Remember Walter Isaacson, the guy who wrote that bestselling biography of Steve Jobs that seemed to be everywhere in the winter of 2011-2012? Isaacson once again found himself in the spotlight earlier this month when he argued in an interview with CNBC that the "greatest innovation today" was coming from Google's offices, not Apple's. It sparked such a harsh response that Isaacson held another interview with Bloomberg this morning in which he argued that Apple is still better at turning their ideas into reality.
If there was any clear loser during Apple's earnings call this week, it was the once mighty iPod. After the news broke that only 6 million units of the portable music device had been sold--around half as many from the same time last year--pundits across the Internet hopped on their soapboxes to declare the iPod dead. But not so fast, 9to5Mac says--evidence suggests that Apple might have big plans for the device yet.
Big things are afoot at Microsoft; perhaps big enough to warrant attention from the folks in Cupertino. According to Bloomberg's sources, Microsoft plans to fill the CEO chair currently occupied by Steve Ballmer from within the company, and probably soon. And here's an arguably bigger chunk of news--the board might even replace Bill Gates as chairman.
If you use Gmail, you might want to dig through your Trash and Spam folders to see if there's anything that shouldn't be in there. As The Verge reports, between January 15 and January 22, Gmail applied the wrong actions to certain emails while users were managing their inboxes, which caused some messages to end up in the wrong folders.
President Obama may have had a lot to speak about during last night's State of the Union address, but he still found time to extend thanks to Apple and other tech companies for their efforts in education.
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.