For the seventh year in a row, Apple tops Fortune’s list of the word’s most admired companies. As in 2013, the top 13 companies this year were based in the United States.
The top five following Apple are Amazon, Google, Berkshire Hathaway, and Starbucks. The first non-American company on the list is BMW, which took the No. 14 spot. Samsung Electrics is No. 21. The South Korean- based company ranked No. 35 in last year’s survey.
Of Apple, Fortune states:
The iconic tech company known for the iPhone and other stylish and user-friendly products is back in the top spot on this year’s list, for the seventh year in a row. Apple, the most valuable brand on the planet according to Interbrand, brought in $171 billion in revenues in FY2013 and is flush with cash, but fan boys and girls (not to mention the market) are getting antsy to see its next big product. Bets are on a smartwatch or AppleTV, but the company is also reportedly turning its attention to cars and medical devices.
To come up with their annual list, Fortune and the Hay Group start with a list of 1,400 companies each with revenue of $10 billion or more. The rankings are based on information obtained from 3,920 respondents who are asked to select the 10 companies that they admire the most.
The last company to rank No. 1 not named Apple was General Electric in 2007. That year, Apple finished at No. 7.
Taken from: http://appadvice.com/appnn/2014/02/fortune-once-again-calls-apple-the-worlds-most-admired-company
Despite being rumored to have a larger display, the iPhone 6 could be lighter than the current version of the device. ciccaresedesign.com
Apple’s iPhone 6 will be launching this fall; that is, if GT Advance Technologies Inc., Apple’s sapphire supplier for its plant in Mesa, Ariz., is to be believed. GT released its fourth-quarter results on Monday and included a prediction on 2014’s profits as well. The results outlined a company that is on the rise starting in the second half of 2014, which coincides with the expected release of Apple’s next iPhone.
“Our results for the December quarter were in line with our guidance, and the anticipated growth trajectory of our business remains unchanged,” said Tom Gutierrez, president and CEO at GT Advance Technologies. “We expect to return to profitability during the second half of 2014.”
The reason GT needs to return to profitability is that the company halted sales of its sapphire furnaces to shift to building Apple’s plant in Arizona. “We are pleased to have Apple as a sapphire customer and to be in a position to leverage our proprietary know-how to enable the supply of this versatile material,” said Gutierrez. Apple is a big get for any company, and GT is betting on a future with the California tech giant, which could mean sapphire will be appearing in future devices.
It is still unclear, however, whether the sapphire that GT is providing will be for the iPhone 6 or the iWatch. Currently the iPhone 5s and 5c employ sapphire screens for the camera lens only. Recent reports suggest that the iPhone 6 will come in two sizes, a 4.7-inch version and a 5.5-inch version. And some have pointed out that the production cost for Corning’s Gorilla Glass is cheaper than sapphire’s. But Apple may be able to reduce production prices as a partnership with GT means it will be producing the crystal screens themselves.
No matter what, GT is excited about a future with the company. But their partnership isn’t exclusive, which might give weight to rumors that Apple will use both Gorilla Glass and sapphire on their new devices. “While our primary focus during the balance of the year is to continue to execute on our commitments in Arizona,” Gutierrez said, “our aim is to position GT not only as an exceptional sapphire supplier to Apple but also as an unparalleled world-class supplier of sapphire material and equipment to a variety of customers.”
Taken from: http://www.ibtimes.com/apple-iphone-6-rumors-sapphire-provider-confirms-fall-release-date-1558125
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FireEye Uncovers Another Apple iOS Security Flaw
Apple’s been in the news a lot this week, but not for particularly good reasons. Last week it was discovered that devices running iOS 7.o.6, like iPad Air’s and iPhone 5c’s were exposed to a security loophole. Luckily, no data breaches have been reported as of this writing.
So what exactly could a hacker do to your iDevice’s data? According to Apple support, “an attacker with a privileged network position” would possibly be able to “capture or modify data in sessions” even on protected public WiFi Networks “protected by SSL/TLS.” Public WiFi networks entail those connections found in places like libraries, coffee shops and parks. The update is strongly recommended. However, if you’re against updating your device for any reason, or don’t have time to update yet, than it’s definitely not advisable to connect to free WiFi hotspots.
Earlier this week OS X Mavericks, Apple’s latest and greatest desktop and laptop operating system, fell victim to a similar security issue with allowed “an attacker with a privileged network position” to “intercept user credentials or other sensitive information.” This is pretty nefarious stuff, and it’s good that Apple issued an update called OS 10.9.2 in a timely manner. It’s very important that you install this update if you are running an earlier version of OS 10.9.
Both iOS and Mavericks updates are free and super easy to install. If you own an iDevice you’ll see that a number one icon pops up on your settings app. Open the app and select where it says to update iOS. Make sure your phone’s battery is fully charged; you don’t want your phone dying midway through an update as it can brick. In Mavericks, on both laptops and desktops, just click on the Apple icon in the top left hand corner of your screen. Then select the second option available to you, “Software Update,” on the resulting drop-down menu. The Mac App store will proceed to open up and you’ll be able to install the update. Please note that your system needs to be restarted in order for the update to take place.
Were you aware of this security threat? Let us know if you downloaded the update(s) in the comments section below.
Taken from :http://www.latinpost.com/articles/7935/20140226/os-x-mavericks-ios-7-security-threat-update-apple-fixes.htm