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Apple doubles down on iOS 14 tracking privacy as Facebook panics - 9to5Mac

Apple doubles down on iOS 14 tracking privacy as Facebook panics - 9to5Mac

TodayOne of the key privacy features in iOS 14 is a new option that allows users to disable tracking between different applications. During its quarterly earnings call last month, Facebook could impact its advertising revenue, and a new report from today goes into more detail.The report explains that Facebook representatives have been meeting with mobile game companies to discuss the iOS 14 privacy change. Gaming companies are a key advertising partner for Facebook, and it is using these meetings as a way to hear “concerns” from such advertisers.To ease their concerns, Facebook...

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Kanye West's presidential campaign ballot filed 14 seconds late - 9to5Mac

Kanye West's presidential campaign ballot filed 14 seconds late - 9to5Mac

TodayKanye West’s presidential campaign appears to have hit a bit of a snag after his ballot papers were filed in Wisconsin some 14 seconds after the deadline. West’s campaign lawyer had a variety of reasons he thought this shouldn’t matter, including suggesting that the clock is ‘notoriously faulty’ …The reports the amusing story.West’s campaign is arguing he belongs on the presidential ballot in Wisconsin even if his campaign turned in his nomination signatures 14 seconds after the 5 p.m. on Aug. 4. The 23-page document, filed Monday, says a state Elections Commission staffer told a West...

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Apple Store staff t-shirts cited in forced labor claim - 9to5Mac

Apple Store staff t-shirts cited in forced labor claim - 9to5Mac

TodayA report today suggests that staff t-shirts may have been made by a company which is believed to have used forced labor in its production.The claims against the garment company have been taken seriously enough for US sanctions to be imposed …reports.Apple has imported clothes – probably uniforms for staff in stores – from a company facing US sanctions over forced labour at a subsidiary firm in China’s western Xinjiang region, shipping records show.The details come a week after Apple’s chief executive, Tim Cook, told the US Congress he would not tolerate forced labour or modern-day...

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Apple takes legal action against meal planning service with a pear-shaped logo - 9to5Mac

Apple takes legal action against meal planning service with a pear-shaped logo - 9to5Mac

TodayApple is apparently taking legal action against a , which is an app and service that makes it easier for people to meal plan and find new recipes. Apple’s legal complaint? The pear-shaped logo used by Prepear, seen above, is too similar to the Apple logo.According to the founders of Prepear, which is a spin-off of the service, Apple is opposing the trademark application for Prepear and demanding that the company change the pear-shaped logo. As first reported:According to the founders, Apple “has opposed the trademark application for our small business, Prepear, demanding that we change...

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Facebook iOS gaming app launches with no games ... - 9to5Mac

Facebook iOS gaming app launches with no games ... - 9to5Mac

TodayA iOS gaming app has been forced to launch without access to any games, thanks to an App Store policy which bans streaming gaming services.Facebook Gaming allows users to play games, as well as watch the gameplay of popular streamers – but iOS users cannot play games …Facebook told The Verge that earlier versions of the apps which allowed gameplay were rejected ‘multiple times’ by Apple, and the app was when all games were removed.“Unfortunately, we had to remove gameplay functionality entirely in order to get Apple’s approval on the standalone Facebook Gaming app — meaning iOS users...

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Virginia becomes first US state to debut COVID-19 tracing app using Apple and Google API - 9to5Mac

Virginia becomes first US state to debut COVID-19 tracing app using Apple and Google API - 9to5Mac

TodayThe Exposure Notification API developed by Apple and Google is officially being put to use in the United States. Virginia has to offer a COVID-19 contact tracing application using the Apple and Google API, and it’s available to download today from the and .The COVIDWISE app comes from the Virginia Department of Health. As we’ve explained in the past, Apple only allows public health agencies like Health Canada to access the Exposure Notification API. That is, not anyone can simply build an app using the API.By using the Exposure Notification API, the COVIDWISE app uses Bluetooth to...

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Report: Apple has expressed ‘serious interest’ in acquiring TikTok - 9to5Mac

Report: Apple has expressed ‘serious interest’ in acquiring TikTok - 9to5Mac

TodayWhile Microsoft has made its TikTok publicly known, Apple is also reportedly interested in the deal. According to a new report , Apple has expressed “serious interest” in acquiring the short-form video sharing service.The news comes from the Axios Pro Rata newsletter by Dan Primack. The report explains that “multiple sources” have said Apple has expressed interest in potentially acquiring TikTok:Multiple sources tell me that Apple has expressed interest, albeit no sources inside of Apple, and that at least one other strategic has expressed interest. Yes, it would be an unusual deal for...

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Stake in AAPL held by Warren Buffett triples in value to $104B - 9to5Mac

Stake in AAPL held by Warren Buffett triples in value to $104B - 9to5Mac

Todayconglomerate Berkshire Hathaway has seen its $35B stake in triple in value to around $104B following the stock on Friday …A of $59.7B , prompting a steep rise in the price of the stock. This saw Apple as the most valuable company in the world.notes that this latest gain means that Berkshire’s stake has tripled in value. The conglomerate purchased shares in blocks at different times at different prices, but cites the total cost of buying AAPL stock at $35.287B.The famed investor and Berkshire Hathaway CEO spent about $35 billion to acquire 250 million Apple shares between 2016 and 2018,...

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Apple removes 30,000 apps from China App Store to comply with regulations for paid games - 9to5Mac

Apple removes 30,000 apps from China App Store to comply with regulations for paid games - 9to5Mac

YesterdayApple has removed over 30,000 applications from the App Store in China, according to a new report from . The report cites new data from Qimai Research Institute, and it explains that games accounted for 90% of the app removals.Apple removed many of the apps overnight, with the peak occurring around 4:15 a.m. local time, when Apple detected over 2,000 applications from the App Store. The majority of the 30,000 deletions occurred between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. local time.Apple had warned developers of this impending purge on on July 8, citing regulatory requirements for payments:Apple...

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Microsoft announces it is closing its retail stores permanently - 9to5Mac

Microsoft announces it is closing its retail stores permanently - 9to5Mac

TodayWhile Apple is due to COVID-19 outbreaks, Microsoft today announced that it is closing its retail stores for good. Microsoft retail locations shut down in March as the coronavirus pandemic hit, and it seems that the downtime has given Microsoft management time to reflect on their plans.In a , Microsoft today announced a “strategic shift” in retail operations, which means they are shifting to all-online sales and support. The Microsoft retail stores will not reopen, and the closures will cost Microsoft about $450 million in expenses.Microsoft will keep a smaller retail presence in the...

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Forced to unlock iPhone? Latest court ruling says it's illegal. - 9to5Mac

Forced to unlock iPhone? Latest court ruling says it's illegal. - 9to5Mac

June 24The Indiana Supreme court has ruled that a suspect cannot be forced to unlock her iPhone using her passcode, rejecting a legal argument known as ‘foregone conclusion.’While the argument used against her does have legal precedent, the use of it to compel disclosure of a passcode does seem absurd …The (EFF) filed a brief in support of the suspect, and explains the argument made by the police.Courts in compelled decryption cases have struggled with Fisher v. United States, a 1976 U.S. Supreme Court case that introduced the concept of a “foregone conclusion.” Fisher involved a subpoena...

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Sundar Pichai talks working with Apple for COVID-19 exposure logging, what it means for the future - 9to5Mac

Sundar Pichai talks working with Apple for COVID-19 exposure logging, what it means for the future - 9to5Mac

TodayApple and Google are working together on the . In a new interview with , Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai discussed the origins of the partnership with Apple, and what it could mean for their relationship going forward.According to Pichai, teams at both Apple and Google had started independently working on technology for contact tracing. The engineering teams quickly realized that it made sense for the companies to team up, at which point Pichai and Apple CEO Tim Cook started talking directly. Pichai explained:“Both teams independently had started working on technology to support...

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Phone lock screen – viewing it may require a warrant - 9to5Mac

Phone lock screen – viewing it may require a warrant - 9to5Mac

YesterdayThe FBI broke the law when it switched on a suspect’s phone to look at his lock screen without a warrant, ruled a judge.It said that gathering evidence from a lock screen constitutes a search, and doing this without a warrant violates the 4th Amendment, which prohibits unreasonable search and seizure …was made by judge John Coughenour in a district court in Seattle.What is known is that on February 13, 2020, the FBI removed Mr. Sam’s phone from inventory, powered the phone on, and took a photograph of the lock screen. (See Dkt. No. 55-2 at 2.) The photograph shows the name...

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Kuo: Apple may not include EarPods headphones in iPhone 12 box to boost AirPods sales - 9to5Mac

Kuo: Apple may not include EarPods headphones in iPhone 12 box to boost AirPods sales - 9to5Mac

YesterdayAccording to the latest report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple may not include the wired EarPods headphones in the box of the iPhone 12. This would naturally drive sales of Apple’s , as customers would no longer be getting free headphones with their new phones.Kuo suggests that Apple may heavily promote or discount the AirPods this holiday season, with no new models of AirPods or AirPods Pro expected until 2021.When the iPhone 7 removed a headphone jack, the inconvenience was mitigated by the inclusion of EarPods in the box — most people just use the earbuds the phone comes with....

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Siri grading whistleblower says Apple should face consequences - 9to5Mac

Siri grading whistleblower says Apple should face consequences - 9to5Mac

TodayThe grading whistleblower who revealed that private conversations were overheard by contractors working on improving Apple’s intelligent assistant has today revealed his identity.He has done so in a letter to the European Union, calling for Apple to face the consequences of its privacy failure …The controversy , when a Guardian report revealed that Apple was using contractors to review interactions with Siri – and that some of the recordings were clearly triggered accidentally. This means that contractors were effectively eavesdropping on private conversations.The report mentions that...

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Self-disinfecting mask that works with Face ID in development - 9to5Mac

Self-disinfecting mask that works with Face ID in development - 9to5Mac

TodayWe’ve outlined your best shot at , but it’s still hit-and-miss. That’s just one problem Huami aims to solve with a hi-tech self-disinfecting mask …reports on the project.The Amazfit Aeri mask […] comes with removable air filters and will have built-in ultraviolet light emitters. By plugging the mask into a USB-C plug for a few minutes, it can disinfect itself after every use. This would allow each filter to be effective for one and a half months, according to a Huami spokesperson. That’s much longer than the current eight hours N95 masks are good for. (Note that set by the US Food and...

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Exclusive: NextVR acquired by Apple (Updated) - 9to5Mac

Exclusive: NextVR acquired by Apple (Updated) - 9to5Mac

YesterdayUpdate: NextVR has replaced its website with a landing page announcing a ‘new direction’ without its existing service.Update 2x: Apple has to Bloomberg.It’s no secret that Apple has ambitious plans for augmented reality and a future AR-focused headset. Apple is practically building the platform for its future headset out in the open with . What’s new is that Apple is believed to be in the process of acquiring a California-based virtual reality company called NextVR, 9to5Mac has learned.[Update 5/14/2020: NextVR.com now only displays this message: “NextVR is Heading in a New...

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Unreliable entity threat against Apple in revenge on US govt - 9to5Mac

Unreliable entity threat against Apple in revenge on US govt - 9to5Mac

Todayis said to be ready to label an ‘unreliable entity’ as revenge for a US ban on exporting US technology to the Chinese manufacturer of telecoms equipment, . This could see the Cupertino company face a range of obstacles to doing business in China.The dispute between the two countries originally dates back to 2018, but was escalated by the White House earlier this week …Back in 2018, the heads of the FBI, CIA, NSA, and three other US intelligence agencies or other products from Huawei.All expressed concerns that close links to the Chinese government meant that there was a risk of...

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Access your browsing history w/o a warrant? Senate votes yes. - 9to5Mac

Access your browsing history w/o a warrant? Senate votes yes. - 9to5Mac

YesterdayThe US Senate yesterday voted – by a single vote – to allow government agencies like the FBI and CIA to access your browsing history without a warrant.This means they would not need to show probable cause for believing you have committed a crime before requiring your ISP to hand over its records on your web browsing and search histories …The Senate is being asked to reauthorize the Patriot Act, which gives government agencies powers to carry out mass electronic surveillance of US citizens. Three amendments were put forward, one of which would have prevented accessing web browsing...

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Opt out of Chinese servers on Zoom from April 18 - 9to5Mac

Opt out of Chinese servers on Zoom from April 18 - 9to5Mac

TodayPopular videoconferencing service will shortly allow paying subscribers to opt out of Chinese servers when routing calls …One of the security concerns raised about the service is that encryption keys for meetings can be generated on a Chinese server regardless of whether anyone on the call is located there. It is widely believed that the Chinese government has access to encryption keys used in Chinese data centers, and as Zoom doesn’t support end-to-end encryption, that potentially allows eavesdropping on calls., Zoom says that as of April 18, all paying subscribers will be able to opt...

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Netflix now lets you lock your profile with a PIN, here’s how to enable it - 9to5Mac

Netflix now lets you lock your profile with a PIN, here’s how to enable it - 9to5Mac

April 7Netflix is rolling out the ability to set a passcode specific to your profile. As explains, this comes amid a broader set of Netflix updates designed to improve parental controls, but being able to set a PIN will also help keep roommates and others from using your profile.All accounts are, of course, protected by a password, but within each Netflix account are different profiles for each user. For instance, a family might share one Netflix account, and therefore have five profiles. With today’s change, each individual user can set a four-digit PIN specific to their profile.As of...

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FTC launching probe into acquisitions made by Apple and other big tech companies - 9to5Mac

FTC launching probe into acquisitions made by Apple and other big tech companies - 9to5Mac

TodayThe Federal Trade Commission has announced that it plans to examine past acquisitions made by large technology companies including Apple. The FTC has issued orders to Apple, Microsoft, Alphabet, Amazon, Google, and Facebook to provide additional information about acquisitions they’ve made in the past.The FTC is seeking information that was not reported to the antitrust agencies under the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act. The investigation covers all transactions that each company completed between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2019. That window of Beats that was completed in 2014, as...

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