It's a good day to be an Apple user. Dire news about a security flaw named Heartbleed has been circulating around the Internet for the last week, but the Cupertino company said in a statement to Re/code today that you have little to worry about as regards iOS, OS X, and Apple's "key web services." All were apparently unaffected.
Something is rotten in Cupertino. After more than 20 years with Apple, Greg Christie, who played a key role in the development of the original iPhone and other major Apple products, is allegedly leaving the company due to "friction" (to use 9to5Mac's word) with design chief Jony Ive. As a result, Ive will have even more direct control over the design of Apple's software.
More rumors about the "iWatch" today, and they show just how risky it is to take them at face value. According to the latest report from DigiTimes (the same folks who relayed the news about the "August" release date just yesterday), three of Apple's suppliers have delivered samples of the flexible circuit boards intended for the iWatch.
Samsung's anti-Apple commercials sometimes suggest that the iPhone is for the older crowd, but new data from Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster (via MacRumors) suggests that the Cupertino company's smartphone is actually growing in popularity among the teen demographic. Based on a sampling of 7,500 teenagers, a full 61 percent now own an iPhone.
The charging times for the iPhone have steadily gotten better over the last few years, but as the Wall Street Journal reports, it's possible that you'll be able to plug the device in and charge it from 0 percent to 100 percent in just half a minute. An Israeli startup by the name of StoreDot revealed the technology at Microsoft's Think Next Conference using standard smartphone batteries, and they claim it'll even be portable.
Well, Apple's future is getting close to becoming clear as the date for WWDC 2014 has finally been let loose. Looks like some tech journalists are going to be revamping any early summer vacation plans. Meanwhile, it feels like it's been so long since Microsoft had a hit that this week's news of how well Office for iPad did can't help but be a shot in the arm. Plus games, leaks, updates and new stuff all in this week's hottest news.
Sometimes important acquisitions by Apple make big news; other times, months by go by before anyone even knows about it. (It's a pity it seemingly can't achieve that same secrecy with the iPhone anymore.) As TechCrunch reports, it appears that the iPhone maker acquired staff from Novauris Technologies last year to assist in improving Siri, thus all but confirming Apple also acquired the company at the same time.
On the eve of the launch of Microsoft's three signature Office apps for the iPad, several critics were still suggesting that it was too late for their appearance to make much of a difference. According to today's Twitter report from Microsoft, however, they couldn't have been more wrong. Just one week since Word, Excel, and PowerPoint came to Apple's tablet, the apps (combined with OneNote) have been downloaded a stunning 12 million times.
Blizzard Entertainment's digital collectible card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is starting to make its way to the iPad as of today, although it's currently only available in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. That could change, though, as the night goes on. Designed by the makers of popular games like World of Warcraft and Diablo III, Hearthstone presents a fun, free-to-play take on the genre probably best known for Magic: The Gathering and, in true Blizzard fashion, it makes it easily accessible for the most novice of players.
Following the release of Microsoft's Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for the iPad, Apple is drawing attention to its own office suite with a visual overhaul of the online versions of iWork. The iCloud and Mac versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote all resemble their iOS 7 counterparts after today's update, bringing a common visual aesthetic to the Cupertino company's productivity suite regardless of which platform you prefer.