Tag: Apple

Tech Giants to Face US Senate Over Data Privacy on Sept 26

Tech Giants to Face US Senate Over Data Privacy on Sept 26

Lawmakers in the US Senate are scheduled to hear the testimony of executives from major US tech companies such as Google, Twitter, Amazon, Apple, AT&T, and Charter Communications over matters concerning consumer data privacy on September 26. Republican U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune said that during the discussion, the US panel will be giving the tech companies and carriers the opportunity to explain their approaches to privacy, and how they plan to comply with the new European Union and California laws. They can also give their suggestions on how the Congress can help to to promote clear privacy […]

Trump Urges Apple to Move Manufacturing in US to Avoid Tariffs

Trump Urges Apple to Move Manufacturing in US to Avoid Tariffs

In a tweet last Saturday, US president Donald Trump told Apple to make its products in the United States if it wants to avoid getting hit by tariffs on Chinese imports. Trump said that Apple could receive ZERO tax and not have to increase its prices if it starts building manufacturing plants in the country. The Trump administration is reportedly planning to put tariffs on an additional $267 billion worth of Chinese goods, which are expected to affect the prices of Apple’s AirPods headphones, some Beats headphones, and the HomePod smart speaker. Source: Reuters

Apple Removes 25,000 Apps from China App Store

Apple Removes 25,000 Apps from China App Store

Apple had reportedly deleted around 25,000 apps from its App Store in China, which amounts to 1.4% of the total number of apps on the platform. According to state broadcaster CCTV, the aps that had been deleted had been caught selling lottery tickets and were offering gambling services which were considered illegal. In addition to this, the Global Times also reported that Apple had removed 2000 other gambling-related apps and 500 more associated with the keyword “lottery”.   Source: CNBC

Teenager Breaks Into Apple System, Company Assures No Data Compromise

Teenager Breaks Into Apple System, Company Assures No Data Compromise

Apple assured its customers this week that no customer data was compromised after it was revealed that an Australian teen had been able to hack into the tech giant’s mainframe. The 16 year old had apparently been able to break into the system numerous times and had downloaded over 90 GB of secure data. The Melbourne teenager also pleaded guilty to accessing customer accounts without exposing his identity. The AFP raid on the boy’s home also produced two laptops, a mobile phone and a hard drive containing the files, including a folder called “hacky hack hack”. The teen hacker had […]

Facebook, Apple Remove Alex Jones for Violating Community Standards

Facebook, Apple Remove Alex Jones for Violating Community Standards

A number of companies including YouTube, Apple, Facebook and Spotify have decided to take down all content by Alex Jones, saying that the conspiracy theorist had breached community standards. Jones, who has built a following after founding Infowars in 1999, had his Facebook page removed for uploading content that glorified violence and using dehumanizing language against transgender, Muslims and immigrants. However, the Infowars app is still available on Apple app store and Google Play. Twitter meanwhile said that the Infowars accounts has not yet violated any of its rules.    Source: Reuters

Apple Becomes First US Company Valued at $1 Trillion

Apple Becomes First US Company Valued at $1 Trillion

Apple last Thursday breached the $1 trillion market capitalization mark as its stock jumped 2.9 % to end the day at $207.39. The tech company’s stock rallied about 9% since Tuesday after announcing June-quarter results that went above expectations. Reaching as high as $1.006 trillion before ending at $1.002 trillion, it was noted that the two-day run was the best that the company had since 2014. In his memo to celebrate the company’s milestone, CEO Tim Cook said that the thousands of Apple employees had “much to be proud of”, but it was “not the most important measure” of the […]

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 […]