How to download the personal data that Apple collects from you

Apple on Wednesday unveiled a revamped privacy website to educate users on how the company handles the personal information that it collects. The website covers how your data is protected, who can access it, and iOS and Mac features you can use to further protect your personal data.

Apple’s new privacy website also now lets you get a copy of the data that Apple collects about you. Here’s how to get your copy.

How to download your personal data form Apple

1. On the Apple privacy website, go to the Manage Your Privacy section.

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During Google’s early self-driving tests, there were over “a dozen accidents”

During Google’s early self-driving tests, there were over “a dozen accidents”

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In the early days of what ultimately became Waymo, Google’s self-driving car division (known at the time as “Project Chauffeur”), there were “more than a dozen accidents, at least three of which were serious,” according to a new article in The New Yorker.

The magazine profiled Anthony Levandowski, the former Google engineer who was at the center of the Waymo v. Uber trade secrets lawsuit. According to the article, back in 2011, Levandowski also modified the autonomous software to take the prototype Priuses on “otherwise forbidden routes.”

Citing an anonymous source, The New Yorker reports that Levandowski sat behind the wheel as the safety driver, along with Isaac Taylor, a Google executive. But while they were in the car, the Prius “accidentally boxed in another vehicle,” a Camry.

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Easter Island’s statue builders (sort of) drank from the sea

Photograph of freshwater pool near the coast of Easter Island

Enlarge / A freshwater seep in the tidal zone near Tongariki. (credit: Brosnan et al. 2018)

Archaeologists are piecing together more details about how the Rapanui people once erected the formerly enigmatic stone statues, or moai. But one of the island’s lingering mysteries is how the Rapanui found enough water to sustain thousands of people on a small island. Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, has no permanent streams, and its three lakes are hard to reach and far from archaeological evidence of settlement. But when European colonists arrived in the late 1700s, thousands of people already lived on the island, and they had to be getting their drinking water somewhere.

According to geoscientist Tanya Brosnan of California State University, the Rapanui probably got at least some of their drinking water from places along the coast where fresh groundwater seeped out of the island’s bedrock and into the sea. The

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mophie powerstation USB-C 3XL packs 45W USB-C PD, 26000mAh of power, more

mophie is a well-known brand when it comes to portable power. With accessories from cables to portable batteries and more, the company has a solution for any power problem. Today, the company announced the mophie powerstation USB-C 3XL.

The mophie powerstation line of batteries are designed to give you extra power on all of your devices. This new powerstaion USB-C 3XL brings 45W USB-C PD and more to your bag, making sure your devices are always topped off.

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Apple’s AirPods Out of Stock in Many European Countries [Update: Back in Stock]

AirPods are sold out and unavailable for purchase in many Apple retail stores across Europe and in Apple’s online stores in those countries, as noticed by French site Watch Generation.

It’s not clear when the AirPods went out of stock, but the earphones are listed as unavailable in countries that include the UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Czech Republic, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Finland, Sweden, and others.



AirPods continue to be available for purchase in other countries in North America, South America, and Asia Pacific, with the shortage primarily limited to Europe.

There’s no word on why AirPods are suddenly unavailable in so many European countries, but Watch Generation claims that a retail source said French Apple Stores sold out of a recent shipment and are awaiting the restock of a new version that could perhaps be next-generation AirPods.



Given that the AirPods are unavailable only

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Spotify comes to Wear OS with stand-alone app, Spotify Connect support

Spotify standalone Wear OS app on three Fossil smartwatch screens.

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Wear OS gains a popular new app today that many have been waiting for, as Spotify announced that it’s bringing a stand-alone wearable app to Google’s smartwatch platform.

Spotify’s stand-alone app lets you browse and control music from your wrist. It seems to be a lighter version of Spotify’s mobile app, allowing you to browse your tracks and playlists and quickly save songs to your library. You can also control playback from your wrist—it appears similar to Wear OS’ native music controls, just built into a dedicated Spotify app.

The Wear OS app also integrates with Spotify Connect, the company’s method of connecting and controlling playback on Bluetooth devices. Now from your wrist, you can manage connections between Bluetooth speakers, laptops, and other devices and quickly change the playback source.

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Luxury device designer offering custom 18K gold Apple Watch Series 4 for as much as $1 million

Brikk is bringing a variety of luxury gold Apple Watch Series 4 options to market for this holiday season. Lux Watch 4 will be available in a variety of materials, and the company has detailed its three gold collections with prices going into the millions.

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Up to 9.5 million net neutrality comments were made with stolen identities

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai talking while standing in front of an FCC seal.

Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on December 14, 2017 in Washington, DC, the day of the FCC’s vote to repeal net neutrality rules. (credit: Getty Images | Alex Wong )

The New York attorney general’s office is widening an investigation into fraudulent net neutrality comments, saying it estimates that up to 9.5 million comments were submitted using stolen identities.

NY AG Barbara Underwood “subpoenaed more than a dozen telecommunications trade groups, lobbying contractors, and Washington advocacy organizations on Tuesday, seeking to determine whether the groups submitted millions of fraudulent public comments to sway a critical federal decision on Internet regulation,” The New York Times reported yesterday.

The NY AG last year said it found 2 million net neutrality comments filed in people’s names without their knowledge; some comments were submitted under the names of dead people.

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Meet Helm, the startup taking on Gmail with a server that runs in your home

Meet Helm, the startup taking on Gmail with a server that runs in your home

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There’s no doubt that Gmail has changed the way we consume email. It’s free, it gives most of us all the storage we’ll ever need, and it does a better job than most in weeding out spam and malware. But there’s a cost to all of this. The advertising model that makes this cost-free service possible means some of our most sensitive messages are being scanned for clues about who we are, what we care about, and what we do both online and offline. There’s also the possibility of Google either being hacked or legally compelled to turn over contents.

On Wednesday, a Seattle-based startup called Helm is launching a service designed to make it easy for people to securely take control of their email and other personal data. The company provides a small custom-built server that connects to a user’s home or small-office network and sends,

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Huge Collection of Apple Computers Up for Sale as Longtime Austrian Repairman Goes Out of Business

Roland Borsky, an Apple computer repairman in Vienna, Austria, has amassed a private collection of 1,100 Apple computers that he’s picked up over the years.

At 1,100 machines, his collection dwarfs the collection of computers at the Apple Museum in Prague, which claims to have the world’s biggest private collection of Apple products. “Just as others collect cars and live in a little box to afford them, so it is with me,” he said.



There’s little detail on the full extent of his collection, but according to Reuters, Borsky is searching for a buyer as he can no longer afford the rent on the warehouse where the computers are held.

Borsky told Reuters that his business has dried up after Apple opened its first store in Vienna in February, taking over repairs that used to be done by repair firms like his. Parts have also become harder to replace

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AirPods strangely go out of stock across European Apple Store websites

Amidst rising expectations for another Apple event, readers have noticed that Apple AirPods have gone out of stock across Apple Stores in Europe. The online Apple stores for the UK, France, Germany, Spain and many other European countries are all reporting that AirPods are ‘Out of Stock’, despite having availability just a couple of hours ago.

AirPods are unlikely to be getting a major revamp until next year, but Apple did promise that it would start shipping a wireless charging case for AirPods by the end of 2018 …

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Ming-Chi Kuo predicts Macs switching from Intel by 2020-21, TSMC providing Apple Car chips in 2023-25

A new note today from Ming-Chi Kuo looks at how Apple’s A-series chips will guide the future of the company including its Apple Car efforts, Mac, and iPhone. He believes we could see Macs with Apple chips by 2020, while an autonomous Apple Car system may be run from custom silicon by 2023.

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TSMC to Remain Sole iPhone Chip Supplier, Could Provide ARM-Based Chips for Mac in 2020, Apple Car Chips in 2023

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company or TSMC is set to remain one of Apple’s most important suppliers in the years to come, according to a note to investors shared today by reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who now works for TF International Securities.

TSMC manufactures the A-Series chips that are used in Apple’s iPhones. The company has been Apple’s sole supplier for iPhone chips for a few years, and will continue to be Apple’s only supplier in 2019 and 2020 for the A13 and A14 chips Apple is expected to use in those devices.



According to Kuo, Apple will become increasingly dependent on TSMC in the years to come due to TSMC’s “superior design and production capabilities” compared to its competitors and the fact that TSMC, unlike Samsung and other Apple suppliers, does not compete with Apple in other markets.

In the future, Kuo believes TSMC will manufacture Apple-designed ARM-based

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