Apple gives your data away, but only when you request it

New protection

Apple also introduces new privacy protection and anti-phishing tools in iOS 11.3 and macOS 10.13.4, which are currently in beta.

One week before CEO Tim Cook gives a speech to EU privacy chiefs, Apple has published a new Data and Privacy Portalonline, making it possible for more customers to download everything Apple knows about them,

Privacy is a human right

Apple CEO Tim Cook will give a speech at the 40th annual international conference of data protection and privacy commissioners in Brussels on Wednesday, 24 October.

He will take pains to articulate the company’s position that privacy is a fundamental human right.

He’s expected to once again stress the deep need for privacy both to protect democratic freedoms and to support emerging digital business models and connected infrastructure.

“At Apple, we believe privacy is a fundamental human right. And so much of your personal information —

Privacy is important
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Analysts change tune, now say $1,000 Huawei Mate 20 Androids are a bargain

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Analysts and commentators who spent the first half of 2018 insisting that Apple’s $999 iPhone X was suffering from "disappointing" sales because of its premium price, a supposed "lack of innovation," and controversial design choices that included a camera "notch" are now telling us that Chinese companies that struggled to profit from high volumes of cheap phones will now successfully sell expensive models with an imitative notch.

The iOS 12 Shortcuts App Part 1: An Introduction …

Recently we showed you how the new Siri Shortcuts can add Siri voice commands to a variety of apps that were previously “left out” of Apple’s intelligent assistant. Today we’re taking iOS automation a step further with an introductory look at the new Shortcuts app. Be sure to keep your browser pointed to the Rocket Yard for additional installments in this series that will dive deeper into the workings of this surprisingly powerful automation tool.

A few years ago, a third-party developer made an app called Workflow that allowed iOS users to create their own automated mashups of various apps. For example, you could tap a Workflow app and have the iPhone grab text from a web page and then paste it into a Notes document. Workflow brought a number of programming tools into the mix as well, allowing for entry of data by the user, analyzing conditionals, and so

(The Shortcuts Library, showing individual shortcuts that have been created)
(The individual actions that make up a shortcut)
(The Settings page for a shortcut)

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Are you ready for iPhone XR pre-order day?

Apple shared a reminder that it will open up to take pre-orders for its new iPhone XR smartphone on Friday, October 19 at 12:01 a.m. PST on and the Apple Store app.

All the fun, less the price

While it’s hard to argue that the $749 device is cheap, Apple would likely point to it being the more affordable of its now three-strong range of new iPhones.

iPhone XR is pretty great in contrast to its siblings, too – you get a super-fast A12 Bionic chip with Neural Engine, and other breakthrough iPhone XS technologies. You also get no Home button and Face ID.

The only real compromise is the glass: while XS’ use OLED, the XR offers a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display, which Apple does say is the most advanced LCD used in a smartphone.

The all-screen glass and aerospace-grade aluminum iPhone XR is available

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Apple Debuts Limited Edition Mickey Mouse Beats Solo 3 Wireless Headphones Created in Collaboration With Disney

To celebrate the 90th anniversary of Mickey Mouse, Apple has introduced special edition Mickey-themed Beats Solo 3 Wireless Headphones.

Priced at $329.95, the headphones are a gray color with a classic Mickey design. The headphones come with a matching gray felt carrying case, a collectible pin, and a decal sticker.

Celebrate “The True Original” with Mickey’s 90th Anniversary Edition Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones. Keep the magic going with award-winning sound and up to 40 hours of battery life. The cool-gray headphone features Mickey Mouse in the iconic pose seen on classic t-shirts that we all know and love. It also comes with a custom felt case inspired by the materials from Mickey Mouse ear hats, along with a collectible pin and decal sticker to honor the collaboration.

Mickey Mouse made his first appearance on November 18, 1928 to replace Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, one of Disney’s original characters. He

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One month later: iPhone XS versus the iPhone XS Max

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When upgrading to Apple’s new iPhone XS, you have to choose between the 5.8-inch XS or the 6.5-inch XS Max. After spending a month with both phones, there’s a few real-world differences between the two models that may be worth knowing about before reaching a decision.