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No New MacBook Pro Until Fall, but it’ll be Really Cool

11:41 AM, May. 24th, 2016 · · News

No new MacBook Pro until fall

If you're holding out expecting Apple to introduce a redesigned Retina MacBook Pro at Worldwide Developer Conference in June, get ready for some disappointment. KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says we'll have to wait until this fall, and what we'll get is a thinner, faster laptop with an OLED touch surface instead of traditional function keys and Touch ID.

Dubious Study Says Fitbit Sucks at Heart Rate Tracking

8:40 PM, May. 23rd, 2016 · · News

Questionable study says Fitbit fails at heart rate tracking

A new study claims Fitbit's fitness trackers don't accurately measure user's heart rate. That shouldn't come as a big surprise considering Fitbit's products don't undergo FDA approval, but the study itself is dubious first because of its questionable methods and second because it was commissioned by a law firm that's currently suing Fitbit.

Patent Lawsuit Targets iPhone for Making Phone Calls

2:37 PM, May. 23rd, 2016 · · News

Apple hit with patent lawsuit over iPhone phone call support

Apple is facing the most stunningly amazing patent infringement lawsuit ever: the iPhone's ability to be used as a phone. The patent holding company Corydoras Technologies filed its lawsuit in the Texas Eastern District Federal Court, which is known for favoring patent trolls.

Apple May Turn its Stores into Car Showrooms

9:50 AM, May. 23rd, 2016 · · News

Apple Store doors are big enough for a car

The massive sliding doors on Apple's redesigned Union Square San Francisco retail store create a 40-foot opening that's more than big enough to drive a car through. Sure, it makes for a great open air experience when shopping, but maybe it's a hint that Apple plans to use its new store design to show off its own car.

Fitbit Wants to Give Apple Pay a Run for its Money

9:44 AM, May. 20th, 2016 · · News

Cha-ching! Fitbit buys Coin

Fitbit has long been the big name in wearable fitness trackers, and now it looks like the company wants to have a part in mobile contactless payments, just like Apple Pay. The company just announced it purchased Coin and could start including NFC-based payment options in its products as early as 2017.

Symantec Flaw Takes the Secure out of Security

10:11 AM, May. 19th, 2016 · · News

Symantec's antivirus tools expose Mac, Windows, and Linux to hackers

Symantec managed to do something no other security software vendor has managed: create a vulnerability that affects Mac, Windows, and Linux users. Simply running Symantec or Norton-branded security software potentially exposes users to attacks where hackers can get root-level control over their computer. Luckily, there aren't any reports of the exploit in the wild, and Symantec released a patch for the flaw a couple days ago.

Apple Engineers make a House Call for iTunes Bug

9:48 AM, May. 18th, 2016 · · News

iTunes Music Bug Victim gets Personal Visit from Apple

The guy that got the interent in a tizzy over iTunes deleting his personal music library has a follow up: Apple's engineers paid him a personal visit to troubleshoot the problem. What they discovered was the lost music wasn't user error, there's a hard to track bug in iTunes, and Amber, the phone support representative he originally spoke with didn't know what she was talking about.

Apple Continues Buttressing Chinese Portfolio with Content Update on GarageBand

7:54 PM, May. 17th, 2016 · · News

GarageBand

Apple continued beefing up its offerings for the Chinese market this week with an update to GarageBand dedicated to Chinese content. The company added several Chinese instruments, including the pipa, the erhu and unspecified "Chinese percussion." Apple also added "300 Apple-created Chinese musical loops," the first new loops we've seen in some time.

Jeff Gamet Talks Social Media at Denver Apple Pi

4:32 PM, May. 17th, 2016 · · News

TMO's Jeff Gamet talks about social media at Denver Apple Pi

The Mac Observer's Jeff Gamet will be talking about social media services tonight, May 17, at the Denver Apple Pi Mac User Group. He'll be talking about Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and more, plus he'll have some tips for staying safe online.