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Apple will cooperate with American Express and MasterCard

The agreement has been completed between Apple and American Express to work together on its new iPhone payments system. And it’s only one of numerous companies Apple is going to cooperate with.

With the help of new Apple’s payments system iPhone 6 users will be able to pay for things at brick-and-morter stores using the handset.

They say Apple also dealt with China UnionPay and Visa
for such a service.

By the way there’s the evidence that iPhone 6 will has NFC as the leaked logic board for the device was with a slot NFC chip.

All the novelties will be shown on 9 September at Cupertino’s Flint Center for the Performing Arts.

 

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Hacker spreads hundreds of nude celebrity pics in alleged iCloud hack

Hundreds of nude and semi-nude photos of female celebrities were spread all over the web and Twitter after being stolen from their private collections. Among the stars apparently shown in the pictures were Hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, pop star Ariana Grande and others.

The images first appeared on infamous web forum 4chan, where posters claimed that the images were allegedly retrieved through a vulnerability in Apple’s iCloud service, which let the celebrities’ phones be hacked. The accounts are created to help iPhone, iPad, and Mac users synchronize pictures, videos, settings and other data between Apple devices, but the service has been criticized for being unreliable and confusing.

According to the source, the hacker possesses videos and plans to sell them to TMZ for as much as six figures. Meantime, no one has confirmed that iCloud was actually hacked, and there are no more details known about the attack. There is also no information on how long the hackers had been collecting photos before posting. Mary Winstead stated that the leaked images of hers were deleted “long ago,” suggesting her pictures were either still available in cloud storage, or were stolen at the time.

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Most of the victims haven’t commented publicly, but a few celebrities named in the leak have taken to Twitter to comment on the matter.

Victoria Justice wrote via Twitter: “These so called nudes of me are FAKE people. Let me nip this in the bud right now. *pun intended*”

Lawrence’s spokesperson said that hackers spreading the stolen images will be prosecuted by relevant authorities. 

Apple has not officially commented on this issue yet.

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Apple announces Sept. 9 event for iPhone 6 and iWatch

Apple on Thursday confirmed that it will hold a media event on Sept. 9, with invitations sent to the press.

The teaser sent to members of the media features a single, tantalizing tagline, “Wish we could say more.” hinting, that the new devices with larger displays Apple will finally unveil.

The iPhone manufacturer typically holds its annual iPhone event at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco, but this year’s event will take place at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, Calif., the same place where Steve Jobs showed the Mac to the public 30 years ago.

The Tuesday event will start at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern. 

According to reports from Re/code, Apple is not only planning to introduce its next-hen iPhone models on Sept. 9, but its first wearable device known as the “iWatch” as well. Apple had previously been rumored to introduce its wearable product at an October event separate from its September iPhone event, but then changed its plans. The iWatch is believed to sync with the HealthKit framework that the company has built into its iOS 8 mobile operating system and will focus on health and fitness with an array of health-related sensors that measure metrics like steps taken, sleep quality and more.apple

As for the new iPhone, it is rumored to come in two screen sizes of 4.7 and 5.5 inches with a faster next-generation “A8″ processor. If Apple follows its usual release schedule, it will be shipped starting the following Friday, Sept. 19. 

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“Thinner, brighter, lighter” Samsung Galaxy Tab S vs iPad Air

Anti-Apple advertizing company of Samsung continues. This time they decided to compare the South Korean company’s new Galaxy Tab S with iPad Air.

The comparison was carried out by New York’s passer-bys. The whole process is shown in the ad video.

Surprisingly, everyone being asked picked out the Samsung device.

Most of people speak about the thinness of Samsung Galaxy Tab S, its lightness and its brighter screen if compare with iPad Air, giving reasons of their choice.

They could have taken both devices and noticed a 0.9mm difference in thickness and an 11g difference in weight.

Samsung also claims their device has “one million extra pixels” without mentioning that these are due to the widescreen format of the device.

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The recent Samsung ad using criticizing of Apple production in order to publicize their own Galaxy S5 is advertisment ”Wall huggers”. The company nominated iPhone to take the Ice Bucket Challenge and dismissed the larger screen of the forthcoming iPhone 6 as well.

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Ex Apple employee presented his new-born baby as the company’s product

Ex Apple employee Andreas Kleinke informs about his son’s birth in the company’s original style.

On the page with the laconic tagline «Jonathan» designed in Apple official site’s style he informs about the release of ”Brand new mini” named Jonathan Henry.

It is said in the description that Jonathan’s 20-inch body is made from ”solid block of beauty”. It has multi-touch function, two iSight cameras, two microphones and one loudspeaker ”with maximum volume going all the way up to 120 dB.”

In spetial informative blocks the quantity of Jonathan’s fingers is described, its length (52 cm) as well as weight (3,9 kg).

”Device” has been developed for 9 months, however having the weight of 5% of its predecessor it can easily carry around all day. It works with two operators «Mom» and «Dad».

Such apps like «iEat», «iSleep» and «iPoop» are alreade included in it. However such apps like «iWalk» and «iTalk» will be added later on.

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Gibberish language pack is pre-installed already. The operating system is «Non-Android (thank God)».

So, quite an original way to present a baby to relatives and friends. The creative daddy did absolutely managed to surprise them.

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Steve Jobs’ spech text is hidden in Mac

According to OSXDaily the document with Steve Jobs’ legendary speeches was discovered in Apple Pages program files.

If you are Mac ОС user, you can check its existance in person.

In Resources folder (/Applications/Pages.app/Contents/Resources/) you will find Apple.txt file.

The text document presents the decoded postscoring of the legendary Apple video ”Crazy Ones.” The video was presented in frames of the advertising company ”Think Different” in 1997.

This trailer matters much for the company. Then Apple was struggling for its position, feeling a deficiency of new developments.

The aim of the new promotional company was to provide Apple with time the company needed to gain strength.

As a result the company became the new concept, Job’s view which Apple should be in the future.

In this video such iconic persons as Albert Einstein, Muhammad Ali, John Lennon, Picasso and others appeared. They are called ”The crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels” who dared to think different and as a result changed the world.

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There is also Steve’s speech which he delivered at Stanford University graduation party in California. His appearance took place in 2005. And now it’s known all over the world.

Hundreds of millions people watched his speech on YouTube.

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Let’s compare Apple and Google workers’ wages

Apple and Google employees love their work, everybody knows salary is also very important. And how much do they earn? The Economic Times tried to reply this question.

The edition presented a list of average annual salaries of both companies.

The information was taken from Glassdoor service — the forum where employees discuss their bosses.

Take a look at the table below.

So we can see the employees wages don’t look much different.

Google is well known as appreciating its workers, but we don’t think Apple’s employees are not satisfied with their work as well as salaries.

According to this data work of employees in both companies are paid quite well.

It ought to be noted this information isn’t official, it’s just data taken from forum. All the figures are averaged.

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Apple and Google ordered to remove Secret from app stores by Brazilian judge

Apple has been requested by a judge in Brazil to not only remove the app Secret from the App Store, but also to remotely crush the software from user’s devices that already have it downloaded.

An app called Secret hit the App Store in February of this year and serves as an anonymous “social network,” which allows you to extend to people you know via social networks, and then lets you and them to post anonymous status updates to those in the same circle. You are also informed when strangers provide you with the same anonymous updates. But recently, the app faced criticism for giving a platform to those who would abuse it for anonymous bullying. Judge Cesar de Carvalho believes that the fastest way to stop it, apparently, is to pull the app, and to also remotely kill access to it.

According to the report, the judge has demanded that Apple and Google remotely delete the application from every device that has downloaded it in the country. While there has yet to be a documented case in which the mechanism was used, the both companies has such a capability.

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Apple keeps a list of apps that have been “blacklisted” on their servers and iOS devices reach out to this server to check for any updates. When it reveals that an app installed on the device has been blacklisted, it refuses to launch that app.

Meantime, Google has used its remote kill-switch to remove several potentially malicious apps in the past.

The judge also notified that if the program is not deleted within 10 days of the ruling, Apple will have to pay £30,000(roughly $50,000) each subsequent day until, presumably, it is removed.

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”Misunderstood” video by Apple wins Emmy Award

The Apple’s 2013 Holiday season television commercial “Misunderstood” won a Creative Arts Emmy Award for most “outstanding commercial” in 2014.

The 2014 Creative Arts Emmy Awards were announced last night at the Nokia Theatre L.A. in Los Angeles.

The major TV Emmy Awards ceremony will be on August 25th – 26 other categories will be presented.

The video is about a teenage boy who shoots happy holiday moments of his family as they decorate the Christmas tree, play snowballs and so on. Finally switching on TV he presents his work to the family. The whole household is happy as well as proud of their boy.

The video publicizes iPhone 5s, Apple TV, and AirPlay demonstrating how to film, edit and present a movie via an iPhone.

”Misunderstood” was nominated with advertisements from General Electric, Nike, and Budweiser.

The video was produced by longtime advertising and marketing partner Media Arts Lab of TBWA in Los Angeles, California.

The advertisements of Apple production and the company’s marketing strategies were criticized during last year with low rating and were compared to Samsung’s advertising.

In spite of that this advertisment shows Apple manages to do really exciting and good advertisement.

Here are the videos that were also nominated the Outstanding Commercial award and they are definetly worth watching!

Childlike Imagination from General Electric:

A Hero’s Welcome from Budweiser:

Possibilities from Nike:

Puppy Love from Budweiser:

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Apple is mostly male and white

Apple investigated its work staff and found out that the majority of their U.S. workers is white men.

Apple informs that among 98,000 workers, 70 percent is male. In the U.S. etnithities of the staff are 55 percent white,15 percent Asian, 11 percent Hispanic and 7 percent black.

The race percent among members in other countries was not examined.

Tim Cook is seemed to be not pleased with the results of investigation:

“Let me say up front: As CEO, I’m not satisfied with the numbers on this page.. They’re not new to us and we’ve been working hard for quite some time to improve them. We are making progress, and we’re committed to being as innovative in advancing diversity as we are in developing our products.”

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Non-tech workers in the U.S. are 56 percent white, 14 percent Hispanic, 9 percent Asian and 9 percent black.

Tech-staff is 54 percent white, 23 percent Asian, 7 percent Hispanic, and 6 percent black.

The distinction is bigger among officials – 64 percent heads are white. Asian are 21 percent, Hispanic are 6 percent, black are 3 percent.

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Cook writes: “All around the world, our team at Apple is united in the belief that being different makes us better. We know that each generation has a responsibility to build upon the gains of the past, expanding the rights and freedoms we enjoy to the many who are still striving for justice.”

A month earlier Cook said that his company would give information about the variety in work staff, but warned that he is “more focused on actions” than providing with data.

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Before the company was accused there is no multiplicity among its superior leadership.

The company replied that it will enlarge diversity, including a tweak to the company’s corporate charter that commits the direction to “actively [seek] out highly qualified women and individuals from minority groups to include in the pool from which board nominees are chosen.” The company also added Susan Wagner to its board of directors in July, substituting worker Bill Campbell who had worked for a long time and bringing another woman into the fold.