You know it's a strange world when Apple can break its own records and still disappoint analysts. That's the news from Apple's latest quarterly earnings report, which covers the first fiscal quarter of 2014. During that time, Apple generated a staggering $57.6 billion in revenue with a profit of $13.1 billion. The disappointment? As Fortune notes, Apple "only" sold 51 million iPhones out instead of the 56 million some analysts were projecting.
So just how safe is your Apple.com account from intruders? Pretty darn safe, according to Dashlane (via Ars Technica), at least if you're talking about password protection. Dashlane studied the password protection policies of over 100 companies ranging from Microsoft to Dick's Sporting Goods and found that only Apple deserved a perfect score of 100.
Back when the whole Edward Snowden/PRISM scandal broke out, a small (if qualified) saving grace for Apple is that it was apparently the most recent company the NSA accessed. It's still unknown how true all that was, but in an interview with ABC's David Muir, Apple CEO Tim Cook once again drove home his repeated position that Apple looks out for the security of its users.
Looking for a great way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Mac? You could certainly do worse than download a font from Apple that shows every single Mac that's even been created in place of the usually boring business of letters and numbers. And here's the big surprise--we're not even sure if Apple meant for it to be downloaded, to you should probably get your hands on it while it's still around.
One of the biggest surprises in gaming last year was just how well Crystal Dynamics managed to update the Tomb Raider series. Drawing inspiration from the wonderful PS3 series Uncharted (itself inspired partly by Tomb Raider), the game shows us how Lara Croft morphed from an innocent university archaeologist to a walking weapon. And as of today, Mac gamers can experience the new Tomb Raider for themselves.
One of the big problems plaguing iOS 7 for some users is a tendency for apps and the home screen to crash, triggering a soft reboot. As Mashable relates, it's called the "white/black screen of death," and Apple wants iPhone users to know that a fix for the issue is coming in a future iOS 7 update.
Jimmy Fallon's MacBook has become a constant feature of his desk since he started hosting "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," but that caused a brief awkward moment last night when he was speaking with Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Gates was actually on the show to talk about his foundation's success in fighting polio, but the trouble began when the talk inevitably shifted to technology.
A judge orders Apple to let her friend investigate every aspect of the company and then pay him for it. When another court looks askance at that arrangement and suspends it, the judge defends her original decision by using the "if you've done nothing wrong, you've nothing to hide" logic. Really? Meanwhile, Samsung only wants to settle out of court if they do not have to promise to stop copying Apple. True story, though you might not believe it. Read on.
The news over the last year has been stuffed with tales of stolen iDevices and the measures used to present those thefts, but it's been woefully silent on whether such techniques actually work. But they do, as Stuff.co.nz reports (via Cult of Mac), and they do it well. Using Apple's Find My iPad feature, father and son duo Chris and Markham Phillips of New Zealand were able to hunt down the thief who took their iPad and even retrieve it.
We've got new games, an app that will answer your question, and a question we wish no one would ever ask again in this week's round up of the news just past. Thieves make the news as well, and no, we're not talking about Google.