Less than a month after Apple first shipped the iPhone in June 2007, a group called Independent Security Evaluators documented deep security design flaws in the device. Apple’s most embarrassing flub: every iPhone application that Apple had written ran with so-called root privileges, giving each one complete control over the entire phone. Hackers found bugs in those apps that could be used to take over the phone from the inside. Apple didn’t fix the design flaw until January 2008. But after that rocky launch, Apple invested heavily in iPhone security. It’s still possible for a hacker to take over a phone, but it’s increasingly difficult, largely because each app runs in its own isolated “sandbox.”
It seems that yet another member of the animal kingdom has taken a liking to the iPad — dolphins. Cats love it and dogs aren't so sure , but apparently a bottlenose dolphin named Merlin is now an iPad enthusiast . Researcher Jack Kassewitz of SpeakDolphin is working on using the Apple tablet device as a language interface for marine mammals. "We think that once the dolphins get the hang of the touch screen, we can let them choose from a wide assortment of symbols to represent objects, actions and even emotions," Kassewitz said of the project. "Merlin is quite curious, like most dolphins, and he showed complete willingness to examine the iPad." The young two-year-old Merlin (not the first two-year-old to enjoy the device!)
redapes.org Orangutans across the world may soon join the ranks of millions of humans as proud owners of new iPads. As strange as that may sound, a conservation group is testing its " Apps for Apes " program, allowing orangutans to communicate with each other remotely via the iPad's video chat technology . Orangutan Outreach founder Richard Zimmerman says has iPads have already been donated to zoos in Milwaukee, Atlanta and Florida.
Advertisements We love a good magic show here at Redmond Pie, and if anyone can somehow manage to incorporate some technology into a magic act then we’re particularly interested. Magic and technology, a match made in heaven. We have been treated to just that a few times since the iPad arrived, but this might just be the best we’ve encountered yet. The iPad has been called a lot of names since its initial release back in 2010. Much fun has been poked at Apple for its incessant use of superlatives when describing its devices, and the iPad has been the biggest beneficiary of such exaggeration.
Whether you're a seasoned user or brand new to the iPhone world, chances are you're probably not using your smartphone to its fullest. Don't worry, you're not alone, as these pocket-sized computers boast many hundreds of features buried in the operating system. And so here we share a number of our favorite iPhone tips and tricks, some of which you may know already. Hopefully there's a good number of ones you aren't aware of yet.
<img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-148549" title="6923479465_648e8a0a0b_o" src="http://www.cultofmac.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/6923479465_648e8a0a0b_o-e1330100346979.jpg" alt="In 1985, Bill Gates Pitched Apple To Make The Mac Into Windows" width="640" height="380" /> The fantastic Letters of Note blog has posted an amazing letter that a 30-year old Bill Gates sent to John Sculley and Jean Louis Gassée back in June of 1985. In the letter, Gates argues that Apple should license their hardware and operating system out to other companies, making Macintosh a “standard.” If that pitch sounds familiar, it should: after being ignored by Apple for six months, Microsoft took the idea and ran with it, bringing Windows to the world. Letters of Note openly ponders what might have happened if Apple had listened to Bill Gates.
Where does the world's largest collection of Apple -related history live? In a fascinating archive owned and operated by Stanford University . But good luck actually finding the trove of hardware, software, recorded interviews, revealing documents, candid photos and internal videos. Everything is stored in a secret Bay Area location away from the Stanford campus. Unceremoniously housed in boxes that occupy some 600 feet of shelving in a climate-controlled warehouse, the archive contains gems such as handwritten early sales records of the Apple II, a $5,000 loan agreement that helped the fledgling company get off the ground, and a 1976 letter in which a printer warns a friend about a young "joker" named Steve Jobs .
Editors’ note: The following is an excerpt from Design Forward: Creative Strategies for Sustainable Change ( Arnoldsche Art Publishers ), by Hartmut Esslinger. In 1982, Apple was in its sixth year of existence, and Steve Jobs, Apple’s cofounder and Chairman, was twenty-eight years old. Steve, intuitive and fanatical about great design, realized that the company was in crisis. With the exception of the aging Apple IIe, the company’s products were failing against IBM’s PCs.
Businessweek provides a very interesting look behind Apple's supply chain and how they have managed to fine tune their operations into a competitive advantage. According to more than a dozen interviews with former employees, executives at suppliers, and management experts familiar with the company’s operations, Apple has built a closed ecosystem where it exerts control over nearly every piece of the supply chain, from design to retail store. Apple's well known to be a master at operations with much of that credit going to now CEO Tim Cook.
About five years ago, Apple ( AAPL ) design guru Jony Ive decided he wanted a new feature for the next MacBook: a small dot of green light above the screen, shining through the computer’s aluminum casing to indicate when its camera was on. The problem? It’s physically impossible to shine light through metal. Ive called in a team of manufacturing and materials experts to figure out how to make the impossible possible, according to a former employee familiar with the development who requested anonymity to avoid irking Apple. The team discovered it could use a customized laser to poke holes in the aluminum small enough to be nearly invisible to the human eye but big enough to let light through.
But as of spoke, interrupted with an inquiry of his own: what would it take to make iPhones in the United States? Not long ago, Apple boasted that its products were made in America. Today, few are. Almost all of the 70 million iPhones, 30 million iPads and 59 million other products Apple sold last year were manufactured overseas. Why can’t that work come home? Mr.
by Michael Schrage | 3:15 PM October 27, 2011 With thanks to Walter Isaacson , Steve Jobs got the last word on his remarkable life. But will Apple's founder be as fortunate extending his enterprise legacy? Apple's leadership — the Tim Cooks and Jonathan Ives — will step up to realize the vision of their late leader.
Steve Sande and I have been collaborating on " Talking to Siri ," an ebook that just recently hit the Kindle store. It's a how-to that will help you get the most done with your Siri intelligent assistant. We're sharing some of our favorite tips with TUAW readers. Today, we're looking at Siri's Wolfram Alpha integration.
Siri is the iPhone 4S’s not-so-hidden weapon. The artificially intelligent voice-recognition system is the biggest feature separating Apple’s sparkly new handset, which debuted last month, from every other smartphone available. So people naturally want Siri on their iPhone 4s, iPads, and MacBooks, too. Hackers and developers have been working tirelessly to accomplish this feat. They haven’t yet succeeded in delivering a hacked Siri to the masses, but recent attempts show they’re getting oh so close. There are reasons Siri didn’t launch as an upgrade for all iOS devices.
Podcast: Play in new window | Download Apple’s announcements yesterday about OS X 10.7 pricing (cheap), upgrading (easy), iOS 5, and iCloud storage, syncing, and media service can all be viewed as increasing ease of use, but from the perspective of Apple CEO Steve Jobs they perform an even more vital function — killing Microsoft. Here is the money line from Jobs yesterday: “We’re going to demote the PC and the Mac to just be a device – just like an iPad, an iPhone or an iPod Touch. We’re going to move the hub of your digital life to the cloud.”