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:
Available for: iPhone 3GS and later, iPod touch (4th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later Impact: A local user may be able to execute unsigned code Description: A state management issue existed in the handling of Mach-O executable files with overlapping segments. This issue was addressed by refusing to load an executable with overlapping segments. CVE-ID : CVE-2013-0977 : evad3rs
According to Reuters, Intel is likely to move into contract manufacturing business, which suggests that Apple could become its future customer with chips for the iPad and iPhone, thus reducing its reliance on Samsung as a supplier. Reportedly, last year Intel and Apple executives discussed the issue, but no agreement has been concluded.
According to Reuters, today shares of German television set manufacturer Loewe increased by 43% as rumors of an acquisition by Apple surfaced. A trader said that Apple is supposedly looking to pay 4 euros a share for Loewe, but Loewe’s spokesman claimed the company was not aware of any offer from Apple.
AllThingsD reports on a new research from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners showing that iPhone users on average spend the most for monthly carrier bills. The research company polled smartphone users in the period from October to December 2012 and found that 59% of iOS users spend more than $100 per month.
Today Appleannounced that the new 128GB iPad model would go on sale on February 5th with a starting price of $799 – an attractive option for those who consider purchasing Surface Pro tablet when it debut on February 9th. Microsoft today also confirmed (via Engadget) that 45GB of storage space in the new Surface Pro will be used for Windows 8 and various preloaded applications, leaving owners of the 128GB model with 83GB of free storage. Microsoft said:
In September 2011, Belkin unveiled a prototype of its Thunderbolt Express Dock offering users a wide range of connectivity options via a single Thunderbolt cable. By 2012 year, the product had been improved in design and got a launch date of September 2012 with a price tag of $ 299.
According to Apple’s Head of Marketing, Phil Schiller, Apple's customers don't need Blu-ray drives in their Macs. Not surprising, since Apple has removed the optical disk drives from their laptops, and now in desktop computers, but it can cause some confusion among fans of Blu-ray.
With the iPad mini’s pricing starting at $329, some people were disappointed that Apple was unable or unwilling to release the tablet at approximately $249. With rival 7-inch tablets selling at about $199, some observers believe that Apple left too big pricing gap for potential tablet buyers.
As Reuters reports, a new Samsung’s court filing has revealed that the company is going to add Apple’s iPhone 5 to a suit that is now underway in the U.S. seeking to ban sales of Apple’s devices in the country over violation of its patent rights. Reuters said:
The side-by-side comparison shots of what appear to be a Micro-A USB cable with the smaller 9-pin dock connector Apple is rumored to be deploying with the sixth-generation iPhone were released by French blog nowhereelse.fr on Saturday. The purported 9-pin format is nearly identical in size to the Micro USB plug, though Apple's rumored part appears to be slightly longer and thinner.