The wise will always tell you that the minute a new car drives off the lot, it's a used car. But that car has probably been driven around a little already during test drives anyway, so why worry about this "new" thing?
Does this apply to, say, a new iPad Air? It comes sealed in a beautifully designed box. So you wouldn't think it would have hundreds of someone else's pictures on it, would you?
Yet Robin Crowley, a policewomen from Cambridge, Ontario, had a surprise when she opened up her brand-new Black Friday bargain iPad Air that she purchased at Target. She said she found contact lists and pictures already on it.
No, it's not that Apple just knew she would choose this particular iPad Air and downloaded her private information from Facebook. These pictures and other information appeared to belong to someone who wasn't her.… Read more
You may one day be able to unlock your iPhone based just on your good looks.
Awarded to Apple on Tuesday by the US Patent and Trademark, a patent called "Personal computing device control using face detection and recognition" envisions a method to access your iPhone and other devices based on facial detection and recognition. As such, your face would act as a password, allowing only you to answer a phone call and perform other tasks.
The technology would start by scanning your face in order to record all of its unique features, such as texture, color, size, … Read more
Apple won several patents on Tuesday, including one that covers wireless charging.
Apple's patent win with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) describes a method by which consumers can power up everything from desktops to mobile devices with a wireless charger.
The patent, which was reported on earlier by Patently Apple, includes a diagram showing a desktop computer, along with a keyboard, mouse, and portable music player, being charged on a "virtual charging area." In terms of Apple products, the diagram appears to be showing devices similar to the iMac and iPod, along with an Apple … Read more
iOS users spent more money shopping online than did their Android counterparts during Cyber Monday, according to IBM.
In its Digital Analytics Benchmark report released early Tuesday, Big Blue found that purchases from iOS devices accounted for 14.5 percent of all online sales, compared with just 2.6 percent for Android devices. The average iOS user spent $120.29 per order, while the average Android user coughed up $106.70.
iOS also sliced off a 22.4 percent chunk of overall Web traffic on Monday, versus Android's 9.1 percent share.
Mobile device users accounted for 31.7 … Read more
Apple could automatically give users of its iTunes Radio service real-time information about songs or artists trending on Twitter, or could offer a wide variety of other real-time analysis, thanks to its reported purchase today of social-media analytics firm Topsy Labs.
According to the Wall Street Journal (subscription required), Apple paid more than $200 million for San Francisco-based Topsy, which develops tools that help companies mine Twitter for sentiment analysis.
Topsy frequently issues data about how information has spread across Twitter during big events such as Hurricane Sandy or the Super Bowl. Many companies use that information to better understand … Read more
The iPhone 5C has lured almost half of its users from Samsung, LG, and other rival smartphone makers, according to research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.
Many Apple analysts and watchers expected the company to launch a truly low-cost international iPhone. But even with a starting price of $99 on contract and a full price of $549, the 5C still is reaching a wider audience than Apple typically draws, according to smartphone sales data from Kantar released Monday. As such, more new customers are trying the Apple brand for the first time, prompting many to jump ship from other smartphones.
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The iPhone 4 is the best iPhone ever. Ever. In the latest episode of Adventures in Tech, we explain why Apple's fourth mobile is the best it's built.
Hit play now to hear our reasoning.
Fours of nature The Retina display. The lightning-fast A4 chip. A stunning new design. And a front-facing camera for taking questionable selfies. The hardware alone is enough to put the iPhone 4 leagues ahead of its rivals, both past and present. But there are plenty of other reasons to crown this 3.5-inch marvel king of the iPhones.… Read more
In the tech world, the holiday spirit involves the right cross, the jarring upper-cut, and what they call in England the Glasgow Kiss.
If you're not out there explaining to people why your product is better than an Apple offering, then you simply don't realize what's at stake in stuffing the Christmas stocking.
After Microsoft has offered its consistent pummeling of the iPad, into the ring steps Amazon. And how.
To present its Kindle tablet, Washington state's other tech company decides it's going to compare its graces with the iPad Air.
"This is the … Read more
If you're in business, you have to get used to criticism.
If you're in the gadget business, however, you're nobody unless Microsoft criticizes you.
What other conclusion can one reach after Redmond's assault on its various rivals?
Samsung, though, has been relatively free of Microsoft's barbed fire. Until now, that is.
For Microsoft has chosen the Thanksgiving weekend to give thanks that its own Surface RT … Read more