You are your smartphone, and your smartphone is you.
It is, by now, an accepted wisdom that your choice of pocket computer says more about you than perhaps even you might articulate.
These pages are evidence that such a choice elicits a competitive element. So might I present a supposedly objective piece of educational research that shows iPhone users are a touch smarter than users of other phones?
As with all the finest educational research, this was sponsored by a betting company, Britain's Ladbrokes.
Let's say you were going to get into pot.
No, not for medicinal reasons. For money, for business, to secure your family's future and all that.
Suddenly, the state where you live decides that pot is quite an acceptable business proposition. So you decide to create a dispensary to attract the troubled, the monied and the naturally pot-headed.
What should your dispensary look like? Should it have large leaves on the walls and be called Pot Jungle? How about placing random beige towels and armchairs about the place and calling it Pot Barn?
Andy Williams, a 45-year-old former … Read more
The US National Security Agency can reportedly sniff out every last bit of data from your iPhone, according to leaked NSA documents published by German magazine Der Spiegel.
Known as DROPOUTJEEP, the spyware is said to be one of the tools employed by the NSA's ANT (Advanced or Access Network Technology) division to gain backdoor access to various electronic devices. On Sunday, leaked documents obtained by Der Spiegel showed how these tools have reportedly been used to infiltrate computers, hard drives, routers, and other devices from tech companies such as Cisco, Dell, Western Digital, Seagate, Maxtor, and Samsung.
Those … Read more
The statement comes after documents shared by security researcher Jacob Appelbaum and Der Spiegel disclosed an NSA program called DROPOUTJEEP, which is said to allow the agency to do things like intercept text messages, access contact lists, and activate the phone's microphone and camera.
The company also said it was unaware of such a program.
According to a slide leaked by Der Spiegel, … Read more
Apple's iPhone 5S and 5C snared around 100,000 preorders from China Mobile customers in just two days, at least based on estimates from an analyst with Wedge Partners.
On December 22, Apple announced an agreement with China's largest mobile carrier to offer the two new iPhones starting January 17. A tally of 100,000 preorders certainly sounds like a good start. But the number could have been higher, according to analyst Brian Blair, who spoke with AllThingsD.
China Mobile is home to almost 760 million subscribers, so 100,000 is but a tiny fraction of the total … Read more
It's a battle that threatens to rend the Internet asunder with its forum-fraying ferocity: iOS vs. Android.
But why do we get so worked up over our operating systems? The latest episode of CNET's Adventures in Tech delves deep inside the human brain, to explain how something as simple as a smartphone operating system can trigger a prehistoric response in our stone-age psyche. Press Play now.
To uncover the arcane secrets of our mystifying minds, Adventures in Tech enlists the help of psychology lecturer Mark Coulson, who's on hand to unwrap the powerful psychological processes that kick … Read more
Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission has fined Apple 20 million New Taiwan dollars -- about $666,000 -- after determining the company has been illegally interfering with iPhone pricing in the country, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.
The commission found that Apple was telling Taiwan's three primary mobile-service providers how much to charge for iPhones.
"Through the e-mail correspondence between Apple and these three telecom companies we discovered the companies submit their pricing plans to Apple to be approved or confirmed before the products hit the market," the commission said in a statement, according to The … Read more
I did not expect to like the TaskLab TaskOne iPhone case.
After all, my last experience with a multifunction holster -- the ReadyCase -- was decidedly disappointing. Mostly it was an interesting idea marred by less-than-stellar execution.
So it was with some skepticism that I approached the TaskLab TaskOne multitool iPhone case, which I wrote about in my recent roundup of iPhone cases that do more than protect your phone. A few days later, I got the chance to actually test-drive one.… Read more
Apple has "big plans that we think customers are going to love," CEO Tim Cook said in a memo thanking employees for their work in 2013.
Snagging a copy of the memo from "multiple sources," 9to5Mac posted the employee e-mail on Sunday. Cook started by reflecting on the new and improved products unveiled this past year, including the iPhone 5S (the 5C didn't make the cut), iOS 7, the free OS X Mavericks upgrade, the iPad Air, the Retina iPad Mini, and the new Mac Pro now shipping from a factory in Texas.
The CEO … Read more