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Topic: General

More email apps caught 'processing' and selling user data [u]

02/10/2020, 12:02 pm

Apps such as Edison Mail are gathering data under the guise of providing personalized features, but then turn around and sell this information to big business.


Samsung unveils its Galaxy Z Flip phone during the Oscars

02/10/2020, 09:02 am

The forthcoming foldable Samsung Galaxy Z Flip was revealed in a commercial during the live telecast of the Academy Awards -- and so was a crease, its display "feature."


Foxconn iPhone plant at Zhenghzou reopens with 10% of workforce

02/10/2020, 07:02 am

Apple supplier Foxconn is said to have reopened Zhenghzou, its most critical iPhone production plant, but only a tenth of the workforce has returned.


Taika Waititi slams Apple's MacBook Pro keyboards in Oscar speech

02/10/2020, 06:02 am

Taika Waititi, winner of this year's Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for "Jojo Rabbit," says Apple's keyboards make him want to go back to using a PC.


Coronavirus may halve China's first-quarter smartphone sales

02/10/2020, 05:02 am

Research into both the manufacturing and retail impact of the outbreak claim that closed stores and delayed launches will reduce smartphone sales in China by as much as 50% for the first quarter.


Review: Cleer Audio Ally Plus Earbuds offer active noise cancellation in a sophisticated package

02/09/2020, 04:02 pm

Cleer Audio's Ally Plus is a pair of truly wireless earbuds that feature a slick design and active noise cancellation, making them an attractive alternative to Apple's AirPods Pro. We put the audio accessories through their paces.


Local authorities aren't blocking Foxconn's production restart

02/09/2020, 12:02 pm

The local authorities of Shenzhen have denied reports it is blocking Foxconn from reopening on February 10 over fears of spreading the coronavirus further, claiming it is still working with the Apple assembly partner on how to enable production to proceed while keeping workers safe.


Crime blotter: Postal bribery, Apple Store thefts, and gift card scams

02/09/2020, 09:02 am

A federal indictment for attempted postal bribery, stolen Apple devices in ecoATM recycling machines, a spate of Apple Store thefts, and other news about Apple-related crime.


Wacom defends itself against data harvesting accusations

02/08/2020, 01:02 pm

Wacom has responded to allegations drivers for its tablet line are collecting data on its users and passing it on to Google, including the names of macOS applications being used, by claiming it has no access to personal data and what data it collects is anonymized before it is seen by the company.


Authorities order Foxconn to keep Chinese facilities closed

02/08/2020, 10:02 am

Apple assembly partner Foxconn has been told by Chinese authorities it cannot open its production facilities in China due to the coronavirus outbreak, due to the "high risks" of infection determined following an inspection by public health experts.


Review: VocoLinc L3 SmartGlow Color Bulb packs a ton of features in at a fair price

02/07/2020, 01:02 pm

If you're looking for an attractively-priced, feature-packed HomeKit smart bulb for your home, the VocoLinc L3 SmartGlow Color Bulb should be on your short list.


Apple applies for license to install new GPS testing facility at Apple Park

02/07/2020, 11:02 am

Filings with the FCC request permission for a special license to install GPS equipment show that Apple is planning to increase its GPS testing. It's the first time Apple has requested such a license.


DHS skirting Supreme Court order by using purchased location data

02/07/2020, 10:02 am

The Trump administration has bought access to a commercial database capable of mapping the movements of millions of cellphones and is now using it for immigration and border enforcement.


Coronavirus forcing Apple to postpone February 10 China retail reopen [u]

02/07/2020, 07:02 am

Apple's Deirdre O'Brien has written to Apple Store staff in China to explain the company's plans for reopening in China under the ongoing coronavirus threat, and how the date for reopening stores is still to be determined.


Foxconn telling iPhone assembly staff to stay home because of coronavirus

02/07/2020, 07:02 am

Key Apple supplier Foxconn has told its Shenzhen staff not to return to work after the current and extended holiday just yet, because of continuing coronavirus concerns.


French fine Apple $27 million for battery patch that could slow down old iPhones

02/07/2020, 06:02 am

Apple has been fined by the French government for its 2017 patch that could slow down iPhone 6, iPhone 7 and iPhone SE units that had a depleted battery, and for not informing users that it was doing so.


Apple now allows developers to distribute custom apps to schools

02/06/2020, 08:02 pm

Apple on Thursday announced an upgrade to Apple School Manager that allows developers to better serve educational institutions through the distribution of customized apps.


ViacomCBS plans streaming service built on CBS All Access

02/06/2020, 06:02 pm

The recently merged ViacomCBS is reportedly working on an all-encompassing streaming service that combines assets from its impressive catalog of media companies including Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon.


Apple removed 18 smelters and refiners in 2019 for flouting conflict mineral code of conduct

02/06/2020, 05:02 pm

Apple in a report on mineral sourcing issued Thursday said 18 smelters and refiners that were not willing to participate in third-party audits were removed from its supply chain in 2019, resulting in a 100% audit participation rate for the fifth consecutive year.


Coronavirus threatens AirPods production as stock dwindles

02/06/2020, 01:02 pm

Apple ordered the production of 45 million AirPods units to keep up with consumer demand, but the coronavirus appears to be delivering both extended labor and material shortages.