Top hedge funds predict Apple could achieve trillion-dollar market cap — As shares of Apple repeatedly reach new all-time highs, major investors believe the trend could continue, propelling the iPhone maker to a massive market capitalisation level of $1 trillion as soon as next year.
Some users still having Wi-Fi issues after OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite update — Yesterday’s Mac OS X 10.10.1 Yosemite update brought relief to a number of users who were having Wi-Fi issues, but MacNN reports the Apple support threads are still buzzing with discussions of continued disconnects and slow connection speeds. MacNN notes that an informal poll showed that only four out of 15 users (about 27%) with Wi-Fi issues before the patch are still experiencing problems. [I had no issues, but now I can use iOS to Mac OS AirDrop properly and before I couldn’t.]
Apple loses MTel Pager Patent Case, ordered to pay US$23.6M — Apple has been ordered to pay Mobile Telecommunications Technologies LLC US$23.6 million for infringing on six patents related to 1990s-era pager technology. MTel claimed the messaging and WiFi technology used in the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch infringe on patents it owns, and a federal jury in Marshall, Texas, agreed.
Chinese sites hosting ‘Wirelurker’ Mac-to-iOS malware taken down, suspects arrested — A Beijing government agency on Monday announced the arrest of three suspects thought to be behind the so-called WireLurker trojan targeting Mac and iOS devices, saying websites hosting the malware have been shut down.
How to open your ClarisWorks files —This article takes a while to get to the point, but it does get to the point.
Apple blocks WireLurker apps to help stop malware threat — Apple was Johnny-on-the-spot Thursday morning with its response to the WireLuker malware threat for the iPhone, and has already blocked the trojan horse apps that install it so they can’t launch. WireLurker is a malware threat out of China that uses Apple’s own provisioning tools to install itself on iOS devices.
If you aren’t sure how to protect yourself from WireLurker, be sure to check out our article detailing just what you can do.
Microsoft offers Office 365 refunds to iPad users after launching free version — If you recently forked over US$70 or more to edit Office documents on an iPad, you can now switch to the free version and get a partial refund.
The iPad version of Office previously required an Office 365 subscription for document editing, priced at $70 per year for the “Personal” edition and $100 per year for the “Home” edition. That changed on Thursday, when Microsoft made basic editing free on all mobile devices, including iPads.
CBS launches news channel on Apple TV, quietly — CBS News and CBS Interactive launched Thursday a “digital streaming news network” called CBSN. The 24 hour channel features live, anchored news for 15 hours each weekday, and while CBS didn’t announce it was launching on Apple TV, the service is up and running on Apple’s device now [it’s not on mine though].
Facebook says 66% of Android phones it sees have iPhone 4 era specs from 2011 (or worse) — The world’s most popular mobile app has developed a new way to manage Android fragmentation, targeting users’ hardware capabilities rather than devices’ installed OS versions. Facebook’s new efforts note that two thirds of the Android phones it sees “are equivalent to something released in 2011 or earlier.”
Apple drops Fitbit products from Online Store — Apple has quietly dropped Fitbit’s fitness trackers from its online store, hinting at a growing rift between the two companies over HealthKit support. There isn’t any official word on why Fitbit’s products are gone, but other fitness trackers that support HealthKit are still available.
Smash Champs is stunning, unique and action-packed — Smash Champs (pictured above) is a unique action/adventure game in which you must train your fighters to battle their opponents and gain power and success. It sounds clichéd but it has a few tricks up its sleeve that make for some interesting gameplay. The iOS game is free with in-app purchases and universal for iPhone and iPad.
Swype keyboard for iOS is free for a limited time — One of the big additions of iOS 8 was the introduction of third party keyboards for typing. There are lots of options out there at different price points, but right now you can get one of the best keyboards on the market for free. It’s called Swype and it’s wonderful. [I have it.]
Office goes free on phones and tablets: what you get, and what you don’t — With the news that Microsoft is making all of its mobile Office apps free — the iPad and upcoming Android tablet versions — with a few caveats: Phone and tablet users will be able to view, create and edit documents for free, and they’ll be able to sync those documents with Dropbox or OneDrive cloud storage. Certain advanced editing features, such as the ability to accept or reject Track Changes in Word, will require an Office 365 subscription. And for commercial use rights, you’ll need Office 365 for Business.
[I am loving Microsoft’s re-engagement with the Apple world – better for all of us.]
Dan Frommer still likes his iPhone 6 Plus, and Steven Sandes loves his — Dan Frommer, writing over at Quartz, published a 30-day review of the iPhone 6 Plus today. The verdict? “After more than a month of everyday use, it has become even more of the pocket computer I’ve always wanted.” Steven Sande loves his too.
[I still love my slimmer 6 – the Plus is just too big for me.]
EFF ranks Apple’s iMessage, FaceTime “best mass market options” for secure messaging, ahead of BlackBerry Messenger, Google Hangouts, Facebook, Microsoft Skype —In its ranking of electronic messaging systems for safety and security, the Electronic Frontier Foundation said no mainstream products passed all of its criteria, but that Apple’s iMessage and FaceTime “stood out as the best of the mass-market options.”
Philips Hue iOS 8 Notification Center widget for connected lightbulbs now available — Users of Philips Hue connected LED lightbulbs can now quickly control their lighting and enable “scenes” with the new easy-access Hue widget, now available for iOS 8.
8 ways to take better photos with any camera — Now that ghosts and goblins have cleared the way for turkeys and reindeer, the prime holiday picture-taking season is upon us. To avoid getting disappointing photos that you can’t reshoot, you can follow these tips to increase your photographic prowess and take better pictures with any camera…including your iPhone.
Samsung Electronics’ heir apparent Lee Jae-yong profiled as silver spoon-fed product of corrupt nepotism with little real experience — When Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook came out as gay, jokes flew that Samsung might rush to announce it “was even more gay.” In reality however, Samsung Electronics is a step further behind Apple, having yet to officially name a successor to its ailing leader Lee Kun-hee, who at 72 remains hospitalised following a heart attack in May.
Jailbroken Chinese iOS devices fall prey to invasive WireLurker malware — Researchers at Palo Alto Networks said they’ve discovered an impressive malware attack against Apple devices, which for now appears to be limited to users of a Chinese application store. [Most people, don’t panic – your device is most likely not jailbroken, as that’s something you have to do specifically to your iDevice as a hack.]
Apple Pay dominates discussion at Money20/20 mobile payments industry conference — This week was the Money20/20 mobile payment conference in Las Vegas, Nevada and with over 7000 people in attendance, the hottest topic at the show was the recent launch of Apple Pay and what it means for the industry.
Leaf on the Wind is an engaging and very clever game — Mel Martin doesn’t do a lot of game reviews “because to me they usually are endless variations on a theme. Leaf on the Wind (NZ$3.79) is a clever exception, and a game I am really enjoying.”
Send your kid on a safari adventure with Trail the Tail — Trail the tail is an educational children’s app. It requires iOS 6.0 or later, is available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and is optimised for iPhone 5. It’s a simple app with three short, fun, and educational games for young children in the main menu, a simple math game, and several other games involving various zoo animals on a side menu and costs NZ$3.79.
Google Maps app gets overhauled, adds Uber and Opentable — Google Maps, otherwise known as the mapping app that Apple Maps so desperately wishes it could be, got a little bit better today with an app refresh. The update brings with it a cleaner look and less clutter, which happens to match the post-iOS 7 aesthetic perfectly, along with support for third-party apps such as OpenTable and Uber.