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Audacity 3.0 called spyware over data collection changes by new owner | AppleInsider

Audacity 3.0 called spyware over data collection changes by new owner | AppleInsider

   Audacity, the well-known open-source audio-editing software, has been called spyware in a report, with privacy policy changes revealing the tool is collecting data on its users and sharing it with other firms, as well as sending the data to Russia. Audacity was acquired by Muse Group , a company that also controls Ultimate Guitar, MuseScore, and Tonebridge. Since the purchase of Audacity, changes have been discovered in online support documents indicating that it is being used to perform data collection on its users. The for Audacity was updated on June 2, Fosspost, with some additions...

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Fatal fire at Apple supplier's factory in Shanghai kills eight | AppleInsider

Fatal fire at Apple supplier's factory in Shanghai kills eight | AppleInsider

   A total of eight people, including two firefighters, died at a major fire at a Shanghai factory owned by Apple supplier Casetek on Thursday. The fire at the factory, owned by Shengrui Electronic Technology, reportedly broke out at 1:30 pm China Standard Time (1:30am Eastern) on Thursday, and continued until Friday morning. A statement from the district government on Friday said a total of eight people were trapped in the fire, including two firefighters and six civilians. The firefighters were said to have gone missing while performing an overnight search for people in stuck in the...

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Apple sued over iPhone warranty issues and water resistance claims | AppleInsider

Apple sued over iPhone warranty issues and water resistance claims | AppleInsider

   Apple is being sued in New York in an attempted class-action complaint over water resistance, with the claim it misrepresented how resistant to liquid the is in its marketing. Like many smartphone manufacturers, Apple includes a level of in its iPhone lineup, with the claimed level of resistance increasing in recent years. There have also been stories where iPhones are retrieved months later in working order, even without any extra water protection. However, a lawsuit filed on Saturday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York claims Apple is overstating the...

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Google gamed its ad auction system to favor its own ads, generated $213 million | AppleInsider

Google gamed its ad auction system to favor its own ads, generated $213 million | AppleInsider

   Google used a secret program called "Bernanke" that used historical bidding data to give its ad-buying system a major advantage over its rivals, an antitrust lawsuit filing claims, a program that earned the company hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue. Google is in the process of dealing with an from a group of state attorneys general, about its advertising technology and ad industry dominance. In a response to the lawsuit filed by Google in early April, the search company accidentally let slip of some of its behind-the-scenes work. In the initial version of the filing, Wall Street...

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Apr 11
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Strong iPhone 12 demand boosts Apple's market share in Gulf countries | AppleInsider

Strong iPhone 12 demand boosts Apple's market share in Gulf countries | AppleInsider

   Apple is the second-largest smartphone brand in Gulf countries, smartphone shipment research from IDC claims, with the launch of the line generating a 55.7% quarter-on-quarter rise in sales for Q4 2020. The annual fall launch of iPhones is usually followed by a swelling of sales and shipments as consumers clamor to buy the latest model. This phenomenon surfaces once again in a report on Gulf Cooperation Council countries . In its tracking of GCC countries, the smartphone market as a whole grew 2.3% from Q3 2020 to Q4 2020, reaching 4.26 million units. The value of the same smartphone...

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Half-hour outages impacted iCloud and App Store users | AppleInsider

Half-hour outages impacted iCloud and App Store users | AppleInsider

   Apple endured multiple outages across its online services on Monday, issues that affected , the App Store, Mac App Store, and other areas. Notifications on the Apple Support advise of a total of ten issues that occurred at roughly the same period of time. Of the ten items, eight are listed as "issues" while two are deemed to be "outages," with all marked as resolved by Apple's support teams. The two outages affected the and the Mac App Store, and took place between 1:05pm and 1:38pm eastern time. On both listings, Apple advises "some users were affected," and that "this service may have...

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French regulator starts privacy probe into Apple ad tools | AppleInsider

French regulator starts privacy probe into Apple ad tools | AppleInsider

   The French data protection authority is investigating Apple's advertising tools, in response to a complaint from a lobbyist group claiming Apple doesn't operate a level playing field with app developers when it comes to user privacy. On March 9, lobbyist group France Digitale with the French National Commission on Informatics and Liberty (CNIL) alleging that Apple applies privacy policy rules against third-party iOS app developers, that it doesn't apply against itself. On Tuesday, CNIL confirmed it was looking into the matter. The regulator, which deals with privacy and data rules in...

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Chinese apps test bypass for Apple's App Tracking Transparency | AppleInsider

Chinese apps test bypass for Apple's App Tracking Transparency | AppleInsider

   TikTok and other tech giants in China may get around Apple's inbound App Tracking Transparency changes for , by using a tool from a state-backed group to keep tracking users, even if users deny permission. Expected to be introduced in the coming weeks, will force developers to ask permission from users before they will be able to track a unique identifier for the device for marketing purposes. While the change may impact in their ability to serve customized advertising, companies in China may have a workaround. The China Advertising Association, a government-backed group with...

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Apple capitulates to Russia laws requiring preinstalled software on iPhone, Mac | AppleInsider

Apple capitulates to Russia laws requiring preinstalled software on iPhone, Mac | AppleInsider

   Apple will preinstall mandatory apps on and other devices sold and activated in Russia, in order to comply with laws that will come into force on April 1. Russia's lower house of parliament passed laws in November 2019 that requires the installation of government-approved apps on electronic devices sold in the country. While the introduction of the rules was , it seems that Apple is preparing to comply with the legislation before its April introduction. A "high-ranking source" in the Ministry of Digital Industry told Vedomosti that an agreement with Apple over the app inclusions. Apple's...

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UK Apple-Google COVID-19 app credited for prevention of 600,000 infections | AppleInsider

UK Apple-Google COVID-19 app credited for prevention of 600,000 infections | AppleInsider

 By8 hours ago  The UK's NHS COVID-19 app has been useful in reducing infections in England and Wales, the government claims, with an estimated 600,000 cases thwarted by the app. Launched in , the app using the for exposure notifications has been a key tool in fighting the , the UK government has . Since its introduction, the app has helped notify the public quickly in cases where they have to isolate themselves. The app has been downloaded a total of 21.63 million times across and Android, data reveals, and it was the second most-downloaded free app in the App Store in 2020. The high...

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Feb 9
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