Foxconn insists robot workers will assist, not replace, human workers on iPhone 6 assembly line

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Date: Wednesday, July 9th, 2014, 11:33
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

The Foxbots will work alongside and assist their human counterparts and won’t actually replace them…

Per Taiwan’s United Daily News, the 10,000 robotic workers deployed by Foxconn will play a limited role alongside the humans. According to industry insiders, the robots will assist in iPhone 6 production by locking down screws, polishing parts and performing menial duties once installed on the assembly line.

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Adobe warns against Flash Player security exploit, offers version 14.0.0.125 as fix

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Date: Wednesday, July 9th, 2014, 11:43
Category: News, security, Software

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Even if you’re not crazy about Adobe Flash Player these days, there’s a better reason than usual to upgrade to the new version.

Per AppleInsider and Adobe, a well-known vulnerability in Adobe’s Flash player that could allow malicious users to steal browser data — including cookies — on Macs, PCs, and Linux machines has been exploited for the first time. As such, Adobe has issued a patch and urged users to upgrade their system as soon as possible.

The company says that Flash Player versions 14.0.0.125 and earlier for Mac and Windows and version 11.2.202.378 and earlier for Linux suffer from the bug, which was exploited in a proof-of-concept by Google engineer Michele Spagnuolo. Mac and Windows users should update to version 14.0.0.145 while Linux users should update to version 11.2.202.394.

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Foxconn brings in 10,000 robots to assist with iPhone 6 assembly

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Date: Tuesday, July 8th, 2014, 09:02
Category: iPhone, News

When in doubt, bring in 10,000 robots to help.

Per The Mac Observer and IT Home, Hon Hai subsidiary Foxconn, the company that builds iPhones for Apple, is installing 10,000 robots on its assembly lines and plans to have them operational in time to build the iPhone 6. News of the robotic assembly line comes from Hon Hai CEO Terry Gou speaking at a shareholder meeting, and follows reports that the company is hiring some 100,000 workers to build the next iPhone.

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TSA to require closer look at cell phones, notebooks on U.S.-bound flights, targets Apple and Samsung models

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Date: Monday, July 7th, 2014, 12:42
Category: iPhone, MacBook Pro, News

iphone5s The TSA’s going to want to take a closer look at your iPhone and notebooks on U.S.-bound flights. Per NBC News, The Transportation Security Administration will not allow cellphones or other electronic devices on U.S.-bound planes at some overseas airports if the devices are not charged and functional. The new measure is part of the organization’s effort to boost security amid concerns that Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and the Islamist Nusra Front, al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, are plotting to blow up an airliner, U.S. officials said.

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Apple hires Tag Heuer’s Patrick Pruniaux, could see boost for iWatch or retail ends

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Date: Monday, July 7th, 2014, 12:52
Category: News

This could help with either the retail or the iWatch ends…

Per The Mac Observer, Apple has brought on Patrick Pruniaux, the former vice president of Swiss watch maker Tag Heuer.

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Pruniaux’s first day on the job is Monday, albeit his current duties – and possible role on Apple’s much-anticipated iWatch project – have yet to be publicly defined.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Apple unveils lock adapter for 2013 Mac Pro

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Date: Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014, 11:13
Category: Hardware, Mac Pro, News

You invested in a pretty expensive new Mac Pro.

Now it’s time to lock that thing to the nearest desk.

Per AppleInsider, Apple on Tuesday introduced the first official hardware security adapter specifically designed for the late-2013 Mac Pro, offering owners basic protection against theft and tampering.

According to Apple’s description of the US$50 Mac Pro Security Lock Adapter, the accessory clamps on to the machine without need for special tools and is compatible with most third-party Kensington locks or similar products. A lock is not included in the package.

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Apple releases iMovie 10.0.4 update

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Date: Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014, 10:59
Category: News, Software

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With any luck, this will help.

Late Tuesday, Apple released version 10.0.4 of its iMovie editing suite. The new version, which can be downloaded via OS X’s Software Update feature, adds the following fixes and changes:

- Improves stability and resolves issues that could cause iMovie to quit unexpectedly

iMovie 10.0.4 requires an Intel-based Mac running OS X 10.9.2 or late to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Apple apparently assembling team of speech-recognition experts to create neural network-powered Siri

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Date: Tuesday, July 1st, 2014, 10:16
Category: News, Software

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It’s time to have a more meaningful chat with Siri.

Per Wired, Apple is apparently assembling a team of A-list speech recognition researchers, including high-ranking employees from Nuance, to create an in-house Siri engine based on neural networking.

The article states that Apple has created a group of software engineers and researchers from Nuance, the firm responsible for Siri’s voice-recognition functionality, as well as other companies to work toward a next-generation backbone for the virtual assistant.

The publication points to a number of Apple hires over the past few years, including Nuance’s former vice president of research Larry Gillick and Gunnar Evermann, who is currently working as Siri’s speech project manager.
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Apple releases iOS 7.1.2 update

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Date: Monday, June 30th, 2014, 16:41
Category: iOS, iPad, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software

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This could prove helpful.

On Monday, Apple released iOS 7.1.2, the latest version of the operating system for its iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices.

The new version, a 1.44 gigabyte download via Software Update, adds the following fixes and changes:
- Improves iBeacon connectivity and stability.

- Fixes a bug with data transfer for some 3rd party accessories, including bar code scanners.

- Corrects an issue with data protection class of Mail attachments.

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Apple releases OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks update

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Date: Monday, June 30th, 2014, 16:38
Category: News, Software

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On Monday, Apple released its OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks operating system update. The new version, which stands at roughly a 958.2 megabyte via OS X’s Software Update utility, offers the following fixes, changes and new features:

- Fixes an issue that prevented some Macs from automatically connecting to known Wi-Fi networks.

- Fixes issue causing the background or Apple logo to appear incorrectly on startup.

- Improves the reliability of waking from sleep.

- Includes Safari 7.0.5.

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