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Topic: General

Future iPhones could automatically detect nuisance callers using spoofed phone numbers

10/11/2018, 08:10 am

Apple is seemingly attempting to combat the problem of phone scammers and other types of nuisance callers, by coming up with a method to detect if the inbound call is using a spoofed number and warning the recipient before they answer.

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Apple brings iPhone power management in-house with $600M Dialog Semiconductor deal

10/11/2018, 06:10 am

Apple is investing a total of $600 million to license patents, purchase assets and transfer employees from Dialog Semiconductor, a European chipmaker and existing business partner that entered Apple's supply chain with the first iPhones a decade ago.

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Apple to donate to Gulf Coast relief as Hurricane Michael batters Florida, Alabama and Georgia

10/10/2018, 09:10 pm

Apple intends to donate an undisclosed sum to relief efforts associated with fallout from Hurricane Michael, which made landfall in Florida as a Category 4 hurricane on Wednesday.

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Tim Cook meets government officials, visits schools on China tour

10/10/2018, 08:10 pm

Apple CEO Tim Cook continued his latest China tour on Wednesday with a visit to a Beijing high school that integrates iPad and Apple Pencil into its learning curriculum, moves that one report suggests are part of a plan to remain in Chinese consumers' good graces.

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WarnerMedia prepares to take on Netflix, Apple & others with new streaming TV service

10/10/2018, 02:10 pm

AT&T-owned WarnerMedia is preparing to jump into the fray with its own streaming TV service, one which could pose a threat not just to the likes of Amazon and Netflix but Apple's burgeoning video efforts.

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NSA cybersecurity head can't find corroboration for iCloud spy chip report

10/10/2018, 10:10 am

The senior advisor for Cybersecurity Strategy to the director of the National Security Agency has advised there is a lack of evidence relating to both of Bloomberg's recent espionage-related stories, and has openly requested for people with knowledge of the situation to provide assistance.

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Apple buys machine learning AR firm specializing in mixed realities

10/10/2018, 09:10 am

Apple has reportedly bought a Danish startup called Spektral, which specialized in real-time separation of objects in photos and videos for a "green screen" effect.

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US Senators demand answers from Supermicro over spy chip allegations

10/10/2018, 08:10 am

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.

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

10/09/2018, 09:10 pm

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.

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

10/09/2018, 02:10 pm

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]

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

10/09/2018, 02:10 pm

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.

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Rampant Chinese iPhone repair fraud forced Apple to develop countermeasures

10/09/2018, 01:10 pm

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.

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

10/09/2018, 01:10 pm

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.

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

10/09/2018, 12:10 pm

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.

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

10/09/2018, 10:10 am

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.

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

10/09/2018, 10:10 am

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.

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

10/09/2018, 08:10 am

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

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

10/08/2018, 10:10 pm

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.

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Apple's iPhone network provisioning tech target of patent lawsuit

10/08/2018, 06:10 pm

Apple is again in the crosshairs of Uniloc, with the patent aggregator alleging the process by which iPhone and cellular-connected iPad and Apple Watch models infringes on owned intellectual property.

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Google+ shutting down in wake of allegations of weak user data security

10/08/2018, 02:10 pm

Google has confirmed it will be closing down the social network Google+ in August next year as part of a data protection initiative called Project Strobe, but a report alleges the initiative itself was caused through Google wanting to avoid regulatory scrutiny from exposing the private data of hundreds of thousands of users.

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