Tag: Apple

Apple Fixes iPhone “Taiwan” DOS Bug

Apple Fixes iPhone “Taiwan” DOS Bug

Apple recently announced that it has recently fixed a bug that causes the iPhone to crash whenever the word “Taiwan” or the Taiwanese flag was mentioned or displayed in any app. Discovered by researcher Patrick Wardle, the bug was fixed in a security update released last Monday, after the release of iOS 11.4.1. Wardle said the devices would crash due to a memory error in how the operating system processes and removes certain emojis when the regional settings are incorrect. In doing so, it would return a “null” value, which caused the crash.   Source: ZDNet

Silicon Valley Condemns Trump’s Decision to Separate Migrant Children

Silicon Valley Condemns Trump’s Decision to Separate Migrant Children

Silicon Valley leaders criticized this week a policy of the Trump administration which seeks to separate migrant children from their parents at the US-Mexico border. Facebook’s Zuckerberg said that he has already donated to organizations like Texas Civil Rights Project and RAICES which help families at the US border get legal advice and translation services. He called on the public to do the same and implored the government to stop the policy. Meanwhile, Apple’s Tim Cook called the policy “inhumane” and “heartbreaking” since children are the most vulnerable people in society. Source: CNBC

iPhones to be Spared from Tariffs, Trump Promises Apple

iPhones to be Spared from Tariffs, Trump Promises Apple

President Donald Trump had reportedly assured Apple CEO Tim Cook that iPhones assembled in China will not be affected by tariffs his administration will be imposing on several categories of electronic goods. Sources have said that Cook went to the White House last month to warn the US president of the adverse effects the administration’s trade policies may have on Apple and the US technology sector. However, it was not specified when Trump made the promise to Cook, and both Apple and the White House have yet to issue their comments on the matter.   Source: Reuters

Apple to Block Facebook’s Web Tracking Tools

Apple to Block Facebook’s Web Tracking Tools

Apple’s software head Craig Federighi announced at the WWDC conference this week that it will be implementing measures in the next version of iOS and Mac to block Facebook from tracking web users. Federighi said that the new OS versions will protect users from Facebook likes and share buttons and comment fields that track web activity whether they are clicked or not. He added that the Safari browser  will now ask owners’ permission before allowing the social network to monitor their activity. The move is likely to fuel increasing tensions between the two tech giants which is said to have […]

Apple Complies with Russian Government, Restricts Telegram

Apple Complies with Russian Government, Restricts Telegram

Telegram CEO Pavel Durov wrote this week that Apple had been preventing Telegram from updating on iOS, possibly to appease the Russian government after it had blocked the encrypted messaging app in the country. It is said that Apple had been pressured by Russia’s telecommunications regulator, Roskomnadzor, who asked the US phone giant to immediately drop Telegram from its app store. Google was reportedly asked to do the same. Durov said that Apple’s move prevented it from fully complying with the EU’s GDPR, but Russia only comprises 7% of its user base and assured the company will continue to find […]

Apple Stocks Hit Record High on Buffet Praise

Apple Stocks Hit Record High on Buffet Praise

Apple shares hit an all time high of $185.18 last Monday, fueled by praises from billionaire investor Warren Buffett who revealed last week that his company had bought 75 million shares of the iPhone maker which currently valued at around $11 billion. Buffett even said that he loved the stock so much that he’s own 100% of it if he could. Apple CEO Tim Cook sent back some reciprocal praise on Buffett’s remarks, saying that he had always greatly admired the man and have always been grateful for his insight and advice. Buffett’s investment firm, Berkshire Hathaway, is now the […]

Tech Giants, Investors, to Watch Korean Summit Closely

Tech Giants, Investors, to Watch Korean Summit Closely

Analysts said this week that tech giants such as Apple, Samsung, and their investors will be monitoring the historic meeting of the Korean leaders which is expected to have a profound impact reaching beyond the peninsula. Companies such as Sony and Apple all heavily rely on components manufactured in South Korea. The country is also home to two of the largest flat panel display manufacturers and Samsung, a world leader in memory chips and any disruption to the supply of components would significantly affect the global economy. Source: CNBC

New EU Proposal Expected to Constrain Tech Giants Business Practices

New EU Proposal Expected to Constrain Tech Giants Business Practices

It was reported last Thursday that the European Union is proposing a new law that would impact the commercial relations of tech giants such as Google, Apple, and Amazon with smaller businesses.   The new rules will require services such as app stores and search engines to be more transparent on how they rank results. It will also give companies the right to sue online platforms that do not practice non-discrimination and transparency. EU Commissioner for the Digital Economy Mariya Gabriel stressed that while platforms and search engines are important channels that help European businesses reach consumers, it must be […]

Russian Telecoms Watchdog Asks Google, Apple to Remove Telegram from Stores

Russian Telecoms Watchdog Asks Google, Apple to Remove Telegram from Stores

Russia’s state telecommunications regulator, Roskomnadzor, had reportedly requested US tech giants Google and Apple to remove the messaging app Telegram from their download stores. Russia had officially banned the encrypted messaging service in the country after CEO Pavel Durov had refused to surrender private user data to the FSB. Durov also announced a few days ago that Telegram may still work despite the ban, but not at 100% without a VPN. Source: CNBC

Australian Ministers, Google, Apple to Meet for Cybersecurity

Australian Ministers, Google, Apple to Meet for Cybersecurity

It was reported this week that the Australian government has sent a number of officials and cybersecurity experts to the RSA Conference in the US to show off local talent and deepen cyber-alliance ties between the two countries. Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security Angus Taylor, Commonwealth Cyber Coordinator Alastair MacGibbon, and Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Gaughan is set to meet with officials from Washington, Department of Homeland Security, and the FBI this week. The will also be having a meeting with representatives from Apple, Google, Paypal, and Twitter to discuss tech challenges faced by law enforcement. […]