If the current events in Russia weren't tense enough, the homeland of Vladimir Putin has now asked Apple to hand over its source codes for iOS devices and Macs so it can sift through them and see if they're being used for spying. This surfaced earlier this week when Peter Engrob Nielsen, Apple's chief representative in Russia, met with Russian Communications Minister Nikolai Nikiforov.
At this rate, owning an iDevice might be as essential to being a successful doctor as possessing a degree. Only a day after a British hospital reported that its practice of using iPad and iPods to monitor patents' health had led to lower mortality rates, a new crowd-funded project has popped up on IndieGogo claiming that Apple's iPhone might be able to help wipe out malaria on the Indonesian island of Bangka.
Hotels often make a big deal about how much their premises make you feel "at home," but according to the Wall Street Journal, Hilton's upcoming app will let you walk straight up to your room after your arrival like you own the place. No more of that nasty socializing with the folks behind the counter business; you'll be able to bypass human interaction altogether.
As we get closer to the fall, the news is starting to move to details of the Yosemite OS and possible new features that might show up with the iPhone 6 in iOS. And there's also good news on the horizon for iPhone users who want to switch carriers. Meanwhile, is that a patent filing regarding the iWatch? Let's take a look inside, shall we?
The controversies associated with unlocking one's iPhone have dogged the smartphone since its origins, but now at last (with some qualifications), it looks like the practice will at last gain some legitimacy. The bill in question only covers the right to switch from one carrier to another, but it's a step forward, and the bill has only one more step to take before it becomes law.
It can be difficult to pick out the cream of the crop amidst the barrage of new iPhone and iPad games, but we’ve got you covered with our weekly look at the most notable new releases. Sleek shooter Modern Combat 5: Blackout is the week’s big launch, but Traps N’ Gemstones, Colorbars, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are also promising options. Give these a good look and then check back next week for more.
If you've ever had any doubts that the so-called iWatch is going to be a success, consider the "evidence" amassed by perennial prankster Jimmy Kimmel last night. In the video below, Kimmel's team pesters passersby on Hollywood Boulevard and tells them to check out Apple's upcoming smartwatch, and for the most part, they all respond enthusiastically. The catch? It's just a $20 Casio watch with an Apple logo slapped on the back.
We've got some sweet deals for you on refurb Macs, which is a great way to go when you want to save a bundle but still get great hardware. And if you need headphones, earbuds, or cases, we've got a bit of that action for you as well. So let's start spending money to save money, shall we?
We've heard a lot of rumors about Apple's plans for a "digital wallet" over the last couple years (particularly after the introduction of Touch ID), but now The Information reports that we could see it much sooner than expected. According to the sources, Apple now has the framework in place to allow iPhone users to use their handsets in place of their wallets, and we could see the technology as early as this fall.
Apple held its quarterly earnings call today, and the report from CEO Tim Cook follows the general trend we've been seeing for some months now. Device sales are generally up for year-over-year, with the notable exception of the iPad (which has witnesses sales drops of 8 percent in the past 12 months). But there's an important statistic among all these numbers—since 2008, the Cupertino giant has paid over 20 billion to its iOS developers.