9:47 AM, Nov. 7th, 2014 · · News

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has launched an investigation into stock trading activity in GT Advanced Technologies dating back to the beginning of 2013. GTAT partnered with Apple to make sapphire glass for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, along with the Apple Watch, but failed to meet its goals and ultimately filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

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GTAT's CEO and COO both sold off a lot of stock before the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and now the SEC has launched an investigation into trading activity. That could be coincidence, but there's a good chance the SEC wants to know if they were trading inappropriately based on insider information.

CBS Launches News Channel on Apple TV, Keeps Quiet about It

6:00 PM, Nov. 6th, 2014 · · News

CBSN

CBS News and CBS Interactive launched Thursday a "digital streaming news network" called CBSN. The 24 hour channel features live, anchored news for 15 hours each weekday, and while CBS didn't announce it was launching on Apple TV, the service is up and running on Apple's device now. CBS did, however, bother to name Amazon Fire TV and Windows Phone.