iCloud's Two-Step Authentication Is Back and Now Covers Backups

Good news after a harrowing week: Your iCloud account is now (a little) more secure. After popping up briefly and then disappearing—and a highly publicized, unfortunately timed security breach—iCloud's two-step authentication has returned for good, with several important improvements, according to Ars Technica. » 9/16/14 6:40pm Yesterday 6:40pm

Vintage ad promising a free U2 tape with every Walkman is fake

Apple recently gave iTunes users something they didn't want for free: a new U2 album. Reactions have ranged from "who the hell is U2?" to "who the hell is U2 and why is this on my phone?" The move has also spawned countless jokes, including the photoshop'd image above. Yes, despite looking plausible enough, it's yet… » 9/16/14 1:08pm Yesterday 1:08pm

Tim Cook Says Apple Has Never Shared Data: "You're Not Our Product"

As part of Apple's ongoing glasnost campaign, Tim Cook was on Charlie Rose last Friday. Part two airs tonight and it looks like it will be a lot meatier, just based on the clip released today: Cook will apparently talk more about the role of privacy at Apple, including their choice not to release or mine user metadata. » 9/15/14 7:30pm Monday 7:30pm

Photoshop Contest: What's Apple Really Shipping in Those iPhone Crates?

Earlier today, we got a glimpse inside one of the planes carrying hundreds of thousands of shiny new smartphones all the way across the Pacific, straight into our greedy little fingers. But—can we ever really know what's hiding beneath those giant tarps? Yep! Because you're going to tell us. » 9/15/14 5:20pm Monday 5:20pm

Your iPhone Houses All These Chemical Reactions Every Single Day

Other than the times we notice our battery bars inching towards the red or our screens go silent, we usually don't think too about how it is our phones actually function. But as a new video from the Reaction YouTube channel shows, there's a whole host of complex chemical reactions going on both during production and… » 9/15/14 4:48pm Monday 4:48pm

This Is How You Fly 200,000 iPhones from China to the US

If you're hoping for a new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus and haven't nailed yours down yet, you're effectively screwed for the time being. But if you were one of the lucky 4 million buyers, there's a decent-ish chance your shiny new toy is in the photo above, where it just flew across the Pacific, boarded up with more than… » 9/15/14 2:58pm Monday 2:58pm

This Website Charts Apple's Interesting Music Tastes Since the 80s

Apple is not the same company it was under Steve Jobs' stewardship. Any company that starts in a small garage in Cupertino and grows into a massive corporation pulling in $180 billion a year, according to Tim Cook's shotgun estimates on Charlie Rose, will change. Over the decades, as new product categories, more… » 9/14/14 1:00pm Sunday 1:00pm

Apple Watch Will Play Music On Bluetooth Headphones, No iPhone Required

The Apple Watch we got a glimpse at this week is a powerful peripheral device, but most of its tricks require it to be tethered to an iPhone in the user's pocket. Last night on Charlie Rose, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed one thing the Watch can do on its own: Send music to your Bluetooth headphones. » 9/13/14 11:47am Saturday 11:47am

Tim Cook Talks iCloud Hack, iPhone 6, and More With Charlie Rose

Last night, Charlie Rose aired the first half of his two-part interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook. It was a wide-ranging conversation covering Apple's current products and problems, the future of the company, and (of course) the loss of Steve Jobs. Here are the most important tidbits you might have missed. » 9/13/14 9:00am Saturday 9:00am

A Custom, All-GIF Keyboard Is Coming to iOS Because Of Course It Is

Now that iOS 8 is opening its arms to the various third-party keyboards of the world, we're finally starting to see the fruits of many a developer's labor. But PopKey has gone above and beyond the call of duty with a fully customizable keyboard that's all GIFs all the time. Just like god intended. » 9/12/14 12:31pm Friday 12:31pm

Apple Watch Will Lock Up Your Payment Info When You Take it Off

One of the Apple Watch's nifty features will be its Apple Pay integration, letting you tap-to-pay right from your wrist. Yes, that means the sensor-laden smartwatch will be connected to your credit card—but there's a nifty trick to prevent would-be thieves from stealing your credit card if they nick your watch. » 9/11/14 12:10pm Thursday 12:10pm

Moto 360 Smartwatch Review: The Best Might Not Be Enough


Early this year when Google first announced Android Wear, it teased us with the Moto 360. It was by far the best-looking smartwatch we'd ever seen. Many months later it's here at last. It's the best Android Wear device yet, but with the Apple Watch looming on the horizon, it's no longer clear if that's good enough. » 9/11/14 11:00am Thursday 11:00am