As it has for the last several years, Apple published the results of its annual supplier responsibility for 2013 this week, which puts a specific spotlight on the tantalum used in the manufacturing process.
The big news heading into this past weekend had to be the announcement that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer would be stepping down sometime in the next 12 months, a decision that has many pundits wondering if the longtime company man is abandoning the post on his own or if the board of directors helped show him the door in an orderly fashion. One thing's for sure: Microsoft is in dire need of a shakeup if it ever hopes to make a dent in the mobile and tablet markets, so this one will be interesting to watch. In the meantime, here's a quick recap of some other stories you might have missed...
Happy Firefox 8 Day! Yes, it’s been six weeks (give or take) already since the last full version of Firefox landed on our computers, which just goes to show you how fast time flies when you’re having fun. Of course, after several rapid-fire releases in a row this year, Firefox is kind of running out of gas when it comes to new features -- but that doesn’t mean there isn’t other interesting stuff happening around the interwebs to thrill and entertain us. Here’s the latest for Tuesday, November 8, 2011.
If you've ever wanted to get that Dell guy sitting across from you at the coffee shop to shut up about how superior his Windows notebook is, tell him to consider this: Consumer Reports has rated Apple's MacBook line as the top computer in every laptop category. We're talking about every member of the MacBook family: the 11- and 13-inch MacBook Air, the 13-inch MacBook Pro and the even beefier 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pros. All got top honors in their own respective categories.
Drumroll please. The worst carrier in the U.S. according to Consumer Reports readers? You guessed it. AT&T. But, even with rumors abounding of an impending Verizon iPhone, Verizon still remains behind a different carrier in terms of contract service. Read on, to find out who!
The issue of Consumer Reports’ alternating “thumbs up, thumbs down” over the iPhone 4 is starting to draw almost as much attention as the alleged antenna issue itself, with an experienced radio engineer now debunking the CR tests as “scientifically flawed.”
It appears that Consumer Reports has a case of split personality: After first claiming there’s “no reason not to buy” Apple’s new iPhone 4 and then switching gears saying they “can’t recommend” the handset based on antenna issues, the publication has now given the device its highest marks as the best smartphone currently available.
Consumer Reports, notorious for reviewing products and putting electronics devices through the grinder, said today that they cannot recommend the iPhone 4 due to an antenna defect. After reviewing the iPhone 4, they claim that the antenna, when blocked, can cause the iPhone 4 to drop the signal and the call.