A Hewlett-Packard assessment of Apple iOS applications in the commercial segment says 90% have security flaws and 86% of tested apps are unable to defend against exploits such as cross-site scripting. "It is our earnest belief that the pace and cost of development in the mobile space has hampered security efforts," HP's report says.
Online parts dealer IFixit has drawn a large following with blog posts about dissecting newly released gadgets. The attention has brought in new business, and its findings have even affected the stock prices of parts manufacturers involved in certain high-profile products, such as Apple's latest iPhone. "It definitely moves stocks. Apple products are symbolically significant. They tend to influence the rest of the industry," said IFixit's Kyle Wiens.
Apple has succeeded beyond analysts' expectations, becoming the second-largest U.S. company by focusing on the long term and ignoring conventional business wisdom, Farhad Manjoo writes. Lessons other businesses can learn from Apple's rise include being willing to work on projects in secrecy, making top-down decisions and turning down ideas that don't fit with your vision, he writes.
Promising employees need special support from their boss to reach their full potential, Cy Wakeman writes. Spot your top employees, focus on those visionaries and be sure to reward them adequately, she suggests. "Compensate your best people in direct proportion to the value they deliver, not according to their effort, hours clocked or daily tasks accomplished," Wakeman writes.