Congressmen question Apple on Path controversy as Apple promises updates
As it turns out, in order for Path to find contacts on your phone, the app first uploads your entire contact list to its servers. The problem, once this behavior was discovered by Singapore-based developer Arun Thampi, was that the app was doing so without users' knowledge—it didn't ask for permission and certainly didn't let anyone know that the data was being transmitted and stored somewhere else. Doubly bad was the fact that Path wasn't hashing or encrypting the data at all—it used a secure connection for the upload, but that's pretty much it.
Apple to block non-App Store games
Coming with OS-X Mountain Lion Update
While Apple will be bringing its gaming platform from iOS to OS-X, they will also apparently add a new security feature that is said to be called “Gatekeeper;” it will block games and applications by default that are obtained outside of Apple’s App Store offerings. This does not sound like the best of strategies to us when the platform is trying to attract developers to their platform.
While it will be on by default, according to what we know at the moment users will be able to turn it off. It isn’t clear what effect this might have on Steam and games installed from Steam. Developers will be able to get this out by obtaining an official Apple Developer ID that apparently will cost $99 per year, but it is not clear if this will continue to be the case going forward.
Report: Apple Blacklists The New York Times After iEconomy Report
The New York Times blasted Apple's ego and reputation hard last month with its second installment of the iEconomy series, which focused on the poor treatment and harsh working conditions of employees at Apple's suppliers' factories in China. Now, the Times is paying the price.
Apple is currently preparing for the release of its latest operating system, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. With such a release comes previews of the OS, which are typically granted to only certain media outlets. The Times used to be on that list, but it appears Apple refused to grant it that access to Mountain Lion.
According to The Washington Post, the Times ended up having to cite Apple's press releases as well as other publications for its OS X 10.8 review. To top it off, its report hit the internet late, which was described as an embarrassment for the Times.
"They are playing access journalism," said an anonymous source at The New York Times. "I've heard it from people inside Apple. They said, look, you guys are going to get less access based on the iEconomy series."
NVIDIA Tells Apple to "Prove It" on A5X Performance Claims
Benchmarks or GTFO!
Yesterday when Apple unveiled the new iPad, the crew from Cupertino took some time to brag about its new A5X processor in comparison to NVIDIA’s Tegra 3. Apple certainly isn't widely known for offering up benchmarks on its own, so we'll likely have to wait until iPads land in the hands of reviewers and geeks around the web.
Apple used the iPad unveiling to boast that the A5X chip inside the new iPad is two times faster than A5, and four times more powerful in graphics performance than the Tegra 3.
Apple has lost the plot
Loss of Jobs is probably terminal
Although I hate to say it, Apple is really screwed without Steve Jobs. Since he passed on to the great Apple Store in the sky his outfit really has been struggling to come up with anything really new. This week it was the iPad 3, er no it wasn't it was the iPad HD, I mean the new iPad.
Apple's "Dissolution of the Senate" (EU Standards Board) Stalls on Protest
The story of the dispute began with Google Inc.'s new subsidiary Motorola Mobility, Nokia Oyj. -- the world's largest maker of tradition phones -- and RIM efforts to trim the SIM card to allow for thinner, lighter smartphones. The trio proposed an ambitious new design that takes on a form factor comparable to a microSD card and is relatively sturdy.
Apple, however, seized on this as an opportunity to hijack the process with its own patented standard, which it would only offer competitors "for free" to Nokia if they scrapped existing royalty agreements for patents Apple currently licenses.
Nokia, Motorola, and RIM clearly were not happy with Apple's efforts to push this cruder design for its own financial fortune. While it might seem that three phonemakers' opinion would trump that of one, Apple -- the world's most profitable technology company -- looked to exploit a loophole in the standards organization's rules, registering six of its subsidiaries as independent companies, in an effort to appoint itself dictator of the board and give itself more votes than the other members combined.
Researchers uncover new espionage malware preying on Mac users
Researchers have discovered at least two new pieces of malware in the wild that subject Mac users to advanced surveillance campaigns designed to surreptitiously siphon confidential data from their machines.
'Welcome to Microsoft's world,' says security firm Kapersky as Apple fans face up to the reality of more malicious software in Mac OS X. The security film Apple is 10 years behind Microsoft in dealing with threats
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