In an interview with Vice News Tonight on HBO Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly explained some of the reasoning behind removing Alex Jones and InfoWars from the company’s podcast app and App Store. According to Cook, the move wasn’t politically motivated, or coordinated with any other tech companies, as he denied ever discussing the subject with them.
Instead, he said: “What users want from us and what we’ve always provided them is a curated platform. We think the what the user wants is someone that does review these apps, someone that does review the podcasts, someone that on like Apple news, where a human is selecting the top stories. And that’s what we do.”
He also reiterated previous comments calling for some form of regulation when it comes to privacy, saying that when the free market “doesn’t produce a result that’s great for society, you have to ask yourself Continue reading “Tim Cook calls removing Alex Jones simply ‘curation’”
It wouldn’t be a major phone launch without some teething troubles, and the iPhone XS appears to be no exception to the rule. Some device owners on Apple’s forums, Reddit and Unbox Therapy (among others) have reported that their units won’t charge properly through the Lightning cable until the screen wakes up. In certain cases, it won’t work until you both wake the screen and reconnect. Suffice it to say this could be inconvenient if you plugged in at night and were counting on a full charge the following day.
Source: Apple, Reddit, Unbox Therapy (YouTube)
A security researcher uncovered a flaw in both Safari and Microsoft’s Edge browser that allowed the URL of a safe website to be displayed in the address bar while users were actually being taken to a different, and possibly malicious, website. Rafay Baloch spotted the security issue and notified Apple and Microsoft in early June. But while Microsoft issued a fix in August, Apple has yet to respond to Baloch’s report.
Source: Rafay Baloch
Don’t feel like dusting off Safari or Edge tomorrow to watch Apple’s next iPhone reveal? Well, for the first time ever, the event will be live-streamed on Twitter. The news first appeared as a sponsored Tweet from the hardware juggernaut yesterday, and TechCrunch confirmed it with the company. Tap the heart button on the tweet embedded below, and Apple promises you’ll get updates as they happen.
Source: Apple (Twitter)
Adware Doctor is a top app in Apple’s Mac App Store, sitting at number five in the list of top paid apps and leading the list of top utilities apps, as of writing. It says it’s meant to prevent “malware and malicious files from infecting your Mac” and claims to be one of the best apps to do so, but unbeknownst to its users, it’s also stealing their browser history and downloading it to servers in China.
The race is on as Apple’s TV on demand service inches toward launch
Apple is investing huge quantities of cash in creating compelling video content around which it hopes to build an exciting and enticing subscription video on demand (SVOD) service that takes on Netflix and Amazon Prime.
Here are some of the reasons its service should work:
What has Apple been doing to build an SVOD service?
Apple has built a substantial crew of film and film-related industry talent to help push the new product idea forward. It has hired key executive talent, purchased rights to content from some big names, including Steven Spielberg, and is busy figuring out a business strategy, one that’s likely to be supported by innovative technology offerings.
Key executives include people withbackgrounds in Sony, Netflix, WGN, Tribune Studios, Amazon, Hulu and broadcasters from all over the world. Led by Zack Van Amburg and
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After last year’s iPhone X introduction, you’d think anything Apple would unveil at its September 12th “Gather Round” event would be anticlimactic. Not so — if anything, it could be one of the company’s biggest launch events in recent memory. It’s likely that Apple will announce three new iPhones, not to mention the first substantial changes to the Apple Watch design since its 2015 debut. And then there’s a myriad of potential announcements beyond that, such as an iPhone X-inspired iPad Pro, the long-delayed AirPower mat and new AirPods. It’s a lot to take in, but we’re here to separate the wheat from the chaff and give you an idea of what Tim Cook and crew will reveal when they take the stage.
Next month will mark the one-year anniversary of the release of Kesha’s Rainbow, an album that confronts deep pain, features “spine-shivering feats” as Billboard noted and includes what Rolling Stone called the “best music of her career.” On August 10th, Apple Music will celebrate the album and the woman behind it with a documentary about Kesha and the making of Rainbow. Rainbow – The Film includes never-before-seen footage of Kesha performances, the writing and recording of Rainbow and “psychedelic vignettes” that depict the artist’s struggles and inner demons.
Stealth horror game Hello Neighbor puts you at odds with the creepy next-door neighbor, tasking you with sneaking in to his house to find his secrets while you avoid getting found out. Just one day before the game is slated to launch on PS4 and Switch (it originally came out for Xbox and PC), it’s available on mobile platforms.
Apple products aren’t necessarily made for you to repair them at home; you generally need to take your ailing iPhone or Macbook Pro into an Apple retail store for any significant fixes or part replacement. Now, however, a YouTube account has apparently leaked eleven official-looking internal training videos that show how repairs are made on iPhone X, iMac Pro and MacBook Pro.
Source: Arman Haji/YouTube
With the new MacBook Pro, Apple is just trying to keep pace with the rest of the computing industry. The biggest upgrade is Intel’s latest CPUs, which have been popping up in PCs since last fall. And there are some other slight hardware tweaks, too. Basically, it’s a classic Apple refresh: Not much has changed. Put the MacBook Pro side by side with last year’s model and it’s impossible to tell the difference. Still, if you’re a committed Mac user, they’re exactly what you’ve been waiting for. Everyone else should take a long, hard look at the competition.
In about two months, we expect the next version of macOS — macOS 10.14 Mojave — to become available. To get you excited about Mojave’s features and capabilities, the Rocket Yard has been offering sneak peeks at some of the features we’re most interested in. Today, we’re highlighting Finder Quick Actions, a new way to quickly edit files without the need to launch the apps associated with them.
Enabling Quick Actions
With a powerful new feature like Quick Actions, it wouldn’t be “Mac-like” if Apple made it hard to use. All you’ll need to do is open a Finder window, then select View > Show Preview (keyboard shortcut: Shift-Command-P). In earlier versions of macOS, Preview displays a sidebar with a small preview of a file along with its size, creation, modification, and last opened dates, and the ability to add tags.
In macOS Mojave, Quick Actions are added below the preview
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Good news, Mac fans: If you were waiting for Apple to refresh the MacBook Pro, today is your lucky day. Both the 13- and 15-inch models have received some under-the-hood upgrades, along with a quieter keyboard. (Be warned: It’s maybe not the overhaul some of you were hoping for.) These new models are are available today starting at the same prices as before: $1,299 and up for the 13-inch model and $2,399-plus for the 15-incher. I had a chance to see them in use this week, and will also be receiving a review unit any day now, at which point we’ll be doing some performance and battery life testing (and, yes, checking to see if the keyboard tweaks make a difference). For now, here’s a rundown of what you can expect across the line.