On Thursday, fall will come early for hundreds of thousands of Mac users when Apple releases its first public beta of OS X Yosemite. The public-beta program, announced during Apple's annual developer conference in June, lets regular users download and test pre-release versions of OS X. Apple says the first million users to sign up at the OS X Beta Program website will be able to test Yosemite before the OS is released to the general public in the fall.
It seems really weird to think back to a time when your mobile phone couldn't do the jobs of a dozen other devices. Now that smartphones have supplanted everything from compasses and Rolodexes to voice recorders and watches, we rely on them to do dozens of things. Add to that list "count my steps," as newer smartphone models often double as fitness trackers.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg boldly claimed that Oculus Rift "has the potential to be the most social platform ever" after acquiring the virtual reality company back in March. But Rift is still under development, and so far developers have been focused on making games for the headset, so it's difficult to imagine what those social applications would look like.
A (very lightly) edited transcript of Tim Cook's comments from Apple's Q3 earnings call:
Google Suggest is a feature that sees the search engine trying to complete a search query as you type words into the search engine's text box. Suggestions are meant to be helpful - but they can sometimes be funny, bizarre, or downright creepy.
Chinese smartphone maker, Xiaomi, continues to put pressure on the big brands with the launch of its Mi4, an Android device milled from stainless steel with hardware just as impressive.
Even in an era when critics complain the company has lost a step, Apple's profits keep climbing. The company released its fiscal third-quarter earnings report on Wednesday, reporting revenue of $37.4 billion and a net profit of $7.7 billion.
Netflix's quarterly numbers are in, and they're looking good. The streaming video service's paid subscriber base grew to a shade under 48 million users during the second quarter. And Netflix says it's topped the 50 million mark for total membership.
Every journey begins with a single step, even if that journey eventually turns you into one of the most powerful game development studios on earth, with the single most iconic storefront in PC gaming, a stable of acclaimed titles, an upcoming PC/console hybrid platform, and an e-sports tournament with a $10 million prize pool.
Information security has never been a more sensitive subject than it is these days, so it's little surprise that allegations from a security researcher that iOS contains a "backdoor" permitting access to users' information provoked a strong response from Apple.