Apple Blocks WireLurker Apps to Help Stop Malware Threat

1:53 PM, Nov. 6th, 2014 · · News

Apple was Johnny-on-the-spot Thursday morning with its response to the WireLuker malware threat for the iPhone, and has already blocked the trojan horse apps that install it so they can't launch. WireLurker is a malware threat out of China that uses Apple's own provisioning tools to install itself on iOS devices.

Microsoft Office for iPhone, iPad Adds Editing Features, Drops 365 Subscription

10:55 AM, Nov. 6th, 2014 · · News

Microsoft is full of surprises recently, and the latest is an update for the iPhone and iPad versions of its Office suite that add in loads of editing features while dropping the requirement for an Office 365 subscription. The tech giant also rolled out a cross-platform fitness tracker and added Dropbox cloud storage support to its products in the past week.

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A cross platform fitness tracker, Dropbox support, and now Office for free on the iPhone and iPad? This is a new Microsoft.

Verizon Ready to Sue FCC to Block Net Neutrality Oversight

5:26 PM, Nov. 5th, 2014 · · News

The FCC wants to regulate Internet service providers as if they were utilities as part of its plan to maintain Net Neutrality, and Verizon is threatening legal action if that happens.

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Verizon's legal posturing makes sense considering it's in the company's best interest to avoid regulation under Title II. Had the company agreed to work with the FCC under Section 706, just like the other ISPs were willing to do, however, the threat of facing off in court wouldn't have been an issue at all.

Insiders Claim Steel Apple Watch to Start at $500, Gold at $4,000

9:50 AM, Nov. 5th, 2014 · · News

When Apple unveiled its Apple Watch, the company said the starting price would come in at US$349, but insider sources are claiming the stainless steel version will start at $500. Those sources also say the high-end gold Apple Watch Edition will start between $4,000 and $5,000, which is lower than many have been expecting.

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$500 for the stainless steel Apple Watch seems in line with the $349 entry level price point for the Apple Watch Sport.

Microsoft Shows It Can Think Differently, Adds Dropbox to Office for iOS

6:08 PM, Nov. 4th, 2014 · · News

Office for iPad with Dropbox

Microsoft demonstrated that under CEO Satya Nadella, the company can think differently than it has in the past. Not only has Big Redmond released Office for iOS, on Tuesday the company announced with Dropbox that it was adding support for Dropbox to those iOS apps, but that it was doing so because that's what customers wanted.

Apple to Raise 2.8B Euro in New Bond Issue

10:30 AM, Nov. 4th, 2014 · · News

Apple's latest cash influx will come from a new bond issuing in euros instead of dollars. The iPhone and iPad maker plans to bring in €2.8 billion (about US$3.5 billion) in two blocks set to mature in eight and twelve years, and will likely show record low yields.

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Adding debt through bonds makes sense for Apple because it's overall expense will be lower. Selling in euros instead of dollars adds some diversity to the company's cash flow, too.

AT&T, Verizon to Support Cross-network Voice over LTE in 2015

9:02 AM, Nov. 4th, 2014 · · News

AT&T and Verizon have already said they're bringing Voice over LTE (VoLTE) support to their customers, and now they've committed to making the service cross-network compatible, too. Previously, each said their VoLTE service would work only with customers making calls to phone numbers on the same carrier network.

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I was an iPhone 5S owner, and now I have an iPhone 6. I still haven't had a single VoLTE call on AT&T. Fingers crossed that changes once AT&T and Verizon get their cross carrier deal in place.

Apple’s Angela Ahrendts says Apple Watch Coming in Spring 2015

10:05 AM, Nov. 3rd, 2014 · · News

Apple Senior Vice President of Retail Angela Ahrendts narrowed down the time frame for the Apple Watch launch: spring 2015, which is later than "early 2015" the company originally said. She shared that tidbit in a video message for retail employees.

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March is better than July, but not as good as February. It'll be interesting to see if Apple can keep the excitement around Apple Watch going long enough to push through with big sales.