APPLE’S DEVELOPER CENTER BREACHED BY UNKNOWN HACKERS

Apple’s Developer Center website taken offline after it was breached by unknown hackers

LERNSTIFT: THE DIGITAL PEN THAT CHECKS SPELLING ERRORS ON PAPER, EVEN GRAMMAR IN THE FUTURE, HAS BUILT-IN Wi-Fi AND CAN CONNECT TO YOUR SMARTPHONE OR PC

The refill of the Lernstift can be replaced to turn it from a ballpoint pen, pictured, to a fountain pen or pencil

The pen that checks for spelling errors on PAPER and vibrates when you make a mistake

NEW APPLE TV IS ADVERT-FREE AND ITS REMOTE CONTROL A RING ON YOUR FINGER

 Yanko Design has created these concept images of what the iRing and Apple TV's set could look like.

Apple’s new TV set ‘will have NO adverts and could be controlled by remote control ring worn on a viewer’s finger’

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DEADLY iPHONE 5: CHINESE FLIGHT ATTENDANT AND BRIDE-TO-BE MA AILUN DIES ‘ FROM MASSIVE ELECTRIC SHOCK WHILE ANSWERING HER iPHONE 5’

Ma Ailun

Apple launches probe after Chinese bride-to-be, 23, dies ‘from massive electric shock while answering her iPhone 5

BIZARRE BEHAVIOR: FLORIDA WOMAN ENTERS APPLE STORE SHOWED EMPLOYEE A DEVICE STRAPPED TO HER CHEST, CAUGHT TRYING TO ENTER MEN’S RESTROOM, THEN ASKED FOR HELP BEFORE RUNNING AWAY TELLING THEM NOT TO CALL POLICE

 Police are hunting for the woman who is described as approximately 5ft 8in, possibly Hispanic and was wearing a red hoodie, black leggings and a red and black hat

Woman enters Apple store wearing suspicious package, asks for help and then runs away warning staff not to call police or she’ll be harmed 

  • The woman approached a member of staff and revealed an unidentified package that was strapped to her chest
  • She asked for help but said not to call the police or she would be harmed
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UNAUTHORIZED KIDS SPENDING: APPLE TO PAY $100 MILLION IN CASH OR REFUNDS TO PARENTS OF KIDS WHO SPLURGED ON APPLE APPS WITHOUT PARENTS CONSENT

 Common: The kitchen family was shocked when son Danny, center, racked up £1,700 pounds ($2,600) for add-ons in a free-to-download game

Common: The kitchen family was shocked when son Danny, center, racked up £1,700 pounds ($2,600) for add-ons in a free-to-download game

Apple loses $100MILLION class action suit to parents of kids who went on unauthorized app spending sprees

By Joshua Gardner

Apple has settled a $100 million class action suit with parents who demanded the return of money their kids blew on app store spending splurges they never authorized.

The settlement stems from a suit first filed in 2011 in the wake of a Washington Post report about naughty kids using parents’ hard-earned money to buy games and game add-ons for their iPhones and iPads. Apple will make amends with cash or iTunes credits of $5 for parents claiming the lowest losses, with restitution going up from there.

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FREE IPAD FOR EVERY LOW-INCOME STUDENT IN CALIFORNIA AFTER $30 MILLION DEAL WITH APPLE, WITH 20% DROP OUT RATE CAN STUDENTS KEEP THE IPAD IF THEY DECIDED TO LEAVE?

Every school child in Los Angeles is to be given an iPad following a $30million deal with Apple. The Los Angeles Unified School District announced on Tuesday the decision after teachers voted iPads the cheapest product and the best quality in the market.

iPads will now be handed out in 47 schools to give students from low-income households a better chance in the classroom as new national and state tests are to be taken on the devices.

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APPLE UNVEILS THE LATEST iPHONE AND IPAD LOOKS: THE NEW iOS 7 SOFTWARE DITCHING THE OLD FOR A BRAND NEW ‘FLAT’ LOOK

Apple, under direction from head designer Sir Jonathan Ive, have removed the 'textured' design of its icons in iOS 7.

Apple unveils revolution to the way your iPhone and iPad looks: Company bosses show next generation software that ‘ditches classic interface’

  • Apple’s latest iOS 7 software for iPhones and iPads takes a bold step away from previous versions by abandoning the use of textured paper and wood effects for icons
  • It is the first software designed by London-born Sir Jonathan Ive since he took over from Scott Forstall in October last year
  • Apple also announced a new music streaming service – iTunes Radio
  • Two new MacBook Air models available from today with improved battery life
  • Apple bosses unveil new Mac software OS X Mavericks with tabs, tags and multiple displays plus an overhaul to its Safari browser

By Victoria Woollaston and Mark Prigg

Apple has unveiled the biggest ever change to its iPhone and iPad software with the new iOS 7 operating system. The announcement, made at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, comes after months of speculation. The firm also unveiled a music streaming service called ITunes Radio set to take on Spotify, plus a host of new power-efficient MacBook Air laptops.

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HOW DOES APPLE KEEP SECRETS SO WELL? EMPLOYEES TOLD “DON’T TELL YOUR WIVES” AND TIGHT SECURITY EVERYWHERE

When a user at website www.quora.com asked about how Apple keep its secrets so well, Apple engineers and other Apple employees, past and present, gave 24 answers to the question. It’s not “Process” or “Culture” as what the user thought but a combination of  many answers.

Kim Scheinberg, wife of former Apple engineer John Kullmann, and Robert Bowdidge, former engineer who now works for Google, gave the answer of “Don’t tell your wives” Apple policy. Whenever they are involved in top-secret projects even their travel must be kept secret from other family members and wives not allowed to tag along.

A current employee revealed the Apple iTrack device , a security system device used to track “all prototypes laser marked with serial numbers and tracked by central tracking system”. Also, prototypes are required to be locked up when not in use. Brian Hoshi, a former Apple account executive, answered threat of getting fired if they leak something. Tight security in laboratories like new products guarded by cameras and no-access to key-card access doors unless part of engineers assigned to the project with secretaries documenting every person who goes in and out of the lab.

Every project is also covered with black cloths in case someone accidentally enters the section of the lab they are not supposed to be in. All labs are sectioned off with signing in as requirement to enter. There’s the system also of employees not allowed to know what other members of their specific group are working on. Others cited the love of the products kept them quiet as fans really want to be surprised about the latest Apple product. Last year, a leaked video of  iphone 5 prototype believed to have come from a Chinese factory. Apple CEO Tim Cook is making sure all the anti-leak security measures and policies put in place by Apple founder Steve Jobs are strengthened and implemented.

GOOGLE GLASS HAS NO-RESELL POLICY TO START DISTRIBUTION THIS WEEK

Project Glass eyewear

Project Glass eyewear (Photo credit: robpegoraro)

Google will start distributing this week in US  the Google Glass device to 8,000 chosen by contest elected owners. It will be mass-produced in 2014 and hopes to lower its current price of $1,500 by next year.

The selected owners can only get one pair of GG,  has to register the glass to their Google account and has to open and maintain Google Wallet account to activate and  receive continued Google service. Part of the policy in purchasing the device is the no-reselling policy. Owners are forbidden to resell it but they can give it as a gift with the same attached policy for the gift recipients as the device owners.

Google says to “sell, loan, transfer or give device to others”  without permission from Google will lead to deactivation of the device without “refund, product support or warranty.” The “wearable internet” will be fully tested next year whether the mass consumer will take a bite on this latest gadget. Google, Apple and others are working on “Internet-connected wristwatches.”

With too many latest gadgets out there, making everything obsolete one year after purchase, it’s possible people may soon experience “gadget-fatigue-syndrome”. Instead of buying the latest gadget out there and throwing away what they bought six months ago just because there’s a new “thing” out there, people may soon out of fatigue settle and keep what they already have if the new “thing” has really nothing “crucial” to offer.

Copyright 2013 Ketchie V. Schauf