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Joan Rivers Instagrams From the Grave

Post briefly appears on her Facebook page

(Newser) - Whoops: This morning, Joan Rivers appeared to hawk the iPhone 6 from beyond the grave. An Instagram photo of an older-model iPhone appeared, ever so briefly, on Rivers' Facebook page, along with the caption, "This badass is being replaced by an iPhone 6 (not the fat one). I got... More »

How the Mighty Have Fallen: U2 Is a Punchline

Nico Lang: It joins the ranks of Nickelback as a band 'no one likes'

(Newser) - There was a time when the giveaway of a new U2 album would have been a big deal in a good way, not in the PR-disaster way surrounding this month's Apple stunt . Most people, it seems, responded with a shrug or with annoyance that an album they didn't... More »

Apple Won't Unlock Devices for Police— Because It Can't

New encryption code keeps everyone—even Apple—out of private user info

(Newser) - Even cops with a warrant to pull private user data off of someone's fancy new iPhone or iPad might be out of luck—Apple says that with the release of iOS 8, it's now not physically possible for even the company itself to access that info, reports the... More »

Your Gadgets' Dirty Origin Story: Forced Labor

Apple, Samsung, Sony products made at factories in question

(Newser) - Many factory workers behind Apple, Samsung, and other top electronics products are working in Malaysia—where 28% of electronics workers, and 32% of migrant workers in the industry, are stuck in forced labor, a report commissioned by the US government finds. Some 92% of the country's workers from Bangladesh,... More »

Apple Watch's Potential Weak Spot: Battery Life

As of now, you'd have to charge it every day

(Newser) - The coming Apple Watch is winning mostly positive reviews for being smart, lightweight, and chock full of useful apps. But critics aren't being so kind about its battery life: Users will have to charge it once a day. Officially, Apple says this is no big deal, that people will... More »

U2 Gives Away Surprise New Album

'Songs of Innocence' available for download on iTunes

(Newser) - Bigger iPhones and a high-tech watch were ostensibly the stars of yesterday's much-hyped Apple event, but a few other luminaries showed up to grace the stage in Cupertino, Calif. U2 made a surprise appearance and unexpectedly announced that a) it has a new album out, and b) all 500... More »

Apple Pay Could Be Revolutionary

The best reason to buy an iPhone 6?

(Newser) - There's a lot to like about the new iPhone 6—size, speed, software—but the most important feature is Apple Pay, Apple's new payment system, writes Rich Jaroslovsky at Quartz . Mobile-payment systems exist already from companies like Google and PayPal, but they haven't managed to pull in... More »

Apple Unveils Its First Watch

Tim Cook also announces bigger iPhones

(Newser) - Apple unveiled its latest gadgets today, and a long-rumored Apple Watch is indeed among them. (It's not an "iWatch," though, just Apple Watch.) The device will start at $349 and be available early next year. (That's about $100 higher than the competition, notes the Wall ... More »

iPhone 6 Pics, Videos Leak From China

New smartphone said to include Touch ID and 4.7" screen

(Newser) - Photos and videos purporting to show the new iPhone 6 are flowing out of China and look pretty darn real. Geek.com has a video translated from Chinese of a new iPhone that's described as lighter than the 5s, with a slightly curved 4.7" screen, speedy processor, protruding... More »

Hackers Used Police Tool to Steal Celeb Photos

'Wired' reports on software that's easy to obtain

(Newser) - Hackers who stole nude photos of female celebs used software intended for police and spies to parse data from iPhones, reports Wired . "What this demonstrates is that even without explicit backdoors, law enforcement has powerful tools that might not always stay in law enforcement," a forensic tech expert... More »

Apple: Celebrity Hack Wasn't iCloud's Fault

It finds no breach in the system, calls attack 'targeted' on individuals' passwords

(Newser) - Apple has wrapped up a 40-hour investigation that began when news broke about leaked celeb photos , and it insists that iCloud is safe, reports the Verge . Hackers did indeed get access to the photos of Jennifer Lawrence and others, but those "accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack... More »

On Hunt for Nude-Photo Hackers: FBI, Apple, Reddit

'Find My iPhone' bug may be source of leak

(Newser) - Who is behind the huge leak of celebrities' nude photos ? The FBI says it is "addressing" the photo dump, Apple says it is "actively investigating" reports that its iCloud service was breached, the Los Angeles Times reports—and Reddit users are also on the case. Redditors have... More »

New iPhone May Be an E-Wallet

Apple reportedly teaming up with credit card companies for iPhone 6

(Newser) - For detractors who complain that their iPhones just don't do enough, Apple may be upping the ante. Rumors are swirling that when the iPhone 6 is unveiled on Sept. 9 , it's not only going to play music, surf the Internet, and make phone calls—it will also function... More »

Apple Issues Recall for iPhone 5 Batteries

Early iPhone 5s 'may suddenly experience shorter battery life'

(Newser) - Buy an early iPhone 5 with a crappy battery? Apple has launched a battery recall on any 5's bought between September 2012 and January 2013, Forbes reports. How you know it's bad: The device "may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently,... More »

Longtime Arch-Rivals Apple, IBM Join Forces

Landmark deal will create 100 IOS business apps

(Newser) - Former arch-rivals Apple and IBM have gone in different directions since they were fiercely competing for customers in the 1980s and they're now planning to share their strengths. The two tech giants have announced a partnership to work together on more than 100 business apps designed for Apple's... More »

China: iPhone Is Threat to National Security

Beijing worried about state secrets being stolen

(Newser) - China is lashing out at Apple, claiming that the iPhone is a danger to national security because of its ability to track and record user's whereabouts, reports Reuters . A researcher who appeared on today’s CCTV state media broadcast lambasted the tech giant, saying that if China’s “... More »

Amazon Launches Its Version of Paypal

Users can pay bills, subscription with new payment service

(Newser) - Amazon took a fresh swing at PayPal today by launching a new payment service that enables people to pay for bills and subscriptions, Reuters reports. More specifically, Amazon's 240 million active users will be able to use credit card data stored on the site to pay a phone bill,... More »

Apple Unveils New Operating Systems

HealthKit, HomeKit, and Family Sharing among the changes

(Newser) - Apple fans, dig in: Company CEO Tim Cook today unveiled the new iOS 8 and OS X operating systems at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. The software won't be out until fall, but behold a few highlights, beginning with iOS 8:
  • A HealthKit app is
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Apple Makes Dr. Dre Hip-Hop's Richest Man

'Star-struck' firm pays record $3B for Beats Electronics

(Newser) - Apple has made the biggest buy in its history—and made Dr. Dre the richest man in hip-hop history. The company has confirmed that it is buying Beats Electronics for $3 billion, down from the $3.2 billion discussed earlier this month , reports Bloomberg , which notes that Apple is sitting... More »

Apple Might Make Dr. Dre a Billionaire

Or close to it, if the company buys his Beats Electronics

(Newser) - Apple could be about to make its biggest deal ever, one that would make rapper and producer Dr. Dre a very rich man. Apple is in talks to buy Beats Electronics—known for its wireless headphones, speakers, and, most recently, a music streaming service—for $3.2 billion, the Financial ... More »

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