Sami Shah

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Oops: people are downloading and keeping Sony's rental for The Interview

It's been an interesting day for Kernel, the site powering Sony's digital rentals of <i>The Interview</i> in the US<i>.</i> Not only did it briefly buckle under the pressure of people hammering its site to watch the movie, but apparently it didn't do a great job in securing copies of the film, either. Those who …

Microsoft's Office updates are great news for Android and iOS, but hurt Windows and Windows Phone

Microsoft made multiple massive announcements for its Office suite this week. The big focus was Android and iOS, however, not the company’s own operating systems.<p>Here’s a quick recap:<p>Creating and editing is now free on Android and iOS (Microsoft is even offering prorated refunds for Office 365 …

Apple blurs lines between online and retail stores with revamped product support service

With new Senior Vice President of Retail Angela Ahrendts in charge of operations, Apple is further blurring the lines between its online and physical retail store services. We reported earlier this year on Ahrendts’s plans to more seamlessly integrate both paths of Apple retail, and now the …

Fitbit fitness tracking lineup dropped from Apple Online Store

<b>Update:</b> Fitbit statement below the fold…<p>If you’re in the market for a Fitbit device and you’re shopping at the Apple Store, you’ll probably have to shop elsewhere to purchase the fitness tracker. Following report from Re/Code last month that Apple planned to drop the Fitbit line of wearable devices …

Facebook releases ‘Rooms’ for iPhone, a chat room app that lets you go anonymous

Facebook is today unveiling the latest app being released under the company’s Creative Labs project that recently released the new Paper, Slingshot, and Mentions apps. The new app, called Rooms, is described by Facebook as a meeting place inspired by early Internet chatrooms and web communities:</i> …

Court Rules Police Can Force Users to Unlock iPhones With Fingerprints, But Not Passcodes

A Circuit Court judge in Virginia has ruled that fingerprints are not protected by the Fifth Amendment, a decision that has clear privacy implications for fingerprint-protected devices like newer iPhones and iPads.<p>According to Judge Steven C. Fucci, while a criminal defendant can't be compelled to …

Apple involved in another infringement suit over iPhone name, this time in India

Back in June Apple faced off against a Mexican telecom over the trademarked word “iFone.” In that case, the iFone telecommunications company argued that Apple had infringed its trademark with the iPhone. A court ruled that because telecom services and telephone hardware aren’t the same product, …

On the Red Couch with Pretty Little Liars’ Sara Shepard

Imagine being sure of your professional calling while your peers played princess and scrambled on monkey bars. “I was one of those kids who didn’t …

The Week in Review: Women Take Center Stage

“We are having a moment,” Barnard College President Debora Spar told The New York Times. “Young women are identifying as feminist at levels and in …

Google Plans To Hire Security Guards As Employees, Not Contractors

Google plans to hire more than 200 security guards, making them full- and part-time employees of the company, and therefore eligible for company benefits. Previously, Google’s guards were provided by an outside contractor called Security Industry Specialists.<p>The news was reported Friday in The Wall …

Google Now crushes Siri and Cortana in a head to head knowledge challenge

There is nothing sweeter than pulling out your phone, asking it a question, and getting back the one obscure piece of information you need to settle a debate or win a drunken bet. Smartphones from Google, Apple, and Microsoft all offer a personal assistant who claims to be flush with knowledge …

Google launches a much better Hangouts app for your desktop

It borrows ideas from Facebook, but that's a good thing<p>Using Hangouts on the desktop is about to get way better. Today Google revealed a new Hangouts Chrome App for Chrome OS and Windows that always keeps conversations quickly accessible alongside whatever else you're working on or doing on a PC or …

Google’s next smartphone will be 5.9in phablet made by Motorola

Google is expected to release its new flagship Nexus Android smartphone later this month, which the Guardian understands will be a super-sized “phablet” device with a 5.9in screen.<p>The new smartphone will be made by Motorola under the Nexus brand according to people familiar with the matter, …

How to Merge Folders on Mac OS X Without Losing All Your Files (Seriously)

The default folder-merge behavior in Mac OS X is to erase the existing folder, deleting all its files rather than offering to merge them …

Operating Systems

From Apple to Android then Apple again: why I swapped the HTC One M8 for an iPhone 6

A few months ago, in the midst of switching carriers and desperately needing to upgrade my two-year-old iPhone 4S, I decided to make the leap to an …

How to tell if iOS and Mac apps are eligible for Family Sharing

Family Sharing allows you and the other members of your household to share iTunes, App Store, and iBooks purchases across all your devices, without …

Apps

Comedy club uses iPad facial recognition to charge by the laugh

A Barcelona comedy club brings rationality to humor. How funny.<p><i>Seventeen laughs, eight giggles, four guffaws and one snort till the snot slipped into your cerveza? That'll be 6.6 euros, please.</i><p>This, I imagine, was the sweet sound of the checkout at one Barcelona comedy club, after it took the bold …

Rounding up some of the newest cases for Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Feature<p>Apple's decision to move to an all-new— and larger— form factor for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus means that buyers will once again be in the …

The next big iPad reportedly uses a souped-up iPhone 6 processor

Last year, both the iPad Air and Retina iPad mini used nearly the same A7 chip that you saw in the iPhone 5s. That wasn't exactly a problem, but it was a bit disappointing if you were hoping for some extra oomph in bigger iOS devices. You may not have to worry about getting similar parts this year, …

Leaked A8X chip teases more powerful iPad Air 2 as Touch ID button appears

Ahead of next Thursday’s Apple event, new images purportedly showing parts for the new, full-sized iPad have emerged. Photos re-published by blog <i>apple.club.tw</i> show a full logic board for the new iPad Air as well as parts for the new Home button, glass screen cover, and audio control components. At …

Apple Pay could launch next Saturday, according to leaked Walgreens memo

A leaked, purportedly authentic Walgreens memo says Apple Pay will launch in stores next Saturday — two days after Apple’s October 16 press event.<p>The memo, below, gives store managers instructions “in preparation for the launch of Apple Pay on October 18,” and pitches that the integration will …

Apple Pay launch partner USAA says support arriving Nov. 7

When Apple unveiled its new Apple Pay payment service during its iPhone event last month, it said the new feature would arrive for users in the US sometime in October. While there hasn’t been a firm date announced for the launch, at least one of Apple’s early bank partners has apparently confirmed …

What Carl Icahn's message to Tim Cook really means

Earlier today billionaire hedge fund icon Carl Icahn released the open letter to Tim Cook that he promised was coming. It's pretty long and the bulk …

Tim Cook

Apple seeds third OS Yosemite GM to devs

Today Apple seeded the third golden master of OS X Yosemite to registered developers. The update is available in the Mac App Store for those already on the Yosemite GM and through the Dev Center.<p>It’s been only two days since the second Yosemite GM, which is curious given that Apple has typically …

How to generate app-specific passwords with iCloud on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

<b>Updated May 2017:</b> Rewritten with current steps for generating app-specific passwords.<p>As of June 15, Apple will require all third-party apps that use …

Apps

USAA confirms Apple Pay availability by November 7th

We’ve known that Apple Pay is coming sometime in October, but now more details have to come to light about when banks will start supporting the service.<p>USAA has confirmed to The Daily Dot that its VISA and MasterCard cardholders will be able to make Apple Pay transactions on November 7th. No other …

Banks Confident in Apple Pay Security, Assume Liability for Fraudulent Purchases

Apple's new Apple Pay payment system has been designed to be ultra secure, taking advantage of existing NFC tokenization specifications to keep user payment information safe. Apple uses tokens, or unique Device Account Numbers, to replace card numbers and transactions are verified through both …

How to use iTunes Wi-Fi Sync with iPhone and iPad

You can set up iTunes so that your iPhone and iPad sync via Wi-Fi. Then, so long as you're on the same network, your tunes, movies, TV shows, and …

Wi-Fi

Second Apple Store in Turkey appears to be nearing completion

Apple’s second retail store in Turkey appears to be finally nearing completion, as Apple branding has been added to the black cladding on the storefront in photos posted by <i>Apple Toolbox</i> as the company confirmed its plans to open the store.<p>Apple opened its first store in the country back in April, …

Apple will live stream its special event on October 16

With Apple’s last keynote live stream being an utter disaster, we weren’t holding out much hope for another one in the foreseeable future. But the company has today posted a note on its website that confirms you will be able to tune into next Thursday’s iPad event via the Apple website.<p>There is no …