Start the Countdown Apple's iPhone took the tech world by storm when it debuted back in 2007. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Like many other successful tech companies, Apple, Inc. is a myth magnet. There's a simple reason for this: The Cupertino, Calif.-based company is shrouded in secrecy. Press and social networking Web sites are always rife with rumors about Apple's next big product release -- a secret guarded more closely than "The Hobbit" film production. The mystique surrounding the company is both justified and hard-earned. Apple was founded in 1976 and found success quickly with the invention of the Apple I Personal computer (PC). However, it was the advent of the Macintosh in 1984 (and the classic television commercial that launched it) that would make Apple famous. It wouldn't last, though, as tensions between co-founder Steve Jobs and president and CEO John Sculley would lead to Jobs' departure the following year. Jobs wouldn't return to Apple until 1997, when … [Read more...] about Top 10 Myths About Apple
Can a spoon of apple cider vinegar each day help you lose weight? jayk7/Getty Images Apple cider vinegar has been making the social media rounds as the healthy weight loss cure du jour. Maybe you've seen videos of Dr. Oz touting the health benefits of apple cider vinegar or random YouTubers claiming to have shed 10 pounds of belly fat in just seven days by drinking apple cider vinegar cocktails before meals. Even if we know the health claims sound too good to be true, it's tempting to try any weight loss regimen that's so cheap, all-natural and seemingly effortless. So what's the deal — can apple cider vinegar really help you lose weight? First, a quick explainer on apple cider vinegar versus other types of vinegar. The active ingredient in all vinegar is acetic acid. Most of the vinegars we commonly eat or cook with — white vinegar, red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar and apple cider vinegar — contain between 5 and 6 percent acetic acid, although mild rice vinegar … [Read more...] about Is Apple Cider Vinegar the ‘Secret’ to Weight Loss?
No, really. What is going on with the Apple car? The guys from CarStuff give you an update in their podcast. Chesnot/Getty Images A decade ago, Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone. Now we're up to the iPhone 7, and more than 1 billion of these ubiquitous smartphones have been sold. But before Jobs ever was talking about the iPhone, he had another big project on his mind: an Apple-built car. The idea, from about 2010 on, according to the guys from our HowStuffWorks podcast CarStuff, was to build an efficient, lightweight electric vehicle that was loaded with Apple's software. Building a car from scratch, however, is an incredibly challenging proposition, even when you have a lot of cash to throw at it, as Apple does. The tech leviathan eventually wound up hiring away dozens of employees from car and technology companies to work on “Project Titan,” many of whom later were let go when the project had trouble. For example, talks with the big car manufacturers didn't go so well, … [Read more...] about What’s Going on With the Apple Car?
The problem of overheating laptops has been around for years. The reason is rather simple. Laptop manufacturers have been trying to make their product smaller and smaller. In order to achieve their goal, they must make the parts, such as the motherboard, hard drive etc. smaller and smaller. They also have to place all these parts closer to each other. The microprocessor, motherboard and hard drive all produce heat. The closer they are to each other, the more concentrated the heat is. The fans that are built into the laptops to cool these components down cannot work efficiently in such tight quarters. Add to this the fact that it's difficult for the heat to escape, and you have overheating laptops. When a computer overheats it's likely to fail [source: Martin]. Here are some tips you should know that will help you prevent your apple laptop from overheating. Don't put your laptop on anything like a cushion when it is switched on. The soft material could obstruct the airflow vents, … [Read more...] about How to Keep Your Apple Laptop from Overheating
Apple's filed multiple patents that deal with adding an infrared system to iOS devices. The idea is that an infrared transmitter at concerts could then disable the camera of any iOS device pointed at the stage. PYMCA/UIG via Getty Images Have you ever gone to a concert only to find you can't see the stage for the sea of smartphones held overhead by the people in front of you? Or popped on YouTube to watch a video taken at a live event, complete with awful sound quality and crowd response? Apple is working to change all that. Apple's solution is to build an infrared system in iOS devices. Essentially, the camera on an iOS device would double as an infrared receiver. A venue or concert promoter could incorporate an infrared transmitter on the stage to send out an infrared signal. Any iOS device pointed at the stage would receive this signal, which would send a command to disable the device's camera. It's not that different from using a remote control to change the channel on a … [Read more...] about Put Those Phones Down, Concertgoers, or Apple May Do It for You