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Apple recalling some AC wall plug adapters and Apple World Travel Adapter Kits

04/25/2019, 08:04 am

Apple has launched a voluntary recall of some AC wall plug adapters shipped between 2003 and 2010, designed for use primarily in Hong Kong, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

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HomePod's multi-user support could use iPhones to secure Siri queries using personal data

04/25/2019, 08:04 am

The HomePod could offer support for Siri with multiple users in the future without worrying about a user's personal data being accessed, with Apple coming up with a method to authenticate the speaker is authorized to make potentially sensitive queries using the presence of a nearby iPhone.

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Mac malware jumps more than 60% in three months, massive uptick in adware

04/25/2019, 03:04 am

The threat of malware has increased for Mac users in a short space of time, a report from Malwarebytes claims, with detected threats up by more than 60% from the fourth quarter of 2018 to the first quarter of 2019, and adware becoming more prevalent with an increase of over 200% for the same period.

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Intel lays off dozens from autonomous vehicle program, acquires LiDAR startup

04/24/2019, 11:04 pm

In a claimed effort to streamline operations, Intel recently shaved "several dozen" people from its roster of employees working on autonomous vehicles at the company's Silicon Valley Innovation Center in Palo Alto.

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Expecting to pay up to $5B for Cambridge Analytica, Facebook sets aside $3B for FTC fines

04/24/2019, 05:04 pm

Facebook is preparing to pay a record-setting fine to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for privacy violations following the Cambridge Analytica fiasco, as the social network is earmarking $3 billion to go towards its expenses and a potential $5 billion fine, depending on how it negotiates with the regulator.

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AT&T CEO says faster 5G networks will cost more and be capped

04/24/2019, 03:04 pm

The CEO of AT&T has proposed higher pricing for 5G connectivity, suggesting data plans for the next-generation mobile networks could be closer to that of broadband packages, including both allowances of data and tiered maximum speeds.

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Alexa voice recognition audit teams had access to customers' location data

04/24/2019, 01:04 pm

More allegations about how owners of the Amazon Echo smart speaker range are having their privacy infringed by the retailer have surfaced, with the latest claim involving an internal team of Alexa auditors having access to customer data that can reveal their home address.

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Samsung to spend $116B in next decade to overtake chipmakers TSMC, Intel, Qualcomm

04/24/2019, 12:04 pm

Samsung this week said it intends to spend $116 billion by 2030 in order to beat the likes of Intel, Qualcomm, and TSMC for a lead role in logic chip manufacturing.

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Designers have social duties beyond a product's launch, says Apple's Jony Ive

04/24/2019, 10:04 am

A designer's obligations to the world don't end after a product ships, said Apple chief design officer Jony Ive in an interview published this week.

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How to protect yourself against calls from fake Apple support

04/24/2019, 09:04 am

Calls from bogus Apple support representatives are on the rise. Scam-artists are using Apple's name, and spoofing phone numbers, in order to phish for personal details from customers. There are occasions when Apple will phone you, but it won't be about your iCloud account.

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Samsung Galaxy Fold teardown suggests poor design decisions with 'massive gaps' [u]

04/24/2019, 08:04 am

Before Samsung chose to hold back launch for a redesign, the Galaxy Fold was inherently vulnerable to debris reaching the display, according to a new teardown.

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Two new AirPods models, one with new design, coming in 2019 & 2020 says Ming-Chi Kuo

04/24/2019, 07:04 am

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is predicting two new AirPods models to ship at the end of 2019 or in the beginning of 2020, solidifying Apple's lead in the marketplace.

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Foxconn and Wisconsin renegotiate factory agreement, future of project uncertain [u]

04/23/2019, 07:04 pm

According to a letter Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers sent to Foxconn executive Louis Woo, the state is renegotiating a deal that promised the Taiwan-based company incentives in return for building a massive manufacturing and R&D facility in the region.

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Tim Cook wanted Apple to fight US DOJ in court over encryption

04/23/2019, 12:04 pm

Speaking at Time Magazine's first-ever Time 100 Summit on Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook addressed a variety of topics, most notably saying he wished the company's encryption battle with the U.S. Department of Justice had gone to court.

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Samsung clawing back Galaxy Fold from reviewers amid faulty screen complaints

04/23/2019, 10:04 am

In addition to delaying the launch of the phone, Samsung is now asking reviewers to return their Galaxy Fold samples, acknowledging that they were encountering numerous problems with its foldable OLED screen.

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Student sues Apple for $1 billion over false arrest linked to facial recognition tech

04/22/2019, 08:04 pm

An 18-year-old student launched a $1 billion lawsuit against Apple and an associated security firm on Monday, accusing the pair of falsely linking him to a series of store thefts.

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Sony's summer AirPlay 2 and HomeKit televisions include $70,000 8K model

04/22/2019, 11:04 am

Sony has revealed its lineup of smart televisions it will be shipping in the spring and summer, with the range including support for both AirPlay 2 and HomeKit, enabling the televisions to stream content from Apple's device ecosystem and take advantage of the company's smart home framework.

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Samsung delays launch of Galaxy Fold after review unit screen failures [u]

04/22/2019, 10:04 am

After cancelling launch events in China, Samsung has confirmed that is has delayed the U.S. Galaxy Fold smartphone debut until further notice, and is promising changes to make the screen stronger.

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Apple spends more than $30M per month on Amazon Web Services

04/22/2019, 10:04 am

Apple is one of the biggest customers of Amazon Web Services, it has been revealed, with the iPhone maker allegedly spending in excess of $30 million per month in order to enable services like iCloud to function reliably and at scale via the retailer's network of servers.

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Bowers & Wilkins wireless Formation Suite speaker setup supports AirPlay 2

04/22/2019, 09:04 am

Bowers & Wilkins has launched its Formation Suite of wireless audio products, a collection of wireless speakers that offer high performance sound at the same time as simplified synchronization between outputs, as well as support fro Apple's AirPlay 2 protocol.

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