Tag Archive 'iPhone'

Is your iPhone spying on you?

And you thought those iPhone 4 signal problems were bad. At last week’s Blackhat conference, a San Francisco firm called Lookout Mobile Security revealed that third-party smart phone apps are stealing user information and (literally) phoning home with it. And by ‘home,’ I mean China. But unlike those bogus Droid X signal problems, this problem […]

Apple iPhone 4 fiasco: Do they really think we’re that dumb?

The inevitable anti-Apple backlash has begun. And I’ve got to say, it’s been mighty fun to watch. Earlier this week Consumer Reports pulled its recommendation of the iPhone 4, after its tests determined there is indeed a problem with the phone’s external antenna. Even better, it’s called for Apple to recall all three million iPhone […]

Steve Jobs takes on the universe

Contrary to popular belief in certain circles, Steve Jobs can’t actually walk on water. But you wouldn’t know it based on how he and his company have been acting of late. Item #1. Over the weekend, a minor kerfuffle erupted when Daring Fireball blogger John Gruber noticed Apple had updated its Developer Probram License Agreement […]

Apple’s patent power play: no winners, only losers

Apple has lawyered up and is out for blood — or at least, blood money. Its patent suit against Taiwanese handset maker HTC is further proof that the cold war between Cupertino and Mountain View is quickly escalating into a shooting match with live ammo. Apple could easily have chosen to sue Palm, whose WebOS […]

Microsoft’s new mojo lies with Windows Phone 7

They’re baaaack. Just when you thought the dragon had been mortally wounded and sloughed off to its cave to die, it comes back spitting fire and disturbing the neighbors. At this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Microsoft introduced a new mobile operating system that appears to be nothing like any OS it’s ever invented, […]

iPad, schmypad. I’m just happy it’s over.

The circus is finally over. The carnies are pulling down the tents, the clowns have packed up their seltzer bottles, and we are basking in the soft sweet afterglow of greatness. So much for Obama’s State of the Union address. Now about that Apple event earlier today. By now you’ve probably seen or read dozens […]

Information Imperialists unite! You have nothing to lose but your gmail.

Yes, "information imperialists." That’s what the People’s Republic of China is calling us now, thanks to Google and the US State Department. Hey, it’s as good a description as any. The blowback against Google’s announcement that it was hacked by Chinese cyber agents– and in response would be lifting the restrictions that keep users of […]

Google’s Nexus: One phone isn’t gonna change anything

So earlier this week Google did indeed unveil the Nexus One “superphone,” and yet life is strangely similar to how it was on Monday. I did not attend yesterday’s highly anticipated press event, but based on the live blog coverage (as well as the live blog coverage of the live blog coverage) it appears to […]

The Google phone — God’s gift to handsets?

Would you buy a gPhone? That’s the question I posed earlier last week, as rumors, news, and speculation about a new Google-branded “Nexus One” handset washed over the Webosphere. I got some interesting answers. Reader A. S. says he loves his Apple iPhone 3GS, but would still happily buy the Nexus One. First of all, […]

Google’s Nexus Phone — better than Viagra?

Google Phone mania has hit the Webberlands. If the rumors are to be believed, Google is on the verge of introducing its own handset called the Nexus One. It will be be built by HTC, use Android 2.x, be available for use with any US-based GSM network (like T-Mobile or AT&T’s), and be sold directly […]

Vaporware R Us: gPhones, Apple Tablets, & the CrunchPad

Apple Tablets? Google Phones? CrunchPads? Don’t expect to find any of those under the tree come Christmas. But that won’t stop people from writing about them.

Hey AT&T: The map is the least of your problems

The Verizon and AT&T dustup is turning out to be far more entertaining than any tired old Microsoft vs. Apple campaign. After a series of scorching “there’s a map for that” TV ads by Verizon mocking its competitor’s spotty 3G coverage, AT&T ran to a federal judge crying “Daddy daddy daddy, that mean old man […]

Happy 8th birthday, iPod. You changed our lives. Now go away.

Amidst all the hubbub last week surrounding Windows 7 — not to mention Burger King’s 7-layer Windows Whopper — I totally missed one of the key anniversaries in tech history. As MacWorld’s Scott McNulty notes, the iPod quietly turned 8 last Friday. My first reaction: Only 8? Hasn’t it been with us forever? But no. […]

Apple: Poachers will be punished

Did Apple try to strong-arm Palm into a ‘don’t touch ours, we won’t touch yours’ hiring arrangement? If so, it may have run afoul of antitrust laws.

Apple vs Google: This time it’s personal

After years of peaceful co-existence, the two Silicon Valley titans are suddenly at each other’s throats. But how much of this is real, and how is just for show?

Microsoft vs. Apple: The battle rages on

One of geekdom’s oldest cold wars has suddenly turned hot, as Redmond and Cupertino duke it out in public. Cringe has an idea who’ll win.

Sour Apple: Steve Jobs and snow jobs

Has the high-tech icon really returned to health and his old job? Apple would like you to think so. Cringely’s not so sure.

Google’s iPhone interface is gone baby gone

Google abruptly pulled the plug on its custom mobile interface, leaving both iPhone and Android fans in the lurch. Is this a sign of things to come from Google Inc.?

Going Steve-less

It’s official: Steve Jobs is taking a six-month leave from Apple to fight some serious health problems. Cringely speculates on what life without Steve would be like.

Apple kills DRM dead — and it’s about time

Digital rights management is finally pushing up daisies — at least for music. But did Steve Jobs pay too high a price? Cringe has the skinny.