Earlier this year, Apple started allowing its customers in the EU to download copies of the data the company holds on them to comply with General Data Protection Regulation rules that came into effect in May. Now, Apple has updated its privacy website, and it is letting its customers in the US grab their data too.
SoundCloud is giving its Go+ subscribers access to higher quality streaming. The top tier service from the company now offers lossless streaming, meaning that, whenever content is uploaded in a lossless format, subscribers will have the option of streaming that audio in full quality. Just head to your SoundCloud settings and adjust your selection under “Streaming quality” to opt in.
Apple apologized today over stolen Apple IDs that were used to make unauthorized App Store purchases in China. The Wall Street Journal reports that the IDs were obtained through phishing scams. Users had connected their Apple accounts to mobile payment systems Alipay and WeChat Pay; these IDs were then used to purchases through the App Store. “We are deeply apologetic about the inconvenience caused to our customers by these phishing scams,” Apple said in a statement to its Chinese users.
Source: The Wall Street Journal
As part of its latest healthcare-focused venture, Apple has teamed up with Zimmer Biomet on an app designed for knee and hip replacement patients. The app, called mymobility, works with the Apple Watch and iPhone, and it provides patients with guidance before and after their surgeries, tracks their activity, allows surgeons to monitor that activity and lets patients connect with their surgeons through secure messaging.
Source: Zimmer Biomet
The use of Apple Watches in medical studies now includes research into eating disorders. Apple is donating 1,000 smartwatches to a University of North Carolina study (the Binge Eating Genetics Initiative, or BEGIN) that will help understand bulimia nervosa patients and others with binge eating behavior. The wristwear will track heart rates over a month-long period to see if there are any spikes ahead of binging incidents. If there are, it might be possible to alert caregivers and patients before these acts take place.
Source: CNBC, UNC School of Medicine
Apple wants to know what the next big thing is before you do, which is why it’s purchased Asaii. The startup is a digital talent scout that’s designed to find the Beyoncés of tomorrow before anyone else. According to Axios, Apple spent less than $100 million to snap up the firm, which calls itself an “automated A&R and music analytics platform.”
Via: The Verge
Source: Axios, Musically
Apple’s quest to improve Maps’ accuracy appears to include some on-foot action. Former Engadget writer Dante Cesa has posted photos of an Apple Maps worker carrying a backpack loaded with cameras, LiDAR sensors and other equipment as he walked through San Francisco. It’s not certain what the exact goal was, but MacRumors speculated that he was collecting details for pedestrian directions.
Source: Dante Cesa (Twitter)
Police have yet to completely wrap their heads around modern iPhones like the X and XS, and that’s clearer than ever thanks to a leak. Motherboard has obtained a presentation slide from forensics company Elcomsoft telling law enforcement to avoid looking at iPhones with Face ID. If they gaze at it too many times (five), the company said, they risk being locked out much like Apple’s Craig Federighi was during the iPhone X launch event. They’d then have to enter a passcode that they likely can’t obtain under the US Constitution’s Fifth Amendment, which protects suspects from having to provide self-incriminating testimony.
In a seven-page letter to the Australian government, Apple criticized the country’s proposed Access and Assistance Bill 2018. Apple claims, among other complaints, that the legislation raises cybersecurity concerns and give the state power to abuse users’ privacy.
Source: Australian Government Department of Home Affairs
Updates to 1Password mean that while you can run the application in dark mode to match your MacOS Mojave’s nighttime setting the password manager will no longer automatically submit previously filled passwords. In 1Password 7.2, you will have to press the enter key to submit your passwords in Safari, which is an improvement to the tool’s security.
More than half of all iPhones, iPads, and iPods are running iOS 12, the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system, just over three weeks after the OS was released. Folks are taking to iOS 12 way faster than its predecessor. It took 50 days—about twice as long—for iOS 11 to reach 50 percent of devices, as documented by ZDNet.
Via: Apple Insider
Users of two major mobile payment services in China — Alipay and WeChat Pay — have reported unauthorized Apple App Store spending in recent days, with some losing nearly $300 through fraudulent transactions. The companies say that stolen Apple IDs are to blame, the Wall Street Journal reports, and Alipay has asked Apple to investigate. In the meantime, Alipay is telling its customers to minimize potential losses by reducing how much money can be used from their accounts without a password.
You probably didn’t have a hankering to build Minecraft worlds on your Apple TV, and Microsoft has quietly acknowledged that reality. The company recently started notifying players that it had stopped updating and supporting the Apple TV version of the game on September 24th in order to “reallocate resources to the platforms that our players use the most.” To phrase it differently, there weren’t enough people playing to justify the investment. The game will continue to work, including Marketplace purchases, but you won’t see new features. It’s not available in the App Store, either.
Via: The Verge
Source: Mac-Interactive (Twitter)
Apple feels your spam call pain. The company apparently filed a patent called “Detection of spoofed call information” that would enable an iPhone to check whether a call is legitimate. If it’s not, the phone would automatically either display a warning to the user or prevent call alerts, such as ringing and vibration. The patent was first spotted by Apple Insider.
Via: Apple Insider, The Verge
Source: US Patent Office
Apple Music has teamed up with Genius, a well-known compendium of song lyrics and musical knowledge, to provide lyrics for thousands of streamable songs on the service. That way, you don’t have to look up the lyrics to the latest hit song you’ve been listening to on repeat recently. If you fire up Genius’ iOS app or visit its website on desktop or mobile, though, you’ll find that the partnership works both ways: the lyrics platform now has an embedded Apple Music player.
Back in July, Tim Cook revealed that Apple Pay would finally be coming to CVS. And now it’s finally happened: You can now use the payment method to purchase items at the popular drugstore chain.
Apple has signed a licensing deal with its long-time supplier Dialog and acquired assets including 300 employees, the two companies announced. Apple will pay the UK-based firm $300 million now plus another $300 million in the future for delivery of products. It also awarded Dialog a number of new contracts for power management, charging and audio subsystem chips.
Apple has doubled down on AR by acquiring Danish machine learning company Spektral, whose software erases backgrounds from videos instantly. The purchase remained quiet until Danish newspaper Børsen broke the news today. Fortune notes that the deal closed in December 2017 for a cool $30 million.
Via: The Verge
Source: Børsen, Fortune
Happy days are here again for Lenovo, though not for most of the PC industry. The Chinese tech firm has reclaimed the top spot for PC shipments in both Gartner and IDC market share estimates for the third quarter of the year, pushing past HP to scoop up roughly 24 percent of the market. The analyst groups chalked up the growth to both the addition of Fujitsu, better business PC sales and a smarter North American strategy. For most others, though, the season was a mixed bag.
Source: Gartner, IDC