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Apple's QWERTY gets dirty leaving fanbois shirty

Mac laptop owners are experiencing frequent failures with the delicate "butterfly switch" keyboards introduced three years ago and included on its "TouchBar" MacBook Pro models two years ago. Apple opted for the design to make its thin laptops even more anorexic, but they fail easily and are expensive to fix. Even diehard …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Apr 2018

Apple debugs debugger, nukes pesky vulns in iOS, WebKit, macOS

Apple has issued a trio of updates to patch security vulnerabilities in Safari, macOS, and iOS. For iOS, the update to 11.3.1 addresses a total of four CVE-listed vulnerabilities, including one that is present in the debugging tool used across both iOS and the macOS. That vulnerability, CVE-2018-4206, was spotted in Crash …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Apr 2018
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Audiophiles have really taken to the warm digital tone of streaming music

Streaming revenues rose 41 per cent to become the largest source of income for recorded music in 2017. Trade group the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry's annual survey recorded streaming growth for the third year running, up 8.1 per cent year-on-year. Paid streaming rose 45.5 per cent. However, it's still …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Apr 2018

X marks the Notch, where smartmobe supercycles go to die

Apple's £999 flagship iPhone X is being outsold by three-year-old models – providing further evidence that the 10th anniversary upgrade "supercycle" never happened. CIRP, a Chicago-based equities analyst specialising in providing early sales figures that have proved accurate before, has found the share of iPhone sales …
Andrew Orlowski, 24 Apr 2018
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Shazam! The sound of EC shoving probe in Apple's plan to buy name-that-tune app

The European Commission is causing Apple more angst by probing its acquisition of Shazam. Apple announced its intention to acquire the London-based music recognition pioneer for $400m in December. In a note today the commission says it is opening an in-depth investigation into the music service because it is "concerned that …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Apr 2018
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Apple's magical quality engineering strikes again: You may want to hold off that macOS High Sierra update...

An increasing number of Mac loyalists are complaining that the latest desktop operating system update from Apple is killing their computers. The 10.13.4 update for macOS High Sierra is recommended for all users, and was emitted at the end of March promising to "improve stability, performance, and security of your Mac." macos …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Apr 2018
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Apple unleashes FoundationDB as an open source project

Apple has open-sourced FoundationDB, a distributed ACID-compliant NoSQL datastore, three years after acquiring the company that developed the technology. At the time, developers who used the database voiced resentment that Apple had taken a useful tool off the market and left companies using the software without support. For …
Thomas Claburn, 20 Apr 2018
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How's your Wednesday? Things going well? OK, your iPhone, iPad can be pwned via Wi-Fi sync

RSA 2018 The iTunes Wi-Fi sync feature in Apple's iOS can be potentially abused by cops, snoops, and hackers to remotely extract information from, and control, iPhones and iPads. This is according to researchers at Symantec, who discovered that, once an iOS device trusts a physically connected computer, the device can, in certain …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Apr 2018
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Congressional group asks FBI boss Wray to explain Apple lawsuit

Ten members of the US Congress have asked the FBI to explain its battles with Apple, after doubts were raised over the extent to which criminals use encryption to "go dark" and evade law enforcement authorities. Criminals using encryption to evade law enforcement – "going dark" – is the foundation of the FBI's calls for a …
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Apple leak: If you leak from Apple, we'll have you arrested, says Apple

Apple has gone full swivel-eyed, control-freak crazy on its own employees with a demented internal memo decrying information leaks. "In 2017, Apple caught 29 leakers. 12 of those were arrested," says the terror missive from Cupertino, ironically leaked to Bloomberg. "Among those were Apple employees, contractors and some …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Apr 2018
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Go away, kid, you bother me: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla kick W3C nerds to the curb

The organization that tries to advance web technology standards – the World Wide Web Consortium or W3C – has run into a roadblock: Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla. Earlier this week, the four major browser makers expressed dissatisfaction with the W3C's DOM 4.1 specification, which defines a variety of new capabilities …
Thomas Claburn, 13 Apr 2018
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PCs were more and less expensive in Q1 as shipments stalled

PC shipments continue their slow slide, with analyst firms Gartner and IDC both releasing data for 2018’s first quarter showing further slippage. IDC counted 60.383 million PCs heading out of factory doors around the world, down just 14,000 from Q1 2017’s 60.397 million and an assessment of “flat” sales. Gartner’s count …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Apr 2018
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Jury to Apple: You owe patent troll VirnetX half a BEEELLION buckaroos

Intellectual property hoarder VirnetX has had another win, probably to be short-lived, against Apple in the two companies' everlasting patent spat. A jury in an eastern Texas US district court has decided that the fruity firm infringed four patents held by the alleged patent troll, and awarded the plaintiff damages of US$502.6 …
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'Our way or the highway' warranty scams shot down by US watchdog: It's OK to use unofficial parts to repair your gear

America's Federal Trade Commission has told "six major companies" to cut it out when it comes to trying to force consumers to only use their replacement parts for repairs. The regulator has refused to name the companies that claim a product's warranty is voided if consumers don't use their special parts but did reveal that …
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Apr 2018

Apple store besieged by protesters in Paris 'die-in' over tax avoidance

A French group opposed to Apple's tax maneuvering in Europe took to the company's stores this weekend in a public protest. Attac France travelled to Apple Stores in Paris and Aix-en-Provence Saturday to hold a "die-in" protest against the Cupertino iPad seller and its cunning schemes to divert taxes away from the French …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Apr 2018
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iOS 11.3 update throws Jamf-managed iStuffs into a loop.. into a loop.. into a loop... into a...

Mobile device management (MDM) vendor Jamf is warning admins to hold off on installing the iOS 11.3 update on iPhones and iPads until it can fix a bug in its software that was causing devices to become unresponsive. The developer says that it is working on an update to Jamf Pro 10.3 that will fix a problem caused when the …
Shaun Nichols, 4 Apr 2018
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Planning on forking out for the new iPad? Better take darn good care of it

Teardown show-offs iFixit have found few changes with the latest iPad – but it does have a larger battery than the more expensive "Pro" iPad. The sixth-gen iPad is aimed at the education market and is the first non-Pro model to support the Apple Pencil. This means there's a budget digitiser incorporated in the display. iFixit …
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Why a merged Apple OS is one mash-up too far

Comment It's come full circle. Young reporters joining a prestigious tech publication 20 years ago were quietly advised to focus on only three companies in what we then called "Client Computing". Who were they? Intel, because no other chip company mattered – nobody could produce powerful PC chips at scale. Microsoft, because, well, it …

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