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  • EU Socialism Bites Apple

    08/30/2016 3:50:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | August 30, 2016 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: The way the European Union is looking at Apple -- the European Union is nothing but a bunch of takers. The European Union wouldn't know how to produce diddly-squat. So Apple is the golden goose. And they're taking as many eggs from the golden goose as they can, because they're out of money. All these brilliant socialist Democrats in Western Europe, all these elites, these pointy-headed intellectuals, our so-called betters, can't manage anything. And they have been out of money for years. They don't know how to budget. They don't know how to behave responsibly. So here...
  • Downing Street says tech giant 'welcome' to come to UK after EU orders Ireland to claw back Ł11bn

    08/30/2016 3:12:12 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 12 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 08-30-2016 | James Titcomb
    Britain could cut corporation tax to attract major international companies under plans being considered by Theresa May after Apple was hit with a record tax bill by Brussels. Downing Street yesterday said it would "welcome" Apple to the UK after the European Commission took the extraordinary step of hitting the company with an Ł11billion fine. In a damning report published yesterday, the commission found that a deal with Ireland meant the technology giant paid as little as 0.005 per cent tax on its European profits for more than a decade.
  • Apple holds Europe to ransom: Tech giant threatens to cut jobs in EU (excerpt)

    08/30/2016 10:15:29 AM PDT · by plain talk · 16 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | August 29, 2016 | Martin Robinson
    Apple has already threatened to cut jobs in Europe after Brussels ordered it to repay Ł11billion ($14.5billion) - the biggest tax bill ever imposed outside the US. The European Commission's three-year investigation into Apple's sweetheart deal with Ireland has found it amounted to illegal state aid. Its damning report published today says the tech giant paid as little as 0.005 per cent tax by funnelling its non-US profits through its Irish headquarters with no staff or premises then on to its $178billion (Ł120bn) offshore fund.
  • Apple Must Repay Record EUR 13 Billion in Back Taxes Over Irish Deal: EU

    08/30/2016 6:43:13 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 62 replies
    Agence France-Presse ^ | 30 August 2016
    The European Union on Tuesday said US tech giant Apple must repay a record 13 billion euros ($14.3 billion or roughly Rs. 95,910 crores) in back taxes after ruling that a series of Irish sweetheart tax deals were illegal. "The European Commission has concluded that Ireland granted undue tax benefits of up to 13 billion euros to Apple. This is illegal under EU state aid rules because it allowed Apple to pay substantially less tax than other businesses. Ireland must now recover the illegal aid," a Commission statement said. EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Apple's "selective treatment" in Ireland...
  • (Vanity): New iPad, iPhone Safari phishing lockup and how to get out of it.

    08/28/2016 1:50:52 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 30 replies
    Swordmaker | August 28, 2016 | Swordmaker
    My girlfriend opened her iPad this morning and was presented with a pop-up requestor that stated "It's time to change your iPhone/iPad passcode." with a CONTINUE button. Apple NEVER requires users to change their device passcode. This was an attempt by some bad actor to gain access to her iPad for a nefarious reason. This took her to another requestor that had three entry boxes. Two were for a new passcode, and a check of the new passcode, and the third was to enter your current passcode. One could NOT make this go away, nor could the home button bring...
  • It’s ‘Digital Heroin’: How Screens Turn Kids Into Psychotic Junkies

    08/27/2016 6:10:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 52 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 27, 2016
    Susan* bought her 6-year-old son John an iPad when he was in first grade. “I thought ‘why not let him get a jump on things?’ ” she told me during a therapy session. John’s school had begun using the devices with younger and younger grades—and his technology teacher had raved about their educational benefits—so Susan wanted to do what was best for her sandy-haired boy who loved reading and playing baseball. She started letting John play different educational games on his iPad. Eventually, he discovered Minecraft, which the technology teacher assured her was “just like electronic Lego.”
  • Tim Cook addresses Apple's US taxes, says no repatriation without 'fair rate'

    08/15/2016 1:26:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    CNBC ^ | 08/14/2016 | Javier E. David
    Apple CEO Tim Cook struck back at critics of the iPhone maker’s strategy to avoid paying U.S. taxes, telling The Washington Post in a wide ranging interview that the company would not bring that money back from abroad unless there was a “fair rate.” Along with other multinational companies, the tech giant has been subject to criticism over a tax strategy that allows them to shelter profits made abroad from the U.S. corporate tax rate, which at 35 percent is among the highest in the developed world. The move complies with the letter of the law, if not the spirit,...
  • Tech Companies Apple, Twitter, Google, and Instagram Collude to Defeat Trump

    08/13/2016 9:52:24 AM PDT · by lqcincinnatus · 24 replies
    Observer Politics ^ | 08/12/16 | Liz Crokin
    There is no such thing as Pro-Trump free speech as Clinton corporate allies serve up a carefully curated view of the campaign. The usual suspects from left-leaning major media outlets like The New York Times, MSNBC, CNN and even entertainment networks are doing everything in their power to ensure a Clinton victory. Look no further than to Wolf Blitzer mincing around and drinking wine at the Democratic convention, celebrating Hillary’s nomination. But the propaganda skewing this election runs much deeper than just the media: our iPhones, iPads, social media networks, Google and even video games are all in the tank...
  • Tech Companies Apple, Twitter, Google, and Instagram Collude to Defeat Trump

    08/12/2016 6:09:06 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 15 replies
    observer.com ^ | 08/12/16 8:30am | By Liz Crokin
    There is no such thing as Pro-Trump free speech as Clinton corporate allies serve up a carefully curated view of the campaign My dad always told me that conservative candidates have to work twice as hard as their liberal opponents to win elections because they’re fighting two opponents: the Democratic Party and the media. The usual suspects from left-leaning major media outlets like The New York Times, MSNBC, CNN and even entertainment networks are doing everything in their power to ensure a Clinton victory. Look no further than to Wolf Blitzer mincing around and drinking wine at the Democratic convention,...
  • Why do some folks hate Apple? It’s complicated.

    08/11/2016 11:07:31 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 108 replies
    Cult of Mac ^ | 10:00 AM, JULY 28, 2016 | BY DAVID PIERINI
    Mac Man tries to gobble up all the Apples. Illustration: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac Cult of Mac 2.0 bugYou don’t see long lines for the latest Lenovo PC or LG Android phone. But take a quick peek on the internet and you’ll find plenty of people lining up to say how much they hate Apple. Every successful person or company has its critics, but the expressions of vitriol for Apple are more complex than the popular refrain ‘haters gonna hate’. Some are bugged by the price of Apple gadgets, others sneer over the enthusiasm of Apple fans, mockingly referring to...
  • iPhone Does Not Capitalize "trump"- Try It!

    08/10/2016 7:46:47 AM PDT · by brucedickinson · 68 replies
    08-10-2016 | self
    This morning I was texting a friend and I went to type "trump" and Siri did not offer to capitalize it for me. I find that interesting. It is funny to see what the liberals at apple find necessary to capitalize. I usually switch their suggestions off.
  • Why is Apple so afraid of a little picture of a gun?

    08/05/2016 1:56:14 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 5, 2016 | John R Lott Jr
    Apple’s next iPhone and iPad operating system will no longer feature an emoji picture of a handgun. In its place will be an emoji of a green, plastic squirt gun. There is nothing particularly threatening about the current handgun picture. You only see the side of the gun; it isn’t pointed at the reader or anyone else. No bullets are even being fired. The whole idea to drop the handgun emoji came about through a lobbying effort started by New Yorkers Against Gun Violence. The bomb, sword, knife, and axe emojis will stay. Apparently, a bomb with a lit fuse...
  • Apple is replacing the pistol emoji with a toy gun

    08/01/2016 3:28:43 PM PDT · by PaulyPaul · 18 replies
    Tech Insider ^ | Aug. 1, 2016 | Kif Leswing
    Apple is replacing the pistol emoji with a squirt gun emoji, the company announced on Monday. New emoji icons, including emoji that depict female athletes and professionals, will be included as part of a new beta version of iOS for iPhones and iPads.
  • New attack that cripples HTTPS crypto works on Macs, Windows, and Linux (link Only due to ©)

    07/26/2016 1:00:39 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 11 replies
    Ars Technica | 7/26/2016, 10:14 AM | By DAN GOODIN -
    Due to copyright concerns this will be link only article. Read all about it at the Ars Technica site: New attack that cripples HTTPS crypto works on Macs, Windows, and Linux (link Only due to ©)
  • Apple Beats Street

    07/26/2016 1:57:43 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 21 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | July 26, 2016
    Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2016 third quarter ended June 25, 2016. Apple posted quarterly revenue of $42.4 billion and quarterly net income of $7.8 billion, or $1.42 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $49.6 billion and net income of $10.7 billion, or $1.85 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 38 percent compared to 39.7 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 63 percent of the quarter’s revenue. “We are pleased to report third quarter results that reflect stronger customer demand and business performance than we anticipated at...
  • iOS, Mac vulnerabilities allow remote code execution through a single image

    07/22/2016 6:13:51 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 6 replies
    ZDNet ^ | July 22, 2016 -- 09:59 GMT (02:59 PDT) | By Charlie Osborne
    Researchers have discovered that image files can bury malware, allowing malicious code access without detection. Security flaws which affect both Apple iOS and Mac devices permit attackers to grab your passwords and data, researchers claim. According to researchers from Cisco's Talos, a set of five vulnerabilities, if exploited, could lead to data theft and remote code execution -- which in its worst state may result in device hijacking. The set of bugs, CVE-2016-4631, CVE-2016-4629, CVE-2016-4630, CVE-2016-1850, and CVE-2016-4637, are all caused by how Apple processes image formats. Apple offers APIs as interfaces for accessing image data, and according to Talos,...
  • IDC: Smartwatch shipments fall for the first time; Apple only company in top 5 to decline

    07/21/2016 10:53:26 AM PDT · by Shanghai Dan · 29 replies
    VentureBeat ^ | July 21, 2016 | EMIL PROTALINSKI
    he smartwatch market has hit its first bump, and it’s all Apple’s fault. Vendors shipped a total of 3.5 million smartwatches worldwide last quarter. This Q2 2016 figure is down 32 percent from the 5.1 million units shipped in Q2 2016, marking the first decline on record. .... As you can see above, Apple’s market share decreased 25 percentage points (from 72 percent to 47 percent) and it shipped less than half the smartwatches (1.6 million). But the company still holds almost half the market, with every other vendor shipping fewer than a million units.
  • Biased news feeds on my iPhone search screen.

    07/15/2016 1:27:44 PM PDT · by VinceASA · 37 replies
    Myself | 07/15/2016 | Myself
    I've been frustrated by biased news feeds that show up unsolicited on my iPhone when I access my search bar or sometimes when I wake the device up. I just looked and saw this: Does anyone know how to shut this off? What really ticks me off is that Apple is pushing this stuff out.
  • Network-1 Announces Settlement of Patent Litigation with Apple Inc.

    07/08/2016 8:56:41 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 11 replies
    PR Newswire ^ | July 08, 2016
    NEW YORK, July 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Network-1 Technologies, Inc. (NYSE MKT: NTIP) announced today that Mirror World Technologies, Inc. ("MWT"), its wholly-owned subsidiary, agreed to settle its patent litigation against Apple Inc. ("Apple") pending in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division, for infringement of U.S. Patent No. 6,006,227 (the " '227 Patent "). Under the terms of the agreement, Apple will receive a fully paid up non-exclusive license to the '227 Patent for its full term, which expired in 2016, along with certain rights to other patents in Network-1's portfolio. Network-1 will...
  • Apple devices held for ransom, rumors claim 40M iCloud accounts hacked

    07/08/2016 10:46:39 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 4 replies
    CSO ^ | July 8, 2016 | By Steve Ragan
    p>Since February, a number of Apple users have reported locked devices displaying ransom demands written in Russian.Earlier this week, a security professional posted a message to a private email group requesting information related a possible compromise of at least 40 million iCloud accounts.Salted Hash started digging around on this story after the email came to our attention. In it, a list member questioned the others about a rumor concerning "rumblings of a massive (40 million) data breach at Apple."How to respond to ransomware threatsThe message goes on to state that the alleged breach was conducted by a Russian actor, and...
  • What You Need to Know About Mac Malware 'Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor'

    07/06/2016 1:42:36 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    MacRumors ^ | July 6, 2016 | by Joe Rossignol
    What is Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor? Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor is new macOS malware arising from a malicious third-party app called EasyDoc Converter, which poses as a drag-and-drop file converter. What is EasyDoc Converter? "EasyDoc Converter.app" is a third-party Mac app that poses as a drag-and-drop file converter. The app has the following fake description:EasyDoc Converter is a fast and simple file converter for OS X. Instantly convert your FreeOffice (.fof) and SimpleStats (.sst) docs to Microsoft Office (.docx) by dropping your file onto the app. EasyDoc Converter is great for employees and students looking for a simple tool for quickly convert files to the popular...
  • Mac malware gives attackers backdoor into OS X

    07/07/2016 10:11:59 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 11 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Jul 7 2016 3:36PM (AUS) | Staff Writer
    A newly discovered malware capable of cyber espionage and remote takeover is targeting Apple Mac computers, delivering its payload by opening up a backdoor connection to a command-and-control web server via the encrypted Tor network. Named Eleanor (or Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor), the malware arrives disguised as a drag-and-drop file conversion application called the EasyDoc Converter. The application is found on many credible third-party sites, according to an analysis from Bitdefender, whose security researchers uncovered the malware. The program is neither verified nor digitally signed by Apple. In reality, the program's true purpose is far more malevolent, granting attackers a backdoor connection that...
  • Will California Ever Thrive Again?

    07/07/2016 5:45:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 7, 2016 | Victor Davis Hanson
    There was more of the same old, same old California news recently. Some 62 percent of state roads have been rated poor or mediocre. There were more predictions of huge cost overruns and yearly losses on high-speed rail -- before the first mile of track has been laid. One-third of Bay Area residents were polled as hoping to leave the area soon. Such pessimism is daily fare, and for good reason. The basket of California state taxes -- sales, income and gasoline -- rates among the highest in the U.S. Yet California roads and K-12 education rank near the bottom....
  • Independence Day: How developer and customer revolt will de-throne Apple

    07/03/2016 5:46:34 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 38 replies
    zd net ^ | 3 July 2016 | Jason Perlow
    Taxes, overall, were the proximate cause. But there were certainly other reasons why we declared independence from England...And boy, oh the taxes. It's one thing to charge a 30 percent cut on apps, but a 30 percent tax imposed on everything you sell, including subscriptions and any ongoing revenue is preposterous.... It's practically North Korean in its ham-fistedness. Kim Jong-Il would congratulate Apple on its mastery of authoritarianism.
  • Apple’s official statement on why the iOS 10 kernel is not encrypted

    06/23/2016 10:31:48 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 2 replies
    The Loop ^ | Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 at 6:30 pm. PT | Dave Mark
    Some security experts who inspected that new version of iOS got a big surprise. They found that Apple had not obscured the workings of the heart of its operating system using encryption as the company has done before. Crucial pieces of the code destined to power millions of iPhones and iPads were laid bare for all to see. That would aid anyone looking for security weaknesses in Apple’s flagship software. Security experts say the famously secretive company may have adopted a bold new strategy intended to encourage more people to report bugs in its software—or perhaps made an embarrassing mistake....
  • Apple, Facebook and Google ban rifle emoji from Olympics update

    06/23/2016 8:11:00 PM PDT · by Callahan · 21 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 6/20/16 | Cara McGoogan
    Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft have joined forces to stop a rifle emoji from being added to the catalogue of images available to their users on their smartphones. The new emoji was due to join the keyboard line-up in an update this month. But members of the Unicode Consortium, which is responsible for regulating emoji, voted unanimously to remove it in a move the body described as "bizarre and unusual".
  • Apple Wins Case Over 'Error 53' Wiped iPhones

    06/21/2016 9:27:41 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 17 replies
    Fortune ^ | June 21, 2016 | by Jeff John Roberts
    Some iPhone owners got a nasty surprise in February when, after bringing the device for repairs, they saw an ominous “Error 53” message upon restarting their phones. Translation: Your fancy gadget is now a glorified paperweight.After much confusion and hand-wringing in Apple circles, the company admitted that Error 53 was a sort of over-zealous security feature that kicked in when a non-Apple technician repaired the iPhone’s Touch ID feature.Apple aapl eventually issued a software fix that let people restore their device through iTunes, and apologized to users for the inconvenience. The company also said anyone who had paid out...
  • Paul Ryan Just BETRAYED Trump After Teaming Up With THIS Liberal!

    06/21/2016 1:43:50 PM PDT · by WayneDupreeShow · 20 replies
    Headline Politics ^ | 6-21-16 | Wayne Dupree
    If you’re wondering why Donald Trump is so popular… Republicans are sick of electing good conservatives, only to watch them cave to the bullying tactics of those so very tolerant and nice liberals. One by one, elected Republicans compromise away their principles to sit at the cool kid table. Paul Ryan used to be pretty cool. Speaker Paul Ryan is joining Apple’s Tim Cook for a fundraiser next week in California. A couple of days ago Cook said Apple will not be sending any money to the GOP convention because they do not agree with Donald Trump. I’m sure that...
  • Apple's Cook to host Paul Ryan fundraiser amid Trump woes

    06/21/2016 11:39:57 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 21 replies
    Apple CEO Tim Cook will host a fundraiser with House Speaker Paul Ryan next week as the iPhone maker tries to strengthen its relationships with key Republicans — despite its decision to pull support for the GOP convention because of its distaste for Donald Trump. Cook will help generate cash for Ryan at a private breakfast on June 28 in Menlo Park, Calif., along with Gary Wipfler, the company’s treasurer, according to an invite obtained by POLITICO on Monday. The money benefits not only the speaker but a joint fundraising committee aimed at helping to elect other House Republicans.
  • Apple's detestable moral hypocrisy

    06/21/2016 11:21:33 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 16 replies
    The Week ^ | June 21, 2016 | by Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File During election season, major companies often donate to both parties' national conventions. This year, however, one big player is opting out. Last week, Apple announced it would refrain from donating materials and support to the 2016 Republican convention, "citing Donald Trump's controversial comments about women, immigrants, and minorities."As a conservative, I detest Trump, his pomp, and his works. His campaign looks more and more like a trainwreck as Trump focuses away from battleground states, doesn't raise money, and doesn't fill out his staff. More importantly, the predicted "pivot" to a general election populist theme has never...
  • What is Optimized Storage on macOS?

    06/21/2016 10:49:12 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 25 replies
    iMore ^ | Tuesday, Jun 21, 2016 at 10:00 am EDT | BY LORY GIL
    When your Mac's storage is almost full, macOS Sierra will help you make some space. You might have come across that dreaded message: "Your startup disk is almost full." The computer wants more space, and the only way to make that happen is by deleting files. But, how do we know what files to delete? In OS X El Capitan, we have to manually dig through old files and delete them as we find them, like some kind of animal. With macOS Sierra, Apple is making it easier to make space by allowing us to set up Optimized Storage, which...
  • You have come through the eye of the needle into Kingdom Come [Charismatic Caucus]

    06/21/2016 10:33:39 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 4 replies
    You have come through the eye of the needle into Kingdom Come , Zion lays before you blessed daughters and sons, So now the "real awakening begins", Truly you ARE worthy free from all sins, Look you are dressed in righteousness for you wear my gown, I have bestowed on you and a clean turban as your crown, Your feet shine at the mention of My WORD, For Now they Know it IS the Path of Righteousness they have heard, Holy ! Holy ! Holy ! Is the sound, That you hear now echoing all around, Voices that sound like...
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook Will Fund-Raise For Republicans

    06/21/2016 6:32:09 AM PDT · by blam · 21 replies
    BI ^ | 6-21-2016 | Kif Leswing
    Kif LeswingJune 22, 2016 Apple CEO Tim Cook will host a private breakfast for Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan next week, Politico reports. The breakfast is being hosted by Cook, according to the report, and not Apple itself. The event is expected to raise funds that will help elect House Republicans as well as Ryan. The move is a sign that Apple remains a bipartisan tech company, even as it has withdrawn its support for the Republican National Convention because of presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump's controversial views and campaign. Previously, Apple donated support to both the Republican and Democratic...
  • Apple CEO to host fundraiser for Speaker Paul Ryan next week but still won't aid GOP

    06/20/2016 4:57:06 PM PDT · by Walkingfeather · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6/20/16 | walkingfeather
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3651291/Apple-CEO-Tim-Cook-host-fundraiser-Speaker-Paul-Ryan-week-won-t-aid-GOP-convention-distaste-Donald-Trump.html#newcomment
  • Apple's Cook to host Paul Ryan fundraiser amid Trump woes

    06/20/2016 3:26:06 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 28 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/20/16 03:21 PM EDT | By TONY ROMM
    Apple CEO Tim Cook will host a fundraiser with House Speaker Paul Ryan next week as the iPhone maker tries to strengthen its relationships with key Republicans — despite its decision to pull support for the GOP convention because of its distaste for Donald Trump. Cook will help generate cash for Ryan at a private breakfast on June 28 in Menlo Park, Calif., along with Gary Wipfler, the company’s treasurer, according to an invite obtained by POLITICO on Monday. The money benefits not only the speaker but a joint fundraising committee aimed at helping to elect other House Republicans. Cook...
  • Apple’s Loss in Chinese Patent Fight Seen Emboldening Rivals

    06/20/2016 8:07:26 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 4 replies
    macdailynews ^ | 20 June 2016
    “Apple should really have caught the potential patent violation before it reached the courts, said Benjamin Bai, the head of Allen & Overy’s IP practice,” Ramli and Wang report. “‘They should’ve found the patent and dealt with it – this should never be a surprise,’ said Bai, who previously had Apple as a client at his former firm. But ‘there are a lot more things Apple can do to get out of this mess. You pay license fees and settle this mess. The second is to appeal and in the meantime try to invalidate the patent.'”
  • Apple Won’t Be Sending Funds to GOP Convention Because Trump Hurt Their Feelings!

    06/18/2016 4:57:34 PM PDT · by WayneDupreeShow · 55 replies
    Newsninja2012 ^ | 6-18-16 | Wayne Dupree
    This is a no-brainer. Donald Trump is a serious threat to Apple's slaves in China. Apple, if you're serious about being 'good citizens' you'd fix the conditions you force workers over there to endure and pay them a competitive wage the same as an American would make. You're exploitive, and it's sick. Don't be a bunch of globalist hypocrites. Hey, Apple, boycotting Trump and the RNC is so petulant. Man, that is some political courage right there. Tim Cook, you want to impress me? STOP SELLING YOUR PRODUCTS IN COUNTRIES THAT OUTLAW AND KILL HOMOSEXUALS! Put your money where your...
  • Apple reportedly blocked two gun-related emoji

    06/17/2016 5:47:13 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 21 replies
    mashable ^ | 17 June 2016 | KARISSA BELL
    The next emoji update will be two characters short of what was originally planned — the result of a "late stage" change, according to the organization overseeing the symbols. Now, a new report suggests the change may have come from an unlikely source: Apple. According to BuzzFeed, the rifle emoji had a chance of making it on the list of new emoji that Unicode, the organization in charge of them, was creating for 2016. However, that was not to be, and Apple was one of the larger voices rallying against its inclusion. Though a rifle was scheduled to be coded...
  • Apple iOS 10 Has Three Nasty Surprises

    06/16/2016 6:25:33 AM PDT · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 48 replies
    Bloomberg ^ | Jun 15, 2016 | Gordon Kelly
    1. Missing Dark Mode As with Android, for years a dark mode has been high on the list of iOS requests – and yet again Apple didn’t deliver it. 2. Goodbye Easy Access Widgets One of the larger changes made in iOS 10 is Apple’s decision to add widget support to its lockscreen and even some app icons for 3D Touch enabled devices (read: iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus). But what Apple didn’t touch on at the time was it has also removed them from the notification center. 3. Basic Keyboard Omissions Apple made some solid progress with the...
  • Next Steps for Legacy Plug-ins (Safari info)

    06/15/2016 7:56:24 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 8 replies
    WebKit, Safari team ^ | Jun 14, 2016 | Ricky Mondello
    The web platform is capable of amazing things. Thanks to the ongoing hard work of standards bodies, browser vendors, and web developers, web standards are feature-rich and continuously improving. The WebKit project in particular emphasizes security, performance, and battery life when evaluating and implementing web standards. These standards now include most of the functionality needed to support rich media and interactive experiences that used to require legacy plug-ins like Adobe Flash. When Safari 10 ships this fall, by default, Safari will behave as though common legacy plug-ins on users’ Macs are not installed. On websites that offer both Flash and...
  • Apple's Achilles' Heel in China is Services (and WeChat)

    06/15/2016 3:29:13 PM PDT · by Shanghai Dan · 8 replies
    LinkedIn ^ | June 13, 2016 | Jeffrey Towson
    Apple's success in China has been spectacular. Truly outstanding. But while the "Apple in China" story is usually told in terms of the rise (and now leveling off) of iPhone sales, it has been just as big a success in terms of brand building and customer capture. Apple today is known and pretty loved by China's increasingly wealthy urban middle class. And the company has a commanding position in the lucrative "affordable luxury" market segment. Apple’s success in rising consumer China is even better than its growth numbers imply. However... (you knew it was coming) While capturing Chinese consumers has...
  • WWDC 2016: Developer accuses Apple of stealing his Breathe app

    06/14/2016 5:20:28 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 1 replies
    BGR ^ | Jun 14, 2016 at 1:21 AM | Kul Bhushan
    At WWDC 2016 Apple announced a new app called Breathe as part of its watchOS 3 for the Apple Watch. The app focuses on helping users stay stress free by deep breathing. It reminds users to do breathing meditation and even helps them via haptic guiding. Now, a developer called Ben Erez has claimed that Apple has ripped off his app with the same name available on Apple Store for over a year. “We’ve had the same concept, same spelling, similar functionality in the App store for phone and watch for over a year. We built the app because the...
  • Apple unveils iOS 10, macOS Sierra previews

    06/14/2016 4:55:50 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 16 replies
    iTnews (.com.au) ^ | Jun 14 2016 8:45AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    Apple has released previews of its upcoming mobile and desktop operating systems, introducing several new features as well as opening up some built-in applications to third-party app coders. Apple's desktop operating system is dropping the OS X moniker in favour of macOS, Apple said at its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco today. The Siri digital assistant will make it into the next version of macOS, which has been dubbed 'Sierra'. Siri on Sierra can be used to find files and documents, calendaring and messages. Search results from Siri in the macOS notifications centre can also be copied and...
  • Pelosi tells Apple, ‘you didn’t build’ the iPhone. The government did

    06/10/2016 3:36:42 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 28 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/10/16 | Robert Laurie
    You didn't build that, someone else did. There aren’t’ too many devices that you can look at and instantly ‘get’ that they led to near-instantaneous changes in the way the world functions and behaves. Radios and TVs certainly did, as did the affordable automobile. We can toss in the microwave oven, the X-ray camera, and the personal computer as well. Most recently, the honor would have to go to the cell phone and, in particular, the iPhone. Apple’s baby is widely regarded as the most ubiquitous, and most forward-thinking, of the now borderline-essential cellular handsets. For better or worse, it’s...
  • Silicon Valley Finds Trump’s Disruption Unwelcome

    06/01/2016 6:36:36 PM PDT · by Mariner · 39 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 1st, 2016 | Jason Henry for The New York Times
    PALO ALTO, Calif. — Donald J. Trump would not be Silicon Valley’s first choice as president. Or its second. Or maybe even its third. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee wants to restrict immigration while bringing back manufacturing. He compulsively uses tech products like Twitter but is not in awe of the people who built them. He made his fortune the old-fashioned way, by going into the family business, in the old-fashioned industry of real estate. He’s not the valley’s kind of entrepreneur. Worst of all, Mr. Trump is revealing Silicon Valley’s vulnerability. In recent years, technology companies have extended their...
  • Apple Cuts Same-Sex Parents From Mother's Day Ads in Six Countries

    06/01/2016 9:40:18 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Wednesday 1 June 2016 | Samuel Gibbs
    Video campaign in Germany, France, Italy, South Korea, Turkey and Japan is altered by company whose boss is openly gayApple has removed an image of a same-sex couple with their two babies from its Mother’s Day advertising in France, Germany, Italy, South Korea, Turkey and Japan. The video advert, which uses photographs pulled from social media that have been “shot on iPhone”, has been shown in the run-up to Mother’s Day in each country. The version of the 30-second ad that played in the US, Australian, Canadian and Mexico included an image of prodigious Instagram users Melanie and Vanessa Roy...
  • Appeals Court Delivers Devastating Blow to Cellphone-Privacy Advocates

    05/31/2016 4:12:05 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 25 replies
    The Intercept ^ | May 31, 2016 | By Jenna McLaughlin
    COURTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY are grappling with a key question for the information age: When law enforcement asks a company for cellphone records to track location data in an investigation, is that a search under the Fourth Amendment? By a 12-3 vote, appellate court judges in Richmond, Virginia on Monday ruled that it is not — and therefore does not require a warrant.The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld what is known as the third-party doctrine: a legal theory suggesting that consumers who knowingly and willingly surrender information to third parties therefore have “no reasonable expectation of privacy” in that information...
  • Bible translated into emojis ‘for millennials’

    05/31/2016 2:50:48 PM PDT · by bkopto · 18 replies
    Breitbart/UPI ^ | 5/31/2016 | staff
    A new translation of the Bible updates the religious text with modern technology, replacing several words with emojis. The digital text titled “Bible Emoji: Scripture 4 Millenials” uses Apple’s vast library of emoticons to retell all 66 books of the Bible in a way intended to relate to young people.
  • BREAKING: EPIX Pulls Katie Couric’s Fraudulent Documentary “Under The Gun”

    05/31/2016 10:34:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 31 replies
    Bearing Arms ^ | May 31, 2016 | Bob Owens
    Just two weeks after first airing and one week after director Stephanie Soechtig and executive producer/narrator Katie Couric were caught in a scandal where Soechtig replaced the answer to a question with footage shot at a different time, the streaming media channel EPIX has pulled their original film.
  • EPIX CHANNEL IS PULLING KATIE COURIC’S GUN CONTROL MOVIE WITH ITS FRAUDULENT EDITING

    05/31/2016 10:33:26 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 72 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | May 31, 2016 | John R Lott Jr
    Katie Couric's gun control movie has gotten a lot of criticism for fraudulently editing a discussion with the Virginia Defense League. Just earlier today apologized today for the misleading edits. EPIX has just announced that it is no longer showing the movie here. The two might not be unrelated. Will Apple now pull the movie from iTunes?