Apple expands Maps van data gathering efforts to New York, Connecticut and Arizona

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Date: Monday, May 8th, 2017, 05:51
Category: Apple, News, Software

Apple’s data map collection efforts haver expanded from the Bay Area and gone to the east coast and to the southwest.

As noted on the company’s Apple Maps vehicles webpage, Apple is continuing its Apple Maps data collection in New England with camera and sensor-equipped vans for the first time. The expansion to Connecticut marks the 34th state in which Apple has collected Maps data.

Per Apple’s web site, Apple will be collecting data from the following Connecticut counties in the coming weeks:

Fairfield County, Hartford County, Litchfield County, Middlesex County, New Haven County, New London County, Tolland County, Windham County

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FBI director James Comey’s testimony states that agency has been unable to access less than half of mobile devices this fiscal year

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Date: Friday, May 5th, 2017, 05:51
Category: iPhone, News, privacy, security, Software

Per FBI director James Comey’s testimony to a Senate oversight committee, the Bureau has been unable to access almost half of the mobile devices it tried to examine in the first half of the fiscal year.

Comey said the FBI had been unable to access the contents of more than 3,000 mobile devices in the first half of the fiscal year, using what he described as “appropriate and available technical tools, even though there was the legal authority to do so.” He said that represented “nearly half” of all the mobile devices it had attempted to access in that time frame.

Comey’s statements seem to be leading towards support of forcing phone manufacturers to provide backdoor access to the authorities.

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Qualcomm could consider “nuclear option” in ongoing royalty dispute with Apple

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Date: Friday, May 5th, 2017, 05:46
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

Things are getting ugly between Apple and Qualcomm.

Qualcomm, which has been in a heated dispute with Apple over patent royalty payment, may exercise the nuclear option by asking the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) to block iPhone imports.

At the root of the dispute between Apple and Qualcomm are cellular communication technology patents that Apple and others license from Qualcomm for a hefty fee.

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Updated drone footage shows landscaping, solar panel additions at Apple Park construction site

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Date: Thursday, May 4th, 2017, 05:23
Category: Apple, News, Pictures

The Apple Park campus edges ever closer to completion and a new drone video courtesy of Duncan Sinfield shows progress as landscaping and other touches are applied…

The overall footage still resembles a construction scene and there’s definitely more dirt than greenery at this point. Factor in a fair amount of machinery and it’s not quite completely arboreal, but it’s getting there.

Additional progress has also been made on the spaceship design with the solar panel roof, as well as Steve Jobs Theater and more. Windows are being installed along the outside of the building, while work continues on parking and other areas.

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Apple posts $11 billion profit on $52.9 billion in revenue for Q2 2017 results, cites strong iPhone

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Date: Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017, 05:45
Category: iPad, iPhone, News

Apple on Tuesday announced the financial results for Q2 of 2017, the company posting revenue of $52.9 billion and net quarterly profit of $11.0 billion, or $2.10 per diluted share, compared to revenue of $50.6 billion and net quarterly profit of $10.5 billion, or $1.90 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter.

The company cited sales of 50.8 million iPhones from the quarter, down slightly from 51.1 million iPhones a year ago. Mac sales rose slightly to 4.2 million units from 4.03 million units in the year-ago quarter. iPad unit sales declined to 8.92 million from 10.25 million a year ago.

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Microsoft releases Surface notebooks starting at $999, seeks to compete against Apple, Google in education marketplace

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Date: Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017, 05:30
Category: Apple, Google, Hardware, MacBook, MacBook Air, Microsoft, News, Samsung, Software

Apple might have some competition form Microsoft in the sub-$999 notebook market.

Microsoft’s new Surface notebook now arrives in gold, platinum, blue and burgundy colors, has switched from a metal area around the keyboard for a softer microfiber lining, features a 13.5-inch touch screen, runs the latest Intel processors and gets 14.5 hours of battery life, according to Microsoft.

The notebook also runs the new Windows 10S operating system, which Microsoft stated would be faster and offer better security than previous versions of Windows 10.

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Google, Amazon, eBay and others drop Apple Watch support for some of their apps

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Date: Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017, 05:57
Category: Amazon, Apple Watch, Google, iOS, News, Software, watchOS, Wearables

It’s been a quiet trend, but it’s still worth noting.

Over the last few months, a number of companies, including Google, Amazon and eBay have pulled some of their Apple Watch apps from the App Store.

The programs, namely Google Maps, Amazon and eBay, were all early supporters of the Apple Watch and released apps within a few months of the wearable’s April 2015 debut.

Checking today, none of the three companies offer Apple Watch apps, having quietly removed Apple Watch functionality through App Store updates. It’s not entirely clear when each app was updated to remove Apple Watch support, with the feature elimination appearing to have largely gone under the radar.

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Rumor: Apple to debut Amazon Echo competitor at WWDC in June

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Date: Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017, 05:02
Category: Amazon, Hardware, iOS, macOS, News, Rumor, Siri, TvOS, watchOS, WWDC

Apple may have an Echo competitor in the works that could be announced at WWDC next month.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo weighed in with details on Apple’s first home artificial intelligence product in a note to investors on Monday. In the note, Kuo stated that he believes there is more than a 50 percent chance that Apple will announce the product at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June, before launching it in the second half of the year.

Kuo also stated that the device would feature a woofer and seven tweeters in order to provide rich sound. He also stated that the unit will be powered by a custom ARM processor equal in power to at least the A8 CPU on the iPhone 6 or newer.

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Apple offers two-year warranty extension for first-gen Apple Watch users with expanded/swollen batteries

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Date: Monday, May 1st, 2017, 05:17
Category: Apple, Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Wearables

Even Apple Watch batteries can swell.

Responding to user complaints about the issue, Apple has extended its warranty coverage for the first-gen Apple Watch’s expanded/swollen battery issues to three years. This covers customers for services an additional two years beyond the complimentary 1-year Limited Warranty Period.

The issue with swollen and expanded batteries on first-gen Apple Watch models has been documented online by users experiencing the problem— here on Apple support forums, for example, and on Reddit— but appears to not be widespread or something that has made mainstream media headlines.

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DOK malware surfaces for macOS platform, sneaks past Gatekeeper protection with valid Apple developer account

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Date: Monday, May 1st, 2017, 05:06
Category: macOS, News, security, Software

In the age of Macs becoming more popular again, the amount of malware available for the macOS is on the rise.

According to the McAfee Labs, malware attacks on Apple’s Mac computers were up 744% in 2016, and its researchers have discovered nearly 460,000 Mac malware samples, which is still just a small part of overall Mac malware out in the wild.

The Malware Research team at CheckPoint has located a new piece of fully-undetectable Mac malware which apparently affects all versions of Mac OS X, has zero detections on VirusTotal and is “signed with a valid developer certificate (authenticated by Apple).”

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