Apple's new battery ratings for the iPhone certainly look impressive, but is 8 hours of talk time really top of the line as cell phones go? In a press release announcing the new figures, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said that "the iPhone's battery life is longer than any other smart phone and even longer than most MP3 players." That's a broad claim, particularly since that 8 hours is just a promise. In our experience, the rated battery life of a device and the actual battery life can vary, something that Apple acknowledges in the fine … Read more
Is Apple looking to compete with Garmin or Alpine down the road?
German magazine Focus has reported that Apple is developing something that would combine maintenance, entertainment, communication and navigation for cars into one device and that Mercedes will be the first to feature it.
A dashboard system for Mercedes from Apple, or an iPhone integration system for the Mercedes, seems like a logical probability given the fact that the two partnered on the first iPod integration kit for cars in 2006.
Appled refused to comment directly on either possibility.
"We have not announced plans yet," said Tom … Read more
According to Apple, you can ditch your fears over the rumor that the iPhone has 45 minutes of talk time. The company announced Monday that the much-anticipated handset will ship with much better battery life than was expected when it was first announced in January. The iPhone will finally be released, as you probably already know, on Friday June 29.
The numbers from Apple? The company had initially anticipated that the iPhone battery would allow five hours of talk time (though rumors around the blogosphere suggested it was actually much less than that), but now Apple is boasting that it'… Read more
Security researcher Robert Swiecki, who two days ago disclosed a URL vulnerability within the new Safari 3.0 for Windows beta, has another. The new flaw requires a user to visit a specially crafted Web page. There, an attacker can write whatever name in the URL toolbar and fill the client browser window with arbitrary content. He provides an example (link should be viewed within Safari).
In response to other Safari 3.0 vulnerabilities, Apple yesterday released an updated version that addresses three of the public vulnerabilities. Swiecki says he tested this latest vulnerability on Safari 3.0.1 (522.… Read more
Every day, Apple appears to add more iPhone tidbits to its Web site. Last week, we dissected the new iPhone commercials and tutorials, but this week, we're bringing you some simple iPhone eye candy. As we inch toward the release date on June 29, Apple releases more images that detail the handset's various functions. So to save you the trouble of looking for them on your own, we've assembled the shots here in our iPhone slide show.
Safari was an early hit with Windows users, who have downloaded 1 million copies of the browser since Monday, according to Apple.
CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the Windows version of the browser as a beta release Monday during his keynote speech at the Worldwide Developers Conference. Safari makes up around 5 percent of the browser market, trailing Internet Explorer and Firefox with its 18.6 million users, a figure Jobs used in his speech Monday.
Cynical colleagues at CNET wonder how many of those downloads were started by hackers and security professionals probing for weaknesses, which is probably a fair … Read more
In response to other Safari 3.0 vulnerabilities, Apple today released an updated version that addresses three of the nine public vulnerabilities.
Stung by the harsh reception to Safari for Windows (beta), Apple today released Safari 3.0.1 for Windows (beta), addressing three flaws. The updated version patches CVE-2007-3186, a command-injection vulnerability that may lead to arbitrary code execution; CVE-2007-3185, an out-of-bounds memory read issue that may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution; and CVE-2007-2391, a race condition that may allow cross-site scripting. The patches are issued for Windows XP and Windows Vista users; these issues do not affect Mac OS X systems.
The latest version can be downloaded from Apple here.
Speaking of Apple, CNET Live will feature the best of this year's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), with fresh videos of … Read more
The conventional wisdom: Microsoft's effort to compete against the iPod juggernaut has failed. Early reviews of the Zune were scathing. Sales have been slow, coming in at less than 10% of hard-drive-based players, and less than 3% of the overall portable music player market. The executive who oversaw the launch of the product has left the company. What's to argue about?
The conventional wisdom is wrong.
To understand why, look at the Xbox business. From any normal company's perspective, the Xbox has been a resounding failure, costing Microsoft somewhere in the neighborhood of $5 billion.
But consider … Read more