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Google apps continue to track users even if location services are disabled

Google's services will attempt to monitor the movements of a user's device even if the user disables location services, with some Android and iOS …

Apps

New Apple Store in Kyoto to Open on August 25

Apple's latest retail location is set to open in Kyoto, Japan at 10:00 a.m. local time on August 25, the company announced today on its Apple Japan YouTube site and on a new page for the upcoming store.<p>The new Kyoto store will be Apple's ninth retail store in Japan, and the first that's located in …

Japan

Google's iOS and Android Apps Track and Store Location Data With Location History Disabled

Some Google apps on iOS and Android devices continue to store location history even with the setting disabled, according to a new <i>AP</i> report citing data collected by computer science researchers at Princeton.<p>Location History, a feature available in Google apps like Google Maps, is an option that …

Maps

Google tracks you even if you tell it not to

Google’s claim that it allows users to completely turn off all location tracking is completely false, according to research conducted by the Associated Press.<p>Whether you’re using an iPhone or Android device, the AP found that many Google services store your location data, even if you’ve used a …

Apps

Apple's iPhone X bests Samsung's new Galaxy Note 9 in benchmark testing

Early benchmark testing of Samsung's just released Galaxy Note 9 shows the flagship phablet is unable to top Apple's iPhone X with A11 Bionic …

Galaxy Note

iPhone X outperforms Samsung’s brand new 6.4-inch Galaxy Note 9

Earlier today, Samsung officially unveiled its brand new (and oft-leaked) Galaxy Note 9 with a 6.4-inch display. While Samsung touts the device’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset and 6GB or 8GB of RAM under-the-hood, but earlier benchmarks show the device is still outperformed by the iPhone X…<p>As …

Phones

iPhone X smokes Galaxy Note 9 in speed tests

Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 9 has lost to the iPhone X in speed test, even though the smartphone packs one of the best processors and more RAM than any of Apple’s phones.<p>The Galaxy Note 9 was revealed at an event yesterday and has already been scored on Geekbench and a number of other performance …

Galaxy Note

Homeland Security finds vulnerabilities on millions of U.S. cellphones

A research project funded by the Department of Homeland Security has discovered a “slew” of vulnerabilities in the mobile devices offered by the four main U.S. cell phone carriers.<p>These vulnerabilities reportedly leaves these devices open to possible attacks by hackers.<p>Unfortunately, it’s not yet …

Homeland Security

Review: SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD – fast enough for 4K workflows [Video]

As a MacBook Pro user, having access to external SSD storage is important given the price of build-to-order SSD upgrades. For example, a 4TB SSD upgrade alone on the 2018 MacBook Pro can set you back $3400, more than the price of the laptop itself.<p>With this in mind, such upgrades can’t be …

Gear & Gadgets

How to move a user account from one Mac to another

With macOS, you can set up your Mac with separate user accounts. That way, multiple people can use one computer, but the files, app settings, and …

Operating Systems

This keyboard shortcut will revolutionize copy and paste on your Mac

Did you ever copy some text from a Word document, or from the web, and paste it into an email, only to have the pasted text keep its stupid 24-point Comic Sans formatting? Maybe you had to select everything, then start futzing with the Mac’s font panel to get the new text to match.<p>The way to fix …

Keyboard Shortcuts

Apple is Officially a Trillion Dollar Company as Shares Cross $207 Mark

Apple has officially become the world's only trillion dollar publicly traded company, in terms of market capitalization, which is simply the company's number of outstanding shares multiplied by its stock price.<p>Apple achieved this milestone by hitting a stock price of $207.05 and above in intraday …

Market Capitalization

This SD card reader will satisfy the Apple user’s need for speed

Some frustrated creatives believe Apple is abandoning them and will point to the removal of the SD card slot on the MacBook Pro as one example. A new high-speed card reader by Satechi could ease that anxiety.<p>The brushed aluminum Type-C Micro/SD reader will be especially valuable to photographers …

MacBook Pro

This gorgeous leather case won’t let you lose your AirPods

Twelve South’s newest AirPods accessory is a gorgeous leather case that ensures your $159 earbuds are always in reach. AirSnap clips onto any bag or jacket so you’ll never forget where you left it, and its nowhere near as expensive as it looks.<p>Twelve South has made a name for itself by creating …

AirPods

Notes of interest from Apple's Q3 2018 conference call

Apple set a new high for the June quarter on the back of a premium-priced iPhone lineup anchored by iPhone X, as well as continued growth in the …

Tim Cook

PSA: Latest iOS phishing scam tries to connect you to ‘AppleCare’ w/ a system dialog popup

Phishing attempts targeting Apple users are certainly nothing new, but a report today from ArsTechnica highlights the growing creativity that scammers are users. The report points to how a fake Apple website went as far as to pop-up a system dialog box prompting the user to call</i> …

AppleCare

How to see hidden files and folders in macOS

While macOS allows users to see the majority of the files their Mac holds, not all files are immediately accessible in Finder, with some kept from …

Operating Systems

How to get YouTube’s incognito mode on iOS right now

Android has, or is soon to get, an incognito mode for the YouTube app, which will stop watched videos from showing up in your YouTube history. Google will still know exactly what you watch, of course. It’s just a way of keeping embarrassing movies out of your watched videos list.<p>iOS may or may not …

IT security

iPhone & iPad: How to forget wireless networks

Whether you have a specific network you want your iPhone or iPad to forget or would like to do some general tidying up, follow with the walkthrough below.<p>Along with manually forgetting wireless networks, we’ll look at how to customize your iPhone or iPad network settings for how it handles …

MacBook Pro

iPhone users in China are facing an onslaught of iMessage spam, reports indicate

iPhone users in China reportedly being bombarded with spam iMessages. While spam iMessages are nothing new, this newfound push in China seems to center around promoting gambling – which is primarily illegal in mainland China, save for two officially-sanctioned lotteries…<p>As noted by Abacus News, …

China

Archive Offers Up All Past Mac and iOS Wallpapers

Over the weekend, Reddit user Nucleam shared photo albums containing archives of all of the different wallpapers that Apple has offered for iOS and macOS, providing an interesting trip down memory lane.<p>There are two separate Google Photos albums for iOS and macOS, with images dating back multiple …

Apple

Bluetooth Security Vulnerability Discovered, but Apple's Fix is Already in Place

A newly discovered Bluetooth vulnerability that was published this week by Intel has the potential to allow a nearby hacker to gain unauthorized access to a device, intercepting traffic and sending forged pairing messages between two vulnerable Bluetooth devices.<p>The vulnerability affects Bluetooth …

Information Security

Leaked Apple repair videos cough up some secrets

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> Not surprisingly, these internal Apple videos are now gone from YouTube. The iPhone maker undoubtedly asked that they be removed.<p>What appears to be a collection of Apple’s internal video guides to repairing various devices has been posted on YouTube. These show the company’s methods …

MacBook Pro

1Password for iOS gets rich text notes, iMessage sticker pack

You can now create more useful secure notes in 1Password for iOS, thanks to a new update that adds rich text support.<p>The latest release also introduces a sticker pack for Messages and a whole host of bug fixes.<p>1Password is one of the most popular password managers for Mac and iOS. Its success can …

Apps

Google Earth for iOS receives handy measure tool to calculate distance and area

Google Earth on iOS has been updated with one of the most requested features: a measurement tool.<p>Announced in a blog post, Google shared that after previously coming to Chrome and Android, it has brought the popular feature to iOS.<p>Ever wonder how far your hometown is from the North Pole? Or maybe, …

Google Earth

Amazon iPhone app adds AR ‘part finder’ for identifying and buying small hardware like screws

Amazon has made a handy new addition to its camera features on its iOS app. The new “part finder” users augmented reality to help users identify and buy small hardware like screws, nuts, bolts, and more.<p>As reported by <i>The Verge,</i> the new feature comes after Amazon acquired the visual recognition …

iOS Apps

2018 MacBook Pros Have New 'Titan Ridge' Thunderbolt 3 Controller, But DisplayPort 1.4 Isn't Truly Supported

Earlier this week, the repair experts at iFixit opened up the 2018 MacBook Pro, uncovering Intel's new JHL7540 Thunderbolt 3 controller, introduced earlier this year as part of its "Titan Ridge" family.<p>While the specifications for the JHL7540 lists compatibility with DisplayPort 1.4 on Intel's …

MacBook Pro

Facebook wants you to sync your Instagram contacts to Messenger, and some users are not happy

Facebook today is rolling out its latest feature to try to bridge the gap between its services and Instagram. As reported by TechCrunch, Facebook is now allowing users to sync their Instagram contact directly to Messenger, for better or for worse…<p>The option to sync your Instagram contacts appears …

Social Media

Protect your iPhone X without concealing it

<i>This post is presented by MNML Cases.</i><p>You probably didn’t buy your iPhone X just for its processing power or cameras. After all, Apple products are appealing because they look and feel great, too. That’s why we’re willing to fork over some serious coin to get them. So it seems silly to then protect …

IPhone 7

Chinese iCloud data moved to servers operated by state-owned telco

Apple's Chinese iCloud partner has struck a deal with China Telecom to migrate all in-country customer data to the state-owned firm's Tianyi Cloud …

Privacy