CMV: With even porn sites offering VPN, the three reasons Apple should do the same

There’s been some amusement as a certain well-known ‘adult entertainment’ site announced the launch of its own VPN service.

Smutty jokes aside, there’s never been a more important time to use a VPN. Less than $100 will now buy a bad guy the equipment they need to carry out a man-in-the-middle attack – where they spoof a public WiFi hotspot and intercept the traffic. Some of these devices are even small enough to be disguised as a power plug, meaning they could be left in a coffee shop happily collecting data to be later used at leisure.

And the loss of net neutrality raises the prospect of ISPs offering a two-speed Internet, or even blocking sites altogether. Most are adamant that they’d never do so, but then they were equally vocal about wanting to end net neutrality, which makes no sense unless they planned to take advantage of the change …

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Court docs show Apple knew about the bendiness of the iPhone 6, 6 Plus

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Newly released court documents reveal just how much Apple apparently knew about the iPhone 6’s and 6 Plus’ propensity to bend. A report by Motherboard shows parts of the documents that were made public by US District Court judge Lucy Koh (most of the documents remain sealed) and they say Apple’s internal testing found that iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models were indeed bendier than previous iPhones.

“The iPhone 6 was 3.3 times more likely to bend than the iPhone 5s” and “the iPhone 6 Plus was 7.2 times more likely to bend than the iPhone 5s,” the document states. Judge Koh wrote that “one of the major concerns Apple Identified prior to launching the iPhones was that they were ‘likely to bend more easily when compared to previous generations.'”

Flashback to Bendgate

The bending issues with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus date

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Best Buy Full Memorial Day Sale Now Live!! Apple Watch Series 3, MacBook Pro, HDTVs, Smart Home, much more

Yesterday Best Buy kicked off an early, lightweight version of its Memorial Day Sale, but today we are getting the full thing. We are seeing hundreds of dollars off MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and iMac, as well as a solid discount on Apple Watch Series 3 and much more. We are also getting a load of HDTVs, headphones and Amazon device offers as well. Some deals are only available with a free My Best Buy membership. The sale runs from now through Monday, unless stock runs out before then. Head below for everything. more…

Pioneer’s in-dash unit supports both Android Auto Wireless and CarPlay

Android Auto Wireless promises to make vehicle smartphone connections less of a futz, provided you have both a phone and infotainment system that supports it. Google is handling the first part, and Pioneer just announced that it has joined JVCKenwood in offering in-dash receivers with the tech. The three models (the AVIC-W8400NEX, -W6400NEX and -W4400NEX) are the first that can connect over wireless or USB to both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Pioneer claims.

Comment: Apple’s example shows how Europe’s new privacy law will benefit people worldwide

Europe’s tough new privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), came into force today. It provides the strongest protections the world has ever seen for customer and user data.

Even Apple – a company famed for its respect for customer privacy – had to strengthen its safeguards in order to meet the extremely high standards set by GDPR. But while the law only applies to European Union citizens, Apple and some other companies have said that they plan to roll out the same privacy standards worldwide …

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Apple reportedly knew the iPhone 6 was bendier than previous models

When Apple responded to complaints about bent iPhone 6 devices, it said damage caused regular use is “extremely rare.” It also reiterated that the model went through durability testing to make sure it can withstand daily use and even invited the press to show how it conducts stress testing. Now, internal documents from a court filing have revealed that Cupertino knew from the start that the iPhone 6 was 3.3 times more likely to bend than the iPhone 5s. The bigger 6 Plus? It was 7.2 times more prone to bending.

Source: Motherboard

Apple has rejected iOS version of Steam Link app, Valve says

Enlarge / A screenshot from the beta version of the Steam Link app, which has been denied approval by Apple. (credit: Steam)

Valve says Apple has denied approval for the iOS version of its Steam Link app—which allows users to stream PC games from a computer on the same home network—after Apple initially approved the app earlier this month.

“On Monday, May 7, Apple approved the Steam Link app for release,” Valve said in a statement sent to Ars. “On Wednesday, May 9, Valve released news of the app. The following morning, Apple revoked its approval citing business conflicts with app guidelines that had allegedly not been realized by the original review team.”

Valve says it appealed that decision on the basis that “the Steam Link app simply functions as a LAN-based remote desktop similar to numerous remote desktop applications already available on the App Store.” That includes an official Windows Remote Desktop

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Jury rules Samsung owes Apple $539 million in iPhone patent trial

In a patent case that has been running since 2011, today a jury ruled that Samsung owes Apple $539 million in total. In 2012 Apple was awarded nearly $1 billion in damages, and Samsung agreed to pay as much as $548 million, but after the verdict was thrown out by the Supreme Court, we ended up in a retrial with hundreds of millions at stake. Samsung has already paid Apple some $399 million over these patents, and in a statement an Apple spokesperson said:

We believe deeply in the value of design, and our teams work tirelessly to create innovative products that delight our customers. This case has always been about more than money. Apple ignited the smartphone revolution with iPhone and it is a fact that Samsung blatantly copied our design. It is important that we continue to protect the hard work and innovation of so many Continue reading “Jury rules Samsung owes Apple $539 million in iPhone patent trial”

Jury sides with Apple in long-running Samsung patent case, awards $533M in damages

Update #2: Apple’s statement reads, “It is a fact that Samsung blatantly copied our design. We’re grateful to the jury for their service and are pleased they agree Samsung should pay for copying our products.”

Update: An additional $5.3 million was awarded to Apple for Samsung’s infringement on two utility patents. This brings the total to nearly $539 million.

After over 4 days of jury deliberation in the Samsung vs Apple patent battle, we finally have a verdict. The jury decided today that Samsung will pay Apple $533,316,606 in damages, according to CNET.

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