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Apple partner TSMC ramping up production of 28nm mobile chips





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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company is expected to begin ramping up manufacturing of its 28-nanometer ARM processors.

TSMC is said to currently have a decent yield rate on its 28nm processes, but the company remains cautious on expansion, partially because the 28nm process is so new to the industry.

For example, Apple, one of the largest users of mobile processors, still relies on the 45nm manufacturing process for its latest-generation A5X ARM CPU found in the third-generation iPad. Apple is said to have viewed newer chips as a potential risk to their products, and have stuck with older processes to ensure availability and reliability.


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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012. 23:29

Greenpeace Criticizes Apple Over Coal-Powered Data Centers



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Today activist group Greenpeace published a new report with the title How Clean Is Your Сloud? targeting large Internet companies including Microsoft, Apple and Amazon over their heavy use of power derived from coal for massive data centers.


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Tuesday, April 17th, 2012. 23:05

Apple Reportedly Looking to Launch 'iPad Mini' Priced at $249-$299 in Q3



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Chinese web portal NetEase claims that Apple plans to launch a smaller "iPad mini" in the third quarter of this year.

NetEase claimed that the device will be released around the third quarter of this year to "counter attack" the upcoming Windows tablets, although smaller Android tablets such as Amazon's Kindle Fire have also been viewed as targets for Apple. The report further claims that the devices will cost anywhere from US$249 to $299 and that there will be an initial 6 million units ready for launch.


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Apple releases Flashback removal tool



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Apple on Friday released version 1.0 of its "Flashback malware removal tool" which will scan a user's computer and erase known iterations of the Trojan that some are calling the worst the Mac platform has ever seen.

About Flashback malware removal tool

  • This Flashback malware removal tool that will remove the most common variants of the Flashback malware.
  • If the Flashback malware is found, a dialog will be presented notifying the user that malware was removed.
  • In some cases, the Flashback malware removal tool may need to restart your computer in order to completely remove the Flashback malware.
  • This update is recommended for all OS X Lion users without Java installed.

600,000 Macs were reported to be infected by Flashback and connected in the botnet, which harvested personal information and web browsing logs from affected machines. The Trojan was first discovered last year and installed itself through the guise of an Adobe Flash installer. This version of the malware is able to install itself automatically after visiting an infected website.




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Written by Svetlana Osipova

Sunday, April 15th, 2012. 12:38

Sharp Has Started Mass Production Of IGZO Displays



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According to IDG News, Sharp reports that it has started mass production of new high-resolution IGZO displays. Early rumors have suggested that Apple might include the IGZO displays in iPad 3, but due to some reasons the company elected not to do so.


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Saturday, April 14th, 2012. 0:51

Apple expected to report sales of 33M iPhones, 12M iPads



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Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has recently announced his estimates of Apple sales for the first calendar quarter of the year 2012 ahead of the earnings call set for March 24.

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster’s numbers differ from the average expectations on Wall Street. He expects the company sold 33 million iPhone that is a bit higher than the Street's forecast of 30.5 million handsets, while his forecast of 12 million iPads is slightly below the Street's 13 million. He also suggests Apple will report on 4.3 million Macs sold in the three-month span from January to March.


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Friday, April 13th, 2012. 17:00

Apple improving iTunes account security with stricter requirements



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Ars Technica reports that Apple has began asking users of iOS devices to select and answer some question related to their Apple IDs. Such measures were reportedly taken by the company to improve security of iTunes accounts.

After being shown the message, users are asked to select from a number of security questions and provide personal answers. Users are also prompted to provide a backup e-mail address in case the primary address associated with their Apple ID is compromised.


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Friday, April 13th, 2012. 16:02

Intel Is Shipping Next-Gen Thunderbolt Controllers Ahead Of April 23 Ivy Bridge Launch



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Last month CPU World reported that Ivy Bridge CPUs would launch between April 22 and April 29. Today Cnet and many other sources reports that Intel will start rollout on April 23. Many of the Ivy Bridge chips included in the first part of the launch will be suitable for desktop computers and MacBook Pros. However low-voltage U-Series models that will likely be used in the new MacBook Airs are expected in June.


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Thursday, April 12th, 2012. 22:19

Watch How Foxconn Workers Assemble an iPad [Video]



Marketplace Shanghai Bureau Chief Rob Schmitz, the second reporter ever to gain access to the factory floor at Apple's Chinese producer Foxconn, has posted a video showing some steps of the iPad's production.

Schmitz was the reporter who revealed that Mike Daisey had falsified many of his stories about Foxconn and the visitors that work there. You can hear his full audio reports on your local public radio station or online at http://www.marketplace.org.

Check out the video below for a first look at Foxconn's assembly line:




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Thursday, April 12th, 2012. 16:58

U.S. Sues Several Publishers And Apple Over E-Book Pricing



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According to Bloomberg, today the U.S. Department of Justice sued Apple and several book publishers over using agency model for e-book pricing. Reportedly, Apple and the publishers were unwilling to meet the demands of the Department of Justice.


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Wednesday, April 11th, 2012. 21:20

Apple Developing Program To Remove Flashback Trojan Malware



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Yesterday Apple issued a support document relating to the Flashback Trojan malware that infects OS X computers. Previously we detailed this malware that infects computers exploiting a Java vulnerability that Apple patched last week. Reportedly this program has affected more than 600,000 Mac computers around the globe.


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Wednesday, April 11th, 2012. 13:24

Suppliers Pointing To iPhone 5 With 4-Inch Display And ‘Sleek Look’



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Today analyst Brian White from Topeka Capital Markets has issued a new research report sharing new details about the iPhone 5 that he heard from Apple’s suppliers during his recent trip to Asia. According to the report (via Barron's) , White expects a new iPhone will have “sleek” look and a larger 4-inch screen:


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Apple Testing A5X Variant in Next-Generation iPhone Prototype



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Apple is reportedly testing a prototype of next-generation iPhone hidden under the iPhone 4 casing. The next iPhone is said to not include the iPhone 4/4s form factor, and Apple is testing the prototype in older casing in order to throw off leaks. The prototype iPhone is used to test a variation of A5X processor in an iPhone. The A5X system-on-a-chip in the iPad 3 was specifically designed to run the new Retina Display, so that adding this chip in the next iPhone wouldn’t make much sense.


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Foxconn employee says Apple placing orders for next iPhone to debut in October



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South Korea's Maeil Business Newspaper reports that the head of human resources at one Foxconn factory gave the info claiming that Apple has recently placed an order for its sixth-generation iPhone that is on schedule to launch in October of 2012.

"We just got the order," the Foxconn human resources head reportedly told the newspaper. "[The release] will be around October."

Focxonn has posted many hiring notices recently.  Such fact suggests that Focxonn enlarges its staff preparing for mass production of Apple’s new devices, presumably, the sixth-generation iPhone.


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Dropbox And Facebook iOS Apps Are Vulnerable To Credential Theft



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This week Gareth Wright reported that Facebook's app for iOS has a security vulnerability through which malicious users can access login credentials saved in a .plist file of the app. With a copy of that .plist file malicious users could automatically log into the affected user's Facebook account on another device. Reportedly, the vulnerability also exists on Android devices.


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