Last year Philipsreleased its iOS-controlled "Hue" lighting system that allows users to personalize the lighting experience.
Today Philips announced a major update to the Hue adding many new features. Among the most interesting is integration with IFTTT protocols to allow the system to provide visual alerts for different situations.
According to a report from FOSS Patents, Apple is seeking to add Samsung's Galaxy S4 flagship smartphone to an ongoing patent lawsuit against Samsung in the United States.
Judge Lucy Koh has already ordered Samsung and Apple to narrow their case, which is scheduled to go to trial in March next year. Each side will be required to limit their accused products to ten (per side). At the current stage the companies have pared their lists to 22 products each.
CIO reports on a keynotepresentation made yesterday at Interop by chief information security officer of PayPal Michael Barrett, in which he told about the future of account security and suggested that PINs and passwords will soon become a thing of the past. Michael Barret is a president of the Fast Identity Online (FIDO) Alliance, which is seeking alternative user authentication methods. The report said:
During an interview with CNN Money, Microsoft CFO Tami Relller said that they talked with Apple about developing an iTunes app for Windows 8, but users shouldn’t expect the app "any time soon". She notes:
"ITunes is in high demand. The welcome mat has been laid out. It's not for lack of trying."
Apple is known for the simple, no-frills photos of its mobile devices and, as it turned out, a lot of effort goes into creating those images. To throw some light on Apple’s creative process, The Verge interviewed a photographer Peter Belanger, who has worked with Apple for many years. Belanger reveals that Apple pays extreme attention to details when it comes to photos of its products, providing him with sketches and an extensive shot list. Read the rest of this entry »
The lawsuit has been filed by consumer group Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband, which raises concerns over Apple requesting 'global consent' for use of customer’s data. Read the rest of this entry »
Following yesterday’s report from DisplaySearch analysts which indicated that a RetinaiPad mini would launch in a third quarter, the company today toldCNET that production of Retina displays for the next iPad mini should start in June or July.
Today Fortune published its new Fortune 500 list, an annual ranking of the largest companies in the U.S. ranked by revenue. In the new list, Apple has risen to number 6 from its 17th spot in the last year’s rankings.
Apple has began a new iTunescountdown, offering a gift card for $10,000 to a customer who downloads the fifty billionth app, similar to earlier promotions on the App Store. During its most recent earnings call Apple said that it has surpassed 45 billion total app downloads.
Apple has included new storage options to its iMac line, allowing users to choose a 512 GB or a 256 GB flash storage drive as part of the process of order customization. The new options can be added at $600 and $300 surcharges respectively in place of the 1 TB hard drive that is standard in all iMac models.
Today Bloomberg reported that Jony Ive’s efforts to redesign iOS as part of his new softwaredesign role puts Apple at risk of delaying the release of iOS 7. While a public release is said to currently stay on schedule for "as soon as September", internal deadlines in the company has been pushed back as software teams race to finish iOS 7 and prepare a preview for Worldwide Developers Conference in June.