Steve Jobs was famous for his temper; Apple CEO Tim Cook, on the other hand, has cultivated a more calm and easygoing demeanor. That makes the few times when he actually does lose his temper all the more noteworthy. The latest incident occurred at during Friday's meeting with Apple shareholders, when Cook lashed out at a member of the conservative National Center for Public Policy Research, telling them to "get out of [Apple] stock" if they disagreed with Apple's policies.
If you were watching the Oscars last night, you probably noticed Ellen DeGeneres using a Samsung Galaxy Note onstage. Indeed, it was kind of hard to miss. Samsung's presence was everywhere last night, whether it was in the commercials or during DeGeneres' "blurry" selfie taken with Samsung's "mini tablet" smartphone. Behind the scenes, however, there was a another story. Aside from the scripted Galaxy Note event, DeGeneres was using her iPhone to send tweets all through the night.
In the past, Apple has at least allowed customers to chat about out-of-warranty products via its online support sections, but in the future, 9to5Mac reports, it's (usually) going to cost you. The push for paid chat support is part of a larger effort by Apple to bring other features to its online services, such as the ability to pay for product repairs and replacements over the Internet.
The new Mac Pro has apparently been a huge success -- to the point that some customers still haven't received units that they ordered way back in January and December. As you might recall, Apple said at the time that orders wouldn't ship until February, and that's a problem since we only have a few hours left in the month.
You may have heard that Apple's acclaimed iTunes Festival is coming over to this side of the pond for next month's SXSW (South By Southwest) Festival in Austin, and now The Loop has more news on what to expect. Along with Coldplay, Imagine Dragon, and other groups, '90s sensation Soundgarden will be performing at the festival.
Ashton Kutcher's Steve Jobs biopic may have flopped, but that hasn't deterred others from attempting to make a definitive film based on the life of the former Apple CEO and co-founder. Judging from the names involved, it's possible this new effort could be Oscar material. We've already heard about acclaimed screenwriter Aaron Sorkin's involvement in the project, and now word has come in from The Hollywood Reporter that David Fincher of The Social Network fame is in talks to direct it.
Apple rarely makes statements on issues outside of the tech world, but when it does, it's usually on issues pertaining to the LGBT community. Today, as CNBC reports, Apple joined more than 80 companies in signing a letter condemning Arizona's bill SB1062, which now faces a possible veto by Governor Jan Brewer. Apple's public criticism has a special meaning for Arizona as the Cupertino giant is on the verge of opening a sapphire glass facility in the state that will create around 2,000 new jobs.
Back in November we reported that an iOS-integrated hearing aid could be on the way, and now it's here. The new device is called the ReSound LiNX, and its iOS integration allows users to listen to music and talk on the phone in addition to its standard hearing aid duties.
Ever wondered what a Steve Jobs statue would look like? If you have, it's quite possible it doesn't look anything like the bust of the Apple co-founder that was unveiled in Belgrade, Serbia today. The statue, picked from more than 10,000 entries in a competition, was sculpted by Serbian native Dragan Radenovic. Once completed, it will greet vistors to Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, California.
An update for iOS 7 should appear in the Settings tab of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch today, but it's not the iOS 7.1 update you're probably hoping for. Instead, it's a rather innocuous 35.4 MB download for the iPhone 5s that simply fixes the SSL connection verification.