Jim and Dan are joined by Peter Cohen the other half of The Loop to discuss AMBER alert disruptions, The Newton's 20 year anniversary, PDAs as the predecessor to the MacBook Air, the sale of the Washington Post to Jeff Bezos, and more.
Last night, iPhone users in California got their first taste of what it's like to get an AMBER Alert notification on iOS. AMBER (America's Missing: Broadcasting Emergency Response) Alerts, named after the late Amber Hagerman, are also known as CAE (Child Abduction Emergency) and are typically delivered via SMS. On the iPhone 4S or iPhone 5, they come via push notification. Loudly. I received one in my area a month or so ago at around 4am and the sound it made was terrifying, waking me up from a dead sleep.
An anniversary of sorts quietly passed us this weekend: Saturday, August 3rd, marked the 20th year since Apple began selling the Newton MessagePad, its then-groundbreaking tablet device with handwriting recognition. While the device was never hugely commercially successful, its development, creation and sale inevitably, inexorably lead us to where we are today, a "Post PC world" dominated by touch-sensitive smartphones and cellphones. The Newton's influence can even be felt in Apple's Mac line, with products like the MacBook Air.
The PalmPilot Personal and PalmPilot Professional are the second generation of Palm PDA devices produced by Palm Inc (then a subsidiary of U.S. Robotics). These devices were launched on March 10, 1997.
A personal digital assistant (PDA), also known as a palmtop computer, or personal data assistant, is a mobile device that functions as a personal information manager. PDAs are largely considered obsolete with the widespread adoption of smartphones.
The Newton platform is a personal digital assistant developed by Apple Inc.. Development of the Newton platform started in 1987 and officially ended on February 27, 1998. Some electronic engineering and the manufacture of Apple's Newton devices was done by Motorola. Most Newton devices were based on the ARM 610 RISC processor and all featured handwriting recognition software. Most Newton devices were developed and marketed by Apple (this includes the whole MessagePad line and the eMate 300), but other companies — Motorola, Sharp, and Digital Ocean — also released devices that ran the Newton OS.
The eMate 300 was a personal digital assistant designed, manufactured and sold by Apple to the education market as a low-cost laptop running the Newton operating system. The eMate was introduced March 7, 1997 for US$800 and was discontinued along with the Apple Newton product line and its operating system on February 27, 1998.
Amazon.com owner Jeff Bezos has purchased The Washington Post, the company announced Monday. Post Co. chief Don Graham made the announcement to employees in the newspaper’s auditorium. Here’s audio from the meeting:
John Henry, billionaire sports team owner and Boston resident, has brought the town’s most recognized newspaper back to local ownership. With a $70 million all-cash bid, he purchased The Boston Globe from corporate owner The New York Times on Saturday.
Mr. Bezos said he had been oblivious to his online shopping error until earlier today, when he saw an unusual charge for two hundred and fifty million dollars on his American Express statement.
Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com, told reporters today that his reported purchase of the Washington Post was a ?gigantic mix-up,? explaining that he had clicked on the newspaper by mistake.
Young created a proof-of-concept rogue app that can steal weblogin tokens and send them back to an attacker who can then use them in a Web browser to impersonate a victim on Google Apps, Gmail, Drive, Calendar, Voice and other Google services.
Apple on Monday announced its USB Power Adapter Takeback Program, a program that will allow customers to return third-party adapters they feel are faulty. Apple is offering those customers a special price on obtaining a new Apple adapter.