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Mar 4 2015 12:23AM EST | Source: MacLife.com

A new report shows just how impressive Apple's fourth quarter for 2014 was, and this one claims iPhones finally outsold Samsung handsets. In addition, Apple's now saying "no" to contracted security guards for most of its operations, opting instead to create its own security force.

Gartner: Apple Overtook Samsung in Smartphone Sales in Q4 2014

Apple's explosive fourth quarter for 2014 was reportedly good enough for the Cupertino company to emerge as the world's largest smartphone maker. According to a new report from Gartner, Apple beat Samsung in worldwide smartphone sales for the first time since 2011, thanks to 74.8 million smartphone sales compared to Samsung's 73 million.

Impressive, but it's ultimately a tough call. Back in January, Strategy Analytics reported that Apple had actually tied for the fourth quarter. And the same cautionary footnote expressed then remains — namely, that Samsung doesn't officially report the numbers for its smartphone sales. As a consequence, most Samsung figures reported by research firms like Gartner are based on highly educated guesses.

It's also important to note that Apple may have dominated the fourth quarter, but its sales considerably lagged behind of those of Samsung for the entire year. The Korean tech giant sold an estimated 307.6 million smartphones in 2014, accounting for a 24.7 percent share of the market, while Apple's 191.4 iPhone sales allowed it to close the year with a 15.4 percent share of the smartphone market.

Apple is Hiring Its Former Contracted Security Guards for Full-Time, In-House Positions

Apple CEO Tim Cook once said that he wanted Apple to be a "force for good" under his tenure, and he appears to be extending that philosophy to a greater percentage of the workforce associated with the company. According to the San Jose Mercury News, Apple will no longer use contracted security guards for the majority of its operations. Instead, the guards will be members of Apple's own security team, and they'll share the same benefits enjoyed by other employees, such as full health insurance coverage, parental leave of absence, and contributions to retirement funds.

That doesn't mean Apple will stop using contracted security guards entirely — indeed, the guards at Apple's upcoming "Spring Forward" event on Monday largely won't be a part of Apple's workforce. Still, Apple has apparently already puts its words into action, as MacRumors reports that some security guards with "Apple Security" shirts were reportedly seen watching over San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center over the weekend as crews prepared for the upcoming event.

Notably, most of the new security hires will come from the same group of contracted guards that's already used to working with Apple.

"We will be hiring a large number of full-time people to handle our day-to-day security needs," an Apple spokeswoman told the San Jose Mercury News. "We hope that virtually all of these positions will be filled by employees from our current security vendor and we're working closely with them on this process."

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Mar 4 2015 12:01AM EST | Source: CNET Android Atlas
Traveling abroad? The Oneadaptr Twist works in 150 countries and includes four USB ports and a MagSafe-compatible connector.






Mar 3 2015 9:30PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Selling goods online may only rely on a few mouse clicks, but in Indonesia, delivering purchases to dozens of islands via creaky ports and potholed roads is the logistical challenge Lippo Group faces when its department store opens in cyberspace this month.

Mar 3 2015 8:06PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
HANGZHOU, China (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is launching a cloud computing hub in Silicon Valley on Wednesday, the e-commerce giant's first outside of China, underscoring its global ambitions in the face of stiff and entrenched competition.

Mar 3 2015 7:49PM EST | Source: CNET Android Atlas
With its big-screened iPhone 6 lineup, Apple jumped past Samsung to capture a 20.4 percent share of smartphone sales last quarter, says research firm Gartner.






Mar 3 2015 6:56PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Ride service Uber is buying mapping and search startup deCarta for an unspecified amount, technology website Mashable said on Tuesday, citing an Uber representative.

Mar 3 2015 6:35PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Apple Inc is discussing a settlement in a lawsuit brought by electric car battery maker A123 Systems, which accused the iPhone maker of poaching top engineers to build a large-scale battery division.

Mar 3 2015 6:02PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Digital video recorder maker TiVo Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue and profit, helped by higher subscriptions.

Mar 3 2015 6:00PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

RapidWeaver takes an old-school approach to web design, having you choose a theme, build pages on your Mac, and then publish the lot to the web. It offers 52 templates to choose from, five of which are new to this version and “responsive” to accommodate tablets and smartphones. The new themes are quite swish, if not entirely robust across browsers.

Themes can be tweaked, created from scratch if you’ve the coding skills, or bought in from elsewhere. Creating pages requires you to choose from pre-defined types and then use the in-context editing pane. This is intuitive and usable, for example giving you form labels and input types for a contact page, which RapidWeaver then stitches together. New to this version is a Markdown plug-in, making it quick to create structured text-oriented pages, though the “styled text” plug-in option fared poorly during testing, leaving us with a mess of element types. The gallery page type remains disappointing.

The app has had a smart, coherent UI refresh, and a new add-on manager enables you to organize installed themes and plug-ins, and site-wide code support for HTML, CSS and JavaScript makes it easy to add site-wide custom code, publishing is faster (as is the whole app). The preview now has presents for iOS, but is still frustrating, forcing you to flip back and forth from edit to preview, rather than seeing both at once.

The bottom line. A quite-nice update to a quite-nice app, but while we want to love it, we only like it.

Review Synopsis

Product: 

RapidWeaver 6.0.3

Company: 

Realmac Software

Price: 

$89.99 (upgrade $39.99)

Requirements: 

Mac running OS X 10.10 or later, Intel 64-bit processor

Positives: 

Handy Markdown page option. Faster and nicer to use.

Negatives: 

Preview system remains awkard to use. Galleries are still unimpressive.

Mar 3 2015 5:38PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Selling goods online may only rely on a few mouse clicks, but in Indonesia, delivering purchases to dozens of islands via creaky ports and potholed roads is the logistical challenge Lippo Group faces when its department store opens in cyberspace this month.

Mar 3 2015 5:30PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
BOSTON (Reuters) - Apple Inc and Google Inc said on Tuesday that they have developed fixes to mitigate the newly uncovered 'Freak' security flaw affecting mobile devices and Mac computers.

Mar 3 2015 5:00PM EST | Source: MacLife.com

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Mar 3 2015 4:48PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
ROME (Reuters) - The Italian government approved a plan on Tuesday to bring its high-speed broadband network into line with European Union targets, but it held back from forcing operators to replace their copper-wire networks with fiber-optic cable.

Mar 3 2015 4:42PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
BOSTON (Reuters) - An Apple Inc spokesman said on Tuesday that the company plans to release a fix next week to mitigate the newly uncovered 'Freak' security flaw affecting Safari browsers on its iOS and OS X operating systems for mobile devices and Macs.

Mar 3 2015 4:28PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Digital video recorder maker TiVo Inc's quarterly revenue rose about 7 percent, helped by higher subscriptions.

Mar 3 2015 4:03PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Apple Inc sold the most number of smartphones globally in the fourth quarter, overtaking Samsung Electronics Co Ltd for the first time since 2011, according to research firm Gartner.

Mar 3 2015 3:50PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
BOSTON (Reuters) - An Apple Inc spokesman said on Tuesday that the company plans to release a fix next week to mitigate the newly uncovered 'Freak' security flaw affecting Safari browsers on its iOS and OS X operating systems.

Mar 3 2015 3:39PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
BARCELONA (Reuters) - China's Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL], the world's second-biggest maker of network gear, is beefing up its patent portfolio ahead of 5G, the next generation of mobile equipment, its chief executive said on Tuesday.

Mar 3 2015 3:21PM EST | Source: CNET Android Atlas
With its big-screened iPhone 6 lineup, Apple jumped past Samsung to capture a 20.4 percent share of smartphone sales last quarter, says research firm Gartner.






Mar 3 2015 1:32PM EST | Source: REUTERS Technology
(Reuters) - Novetta Solutions LLC, a provider of software and IT services to the U.S. intelligence community, is exploring a sale which could value it at more than $650 million, including debt, according to people familiar with the matter.

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