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Apple announced a free replacement battery for “a very small percentage of iPhone 5 devices.” These phones may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need more frequent charging. These devices were sold between September 2012 and January 2013. To determine if your iPhone is eligible, visit Apple’s support page. Since devices within a specific serial number Read more


Apple’s CEO Tim Cook kicked off Apple’s Worldwide Developers’ Conference (WWDC) on June 2nd with the typical ‘Apple by the Numbers’ presentation. This is the 25th year for WWDC.  The first WWDC in 1990 was attended by 1,300 developers, had only one lab and the hot topic was System 7.   Since then, it has Read more

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Run iOS Apps in Android? Meet Cider, an operating system compatibility architecture that allows users to run iOS apps on Android devices. The Cider architecture has been developed by computer science students at Columbia University. The project essentially makes iOS apps compatible with Android, regardless of the fact that apps from the two ecosystems are Read more


Apple Offers Cheaper, Faster MacBook Airs Apple introduced two new MacBook Airs on April 29th:  an 11-inch laptop and 13-inch laptop, each available with either 128 GB or 256 GB of storage.  These models are similar to previous generations but each costs $100 less than its predecessor.  Both new laptops feature faster, newer processors.  Both Read more


Microsoft Completes Nokia Acquisition Microsoft has completed its acquisition of the Devices and Services division of longtime Windows Phone advocate, Nokia.  Stephen Elop, who served as Nokia’s president and CEO, will be reporting directly to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella as  executive VP of Microsoft’s Devices Group. In his new role, Mr. Elop will oversee the company’s entire hardware lineup of phones, tablets, Read more


Michaels Confirms Malware Attack This week, Michaels confirmed that payment card information, including payment card number and expiration date, was obtained through a malware attack.  There is no evidence that other information, such as name, address or PIN, was obtained. At Michaels stores, the attack occurred at various stores between May 8th of last year through Read more


Apple’s Operating Systems Heartbleed Free The HeartBleed bug affects the encryption technology designed to protect email, instant messaging and e-commerce related to online accounts.  The problem affects only the version of Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)/Transport Layer Security (TLS) known as OpenSSL.  Unfortunately, this happens to be one of the most common on the Internet.  Unlike most Read more


Microsoft’s Office for iPad Wildly Successful Microsoft’s Office for iPad has had more than 12 million downloads in the week since its release.  Each of the apps —Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote — are free but require an Office 365 subscription to be able to create and edit documents.   Word, Excel and PowerPoint take Read more


Facebook Getting Into Virtual Reality After recently purchasing Whatsapp, Facebook bought a virtual reality company, Oculus VR, this week for $2 billion in stock and cash.  Mark Zuckerberg’s plans for Oculus include having it provide “completely new kinds of experiences”, of which gaming will obviously be one. Mr. Zuckerberg is certainly no stranger to controversy and Read more