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Phone Privacy

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Think your phone's pass code is uncrackable; think again.

Turns out your phone's pass code might not be doing that much to protect you. Most codes are easy to crack because people make them easy to remember. Things like 1-2-3-4, an address or a birthday.

On the other hand some people don’t' use a pass code at all because they don't like the extra step when they want to quickly use their phone. But that doesn't mean you need to leave your information unprotected for the entire world to see.  read more »

Apple Rumors

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It looks like another apple is about to fall from the tree.

There are reports that September 9th will be the release date for Apple's iPhone six. The news comes from a managing editor at the independent tech site re-code. A site that has an excellent track record for covering Apple and its big announcements.

In the past Apple has made its new products available to shoppers ten days after sharing it with the world. So if history repeats itself that means you could get your hands on the newest iPhone on September 19th. So what can you expect come next month?  read more »

Well Paid Interns

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Some of the highest paid people in Silicon Valley; aren’t even on the list of employees.

The days are warming up and the school year is winding down. That means a new group of fresh faced interns are filling the halls of some of the most powerful companies in the country. And it’s not just the perk of saying “I work at Facebook or Google” that has hundreds of young adults applying for the opportunity. It’s the perks.

Interns get to enjoy the same things as full time employees including bikes, massages and swimming pools. Facebook even offers housing to interns who find it easier to stay on campus. But if you think this makes up for the fact that they’re unpaid; think again.  read more »

Tim Cook

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With a new man in charge; apple is starting to taste a little different.

Tim Cook became CEO of Apple in August of 2011; six months before former co-founder and reigning CEO Steve Jobs passed away. Now he’s starting to put his own handprint on the company; and some people say his methods are the direct opposite of what jobs would have done.

For example Apple is close to signing a $3.2 billion dollar deal to purchase the music company “Beats Electronics.” On the other hand Jobs had so much confidence in the products his company developed that he saw little sense in spending large amounts of money on acquisitions. Cook is also focusing on improving labor conditions and returning $130 billion to shareholders.  read more »

Tim Cook

Tim-Cook-to-be-declined-Double-Salary-Bonus-by-Apple.jpg

With a new man in charge; Apple is starting to taste a little different.

Tim Cook became CEO of Apple in August of 2011; six months before former co-founder and reigning CEO Steve Jobs passed away. Now he’s starting to put his own handprint on the company; and some people say his methods are the direct opposite of what jobs would have done.

For example Apple is close to signing a $3.2 billion dollar deal to purchase the music company “Beats Electronics.” On the other hand Jobs had so much confidence in the products his company developed that he saw little sense in spending large amounts of money on acquisitions. Cook is also focusing on improving labor conditions and returning $130 billion to shareholders.  read more »

Find Your Phone

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There's an app for everything; but some of them might connect you with trouble.

The “find my iPhone app” allows you to track down your lifeline after you've left it behind or someone stole it. But now police are warning iPhone users to use it with caution because in some cases they're storming after stone cold criminals.

Police say people have tracked down their phones and then gone to the location completely unprepared. In some cases they have ended up in fights or in police custody after going after the wrong person. Police say your cell phone isn't worth your life. They say if you track down your phone and the person who stole it give them a call. They have Tasers, back-up and if necessary a gun to handle dangerous situations.  read more »

Social Apps

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Looking for the latest hot spot; there’s an app for that.

Superb is an app that is forcing people away from their screens and out into the real world. It works by showing users a full screen image of venues such as bars, restaurants of hiking trails. A swipe to the right adds that place to the user’s to do list. A swipe to the left indicates they are not interested and tapping the middle button indicates they’ve already been.

The app’s co-founder says it’s all about getting offline and the best way to do that is to know where people want to go. And if you can’t figure out what you feel like doing there’s an app for that too.  read more »

Carplay

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Apple is accelerating efforts to link your smartphone with your car.

Right now Apple and Google are going head to head to develop technology that makes mobile apps more accessible to people behind the wheel. Google says it should have something ready to show off by the end of the year; but Apple just upped the ante. This week Ferrari, Mercedes-Benzes and Volvo announced they are already previewing apple’s iPhone technology at an auto show in Geneva.

Called “CarPlay” the system enables users to plug into cars so drivers can call up maps, make calls and request music with voice commands or a dashboard screen. Apple says iPhone users want their content at their fingertips and car play lets people use their phones in the car without losing focus.  read more »

An Olympic Cover Up

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Some of the world's largest companies paid big bucks to sponsor the Olympic Games; and their investment is being protected.

One of the world's most recognized logos is now being shut out of Sochi. Since Samsung is the official electronics sponsor of the Olympics; Apple logos are getting the official cover-up. And usually it's with duct tape.

Reporters on site are sharing pictures and videos of the so called brand police coming around and putting tape over the Apple logos of their computers. The only time a device is safe is when it can lay flat on a table; such as an iPad or iPhone.

Even the athletes are being asked to cover up the Apple logos on their must have gadgets. But the fan favorite company isn't the only one being targeted.  read more »

The Homeless App

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When life gives you lemons; create your own app.

Leo grand has been homeless and living on the streets of Manhattan since 2011. That’s when he lost his job at Metlife and was priced out of his apartment building thanks to a new high rise that went up nearby.

Then in August he was approached by a young programmer with a choice; take $100 or learn computer code. Grand chose code and for the next 109 days the two met for an hour every weekday. Grand was also given three textbooks and a computer to use.

Then last week Grand launched his app called “Trees for Cars.” It aims to save the environment by helping users carpool to their destinations. It also tracks how much carbon dioxide is saved by people who carpool creating a friendly competition among users.   read more »