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2018

Before China iCloud spy chip allegations, Bloomberg published these five incorrect stories about Apple

Wednesday October 10, 2018

Media personalities have been bending over backward to find a way to square the claims made by Bloomberg in its "China Hack" story with a series of strongly worded denials from Amazon and Apple insisting that the report was "wrong and misinformed." However, there is solid evidence that Bloomberg has previously published a series of false claims before, either from a lack of research coupled with bad perspective, or possibly to simply craft a dramatic narrative.

US Senators demand answers from Supermicro over spy chip allegations

Wednesday October 10, 2018

A pair of senators have written to Supermicro requesting more information about events detailed in the recent Bloomberg investigation alleging the company's servers were compromised, in an attempt to find out if it is a risk to the national security of the United States.

About a fifth of Android phone owners plan to switch to an iPhone

Wednesday October 10, 2018

Most smartphone buyers tend to stick with the platform they're familiar with. However, new data from Merrill Lynch indicates that a large percentage of top Android brand users now intend to switch to an iPhone in their next purchase.

Microsoft axes Minecraft for Apple TV, no one notices

Wednesday October 10, 2018

Microsoft is throwing in the towel on the Apple TV permutation of Minecraft due to low user numbers, according to a splash screen that -- ironically -- has been displayed in-game for weeks without mention from mainstream media.

Apple seemingly aware of alleged 'Top Podcasts' chart manipulation

Tuesday October 09, 2018

Last weekend, the upper echelons of Apple's "Top Podcasts" charts in the Podcasts app and iTunes were overrun with obscure titles that seemingly didn't belong, prompting some industry watchers to assume the vital distribution platform was being manipulated.

Apple's dual-camera iPhones subject of new patent lawsuit

Tuesday October 09, 2018

A lawsuit filed Tuesday claims Apple's dual-camera iPhone technology, deployed in smartphone models dating back to iPhone 7 Plus, infringes on a patent for enhancing digital photographic images using multiple lenses and sensors.

Popular farming RPG Stardew Valley breaks soil on iPhones & iPads Oct. 24

Tuesday October 09, 2018

Farming-themed role-playing game Stardew Valley, already a hit on consoles and PCs, is launching on iPhone and iPad Oct. 24, developer ConcernedApe (Eric Barone) revealed on Tuesday.

Jony Ive disappears from list of advisors for Saudi 'megacity' project [u]

Tuesday October 09, 2018

Apple's chief design officer, Jony Ive, has vanished from a list of advisors for a "megacity" planned to launch in Saudi Arabia in 2025. [Updated with correction on NEOM's size]

Supermicro iCloud spy chip report bolstered by US telecom network hardware hack

Tuesday October 09, 2018

Bloomberg is doubling down on its investigative report claiming servers belonging to Apple, Amazon, and other major organizations were tampered by China, by citing documents and analysis from a security expert working for a major telecommunications firm.

Rampant Chinese iPhone repair fraud forced Apple to develop countermeasures

Tuesday October 09, 2018

Apple has spent the last five years combatting fraud relating to iPhone repairs in China, where parts were stolen from working iPhones and were submitted for repair under warranty, a problem that reportedly cost billions of dollars and forced Apple to investigate.

CBC Video claims Apple's repair policies are abusive, but 'proof' falls far short

Tuesday October 09, 2018

A report from the CBC has attacked Apple's policies and practices regarding repairs, taking the company to task for expensive in-store repairs, coercing customers to buy new products in some cases -- but the publication shows a stunning lack of understanding of the scale of Apple's repair efforts, and leans too heavily on edge cases presented by a pair of respected "right to repair" proponents rather than actual observation.

Third betas of iOS 12.1, tvOS 12.1, and watchOS 5.1 available for developer testing [u]

Tuesday October 09, 2018

Apple has provided participants of its developer beta testing program new builds, with the third betas of iOS 12.1, tvOS 12.1, and watchOS 5.1 arriving one day after the latest macOS Mojave beta.

Google unveils Pixel 3 phone, Pixel Slate tablet & Google Home Hub

Tuesday October 09, 2018

Firing its latest salvos at Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft, Google on Tuesday announced several new devices, led by its Pixel 3 and 3 XL Android smartphones.

Review: Ultimate Ears MegaBoom 3 pumps out the tunes with ample bass

Tuesday October 09, 2018

Ultimate Ears MegaBoom 3 is the latest incarnation of arguably one of the best and most popular portable Bluetooth speakers. The newly updated models finally have a design refresh, albeit a small one, as well as better sounding audio quality.

Apple's Tim Cook visits Shanghai amid alleged Chinese iCloud spy chip debacle

Tuesday October 09, 2018

Apple's CEO is making a surprise tour of Shanghai, possibly in response to the controversy over a report claiming Chinese spy chips were inserted into Apple servers.

Apple's work on electromagnets could help protect future iPads and iPhones when dropped

Tuesday October 09, 2018

Apple is considering ways it could use electromagnets to make changes to the way accessories or devices can magnetically connect to each other, including correcting alignment issues for covers and potentially helping a case provide even more protection for a dropped iPhone or iPad.

Apogee Jam+ USB interface for Mac and iOS adds USB-C, better sound input

Tuesday October 09, 2018

On Tuesday, audio gear maker Apogee revealed the Jam+, an upgraded version of its USB input for musicians looking to connect guitars, keyboards, and other instruments to a Mac or iOS device for recording.

Hands on: AmpliFi Instant Home Wi-Fi Mesh System

Tuesday October 09, 2018

The AmpliFi Instant Home Wi-Fi Mesh System is designed to deliver hassle-free Wi-Fi that can be set up functioning in two minutes. But is it a worthy replacement for Apple's AirPort systems?

Devialet reveals $999 Phantom Reactor, hints at possible AirPlay 2 support

Tuesday October 09, 2018

Devialet on Tuesday revealed the Phantom Reactor, a smaller version of its signature Phantom speaker intended to be affordable beyond the wealthy.

Security researcher cited in Bloomberg's China spy chip investigation casts doubt on story's veracity [u]

Monday October 08, 2018

Security researcher Joe Fitzpatrick, one of the few sources named in Bloomberg Businessweek's bombshell China hack investigation, in a podcast this week said he felt uneasy after reading the article in part because its claims almost perfectly echoed theories on hardware implants he shared with journalist Jordan Robertson.