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Google follows Apple to lock itself out of devices

Google follows Apple to lock itself out of devices | Applications and Mobility | Scoop.it

 

Google will follow Apple and rework the encryption on its upcoming "Android L" mobile operating system in order to limit its ability to hand over user data to law enforcement agencies.

Apple yesterday revealed that the encryption in its just-released iOS 8 operating system meant the company could no longer gain access to a user's data protected by the user's passcode in order to act on legal requests for data by law enforcement.



Read more: http://www.itnews.com.au/News/392277,google-follows-apple-to-lock-itself-out-of-devices.aspx#ixzz3EN8T9HH1

Google will follow Apple and rework the encryption on its upcoming "Android L" mobile operating system in order to limit its ability to hand over user data to law enforcement agencies.

Apple yesterday revealed that the encryption in its just-released iOS 8 operating system meant the company could no longer gain access to a user's data protected by the user's passcode in order to act on legal requests for data by law enforcement.



Read more: http://www.itnews.com.au/News/392277,google-follows-apple-to-lock-itself-out-of-devices.aspx#ixzz3EN8T9HH1Google will follow Apple and rework the encryption on its upcoming "Android L" mobile operating system in order to limit its ability to hand over user data to law enforcement agencies.

Apple yesterday revealed that the encryption in its just-released iOS 8 operating system meant the company could no longer gain access to a user's data protected by the user's passcode in order to act on legal requests for data by law enforcement.

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Google will follow Apple and rework the encryption on its upcoming "Android L" mobile operating system in order to limit its ability to hand over user data to law enforcement agencies.

Apple yesterday revealed that the encryption in its just-released iOS 8 operating system meant the company could no longer gain access to a user's data protected by the user's passcode in order to act on legal requests for data by law enforcement.




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Why the Apple Watch could completely disrupt the digital watch business

Why the Apple Watch could completely disrupt the digital watch business | Applications and Mobility | Scoop.it
Apple is again poised to reinvent and dramatically upend an existing consumer-electronics category, in this case with digital watches and potentially health care and mobile payments as well.
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Apple’s track record of disruption is solid. While iPod crushed competitors in the MP3-player space, the iPhone was an even bigger game-changer for the smartphone industry, and the iPad has had significant adverse impact on the PC market.

Apple has already disrupted big consumer electronics markets

In the early years of Apple, Steve Jobs openly admired Sony and wanted Apple to be as dominant and successful in the consumer-electronics market as Sony in its heyday. In hindsight, that admiration and aspiration makes perfect sense as Apple has come to dominate the music, smartphone, and tablet markets. Now, personal computing is just one aspect of Apple’s products: They are also our music player and camera of choice.

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Apple Hasn’t Solved the Smart Watch Dilemma | LinkedIn

Apple Hasn’t Solved the Smart Watch Dilemma | LinkedIn | Applications and Mobility | Scoop.it
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There’s a decent rule of thumb, when it comes to anything Apple: When it introduces something brand new, don’t buy version 1.o. Wait until the second or third version instead, you’ll be much better off.

Does anybody remember OS 10.0? It was a disaster, and even people who installed it spent 90% of their time in OS 9 instead. The very first MacBook Air? An underpowered exercise in frustration. The original iPad? Heavy and clunky. The original iPod? Was not only heavy and clunky and expensive, it was also tied to the Macintosh, and didn’t work either alone or with a PC.

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Samsung to launch smartwatch that can make calls

Samsung to launch smartwatch that can make calls | Applications and Mobility | Scoop.it
Curved device doesn't require a connection to a smartphone.
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Samsung Electronics has unveiled what it claims to be the first smartwatch capable of making and receiving calls without use of a mobile phone in close proximity.

The world's biggest smartphone maker has been pushing to develop the wearable devices market as it looks to counter slowing earnings in its mobile division, which led to weaker-than-expected second-quarter earnings.



Read more: http://www.itnews.com.au/News/391510,samsung-to-launch-smartwatch-that-can-make-calls.aspx?eid=1&edate=20140829&utm_source=20140829_AM&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=daily_newsletter#ixzz3Bk1HGeio

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Investors are convinced Apple’s iPhone 6 is going to be a smash hit

Investors are convinced Apple’s iPhone 6 is going to be a smash hit | Applications and Mobility | Scoop.it
Apple's share price has pierced the $100 threshold today, and the hedge fund manager Carl Icahn, who built a position in the iconic device maker about a year ago, is already taking a victory lap. https://twitter.com/Carl_C_Icahn/status/501794143413493760 https://twitter.com/Carl_C_Icahn/status/501794271922765824 Remember, Apple went through a 7-for-1 stock split in June (which doesn't actually do much besides make it easier for...
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Remember, Apple went through a 7-for-1 stock split in June (which doesn’t actually do much besides make it easier for small investors to buy its shares, and for the company to be included in the Dow Jones Industrial Average). On an unadjusted basis, the stock hit a new high, surpassing a previous record of above $700 (in unadjusted terms), which it touched in September 2012.

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It’s also worth noting that Apple has been buying back its own stock (in part to placate people like Icahn, who complained that the company was hoarding its massive cash pile). That reduces its share count and artificially increases its share value.

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Apple updates Retina MacBook Pro range

Apple updates Retina MacBook Pro range | Applications and Mobility | Scoop.it
More memory, faster processors, reduced price on high-end model.
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Apple has refreshed its MacBook Pro Retina high-end laptop lineup, adding value by swapping in faster processors and more memory for throughput.

From today, the 13-inch MacBook Pro will come with 2.6 and 2.8 giga Hertz Intel Core i5 dual-core processors as standard, with all models having 8 gigabytes of RAM.

Apple has also upgraded the Intel Core i7 quad-core processors in the 15.4-inch Retina screen MacBook Pro range with faster 2.2GHz and 2.5GHz parts.

The laptops will now ship with 16GB RAM as standard, the most that can be fitted into the 15.4-inch models.




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Telstra prepares to shut down 2G network

Telstra prepares to shut down 2G network | Applications and Mobility | Scoop.it

Update: Will farewell "old friend" by end of 2016.

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Telstra will close down its 2G network before the end of 2016, and is expected to reuse the spectrum for 4G technology once the network's existing customers are migrated onto 3G and 4G.

In a blog post titled "It's time to say goodbye old friend", Telstra's group managing director of networks Mike Wright said the 2G GSM network had been in place for more than 20 years and had been surpassed by newer technologies. 

Telstra will spend the next two years moving its remaining 2G customers - including both wholesale and personal users - over to Telstra's newer networks. 




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Kicking the XP habit is hard

Kicking the XP habit is hard | Applications and Mobility | Scoop.it

 

One of the fundamental principles of security is that you do not run outdated, out of support software, especially if you handle other people’s sensitive data.

That’s been obvious for a long time, yet this week’s news that the New Zealand government continues to operate tens of thousands of Windows XP systems shows that the reality of the principle can be hard to follow.

After support for XP ended in April, several NZ government ministries and healthboards hadn’t upgraded, to the point that a staggering 40,000 or more systems were still running the obsolete operating system.



Read more: http://www.itnews.com.au/BlogEntry/389404,kicking-the-xp-habit-is-hard.aspx#ixzz36rCkSgZG[Blog post] Nobody should use XP any more, but...they do.

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One of the fundamental principles of security is that you do not run outdated, out of support software, especially if you handle other people’s sensitive data.

That’s been obvious for a long time, yet this week’s news that the New Zealand government continues to operate tens of thousands of Windows XP systems shows that the reality of the principle can be hard to follow.

After support for XP ended in April, several NZ government ministries and healthboards hadn’t upgraded, to the point that a staggering 40,000 or more systems were still running the obsolete operating system.



Read more: http://www.itnews.com.au/BlogEntry/389404,kicking-the-xp-habit-is-hard.aspx#ixzz36rCkSgZG

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Android devices leak location data

Android devices leak location data | Applications and Mobility | Scoop.it
Other operating systems also affected by privacy hole.
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A feature in newer Android phones and tablets is compromising user privacy by broadcasting a list of the most recently connected wi-fi networks while the device is in sleep mode, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has found.

The preferred network offload (PNO) feature, found in Android versions from Honeycomb (Android 3.1) onwards, allows devices to connect to wi-fi networks while in low power in order to extend battery life. The feature prioritises less power-hungry wi-fi connections over cellular connections.




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The Periodic Table of iPad Apps

The Periodic Table of iPad Apps | Applications and Mobility | Scoop.it

“ Visit the post for more.”


Via Ove Christensen, John Evans, Jenny Smith
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Jan Eade's curator insight, July 2, 2014 6:51 AM

This is a great representation of iPad apps incorporating aspects such as creativity, interacting etc as well as Google and Apple.

Alba Ortiz's curator insight, July 3, 2014 6:12 AM

Recull d'apps d'ipad per educació

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Zumindest eine ganz nette Art der Visualisierung von Apps für unterschiedliche Nutzungskontexte

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Apple launches its own coding language

Apple launches its own coding language | Applications and Mobility | Scoop.it
Meet ‘Swift’ - faster, safer and easier than Objective-C.
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Apple has launched a new software development language that it wants iOS and Mac OS app developers to consider as today’s companion and tomorrow’s successor to C and Objective-C.

It is called 'Swift' and is “inspired by” Objective-C, which is used to write many Apple apps today, but first appeared in 1983 and is beginning to show its age.



Read more: http://www.itnews.com.au/News/387188,apple-launches-its-own-coding-language.aspx#ixzz33XKlZsHB

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Microsoft and Salesforce agree to play nice

Microsoft and Salesforce agree to play nice | Applications and Mobility | Scoop.it
Compete on CRM, but integrate elsewhere.
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Microsoft and Salesforce.com have announced the integration of several functions from each of their products, furthering Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's drive to make the company more cloud friendly.

Nadella and Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff announced they would collaborate on a number of areas, despite the two competing in the area of customer relationship management (CRM) software.



Read more: http://www.itnews.com.au/News/386946,microsoft-and-salesforce-agree-to-play-nice.aspx#ixzz33AVbhwN3

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The Surface Pro 3 Is Microsoft’s Answer To The MacBook Air. Again. | TechCrunch

The Surface Pro 3 Is Microsoft’s Answer To The MacBook Air. Again. | TechCrunch | Applications and Mobility | Scoop.it
Microsoft just announced the Surface Pro 3 and a new direction for the Surface line. Microsoft is no longer looking to counter the iPad. The Surface Pro 3 is..
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Microsoft just announced the Surface Pro 3 and a new direction for the Surface line. Microsoft is no longer looking to counter the iPad. The Surface Pro 3 is Microsoft’s answer to the “heavy” MacBook Air.

This argument is not new. Microsoft touched on this with the Surface Pro and then the Surface Pro 2. The value proposition is simply more clear now. Instead of muddling the argument with examples of how the Surface Pro can be an iPad and a MacBook Air and then an iPad again, Microsoft is now simply saying the new Surface Pro is better than the MacBook Air.

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Apple to release iOS 8.0.2 'in the next few days'

Apple to release iOS 8.0.2 'in the next few days' | Applications and Mobility | Scoop.it
Apple said it plans to release iOS 8.0.2 in the coming days after it was forced to withdraw the latest operating system update over complaints that it caused calls to drop out on the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Apple said on its website it was working on a fix for the issue.

"We apologise for the great inconvenience experienced by users," Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller said in an email.
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Apple said it plans to release iOS 8.0.2 in the coming days after it was forced to withdraw the latest operating system update over complaints that it caused calls to drop out on the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Apple said on its website it was working on a fix for the issue.

"We apologise for the great inconvenience experienced by users," Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller said in an email.




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Unravelling Apple’s mobile Pay play

Unravelling Apple’s mobile Pay play | Applications and Mobility | Scoop.it
[Blog post] Why is the time right for NFC, but not iBeacon?
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Apple has - as expected - officially entered the payments space this morning with the announcement that its latest two generations of iPhones and its first attempt at a digital watch will come with a secure element chip and NFC to turn the smartphone into a mobile wallet.

Chief executive Tim Cook boldly vowed to “replace” the wallet, or at least replace the “five decades old” technology of the credit card and its “vulnerable” magnetic stripe interface.




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Ambos with iPads to the rescue in Queensland

Ambos with iPads to the rescue in Queensland | Applications and Mobility | Scoop.it
Paramedics to add a new tool to their kit in 2015.
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Queensland’s Ambulance Service hopes to have 3700 of its paramedics and executives equipped with iPads by the beginning of next year.

Following in the footsteps of its emergency services stablemates in the Queensland Police force, the QAS plans to kit out all 3500 paramedics and 200 executives and supervisors with the tablets.

“Paramedics are a special class of worker in that they spend only a small part of their day at their desk,” QAS Superintendent Sean Mutchmor told iTnews.

 



Read more: http://www.itnews.com.au/News/391615,ambos-with-ipads-to-the-rescue-in-queensland.aspx#ixzz3C74BERmd

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Google patches 50 Chrome vulnerabilities

Google patches 50 Chrome vulnerabilities | Applications and Mobility | Scoop.it
Remotely exploitable holes plugged.
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Google has released a new version of the Chrome web browser, patching an unprecedently large number of security vulnerabilities as well as adding performance improvements.

All in all, fifty security fixes are included in the latest stable release of Chrome, Google said.

Announcing the released of version 37 of its popular web browser on its Chrome blog, Google listed the fixes and also the results of the "Pwnium" competition bug bounty competition, which rewards third party researchers for finding the bugs.



Read more: http://www.itnews.com.au/News/391419,google-patches-50-chrome-vulnerabilities.aspx#ixzz3BaDSXhez

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Sydney Trains chief thinks beyond Opal

Sydney Trains chief thinks beyond Opal | Applications and Mobility | Scoop.it
Plots app to help you find a seat on the train.
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Sydney Trains chief executive Howard Collins is already thinking beyond the city’s long awaited electronic ticketing system, months before it is even finished.

At a CEDA luncheon last week, the UK-born Collins pointed to London’s Oyster as a model for the future of the NSW’s Opal card.

“The next leap in technology will be to see all of this on your bank card, internationally,” he said.




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Microsoft profit hurt by loss-making Nokia

Microsoft profit hurt by loss-making Nokia | Applications and Mobility | Scoop.it
But phone unit forecast to soon break even.
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Microsoft aims to get its loss-making Nokia phone unit to break even within two years, a forecast which helped its stock rise in after-hours trade.

The world's largest software company reported a 7 percent dip in quarterly profit last night, chiefly due to incorporating the struggling handset business of the Finnish mobile pioneer.

Microsoft's chief financial officer Amy Hood told analysts the company plans to take US$1 billion in costs out of the Nokia operation and stop its losses by fiscal 2016 - which ends in June 2016 - following massive job cuts announced last week.




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Microsoft preps users for end of Windows 7 support

Microsoft preps users for end of Windows 7 support | Applications and Mobility | Scoop.it

 

Microsoft has begun to wean customers off the Windows 7 era of products as each approaches end of mainstream support, at a time that many organisations are still struggling to migrate off the unsupported Windows XP OS.

Around 25 percent of global desktop users are still running Windows XP, according to NetMarketShare. Extended support for XP expired in April.

Microsoft is now turning its attention to the 50 percent of worlwide desktop users using the five-year-old Windows 7.



Read more: http://www.itnews.com.au/News/389454,microsoft-preps-users-for-end-of-windows-7-support.aspx#ixzz3734SUdCvTries to wean customers.

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Microsoft has begun to wean customers off the Windows 7 era of products as each approaches end of mainstream support, at a time that many organisations are still struggling to migrate off the unsupported Windows XP OS.

Around 25 percent of global desktop users are still running Windows XP, according to NetMarketShare. Extended support for XP expired in April.

Microsoft is now turning its attention to the 50 percent of worlwide desktop users using the five-year-old Windows 7.

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iPhone 6 to Launch on September 25, 5.5-Inch Model Named iPhone Air: Report

iPhone 6 to Launch on September 25, 5.5-Inch Model Named iPhone Air: Report | Applications and Mobility | Scoop.it
The launch date is not in line with previous leaks and Apple's traditional Friday launch.
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Another day and another iPhone 6 rumour. This time a report out of China details an astonishing new launch date for the next iPhone from Apple, ahead of most dates in previous leaks. The report is accompanied with purported pricing details, as well as the name of the anticipated larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 variant - iPhone Air.

The report citing industry sources claims Apple will unveil the iPhone 6 on September 15, which falls on a Monday, while retail availability will begin on September 25, which falls on a Thursday.

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Enterprise mobility news recap: June 23 – 27 - AirWatch Blog

Enterprise mobility news recap: June 23 – 27 - AirWatch Blog | Applications and Mobility | Scoop.it
Mobile technology is changing by the minute; sometimes you just can’t catch it all. Here’s what you might have missed this week: Google revealed a number of new innovations and a preview of the next Android operating system update: Android L.
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6 tips to save your wet smartphone- The Times of India

6 tips to save your wet smartphone- The Times of India | Applications and Mobility | Scoop.it
Who doesn't fear the prospect of a heavy downpour soaking the smartphone in the pocket. Or water, tea or coffee accidentally spilling on to your gadget.And the inevitable can happen no matter how much care you take. Don't panic. Just follow this simple guide:
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Apple introduces OS X 10.10 and iOS 8

Apple introduces OS X 10.10 and iOS 8 | Applications and Mobility | Scoop.it

 

Apple released two operating systems today at the company's Worldwide Developer Conference 2014 in San Fransciso, unveiling OS X 10.10 and iOS 8.

Code-named Yosemite, OS X 10.10 has been given several interface tweaks for consistency and ease of use such such as the app window controls now being in one place, and the maximise button being replaced with full-screen mode.

While Apple didn't reveal many details about the underpinnings of OS X 10.10, the company's vice-president of software engineering Craig Federighi said the redesign and built-in apps had been engineered to work with the iOS mobile operating system.



Read more: http://www.itnews.com.au/News/387184,apple-introduces-os-x-1010-and-ios-8-with-a-slew-of-new-features.aspx#ixzz33XKXONaVOpens APIs to developers.

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Apple released two operating systems today at the company's Worldwide Developer Conference 2014 in San Fransciso, unveiling OS X 10.10 and iOS 8.

Code-named Yosemite, OS X 10.10 has been given several interface tweaks for consistency and ease of use such such as the app window controls now being in one place, and the maximise button being replaced with full-screen mode.

While Apple didn't reveal many details about the underpinnings of OS X 10.10, the company's vice-president of software engineering Craig Federighi said the redesign and built-in apps had been engineered to work with the iOS mobile operating system.



Read more: http://www.itnews.com.au/News/387184,apple-introduces-os-x-1010-and-ios-8-with-a-slew-of-new-features.aspx#ixzz33XKXONaV

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Telstra claims world first 450Mbps network speeds over LTE

Australian telecommunications giant, Telstra, has hit network speeds of 450 megabits per second (Mbps) by coupling the 1800MHz and 2600MHz bands on LTE Advanced Carrier Aggregation.
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Australian telecommunications giant, Telstra, has hit network speeds of 450 megabits per second (Mbps) by coupling the 1800MHz and 2600MHz bands on LTE Advanced Carrier Aggregation.

The telco’s network partner, Ericsson, was involved in the installation of equipment to drive two new 4G Frequency Division Duplexing (FDD) channels of 20MHz bandwidth each on the 2600MHz band, aggregated with 20MHz of 4G on 1800MHz.

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