Apple apologizes for phishing scam that stole Chinese user IDs

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.

Via: 9to5Mac

Source: The Wall Street Journal

The Apple Watch is being used to study joint replacement patients

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

Apple donates 1,000 watches to eating disorder study

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 buys a digital talent scout for music

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 is using backpacks to collect map data in San Francisco

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.

Via: MacRumors

Source: Dante Cesa (Twitter)

Police told to avoid looking at recent iPhones to avoid lockouts

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.

Source: Motherboard

Stolen Apple IDs reportedly used for mobile payment theft in China

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.

Via: 9to5Mac

Microsoft pulls ‘Minecraft’ for Apple TV due to low demand

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)

iPhones may soon be able to automatically detect spam calls

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 teams up with Genius to add lyrics to its service

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.

Apple boosts in-house chip program with $600 million acquisition

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.

Source: Dialog

Lenovo retakes the top spot in PC shipments

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

Apple’s original shows may be free for device owners

Apple’s long-in-the-making streaming video service might not cost you anything. CNBC sources have reported that Apple’s offering will revolve around a revamped TV app where original programming will be available for free in addition to previously rumored paid “channels” for third-party services like HBO and Starz. Apparently, that’s a reason why Apple is interested in family-friendly shows — it doesn’t want to raise hackles by offering racy and violent material at no charge.

Source: CNBC