TechZip

The Cluster of Tech


Leave a comment

Nokia, HTC, Motorola and more take to Twitter to rain on Apple’s big day

Not everyone was all that happy to let Apple have its day in the spotlight and leave it at that. Of course, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that competing companies would take to Twitter to try to draw a bit of attention away from Apple and its iPhone announcements. Some worked well, some didn’t, and some were just odd, so let’s round up the most notable.

Our favorite was likely Nokia, but that’s mostly because we freaking loveBreaking Bad, and we definitely agree that “Real gangsters don’t use gold phones.” Motorola used the time to simply link to its recently released “Lazy Phone” ads with TJ Miller. The official Windows Phone Twitter account went the GIF route to show off the Lumia 1020 camera. Then, there was Denny’s which you certainly wouldn’t expect, but that was definitely a good one.
HTC bombed the day, in our opinion. HTC didn’t have any images prepared, and didn’t even seem to have a good writing team on the job, so rather than pithy, it just came off as mean-spirited. Oh well. They can’t all be winners.


Leave a comment

Apple announces iPhone 5s: Touch ID fingerprint security, 64-bit A7 CPU, new gold option coming Sept. 20

Apple took the wraps off the iPhone 5s on Tuesday, the first smartphone in the world with a 64-bit desktop-class chip, and the new Touch ID fingerprint sensor that allows users to securely unlock the device with just the touch of a finger.

The iPhone 5s sports a design similar to the iPhone 5, with a high-grade aluminum back cut with chamfered edges. It will be available in three colors: “space gray,” white and silver, and a new gold and white option.

Both it and the iPhone 5c, which was also announced on Tuesday, will go on sale next Friday, Sept. 20 in the U.S., Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore, and the U.K.

Pricing on the iPhone 5s is the same as its predecessor: $199 with a new two-year service contract for the entry-level 16-gigabyte model, while 32-gigabytes will run $299, and 64-gigabytes is $399.

Continue reading


Leave a comment

Judge accuses Apple, Google of using courts as ‘business strategy’ instead of settling

Apple and Google-owned Motorola aren’t showing any signs of interest in actually settling their patent disputes, said one federal judge in Florida. Instead, the two firms are more interested in using the courts as a business strategy.

U.S. District Judge Robert Scola said in Miami on Thursday that the two firms are abusing the court system with their increasingly complex patent case, according to Bloomberg. The patent struggle between Apple and Motorola involves more than 180 claims related to 12 patents, as well as the meaning of more than 100 terms.

Google

Each party has accused the other of infringing on patents related to wireless technologies. The initial suit was filed in 2010, but it has since grown.

“The parties have no interest in efficiently and expeditiously resolving this dispute,” Scola said in an order dated Wednesday, “they instead are using this and similar litigation worldwide as a business strategy that appears to have no end. This is not a proper use of this court.”
Continue reading


Leave a comment

Former Apple consultant says iPhone’s naming conventions send ‘weak message’

Apple is a company that prizes simplicity in nearly all things, but a former Apple adviser says the pattern the company uses to name its bestselling product is decidedly not simple and sends the wrong message about the iPhone.

iphone 4s

Apple’s iPhone 4S

Brand consultant Ken Segall says that Apple’s naming conventions with the iPhone stray from the simplicity that typifies other aspects of the company’s marketing and operations. Since the iPhone 3GS, Apple has introduced an “S” model every other year.

“Tacking an S onto the existing model number sends a rather weak message,” Segall writes. “It says that this is our ‘off-year’ product, with only modest improvements.”
Continue reading


Leave a comment

iMessage ‘denial-of-service’ attack crashes devs’ iOS Messages apps

A recent spate of prank texts sent to a group of iOS developers has revealed a limitation in how Apple handles data sent through its iMessage service, which in some cases can crash the app if the incoming message is too long or contains overly complex characters.

iMessage DoS

Source: The Next Web

As reported to The Next Web, iOS app developers iH8sn0w, well known for his jailbreak tool, and Grant Paul were among those targeted by a type of denial of service (DoS) attack that overwhelmed their respective Messages inboxes with a load of automatically-generated transmissions.

The two devs believe the messages to have been sent one after another from the Messages app on OS X, with a simple AppleScript effecting the barrage that prompts a victim to constantly clear notifications and text.

Continue reading


Leave a comment

Ballmer: Android is wild, uncontrolled and malware prone; Apple is overpriced

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was being interviewed by Reid Hoffman on Wednesday night, and the executive made some unflattering comments about both Android and Apple. Talking about Android, Ballmer said that the OS is”wild”, “uncontrolled” and “susceptible to malware”. As for Apple, the Microsoft executive calls it “high priced” and “highly controlled.”

On stage, Steve Ballmer is interviewed by Reid Hoffman

On stage, Steve Ballmer is interviewed by Reid Hoffman

Ballmer’s goal is to gently position Windows right in between the twoto make a success of Microsoft’s mobile OS. Ballmer says that Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and Microsoft Surface have all been done right and unlike Apple and Android, Microsoft is talking closely with developers. Talking about Windows, he says, “It just works,” a comment usually directed at Apple’s smooth as silk iOS. Ballmer also got in a shot at the Apple Maps debacle.
Continue reading