Facebook to Be Fined $5 Billion in Cambridge Analytica Privacy Scandal


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The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has voted to approve a settlement with Facebook that will see the social media giant hit with a roughly $5 billion fine over the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal, reports The Wall Street Journal.

The matter has been moved to the Justice Department’s civil division and it is unclear how long it will take to finalize, the person said. Justice Department reviews are part of the FTC’s procedure but typically don’t change the outcome of an FTC decision.

A settlement is expected to include other government restrictions on how Facebook treats user privacy. The additional terms of the settlement couldn’t immediately be learned.

The scandal revolved around data firm Cambridge Analytica, which improperly collected information on tens of millions of Facebook users without their consent to create targeted political advertisements during the 2016 campaign.

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iPad Air vs. Microsoft’s Surface Go: Which Is a Better Laptop Replacement?


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Apple’s iPad Air, which was resurrected in March as essentially a tweaked version of the previous 10.5-inch iPad Pro, offers a significant amount of utility at a solid $499 price point, but how does it compare to other competitors in the market?

In his latest video, MacRumors videographer Dan compared the iPad Air to Microsoft’s Surface Go to determine which one he liked better for on-the-go computing.

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For this comparison, Dan decided to focus on using the iPad Air and the Surface Go as somewhat of a laptop replacement. The iPad Air starts at $499 while the Surface Go comes in at a $399 base price, but in an effort to look at these as potential laptop replacements Dan opted to consider the devices equipped with first-party keyboard accessories, which pushes the iPad Air up to $659 and the

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Research Firms Paint Contrasting Pictures of Apple’s Mac Shipments in Q2 2019


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Prominent research firms Gartner and IDC attempt to estimate shipments of computers around the world on a quarterly basis, and both firms today released their estimates for the second calendar quarter.

Gartner’s and IDC’s estimates are just that — estimates – and with Apple no longer reporting unit sales of Macs and other products, we won’t know how accurate these estimates end up being. But as revealed in today’s releases, they can differ quite a bit.

Gartner’s Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 2Q19 (Thousands of Units)


Gartner says worldwide PC shipments were up 1.5 percent year-over-year, with Lenovo leading the way on strong growth and HP and Dell sitting in second and third places respectively. Apple registered in fourth place with an estimated 3.711 million Macs shipped, a 0.2 percent decline over the previous year, while Acer and Asus rounded out the top vendors

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Apple Temporarily Disables Walkie-Talkie App for Apple Watch Due to Eavesdropping Vulnerability


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Apple has disabled the Walkie-Talkie app for Apple Watch due to a bug that could allow users to eavesdrop on others, reports TechCrunch.



The company issued a statement noting that it was just notified about the vulnerability and has temporarily disabled the Walkie-Talkie functionality while a fix is developed. The Walkie-Talkie app will remain installed on users’ Apple Watches, but it will not be functional until the fix is deployed.

Apple’s statement:

We were just made aware of a vulnerability related to the Walkie-Talkie app on the Apple Watch and have disabled the function as we quickly fix the issue. We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and will restore the functionality as soon as possible. Although we are not aware of any use of the vulnerability against a customer and specific conditions and sequences of events are required to exploit it, we take the security and privacy of

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Apple Pushes Automatic Mac Software Update to Remove Vulnerable Zoom Web Server


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Earlier this week, a serious vulnerability with the Zoom video conferencing app for macOS was disclosed, with attackers potentially able to hijack users’ webcams.



The vulnerability was particularly notable because Zoom had installed a hidden web server on users’ computers in order to allow for automatic answering of incoming calls, and that web server was not only the weak point that could be exploited, but it also was not removed upon deletion of the app. As a result, users who had previously deleted Zoom might not even realize they were vulnerable to this potential attack.

After initially defending the decision to install a web server on users’ machines to work around changes in Safari 12 that would have required users to click to accept incoming calls, Zoom later backtracked and released a patch to remove the web server from users’ computers.

Apple has now taken things one step further and

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Apple Pushes Automatic Mac Software Update to Remove Vulnerable Zoom Web Server


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Earlier this week, a serious vulnerability with the Zoom video conferencing app for macOS was disclosed, with attackers potentially able to hijack users’ webcams.



The vulnerability was particularly notable because Zoom had installed a hidden web server on users’ computers in order to allow for automatic answering of incoming calls, and that web server was not only the weak point that could be exploited, but it also was not removed upon deletion of the app. As a result, users who had previously deleted Zoom might not even realize they were vulnerable to this potential attack.

After initially defending the decision to install a web server on users’ machines to work around changes in Safari 12 that would have required users to click to accept incoming calls, Zoom later backtracked and released a patch to remove the web server from users’ computers.

Apple has now taken things one step further and

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Searchable Transcripts of WWDC 2019 Session Videos Now Available


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Apple today announced that transcripts of all of its WWDC 2019 session videos are now available through the WWDC video page.



Individual transcripts can be searched by keyword or phrase, and clicking on search results will jump you straight to the corresponding timestamps in the video, making it easy to find just what you’re looking for and share those specific sections with timestamped links. Transcripts can also be downloaded in .txt format for local archival and search purposes.

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AT&T Jumps to First Place in U.S. Mobile Speeds, but Verizon Still Most Consistent


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Ookla, the company behind the popular Speedtest bandwidth measurement service, today released its 2019 Speedtest Mobile Performance Report, leveraging over 11.5 million speed tests from over 4 million unique devices to rank the network performance of the major U.S. carriers during the first half of 2019.

Overall, Ookla found that the mean mobile download speed rose to 33.88 Mbps during the first half of the year, up 24 percent compared to the same period in 2018. That improvement allowed the U.S. to rise from 43rd to 40th in the global rankings of mobile download performance. Mean upload speeds rose 13 percent to 9.75 Mbps, which actually resulted in a drop of 21 spots to 94th in the global rankings.



Looking at the four major U.S. carriers, AT&T came out on top in this year’s survey with a Speed Score (a weighted rating of

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Apple Releases Revised Version of iOS 13 and iPadOS Developer Beta 3


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Alongside the second public beta versions of iOS 13 and iPadOS, Apple today also released a revised third beta version of the operating systems for developers.



The reason for the new version isn’t entirely clear, but the original third developer beta was not available for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus for some reason. Today’s update, build 17A5522g, is only a very minor increment from the 17A5522f build of the original release, but Apple appears to be pushing it out for all devices, not just the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus that had not originally received it.

Registered developers will need to download the profile for the iOS 13 and iPadOS betas from Apple’s Developer Center. The revised Beta 3 can be downloaded over-the-air once the proper profile has been installed.

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Apple Experiencing Issues With iCloud Services and Retail Store Systems


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Apple today is experiencing problems with a host of iCloud-related services, as outlined on the company’s system status page. Affected services include all of the basic iCloud services, as well as services like Find My Friends, Find My iPhone, Game Center, Photos, and Screen Time.



The company says only that “some” users are affected, but social media reports suggest the outage is fairly widespread.

Apple is also having problems with its retail store systems, with a number of users reporting that employees are unable to complete customer purchases or support requests.



Tim Cook Talks Privacy, Steve Jobs, and the ‘Difference Between Preparation and Readiness’ in Stanford Commencement Address


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Apple CEO Tim Cook delivered the commencement address at Stanford University today, sharing his thoughts on privacy, the need to always “be a builder,” and how the loss of Steve Jobs made him learn the “real, visceral difference between preparation and readiness.”



On the subject of privacy, Cook acknowledged that so many of our modern technological inventions have come out of Silicon Valley, but that recent years have seen “a less noble innovation: the belief that you can claim credit without accepting responsibility.”

Cook stressed the importance of not accepting that we must give up privacy in order to enjoy advances in technology, arguing that there’s much more at stake than just our data.

If we accept as normal and unavoidable that everything in our lives can be aggregated, sold, or even leaked in the event of a hack, then we lose so much more than data.

We

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WWDC 2019 Spoiler-Free Video Stream


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Apple’s WWDC keynote will be kicking off at 10:00 am Pacific Time today, and as is tradition, some MacRumors readers who can’t follow the event live are interested in avoiding all of the announcements and waiting until Apple posts the recorded video of the event so as to experience it without already knowing the outcome.



For those individuals, we’ve posted this news story, which will be updated with a direct link to the presentation once it becomes available from Apple. No other news stories or announcements will be displayed alongside this story.

Apple has become quicker about making event videos available for replay over the past several years, and videos are now frequently available within an hour of an event’s conclusion.

Users waiting for the video to be posted are welcome to gather in the thread associated with this news story, and we ask that those who follow the events

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Apple Putting Finishing Touches on WWDC Decorations at McEnery Convention Center


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The first WWDC 2019 events kick off in just two days with the early arrival of student scholars, and Apple is putting the finishing touches on decorations at and around the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose.



Decorations on the convention center, light poles, and public transit stops all carry the same neon theme on dark blue as seen on other WWDC materials, with the front entrance area of the convention center covered in a huge sheet displaying a robot emoji with all sorts of icons exploding out of the top of it and the “Dub Dub” nickname sometimes used for WWDC.



Photos from earlier in the assembly process hint at the possibility of some sort of lighting behind the sheet, so we’ll have to wait and see what it looks like at night.



The main event of WWDC 2019 kicks off on Monday at 10:00 am Pacific Time with

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Apple Releases AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.9.1


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Apple today released AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.9.1 for AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule base stations with 802.11ac support.



According to a support document, the update addresses a number of security issues on the affected models.

The models covered by the update are the last generations of the AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule, which were discontinued by Apple just over a year ago, although Apple continued to sell through its remaining stock for several more months.

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What Will macOS 10.15 Be Called: Mammoth, Monterey, Rincon, Skyline, or Something Else?


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Following Apple’s shift to California-themed names for its Mac operating systems with OS X Mavericks back in 2013, Apple appeared to take steps to protect a number of other California-related names by filing for trademarks under a series of shell companies intended to mask the true identity of the applicant.



All told, we identified 19 trademarks that were applied for under six different companies that all appeared to be Apple shell companies. Several of these names, including Yosemite, Sierra, and Mojave, have been used by Apple, while others have yet to be put to use.

Over the years, the trademark review process has played out for all of these applications, with most being subject to some form of back-and-forth between the applicants and examiners involving various approvals, denials, and suspensions. Even for approvals, however, owners are required to submit proof of the trademarks being used in commerce. This Statement of

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Apple Releases iOS 12.3.1 With Fixes for Messages and VoLTE Bugs


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A week and a half after releasing iOS 12.3 with a revamped TV app, Apple today released iOS 12.3.1, a bug fix update that isn’t expected to include any significant new features.

The iOS 12.3.1 update is available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To access the update, go to Settings > General > Software Update. As with all iOS updates, iOS 12.3.1 is free to download, but it may take some time to propagate to all iOS users.



According to Apple’s release notes, iOS 12.3.1 addresses a handful of bugs related to the Messages app and VoLTE calls.

iOS 12.3.1 includes bug fixes for your iPhone and iPad. This update:

– Fixes an issue that could prevent making or receiving VoLTE calls

– Fixes issues in Messages that could cause messages from unknown senders to

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Apple Stores Quietly Carrying New LG 23.7-Inch UltraFine Display


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Over the past few months, supplies of the LG UltraFine 4K and 5K displays have dried up at Apple’s retail and online stores, leading to speculation on the future of Apple-approved displays beyond a rumored ultra high-end 6K display perhaps coming alongside a revamped Mac Pro later this year.



As shared by TidBITS, however, Apple retail stores are now quietly carrying a new $700 23.7-inch UltraFine display from LG. TidBITS’ Julio Ojeda-Zapata was able to locate the new display in two different Apple retail stores, but it is not currently listed in the company’s online store.

To my surprise, an employee told me I should consider forgoing the 21.5-inch model. Why? “Because we have a larger LG display for the same price.” Laid out for me on the floor were boxes for the two monitors—including the 23.7-inch version that had seemingly come from nowhere.

At

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Proposed Tariffs Could Lead to 14% Increase in U.S. iPhone Prices


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While U.S. tariffs on Apple’s chargers and cases are already at 25 percent, the company’s main products like the iPhone have so far escaped the extra taxes. That may soon change, however, as the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has begun the approval process to subject an additional $300 billion in Chinese-made products, including iPhones, to tariffs that could go into effect in late June.



The proposed tariffs are largely a bargaining chip and could end up being avoided if deals can be struck between the Trump administration and the Chinese government, but if the tariffs were to take effect, their impact on Apple’s business would be substantial. Analysts cited by CNBC outline Apple’s options, with J.P. Morgan estimating that the tariffs would be equivalent an estimated 14 percent increase in the retail price of an iPhone XS, pushing the cost from $999 to

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iPhone XR Successor Could Replace Coral and Blue Options With Green and Lavender


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Apple’s colorful iPhone XR lineup comes in a total of six colors, offering plenty of options for users to choose one that best suits their preferences. This year’s successor to the iPhone XR will similarly be available in six colors, but Mac Otakara says Apple will be tweaking a couple of the options.

Mac Otakara’s examples of expected 2019 iPhone XR colors


According to the report, the 2019 iPhone XR will be available in new Green and Lavender colors, which will replace the current Coral and Blue colors. The other current colors of White, Black, Yellow, and (PRODUCT)RED will continue to be offered on the next-generation models.

Mac Otakara also claims to have some information on cases for the next-generation iPhone XS and XS Max models, indicating that silicone cases for the new models will likely come in White, Black, (PRODUCT)RED, and shades similar to the current Spearmint and Mellow

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Apple Shares More Details on Parental Control App Crackdown


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Following an email from Phil Schiller to a MacRumors reader yesterday addressing a report from The New York Times on Apple’s removal of a number of App Store apps focused on screen time monitoring and parental controls, Apple has issued a public statement sharing additional perspective on the situation.



The statement, entitled “The facts about parental control apps,” is very similar in its details to the email from Schiller, highlighting how Apple “became aware” over the last year that these apps were using Mobile Device Management (MDM) technology to monitor all of the activity occurring on the user’s device or devices used by their family members.

MDM technology is intended for enterprise users to manage their company-owned devices, and Apple says the use of MDM by consumer-focused apps carries privacy and security concerns that resulted in Apple addressing the situation in its App Store review guidelines in mid-2017.

Apple says

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