Does the FBI have a file on all of us? Some conspiracy theorists believe so, but it should probably come as no surprise to discover that the Feds definitely had one on the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, dating back to 1991. Curious to read what it says? Thankfully, the 191-page document is now available for all to read, complete with redacted segments. But that’s just the icing on the cake for what’s been happening since this morning -- here’s a look at what else is making news for Thursday, February 9, 2012.
Another day, another iOS developer in hot water for playing fast and loose with user data. This time it’s Path, a favorite of the MacLife.com team -- but fear not, the sky isn’t falling, as you’ll discover from reading onward. It’s otherwise been a moderately quiet day on the Apple home front, so we’ve collected a few related tidbits from competitors like Google Android and Research in Motion to keep you entertained for this Tuesday, February 7, 2012.
So much for a slow weekend for tech news! On Saturday, The New York Times published a lengthy exposé on why Apple manufactures its products in China -- and it’s not just about cheap labor. Then, on Sunday, BlackBerry maker Research in Motion dropped the bombshell most of us have been expecting: After two decades, its co-CEOs are stepping down in favor of a virtual unknown who thus far appears to be towing the company line.
How often have you seen someone using an iPad competitor? If your experience is anything like ours, probably not very often. That’s because a non-iPad tablet is something of a unicorn in the wild, except it’s far less magical. We decided to take a look at what went wrong for these iPad challengers and determine whether they have a shot in the future.
A new report details the dramatic changes in the mobile phone market over the last three years. If you are a mobile phone operating system not named Android or iOS, the results are not pretty.
For instance, in Q2 2008, Nokia's Symbian held a 47 percent market share, but by Q2 2011 it had dropped to 16 percent. Over the same period, Microsoft's phone platforms plummeted from 12 percent to 1 percent, and Blackberry's RIM has dropped from 17 percent to 12 percent.
Forget red state or blue state, a new digital Mason-Dixon line is forming. A just released map breaks down smartphone preference by state, and the "new data establishes an evolving narrative of a North vs. South divide in the ongoing battle of the two top mobile operating systems."
Once king of the smartphone world, Research in Motion's BlackBerry has steadily fallen behind Apple's iPhone and Google's Android operating system. RIM investors are also growing steadily unhappy about this, and may start calling for changes soon within the company, starting at the top.
Research in Motion may be getting plenty of ridicule over its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, but now iPad users have at least one reason to envy the device -- it’s getting the very first official Facebook app for tablets.
In case you missed it on Wednesday night, the embargo was lifted on early reviews for Research in Motion’s first tablet device, the BlackBerry PlayBook. A veritable flood of reviews hit the web for the device, which debuts on Tuesday, April 19 -- but it’s off to a bit of a rocky start so far.