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Online Apple Store went offline for an hour for unknown reasons

07/15/2019, 02:07 pm

The online Apple Store briefly was inaccessible for customers, displaying the famous "Be right back" message for a period of time on Monday, a usual indicator of updates or changes to the store, but in this case may have been just downtime for maintenance.

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Lawmakers suggest Apple could do more to aid privacy reform

07/15/2019, 01:07 pm

Apple's calls for stronger privacy legislation aren't backed up by action, privacy advocates and U.S. Lawmakers suggest, claiming the iPhone maker isn't doing enough to help produce better privacy laws, and in some cases is lobbying against some efforts.

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Eve Extend increases range of Bluetooth HomeKit accessories

07/15/2019, 09:07 am

Eve Systems has launched the Eve Extend, its Bluetooth range extender that allows items within the Eve product line to connect to a HomeKit network by acting as an access point, enabling the devices to function without needing Bluetooth connectivity with a nearby iPhone or iPad.

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NFL, NBA to tap into iPhone to boost fan experience in stadiums

07/14/2019, 06:07 pm

Major sports leagues have to rely on technologies to make fans engage more with the games, as well as to offer more revenue-generating opportunities, the commissioners of the NBA and NFL have advised at the Sun Valley conference, with iPhones used by fans in stadiums a possible trove of data for managing sales and the overall visitor experience.

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Facial recognition bolstered by mass database scraping, but not from Apple

07/13/2019, 02:07 pm

Progress is being made in the field of facial recognition by the use of multiple photograph databases consisting of subjects who were not aware of their misuse, a report claims, but while many companies and researchers are collecting and sharing the images and resulting data, Apple is not one of the sources.

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France approves digital tax measures against Apple despite US pressure

07/13/2019, 12:07 pm

The French government has approved proposals for a tax on digital services, one that affects Apple and other major tech companies, despite concern the measure is unfairly targeting US-based companies in a bid to claw back tax revenue.

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Tesla requests iCloud data for engineer who allegedly stole Autopilot secrets

07/12/2019, 05:07 pm

Tesla has subpoenaed Apple for access to the iCloud data of an engineer who allegedly stole thousands of Autopilot source code files right before leaving to work at XMotors.ai, the U.S. research branch of China's Xpeng.

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Facebook reportedly fined $5B over Cambridge Analytica fiasco

07/12/2019, 04:07 pm

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has reportedly approved a $5 billion settlement with Facebook to resolve the latter's privacy violations in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

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Amazon at work on new Echo to tackle HomePod, other high-end smartspeakers

07/12/2019, 08:07 am

Amazon is reportedly preparing a higher-end Echo to compete with the audio quality of smartspeakers like the Apple HomePod, Sonos One, and Google Home Max.

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Japan Display inks $738M bailout deal, including reported $100M from Apple

07/12/2019, 01:07 am

Ailing LCD manufacturer Japan Display on Friday said a consortium led by China's Harvest Group has successfully raised the requisite funds to execute an 80 billion yen (about $738 million) bailout plan, $100 million of which is thought to come from Apple.

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Apple adds Lightning-to-Ethernet, audio Lightning-to-USB-C adapters to MFi program

07/12/2019, 12:07 am

Apple this week announced expansions to its MFi program, informing third-party manufacturers of standards authorizations for new adapters including LAN cables with support for Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology.

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23andMe venturing onto Apple's turf with health data collection

07/11/2019, 05:07 pm

DNA testing service 23andMe is piloting a program in which clients volunteer additional data such as lab results, collated in a style similar to Apple's Health Records.

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Original Apple-1 manual sells for $12,956 at auction

07/11/2019, 03:07 pm

An original manual for Apple's first computer, the Apple-1, has sold for $12,296 in a Boston-based auction.

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Apple Park worth $4.17 billion, is one of the world's most expensive buildings

07/11/2019, 03:07 pm

Apple Park, already known to be one of the most valuable corporate headquarters in the world, is specifically worth $4.17 billion when including land, furniture, computers, and other items, according to Santa Clara County.

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Google Assistant voice recordings reviewed by humans include private conversations

07/11/2019, 12:07 pm

Some voice snippets uploaded by Google Assistant are being reviewed by human contractors, as with Amazon Alexa, and can potentially include sensitive conversations, reports say.

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Leaked images of Samsung's Galaxy Note 10 teases embedded fingerprint tech

07/11/2019, 09:07 am

Poised to be announced Aug. 7, Samsung's next top-end phone -- the Galaxy Note 10 -- will apparently be available in both black and pearlescent colors and embed its fingerprint sensor, likely within the display.

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'Sign in with Apple' may only limit tracking, not eliminate it

07/11/2019, 09:07 am

"Sign in with Apple," launching alongside this fall's iOS 13, will make it harder for advertisers and other parties to track people -- but data collection is possible, a report indicated on Thursday.

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IKEA expands HomeKit compatible line of smart bulbs

07/11/2019, 08:07 am

Ikea has a refreshed their TRADFRI HomeKit compatible smart home series, updating their existing light bulbs and introducing new products ahead of their highly anticipated smart blind launch.

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Apple disables Walkie-Talkie app due to iPhone snooping threat

07/11/2019, 02:07 am

Apple late Wednesday said it disabled the Walkie-Talkie app on Apple Watch after being alerted to a vulnerability that allows a user to surreptitiously listen in on another iPhone's audio.

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Apple removes Zoom web server in stealth Mac update

07/10/2019, 06:07 pm

Apple on Wednesday pushed out an automatic update for Mac users that removes a local host server created by video conferencing app Zoom, protecting users against the threat of unwanted webcam access.

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