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2019

New 'Spoiler' vulnerability in all Intel Core processors exposed by researchers

Tuesday March 05, 2019

A function of Intel's processors dealing with speculative execution has another vulnerability that affects all Intel-based computers including Apple's Mac, researchers have revealed, with "Spoiler" potentially allowing an attacker the ability to view the layout of memory, and in turn potentially access sensitive data stored in those locations.

How to stop Apple's Shortcuts app from crashing, and how to fix what caused it

Tuesday March 05, 2019

If the Shortcuts apps continually crashes the moment you open it, you've hit a bug in how iCloud syncs the shortcuts and their positions in your library. Here's how to fix it.

Apple's Swift Playgrounds 3.0 enters first public beta

Tuesday March 05, 2019

Apple on Tuesday issued the first beta of Swift Playgrounds 3.0, the next version of its iPad-based teaching tool for the Swift programming language.

Apple rolls out changes to female British voice on HomePod and iOS

Tuesday March 05, 2019

Apple has made another change to the British voice of Siri on its devices, with iOS and HomePod users now able to hear an updated version of the female voice following similar upgrades recently made to the male version in February.

Apple Store repair policy update allows servicing of iPhones with third-party batteries

Tuesday March 05, 2019

Apple has changed its policies regarding repairs via Apple retail outlets, with customers who have replaced the battery of their iPhone with an aftermarket model installed by a third-party repair shop now able to be repaired at the Genius Bar as well as at Apple Authorized Service Providers.

Apple may have trouble finding 5G modems for 2020 iPhones if it doesn't make its own

Tuesday March 05, 2019

Apple may only be planning to add 5G to 2020 iPhones, but even then the company might have a hard time acquiring needed modems, according to analysts.

Weekend steals: $249 iPads; $1,099 13" MacBook Pros; $350 to $700 off 2018 15" MacBook Pros; $999 iMacs

Tuesday March 05, 2019

After selling out at the reduced price, Amazon's $249 iPad deal is back while supplies last. Apple authorized resellers have also issued a $200 cash discount on current 13-inch MacBook Pros with function keys, bringing the price down to $1,099. Meanwhile, those looking for the steepest discounts on robust Touch Bars and iMacs can save hundreds as well (oh, and Apple Watches are also on sale from $259).

Tips: Step up your workouts by sharing Apple Watch activity data with friends

Tuesday March 05, 2019

The Apple Watch's activity app does a good job of pushing you into exercising more, but knowing that your friends can see when you've slacked off is a strong motivator. Here's a two-minute tip on how to set up sharing your workout activity.

Big finance sweating Apple Pay intrusion, consolidating payment services

Tuesday March 05, 2019

Barclays is reportedly having trouble attracting users to its BPay mobile payments system and the Pingit app in the United Kingdom, due to competition from Apple Pay and other competitors, with the bank allegedly preparing to merge the two services into one.

Apple Watch continues wearables market domination with 10.4M holiday shipments

Tuesday March 05, 2019

Apple is continuing to lead the rest of the wearables market, according to data from IDC, with sales of the Apple Watch, AirPods, and Beats headphones helping the iPhone maker maintain its position in a market that grew 31.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018.

WebAuthn becomes official hardware login standard for browsers like Apple's Safari

Tuesday March 05, 2019

The World Wide Web Consortium and the FIDO Alliance have certified WebAuthn as an official Web standard, allowing users of compatible browsers -- Safari among them -- to turn to hardware logins instead of passwords.

NSA's domestic metadata collection going unused, could be ended permanently

Tuesday March 05, 2019

The U.S. National Security Agency has allegedly left its metadata collection system -- first exposed by Edward Snowden in 2013 -- unused for months, and it could vanish completely in the near future.

Apple registers new PrivacyIsImportant domain name, no website yet

Tuesday March 05, 2019

While it has not yet launched any website at the address, Apple now owns the site name PrivacyIsImportant.com.

Apple's car of the future may use fiber optic heads-up display

Tuesday March 05, 2019

Passengers in an Apple-designed car of the future may find the vehicle to have a unique interior lighting system, consisting of fiber optic-based segments that could become practically invisible when not in use by blending into the car's various surfaces, and could even offer indicators to drivers within the windscreen.

August expands lineup with new August View doorbell cam

Tuesday March 05, 2019

August Home continues to expand its smart home lineup with its latest product, the August View smart video doorbell camera.

Apple quietly fixes 'stage light' MacBook Pro display issue with longer backlight cable

Tuesday March 05, 2019

Apple has slightly lengthened a cable in the 2018 MacBook Pro, that was said to be responsible for the "stage lighting" problem in the 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro

Apple supplier Corning working on foldable glass for future phones

Tuesday March 05, 2019

The firm Apple has tapped for its screens since the very first iPhone is working on glass that can be folded and expects to succeed by the time folding phones are mainstream in a couple of years.

Tim Cook successfully lobbied White House to help Apple avoid China trade war fallout

Monday March 04, 2019

A report on Monday delves into Apple CEO Tim Cook's lobbying efforts, both with officials in the White House and counterparts in China, detailing a series of deft moves that has kept Apple above the fray in the U.S.-China trade war.

Apple claims Qualcomm stole idea for smartphone boot-up tech from engineer

Monday March 04, 2019

The latest installment of Apple and Qualcomm's worldwide legal scrum kicked off in San Diego on Monday with a startling allegation claiming one of Qualcomm's patents-in-suit is based on an idea introduced to the company by an Apple engineer.

Apple buys patent portfolio from defunct home security camera maker Lighthouse

Monday March 04, 2019

Apple has snapped up a batch of U.S. patents from a defunct home security camera company, Lighthouse AI, potentially in efforts to expand its own artificial intelligence-powered user identification technology.