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Apple CEO Tim Cook Publicly Comes Out as Gay in Letter Declaring Support for Equality
In a letter written for Bloomberg Businessweek, Apple CEO Tim Cook has publicly come out as gay while declaring his support for equality. Cook, who has typically kept a low
Microsoft Unveils $199 'Microsoft Band' Fitness Wearable
Shortly after apps on the Mac App Store and iOS App Store revealed Microsofts fitness wearable, the company has revealed its $199 Microsoft Band fitness wearable to Re/code. The device will go on sale tomorrow at Microsofts online and retail
'Microsoft Health' App for Upcoming Wearable Leaks as Google Launches HealthKit Rival
As Apple completes the launch of HealthKit and the Health app for iOS, its competitors Microsoft and Google have been preparing their own entrances into the health sector. Today, Microsoft apps for an upcoming fitness wearable have leaked in app
MCX Says Merchants Doing What's Best for Customers, Being Attacked for 'Challenging the Status Quo'
Following the publication of a blog post earlier today outlining some details of its upcoming CurrentC mobile payments solution and disclosure of a hack resulting in unauthorized access to users email
GT Advanced COO Blames Apple's Strict Sapphire Contract Terms for Bankruptcy Filing
GT Advanceds Chief Operating Officer Daniel Squiller yesterday filed some revised documents with the court, giving a bit more insight into what went wrong between Apple and GT Advanced that led to the latter companys Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. Shared
AT&T, Verizon Using 'Perma-Cookies' to Track Customer Web Activity
Both Verizon and AT&T appear to be engaging in some unsavory customer tracking techniques, using unique identifying numbers to deliver targeted advertisements to customers in whats called Relevant Advertising. As outlined by Wired, Verizon is altering the web traffic of
Apple Disallows Previously Approved Calculator Widgets for iOS 8 Notification Center
Apple is forcing popular iOS calculator app PCalc to remove its Notification Center widget, which allows users to access calculator functions directly from the Today view of the Notification Center. According to Apple, widgets on iOS are not allowed to
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'I'm proud to be gay,' Apple CEO Tim Cook says in open letter supporting equality
Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook published a letter on Thursday revealing that while it wasnt an "easy choice," hes decided to publicly announce that he is "proud to be gay," and that it has given him perspective on what it
Samsung, Apple retain global smartphone lead in Q3 as Xiaomi rockets into third
The global smartphone market grew 25 percent year-over-year during the third quarter of 2014, according to research firm IDC, with Apple seeing moderate gains and Samsung posting the only loss in shipment volume out of the top five manufacturers.
Samsung suffered a 73.9% drop in Q3 mobile profits while Apple's rose 11.3 percent
Samsung Electronics reported overall Q3 operating profits of 4.06 trillion won ($3.8 billion)--a 60 percent year-over-year drop--while its Mobile division suffered a 73.9 percent drop in profits.
Microsoft inadvertently leaks 'Band' fitness wearable in new app, reveals 'Microsoft Health'
Microsofts rumored wearable fitness tracker was inadvertently leaked online Wednesday when the companys first-party syncing app was posted to Apples Mac App Store, disclosing a few key features of the unannounced device.
Apple in early talks to sell iPhone in Iran, report says
Almost one year after the U.S. began to loosen sanctions on exports to Iran, Apple is reportedly in early stage talks with distributors to start official sales of its products in the country.
Developers of PCalc, Nomi run afoul of Apple's evolving iOS 8 App Store policies
Apples platform policies for iOS, OS X and their respective App Stores have occasionally irked developers or even wildly disrupted their businesses. The latest collision involves a retroactive ban on widget calculators and tightened WiFi privacy rules for iOS, as
BlackBerry hopes to rekindle sales by reintroducing classic keyboard & form factor
Hoping to strike a chord with old school BlackBerry users, the not quite dead company on Wednesday teased a new device called BlackBerry Classic, which appears to be a modern take on the seminal BlackBerry Bold.
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Review: OmniFocus 2 for iPad makes life easier with extensions and background syncing
Spoiler Alert: OmniFocus 2 for iPad isn’t for everyone. If all you need to keep track of is a grocery list and a few one-off tasks each day, OmniFocus isn’t really the task manager you are looking for. On the
iStat Menus 5 provides more system information in a prettier package
No matter how many features OS X borrows from iOS, one big difference Mac and iOS users is that we want to know what’s going on under the hood of our computers. Where you might be content to quit a
Review: Photoshop Elements 13 gets Photomerge and content-aware fill
Adobe’s consumer-level, hobbyist-targeted image editor, Photoshop Elements, has long been a great next step for those who’ve outgrown iPhoto. It’s great for beginners, yet it gives your skills room to grow—plus it plays nicely with Photoshop Lightroom and is available
Review: Notability for Mac brings ink to the desktop
For anyone who reaches for a pen and paper to take notes, reaching for an iPad app like Notability is already an adjustment, let alone a Mac, which of course doesnt even have a touchscreen.On iOS, Notability is a popular
Pentax K-50 review: A decent entry-level DSLR that braves the elements
A year since its release, Ricoh Imaging’s Pentax K-50 still touts something that no other consumer grade entry-level SLR camera offers: weather sealing. While it’s not enough protection to save you if you dunk the camera in a pool, this
Nikon D3300 review: Solid compact DSLR for beginner and pro alike
The Nikon D3300 offers a pleasing set of features for newbies as well as power users, especially given its relatively low price and compact size. At just $650 (including 18-55mm VR II lens), the D3300 is a strong choice for
Canon EOS T5i review: This entry-level DSLR is particularly great for video
Among Canon’s entry-level SLR offerings, the Canon EOS Rebel T5i is the strongest pick if you’re interested in capturing video as well as still images. Its articulating, swing-out high-resolution touchscreen display really helps when capturing video and stills at a
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Samsung Electronics profit plummets over 60% as people dump wannabe iPhones for the real thing
With smartphone buyers increasingly choosing Apples 64-bit iPhones...
Apple CEO Tim Cook: ‘I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me’
I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me....
Analyst: CurrentC retailers likely to blink and support Apple Pay
Looking at 2013 sales from the top 100 U.S. retailers...
Apple and GT Advanced: What went wrong
A story that Apple tried for three weeks to suppress is now part of the public record...
Why CurrentC will beat out Apple Pay in the end
By all accounts, Apple Pay is the smoothest, most technically advanced payment solution...
Survey: People trust U.S. NSA more than Google
Whom would you trust more with your private data...
Apple shares hit new all-time intraday and closing highs
Shares of Apple Inc. (AAPL) rose in trading today to set new all-time intraday and closing highs...
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Hands On: Pandemic 2.5 (iOS)
How many games actually allow a player to play as something truly terrible? Sure, there are a lot of games that let players choose the wrong choice, but where are the games that
Apple, Samsung still tops in smartphone market, but Xaiomi rising fast
A new report from IDC again places Apple and Samsung at the top of the heap for smartphone manufacturers as it has for years now -- but there is nonetheless notable change in
Microsoft Band fitness tracker leaks through companion apps
Microsofts rumored wearable device has appeared earlier than expected, leaked within a companion app on the Mac App Store. The Microsoft Band is, as rumored, a device with a thin display similar to
Hands On: PicTrove 2 Pro (iOS)
PicTrove 2 Pro is an app that has taken the time-intensive act of image-searching on the web and streamlined it. Users are able to search multiple websites, including Google, Bing, Flickr, Pinterest, and
GT Advanced CEO tells court Apple contracts were 'unsustainable'
Daniel Squiller, the COO of GT Advanced Technologies who was among those slowly selling off his holdings in company over the course of 2014, has told the bankruptcy court that the company lost
CurrentC CEO, COO field questions about data breach, Apple Pay block
CurrentC governing company Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) held a conference call a bit earlier today. The companys lead executives took turns defending the company against some claims related to fines for merchants abandoning
Logitech debuts new Type+, Ultrathin, Keys-To-Go keyboards for iPads
Logitech has announced a trio of new iPad keyboard accessories, beginning with updates of its Type+ and Ultrathin cases for the iPad Air 2. The Type+ is a thin folio design, with features
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How Newsstand failed The Magazine, and what Apple should do
Apple’s Newsstand was introduced with iOS 5 as a place for apps designed to deliver content in the form of a periodical—whether continuously as new articles or in the form or regularly produced issues—to gain superpowers. A Newsstand app could
Take the pain out of two-factor authentication with an app
I’ve been stressing two-factor authentication (2FA), or two-step verification, in my early columns here at Private I, because I believe most people avoid using this extra protection for their accounts due to the fuss and management, and may think it
CurrentC won’t let email hack delay launch as it explores NFC
People interested in checking out CurrentC, the mobile payment app from a retailers group that includes Walmart, Best Buy, and other major brands, signed up for the app’s email list to get advance news about the launch. But that email
9 mistakes you're making in Photoshop
Each version of Photoshop comes with new features that let you work smarter instead of harder, but old editing habits are hard to break—especially if you’ve been using the program for a long time. Here you’ll find a roundup of
Facebook is betting big on the future and plans to lose money in the process
Another quarterly earnings report, another slam dunk for Facebook. The company made $3.2 billion in the third quarter, up 59 percent year-over-year, and grew to 1.35 billion monthly active users. More than 700 million people check Facebook on their phones
Apple downplays disruptive potential of Apple SIM, while carriers rush to protect turf
Although Apples latest cellular iPads include a carrier-agnostic SIM card, users shouldnt get their hopes up for an iPhone version.The so-called Apple SIM works with AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, and lets users select their carrier through the iOS settings menu.
Cloth’s revamped iOS app lets you peer into strangers’ closets
Cher Horowitz wasn’t just the loveable main character in the classic comedy Clueless—she was also a tech genius. The blonde Beverly Hills teen figured out that the best way to manage her extensive wardrobe was a computer program that did
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ProShot is a worthy addition to your app collection
ProShot (free) has been a big hit on Windows Phones, but was missing from the App Store. Its no longer absent from the iOS world, and it launches with a barrel of useful features that give your
Gro Book knows no bounds
Educate children about the three Rs: reduce, reuse and recycle with Gro Book, a US$3.99 universal book app about making responsible choices. Imaginative stories are told, in 24 different ways, by Sophie the Sweater, in this wonderfully
Tim Cook comes out: "I'm proud to be gay"
In a Bloomberg BusinessWeek essay published this morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook affirmed that he is gay, something that had long been spoken of quietly within the tech community (and sometimes accidentally in the mainstream media). In
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new apps and app updates
Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab
Daily Deals for October 29, 2014, featuring Freebie Wednesday
Its time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections.All prices are USD and subject to
Check out HelloTel when you check in to your hotel
HelloTel is a brand new social networking app. This app allows users to check-in to a hotel much like a user would check-in on location based apps like Foursquare. The user is then also able to see
Making music on the Mac with GForce M-Tron Pro synth
The M-Tron Pro (approx. US$225) is a software-based Mellotron emulator synth, available for Mac as stand-alone or as a plug-in with Logic, GarageBand, Pro Tools, and a host of other music apps. Its made by UK-based developer
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5 terrifying films that turn horror tropes on their heads
How many ghost movies have you seen? How about werewolf or zombie flicks? With filmmakers churning out copycats constantly, the horror formula can get a little stale. We’re here to help. This is Cult of Mac’s fourth list of horror…Read
iPhone 6 Plus’s bigger screen leads to higher app engagement
If you’re an app-maker looking to rake in the money, you’re better off creating apps for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus than you are for smaller-screened phones, according to a new study. Analysts at IHS claim that the…Read
Apple replaces iPad destroyed by exploding NASA rocket
Yesterday evening, NASA’s unmanned Antares rocket exploded at launch above Wallops Island, Virginia, on route to dropping off supplies at the International Space Station. A lesser casualty of that explosion? One rocket watcher’s iPad, which was blown to smithereens by…Read
The HP Sprout could have been built by Apple back in 2011
By now you’ve probably seen the HP Sprout computer, an oddly-named, yet undeniably original desktop computer/tablet/projector combination that allows users to scan physical items and then manipulate them on screen using their fingers. One day after the $1,899 system got the tech…Read
Beats Music trailing behind both Pandora and Spotify
Beats Music may have Apple’s support behind it, but it’s still got a long way to go before it tops the crowded online marketplace. According to new figures from app analytics firm App Annie, Beats is currently trailing behind industry…Read
Q3 earnings show that Apple is just clobbering Samsung
Samsung may ship more devices, but there’s no doubt that Apple is winning the war. That’s the takeaway from Samsung’s latest earnings report, which stated that the Korean smartphone maker’s Q3 operating profits were just $3.8 billion, a 60 percent…Read
Tim Cook: Yep, I’m gay.
In a beautifully written personal essay over at Businessweek, Apple CEO Tim Cook has just come out as gay, finally confirming rumors that have circulated since he took over at Steve Jobs’s replacement in 2011. In the history-making essay (remember:…Read
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Apple Introduces iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3
Apple has introduced iPad Air 2, the thinnest and most powerful iPad ever. The new iPad features an improved Retina display for enhanced contrast and richer, more vibrant colors, and better cameras for taking stunning photos and videos. Available in
Apple Reports Fourth-Quarter Results
Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2014 fourth quarter ended September 27, 2014. The company posted quarterly revenue of $42.1 billion and quarterly net profit of $8.5 billion, or $1.42 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue
OS X Yosemite Now Available as a Free Upgrade
Apple has announced that OS X Yosemite, the latest major release of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, is now available as a free upgrade for Mac users from the Mac App Store. Yosemite delivers a fresh, modern look
Apple Introduces 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display
Apple has unveiled the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display, featuring the world’s highest-resolution display — with 14.7 million pixels. At this resolution, text appears sharper than ever, videos are more lifelike, and you can see new levels of detail
Apple Updates Mac mini
Apple has updated Mac mini with the latest technologies and a new lower starting price, making Apple’s most affordable Mac an even better value. Mac mini now features fourth-generation Intel Core processors, faster integrated graphics, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Thunderbolt 2.
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Available in China on October 17
Apple has announced that iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in China beginning October 17 from the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores, and an expansive network of retail stores through all three major carriers and Apple
Apple Unveils Apple Watch — Apple’s Most Personal Device Ever
Apple has unveiled Apple Watch — its most personal device ever — featuring revolutionary new technologies and a pioneering user interface with a beautiful design that honors the rich tradition of precision watchmaking. Apple Watch introduces a specially designed and
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