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American Foundation for the Blind honors Apple for VoiceOver technology

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The American Foundation for the Blind today announced four honorees for the upcoming Helen Keller Achievement Awards, highlighting Apple’s VoiceOver and Accessibility efforts alongside actor Charlie Cox, musician Ward Marston, and biopharmaceutical company Vanda Pharmaceuticals.

The foundation says that it gives this award to “accomplished individuals and companies for their success in improving quality of life for people with vision loss either through groundbreaking innovation or inspirational achievement that changes perceptions about what it means to be visually impaired.”

Apple is specifically being awarded for VoiceOver Accessibility technology across its products, per the announcement:

AFB is recognizing Apple for VoiceOver, a gesture-based screen reader that allows users to hear a description of everything happening on the display, and other features that make iPhone, iPad and other iOS devices accessible to people with vision loss. Apple received an AFB Access Award in 2009 for its trailblazing engineering of accessible products and continues its extraordinary efforts to make their products accessible for everyone.

Apple began integrating Accessibility features across OS X, and has since expanded these efforts to the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and even Apple Watch. As a new product, the Apple Watch has preferences for larger text size, sharper contract, and VoiceOver, but Apple CEO Tim Cook said that more can be done on the Watch front, we reported earlier this year. Cook said, “the Watch will start with doing some things, but it will become better at more things over time,” related to Accessibility. Cook has also put Environment VP Lisa Jackson in charge of Apple’s Accessibility efforts.

Accessibility efforts have been a cornerstone of Cook’s tenure at Apple, with the CEO highlighting the importance of equality in frequent speeches, including a notable one at Auburn University last year. While Apple’s Accessibility efforts have previously been incorrectly questioned, The National Federation for the Blind has backed Apple by stating the company “has done more for accessibility than any other company to date, and we have duly recognized this by presenting the company with at least two awards (including our annual Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award) and publicly praising it whenever the opportunity arises.”


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Android gains marketshare from iOS in Q2 as 60% of its shipments hit under $200 off-contract

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IDC released its second quarter report for worldwide smartphone shipments by operating system today and in it noted iOS and Android accounted for 96% of the global market. That number, however, comes only as Android grew on the strength of higher sales of low-cost devices abroad.

The dominant smartphone operating systems (OS), Android and iOS, saw their combined market share swell to 96.4% for the quarter, leaving little space for competitors. Android was the primary driver with its vendor partners shipping a total of 255.3 million Android-based smartphones in 2Q14, up 33.3% year over year. Meanwhile, iOS saw its market share decline despite posting 12.7% year-over-year shipment growth. While Android and iOS both realized gains from a year ago, the rest of the market recorded losses.

Of that 96%, the numbers show Android smartphones collectively grabbed 84.7% of the market with its 255.3 million units shipped, while Apple comes in at 11.7% of the market with 35.2 million units shipped during the quarter. That’s down from 13% last year despite growth in overall shipments for Apple and up from 79.6% last year for Android.

Perhaps most interesting in the report is that during the quarter that ended in June IDC says “58.6% of all Android smartphone shipments worldwide cost less than $200 off contract, making them very attractive compared to other devices.” Compare that to Apple (which dropped in marketshare while Android grew) with only 15.4% of its shipments in the $200-$400 mid-range category. The remainder of Android’s sales include 21.5% in the mid-range $200-$400 category and 19.82% in the high-end $400+ category:

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IDC previously released its data for worldwide smartphone shipments for Q2 by OEM with Apple coming in with 11.9% of the market behind Samsung at 25.2%.


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Mac OS X software update temporarily broken, likely due to expired SSL certificate

Apple’s SSL certificate that is responsible for verifying and authenticating connections to Apple’s Mac App Store software update servers has expired, causing the Mac App Store to issue errors like those above. Another error notification points to the swscan.apple.com server as being the issue, below.

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A quick search shows that this SSL certificate expired yesterday May 24th at midnight.

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Third-party app updates appear to be working — I was able to update three different apps, though I did encounter the above issue. Dismissing the error and updating the apps works just fine. However, official Apple updates apparently do not work. Apple does make these updates available through their website.

While the SSL expiration seems likely to be the culprit, the issue could also be something else.

We’ve reached out to Apple to try and clarify what the problem exactly is, and when the issue will be resolved. We have yet to receive a comment.

Thanks anonymous for the tip!


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Apple releases Mavericks update to remedy Gmail sync problems

Apple’s free OS update, Mavericks, has gone along fairly swimmingly — except for Gmail users who use the desktop Mail app for communications. But the bugs that caused improper syncing and general problems are now fixed, as TechCrunch reports that the Cupertino company’s latest patch will solve those woes. “Mail Update 1.0″ is a patch, released today, that improves syncing with Gmail and works better with custom mail settings, along with miscellaneous stability fixes for the OS itself. The patch itself is bare-bones, but will do the trick to remedy those atrocious email-related migraines.

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Apple releases OS X Mavericks today for free, Macbook Pros with lower price

The public will have the chance to get their hands on Apple’s latest Mac operating system, OS X 10.9 Mavericks, as Craig Federighi, Apple’s SVP of Software Engineering, announced during the company’s Tuesday event that the latest OS installment is available today at no cost to Mac owners.

Mavericks, announced in June at Apple’s WWDC event, deviates from the company’s traditional “Big Cat” nomenclature and takes more cues from iOS than previous OS iterations. The big features include a Notifications window, full Maps and iBooks integration, an updated Safari browser and tighter iCloud integration.

Mavericks will be available for free in the App Store. Apple’s iLife and iWork suites are also free, starting today.

Apple also brought markdowns to its Macbook Pro line. Phil Schiller, Apple’s SVP of Worldwide Marketing, announced that the new 13-inch Macbook Pro — with Intel CrystalWell technology, Retina Display and 4GB of RAM — will cost $200 cheaper at $1,299. It’s larger, 15-inch counterpart will fetch $1,999. Both models, as well as the new $999 and $1,099 Macbook Air, will ship today.

Then, Schiller trotted out the release date for the Mac Pro. The futuristic-looking device, which is jam-packed with dual workstation GPUs that can push up to 7 teraflops of power. The system will run for $2,999 and ship in December.

For more details, visit our live blog of the event.


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Report: Apple continues lead as top smartphone vendor in U.S. during April

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ComScore today reported its numbers for smartphone subscribers in the U.S. for the three month period ending in April with Apple experiencing the biggest gains in both categories. The main theme of the report is much the same as we heard in its January and February reports– Apple is up and gaining at the expense of Google and just about everyone else.

When it comes to market share by platform, comScore reports that Google continues its lead with 52.3% (down 0.3 percent since the January quarter), while Apple experienced a slight gain of 1.4 percentage points increasing from 37.8% to 39.2%. That’s compared to BlackBerry at just 5.1% (down from 5.9% last quarter) and 3.0% for Microsoft (down from 3.1%).

Apple also captured the biggest gain for smartphone subscribers by OEM, positioning itself as the No.1 smartphone vendor in the U.S. with 39.2% of the market compared to Samsung’s 22% during the three month period. Filling out the final three positions is HTC, Motorola, and LG:

138.5 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones (58 percent mobile market penetration) during the three months ending in April, up 7 percent since January. Apple ranked as the top OEM with 39.2 percent of U.S. smartphone subscribers (up 1.4 percentage points from January). Samsung ranked second with 22 percent market share (up 0.6 percentage points), followed by HTC with 8.9 percent, Motorola with 8.3 percent and LG with 6.7 percent.

Unlike some other reports that often includes shipments of devices, comScore tracks mobile phone usage through its MobiLens data surveys.