Under Armour Buys its Way into the Fitness Tracker Game

10:27 AM, Feb. 6th, 2015 · · News

Under Armour has its sites on topping Fitbit to be the biggest name in the fitness tracker market and is spending US$560 million to buy MyFitnessPal along with Endomondo to make that happen. The purchases give Under Armour 120 million users for its combined fitness platform—a number it says makes it the world's largest fitness and wellness community.

Twitter: We Lost 4M Users Thanks to Apple

9:18 AM, Feb. 6th, 2015 · · News

Twitter is down 4 million users, and it's Apple's fault, according to top-level executives from the online social network. CEO Dick Costolo and CFO Anthony Noto put the blame on what they called an iOS 8 bug related to Twitter integration, but in reality may actually be more accurate reporting of active users.

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Blaming lost Twitter users on an iOS 8 bug doesn't sound right. What we're really seeing is a change in the way iOS 8 handles Twitter requests that led to a more accurate active user count. Twitter most likely didn't really lose any users, but instead lost free stats it could count every quarter.

Mac Photos Beta Will Disappoint Aperture Users

9:30 PM, Feb. 5th, 2015 · · News

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Apple has released Mac OS X 10.10.3 to developers, and its primary feature is the inclusion of the Photos app first seen at WWDC 2014. For those who mostly use iPhoto or the Photos app on iOS it won't be a big change. Aperture users however, are in for a bit of a shock.

Steve Jobs Gave Senator Obama an iPhone Sneak Peek in 2007

7:13 PM, Feb. 5th, 2015 · · News

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Steve Jobs and Barack Obama both knew a winner, it would seem: according to an upcoming book by former Obama-advisor David Axelrod, then-Apple CEO Steve Jobs gave then-Senator Barack Obama a sneak peek of the iPhone in 2007 before it was released. According to Mr. Axelrod, Senator Obama knew the device would be a hit.

XAgent iPhone Malware Attack Steals Data without Jailbreaking

11:23 AM, Feb. 5th, 2015 · · News

Apple's ad hoc provisioning feature for iOS apps is being used for a new malware phishing attack on the iPhone and iPad. The threat, dubbed XAgent, collects contacts, location information, installed app lists, photos, and text messages, and more.

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Don't install software on your iPhone or iPad if you see a dialog telling you the developer isn't trusted. Bad guys want to steal your data, and this is a surprisingly easy way for them to do that.

Hands On with the Leatherman Tread

9:45 PM, Feb. 4th, 2015 · · News

Leatherman Tread

Lots of discussion went around about the Leatherman Tread when it was announced. Kelly lives in Leatherman Land (also known as Portland) and got the opportunity to get her hands on one of the prototypes in person. Find out what she discovered about the future plans for a product that hasn't even been released yet.

Not Sure about Apple Watch? You can Rent Before You Buy

11:18 AM, Feb. 4th, 2015 · · News

If dropping between US$350 and $5,000 on an Apple Watch without trying one out first doesn't sit well with you, Lumoid thinks it has a solution. The company plans to rent Apple's smartwatch once its available in April so you can test one out before spending your hard earned cash to buy one.

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Renting before you buy an Apple Watch sounds like a pretty cool idea. This will be the first watch purchase over $100 for a lot of people, so having the option to try before committing could take the pain out of that decision.

AT&T Ready to Sue FCC Over Net Neutrality

10:19 AM, Feb. 4th, 2015 · · News

AT&T is ready to sue the Federal Communication Commission over proposed reclassification of Internet services as a Title II common carrier service under the Communications Act. The FCC wants to make the change so it can preserve net neutrality, but AT&T, like Verizon, doesn't want the agency imposing more restrictions on how they conduct business.

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AT&T's stance on net neutrality, abridged: Cry 'Havoc!', and let slip the dogs of war.

Outlook on iOS Has Security Issues for Enterprise

3:56 PM, Feb. 3rd, 2015 · · News

Outlook on iOS has been well received, but after some research into how the app operates, an IBM developer has unearthed some concerns that might change some opinions. Particularly for people hoping to get Outlook on an iPhone, this comes as a disapointment.

FCC Ready to Classify Internet Service as a Utility in Net Neutrality Plan

2:59 PM, Feb. 3rd, 2015 · · News

The Federal Commission is expected to announce later this week that it plans to reclassify Interent service providers as utilities, giving it the authority needed to regulate the companies to preserve net neutrality. The proposed change to the way broadband Internet providers will be classified would let the FCC block companies like Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon from establishing "fast lanes" they force content providers to pay for or face intentionally throttled bandwidth.

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Hearing FCC chairman Wheeler plans to protect true net neutrality instead of an Animal Farm-style net neutrality where some data streams are more equal than others is a relief. Hopefully this new plan will hold up under the legal attacks that are sure to come from ISPs.