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Ex-Apple employee arrested for stealing Apple Car secrets

An Apple employee who downloaded blueprints for its self-driving car circuit board and then attempted to flee with them to China has been arrested.<p>Xiaolang Zhang supposedly told Apple of his plans to join a Chinese self-driving car startup, Xiaopeng Motors, shortly before booking his flight. He was …

Apple reportedly won’t use Intel’s 5G modems in 2020 iPhones

Is Apple breaking up with Intel?<p>Apple may be moving away from using Intel’s modems in future iPhones, with a new report from <i>Calcalist</i> claiming that the Cupertino company has notified Intel that it will not be using the chipmaker’s upcoming Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in its 2020 product lineup (via <i>9to5Mac</i>.)<p>…

Apple actually began shutting down its USB security hole a while ago

Apple began providing options for shutting down the USB port in iOS 11, but made it far more powerful in the newly-announced iOS 12.<p>Apple has been in a long-running battle with law enforcement over the ease with which the latter can access evidence stored on iPhones, even when they’ve been secured …

Alexa will now take your questions on Apple Watch

Amazon has not launched an Alexa app for watchOS, but new third-party software lets you sideline Siri on your Apple Watch should you prefer the voice of Alexa.<p>The app, Voice in a Can, will also work on iPhone and iPad, though the voice assistant won’t do all the things it does on the Amazon Echo.<p>On …

Lawsuit alleges that every Apple Watch contains the same defect

Every Apple Watch that Apple has made is defective. At least, that’s the argument made by a new class action lawsuit, asking Apple to pay $5 million in damages for refusing to acknowledge an issue which affects its wearable devices.<p>According to Kenneth Sciacca of Colorado, who filed the suit, Apple …

Apple's latest defense against iPhone hacks: shut down the Lightning port

Apple is doubling down on your security.<p>The company has seeded the fourth beta of its upcoming iOS 11.4 update to developers, and it contains an …

Make your Android and iOS devices work together

Create harmony between your gadgets.<p>Android and iOS devices require different apps, offer different features, and work best with different brands of computers and smart hardware. All this makes it difficult to use both mobile operating systems together. But that doesn't mean you have to restrict …

Apps

Apple Watch Series 2 devices with ‘expanded’ batteries will get free repairs for up to 3 years

Even though Apple has had to deal with far more serious, widespread and upsetting iPhone battery-related scandals over the past few months, your …

Apple Watch

Google Maps users navigating through more scams and fake content

For many people, Google Maps is an indispensable tool that offers way more features than its simple name suggests.<p>But a couple of reports over the …

Thousands of Android apps potentially violate child protection law

Thousands of child-directed Android apps and games are potentially violating US law on the collection and sharing of data on those under 13, research has revealed.<p>A study conducted on 5,885 child-directed Android apps from the US Play Store, which are included in Google’s Designed for Families …

Privacy

US lawmakers question FBI's decision to sue Apple in 2016

After the 2015 San Bernardino shooting, the FBI sued Apple to forcibly unlock the suspect's iPhone, asserting that the agency had exhausted all options before taking legal action. In the event, the bureau ended up reportedly paying an external vendor to break into the device. But last month, the …

Remember when Apple’s Steve Jobs tweaked Mark Zuckerberg about ‘onerous’ Facebook? I do!

Much as Tim Cook said last week, the legendary tech leader didn’t want anything to do with the social networking site either.<p>One of the good things about being old is that you have probably talked to just about everyone at some point about everything.<p>Case in point, a short interview I did in 2010 …

Mark Zuckerberg

Apple Watch Insulted By Fitbit Executive, But Apple Fans Fight Back

Many think Fitbit is the last company that should criticize the Apple Watch.<p>The Apple Watch, especially the Series 3, has become the go-to …

Apple is reportedly working on its own MicroLED screens

Apple is working on a new type of LED display in a secret facility in California, <i>Bloomberg</i> reported Monday.<p>The screen tech, called MicroLED, is …

GrayKey iPhone unlocker poses serious security concerns

Ever since the case of the San Bernadino shooter pitted Apple against the FBI over the unlocking of an iPhone, opinions have been split on providing …

Privacy

Google Home Max can also damage wood furniture

After discovering — to my furniture’s detriment — that the Apple HomePod and the Sonos One speakers can potentially leave white marks on certain wood surfaces, I decided to see what other smart speakers are capable of causing similar damage.<p>Not wanting to subject my mahogany cabinet to any more …

Swype Discontinuing iOS and Android Virtual Keyboards to Focus on Business Market

- Feb 20, 2018<p>Nuance is dropping support for its Swype virtual keyboard offerings for Android and iOS devices. The company is making the move as it …

EU fines Qualcomm $1.23 billion for abusing Apple partnership

Things just get worse and worse for Qualcomm. The European Commission has fined the company €997 million ($1.23 billion) for "abusing its market dominance" in LTE baseband chipsets. According to the Commission, Qualcomm prevented rivals from competing in the market by making hefty payments to Apple …

Fair Trade

Kidnapping Victim Explains How an iPhone Helped Save Her Life

Jaila Gladden, 21, had just finished shopping at a grocery store one September night. When she reached her car, she felt a knife pressed against her …

Google shares which Chromebooks won’t get a Meltdown fix

Google has published a list that includes every Chromebook model, which are vulnerable to Meltdown and the patch status of each one. You can check out the list here. The column you'll most want to pay attention to is the one titled "CVE-2017-5754 mitigations (KPTI) on M63?" If the device has a …

Apple apologizes for iPhone slowdown drama, will offer $29 battery replacements

Batteries are “consumable components” now<p>Apple just published a letter to customers apologizing for the “misunderstanding” around older iPhones being slowed down, following its recent admission that it was, in fact, slowing down older phones in order to compensate for degrading batteries. “We know …

HP laptops found to have hidden keylogger

<b>Hidden software that can record every letter typed on a computer keyboard has been discovered pre-installed on hundreds of HP laptop models.</b><p>Security researcher Michael Myng found the keylogging code in software drivers preinstalled on HP laptops to make the keyboard work.<p>HP said more than 460 …

IT security

Two Major Cydia Repositories Shut Down as Jailbreaking Fades in Popularity

ModMy today announced it has archived its default ModMyi repository on Cydia, which is essentially an alternative App Store for downloading apps, themes, tweaks, and other files on jailbroken iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices.<p>ZodTTD/MacCiti also shut down last week, meaning that two out of three …

FBI officially confirms hack it used does not work with the iPhone 5s or later iPhones

It has been widely speculated that the method used by the FBI to access the San Bernardino iPhone might not work with phones that have the Secure Enclave, and this has now been effectively confirmed. FBI director James Comey told <i>CNN</i> that the method doesn’t work with the latest iPhones.<p>The FBI …

iPhone

YouTube iOS App Causing Battery Drain, Overheating Issues for Some Users

YouTube has confirmed it is working to resolve a bug in its mobile app that causes significant battery drain on Apple devices, even when the app is running in the background.<p>First covered by tech blog <i>PiunikaWeb</i>, the issue has been noted by several MacRumors forum members, as well as on Reddit and …

iOS Apps

Apple calls Face ID quality change report ‘completely false’

Says iPhone X will still offer 1,000,000:1 accuracy<p>Apple is calling into contention an earlier report from <i>Bloomberg</i> that claimed the company had lowered the accuracy of the face recognition in order to increase iPhone X production yields, calling the report “completely false” in a statement to <i>The</i> …

Apple’s diversity VP apologizes for controversial statement at summit this week

Apple’s VP of inclusion and diversity, Denise Young Smith, made an appearance this week at the One Young World Summit in Colombia and caught fire for some of the statements she made. According to TechCrunch, however, the Apple executive has apologized to employees for her choice of words…<p>At the …

Race & Ethnicity

Futuremark Debunks the Myth that Apple Slows Down Older iPhones With Updates

Image Source: Futuremark<p>The belief that Apple purposely slows down older iPhones with iOS updates is one of the oldest tropes thrown around by Apple critics. They almost universally believe that this is done to bait less sophisticated users into upgrading to newer iPhone models more often than they …

Apple says iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 do not contain FM radio chips or antennas, in response to FCC request

Apple has issued its first public response to growing pressure by the FCC and other groups to activate FM terrestrial radio features inside iPhones for end-users. In a statement, the company said it cares deeply about the safety of its users and directed users towards its emergency calling and …

IPhone 7

Owner of YouTube ripping site settles lawsuit with record labels

Last year, record labels took the popular YouTube-ripping site YouTube-mp3.org to court seeking the pirating website's permanent shutdown and $150,000 per violation. Well, the labels, helmed by the RIAA, have, as of today, won with recent court filings pointing towards a settlement between the two …