The world is a weird place. Electronics are high-dollar items, and as such, are of course prime targets for criminals to pilfer and sell on the black market. But while smash-and-grab capers and the occasional break-in are far from out of the ordinary, spraying people with bear repellent has to be an entirely new method.
Despite what you may have read in the press, Apple's influence on the tech world is just as strong as it's ever been. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 released last month is clearly aimed at the iPad mini, and its Wallet app, let's just say, is inspired by Passbook. Amazon's recent TV ad directly pits its 1900x1200 Kindle Fire HD against the iPad's retina screen (and price). And Blackberry is so tweaked by Apple, at least one of its executives can't even bring himself to speak his competitor's name in public. But no matter how hard they try, no matter how much time Apple gives them to catch up, there's one thing none of them can seem to get right: the art of the product reveal.
Fans of Apple and its products likely remember the first time they saw the iPhone, way back in 2007. Everything seemed new and amazing, and Steve Jobs was still leading the charge. And who can forget the very first public phone call ever made from that iOS device, a funny little prank ordering 4,000 lattes from Starbucks? Apparently, the barista at Starbucks can't forget; people remind her all the time.
Well, here we go again. Last year, the Apple vs. Samsung legal battle was one of the most high-profile stories in tech. And Apple's big win, to the tune of $1.05 billion in damages, was a massive windfall for Cupertino. But today, it seems Judge Koh has voided nearly half of the judgement award, declaring a new trial must be held to sort out the details.
As part of its governance rules, Apple recently altered its requirements in regards to executive compensation and stock ownership. As of February 6, Apple executives and board members will be forced to own a hefty amount of shares, in accordance with salary.
There may come a day when the traditional textbook is a thing of the past. After all, Apple announced some impressive download figures of iTunes U content just this morning. But all those teachers and students downloading materials need a way to view the content, and this afternoon Apple released some staggering numbers in regards to iOS devices in the classroom.
Tech companies like Apple, Facebook, and Intel offer employment to large numbers of Americans. But according to statements from all three organizations, each feels bans on same-sex marriage in some states are hindering recruiting and employee morale. The group, which also includes financial firm Morgan Stanley, is planning to ask the Supreme Court to enforce marriage equality nationwide.
Earlier this month, the Evasi0n software download allowed anyone with an iOS device to jailbreak, finally busting past a previously difficult roadblock in iOS 6.1. But according to one of the creators of the software, an upcoming update from Apple will likely shut Evasi0n down.
Business before pleasure? Hardly. Apple has been delivering both for years now, and the way we see it, the company is perfectly positioned to continue that trend. Time and time again, Apple has proven its ability to change our lives with devices such as the iPod, iPhone, and iPad, often perfecting existing ideas or filling voids that nobody else realized existed. But given the secretive nature of the crew in Cupertino, Apple fans and analysts alike constantly find themselves wondering: how will they follow it up? What’s the Next Big Thing? We admit that we’re no different, and it’s all too easy to let our imaginations run wild about the type of mouth-watering tech that Apple will unveil next.
How does one gauge whether or not iOS device thefts are a huge problem in one city? Well, if the local police department forms a task squad solely dedicated to tracking down the perpetrators, things are probably kind of rough. Apparently, the NYPD is taking a serious approach to a growing problem.