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Apple Just Made Safari the Good Privacy Browser

Apple announced a slew of new software features at its Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, including an augmented reality upgrade and animojis that can stick out their tongues when you do. But the company's latest desktop and mobile operating systems contain a more subtle, yet more radical, innovation. The newest version of Apple's Safari browser will push back hard against the ad-tracking methods and device fingerprinting techniques that marketers and data brokers use to monitor web users as they browse. Starting with Facebook. The next version of Safari will explicitly…

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Apple is reportedly building an insane 16K VR headset

Apple has long been rumored to be working on a pair of augmented reality glasses, but a report today suggests that they’re looking to compete with Google, Microsoft and Facebook in the virtual reality space as well. CNET reports that Apple has its eye set on the 2020 release of a wireless headset that combines AR and VR technologies. The report also gives specific details for the project internally referred to as T288. Namely, sources told CNET that the headset will have an 8K display for each eye and will…

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Microsoft is switching from a gun emoji to a water pistol, too

Finally, consistency, and safety.Image: emojipedia Cross-platform consistency, and gun sense, has taken hold in the emoji universe. Microsoft announced on Friday that it will be switching its gun emoji to a water pistol. The change came two days after Google rolled out an update that replaced its gun emoji with the colorful water pistol toy. Facebook also confirmed to Emojipedia on the day of the Google update that it was in the process of making the switch, too.  SEE ALSO: Everyone (except Microsoft) is using the water pistol emoji now…

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Apple is making a show based on Isaac Asimovs Foundation books

Okay, Apple, now you’ve got my attention. Not content with landing an Amazing Stories reboot from Steven Spielberg, multiple series from Reese Witherspoon, a space opera from Ron Moore and much more for its upcoming original TV initiative (which might launch next March), Apple is also developing a series based on Isaac Asimov’s Foundation books. Deadline reports that the project from Skydance Television is “in development for straight-to-series consideration,” with David S. Goyer and Josh Friedman attached as showrunners. Goyer is best-known for comic book adaptations like Blade, Man of Steel and Batman v.…

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iOS 11.3 update breaks iPhone 8 devices with third party-repaired screens

Software update disables touchscreen on 700-plus smartphones that have not had their screens repaired by Apple Apples latest iOS 11.3 software update is causing iPhone 8 devices with third-party repaired screens to stop working. Users who have had a screen repair performed by a third party, rather than with Apple, on their iPhone 8 smartphones found that the iOS 11.3 update stopped the touchscreen from working, turn off the slowing down of smartphones related to the battery the storm caused by the so called Error 53, which rendered iPhones useless…

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Apple targets Android users with new ‘Switch to iPhone’ ad campaign

Image: screenshot: monica chin/apple/youtube There’s a certain aesthetic that consumers have come to expect from Apple: black backgrounds, hip-hop beats, flashy text and visual effects.  The latest set of ads from the company, however, feature a new look. They’re charming, light-hearted, and — most pointedly — out to woo the world’s Android users. SEE ALSO: Apple releases emotional ad to celebrate marriage equality All four ads feature a screen divided into two regions: a gray half labeled “your phone” and a light blue half labeled “iPhone.” They’re less than 20…

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Apple cofounder Steve Jobs’ really bad job application up for auction

Steve Jobs, then CEO of Apple Computers in 1996.Image: Bob Riha Jr/WireImage An original job application from late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is up for auction. RR Auction Company has listed a job application from 1973 filled out, just a few years before Jobs founded Apple with Steve Wozniak in 1976. While Jobs’ accomplishments need no mention, the handwritten job application shows he was truly awful at selling himself back in the early ’70s. SEE ALSO: Apple employees keep walking into the glass walls of the new ‘spaceship campus’ Image:…

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Apple pledges $350 billion investment in US economy over next five years

Apple is about to give the U.S. economy a huge boost in the form of a $350 billion five-year investment. As part of that, it will commit $55 billion this year alone and plans on adding 20,000 new jobs over that time frame. Following in the footsteps of Amazon, it also plans to add a new campus somewhere in the U.S. this year. There is a lot of news here. Let’s start with the big-picture investment of $350 billion, which Apple says does not include ongoing tax payments, the tax…

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Apple will now replace your iPhone battery even if its in perfect condition

Apple is bending its own rules to win customers back following the damaging “Batterygate” fiasco. Last week, the company publicly apologized to customers and cut the price of battery replacement services as reparations for intentionally throttling devices. It said the discount was for “anyone with an iPhone 6 or later whose battery needs to be replaced.” While that sounds like a significant benefit to customers, its vague explanation caused confusion over the weekend, with several iPhone users complaining their devices were rejected after passing diagnostic tests at the Genius Bar. To avoid…

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Why a $38 Billion Tax Payment Is a Good Deal for Apple

Apple has faced mounting criticism in recent years for avoiding taxes in the US and Europe. Wednesday, it offered critics 38 billion replies. More precisely, Apple said it would pay an estimated $38 billion in tax to bring back to the US some of the cash it has stashed overseas over the years. Apple says the payment would be the largest tax payment of its type in history. But it’s also a pretty good deal for the company. In the wake of the tax-cut bill approved by Congress last month,…

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Apple confirms all Macs and iOS devices are affected by serious CPU bugs

Image: Erik Pendzich/REX/Shutterstock Apple just confirmed that nearly all of its devices are impacted by the serious vulnerabilities affecting processors made by Intel and other chip makers. In the company’s first public statement on the vulnerabilities, Apple confirmed that all of its Mac and iOS devices are affected by the bugs known as Meltdown and Spectre. SEE ALSO: Cybersecurity agency: The only sure defense against huge chip flaw is a new chip “These issues apply to all modern processors and affect nearly all computing devices and operating systems. All Mac…

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Apple clarifies Control Center’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth buttons on iOS 11.2

Image: lili sams/mashable When Apple released iOS 11 with a redesigned Control Center in September, they also quietly made a change to how the shortcut buttons for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth worked. On iOS 10 and earlier, tapping them turned these wireless connections completely on and off. But on iOS 11, it merely disconnected your devices temporarily, while still allowing features like AirPlay and AirDrop to work. Apple hasn’t changed how the buttons work back to the old way, but at least it’s more clear what’s happening on iOS 11.2. SEE…

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Sources: Apple is acquiring music recognition app Shazam

Update: this story has now been confirmed. As Spotify continues to inch towards a public listing, Apple is making a move of its own to step up its game in music services. Sources tell us that the company is close to acquiring Shazam, the popular app that lets people identify any song, TV show, film or advert in seconds, by listening to an audio clip or (in the case of, say, an ad) a visual fragment, and then takes you to content relevant to that search. We have heard that…

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