Why Samsung Fell.

Tech Opinions:

What differentiates Samsung?

Hardware? Please. Xiaomi and others are taking a page out of the Samsung playbook by copying Samsung’s designs and making hardware that is more than good enough.

Software? Please. They’re all running the same Android operating system.

TouchWiz? Please. Stop before I die laughing!

What can Samsuck bring to the table now that there are cheaper phones in the market and Apple has bigger screens? Those where the only “advantages” they had and now they’re gone. They commoditized the market, have no differentiation since all others run Android and Tizen is a non starter. They have pinched themselves into a corner. Good riddance to bad rubbish. HTC and Motorola make better phones and deserve the market and money more than the copiers at Samesuck.

Susan G. Komen Partners With Fracking Firm, Despite Possible Cancer Links

This is like the Heart Association partnering with Wendy’s on a Pink Baconator.
Huffington Post

Apple Pay: An in-depth look at what’s behind the secure payment system

TUAW

Apple Pay is an exceedingly secure mobile payment platform. In fact, it may very well be the safest way to make any type of credit card payment. To understand why, below is a general overview of how the system works behinds the scenes. Note that this article is meant to paint the Apple Pay process in broad strokes, as a good portion of the nitty-gritty technical details aren’t yet publicly known and, due to security considerations, may never be fully disclosed.

Read the review and explanation by Yoni Heisler at TUAW. Apple Pay sounds like the solution the industry has been looking for, let’s see if it is.

Apple Updates Malware Definitions to Protect Against iWorm.

MacRumors:

In an effort to address the threat, Apple has now updated its “Xprotect” anti-malware system to recognize two different variants of the iWorm malware and prevent them from being installed on users’ machines.

I still haven’t seen an explanation about how it gets into your computer in the first place, but you can check if you’re infected by doing this:

To see if you are infected, go into the Finder and Select Go > Go to Folder…. When the Go to folder sheet appears, enter this folder name:

/Library/Application Support/JavaW

Now click the Go button. If the Finder tells you the folder can’t be found, you should be OK. If the folder is found, you are likely infected and should consider some anti-virus software or a trip to the Apple Store.

Via Loop Insight

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 delivers poor graphics performance vs. Apple iPhone 6 Plus

Apple Insider:

Samsung’s own even-higher resolution Note 4 (or equally high resolution Galaxy S5 flagship) both turn in benchmarks far lower than Apple’s new 6 Plus—and less than half that of last year’s iPhone 5s. In terms of fps, the latest benchmarks show that Samsung’s new Exynos-powered Note 4 drops down to 10.5 fps—almost half that of iPhone 6 Plus— in the same test.

More doesn’t mean better.

Consumer Reports test results find iPhone 6 and 6 Plus not as bendy as believed

Consumer Reports

All the phones we tested showed themselves to be pretty tough. The iPhone 6 Plus, the more robust of the new iPhones in our testing, started to deform when we reached 90 pounds of force, and came apart with 110 pounds of force. With those numbers, it slightly outperformed the HTC One (which is largely regarded as a sturdy, solid phone), as well as the smaller iPhone 6, yet underperformed some other smart phones.

Yes, aluminum bends under the weight of your fat ass, because physics. Now shut the fuck up, buy whatever phone you want with your money. Nobody else cares what expensive piece of crap you take selfies and out of focus photos with.

Where did your iOS 8 Camera Roll go?

iDownloadBlog:

So, where did your Camera Roll go and is there anything sensible to be done about it?

Just to clear up any confusion, all your on-device photos are safe and sound and didn’t go anywhere after upgrading to iOS 8— they’re simply spread out in different locations.

The article explains and gives solutions to this. I don’t get why Apple did this, it was fine the way it was.

Android or iPhone?

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By @iGriever

There, buy the one you want, it’s your money. Grow up, get a life, and shut the fuck up.

Via Macgasm

WILL THE APPLE WATCH BE A HIT?

LET’S LOOK AT WHAT CRITICS SAID ABOUT APPLE’S BIG LAUNCHES IN THE PAST

It’s funny when looking back how many cried epic fail for Apple products that went on to sell millions. This just reminds me of movie critics slamming the number one flick that breaks all kinds of records.

Inside Apple’s Live Event Stream Failure, And Why It Happened

StreamingMediaBlog:

Apple’s live stream of the unveiling of the iPhone 6 and Watch was a disaster today right from the start, with many users like myself having problems trying to watch the event. While at first I assumed it must be a capacity issue pertaining to Akamai, a deeper look at the code on Apple’s page and some other elements from the event shows that decisions made by Apple pertaining to their website, and problems with how they setup storage on Amazon’s S3 service, contributed the biggest problems to the event.

A very complete explanation of how the streaming of Apple’s event yesterday became a disaster. I assume there are a few positions available at Apple today. This was embarrassing.