March 5th, 2014 | by Gizmodo
S When you die, don't forget to include your Apple ID in your will. Because, if happen to bequeath any Apple devices to friends and family, they'll be useless hunks of metal and glass without the secret word. At least, that's what we're left believing after a standoff between Apple and a dead mother's sons
March 3rd, 2014 | by Gizmodo
Good news, perhaps, for the impatient: the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple is "hiring hundreds of new engineers and supply-chain managers" across Asia in an attempt to "speed up product development and launch a wider range of devices." According to "people familiar with the matter," Apple is poaching staff from HTC and other tech companies across China and Taiwan to build up teams in Shanghai and Taipei.
February 27th, 2014 | by Gizmodo
S You shouldn't really have been worrying about how Touch ID works too much, but if you have been, then Apple has finally explained most of the security details behind the technology in detail. Apple has released a new white paper about iOS security, which explains with more detail than before how Touch ID works—and, essentially, it seems far more secure than many people may have thought. A long trache of text from the report explains : The Secure Enclave is responsible for processing fingerprint data from the Touch ID sensor, determining if there is a match against registered fingerprints, and then enabling access or purchase on behalf of the user
February 25th, 2014 | by Gizmodo
Apple has prepared a fix for the scary OS X security flaw that lets somebody with "privileged access" to your network connection get at information you think is secure. It's in the App Store now .
February 25th, 2014 | by Gizmodo
S While Google Chromecast, Apple TV, and Roku have shifted streaming content from our mobile devices to our televisions, they're often incomplete solutions. There's a whole Internet worth of video content—from news feeds to public broadcasting productions—that the Chromecast just won't play.
February 23rd, 2014 | by Gizmodo
While Apple recently patched a major security flaw for iOS , the same vulnerability continues to affect OS X. Until Apple releases a fix—which it says will come " very soon "—here are some of the apps you should avoid using on public Wi-Fi. The list comes from independent researcher Ashkan Soltani , who has been at the front of this issue since it first broke late last week.
February 23rd, 2014 | by Gizmodo
On Friday, Apple quietly released iOS 7.0.6, explaining in a brief release note that it fixed a bug in which "an attacker with a privileged network position may capture or modify data in sessions protected by SSL/TLS." That's the understated version.
February 21st, 2014 | by Gizmodo
S Re/code is reporting that Amazon is getting ready to launch an Android-powered web TV box to compete with Roku and and Apple. Sources tell Peter Kafka that Amazon "is aiming for a March rollout" of the set-top box, which was rumored to arrive last year in time for the holidays. Which it didn't
February 19th, 2014 | by Gizmodo
Ever since the rise of Apple's touchscreen devices, it's seemed only a matter of time until a touchscreen MacBook arrives. But those who wince at finger-smeared screens may not need to worry — a newly uncovered patent suggests Apple is more interested in revamping the bezel
February 18th, 2014 | by Gizmodo
S Lately, all the talk has been about the fitness-tracking, health-monitoring smartwatch that Apple is assumedly building. But a patent granted to Apple today shows the company wants to get into fitness tracking not just on your wrist, but in your ear, with sensor-laden earbuds to measure your athletic performance. The patent , first filed in 2008, proposes using skin-contacting sensors in earbuds or earphones to monitor body temperature, heart rate, and perspiration, though the patent doesn't outline the mechanics of how such sensors would work
February 17th, 2014 | by Gizmodo
S A report from the San Francisco Chronicle suggests that Apple is working to develop new product lines—including medical devices and cars The newspaper is light on detail , but does describe how , according to their sources, Cook & Co.
February 12th, 2014 | by Gizmodo
S Bloomberg reports that Apple's next-generation Apple TV will likely be announced as soon as April.
February 11th, 2014 | by Gizmodo
S After nearly two years and a ton of media attention, you can now download an iPhone app that alerts you every time a drone strike kills someone abroad. It only took the app developer six tries and several different names to get Apple to approve it . The app is called Metadata+ and, officially, it provides "real-time updates on national security." Those are Apple-safe words.
February 6th, 2014 | by Gizmodo
It might not look it, but the images above actually make up a font designed especially to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Mac. Spotted on this 30 Years of Mac tribute page by iOS developer Greg Barbosa, the font is built up of line drawings of Apple's computers over the ages.
February 4th, 2014 | by Gizmodo
S Starting in 2010 when Apple made the retina display and display quality a central theme for their product marketing, displays have moved up from the doldrums into an unprecedented renaissance of new display technologies for smartphones, tablets, TVs, and entirely new classes of products like wearable displays. That approach impressed consumers and moved the entire display industry. But Apple has recently given up the lead in displays—now Amazon, Google, LG, and Samsung are launching products with the best and most innovative displays as documented in our in-depth Display Technology Shoot-Out article series .
February 3rd, 2014 | by Gizmodo
With Macintosh turning 30 this year , you'd think Apple would go big. Maybe they'd spring for another Super Bowl commercial like the 1984 ad that changed the way the world thinks about computers. Nah… they just made an Apple promo reel that was shot entirely on iPhones—with a little help, of course
February 3rd, 2014 | by Gizmodo
S The New York Times reports that Apple is researching new technologies to charge its products—and it could see its smartwatch come equipped with solar charging capabilities.
January 30th, 2014 | by Gizmodo
S Time to get a little 802.11ac in your life. Apple's Airport Extreme is down to $169 today at Staples with code 65124 . These high-profile Staples deals tend to sell out, so we suggest you act quickly if you're interested.
January 29th, 2014 | by Gizmodo
S Hey you, Apple user. Have you been waiting—and waiting and waiting—for Apple to make some face-melting upgrades to the MacBook instead of just bumping the specs every few months?
January 25th, 2014 | by Gizmodo
The Wall Street Journal is hearing rumors that Apple wants to expand its mobile payment capabilities beyond iTunes purchases, moving into the space dominated by names like Square , PayPal , and Google . With over 575 million registered iTunes users, it's almost surprising that Apple hasn't already given those users a way to pay for 3rd party online purchases through an iTunes account. The company dabbled in making a payment feature for Passbook , but never saw those intentions through.
January 22nd, 2014 | by Gizmodo
S Apple's latest iPad advert shows the tablet being used by helicopter rescue pilots, storm chasers, ice hockey coaches, musicians, Bollywood filmmakers, scuba divers, rock musicians and artists. But let's face it, you're using it on the toilet, aren't you? The above, from Doghouse Diaries , pretty much nails it
January 16th, 2014 | by Gizmodo
S A new invention filed by Apple with the US Patent and Trademark Office is so simple but clever that it's amazing it's not been done before: Cook & Co. suggests that it could insert doctored or pre-recorded images into FaceTime chats on crappy connections to keep the conversation smooth. The patent , called "Video transmission using content-based frame search," suggests that video frame data could be used to help reduce the amount of data being sent between devices during video calls.
January 15th, 2014 | by Gizmodo
S We just had a great deal on the NEX-3NL , but if you're looking for something with a little more kick (and a sweet OLED viewfinder), then the NEX-7 is for you. For many, that viewfinder alone will be worth the price bump
January 13th, 2014 | by Gizmodo
S Before a story about toys, before monsters went corporate, before anyone went searching for Nemo , and before twenty seven Academy Awards, Pixar was a high-end computer hardware company whose clients included the government and the medical community. The story of Pixar isn't exactly full of superheroes , adorable robots, or talking bugs.
January 6th, 2014 | by Gizmodo
S Google has just announced that it's joining forces with Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai and Nvidia to create the Open Automotive Alliance. In other words, it's planning to take Android to the automobile. According to Google , the new alliance is "aimed at accelerating auto innovation with an approach that offers openness, customization and scale".
January 3rd, 2014 | by Gizmodo
In 2013, digital music sales declined for the first time since Apple launched the iTunes Store 10 years ago. Are streaming music services like Rdio and Spotify to blame? Nielsen SoundScan just released its annual music sales numbers and while none of the news is good, the digital music sales numbers are particularly troubling to the recording industry
December 31st, 2013 | by Gizmodo
S It looks like a waste paper bin, costs a fortune and is, perhaps, the best workstation you've ever owned .
December 30th, 2013 | by Gizmodo
S Bad news for New York Times readers, great news for anyone who's sick of rolling their eyes at Apple's unbearably twee ad campaigns: Arem Duplessis , the Design Director at the NYT Magazine, is leaving his post to become Creative Director at Apple. You may not have heard of Duplessis, but you've almost certainly seen his work
December 26th, 2013 | by Gizmodo
S Each year I round-up my top list of applications and utilities used the most throughout the year. Without further introduction, here are all the utilities that have been especially useful in enhancing my productivity during 2013. S 1Password ($49.99): After Dropbox, 1Password is the second application I usually install on every new device
December 20th, 2013 | by Gizmodo
S Apple changed the mobile industry with the iPhone, and has been known to suggest that others have copied it along the way.