apple · ipad · iphone

WSJ: Apple Testing Larger Screen, Smaller Screen Devices

In this morning’s edition of the Wall Street Journal, a story appeared stating that Apple was working with one or more suppliers to develop different sized screens for prototype devices.

From WSJ.com (subscription maybe required):

“People at Apple’s suppliers said it asked for prototype smartphone screens larger than its current iPhone in recent months, and has asked for screen designs for a new tablet measuring slightly less than 13 inches. Whether the designs will make their way to market is unclear, but they could lead to Apple phones and tablets that are larger than the current 4-inch iPhone 5 and 9.7-inch iPad.”

Shocker.  Is anyone really surprised that Apple is not standing still and working on prototype devices?  My guess? This is a “strategic leak” to get the spotlight off of the recent developer portal website hacking.

[Via WSJ.com…]

apple · security

Apple Developer Center Hacker Identified

Earlier today, Ibrahim Balic, a “security researcher” identified himself as the hacker who breached Apple’s Developer Center portal.

According to AppleInsider, Balic identified himself as the person who hacked into Apple’s servers on the TechCrunch website.

“Balic said he found a total of 13 bugs on Apple’s site, one of which provided him with access to user information. He claims to have taken 73 user details — all of whom are Apple employees — and given them to the company as an example.”

“Security researcher” or “hacker,” I think we should let the courts decide, don’t you?

[Via AppleInsider.com…]

galaxy s4 · galaxy tab · samsung · sdc

Samsung Announces Developer’s Conference

Earlier today, consumer electronics giant Samsung announced a cross-platform developer’s show, Samsung Developer’s Conference , or SDC.

Scheduled to take place October 27-29 at the Westin St. Francis Hotel, Union Square, the event is being billed as a cross-platform event that will cover topics including their Android-powered Galaxy smartphones and tablets, Windows PCs, Windows Phone smartphones, and even their SmartTV and Boxee offerings.

If I was Larry Page, I’d be more than a little worried that my largest Android partner is “going rogue.”

Bottom line: still looks like Samsung can’t come up with any original ideas.

microsoft · surface rt · windows rt

Microsoft Surface RT with Touch Cover Now $379

I can’t say that I’m a “fan” of the Microsoft Surface RT tablet, but I am intrigued by it.  But, even at $349 for the entry level 32GB version, it still is a bit expensive to buy at a toy.

But if you are in the market for a Microsoft Surface RT, you might want to also consider that the Redmond company is now selling referbrished 32GB Surface RT tablets, with the $100-ish Touch Cover, for $379.

Check it out now in the Microsoft Online Store.

apple

Apple Developer Portal Attached By Hacker

Apple’s Developer Center portal has been offline since Thursday, and now, iMore’s news team has the reason: the website was attacked by hackers.

“Apple has sent an email out to developers addressing the reason behind the ongoing multi-day outage of their developer portal, confirming suspicions that it was the result of a security breach.”

The email that was sent out by Apple reads:

“Last Thursday, an intruder attempted to secure personal information of our registered developers from our developer website. Sensitive personal information was encrypted and cannot be accessed, however, we have not been able to rule out the possibility that some developers’ names, mailing addresses, and/or email addresses may have been accessed. In the spirit of transparency, we want to inform you of the issue. We took the site down immediately on Thursday and have been working around the clock since then. 

In order to prevent a security threat like this from happening again, we’re completely overhauling our developer systems, updating our server software, and rebuilding our entire database. We apologize for the significant inconvenience that our downtime has caused you and we expect to have the developer website up again soon.”

Before announcing that the Developer Center was attached by a hacker, Apple posted a generic system maintenance page that appears below.

[Via iMore.com…]