While not totally hardware focused, here’s news from a major hardware company: Apple’s developer portal, which has been down since late last week, was apparently a target of hackers seeking to steal developers’ personal information. Here’s Apple’s full statement, which was just e-mailed to developers:
“Last Thursday, an intruder attempted to secure personal information of our registered developers from our developer website. Sensitive personal information was encrypted and cannot be accessed, however, we have not been able to rule out the possibility that some developers’ names, mailing addresses, and/or email addresses may have been accessed. In the spirit of transparency, we want to inform you of the issue. We took the site down immediately on Thursday and have been working around the clock since then.
In order to prevent a security threat like this from happening again, we’re completely overhauling our developer systems, updating our server software, and rebuilding our entire database. We apologize for the significant inconvenience that our downtime has caused you and we expect to have the developer website up again soon.”
Developers use Apple’s developer portal to access critical information–such as the iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks beta files–and as a hub for their iOS apps and testing devices. While it’s a major inconvenience to have no access to these resources, a security breach of their developer database would be a major black eye to Apple, especially as their name continues to be dragged through the NSA/PRISM personal info/spying situation.
When Hardware Geeks received their second annual invite to Ford’s “Go Further” conference (yes, Michael was there last year and they actually invited us back) I figured I knew exactly what I would hear. Innovative new technology! Steve Wozniak is here! Green stuff!
Once I arrived in Detroit and settled in, I naturally congregated around my nerdy brethren and had my suspicions confirmed. Then, I met a few women who categorized themselves as mom bloggers. Then I met someone who blogged about cats. Then I met some developers, and then someone who writes about clothes. What could half of these people care about cars, and tehcnology?
I asked myself, where the hell am I?
As my fellow Geek-ette Nina has been trumpeting on Twitter all week (and if you’re not following her, well, get on that), Hardware Geeks and CuteGeek will be on location next week at the headquarters of Ford, where we’ll get an inside look at the present and future of the automobile industry according to one of the leading American autos.
After a full generation of innovation and cutting-edge products, one could argue that Apple became so good at what they do that they gave themselves a Microsoft problem.
Huh? For those who remember (or for those who weren’t around yet), let’s take a trip back to the Microsoft of the mid-90’s. Their products were widely considered the best in the industry by a wide margin; even their failures, at the time, were viewed through rose-colored glasses and forgiven. (Windows Millennium Edition immediately comes to mind.)
Gradually, they faced product pressure from two fronts: on one hand, an inability to continually drop groundbreaking innovations to their bread-winning products since they became so good and were so far ahead of any competitors, and on the other, a reluctance to stray too far from what works for fear of messing with the goose that laid its golden eggs. When you can’t keep bringing the lumber to your PC product and you don’t totally refocus to mobile out of worry for your business model and relationships, you get to where Microsoft is today; the king of a shrinking kingdom and an also-ran in the race that matters most. Stannis Baratheon, if you will. (minus the fire priestess)
Applying that narrative to Apple of today could come off as lazy, but parallels exist. Apple created the modern smartphone era, has ruled the space since their entry and set the pace for the industry through their forward-looking hardware and software update cadence, winning untouchable consumer confidence in the process.
Harkening back to the “Droid Does” campaign of 2009, all Android has done to chip away at Apple’s lead is to simply be everything Apple is not: a nearly 100%-open operating system and ecosystem with thousands of hardware styles from which to choose. Somewhat shrewdly, this approach recruited the hardware vendors—Motorola, HTC, Samsung, etc.—to play a part in the innovation of Android, as one could argue Apple is competing against Google’s update cadence, openness and mass adoption as they are Samsung’s marketing muscle and feature-gasm, as well as HTC’s hail-mary of industrial design.
Apple—now potentially in second place in the industry they kinda sorta created—faces its Microsoft problem. They can’t shake up their formula too much, as they might alienate their millions of passionate users that are already very familiar with how to use their product. On the other hand, they have to do something—some kind of step forward if they don’t want to be left behind.
Is iOS 7 big enough of a step forward to keep them marching in this multi-front war? Keep in mind, we’re looking at a beta version intended for developers. The final look may vary by this fall, when Apple will introduce the consumer-ready version. However, this beta provides us an early look at what position Apple’s position could be by that time, when I imagine they’ll announce a new iPhone and iPad to potentially address the hardware competition. With that, let’s begin.
While Intel’s Haswell launch may well be setting the tone for PC hardware manufacturers, AMD wants to remind you that it still offers the only 8-core desktop CPUs in the industry. And after setting the GHz record last fall, they’ve bested themselves with today’s update.
Though Intel coined the phrase “tic-toc” originally to explain their own CPU launch and update cadence, you could easily apply the same label to the PC industry as a hole: Intel makes a move, and refreshes from hardware vendors won’t be far behind.
Following Intel’s introduction of their 4th generation of CPUs (codenamed Haswell) last, it’s now the PC vendors’ turn to showcase how they’re going to take advantage of this new horsepower. First up: Digital Storm.
Dropcam today released a new version of its iOS app for iPhone and iPad enabling users to now set a schedule for their Dropcam HD camera. The new update will also allow the camera turn itself on when you are not home and turn itself off when you are.
The new features will work on the Dropcam HD, Dropcam Echo, and Dropcam Original.
Sorry Android users, no word when these or if these features will be enabled for the Android OS.
If you have read my reviews over the past 8 years, you’d know I have used a lot of windows based computers in my day. So you can understand when I say no matter whom makes the system it’s pretty much always the same experience. Sure designs change, and specs improve but once you hit that power button it’s all the same, right? You have a start button, some icons and when you click on them, a window opens up. It’s all the same system to system to system. So I thought, until I met the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 420s.