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After blocking an app in the App Store that was designed to alert iOS users of net neutrality violations, Apple took a second look at the application, called Wehe, and decided it was acceptable after all. However, the developer of the app, Dave Choffnes, is still unclear on why exactly Apple chose to banish Wehe from the App Store, which underscores the mysteries of Apple's review process. There are guidelines that spell things out, of course, but even when all the check boxes appear to be ticked, Apple can still decide to refuse an app entrance into its lucrative App Store. That is what happened... Read more...
Apple has faced a number of embarrassing security mishaps over the past few months, with most of them affecting macOS. However, iOS is not immune to annoying glitches as witnessed by the latest chaiOS bug. Software developer Abraham Masri first discovered the exploit, which affects iOS devices, and can cause them to freeze, respring or reboot. The exploit is made possible by the fact that the Messages app in iOS preloads website links, which allows the app to show users a preview. However, this has the unwelcome side effect of executing code that could otherwise be harmful to the operating system.... Read more...
Apple created quite the firestorm when it was revealed that the company was throttling the performance of iPhones with older and "well worn" batteries. The company wasn't upfront about the practice, and it only came to light due to some sleuth work by customers and app developers. Now, Apple CEO Tim Cook says that customers will be given the choice to disable processor throttling in a future iOS update. At first, Cook tried to explain the reasoning behind throttling in the first place, telling ABC News' Rebecca Jarvis in an interview: And so you can imagine if you’re making an emergency call... Read more...
Apple is happy with the Trump administration new tax policies that will allow it to bring a massive stash of cash that's been stuck overseas back to the U.S. Apple has announced what it plans to invest in when that massive stockpile is back in America (other than possibly buying Netflix). The company will concentrate on three areas with the investments where it says there will be the greatest impact on job creation. The areas include direct employment by Apple, spending and investment with Apple domestic suppliers and manufacturers, and fueling the "fast-growing" app economy. Apple notes that new... Read more...
BMW is well known for nickel and diming customers with outrageously priced option packages. However, BMW's latest boondoggle could be one of its most egregious acts yet -- starting next year, it will begin charging a subscription fee to access Apple CarPlay. Yes, you heard that correctly. Don Smith, technology product manager for BMW North America, told The Verge that the German auto giant will charge $80 per year to access CarPlay. To help soften the blow somewhat, the company says that the first year of access will be provided for free. BMW currently charges a flat $300 option fee to enable CarPlay... Read more...
Apple angered man of its fans when it finally admitted that it had been throttling devices with older batteries. Apple said that the slowdown was to keep devices with batteries that are older and have lost performance from shutting down prematurely. Eventually Apple decided that the way to appease customers was to offer significant discounts on replacing the old batteries in some devices with a price decrease down to $29. Apple is now facing a potential inquiry from House Republicans who want answers from on its throttling policy. Four of the U.S. House Republicans, including the chairman of the... Read more...
If you're still rocking an original 2014-era iPhone 6 Plus, chances are that you're are experiencing reduced performance due to throttling mechanisms that Apple first implemented with iOS 10.2.1. Ever since Apple first came clean about the practice late last year, and reduced the price of battery replacements from $79 to $29, customers have understandably rushed to Apple Stores to perform the "cheap" battery upgrade. Apple exacerbated matters by allowing anyone to get a $29 replacement, regardless of the wear-level of their battery. For those that were even the slightest bit worried about performance... Read more...
There is a security flaw in the most recent edition of macOS High Sierra, version 10.13.2, that allows users to unlock the App Store menu in System Preferences without knowing the password. The only caveat is that the exploit seems to only work on administrative-level accounts—attempts to reproduce the buggy behavior on standard accounts have not been successful. In addition, a fix is on the way. For now, however, the steps to reproduce the bug on administrative-level account are pretty easy, as outlined by a bug report on Open Radar. They are as follows: Log in as a local admin Open the... Read more...
Last week a rumor was making the rounds with sources claiming that Apple's Jimmy Iovine was leaving the company. According to those rumors, Iovine's departure was timed to coincide with his stock options vesting -- a deal that is tipped to be worth $700 million to Iovine and Dr. Dre for their sale of Beats to Apple years back. Iovine was at the Grammy museum for a screening promoting the HBO documentary "The Defiant Ones" and during the Q&A he was asked about the departure rumors. Iovine said, "I am almost 65, have been with Apple for four years and in two-and-a-half years the [Apple Music]... Read more...
It's the start of a new year, and T-Mobile with the latest iteration of its Buy One, Get One (BOGO) Free offer on some of the hottest flagship smartphones on the planet. This time around, there is at least one newcomer to the fold when it comes to smartphones that qualify for the offer. The promotion requires that you purchase both smartphones with an Equipment Installment Plan (EIP), and you must port at least one number over on a T-Mobile ONE or Simple Choice Unlimited plan. On top of that, you must trade in a smartphone in order to qualify for the promotion. If you want a "true" BOGO bargain,... Read more...
The Alliance for Open Media was formed a little over two years ago in an effort to push a royalty-free video technology called AV1. It is backed by some pretty big names in tech, all of which are focused on reducing the storage footprint of online video through fancy compression technologies. Though several tech titans have thrown their weight behind the project, Apple has been noticeably absent, at least until now. Apple now shows up on the site as a founding member, joining the likes of Amazon, ARM, Cisco, Facebook, Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla, Netflix, and NVIDIA. The company's previous... Read more...
Apple found itself having to defend its parental controls on iPhone devices and other mobile gadgets after investors wrote an open letter criticizing the company's efforts. At the same time, Apple said it constantly looks for ways to improve its devices, adding that new features are in the pipeline that will make its parental controls "even more robust," though the company did not get into specifics. The open letter was written by Jana Partners LLC and The California State Teachers' Retirement System, the two of which collectively account for around $2 billion in value of Apple shares. "As shareholders,... Read more...
Netgear is showing off some of its new gear that will be on display at CES 2018 and among that gear is a new Siri-enabled Arlo Baby camera that looks like a bunny. Arlo Baby Camera is the world's first smart baby monitor according to Netgear and integrates with the Apple Homekit. The Arlo monitor is paired with an iOS device like an iPhone or iPad and offers a live video stream of the baby via the Arlo Baby camera feed. There is two-way audio for talking and listening to the baby along with other people near the camera. Parents can also quick view the most recent snapshot recorded by the camera.... Read more...
Late last week, Apple confirmed that its iOS-based iPhones and iPads along with its Mac computers are vulnerable to the Meltdown and Spectre exploits (which we have covered in great detail over the past week). At the time, Apple confirmed that it silently introduced “mitigations” in previous updates to iOS, macOS and tvOS to help better defend against the Meltdown vulnerability. "In the coming days we plan to release mitigations in Safari to help defend against Spectre," said Apple on Friday. "We continue to develop and test further mitigations for these issues and will release them... Read more...
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