In iPhone 6s battery shock, Apple says you’re testing it wrong

[Developing story: Updated 8:08 am PT with more comment]

Some iPhone 6s units have much better battery life than others. That's the claim made by amateur benchmarkers who compared ones with A9 SoCs made by either Samsung or TSMC.

So, sigh, everyone's calling it "batterygate." Ho hum. 

Anyway, Apple's response boils down to the now-classic, Jobsian line: "You're [something] it wrong." And as for the weirdly worded PR statement... What is this, Zero Wing? Noun/verb agreement FAIL (for great justice).

TSMC's A9 SoC might be 33% better than the Samsung-sourced chip, according to several benchmarks by real users. That doesn't sound like 2–3%. Is it credible that Apple and the users should be an order of magnitude apart?

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LogMeIn is buying password manager LastPass

Identity and access management specialist LogMeIn has agreed to buy Marvasol, the company behind online password store LastPass.

The companies expect to close the deal, valuing Marvasol at between $110 million and $125 million, in a matter of weeks.

LogMeIn is firmly in the enterprise market, while Marvasol has been steadily extending the LastPass secure password storage tool in that direction, with password sharing and group access functions.

LastPass stores an encrypted version of its customers' passwords in the cloud, allowing them to unlock and access them with a single password from almost any Internet-connected device through either secure browser plugins or a web interface. The company offers apps for Android and iOS, as well as plugins for Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Safari. Using the service on a single device category is free; multiple categories requires a subscription.

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Challenges of developing with the cloud

Donnie Berkholz, research director at 451 Research, chats with Computerworld at the Amazon Re:Invent show about how developers are interacting with cloud services.

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