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  • Apple says recent WikiLeaks CIA docs detail old, fixed iPhone and Mac exploits

    03/24/2017 2:35:08 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 7 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | March 23, 2017 | by Matthew Panzarino
    Apple says that its preliminary assessments of the WikiLeaks documents released today indicate that the vulnerabilities it details for iPhone and Mac were fixed years ago. The documents, which originated with the CIA, detailed a variety of methods for compromising — breaking into — Apple devices if an agent was able to gain physical access to the device.The leaks were a part of the “Vault7″ documents, which WikiLeaks has been dribbling out. Some of the exploits, like NightSkies, could access personal info like call logs and SMS conversations — but only with physical access.Apple’s full statement is as follows We...
  • iPad Optics (Apples iPad has an installed base of over 300 million, far larger than the Macs)

    03/24/2017 10:11:52 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 16 replies
    Asymco ^ | March 24, 2017 | By Horace Dediu
    The iPad has an installed base of over 300 million. This is a far larger audience than that of the Mac (which has somewhere between 100 million and 150 million). And whereas the iPad acquired this audience in about 7 years, the Mac took 33 years.Curiously however, it is the iPad that is seen as the more fragile product. The iPad is considered to be failing, with a presumption of an end of life in the near future. The evidence of this failure the year-on-year decline in units sold. This is illustrated by the following graph.  Note that the iPad decline is paired with...
  • Wikileaks Releases "NightSkies 1.2": Proof CIA Bugs "Factory Fresh" iPhones

    03/23/2017 7:34:38 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 63 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 03/23/17 | Tyler Durden
    A new WikiLeaks Vault 7 leak titled Dark Matter claims that the Central Intelligence Agency has been bugging factory fresh iPhones since at least 2008 through suppliers. The documents are expected to be released after a 10 a.m. EDT press briefing that WikiLeaks promoted on its Twitter. And here is the full press release from WikiLeaks: Today, March 23rd 2017, WikiLeaks releases Vault 7 "Dark Matter", which contains documentation for several CIA projects that infect Apple Mac Computer firmware (meaning the infection persists even if the operating system is re-installed) developed by the CIA's Embedded Development Branch (EDB). These documents...
  • WikiLeaks Vault 7 Leak Claims CIA Bugs Factory Fresh iPhones

    03/23/2017 8:33:48 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 33 replies
    Heavy.com ^ | March 23, 2017 | By S.J. Prince
    A new WikiLeaks Vault 7 leak titled “Dark Matter” claims, with unreleased documents, that the Central Intelligence Agency has been bugging “factory fresh” iPhones since at least 2008. WikiLeaks further claims that the CIA has the capability to permanently bug iPhones, even if their operating systems are deleted or replaced.The documents are expected to be released after a 10 a.m. EDT “press briefing” that WikiLeaks promoted on its Twitter. RELEASE: CIA #Vault7 "Dark Matter" https://t.co/pgnfeODXVB pic.twitter.com/vkI16f3vMD— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) March 23, 2017 Watch a livestream of the Julian Assange led event here. WATCH: WikiLeaks Vault 7 Livestream on CIA ‘Dark Matter’...
  • Why Apple announced its new, low-priced iPad with such little fanfare

    03/21/2017 1:58:01 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 130 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | March 21, 2017 -- 3:30PM
    Apple just dropped a new iPad with all the excitement of an IRS audit,” Daniel Howley writes for Yahoo Finance. “That is to say, there was none. It feels like the company just woke up Tuesday morning and decided, ‘Hey, let’s announce a new iPad.’ Instead of a flashy event like Apple usually holds when it debuts a new product, we simply got a press release. I’ve had dentist appointments that were more thrilling than Apple’s latest announcement.” “So why did Apple, the company that basically owns the tablet market, debut a new iPad without making a big show of...
  • This laptop-bricking USB stick just got even more dangerous (video at source site)

    03/18/2017 6:54:27 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 52 replies
    ZDNet ^ | March 16, 2017 -- 19:42 GMT (12:42 PDT) | By Zack Whittaker
    When plugged in, this weaponized USB stick can destroy laptops, kiosks, ATMs, cars, and more. (Image: USBKill) Remember that USB stick that would destroy almost anything in its path, from laptops, photo booths, kiosks, to even cars? Now there's a new version, and it's even more dangerous than before. In case you missed it the first time around, a Hong Kong-based company built a weaponized pocket-sized USB stick, which when plugged into a device, will rapidly charge its capacitors from the USB power supply and then discharge, frying the affected device's circuits. Dubbed the USB Kill stick, it fries almost...
  • Apple CEO: Globalization 'in general is great for the world'

    03/18/2017 4:39:05 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 18, 2017 | Nikita Vladimirov
    Apple CEO Tim Cook defended globalization on Saturday, arguing that it is generally "great for the world." During a public speech in China, Cook reportedly warned world leaders against abandoning globalization even though gains are not equally distributed within nations. I think the worst thing would be tobecause it didnt help everyoneis to say its bad and do less of that, Cook said during his speech at an annual conference sponsored by the Chinese government, The Wall Street Journal reported. I think the reality is you can see that countries in the world that isolate themselves, its not good...
  • U.S. appeals court tosses patent verdict against Apple

    03/01/2017 3:10:10 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 1, 2017 | By Jan Wolfe
    A federal appeals court has thrown out a jury verdict that had originally required Apple Inc to pay $533 million to Smartflash LLC, a technology developer and licenser that claimed Apple's iTunes software infringed its data storage patents. The trial judge vacated the large damages award a few months after a Texas federal jury imposed it in February 2015, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said on Wednesday the judge should have ruled Smartflash's patents invalid and set aside the verdict entirely. A unanimous three-judge appeals panel said Smartflash's patents were too "abstract" and did not...
  • Apple investors reject diversity proposal

    02/28/2017 4:00:06 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 27 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | February 28, 2017 | Troy Wolverton
    Apple touts its commitment to diversity, but its shareholders dont seem to care all that much about it. On Tuesday, Apple investors overwhelmingly rejected a proposal that would have urged the company to ramp up its efforts to hire African Americans, Latinos and other people of color for its board of directors and senior management positions. As is the case at many tech companies, members of such groups have been underrepresented at Apple compared with the general population.
  • New macOS ransomware spotted in the wild

    02/22/2017 5:15:34 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 10 replies
    Macworld ^ | February 22, 2017 | By Lucian Constantin
    The programs creator asks for payments but doesnt have the encryption key to unlock victims files A new file-encrypting ransomware program for macOS is being distributed through BitTorrent websites, and users who fall victim to it wont be able to recover their files, even if they pay. Crypto ransomware programs for macOS are rare. This is the second such threat found in the wild so far, and its a poorly designed one. The program was named OSX/Filecoder.E by the malware researchers from antivirus vendor ESET who found it. OSX/Filecoder.E masquerades as a cracking tool for commercial software like Adobe Premiere...
  • McDonalds Reengineered The Straw And Is Selling It Like Apple Product

    02/17/2017 10:24:03 AM PST · by Windcatcher · 45 replies
    vocativ ^ | Feb 16, 2017 at 12:50 PM ET | Alejandro Alba
    McDonalds is known for its Big Mac, Happy Meals, and creepy clown mascot, but not for trying to be innovative with technology. Yet, the fast food chain restaurant teamed up with aerospace and robotic engineering firms to reinvent the straw and make it easier to drink its Chocolate Shamrock shakes.
  • Russian cyberspies blamed for U.S. election hacks are now targeting Macs

    02/14/2017 6:28:55 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 13 replies
    Macworld ^ | FEB 14, 2017 10:45 AM PT | By Lucian Constantin
    Security researchers found a macOS version of the X-Agent malware used by the APT28 cyberespionage Security researchers have discovered a macOS malware program thats likely part of the arsenal used by the Russian cyberespionage group blamed for hacking into the U.S. Democratic National Committee last year. The group, which is known in the security industry under different names, including Fancy Bear, Pawn Storm, and APT28, has been operating for almost a decade. It is believed to be the sole user and likely developer of a Trojan program called Sofacy or X-Agent. X-Agent variants for Windows, Linux, Android, and iOS have...
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook: Fake News is 'Killing People's Minds'

    02/13/2017 4:13:12 PM PST · by The_Media_never_lie · 33 replies
    PJ Media ^ | FEBRUARY 13, 2017 | D. C. MCALLISTER
    The head of Apple, Tim Cook, is saying fake news is killing peoples minds, and the tech industry must do something to stop it. We are going through this period of time right here where unfortunately some of the people that are winning are the people that spend their time trying to get the most clicks, not tell the most truth. Its killing peoples minds, in a way. All of us technology companies need to create some tools that help diminish the volume of fake news. We must try to squeeze this without stepping on freedom of speech and of...
  • Apple boss hails Brexit Britain - Tech industry here to stay in the UK.

    02/12/2017 4:53:50 AM PST · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    Westmonster ^ | February 10, 2017 | by Westmonster
    The CEO of Apple Tim Cook met with Theresa May yesterday to discuss the future of the technology sector in the UK and reaffirm Apples commitment to Brexit Britain. Were a big believer in the UK we think youll be just fine. Yes, there will be bumps in the road along the way but the UKs going to be fine. He confirmed plans to expand UK operations in Battersea, vowing to move 1,600 employees to south London in the next five years and stressing the fact that were leaving significant space there to expand.
  • Apple iPhones will be manufactured in Bengaluru: Here are the details

    02/02/2017 10:48:15 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 19 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | Friday, February 3, 2017 | TechDesk
    Apple iPhones will be 'Made in India', and Bengaluru is where this will be taking place, according to the government It is now official: Apple is taking the 'Make in India' route with its iPhones, and Bengaluru is where this will be taking place. The government of Karnataka issued a press release "welcoming the move'. Apple's proposal is to commence initial manufacturing operations in Karnataka. The press statement reads, "Apple's representatives led by Ms. Priya Balasubramaniam, VP iPhone operations, Mr. Ali Khanafer (Head, Government Affairs), Mr.Dheeraj Chugh (Director, iphone operations) and Mr. Priyesh Povanna (Country Counsel) met with Ministers and...
  • Apple and Others Pen Open Letter to Trump: 'We Are a Nation Made Stronger by Immigrants'

    02/02/2017 1:49:39 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 70 replies
    MacRumors nwsletter ^ | February 2, 2017 5:17 | Mitchel Broussard
    Dear President Trump, Since the countrys birth, America has been the land of opportunity welcoming newcomers and giving them the chance to build families, careers, and businesses in the United States. We are a nation made stronger by immigrants.
  • Apple Misses Deadline for Tax Payment of $13.9 Billion to Ireland

    02/02/2017 6:50:06 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 36 replies
    Opera ^ | 02/01/17 | LUCAS NOLAN
    Tech giant Apple has not paid the $13.9 billion owed to Ireland, according to the European Union. Speaking to CNBC, EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said, Well the recovery is not done yet but we have been working with the Irish authorizes and we can see that they are moving forward to do the recovery of the unpaid taxes. Vestager explained some of the issues faced when trying to recoup the taxes, saying, Its a tricky thing to do because its a large sum so of course you have to figure out how to do that. Its not as an...
  • Apple's 'Spaceship' Campus Nears Its Completion, Drone Footage Captures Final Touches

    02/01/2017 5:01:37 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 2/1 | Joe Fryer
    Apple is once again making headlines, but not because of a new iPhone or computer. The tech giant is inching closer to opening its new "spaceship" campus, which is actually known as Apple Campus 2. Recent drone footage captured by Matthew Roberts shows off the massive work space, which covers 176 acres. For those in need of a comparison, that's the size of 133 football fields. Roughly 12,000 employees are expected to fill the 2.8 million square feet of office space at some point within the next year. The project may be viewed as extreme, but Roberts offers a different...
  • Apple supplier Foxconn mulling $7 billion investment in US to create 50,000 jobs; Pennsylvania wins!

    01/23/2017 7:15:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/22/2017 | Thomas Lifson
    The world’s largest contract manufacturer of electronics, the principal supplier of iPhones and iPads, has let it be known that Pennsylvania may be the home of a massive investment in US manufacturing. Bloomberg reports:  Foxconn Technology Group is considering building a U.S. display-making facility for upwards of $7 billion, a major investment for Apple Inc.’s main manufacturer that may create tens of thousands of American jobs during President Donald Trump’s first year in office. The company is considering a joint investment with Sharp Corp.[1], the Japanese display supplier it bought last year, but details have yet to be hammered out,...
  • Foxconn CEO says investment for display plant in U.S. would exceed $7 billion

    01/22/2017 10:53:57 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 30 replies
    Yahoo Tech ^ | January 22,2017 | By J.R. Wu
    Foxconn, the world's largest contract electronics maker, is considering setting up a display-making plant in the United States in an investment that would exceed $7 billion, company chairman and chief executive Terry Gou said on Sunday. The plans come after U.S. President Donald Trump pledged to put "America First" in his inauguration speech on Friday, prompting Gou to warn about the rise of protectionism and a trend for politics to underpin economic development. Foxconn's proposal to build a display plant, which would be planned with its Sharp Corp <6753.T> unit, depend on many factors, such as investment conditions, that would...
  • FTC charges Qualcomm with monopolizing key smartphone chip

    01/17/2017 4:57:26 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 3 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | January 17, 2017 | FTC
    FTC alleges extracted exclusivity from Apple in exchange for reduced patent royalties The Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint in federal district court charging Qualcomm Inc. with using anticompetitive tactics to maintain its monopoly in the supply of a key semiconductor device used in cell phones and other consumer products.Qualcomm is the worlds dominant supplier of baseband processors devices that manage cellular communications in mobile products. The FTC alleges that Qualcomm has used its dominant position as a supplier of certain baseband processors to impose onerous and anticompetitive supply and licensing terms on cell phone manufacturers and to weaken...
  • Peter Thiel Says The Age Of Apple Is Over

    01/12/2017 7:11:40 AM PST · by blam · 58 replies
    BI ^ | 1-12-2017 | Steve Kovach
    Steve KovachJanuary 12, 2017 Silicon Valley investor and Donald Trump transition-team member Peter Thiel says Apple is past its peak. Here's what he said in a Q&A with Maureen Dowd of The New York Times when he was asked to confirm or deny that "the age of Apple is over": "Confirm. We know what a smartphone looks like and does. It's not the fault of Tim Cook, but it's not an area where there will be any more innovation." Thiel is best known in Silicon Valley for his early investment in Facebook.(snip)
  • Apple plans 'high-tech manufacturing' of data-center gear in Arizona

    01/09/2017 1:52:20 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/09/2017 | Kif Leswing
    Apple is seeking permission to conduct "high-tech manufacturing" and to build data-center server gear in a Mesa, Arizona, facility, according to a notice published Monday by the US federal government. A notification published in the Federal Register on Monday said Apple was looking for approval from the Foreign-Trade Zones Board to produce "finished products" in a special zone that exempts it from customs duty payments. "Apple Inc has repurposed the site as a global data command center that will conduct high-tech manufacturing of finished data center cabinets for other data centers," according to a document filed by Mesa on behalf...
  • Apple iPhone 10th anniversary: The journey to iPhone 7, heres a look in pictures

    01/09/2017 1:34:26 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 6 replies
    indianexpress.com ^ | January 9, 2017 | Shruti Dhapola
    When iPhone launched in 2007, it was called the Jesus phone, the one that everyone wanted, and other manufacturers wanted to mock. The iPhone was launched by Apple CEO and co-founder, the late Steve Jobs at the MacWorld conference in 2007.
  • [MacBook Pro] Lap top saves man's life during Fort Lauderdale airport shooting

    01/08/2017 3:29:53 AM PST · by markomalley · 37 replies
    WPLG ^ | 1/7/16 | Andrea Torres
    There were bullets flying at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport when 13 people were shot. Five of them didn't make it out of the baggage claim area alive. And Steve Frappier was lucky. He credited his Apple MacBook Pro for saving his life. The 37-year-old traveler from Atlanta brought his school-issued lap top, because he was going to an education conference. He placed it in his backpack, but didn't think of it when he felt an impact on his back during the shooting. "I was wearing a backpack on both shoulders and then when we went to the floor, I dropped...
  • Apple cuts CEO Tim Cook's pay, citing performance

    01/06/2017 6:15:29 AM PST · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 56 replies
    marketwatch ^ | Jan 6, 2017 8:42 a.m. ET | Austen Hufford
    Apple Inc. said Chief Executive Tim Cook and other leaders received less total compensation in 2016 as the company missed its revenue and profit goals for the year. According to a regulatory filing on Friday, Apple said its annual sales of $215.6 billion were 3.7% below its target of $223.6 billion, and its operating income of $60 billion was 0.5% short of the $60.3 billion target. As a result, company executives got 89.5% of their targeted annual cash incentive. In 2015, the executives got 100%. In all, Mr. Cook received $8.75 million in total 2016 compensation, down from $10.28 million...
  • Movie theaters, studios react to potential Theater Mode in upcoming iOS update

    01/06/2017 1:54:39 AM PST · by Ciaphas Cain · 22 replies
    Polygon ^ | January 5th, 2017 | Julia Alexander
    To say that film Twitter, as it has become to be known, lost its collective mind when a rumor began circulating that the newest iOS update would have a Theater Mode, is an understatement. The rumor started with a tweet from Sonny Dickson, a contributor to Forbes who has broken Apple news in the past. Dickson said that in iOS update 10.3, a Theater Mode would be added that could be accessed from clicking on a popcorn-shaped Control Center icon. Dickson didnt allude to what the mode would do, but in 2012, Apple patented technology that would disable noise and/or...
  • What Apple got right but Amazon is getting wrong

    01/04/2017 12:27:07 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 45 replies
    CNBC ^ | January 4, 2017 | By Bruce Abramson
    The matter implicating Amazon's Echo is prosaic, by comparison. While investigating a homicide committed in a private home in Bentonville, Arkansas, the police noticed that the homeownerand prime suspectwas something of an electronics junkie. Among his devices was an Amazon Echo, an "always listening" device that, when triggered, records ambient sound and stores the recording on Amazon's cloud. The police thought that selected recordings might help fill some gaps in their investigation. Amazon refused to hand them over. The information available about the Bentonville case suggests two distinct problems. The police request may be overbroad, in which case Amazon is...
  • Distracted driver sues Apple over a fatal car crash [California]

    12/30/2016 11:52:25 AM PST · by SES1066 · 56 replies
    San Jose CA Business Journal ^ | 12/30/16 | Gina Hall
    The plaintiff filed suit in a California court in early December in regards to a road accident that occurred on Christmas Eve in 2014. The driver was " distracted while using the 'FaceTime' application on an iPhone 6 Plus during the operation of his motor vehicle," and hit the back of a stationary vehicle while going 65 miles per hour, per the court documents obtained by AppleInsider.SNIP Apple was sued for not implementing a technology that could have prevented the driver from using the app while driving. The Cupertino-based company applied for the patent on the technology in 2008 and...
  • Apples new MacBook Pro is the first MacBook Consumer Reports wont recommend

    12/23/2016 5:31:57 PM PST · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 68 replies
    Extreme Tech ^ | 12/23/2016 | Joel Hruska
    Apples new MacBook Pro isnt having an easy time in the market. Its been panned for its reliance on dongles, criticized for using older Intel chips, and a significant number of users have reported decidedly substandard battery life when using the system. Apple has responded to these complaints by cutting dongle prices and removing the Time Remaining indicator on the laptops battery, neither of which constitutes an actual solution. Now, Consumer Reports has refused to recommend the MacBook Pro for the first time ever. The reason? Battery life.
  • Review: Apple's new wireless AirPods put a smile on 2016

    12/21/2016 7:40:56 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 34 replies
    AppleInsider ^ | Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 08:31 am PT (11:31 am ET) | By Daniel Eran Dilger
    Delivering hours of enveloping, untethered sound and Siri assistance, Apple's new wireless AirPods elegantly perform in a way that promises to put a smile on your face no matter how terrible of a day you're having--a beautiful thing given how many ugly days 2016 has thrown at us so far. AirPods, captured with iPhone 7 Plus 2x lens AirPods are a bicycle for your ears Walking down the street with AirPods in, a smile consistently crept across my face. Not having wires is a bigger deal than I'd imagined. It's the same feeling I got from an iPod back in...
  • Gab, the Alt-Right's Favorite Social Network, Gets Rejections From Apple, Twitter

    12/15/2016 1:00:36 PM PST · by bkopto · 122 replies
    INC. ^ | 12/15/2016 | salvador rodriguez
    Gab, a service that has been billed by some as the social network for the alt-right, has had its access to both Twitter and Apple cut off, the company told Inc. on Thursday. Last week, Gab submitted its iPhone app to Apple so it could be included in the App Store, but on Wednesday, the company received a rejection from Apple, which cited pornography on Gab as its reason for the denial. Similarly, Gab on Monday added a new feature that let its users share their posts from Gab directly to Twitter, but on Wednesday night, Twitter cut off Gab's...
  • Source: Twitter cut out of Trump tech meeting over failed emoji deal

    12/14/2016 1:57:41 PM PST · by ColdOne · 37 replies
    politico ^ | 12/14/16 | Nancy Scola
    Twitter was told it was "bounced" from Wednesday's meeting between tech executives and President-elect Donald Trump in retribution for refusing during the campaign to allow an emoji version of the hashtag #CrookedHillary, according to a source close to the situation. Twitter is one of the few major U.S. tech companies not represented at Wednesday afternoon's Trump Tower meeting attended by, among others, Apple's Tim Cook, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg and Tesla's Elon Musk an omission all the more striking because of Trump's heavy dependence on the Twitter platform. With some 17.3 million followers of his account, the...
  • Apple releases macOS 10.12.2 with new emoji, wallpapers, graphics & System Integrity Protection

    12/14/2016 1:51:56 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 22 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | December 13, 2016 | By Zac Hall
    Apple is releasing the macOS 10.12.2 software update for Mac today. The new versionincludes Unicode 9 emoji like iOS 10.2 plus four new wallpapers and plenty of bug fix improvements. macOS 10.12.2 is available as an update from the Mac App Store including for developers and public beta testers. Release notes below: Unicode 9.0 emoji support matches compatibility with bothiOS 10.2 and watchOS 3.1.1. These are the changes discovered during the beta period: Apple releases first iOS 10.2, watchOS 3.1.1, tvOS 10.1 and macOS 10.12.2 betas w/ new emoji, wallpapers,moreHere are the new emoji included in iOS 10.2[Gallery]macOS 10.12.2...
  • Another Trump Win: Apple Supplier Foxconn Says It Is In Discussions To Expand US Operations

    12/07/2016 12:15:03 PM PST · by servo1969 · 18 replies
    Zerohedge.com ^ | 12-7-2016 | Tyler Durden
    There is over a month left until Trump's inauguration, and the President-elect's hard-hitting negotiating style may have scored yet another economic victory: according to a statement issued by Foxconn, the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer and a major Apple Inc supplier, the company said it was in preliminary discussions to expand its operations in the United States. "While the scope of the potential investment has not been determined, we will announce the details of any plans following the completion of direct discussions between our leadership and the relevant U.S. officials," it said in a statement. Foxconn in its statement did...
  • Foxconn says in preliminary discussions to expand U.S. operations

    12/07/2016 11:59:53 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Yahoo! Sports ^ | December 7, 2016 | Reuters
    TAIPEI (Reuters) - Foxconn, the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer and a major Apple Inc supplier, said on Wednesday that it was in preliminary discussions to expand its operations in the United States. "While the scope of the potential investment has not been determined, we will announce the details of any plans following the completion of direct discussions between our leadership and the relevant U.S. officials," it said in a statement. On Tuesday, Masayoshi Son of Japan's SoftBank Group Corp <9984.T> said he would invest $50 billion in the United States and create 50,000 new jobs, a move U.S. President-elect...
  • Apple assembly partner Foxconn plans US expansion

    12/07/2016 6:45:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | 12/07/2016 | Roger Fingas
    Apple's primary assembly partner, Foxconn, will soon invest in expanding its U.S. operations, the latter company said on Wednesday, apparently following in the steps of a similar SoftBank announcement. "While the scope of the potential investment has not been determined, we will announce the details of any plans following the completion of direct discussions between our leadership and the relevant U.S. officials," Foxconn explained in a statement to Bloomberg. "Those plans would be made based on mutually-agreed terms." Although Foxconn didn't provide specifics, a document held up by SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son after meeting with U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump allegedly...
  • Palo Alto Apple Store Patched Up After Smash & Grab Robbery

    12/06/2016 4:58:32 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 30 replies
    CBS ^ | 6 Dec 16 | CBS Staff
    Customers once again filled the Apple store in Palo Alto, but a large 40-foot section of the iconic front glass wall was boarded up after a smash & grab robbery Sunday. A damaged SUV was sitting in the police departments impound area after being used as a battering ram in the crime. Witnesses reported seeing up to 20 people running from the scene, Palo Alto Police Lieutenant Zach Perron told KPIX 5. Photos of the scene were put out on social media, showing the SUV in front of the shattered glass facade. Police say it appeared to be a coordinated...
  • Researchers Bypass Apple's Activation Lock on iPhones and iPads

    12/06/2016 3:42:35 PM PST · by LouieFisk · 12 replies
    Bleeping Computer ^ | December 2, 2016 | Catalin Cimpanu
    Two researchers have found a way to bypass the Apple Activation Lock on both iPhones and iPads, running the two most recent versions of iOS, 10.1 and 10.1.1.
  • Apple is reportedly using drones to beat Google Maps

    12/01/2016 10:05:33 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 16 replies
    The Verge ^ | 12/01/16 | Tom Warren
    Apple is reportedly planning to use drones to improve its Maps app and truly compete with Google Maps, following a problematic launch four years ago. Bloomberg News reports that Apple has been building a team of experts in robots and data capture to utilize drones to quickly update maps. Google and Apple both use fleets of cars and vans equipped with cameras, but drones will allow Apple to examine and monitor roads, street signs, construction areas, and more. Apple is said to have hired at least one employee from Amazon’s Air division to help run its own drone team based in Seattle. Alongside the...
  • Apple Removes Breitbart From Their App Store

    11/30/2016 4:02:20 AM PST · by servo1969 · 74 replies
    Thegatewaypundit.com ^ | 11-29-2016 | Jim Hoft
    Full Title - "THE CONSERVATIVE PURGE BEGINS=> Apple Removes Breitbart From Their App Store" Guest post by Joe Hoft Let the purge begin. Democrats are furious that Americans rejected their criminal, unethical, boring and fainting far left candidate. And they are OUTRAGED that they do not control the flow of information anymore thanks to the internet, Facebook, Twitter, and talk radio. So rather than win on ideas they have decided to purge the conservative websites from the marketplace of ideas. The Apple store removed Breitbart.com from their App store recently. If you do a search on Breitbart or BreitbartNews this...
  • Many iCloud users receiving spam Calendar & Photo Sharing invitations, heres how to fix

    11/29/2016 10:46:32 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | November 1, 2016 | By Chance Miller
    Over recent weeks, iCloud users have started to notice an increased amount of spam coming to various aspects of their accounts. Email accounts, of course, are always vulnerable to spam messages and the root cause can be a variety of different reasons. This new type of spam, however, relates to iCloud’s Calendar and Photo Sharing functionalities… Essentially what happens in these instances is an iCloud user will receive a request for either a Calendar event or to view/share an iCloud Photo Sharing album or image. The issue with this type of spam is that, even if the user hits...
  • Trump Pushes Apple CEO To Manufacture In US; Promises "Very Large Tax Cuts"

    11/24/2016 7:15:43 PM PST · by Helicondelta · 32 replies
    http://planetfreewill.com/2016/11/23/trump-promises-large-tax-cut-apple-makes-products-u-s/ ^ | November 23, 2016 | New York Times; The Next Web; PLANET FREEWILL
    While speaking with the New York Times, President-elect Donald Trump said that he received a call from Apples Tim Cook on Monday in which he pushed the CEO about bringing manufacturing jobs back to the United States. I got a call from Tim Cook at Apple, and I said, Tim, you know one of the things that will be a real achievement for me is when I get Apple to build a big plant in the United States, or many big plants in the United States, where instead of going to China, and going to Vietnam, and going to the...
  • Trump Pushes Apple CEO To Manufacture In US; Promises "Very Large Tax Cuts"

    11/24/2016 12:50:24 PM PST · by quesney · 49 replies
    I got a call from Tim Cook at Apple, and I said, Tim, you know one of the things that will be a real achievement for me is when I get Apple to build a big plant in the United States, or many big plants in the United States, where instead of going to China, and going to Vietnam, and going to the places that you go to, youre making your product right here. Trump told the NYT on Tuesday. I think well create the incentives for you, and I think youre going to do it. Were going for a...
  • Silicon Valley Bows to Trump: Apple to Build iPhones in America

    11/18/2016 2:25:30 PM PST · by mandaladon · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 18 Nov 2016 | CHRISS W. STREET
    With Silicon Valley CEOs terrified that President Donald Trump will retaliate against offshoring production, Apple is already preparing to move iPhone production back to America. The Nikkei Asian Review reported: Apple asked both Foxconn and Pegatron Corp., the two iPhone assemblers, in June to look into making iPhones in the U.S., a source said. Foxconn complied, while Pegatron declined to formulate such a plan due to cost concerns. As Breitbart News reported, candidate Donald Trump, while speaking at Liberty University in January, said, Were going to get Apple Computer to build their damn computers and things in this country, instead...
  • Apple could make iPhones in US in future: sources

    11/17/2016 5:11:31 PM PST · by cba123 · 11 replies
    Nikkei ^ | November 18, 2016 12:20 am JST | Debby Wu
    TAIPEI iPhones might one day soon carry "Made in America" labels. (full article available at link, not copied because it requires setting up an account)
  • Apple could make iPhones in US in future: sources

    11/17/2016 11:19:41 AM PST · by barmag25 · 17 replies
    Asian review ^ | 11/18/16 | Debby Wu
    MENU Nikkei Asian Review Sort by Region Nikkei Asian Review Log in Subscribe Home Politics & Economy Business Markets Tech & Science Viewpoints Life Sources say Apple has asked its assemblers to look into making iPhones in the U.S. AP TAIPEI -- iPhones might one day soon carry "Made in America" labels. Key Apple assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn Technology Group, has been studying the possibility of moving iPhone production to the U.S., sources told the Nikkei Asian Review. "Apple asked both Foxconn and Pegatron, the two iPhone assemblers, in June to look into making...
  • Youll have Donald Trump to thank if the iPhone 8 is even more expensive

    11/16/2016 10:58:00 AM PST · by mdittmar · 62 replies
    yahoo ^ | November 16, 2016 | [BGR News] Chris Smith
    The iPhone isnt cheap. Not even close. Apples phones havebeen setting the bar for high-end smartphone pricing for years, though. Apple has also been improving the iPhone without changing the price, which is a good thing. The simplest example concerns memory. In 2014, Apple upgraded its storage tiers without changing the iPhone 6s price. It did the same this year with the iPhone 7, though the iPhone 7 Plus did get a bit more expensive because of the new dual camera and the added RAM.Are you upset about the iPhone 7 Plus price hike despite the added benefits? If so,...
  • China fires its first warning shot, warning iPhone sales will suffer if Trump starts a trade war

    11/14/2016 6:28:34 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 69 replies
    CNBC ^ | 11/14/16
    AppleiPhones and other U.S. goods could suffer sales hits in China if President-electDonald Trumpgoes through with his "naive" plan of slapping a large import tariff on Chinese products,a state-backed newspaper warnedon Sunday. During his election campaign this year, Trump spoke of a 45 percent import tariff on all Chinese goods while failing to outline how it would work. Should any such policy come into effect, China will take a "tit-for-tat approach", according to an opinion piece in theGlobal Times, a newspaper backed by the Communist party. "A batch of Boeing orders will be replaced by Airbus. U.S. auto and iPhone...
  • Apple Offers Anti-Trump App Allowing Voters To Trade Votes

    11/04/2016 2:35:40 PM PDT · by PROCON · 23 replies
    zerohedge.com ^ | Nov. 4, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    At a time rife with speculation that the presidential vote on Tuesday may be rigged or tampered, we find it troubling - not to mention illegal - that Tim Cook has allowed the Apple store to distribute an app called #NeverTrump created by Trimian, whose mission statement is "Red or Blue, we must all unite to defeat Trump this election. Let's ensure Hillary wins in swing states, and make sure third-party votes count." The app allows potential voters to trade votes, boosting Hillary's support in swing or battleground states, while 3rd party candidates get more (meaningless) support in blue states....