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2019

Face ID attention detection security defeated with glasses and tape

Thursday August 08, 2019

Security researchers were able to bypass Face ID's "liveness" detection on the iPhone and iPad Pro with everyday items, defeating what is considered the industry's most advanced biometric security system using little more than a pair of glasses with tape affixed to the lenses.

Apple's expanded bug bounty program covers all operating systems, payouts up to $1M, special iPhones, more

Thursday August 08, 2019

Apple is opening its bug bounty program to cover all of its operating systems, with the company expanding and improving the scheme to pay researchers for finding bugs in macOS, watchOS, tvOS, iPadOS, and iCloud, along with the current payouts for iOS issues. Also new are special iPhones that will help select researchers surface vulnerabilities.

Review: Symfonisk AirPlay 2 Bookshelf Speaker -- Ikea Price, Sonos Sound

Thursday August 08, 2019

Ikea teamed with Sonos, and the pairing has produced the $99 Symfonisk Bookshelf Wi-Fi speaker with AirPlay 2. How does it compare to pricier speaker alternatives.

Global notebook shipments up with Apple showing biggest growth

Thursday August 08, 2019

Apple's MacBooks have seen a considerable growth in global shipments in the second quarter over the same period in 2018, with TrendForce figures indicating the product line shipped 19.8% more units year-on-year, the highest among the other top notebook vendors.

'Apple Music for Artists' analytics tool exits beta, available for all musicians

Thursday August 08, 2019

Apple has given all musicians a way to examine the listening habits of their fans, with 'Apple Music for Artists' exiting an extended beta test program on Thursday.

Fifth public beta of iOS 13, iPadOS 13, tvOS 13 now available

Thursday August 08, 2019

A day after the most recent developer beta of tvOS 13, iOS 13, and iPadOS 13, Apple has made the same build available for public beta testers.

Philips WiZ Connected Wi-Fi smart bulbs support Siri Shortcuts

Thursday August 08, 2019

Philips has launched a new set of smart light bulbs under Signify's WiZ Connected ecosystem, one that works differently from the manufacturer's existing Hue range in that they connect directly with Wi-Fi, eliminating the need for an intermediary hub.

Here are the best Apple Watch deals for August 2019

Thursday August 08, 2019

Summer may be winding down, but these Apple Watch deals are heating up as we make our way through August. Here's where to grab the lowest prices on Apple Watch Series 4 and Series 3 devices, with prices starting at just $199.

Smart speaker market growing steadily but dominated by sub-$50 models

Thursday August 08, 2019

A new report by CIRP shows that price seems to be the driving factor behind smart speaker adoption and market growth, with over 50 percent of the market belonging to entry-level Amazon Echo and Google Dot and Mini devices.

Barclays pessimistic on AAPL, predicting imminent Services slowdown

Thursday August 08, 2019

Barclays has started to cover Apple's stock once again, handled by a new managing director at the investment bank, but the initial view of the iPhone maker is dreary, landing it with a price target of $192 and an 'Equal Weight rating" based on 5G iPhone and Services pessimism.

Samsung removes ads mocking Apple after removing headphone jack

Thursday August 08, 2019

The newly announced Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is missing a 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of a single USB-C port, and it used to mock Apple in advertising for removing it. Now, Samsung is trying to revise history by deleting the ads in question.

Apple Card opened up to more users ahead of official launch

Thursday August 08, 2019

Apple has increased the number of people who can sign up for Apple Card ahead of its official launch, with more iPhone users now able to apply for the credit card from their devices.

iOS 12 now installed on 88 percent of compatible devices

Thursday August 08, 2019

Updated adoption statistics released by Apple show that iOS 12 adoption rates have reached 88 percent on compatible devices, a month before iOS 13 is set to release.

Ultrasonic touch detection could help iPhone screens work better in the rain

Thursday August 08, 2019

A future version of the iPhone could work better in the rain or the bath by detecting only touches of the display by the user, with Apple coming up with a way to tell the difference between finger tips and raindrops using ultrasonic acoustic sensing.

Editorial: Why does Apple have a monopoly on responsive corporate values?

Thursday August 08, 2019

Apple pioneered the concept of making its products accessible to users with disabilities back in the 1980s. It has made environmentally sound manufacturing and supplier responsibility a key aspect of its global operations. It has taken a public stand for inclusion and diversity and has made privacy and security primary features of its products. Why haven't other tech giants offered more than a meek "me too" in these areas?

Apple facing antitrust examination in Russia

Thursday August 08, 2019

Russia has joined the list of countries taking a look at alleged antitrust law violations by Apple, this time, over removal of parental monitoring applications from the App Store.

Apple Music beta for Android tests Dark Mode and time-synced lyrics

Wednesday August 07, 2019

Apple Music subscribers with Android devices will soon gain access Dark Mode and time-synced lyrics, two new features slated to debut in the iOS version of the app this fall.

New 'Service' battery message in iOS pushes consumers toward official replacement

Wednesday August 07, 2019

When installing a third-party battery, or a genuine replacement, outside of Apple's authorized repair network, the latest version of iOS displays a new "Service" battery message in the Settings menu that suggests the cell has an undiagnosed problem, disallowing users from accessing Battery Health information.

Samsung's ARM-based Galaxy Book S lasts 23 hours, features touchscreen and LTE connectivity

Wednesday August 07, 2019

Samsung at its Unpacked event on Wednesday unveiled the Galaxy Book S, an addition to the company's Galaxy Book line that features an ARM-based Qualcomm Snapdragon processor for longer battery life.

Apple, Eli Lilly study seeks to determine whether iPhone and Apple Watch can detect dementia

Wednesday August 07, 2019

A research paper published this week reveals Apple and pharmaceutical titan Eli Lilly and Company are working together to determine whether consumer devices like iPhone and Apple Watch can manage Alzheimer's disease and dementia.