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In a recent interview which was a part of the 60 Minutes segment on Apple, Apple CEO Tim Cook detailed the qualities Apple needs in a candidate. These qualities include a desire to do things differently, a different way of looking at things, and a lot more. Read the article and know everything Apple CEO had to say.

How to get a job at Apple? What qualities does the world’s most valuable brand look for while going through your resume? In the recent 60 Minutes segment focused on Apple, Apple CEO Tim Cook  revealed more about Apple’s hiring process.Talking to veteran journalist Charlie Rose, Cook said that Apple looks for people who work for a different reason and are willing to change the world by working with passion and idealism. Calling the hiring process of Apple tough, Cook said that Apple needs the candidates who don’t take a no for an answer. “People that don’t take no for an answer. People who don’t accept the status quo,” he said. Sounds like Steve Jobs, right?

To be a part of Apple, you must be unsatisfied and know how to look at things differently. “People that can’t be told things are impossible. They can’t accept that,” Cook said.

Apple’s hiring process is very rigorous. To become an Apple employee, one needs to face 10-12 people who interview a candidate to study him/her from different point of views.

Cook says that there are tons of people in Apple who don’t agree with him and present a strong opinion to defend their point of view. According to Apple CEO, this quality inspired them to make things better.

“We’re looking for wicked smart people who have a point of view, and want to debate that point of view, and people that want to change something. People that want to make things better,” Cook said.

Watch the complete video here.

Tim Cook’s definition of a perfect candidate sounds just like Steve Jobs. Over the years, Apple has refined its work culture and hiring process, but some things haven’t changed much.

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Samsung agrees to pay Apple $548 million for copying its iPhone designs.
The smartphone industry is fiercely competitive, and Apple and Samsung are leaders in grappling to be the world’s number one. The two companies have been embroiled in a court case since 2011 when Apple accused Samsung of copying its design of the iPhone.

The dispute came to near-conclusion yesterday evening when the two rivals filed a joint statement with the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, which said Samsung agrees to complete its $548 million settlement to Apple.

However, this is part of a bigger $1 billion payment that the South Korean company was ordered to pay in 2012.

The amount was reduced when Samsung appealed it and got split into two parts – $548 million for the technology patents Apple says it copied and $382 million for reportedly copying packaging as well.

Apple’s founder Steve Jobs is quoted in his biography by Walter Isaacson as saying:

“I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong. I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go to thermonuclear war on this.”

And it seems his wish is on the way to being fulfilled, albeit in a less dramatic sense. Samsung has agreed to pay the initial $548 million to Apple within 10 days of receiving an invoice, just four months before the case’s fifth anniversary. The second set of damages will be decided on by a jury in 2016.

Google is introducing an app to connect Android smartwatches with Apple’s iPhone, escalating the rivals’ battle to strap their technology on people’s wrists.

The move puts Google on to Apple’s turf in an attempt to boost the lackluster sales of watches running on its Android Wear software.

Until now, Android watches only worked with smartphones powered by Android software, just as the Apple Watch is designed to be tethered exclusively to the iPhone.

Google’s new app will enable the latest Android watches to link with the iPhone so people can quickly glance at their wrists for directions, fitness information and notifications about events, emails and Facebook updates.

But the devices will not be able to be tied together in a way that will allow the Android watches to communicate with all the other apps that a user might have installed on the iPhone.

That roadblock is likely to discourage many iPhone owners from defecting from Apple to buy an Android watch unless Google eventually finds a way to overcome the obstacle, said IDC analyst Ramon Llamas.

For now, the Android watches are most likely to appeal to iPhone owners reluctant to spend a lot of money on a device that remains more of a novelty than an essential gadget.

Google expects the prices of Android watches compatible with the iPhone to range from $100 to $400. Apple, which has a long history of demanding premium prices for its products, sells most of its watches for $350 to $1,000, though its luxury models cost more than $10,000.

Android watches aren’t going to be bought by “the fan boys and fan girls that have to have absolutely everything with an Apple logo on it,” Llamas said. “We are talking about going after people who are open to other possibilities with what they can do with their devices.”

Although Apple was a late entrant into the smartwatch market, the company quickly surged to the front of the pack after its April release.

About 4m Apple Watches were sold during the three months ending in June to command three-fourths of the worldwide smartwatch market, based on estimates from the research firm Strategy Analytics. The combined sales of Android watches made by various device makers during the same period totaled 600,000 units for an 11% market share. Samsung watches running on Tizen software grabbed most of the rest of the market with a 7.5% share.

Google is hoping the next wave of Android Wear watches will help to shift the tide in its favour. The upcoming Android watches that will work with the iPhone include the Asus ZenWatch 2 and the Huawei Watch. LG Electronics already makes an Android Watch, the $300 Urbane, that’s compatible with the iPhone. Working with the new app, the Android smartwatches will be compatible with iPhones dating back to the 5, as long as their operating systems have been updated to at least iOS 8.2.

“This is a shrewd move by Google to expand its potential market,” Llamas said. “There is only so much space available on each wrist.”

Recently, Edward Snowden released some documents to The Intercept, which revealed that for nearly a decade, the CIA has been searching for ways to break Apple’s security, so that they can plant malware in their devices. Apple has announced that since the first version of the iPhone was released, they have sold more than 700 million of them. That doesn’t include any of their iPad, laptop, or desktop sales, only the iPhone. With so many Apple products in circulation, it’s no surprise the CIA has been trying to hack them.

Breaching Apple’s Device Security
The documents released by Snowden reveal that the CIA have been attempting to breach the security of Apple’s devices, so that they can plant malware in the devices without the user’s knowledge. They have also been trying to find a way to breach Apple’s OS X updater. If accomplished, the CIA would be allowed to override the update mechanism and install a version of the operating system with a keylogger.

In addition, the CIA has also been developing a poisoned version of Xcode, the software tool used to help create applications for Apple’s App Store. How the CIA would get programmers to use the poisoned version of Xcode is unclear, but if they did, it would give the CIA a direct backdoor into any app created using it, allowing them to steal passwords, view messages, and even force applications to send embedded data.

An expert in Cryptography, Matthew Green, told The Intercept

“If U.S. products are OK to target, that’s news to me. Tearing apart the products of U.S. manufacturers and potentially putting backdoors in software distributed by unknowing developers all seems to be going a bit beyond ‘targeting bad guys.’ It may be a means to an end, but it’s a hell of a means… The last thing any of us needs is for the U.S. government to actively undermine our own technology industry.”

While the leaked documents provide details about the CIA’s efforts to break Apple’s security, they don’t give any indications as to whether or not their tactics were successful. The CIA has remained silent on the subject, and no proof has come out to say definitively if their attempts have been successful or denied completely.

Apple has made no comment. Though in an open letter from Tim Cook made a few things clear stating,

“I want to be absolutely clear that we have never worked with any government agency from any country to create a backdoor in any of our products or services. We have also never allowed access to our servers. And we never will.“

Soon after Android users began reporting the rollout of the WhatsApp free voice calling feature, iOS users with the latest version of the app are now reporting the presence of call buttons.

Independently verified by NDTV Gadgets, the two new call buttons visible in the WhatsApp iOS app (v2.11.15 – currently available on the App Store) for now only bring up the standard iPhone dialler, rather than placing a VoIP call through WhatsApp. This should change when WhatsApp finally rolls out the functionality.

One button, near the contact name within a chat conversation, features the phone symbol, while the other is present on the left side below the top pane, and reads ‘Call’. The new buttons are definitely a new addition to the interface, and seem to be independent of the regular call feature via the dialler, which is still accessible when the user opens a contact’s info page and navigates to the phone number.

Notably, the rollout of the new interface with the call buttons for the WhatsApp iOS app is much wider than last week’s Android rollout of the fully-functional voice calling feature to some users. Anyone can download the latest version of the iOS app with the functionality from the App Store, but of course, the feature is not yet operational on iOS.

On the other hand, the WhatsApp for Android app currently available on Google Play or the company’s site does not feature the new call buttons, or offer the voice calling functionality to all users. Users who do report seeing the new functionality, say a Calls tab and a New Call symbol are visible, as also seen in the screenshots and video shared by users.

The much-anticipated free voice calling feature for WhatsApp is not rumoured, and was confirmed to be in development by CEO Jan Koum last year. Koum said the feature would rollout in Q1 2015, giving the company nearly two more months to make good on its promise. Some of the difficulties Koum said the team was facing in implementing the feature included issues like how the app doesn’t have access to certain microphones on the smartphone to properly enable noise cancellation, and how exactly to implement the feature in poor data coverage areas.

It was Edward Snowden, the infamous former contractor for the National Security Agency who turned rogue and leaked thousands of pages of classified NSA intelligence documents, which included some speculation of Apple’s iPhone “special software” that authorities could activate remotely to be able to gather information about the user.  Your iPhone can now secretly spy on you.

It was not clear if this “special software” was made up of standard diagnostic tools, or if the NSA intelligence agency had found a way to compromise the iOS mobile operating system developed by Apple. Apple claims it does not allow government agencies to have direct access to its servers.

But NSA leaks from the Edward Snowden documents showed how the agency developed specific spyware to target iPhones, allowing information to be gathered from iPhone devices. Apple has denied being involved in any spyware development with the NSA.

With their latest operating system, iOS 8, Apple claims it is not even able to decrypt messages itself that come through its devices, as it values its emphasis on user security. But if these PRISM tools are already in place Apple may have plausible deniability with any compromise on current and future iPhone upgrades.

We do know that the documents leaked by Snowden revealed that iPhone security is an area of interest for the world’s spy agencies, specifically the British spy agency GCHQ where it was recently revealed to have used the UDID system to track iPhone users.

Apple was among the first company that was accused of participating in the PRISM data mining project of the NSA, but it was not the only one. The PRISM data-mining project allegedly involved extracting video, audio, pictures, documents, emails and connection logs from devices, allowing analysts to track the movement of the device’s user and the communications that they are receiving or sending out.   Let the buyer beware with future upgrades of Apple as the NSA has its eye on iPhones and their users.