Being a beta tester for an unfinished operating system is risky business. But some would-be beta testers of Apple's upcoming OS are reporting problems even getting to the beta bits after receiving their invitation from Apple.
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Apple's solidly built PCs have developed a cult following over the years, but they never made a dent in the enterprise. Why did the Mac fail to crack the enterprise code? I've found six reasons.
Less than 48 hours after the iPhone 5s went on sale, a group of German hackers claimed to have lifted a fingerprint and created a fake finger that could spoof Apple's "advanced" biometric technology. But anyone who's been paying attention to biometrics wasn't surprised.
All Office editions are not created equal. Microsoft's support lifecycle for Office on Windows provides for 10 years of support. But Office for Mac doesn't qualify for extended support. That means a widely used Office version has reached the unsupported phase sooner than you might expect.
Remember Lala, the innovative music service that made a splash in 2009? After Apple bought the company, Lala's services vanished. Now, a candid (maybe too candid) report from an insider explains why Apple was willing to pay $160 million to make this "clear and present danger" to iTunes go away.
Orbitz, the online travel site whose business model is built on the word "cheap," says it treats you differently depending on whether you're a Mac or a PC. That's just the start of a privacy problem most people never think about.
Malware isn't just for Windows anymore. As the number of Macs rise, the economic incentive for criminals to build cross-platform attacks rises. And so do the stakes.
Today, Apple released version 1.0.1 of its iBooks Author program. There's no new code, only a new license agreement. The sloppy language in the original license agreement is cleaned up, but the fundamentals are unchanged: Apple retains exclusive rights to anything an author wants to sell in its new format.
Ace Apple-watcher John Gruber thinks Apple is perfectly within its rights to build a proprietary, incompatible version of the open EPUB digital book standard. It's not their business to reduce the cross platform burdens of the publishing industry, he says. So why do they still belong to a standards body pledged to do just that?
Everyone has an opinion about user interfaces, but most people don't have enough experience to back those opinions up. That phenomenon makes any Mac-versus-Windows debate confusing. But there's a nearly perfect test case to compare Apple and Microsoft UI design philosophies: Windows Live Photo Gallery 2011 versus iPhoto '11. I dive in.