Apple voices opposition to Trump administration’s removal of transgender protection

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Date: Friday, February 24th, 2017, 05:26
Category: Legal, News

Apple, Trump and the overall political situation came to a head on Wednesday, Apple responding to the Trump administration to roll back Obama-era protections for transgender students.

Apple offered the following comment regarding the situation:

“Apple believes everyone deserves a chance to thrive in an environment free from stigma and discrimination. We support efforts toward greater acceptance, not less, and we strongly believe that transgender students should be treated as equals. We disagree with any effort to limit or rescind their rights and protections.”

The Obama administration put in place guidance for schools that allowed transgender students to use bathrooms that correspond with the gender they identify with. The Trump White House removed those protections, citing the rights of states and local school districts to establish their own policies.

Apple is joined by Uber, which has also voiced opposition to the Trump administration’s decision. Uber that that the company would “continue to speak out against discriminatory actions and in favor of good policy that champions equality and inclusion for all.”

Last year, Apple was one of more than 100 U.S. companies to ask North Carolina’s then-Governor Pat McCrory to repeal that state’s bathroom ban, which requires people to use the bathroom that corresponds with the sex listed on their birth certificate. That law remains in place.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via Macworld and Politico

Apple “looking into” iPhone 7 Plus fire video that’s gone viral

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Date: Friday, February 24th, 2017, 05:19
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, News

It isn’t pretty, but perhaps it conveys a larger hardware problem that needs attention.

A video shared by one Brianna Olivas shows an iPhone 7 Plus burning to the point that the case is melting away and smoke is erupting from the side of the device.

Apple, in turn, has offered the following response to the video, which has gone viral:

“We are in touch with the customer and looking into it,”

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“Spaceship Campus 2” dubbed “Apple Park”, will open in April

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Date: Thursday, February 23rd, 2017, 05:50
Category: Apple, News

Apple’s upcoming corporate headquarters, long dubbed “Spaceship Campus 2” (which was awesome), has been renamed “Apple Park” and will open its doors in April, though the migration of more than 12,000 workers will take over six months to complete.

The facility is not yet completed, as constructions of buildings and parklands will continue through the summer, but by April enough will be done to begin hosting employees for work.

The facility, which was designed in collaboration with Foster + Partners, replaces 5 million square feet of asphalt and concrete with grassy fields, along with over 9,000 drought-resistant, California-native trees.

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Apple pay currently dominating mobile payments market, could affect retail industry in the long run

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Date: Thursday, February 23rd, 2017, 05:13
Category: Apple Pay, iPhone, News, retail

Apple Pay might just wind up on top.

A few years ago, when the technology was first introduced, it seemed like a vague idea. Today, according to new survey data released by Boston Retail Partners, Apple Pay is not only booming, it’s the mobile payments standard, surpassing PayPal, which had nearly a decade headstart. This, despite a much smaller market share than Android, and this despite continued ignorance as to the very existence of Apple Pay among consumers.

It may also be good for retailers in the long run.

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Verizon settles on $4.48 billion purchase price for Yahoo’s core assets following email hacks

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Date: Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017, 05:01
Category: Finance, Hack, Legal, News, wireless

Verizon was able to save even more money following Yahoo’s email hacks.

The telecommunications company announced a deal to buy the core business of Yahoo for $4.48 billion —managing to secure a $350 million discount it was pursuing because of two major security breaches, the last of which affected over 1 billion accounts.

The deal states that both Yahoo and Verizon will share some liabilities following the 2013 and 2014 hacks. The companies will split cash liabilities linked to some lawsuits and government investigations, but Yahoo alone will be saddled with some liabilities from shareholder lawsuits and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigations.

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Apple purchases Israeli firm Realface, thought to be interested in biometric login features

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Date: Monday, February 20th, 2017, 05:52
Category: Finance, News, Software

Apple has bought yet another company that they may do something nifty with.

Apple has purchased Realface, a cybertechnology startup whose facial recognition technology can be used to authenticate users. This is Apple’s fourth acquisition in Israel and the deal is estimated to be worth a couple of million of dollars.

Realface was established in 2014 by Adi Eckhouse and Aviv Mader developed a facial recognition technology that offers a smart biometric login, aiming to make passwords redundant when accessing mobile devices or PCs.

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Touch Bar functionality arrives for Office for Mac suite

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Date: Friday, February 17th, 2017, 05:10
Category: MacBook Pro, Microsoft, News, Software, Touch Bar

You can now use the 2016 MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar with Office for Mac.

Following a brief beta preview, Microsoft has rolled out Touch Bar functionality for the feature.

Originally announced less than 12 hours after the MacBook Pro launch, Touch Bar support is being added to all of the main Office apps, according to release notes for the productivity suite. Wider availability of the feature began on Thursday, just eight days after users enrolled in Microsoft’s beta testing program were able to try it out for the first time.

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Apple announces WWDC dates, changes venue to San Jose location

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Date: Friday, February 17th, 2017, 05:38
Category: Developer, iOS, iPad, macOS, News, TvOS, watchOS

If you’re a developer, this is a pretty big change.

Apple has announced that it will be holding its Worldwide Developers Conference from June 5th to June 9.

The big news is that the venue has changed from the Moscone Center in San Francisco to the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose.

At WWDC, Apple unveils the next major versions of its software operating systems. This year, expect the announcement of including iOS 11, macOS 10.13 as well as updates to tvOS and watchOS.

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Security researchers at Bitdefender find evidence of X-Agent malware variant for macOS

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Date: Thursday, February 16th, 2017, 05:13
Category: Hack, News, security, Software

The malware that may have swung the U.S. presidential election could be on its way to a Mac near you.

Security researchers have discovered a macOS malware program that’s likely part of the arsenal used by the Russian cyberespionage group blamed for hacking into the U.S. Democratic National Committee last year.

The group, known under such names as “Fancy Bear”, “Pawn Storm” and “APT28”, has been active for almost a decade and is believed to be the sole user and likely developer of a Trojan program called Sofacy or X-Agent.

X-Agent variants for Windows, Linux, Android, and iOS have been found in the wild in the past, but researchers from Bitdefender have now come across what appears to be the first macOS version of the Trojan.

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Yahoo sale price discounted by $250 million in wake of hacks

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Date: Thursday, February 16th, 2017, 05:23
Category: Finance, Hack, News

You pay less if the item you’re buying has a couple of dings on it.

Verizon is apparently close to purchasing Yahoo’s Internet properties for roughly $4.8 billion, a price that includes a $250 million discount after the revelation of security breaches at the web company.

Sources close to the store cited the discounted price as well as Yahoo’s possibly being renamed “Altaba Inc.”. An announcement of the new agreement could come in a matter of days or weeks, said the sources. The revised agreement isn’t final and could still change.

Yahoo said in December that cyberthieves in 2013 siphoned information including users’ e-mail addresses, scrambled account passwords and dates of birth. The stolen data may allow criminals to go after more sensitive personal information elsewhere online. The announcement followed news in September of a 2014 breach that affected at least 500 million customer accounts.

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