ZTE has announced its latest smartphone for the US market, the ZMax. Exclusive to T-Mobile, the ZMax is a 5.7-inch phablet that will sell for $252, or $10.50 per month for 24 months on T-Mobile's installment plan. The ZMax has a 3,400mAh battery, 8-megapixel camera, 720p display, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 16GB of internal storage, and runs Android 4.4 KitKat. ZTE says it also has Dolby Digital sound enhancements and supports T-Mobile's LTE network and Wi-Fi calling features. It will be available for sale starting September 24th.
The ZMax isn't a striking phone — its design is pretty non-descript and the all black color scheme makes it look more like a reference design than anything else. But it's put together well and...
Apple releases iOS 8 tomorrow, and its next generation of iPhone later this week. With the new models approaching larger Android phones in terms of screen size, the company appears to be expecting a lot of people will make the switch from Samsung, HTC, and other devices to its iPhone. To that end, it's provided a guide to moving all your stuff from Android to iOS.
The guide explains how new users can transfer their photos, music, documents, contacts, and calendars from their old device to their new one. It says users can utilise iTunes and iCloud to move information over, but the guide shows that Apple hasn't spent a lot of time making tools for moving data between operating systems. The company calls out a set of third-party apps of...
It was only a matter of time. The iPad has been adapted for all sorts of intriguing and surprising purposes over the years (including, recently, a sex toy). Meanwhile, a number of enterprising organizations and individuals have sought to create makeshift virtual reality goggles out of people's readily available mobile devices (e.g. Google Cardboard). Now the two trends have converged: AirVR is a Kickstarter project from Toronto design firm Metatecture that seeks $20,000 in funding from backers to create an inexpensive headset for converting your iPad Mini (Retina) or soon-to-be-delivered iPhone 6 Plus into a portable virtual reality viewer.
It works as you might expect: slide the iPad Mini or iPhone 6 Plus into a bulky headset with two...
As if there haven't been enough security scares in 2014 already, it looks like another household electronic device could be putting our private information at risk. According to security consultant Benjamin Daniel Mussler at B.FL7.DE, Amazon's Kindle Library is currently vulnerable to XSS attacks, in which malicious code is inserted into the metadata for an eBook.
The government cut corners when building Healthcare.gov, the federal marketplace for health insurance, and security was no exception, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office that will be presented to Congress this week.
The team building the site skipped some privacy risk assessments and did not conduct comprehensive security testing, according to the Wall Street Journal.
That should be no surprise to anyone who's been following the news. The Healthcare.gov launch was a mess: a combination of shoddy, inbred contractors; compressed deadlines; and changing specifications due to politics. It crashed immediately after it launched. On the first day, only six users got through.
Apple promised it would add two-factor protection to iCloud in the wake of celebgate, and those protections have finally arrived. Ars Technica is reporting that two-factor authentication is now active for iCloud logins as long as users have turned on the service. That update has broken many of the tools that were used in the celebgate attacks, including the Elcom Phone Password Breaker application tested by Ars. It's good news and a major step towards securing any important, private data held on iCloud.
Even though we've grown very used to seeing Apple products leak well before they're launched, the iPhone 6 seemed to leak even more than usual as we couldn't go a day without seeing yet another leaked picture of the device's rear shell. The Wall Street Journal now reports that a Foxconn employee has been detained by Chinese police for his alleged role in stealing iPhone 6 rear shells from a Foxconn factory and selling them to a local electronics retailer for 1,000 yuan (~USD $162) a piece.
The Federal Communications Commission finished accepting comments on its controversial net neutrality proposal last night, and it closed out as by far the most-commented issue in agency history with a total of approximately 3.7 million replies. The commenting period has been open for five months and was even extended for several days due to frequent issues with the agency's website. Contributing to the outpouring of support was a good deal of high-profile attention, including protests from Netflix and Tumblr and a widely shared segment from John Oliver.
Presumably because even YouTube doesn't like U2 — except for maybe Achtung Baby, but everyone likes that album —the band's new Apple ad has been unceremoniously muted. The curious move follows Apple's decision to release a tool to uninstall U2's new album Songs of Innocence from their iTunes libraries. It's not clear how long the ban will last since it's hard to imagine U2 claiming Apple infringed their copyright, but still. Enjoy a few moments of silence with us.
Update 6:15pm ET: The audio is currently back up. Here's a screengrab from the original time of publish, preserved for posterity.
The fight over whether companies can stop customers from posting bad reviews is going national. Today, Reps. Eric Swalwell and Brad Sherman (both D-CA) introduced the Consumer Review Freedom Act, which bans businesses from adding "non-disparagement" clauses to contracts that consumers have to sign. That means that they wouldn't be able to reserve the right to fine or otherwise penalize people who posted negative reviews on Yelp or any other site, a phenomenon that started getting more attention earlier this year. "As a country that prides itself on free speech as a tenet of our constitution, I felt this sneaky tactic of limiting it as purely wrong," said Sherman in a statement.
The bill, which has been referred to the House Committee on...
In the second part of Charlie Rose’s interview with Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO focused on the company’s stance on user privacy, with the exec saying that for Apple, the buyer isn’t the product. Cook also revealed some interesting details about Apple's dealings with the NSA during the interview, which can be watched below.