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Gloomy economic news and the wild swings of the stock market may be getting you down. But at least you can count on this: We’ve entered the sweet spot of the iPhone cycle.

Since Sept. 19, when the iPhone 6 and its larger sibling, the iPhone 6 Plus, went on sale, consumers have been ordering the gadgets faster than Apple can deliver them. The ripple effects are being felt throughout the economy — and they have been moving the stock market.

“The iPhone is having a measurable impact,” said Michael Feroli, the chief United States economist for JPMorgan Chase. “It’s a little gadget, but it costs a lot and it seems that everybody has one. When you do the multiplication, it’s going to matter.” He estimates that iPhone sales are adding one-quarter to one-third of a percentage point to the annualized growth rate of the gross domestic product. [Read more]

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In a much-publicized open letter last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook pledged to protect user privacy with improved encryption on iPhones and iPads and a hard line toward government agents. It was a huge and welcome step toward thwarting the surveillance state, but it also seriously oversold Apple’s commitment to privacy.

Yes, Apple launched a tough-talking new privacy site and detailed a big improvement to encryption in its mobile operating system iOS 8: Text messages, photos, contacts, and call history are now encrypted with the user’s passcode, whereas previously they were not. This follows encryption improvements by Apple’s competitors Google and Yahoo.

But despite these nods to privacy-conscious consumers, Apple still strongly encourages all its users to sign up for and use iCloud, the internet syncing and storage service where Apple has the capability to unlock key data like backups, documents, contacts, and calendar information in response to a government demand. iCloud is also used to sync photos, as a slew of celebrities learned in recent weeks when hackers reaped nude photos from the Apple service. (Celebrity iCloud accounts were compromised when hackers answered security questions correctly or tricked victims into giving up their credentials via “phishing” links, Cook has said.) [Read more]

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With billion dollar valuations aplenty, the so-called ‘app economy’ is responsible for a lot froth in the modern tech industry. But is it all downhill from here? A new report suggests that our interest in apps might be falling, with nearly a third of UK smartphone owners not bothering to try a single piece of new software during a typical month.

The change is due to a number of factors, including the growing number of older users in the market and the fact that many of the apps we have are simply good enough already. [Read more]

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Apple may be the most successful, envied tech company on the planet. But its dominance is far from obvious, according to new data from the International Data Corporation, which tracks worldwide smartphone shipments.

Apple’s market share for the iPhone slipped year on year to just 11.7 percent of the entire market, while Android’s market share increased to 84.7 percent. [Read more]

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iOS hacker Jonathan Zdziarski has put together a presentation about the deliberate backdoors Apple maintains in iOS.

Firstly, the iOS data encryption uses a hardware-determined encryption key to protect SMS, photos, videos, contacts, audio recording, and call history, no matter what passcode you choose. This key is referred to in code as “NSProtectionNone”, suggesting that the programmers understood the implications and picked the internal label as a snarky way of saying so. So Apple can provide your secret data encryption key to authorities at any time, and will do so. [Read more]

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Lots of people engrave their names and addresses on their iPads, just in case they get lost. But what if you’d like to personalize it further by engraving the name of, say, your favorite reproductive organ on it? Well, that all depends on whether you’re packing the bun, or the hot dog, so to speak.

According to feminist blogger Justyn Hintze, Apple has an interesting policy when it comes to what they will and won’t engrave on your iPad. Apparently, while the word “penis” is kosher, the word “vagina” is not. Geez, guys, double standard much? [Read more]

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For every Vietnam War image seared into our memory, there are thousands more, documenting our two-decade slog through an ultimately unwinnable conflict. Vietnam: the Real War, a Photographic History by the Associated Press tells this familiar but still compelling story in rich, visual detail, providing a thorough look at the daily life of US and South Vietnamese soldiers in the jungles and rice paddies, and on city streets. The book’s 300-plus photos, all from the AP archives, fill in the moments between the Pulitzer-winning images.

It’s hard to understate the impact photography had on the Vietnam War. When photojournalists talk about making images that inform, foment change, make an impact, this is what they’re talking about. But that was then. For a number of reasons—cable news, Twitter, war fatigue, iPhones, reality TV, etc.—professional photojournalists may never again effect the public’s perception of war the way they did in Vietnam. [Read the full article]


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iOS 7 to start global roll out: Here’s what you’re getting | The Independent

At their annual developers’ conference in June this year Apple finally unveiled iOS 7: the most dramatic visual overhaul of the company’s mobile operating system in its six year history.

Starting from tomorrow the new software will roll out onto Apple’s devices, though only from the latest models onwards, starting from the iPhone 4, iPad 2 and latest generation iPod. In addition, iOS 7 will of course be available on the new iPhone models – the 5S and 5C – from their release date on 20 September. [Read the full article]

Microsoft expected to improve display on Surface 2 tablet | cnet

The next version of Microsoft’s Surface RT is expected to finally go high-resolution, according to DisplaySearch, making it more competitive with Android and Apple offerings.

“What we’re seeing is that it’s 1,920×1,080,” Richard Shim, an analyst at DisplaySearch, told CNET. [Read the full article]

Before & After iOS 7: How Your Favorite Apps Are Changing | TechCrunch

Flat. With one word Apple didn’t just change its look on mobile, but mandated an industry-wide face-lift. For iOS 7′s launch later today, chrome, navigation buttons, and textured title bars are getting replaced with more content, gesture-controlled navigation, and single-colored panels. Here’s a before and after look at the redesigns rolled out to some of the top third-party iOS apps, along with our analysis and thoughts from developers.

“We redesigned to focus on the content over the chrome — what the writer intends to convey and not the UI” says Quora‘s Marc Bodnick about the question-and-answer app’s makeover. The startup rebuilt Quora 3.0 for iPhone from the ground up in three months, and says it will be available for iPad and iPad mini by the end of the year. [Read the full article]

Tesla enters race to build self-driving car | Reuters

(Reuters) – Electric car company Tesla Motors is working to produce a car capable of running on “auto-pilot” within the next three years, CEO Elon Musk said, joining tech giant Google and rival carmakers in the race to roll a driverless car into the market.

The California-based company’s autonomous car would allow the driver to hand 90 percent of the control of the car over to the vehicle’s computer system, Musk said in an interview with the Financial Times newspaper. [Read the full article]

Kevin Systrom Sees Instagram Turning Into A Fashion Commerce Platform | TechCrunch

Instagram is not yet launching ads on its photo and video-sharing network, but it has plans to in the next year. This evening Kevin Systrom, its co-founder and CEO, made an appearance in London where he described how in some ways it is already on the way there.

On Monday, Systrom went to watch a presentation of the Spring/Summer 2014 collection from Burberry as part of London Fashion Week, where he was joined by Andrew Bosworth, who runs all ads for Facebook. On Tuesday, in a conversation with supermodel and entrepreneur Lily Cole at the National Portrait Gallery (where there are Instagram photos and videos blown up and displayed on the walls right now), Systrom spoke about how that event prompted a bigger conversation about the role of commerce and ads on Instagram, and how far they will go. [Read the full article]

Adobe expects strong corporate demand to boost subscriber growth | Reuters

(Reuters) – Adobe Systems Inc, known for its Photoshop and Acrobat software, expects subscriber growth to top the 331,000 it added in the third quarter due to strong demand from corporate customers.

Shares of the company rose more than 5 percent in trading after the bell. [Read the full article]

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As Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled new iPhones yesterday, a complex operation had already kicked into gear behind the scenes to send millions of the handsets to store shelves worldwide.

The process starts in China, where pallets of iPhones are moved from factories in unmarked containers accompanied by a security detail. The containers are then loaded onto trucks and shipped via pre-bought airfreight space, including on old Russian military transports. The journey ends in stores where the world’s biggest technology company makes constant adjustments based on demand, said people who have worked on Apple’s logistics and asked not to be identified because the process is secret. [Read the full article]


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Marimba! How Apple’s Default Text-Message Alert Was Born | The Atlantic

It started, as so many things do, with SoundJam.

In 1998, a trio of developers released the Mac-friendly MP3 player — the WinAmp-style software that would evolve into iTunes. iTunes would lead to the iPhone, which would lead to the text message-on-the-iPhone, which would lead to the iPhone’s text message alert — the sound that is the default alert built into every iPhone that’s been manufactured. The sound that I, and maybe you, and millions of people around the world, rely on to know when we’ve been communicated with — the sound that is the aural entryway to friends and families and flirtations. Kelly Jacklin, an audio/visual producer, was the original architect of that sound. Apple’s ubiquitous Tri-Tone noise, Jacklin explains — like so many aspects of early computing — came from the educated whims of educated geeks. [Read the full article]

Now Dell Inc (NASDAQ:DELL) directors under direct fire from investors | GDP Insider

Dell Inc (NASDAQ:DELL)’s directors had bent the voting rules to make the scenario more conducive for Michael Dell’s $24.9B buyout bid. In a way this has smudged the deal and the company’s investors are now challenging the offer in different court filings. Six pension funds have sued over the deal. These lawsuits have been filed in the Delaware Chancery Court. According to the filing, the litigants are saying that the company board should ideally be barred from permitting absentee votes to be counted in as “no votes”. [Read the full article]

How Insanely Fast the ISS Moves, Visualized | gizmodo

The International Space Station orbits the Earth at 8 kilometers per second—but it’s tough to visualize just how fast that is. When you think about it in terms of how far the thing moves during the course of a song you know, though, you’ll be shocked.

In today’s What If? post, Randall Munroe takes a look at exactly how fast the ISS travels. He gives two examples. The first is striking: [Read the full article]

Why Asus is killing itself with stupid names | TechRadar

Picture the scene. You’re sweltering in a Taiwanese boardroom, the mercury is at a point you didn’t know it could go to, humidity is a muggy 90%, you’ve got a fantastic new product but there’s a problem – no killer name.

Perhaps the atmospheric conditions in Taipei leads to mild delirium, and for the sake of Asus’ latest naming onslaught I really hope that’s the case as surely something has been interfering with its marketing team’s decision making abilities. Right? [Read the full article]

Surface 2 release date, news and rumours | TechRadar

We already know that Microsoft is working on future models of its Surface tablet beyond the Core i5 Surface Pro that came out in January.

Why? It’s thanks to job adverts revealing the kinds of experts Microsoft is hiring. And, what’s more, we could see a reveal as early as June. Keep on reading for the latest info. There’s also this internal slide, which lists “Update to Surface RT” and “Update to Surface Pro” alongside other landmarks like the release of the Xbox One, Windows 8.1 and other new Windows 8.1 devices. [Read the full article]

How many Chrome browser passwords could you pick in one minute? | The Guardian

Ever left your laptop on the table in the coffee shop while you nip to the loo, or order another flat white?

Google’s Chrome browser, we now know, makes it pretty easy for someone who briefly gains access to your desktop to see your saved passwords – for email, social networks, auction sites and the rest. [Read the full article]

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