FORTUNE -- Having written twice about the problems I've had getting the iPhone 5S to recognize my scarred left thumbprint -- and to remember it two days later -- I'm happy to report that TouchID is working for me now.
I don't know whether to thank the "overtraining" trick I picked up a couple weeks ago or the iOS 7.1 software update that Apple (AAPL) released on Monday, but for me TouchID's reliability has increased significantly, from an unworkable 50% to close to 100%.
Your mileage may vary. In fact, some iPhone 5S owners are complaining on Apple's support site that for them, the update backfired. As of Wednesday morning, Touch ID doesn't work after iOS 7.1 Update had drawn 25 responses and more than 2,000 views.
To try to quantify the extent of the problem, how about a quick, totally unscientific poll?
"I don't merely disagree with Apple but am rather wondering whether it has lost its mind."
FORTUNE -- Apple (AAPL) for several years has had a loyal supporter in Florian Mueller.
Nobody followed the company's myriad patent disputes more closely. Or criticized more sharply the claims made against Apple by Samsung and Motorola/Google for their so-called standard-essential patents.
But this time, he writes in his FOSS Patents blog, Apple has gone too far.
Having read the transcript MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 11, 2014 8:58 AM ET
But Pandora, with a 31% market share, still dominates Internet music streaming.
FORTUNE -- Less than six months after Apple (AAPL) launched its music streaming and recommendation service, iTunes Radio has taken the No. 3 spot in the crowded U.S. market, according to Edison's monthly radio report.
Pandora (P), with 80 million U.S. users and a 31% share, still dominates the field, and iHeart Radio, with a 9% share, is No. 2. But Apple's entry, with MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 11, 2014 6:05 AM ET
Benedict Evans views the mobile Internet from 30,000 feet.
FORTUNE -- On Feb. 5, one week before he joined the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz as an in-house consultant, Benedict Evans gave the keynote presentation at a fledgling San Francisco conference called InContext 2014.
It was a variation on his "Mobile Is Eating the World" talk -- a high-level PowerPoint show you usually have to pay good money to see. But this version MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 10, 2014 7:56 AM ET
The big orange circle is Google's Motorola. The big blue one is Facebook's WhatsApp.
FORTUNE -- I can't vouch for the accuracy of the data in this infographic, created by business insurance provider Simply Business and posted Friday on TechCrunch, but even if it's a little off it gives you a good feel for how Apple's (AAPL) relatively small, targeted acquisitions compare with such multibillion dollar deals as Google (GOOG) buying Motorola ($12.5 MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 7, 2014 11:37 AM ET
Another study found 42% of Chinese buyers want iPhones vs. 32% for Samsung.
FORTUNE -- "We may have underestimated Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) progress in China."
So begins a story in the International Business Times Friday reporting on the numbers in the first attached chart.
They come from an Upstream survey of 4,505 smartphone customers in five emerging markets in which respondents were asked what brand they hoped to buy next. Apple edged out Samsung MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 7, 2014 7:10 AM ET
A new study estimates that Apple paid taxes of $193 million on sales of $26.7 billion.
FORTUNE -- The Australian Financial Review added some local color Wednesday to the Apple (AAPL) tax haven story that was such big news in the U.S. one day last May. (The smartest take on it, for my money, was the one Jon Stewart delivered on the The Daily Show the next night.)
A lot of the detail in the documents MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 6, 2014 8:38 AM ET
Judge Denise Cote, they write, doesn't understand markets. Or antitrust law.
FORTUNE -- I don't know how much weight friends of the court carry in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
But the pro-Apple (AAPL) amici curiae brief filed Wednesday by two economists lays out clearly -- more clearly perhaps than Apple's own trial lawyers -- the economic and legal issues the company tried and failed to get across to Judge MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 5, 2014 4:58 PM ET
From the floor of the Geneva International Motor Show.
FORTUNE -- Of all the demo videos of Apple's (AAPL) new CarPlay system -- and there are several here and here, letting you see how carefully scripted these presentations are -- the one I've attached is my favorite.
I'm not crazy about reporters who feel obliged to say "okay" every time an interviewee complete a thought, but I liked that the correspondent from Mac4Ever, identified MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 5, 2014 11:38 AM ET
While its competitors' average selling prices were falling, Apple's were rising.
FORTUNE --Apple (AAPL) bucked another industry trend last quarter, according to new research Fortune has obtained from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners.
Taking a deeper look at a closely monitored smartphone metric, the average selling price (ASP), CIRP researchers found that while Apple's competitors' U.S. prices were falling last quarter, iPhone prices were rising.
ASPs for smartphones -- including Apple's -- tend to fall over time as MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 5, 2014 7:34 AM ET
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