CEO Satya Nadella Willing to Shed the Past and Reinvent Microsoft

7:46 PM, Jul. 10th, 2014 · · News

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Newly-installed Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has offered the first hint that he is ready and willing to ditch the Windows legacy and move Microsoft into a sustainable and relevant future. In a letter to employees, Mr. Nadella dropped the "devices and services" mantra of his predecessor, Steve Ballmer, and called Microsoft a "productivity" company for a "mobile-first and cloud-first world."

iTunes 11.3 Adds iTunes Extras for HD Movies

11:39 AM, Jul. 10th, 2014 · · News

Apple released iTunes 11.3 for OS X and Windows on Thursday, adding support for iTunes Extras in HD movies. The company said HD movie extras are available on Apple TV with Software Update 6.2, and will be available in iOS 8 for the iPhone and iPad when it ships this fall.

Apple to FTC: Check Out Google’s App Store Policies

11:24 AM, Jul. 10th, 2014 · · News

Parents who found their kids were racking up purchases through Apple's iTunes-base App Store complained to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission about the issue. Apple apparently didn't want to be left out, so it's legal team made a point to let the FTC know Google's app store used similar policies, too.

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It's important for companies like Apple, Amazon, and Google to have reasonable and responsible online purchase safeguards in place. It's also unfortunate that these companies are held responsible for parents failing to monitor their kids.

Apple Claims Its Carbon Footprint Shrank 3% from 2012 to 2013

10:02 PM, Jul. 9th, 2014 · · News

Part of an Apple Solar Farm

Apple released its 2014 Environmental Responsibility Report on Wednesday, and in that report the company claimed that its carbon footprint shrank 3 percent from 2012 to 2013. This, despite strong growth in the company's sales, headcount, Apple Store locations, and just about every other aspect of the company's operations.

Quirky Launches Wink Home Automation, Releases Hardware and Software

3:45 PM, Jul. 9th, 2014 · · News

Wink, a spinoff of Quirky, has released hardware which is now available at Home Depot and Amazon. There is a free iOS app which controls both the Wink hub, and some of the home automation devices you may already own.

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Glorious! If this thing can help me need less apps for my home automation hardware, this is a wonderful thing indeed.

Adobe Flash Patch Fixes Critical Website Login Stealing Security Flaw

10:51 AM, Jul. 9th, 2014 · · News

Adobe released an out of cycle update for its Flash multimedia platform on Mac, Windows and Linux on Tuesday to patch a security flaw that gives attackers the ability to hijack user's login credentials for popular websites like Twitter, eBay, Instagram, and more. Potentially thousands of sites are susceptible to the flaw, making the update critical for all Flash users.

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If you really, really need Flash on your computer, then install this security patch immediately. If not, then maybe it's time to uninstall Flash.

Apple Hires Former Nike FuelBand Engineers for Fitness-related Project

9:45 AM, Jul. 9th, 2014 · · News

Apple has added to its wearables team yet again by hiring two former Nike FuelBand engineers. Jon Gale wrote FuelBand firmware code for Nike and Ryan Bailey was a hardware engineer on the FuelBand team, and their new jobs make it even more clear that Apple is working on fitness tracking devices.

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At this point Apple may as well go ahead and announce the iWatch. The company has hired so many people from the health and fitness market that all we need now is an official product shot.

Apple Offers Certified Refurb iPhones on eBay

8:56 PM, Jul. 8th, 2014 · · News

Ebay

A new "Factory Outlet" store has popped up on eBay, selling unlocked models of the iPhone 5 with an Apple warranty. 

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Well if the iPhone 5 indeed has a finite number of days, it makes sense to take the extras to eBay and unload them.