Apple Releases iOS 8.1.1, Improves Performance with iPad 2 and iPhone 4s

1:07 PM, Nov. 17th, 2014 · · Product News

iOS 8

Apple released iOS 8.1.1 on Monday. The patch notes for the release specify just one thing: "increased stability and performance improvements for iPad 2 and iPhone 4s." The released also includes unspecified bug fixes.

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There have been complaints from owners of both devices about poor performance with iOS 8.x, making this a welcome update. Please drop your experiences with the update in the comments

BURG 12 Smartwatch Makes Standalone Phone Calls, Also Pairs with iPhone

9:56 PM, Nov. 13th, 2014 · · Product News

Burg 12

A company called BURG has launched what it calls the "Dick Tracy-like" BURG 12 smartwatch. This device can function as a standalone phone, but the company has also designed it to be paired with both iPhones and Android devices. It's being launched at Walmart for US$199.

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My short take is that this device looks surprisingly good. I'm curious about its actual functionality, but I'm definitely intrigued the BURG 12 makes standalone calls, isn't an Android device, but pairs with both iPhone and Android.

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

10:00 AM, Nov. 10th, 2014 · · Product 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).

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

10:55 AM, Nov. 6th, 2014 · · Product 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.

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

6:08 PM, Nov. 4th, 2014 · · Product 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.