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Examining encrypted iPhones and iPads as evidence in police investigations has become so common that Apple has created a waiting list to handle the inundation of help requests that it receives, reports CNET . Though it’s been known that Apple is willing to assist government agencies in opening up inaccessible iOS devices, the extent to which the company helps law enforcement hasn’t been detailed before. Court documents seen by CNET reveal that an agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives was told that there would be a 7-week wait before Apple would be able to handle a case that he had submitted for assistance. CNET reports that after Apple completes its examination of a device, it provides the investigating..
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Apple reportedly inundated with police requests to decrypt iPhones
“Inkscapes” is a sprawling installation that turns tablet doodling into something more profound. Created by Adrià Navarro and DI Shin, the system streams live iPad drawings across a giant, 120-foot-long display, located inside New York’s InterActive Corps building. The result is a hypnotic, undulating mural that’s equal parts painting and performance. As Navarro explains, the piece’s contours are determined by three artists, each drawing simultaneously on an iPad. Their sketches are scaled up and streamed in real-time on the 11-foot high video wall in front of them, which is composed of 568 LED screens at a combined resolution of 11,520 x 580 pixels.
Samsung’s press conferences are often polarizing — from the heights of weirdness at CES 2011 to the depths of boredom at CES 2013 . For the launch of the Galaxy S4 on Thursday, the company clearly wanted to make as big an impression as possible, with a presentation that was kitschy and bombastic, but accessible. (It was also offensive to some and Samsung was called out for portraying women in insulting stereotypes). But Samsung’s presentation at Radio City Music hall went far beyond its song and dance for press and fans, and the company took to Times Square, turning it into a mammoth billboard for the S4. Continue reading…
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Samsung takes over Times Square to promote its new Galaxy S4
When HTC announced the One , its new flagship phone , Verizon was conspicuously missing from the list of US carriers. However, All Things D is reporting that Verizon will in fact carry the HTC One later this year, with a launch coming a month or two after the device arrives at the other US carriers. Originally, it seemed like Verizon might just be content to offer the Droid DNA, which similarly offers a large 1080p display, but it appears that HTC might pull off the coupe of having its flagship device on all four US carriers. That was a major success for Samsung with the Galaxy S III, and it could help HTC claw its way back in the its struggle to regain marketshare.
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HTC One reportedly coming to Verizon later this year
Just ahead of the launch of Windows Phone 8, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said he had ” no indications ” that Microsoft was building its own Surface phone, even welcoming Microsoft to join the ranks as “a stimulant to the ecosystem.” Nokia has never made any formal risk statements that Microsoft could build its own smartphone, but this week the company’s tone changed somewhat. In a filing with the SEC , spotted by ZDNet , Nokia acknowledged that Microsoft could very well be building its own smartphone hardware. “Microsoft may make strategic decisions or changes that may be detrimental to us.
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Is Nokia starting to believe in the Surface phone?
On Friday in New York, US District Judge Richard Sullivan ruled to block a shareholder vote at Apple’s upcoming annual meeting concerning how preferred stock may be issued. Earlier this month, hedge fund manager and activist investor David Einhorn sued Apple to prevent the vote from being considered without unbundling the vote into its component parts. The proposal would abolish Apple’s ability to issue preferred, dividend-paying stock at will, and is bundled with a motion to facilitate majority elections for the company’s board of directors and another to add a “par value” to Apple shares. Since May 2012, Einhorn’s Greenlight Capital has proposed several times that Apple issue such preferred stock to return more of its accumulated cash… Continue reading…
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Judge stops Apple shareholder vote on preferred stock proposal
The best 90s rap is like a jigsaw puzzle. Every drum break and borrowed hook leads back to another record — and in the internet age, you can look everything up. You can find out where that break comes from , and everyone else who ever used it. If you know where to look, you might even find out how to write it out beat by beat . Head all the way down the rabbit hole, and it’ll take you from 90s rap to 70s soul, through 60s jazz-funk and back to the present day where all three are blurring into one.
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The Verge Playlist: Sampled funk and borrowed soul
What happens when you can’t find the City Hall’s Bible and you need to promote some firefighters to Battalion Chief and Fire Captain? If you’re the Atlantic City Fire Department of Atlantic City, New Jersey, you grab an iPad and load up your favorite Bible app to complete the swearing in ceremony. Eight officers put their hands on the glass and metal device allowing the ceremony to be completed without much issue. We can’t say for certainty that this is the first time that this has happened, but we’d also be shocked if we didn’t see this happen more often in the future as digital media quickly replaces physical books.
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iPad app replaces physical Bible in New Jersey swear-in ceremony
Google has been routinely delivering updates to enhance Google Hangouts ever since the video chat service launched in 2011, and new additions today aim to improve the streaming experience for those constrained by slow internet speeds. First is a new bandwidth slider positioned at the top right of each Hangout window; adjusting this lets you dictate how much of your limited bandwidth Hangouts will be permitted to use during chats. If even the lowest setting is still causing you problems (or for those that are camera shy), Google has also introduced a new “audio only” mode which, as you’d guess, gets rid of video entirely.
Apple has issued a rare, rapid public response to a shareholder lawsuit, countering charges by Greenlight Capital’s David Einhorn that the company hasn’t done enough to return its large cash reserves to shareholders. In sharp but diplomatic language, Apple suggests that Einhorn and Greenlight misunderstand or are misrepresenting an important governance proposal Apple will present to shareholders at their annual meeting on February 27. Earlier today, Greenlight filed a federal lawsuit against Apple and issued a public letter urging Apple shareholders to vote against a proposal by Apple. “Greenlight is voting AGAINST Proposal 2 in Apple’s proxy, which would eliminate preferred stock from Apple’s charter and thus restrict the Board’s..
Apple wants to make the iPad an essential tool in the classroom, but it can’t accomplish that mission without help from some important education mainstays. Texas Instruments is among those companies, and today it’s released TI-Nspire, a graphing calculator designed specifically for Apple’s tablet. The $29.99 app obviously draws heavily from TI’s physical TI-Nspire calculators while taking advantage of the iPad’s roomy display. Many of the function keys math students have become all too familiar with are here, though the four-way touchpad has been omitted since the touchscreen can handle those interactions. TI has seemingly packed in plenty of functionality, including the ability to import your existing .tns files.
If you watched the Super Bowl from the pre-game show through the post-game show, you saw no fewer than 26 hashtags. They were in exactly half of the national ads , from #doritos to #calvinklein. It’s a staggering stat, especially compared with a paltry four Facebook mentions and a goose egg for Google+. Great news for Twitter, right? Continue reading…
Who owns the hashtag? (It isn’t Twitter)
Craig Mod is a writer and designer who splits his time between Japan and the US. Formerly of Flipboard, much of his writing is concerned with ebooks and digital publishing — the pitfalls the industry falls into, and how best to avoid them. His most recent essay, Subcompact Publishing , sparked a lot of online chatter last November over its vision for a minimal, service-oriented publishing future. I sat down with Mod in December during his latest stopover in Tokyo to talk about these ideas, Japan, and more.
Apple announced a number of impressive figures in its latest earnings call : record profits, record revenue, record iPhone sales. However, the company made a slightly different kind of mark in the record books as well. The Mac’s long-standing run of consistently out-growing the PC industry as a whole finally came to an end. It’s a streak that’s been going on for years at this point; even this past October, when Apple reported a mere 1 percent growth in Mac sales , it still trounced the 8.6 percent decline IDC reported for the PC industry as a whole. The numbers today?
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Apple’s Mac sales drop as the post-PC era comes to Cupertino
Rumors of a low-cost iPhone have been flying around of late, and at least one man seems to think it’d be a good idea — John Sculley, who was Apple CEO for a ten-year span in the 1980s and 90s. In an interview with Bloomberg , Sculley said that Apple “needs to adapt to a very different world” in which emerging markets are increasingly important to growth. “As we go from $500 smartphones to even as low, for some companies, as $100 for a smartphone, you’ve got to dramatically rethink the supply chain and how you can make these products and do it profitably.” Sculley went on to call Samsung an “extraordinarily good competitor,” saying that “the differentiation between a Samsung Galaxy and an iPhone 5 is not as great as we used to… Continue reading…
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Former Apple CEO urges company to adapt to emerging markets
Apple’s stock took a sharp jump downwards at the opening bell this morning, continuing the rough slide it’s been on since the last quarter of 2012 . The stock is currently trading around $488 a share. Back in September of 2012, at its peak price of $705 a share, Apple was far and away the world’s most valuable company, a crowning achievement for a company that had its share of dark days in the 1990s. But with the loss of its iconic leader, Steve Jobs, and recent flubs on software such as new Maps app, investors seem to have lost much of their confidence in Apple
Yesterday it was reported that Apple’s Phil Schiller had denied the company was working on a “cheap” iPhone — but now Reuters has retracted its story on the matter. The Shanghai Evening News published an interview with Schiller where, according to a translation by The Next Web , he reportedly said that a cheap iPhone “will never be the future of Apple’s products.” The statement came in response to reports from earlier in the week that Apple was developing a low-cost iPhone for release later this year. Reuters says it has withdrawn its story on the interview after The Shanghai Evening News made “substantial changes” to the article. While Schiller’s comments seemed to contradict the earlier reports, it’s important to remember that Apple…
When was the last time you saw an adaptation that was better than its source material? Many would have you believe that Telltale Games’ interpretation of The Walking Dead is exactly that, with its stylized visuals, dramatic action, and choose-your-own-adventure storytelling that held some Verge staffers’ attention for far longer than the TV show or comic. We decided that the full season deserved a spot in our Holiday Gift Guide , and Polygon went so far as to say that “Everyone should play The Walking Dead . Everyone.” The good news is that you don’t have to take our word for it, at least if you own an iPhone or iPad — the first episode has gone free on iOS for an unspecified time
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Good deal: ‘Walking Dead: The Game’ episode 1 is free on iOS
Samsung had hoped allegations of juror misconduct would win it a do-over in the Apple v. Samsung case, but tonight Judge Lucy Koh put those aspirations to rest by denying its request. Samsung had accused jury foreman Velvin Hogan of intentionally hiding information about a lawsuit he was involved in with Seagate. Samsung recently became a primary shareholder of the company, providing Hogan a reason to be biased. As such, the company had asked for an evidentiary hearing — in which all of the jury members would be brought back to the courtroom to be questioned about what impact Hogan had on deliberations — as well as a new trial
In a court filing this evening, Judge Lucy Koh has denied Apple’s request for a permanent sales ban on 26 Samsung products found to have infringed its patents in a jury verdict this past August . Writing that “this Court has already performed significant irreparable harm analysis in this case,” Koh concluded that Apple didn’t establish the case for a permanent injunction on Samsung’s products. Apple needed to prove that the infringing features were what were directly driving “consumer demand for the accused product” in order to obtain the ban, but that bar was too high.
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Apple denied permanent sales ban on infringing Samsung products
Welcome to The Verge: Weekender edition. Each week, we’ll bring you important articles from the previous weeks’ original reports , features and reviews on The Verge . Think of it as a collection of a few of our favorite pieces from the week gone by, which you may have missed, or which you might want to read again. Continue reading…
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The Weekender: 23andMe, the future of TV, and the Nook HD+
Shortly after Samsung accused Apple of infringing patents with the iPad mini and other new products, Apple has fired back, asking to add the Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S III with Android 4.1, and four other products to the latest lawsuit. While Apple has already added some of the devices, like the S III, to its suit, they’ve since received software updates, leading to another round of requested inclusions. The Galaxy S III mini, Samsung Rugby Pro, Galaxy Tab 8.9 Wi-Fi, and Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 round out the list. Other patent infringement cases have already been decided in favor of either Apple or Samsung, with the former winning a US trial decisively earlier this year
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Apple asks judge to add Galaxy Note II and other Samsung devices to latest suit
Nokia’s new Here Maps app for iOS has made its way to the App Store today, promising free turn-by-turn voice navigation, public transit information, and rich traffic reports. We spent a little time with the new app, which Nokia hopes will replace the much-maligned native iPhone Maps experience, and came away with mixed impressions. Nokia’s maps are far richer than Apple’s Here Maps looks a little dated; if you’ve ever used Symbian in recent years, you already know what to expect. It’s functional enough, though, and the maps are full of useful data and clearly marked POIs that will please those who don’t like Apple’s minimal approach to cartography. The POI information seems lacking in some places, but in both New York and London looked..
The Court of Appeal of England and Wales has ordered Apple to pay the legal fees of competitor Samsung on an ‘indemnity basis’ after the company published a “false and misleading” notice in the wake of a patent lawsuit over the iPad. The judgement, intended to humiliate Apple, will require the company to pay for all expenses associated with Samsung’s legal defense, with any disputes over the exact amount likely to be resolved in the latter firm’s favor. Apple was ordered to publish the notice on the front page of its UK website after losing an appeal in October .