apple en Tech Coalition Presses US Government to End Bulk Collection of Metadata <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u166440/whitehouse01.jpg" alt="White House" title="White House" width="200" height="148" style="float: right;" />Microsoft, Google, and Apple among tech companies fighting against provision in the Patriot Act</h3> <p>The collection of metadata by government agencies, such as the National Security Agency, has been a source of contention for tech companies forced to hand over the information in bulk to the US Government. Section 215 of the Patriot Act allows for the bulk collection of metadata but the provision will expire in June unless the government renews it. As the date draws closer, <strong>tech companies have joined privacy groups in sending an open letter asking that Section 215 not be renewed in the Patriot Act</strong>.</p> <p>“There must be a clear, strong, and effective end to bulk collection practices under the USA PATRIOT Act, including under the Section 215 records authority and the Section 2 214 authority regarding pen registers and trap &amp; trace devices,” <span style="color: #ff0000;"><a title="Tech Coalition letter" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">reads the letter</span></a></span>, explaining what the groups want. “Any collection that does occur under those authorities should have appropriate safeguards in place to protect privacy and users’ rights.”</p> <p>The letter goes on to suggest that, “The bill must contain transparency and accountability mechanisms for both government and company reporting, as well as an appropriate declassification regime for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court decisions.</p> <p>While the various organizations might have differing views on what reforms should be included, the two points quoted above are ones that everyone agrees must be part of the reforms. 47 different industry and privacy organizations have signed the letter that was sent to the Obama administration. One group, called the Reform Government Surveillance, includes members such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, Microsoft, and Apple.&nbsp;</p> <p>“It has been nearly two years since the first news stories revealed the scope of the United States’ surveillance and bulk collection activities,” the letter concludes. “Now is the time to take on meaningful legislative reforms to the nation’s surveillance programs that maintain national security while preserving privacy, transparency, and accountability. We strongly encourage both the White House and Members of Congress to support the above reforms and oppose any efforts to enact any legislation that does not address them.”</p> <p>Whether the US government implements such reforms come June will remain to be seen, but the potential outlook doesn’t look promising. Last year, the Obama administration asked Congress to <a title="MPC White House privacy laws" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">pass new privacy laws</span></a> proposing that telecom companies hang onto the records and only hand them over to law enforcement agencies when receiving a court order. Nothing came about from the proposal, while Congress itself was unable to reform the surveillance program. In November 2014, Congress was unable to pass The Freedom Act, a bill that would have curbed the NSA’s bulk collection of telephone records.</p> <p>Do you think the US Government will make changes to the Patriot Act regarding the bulk collection of metadata? Let us know what you think in the comments below.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Follow Sean on&nbsp;<a title="SeanDKnight Google+" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Google+</span></a>, <a title="SeanDKnight's Twitter" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Twitter</span></a>, and <a title="SeanDKnight Facebook" href="" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Facebook</span></a></em></p> apple Google microsoft patriot act privacy groups Section 215 Tech coalition twitter News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:38:43 +0000 Sean D Knight 29650 at Apple to Windows 7 Users: It’s Time to Move On <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="Boot Camp" title="Boot Camp" width="228" height="142" style="float: right;" /></h3> <h3>The latest MacBooks don’t support Windows 7 installation via Boot Camp</h3> <p>It has now been more than five years since Windows 7—the most widely used desktop operating system out there—first walked into our lives, promising to right Vista’s many wrongs. Although it has carried the workhorse mantle previously associated with XP pretty well, the OS is proving to be more durable than Microsoft would like. The Redmond-based company would, of course, like nothing more than for all the Windows 7 users out there to move to Windows 8/8.1 or the forthcoming Windows 10 en masse. But it’s not alone as even its arch-rival <strong>Apple apparently thinks the OS has overstayed its welcome.</strong></p> <p>The company’s latest MacBook Pro and Air models <a href="" target="_blank">no longer support Windows 7 installation through the Boot Camp Assistant utility</a> that has come built-in with Mac OS X since 2007. Boot Camp, for those who don’t know, enables Mac users to install Windows on their Intel-based machines for dual-booting. </p> <p>This is not the first time that a Mac device has hit the market with Boot Camp support for Windows 7 disabled, though. The <a href="" target="_blank">last instance dates back to 2013</a>, when the company launched a Mac Pro workstation with support for only Windows 8. </p> <p>Windows-loving Macheads intent on avoiding Windows 8/8.1 like the plague can get around this by running Windows 7 in a virtual machine. Or, alternatively, just bide your time and wait for Windows 10.</p> <p><em>Image Credit: ixbt</em></p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> apple boot camp dual boot Mac OS X MacBook Air microsoft windows 7 News Mon, 23 Mar 2015 04:03:54 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 29621 at All Four Major Browsers Hacked in Pwn2Own Contest <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hacking_0.jpg" alt="Hacking" title="Hacking" width="228" height="152" style="float: right;" />Not a single browser was left standing</h3> <p>Could the world use yet another browser? Sure, if security is at the forefront of your mind. <strong>At the annual Pwn2Own hacking contest that took place this week, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari all fell prey to remote code execution exploits</strong> by the second day. Not to make a mountain out of a mole hill, this isn't unusual, as every year hackers gather at CanSecWest's conference to show off their skills for prizes.</p> <p>Credit goes to JungHoon Lee (known online as lokihardt) for taking down a 64-bit build of Internet of Explorer with a time-of-check to time-of-use (TOCTOU) vulnerability allowing for read/write privileges, which netted him a prize bounty of $65,000.</p> <p>Lee then took out Chrome with a buffer overflow race condition, followed by an info leak and race condition in two Windows kernel drivers to get SYSTEM access, earning him the biggest payout in Pwn2Own history -- $75,000 for the Chrome bug and an extra $25,000 for the privilege escalation to SYSTEM, plus another $10,000 from Google for a total of $110,000. That worked out to $916 per second for his two-minute demonstration, <a href="" target="_blank">HP reports</a>.</p> <p>Before wrapping up work for the day, Lee hacked Apple's Safari browser using a use-after-free (UAF) vulnerability in an uninitialized stack pointer and bypassed the sandbox for code execution. His reward was $50,000, bringing his total for the day to $225,000.</p> <p>In all, researchers earned $442,500 in bounties over the course of two days.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> apple browser CanSecWest chrome firefox Google Internet Explorer microsoft Mozilla pwn2own safar Security Software News Fri, 20 Mar 2015 17:37:00 +0000 Paul Lilly 29618 at Google Relaxes Project Zero Bug Disclosure Policy <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="Google Project Zero" title="Google " width="228" height="95" style="float: right;" />Companies working on a fix can now apply for a 14-day grace period after 90-day disclosure deadline</h3> <p>The whole <a href="" target="_blank">fracas over Google Project Zero team’s disclosure of three Windows zero-day bugs</a> before Microsoft could fix them may now be old news, but it seems to have done enough to get the former to revisit its bug disclosure policy. Google’s bug hunters took to the official Project Zero blog on Friday to announce a <strong>number of key changes to their disclosure policy</strong>.</p> <p>While a large part of the <a href="" target="_blank">blog post</a> is dedicated to the importance of bug hunting and reporting programs having disclosure deadlines and how the outfit’s own 90-day deadline is “reasonably calibrated for the current state of the industry”, it ultimately concedes that Project Zero’s disclosure policy, as effective it is (over 85% bugs fixed within 90 days), could do with a few improvements. The outfit says it has “taken on board some great debate and external feedback around some of the corner cases for disclosure deadlines” and come up with a few policy improvements.</p> <p>The most notable of these policy updates is the provision of a 14-day grace period after the original disclosure deadline has expired: “If a 90-day deadline will expire but a vendor lets us know before the deadline that a patch is scheduled for release on a specific day within 14 days following the deadline, the public disclosure will be delayed until the availability of the patch. Public disclosure of an unpatched issue now only occurs if a deadline will be significantly missed (2 weeks+),” reads the blog post.</p> <p>And don’t you worry about Google having double standards (a <a href="" target="_blank">concern we raised</a> late last month): “As always, we reserve the right to bring deadlines forwards or backwards based on extreme circumstances. We remain committed to treating all vendors strictly equally. Google expects to be held to the same standard; in fact, Project Zero has bugs in the pipeline for Google products (Chrome and Android) and these are subject to the same deadline policy.”</p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> apple disclosure Google microsoft OS X project zero team responsible disclosure Security Windows zero-day News Mon, 16 Feb 2015 09:31:28 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 29426 at After Windows, Google Discloses Three Zero Day Bugs in OS X <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="" alt="Google Project Zero" title="Google Project Zero" width="228" height="95" style="float: right;" />Apple remains silent</h3> <p>Having recently <a href="" target="_blank">ruffled Microsoft’s feathers</a> by (responsibly) disclosing three unpatched vulnerabilities in Windows to the general public, Google’s Project Zero team has now turned its attention to the other side of the PC-Mac divide. The outfit recently spilled the beans on <strong>three zero-day vulnerabilities in Apple’s OS X operating system.<br /></strong></p> <p>It is not that Google’s bug hunters have trained their guns on OS X all of a sudden, as part of some sort of balancing act. The Project Zero team privately notified Apple about the three bugs in October and, as is its standard operating procedure, gave the latter 90 disclosure-free days in each case to come up with a fix. The 90-day responsible disclosure deadline in each of the three cases expired earlier this week and as a result the vulnerabilities are now out in the open. </p> <p>Unlike Microsoft, Apple hasn’t uttered a single word on the whole issue.&nbsp; This probably owes to the fact that the company has already fixed the bugs. According to <a href="" target="_blank">iMore</a>, all the vulnerabilities in question have already been fixed and the patches are part of OS X 10.10.2, which is currently in beta.</p> <p>Do you think Microsoft should take a leaf out of Apple’s book and <a href="" target="_blank">just concentrate on fixing bugs</a>, or do you agree with the former that Google’s refusal to extend the disclosure deadline “feels less like principles and more like a 'gotcha'”? Or are you one of those people who would like Google — a company that has chosen to <a href="" target="_blank">leave 60 percent of all Android users to twist in the wind</a> by refusing to fix a bug in the default Android browser — to focus on plugging holes in its own products with the same zeal with which it adheres to the disclosure deadlines?</p> <p><em>Follow Pulkit on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a></em></p> android apple bugs Google OS X project zero team responsible disclosure Software Windows zero day News Mon, 26 Jan 2015 01:28:34 +0000 Pulkit Chandna 29308 at HP Pro Slate 12 Wins Race to Retail Ahead of Apple's Rumored iPad Pro <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/hp_pro_slate_8.jpg" alt="HP Pro Slate 8" title="HP Pro Slate 8" width="228" height="202" style="float: right;" />A bigger size Android tablet with a Duet Pen</h3> <p>It's been rumored that Apple is going to come out with a 12.9-inch iPad Pro tablet, but while iOS fans wait for that day, <strong>Android users have another large size option in the new HP Pro Slate 12</strong>, one of many mobile devices the company officially launched today. There's also a smaller 8-inch version (HP Pro Slate 8), both of which are powered by an Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 series processor and 2GB of RAM.</p> <p>Comparisons on the web are being made to HTC's One M8 handset, only bigger. To be clear, these are tablets, and the main difference between the two (other than panel size) is resolution -- the 7.9-inch Pro Slate 8 sports a 2048x1536 resolution and the 12.3-inch Pro Slate 8 features a 1600x1200 panel (no, we don't have that backwards).</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">HP says</a> the Pro Slate 8 is one of the first tablets to use Corning Gorilla Glass 4. In addition, both come with the HP Duet Pen, the first to use Qualcomm Snapdragon digital pen technology on both a tablet and regular paper. Other features include 32GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, micro USB 2.0 port, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, 2MP front-facing camera, 8MP rear-facing camera, and Android 4.4 KitKat.</p> <p><img src="/files/u69/hp_pro_slate_writing.jpg" alt="HP Pro Slate Writing" title="HP Pro Slate Writing" width="620" height="381" /></p> <p>The Pro Slate 12 starts at $569 and the Pro Slate 8 at $449.</p> <p>HP also announced a handful of other tablets, including an 11.6-inch 2-in-1 Windows device (Elite x2 1011 G1), 8-inch Windows tablet powered by an Intel Atom processor (Pro Tablet 408 G1), and specialty tablets aimed at healthcare and environments where ruggedness is a priority.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> apple hewlett-packard hp pro slate 12 hp pro slate 8 ipad pro mobile slate tablet News Tue, 20 Jan 2015 17:30:01 +0000 Paul Lilly 29281 at Intel Chief Shrugs Off Rumors Suggesting Apple May Turn to ARM <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/macbook_pro_1.jpg" alt="MacBook Pro" title="MacBook Pro" width="228" height="132" style="float: right;" />Intel is confident its relationship with Apple remains strong</h3> <p>There's a rumor going around saying that Apple is looking long and hard at ARM's A-Series chipsets for use in future Mac releases. While it wouldn't be the end of the world for Intel to lose Apple as a client, especially coming fresh off its best year ever, Intel would certainly like to keep that relationship alive. And it probably will -- <strong>Intel CEO Brian Krzanich says the rumors of Apple switching to ARM are just that</strong>.</p> <p>During an <a href="" target="_blank">interview with <em>CNBC</em></a> (credit to <a href="" target="_blank"><em>The Inquirer</em></a> for digging it up), he described Intel's relationship with Apple as being "strong," adding that "Apple is always going to choose the supplier who can provide the most amount of capability in innovation to build on. They're a company based on innovation."</p> <p>The rumors of a switch to ARM began to swirl last week when KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggested it was possible. However, it didn't faze Krzanich, who maintains that Intel needs to continue focusing on delivering parts that are better than its competitors.</p> <p>While it's probably true that Apple is sticking with Intel to power its Mac machines, mobile devices are a different story. ARM is a major player in the tablet and smartphone markets, and even though Intel had its best year ever in 2014, it's mobile division posted a <a href="" target="_blank">loss of $4.2 billion</a> for the year.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> apple ARM brian krzanich Hardware intel News Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:39:27 +0000 Paul Lilly 29275 at Apple Starts Accepting Pre-Orders for iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/ipad_air_2.jpg" alt="iPad Air 2" title="iPad Air 2" width="228" height="147" style="float: right;" />New tablets all around</h3> <p>Market research firms like Gartner report that <a href="" target="_blank">tablet growth is slowing</a> as consumers are <a href="" target="_blank">reluctant to upgrade</a>, but be that as it may, it hasn't stopped Google and Apple from releasing new models. Google earlier this week unveiled it's <a href="">HTC-built Nexus 9 tablet</a> with a 64-bit Tegra K1 SoC inside, and following yesterday's press event, <a href="" target="_blank">Apple is now taking pre-orders for its iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 slates</a>.</p> <p>The iPad Air 2 is thinner than its predecessor at 6.1mm and faster courtesy of its custom A8X processor. It also features a Touch ID sensor, improved FaceTime HD camera that's better equipped to take those all-important selfies, and a superior 8MP rear camera that can take burst photos, timelapse videos, and record in slo-mode.</p> <p>Apple also upgraded the Wi-Fi to 802.11ac MIMO supporting data rates up to 866Mbps, along with faster LTE connectivity (up to 150Mbps).</p> <p>As for the iPad mini 3, not much is different, other than it too has a Touch ID sensor and comes with a gold color option.</p> <p>The iPad Air 2 runs $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model, $599 for 64GB, and $699 for 128GB. LTE versions of each one carry a $130 premium. Meanwhile, the iPad mini 3 costs $399 and up.</p> <p>You can place your <a href="" target="_blank">pre-order on Apple's website</a>. Incidentally, Google's Nexus 9 will also be up for <a href="" target="_blank">pre-order sometime today</a> (scroll down) through Google Play, Best Buy, Amazon, and GameStop.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> apple Hardware ipad air 2 ipad mini 3 mobile slate tablet News Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:00:32 +0000 Paul Lilly 28743 at No BS Podcast #234: Windows 10, Oculus Rift, Haswell CPUs <!--paging_filter--><h3>We play around with Windows 10 technical preview on the show</h3> <p>Brett Puttman and&nbsp;Scott Moschella from our video production crew join us&nbsp;<a href=""><strong>on episode 234 of the No BS Podcast</strong></a>&nbsp;to talk about Windows 10 (we play around with the technical preview in the podcast), the state of broadband in the US, Oculus Rift Crescent Bay, Intel's CPUs, and the appeal of Apple products. Brett and Scott are techie guys who, in the course of their work, deal with Apple devices a lot. 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Meanwhile, Apple managed to claw its way into the top five chart by overtaking Asus for fifth place with a 6.3 percent share of the market, up from 5.7 percent a year ago.</p> <p>Sandwiched in between Lenovo and Apple are HP (No. 2, 18.8 percent, up from 17.5 percent), Dell (No. 3, 13.3 percent, up from 11.9 percent), and Acer (No. 4, 8.4 percent, up from 7.4 percent). All five of the world's top PC suppliers saw gains in market share over the last year, while the "others" category that Asus now belongs to saw a decline to 33.1 percent, down from 39.7 percent.</p> <p>Made aware of the news, Lenovo issued a statement crediting its ability to stay on top for 6 consecutive quarters to a strong game plan. The Chinese OEM is also quick to point out that it's growing other parts of its business, such as tablets and smartphones.</p> <p>"Reaching the 20 percent mark in global PC share is a great milestone for Lenovo – and we got there even faster than expected. While others have been looking for a game plan that works, we have been executing ours and the results speak for themselves," Lenovo chairman and CEO Yang Yuanqing said in a statement. "Not only have we reached another record high and solidified our PC leadership position for the 6th straight quarter, but we have diversified our business at the same time. We are number 2 in the growing PC+tablet market and number 3 in global tablet sales and servers. And we will soon be number 3 in worldwide smartphones. Even as our revenues approach $50 billion, Lenovo has remained consistent AND nimble."</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">According to IDC</a>, worldwide PC shipments totaled 78.5 million units in the third quarter of 2014, which represents a 1.7 percent year-on-year decline. IDC called it a "sizable improvement" compared to its forecast of a 4.1 drop.</p> <p>IDC's data includes desktops, portables, ultraslim notebooks, chromebooks, and workstations; they do not include handhelds, x86 servers, or tablets (iPad or tablets with detachable keyboards running either Windows or Android).</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> apple Hardware idc lenovo pc shipments News Thu, 09 Oct 2014 16:32:08 +0000 Paul Lilly 28691 at Third Place Up for Grabs in Tablet Market Share <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/samsung_tablet.jpg" alt="Samsung Tablet" title="Samsung Tablet" width="228" height="165" style="float: right;" />Samsung's and Apple's share of the tablet market is eroding, though they still lead the pack</h3> <p>It will be tough (not impossible) to catch up with and/or surpass Apple or Samsung in the tablet race, though the sprint for third place is a ferocious one led by Lenovo, Amazon, and Asus, as well as other "emerging vendors," according to ABI Research. <strong>Lenovo is especially well positioned to take the No. 3 spot in tablet market share</strong> and is expected to ship 21 million slates by 2019.</p> <p>That would give Lenovo a 7.3 percent share of the overall market and solid footing in third place. The potential to increase its standing is particularly high with each passing quarter, as Samsung and Apple can't seem to maintain any kind of forward-moving momentum.</p> <p>Between the first and second quarters of 2014, Samsung saw a 35 percent decline, while Apple suffered a 19 percent drop. The two firms' combined share of the market slid from 72 percent to 66 percent during the same time period, ABI Research says.</p> <p>"The questionable need and longer lifecycle of tablets is creating a stall in advanced and mature markets," <a href="" target="_blank">says research analyst Stephanie Van Vactor</a>. "This stall is giving other vendors the opportunity to close the prominent gap and claim third place. The dent emerging vendors are creating in the market is impressive, but continuing that success is going to be the real challenge."</p> <p>For consumers, the positive in all this intense competition is the potential for prices to drop. Alternately, price points could stay the same, but tablets could come with more features baked in as vendors try to one-up each other.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> abi research amazon apple asus Hardware lenovo mobile samsung slate tablet News Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:54:21 +0000 Paul Lilly 28645 at Apple Apologizes for Cellular Killing iOS 8.0.1 Update, Suggests Rolling Back to iOS 8 <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/epic_fail.jpg" alt="Epic Fail" title="Epic Fail" width="228" height="157" style="float: right;" />What else can go wrong with the iPhone 6 launch?</h3> <p>We know you don't come here to read Apple news, but when things are this bad in Cupertino, it's pretty tough to ignore -- it's like watching a train wreck and then trying not to tell anyone about it. The train in this case is Apple and the wreck is its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus launch. The latest in the ongoing saga has <strong>Apple apologizing for its problematic iOS 8.0.1 update</strong>, which has caused some users to lose cellular service and Touch ID functionality.</p> <p>The iOS 8.0.1 software is the first update to iOS 8 and was intended to fix a bunch of issues with Apple's mobile OS. However, complaints quickly started rolling in after the update was released with users saying their iPhones would no longer connect to a cellular network and that Touch ID was no longer letting them unlock their handsets with their fingerprints. Apparently the issues only affect iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners.</p> <p>Apple has since pulled the update offline and <a href="" target="_blank">suggested a workaround</a>, that being a rollback to iOS 8 through iTunes. In the meantime, Apple said it's preparing iOS 8.0.2 with a fix for the issue and plans to release it "in the next few days."</p> <p>"We aplogize for the great inconvenience experienced by users," an Apple spokesperson <a href="" target="_blank">told <em>NBCNews</em></a>.</p> <p>Chalk this up as yet another misfire in what's been the most anticipated (and botched) iPhone launch ever. Apple fumbled the launch from the onset with a live stream event plagued with technical issues. The feed kept cutting out, and when it would play, there would sometimes be an audio feed of a Chinese translation overpowering the keynote.</p> <p>The frustration for anxious would-be iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus owners continued when they stayed up late to place pre-orders at 12:01AM Pacific. Most visitors to Apple's online store had to wait until around 12:30AM Pacific before the site went live, and by then, several iPhone options were unavailable.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="/files/u69/curved_iphone.jpg" alt="Curved iPhone" title="Curved iPhone" width="521" height="260" /></p> <p>Shipping times quickly increased from 7-10 business days to 3-4 weeks, and as iPhone 6 Plus buyers wait at home for their devices to arrive, the Internet became filled with reports of the phablet-sized handset being <a href="" target="_blank">prone to warping</a> just by having it in a pants pocket. It's too early to tell if the issue is being overblown, though at minimum, the iPhone 6 Plus definitely has a bit of uncomfortable flex to it.</p> <p>Throw in the iOS 8.0.1 issue and you have to wonder what else could possibly go wrong.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> apple ios 8 ios 8.0.1 iphone 6 iphone 6 plus operating system Software update News Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:44:54 +0000 Paul Lilly 28605 at Early iPhone 6 Plus Owners Get Bent Out of Shape Over Warping Issue <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/iphone_6_plus_bend_test.jpg" alt="iPhone 6 Plus Bend Test" title="iPhone 6 Plus Bend Test" width="228" height="133" style="float: right;" />First major complaint of the iPhone 6 Plus emerges</h3> <p>Some of Apple's iPhone launches have been marred by controversial design flaws, such as the <a href="">iPhone 4's antenna issue</a> in which Steve Jobs accused owners of holding their handsets the wrong way, and the iPhone 5's tendency to ruin photos with a purple flare when there's a bright light source (a side effect of the sapphire glass covering the phone's camera). Well, you can add the iPhone 6 Plus to the list -- <strong>some users are complaining that their ultra-thin iPhone 6 Plus phones are bending out of shape</strong> just by having the handsets in their pockets.</p> <p>A forum member at <em>MacRumors</em> got things rolling with a <a href="" target="_blank">post claiming</a> that after having his iPhone 6 Plus in his pocket for a day, most of which was spent sitting down, his device became warped.</p> <p>"Yesterday, I left at 10AM with the iPhone in my left FRONT pocket of my suit pants. I drove 4 hours to a wedding, which also involved a lot of sitting during dinner, etc., but also 2-3 hours of dancing," forum user "hanzoh" recounts. "I left at 2AM and went to bed, driving home 4 hours back. So in total, the 6 Plus was about 18 hours in my pocket while sitting mostly."</p> <p>He posted a picture of his iPhone 6 Plus sitting on a flat table, and sure enough, there's a visible warp in the upper section. Unfortunately, his isn't an isolated incident. A search on Twitter for <a href="" target="_blank">#BendGate</a> brings up similar complaints and pictures, though not every iPhone 6 Plus is experiencing the issue.</p> <p>The complaints prompted <em>Unbox Therapy</em> to post an iPhone 6 Plus Bend Test video on YouTube. Check it out below:</p> <p><iframe src="//" width="620" height="349" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p>DisplayMate founder and presidet Dr. Raymond Soneira recently put the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus displays through their paces, noting that they represent the bost mobile LCD displays currently available (<a href="" target="_blank">read more here</a>). As a follow-up to that article, he addressed the Bendgate situation.</p> <p>"The iPhone 6 is designed to be as thin and lightweight as possible - as a result it is not rugged or meant for any significant mechanical stress or abuse. The obsession with thinness has consequences," Dr. Soneira said.</p> <p>According to Soneira, the metal back of the iPhone 6 Plus should do a good job protecting the device, and that in most cases, moderate stresses are unlikely to permanently deform the device -- it should return back to normal after the pressure is relieved.</p> <p>In any event, we suspect this will be something Apple quietly addresses in the inevitable iPhone 6s Plus, perhaps by including some metal reinforcements on the interior.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> apple bendgate Hardware iphone 6 plus mobile smartphone warpgate News Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:03:14 +0000 Paul Lilly 28600 at Apple Announces Bigger and Faster iPhone 6 Models <!--paging_filter--><h3><img src="/files/u69/iphone_6.jpg" alt="iPhone 6" title="iPhone 6" width="228" height="200" style="float: right;" />Look who's getting tall</h3> <p>For those of you who had better things to do today than watch an Apple press event -- you know, like work, play games, sleep, etc. -- we have your recap. Short and to the point, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is real, and yes, <strong>Apple also unveiled an even bigger model, the iPhone 6 Plus with a 5.5-inch display</strong>. According to Apple, these new releases are "the biggest advancements in iPhone history."</p> <p>Gordon Mah Ung may have thrown up in his mouth a little bit at that claim, had he not been in full fanboy character for the event -- if you happen to have some free time to spare, check out <em>Maximum PC's</em> no-longer-live <a href="">streaming reactions</a> to Apple's big event.</p> <p>In any event, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 sports a Retina HD display with a 1334x750 resolution (38 percent more viewing area than the iPhone 5s, which is now garbage, right?) and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus boasts a 1920x1080 resolution (88 percent more viewing area than the iPhone 5s).</p> <p>Both models feature a 64-bit custom A8 System-on-Chip with a new Apple-designed image signal processor for advanced camera and video features, such as slow motion video. The new phones also have an M8 coprocessor that gathers motion data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, and new barometer to sense air pressure and provide relative elevation.</p> <p>As for the cameras, the iSight camera features faster autofocus. On the iPhone 6 Plus, you'll have the benefit of an optical image stabilizer.</p> <p>The iPhone 6 comes in gold, silver, or space gray and will be available for $199 (16GB), $299 (64GB) and $399 (128GB) with a two-year service agreement; the iPhone 6 Plus will come in the save color options and cost $100 more at each capacity point. If interested, you can place your pre-order on September 12; the phones will ship on September 19.</p> <p><em>Follow Paul on <a href="" target="_blank">Google+</a>, <a href="!/paul_b_lilly" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a></em></p> apple Hardware iphone 6 iphone 6 plus mobile smartphone Wearable News Tue, 09 Sep 2014 20:46:31 +0000 Paul Lilly 28509 at Maximum PC Will Be Doing Live Streaming Reactions to Apple's Big Event <!--paging_filter--><h3>Watch the Maximum PC crew poke fun of Apple live on Ustream!</h3> <p>The Maximum PC crew is going to do a live stream reaction to Apple's big 9/9/14 event. You'll be able to tune into the Ustream stream below.</p> <p><iframe src=";wmode=direct" width="480" height="302" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"> </iframe> <br /><a style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; font-weight: normal; text-align: left;" href="" target="_blank">Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream</a></p> <p>In case the embed doesn't work for whatever reason (Sorry, but we're new to this), you can check us out on Ustream <a title="ustream" href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>It should be fun!</p> apple iphone 6 iwatch live stream maximum pc twitch ustream News Tue, 09 Sep 2014 16:51:35 +0000 The Maximum PC Staff 28499 at