Apple Calls GTAT Bankruptcy Decision ‘Surprising’

3:50 PM, Oct. 8th, 2014 · · News

Surprise!

Apple said it was surprised by GT Advanced Technologies's (GTAT) decision to file for bankruptcy protection. GTAT makes furnaces used in the production of synthetic sapphire, and the two companies had partnered on a massive sapphire manufacturing facility outside Mesa, Arizona. The firm filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday, October 8th, and Apple's statement characterized the move as "surprising."

Apple Sends Out Media Event Invitations for October 16th

12:22 PM, Oct. 8th, 2014 · · News

Invite

Apple sent out invitations to a media event for October 16th Wednesday as expected, an event that is expected to focus on new iPads, new Macs, and the release of OS X Yosemite. Apple could launch Apple Pay at the event, as that service was scheduled to go live in "mid-October."

9 Alternative Ways to Carry Your iPhone 6 Plus Other Than Your Pocket

5:30 PM, Oct. 7th, 2014 · · News

Alternative ways to carry iPhone 6 Plus

The iPhone 6 Plus is a bit larger than Apple customers have been accustomed to. Belt holsters grow enormous. Protective cases have micohectares of plastic. As a result, iPhone 6 Plus owners are looking novel ways to carry this beautiful phablet. John Martellaro looks at a sampling of candidate products.

NYT Now Offering Unlimited Access For National News Engagement Day

4:01 PM, Oct. 7th, 2014 · · News

NYT Now

NYT Now, the free app from the New York Times, will offer free unlimited access to NYT articles for a week in celebration of National News Engagement Day. Regular price for this access is US $8/monthly.

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I hope this helps get folks interested in "the news" again, but I also hope it goes both ways.

Plastc Aims to be Your One-card Digital Wallet

9:59 AM, Oct. 7th, 2014 · · News

Coin may have kickstarted the digital card to store all your creditcards, but Plastc thinks it has what it takes to leapfrog past its competitor and win a place in out wallets. With Coin months behind schedule, and its lack of chip and PIN support, Plastc could have a leg up in the all-in-one card game — assuming Apple doesn't run over both companies when it launches Apple Pay later this month.

Adobe goes Mobile with New Creative Cloud Updates

7:57 PM, Oct. 6th, 2014 · · News

Adobe rolled out a collection of new and updated apps for the iPhone and iPad on Monday that make mobile devices a bigger part of your design process. Adobe's iPad app parade let you create graphics on your iPad and easily transfer them to Photoshop and Illustrator on your Mac through your Creative Cloud account.

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Adobe already owns graphic design on the desktop, and now the company wants to make sure it owns the market on our iPads and iPhones, too. Adobe gets that these are more than content consumption devices.

Apple Sapphire Partner’s Bankruptcy Shows It’s Hard to Be an Apple Supplier

5:10 PM, Oct. 6th, 2014 · · News

Sapphire Boule

GT Advanced Technologies (GT) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday, a move that would give the sapphire producer and Apple supplier a chance to reorganize its finances and debt. GT's move may be surprising to some, considering the US$578 million deal the company inked with Apple, and it's proof that being an Apple supplier isn't an easy job.

Apple Adds iWorm to Xprotect Malware Definition List for OS X

11:13 AM, Oct. 6th, 2014 · · News

Apple pushed an update to its Xprotect malware list for the Mac that includes the Mac.BackDoor.iWorm malware over the weekend. Xprotect watches for telltale signatures from known malware threats and attempts to stop them from invading your computer.

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It's good to see Apple is on top of iWorm, and even better that users don't need to do anything to get Xprotect's updated malware definition list.

HP Splitting into PC, Services Companies

10:16 AM, Oct. 6th, 2014 · · News

HP is splitting into two companies as a move to better compete in both the PC and services markets. The PC company will focus on selling computers and printers, while the services company will target business technology, data storage, and related server systems.

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Leo Apotheker left quite a mess for Meg Whitman to clean up. Hopefully the plan to split HP into two companies will help keep some serious competition in the PC market.

Surprise: Mac iWorm Spreads through Pirated Apps

8:50 AM, Oct. 6th, 2014 · · News

When news of Mac.BackDoor.iWorm for the Mac hit the Web last week, the way the  malware threat spread was still something of a mystery, but that's been uncovered now, too: pirated software. Like so many other malware threats, attackers are using the promise of free software as a trojan horse to trick victims trying to save a buck into installing the iWorm payload.

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Using pirated software as a trojan horse to install iWorm doesn't come as a surprise at all. Using stolen software is bad not only because hard working developers don't get paid for their work, but also because you could infect your Mac with malware.