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iOS code references possible upcoming Li-Fi protocol for wireless data in next-gen iPhones

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Date: Tuesday, January 19th, 2016, 08:13
Category: Developer, iOS, News

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No one’s really heard of Li-Fi, but it sounds amazing.

And it sounds like it could be part of the way your iPhone communicates with the rest of the world.

A study of recent iOS code from iOS 9.1 and beyond has found references to Li-Fi, an experimental high-speed wireless networking protocol that uses pulses of light to transmit data and is being marketed as a long-term replacement for Wi-Fi.

Beginning with iOS 9.1, the operating system’s library cache file makes mention of “LiFiCapability” alongside other hardware and software capability declarations. The change was spotted by Twitter user Chase Fromm.

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Trump claims he’ll get Apple “to start building their damn computers and things in this country”

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Date: Tuesday, January 19th, 2016, 08:54
Category: News

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Because one man’s stupidity should never be underestimated.

GOP frontrunner, questionable billionaire, person who will say anything and outright failure that walks like a man Donald Trump, speaking at Liberty University yesterday, claimed he would reclaim lost U.S. manufacturing jobs if elected President, criticizing Apple in the process.

“We have such amazing people in this country: smart, sharp, energetic, they’re amazing,” Trump said. “I was saying make America great again, and I actually think we can say now, and I really believe this, we’re gonna get things coming… we’re gonna get Apple to start building their damn computers and things in this country, instead of in other countries.”

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Apple to add Nearby feature to watchOS 2.2

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Date: Monday, January 18th, 2016, 09:08
Category: Apple Watch, iPhone, News, Software, Watch OS, Wearables

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Apple’s watchOS 2.2 is en route and the current beta features an upcoming Nearby search features in Apple Maps as well as quick navigation buttons for travel directions to home and work addresses.

The current shipping watchOS version has the Maps application launch to a view of your current location, then pressing the display firmly reveals buttons to access contact addresses, search, and toggling between transit and standard directions.

The Maps application on watchOS 2.2 appears to incorporate a new layer of actions, the beta featuring shortcuts to navigating to your home and work address from your current location. Search is also a more accessible button that doesn’t require Force Touch. The old Maps view can still be accessed through the My Location button beneath Search.

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Apple acknowledges battery percentage indicator bug for iPhone 6s, 6s Plus iPhones, states fix is in the works

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Date: Monday, January 18th, 2016, 08:43
Category: battery, iPhone, News, Software

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Well, this is why they invented software updates.

Following a plethora of complains, Apple recently posted a new support document acknowledging an issue with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus that causes the battery percentage indicator in the status bar not to update as the battery itself drains. This means that the battery percentage icon could display that you have much more battery life left than you actually do.

The support document states that Apple is working to address the issue and assures issues that the company is working on a fix. Strangely, Apple also states that the issue is caused by time zone changes, whether done manually or automatically while traveling.

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Apple receives San Jose planning commission approval, snags additional 4.15 million square feet of office space in region

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Date: Thursday, January 14th, 2016, 14:34
Category: Legal, News

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Apple’s real estate expansion through San Jose continues.

On Wednesday, Kristina Raspe, senior director of real estate and development for Apple, stated that the company will be establishing a significant corporate presence” in North San Jose Kristina Raspe, senior director of real estate and development for Apple to the city’s commissioners.

Her comments came just before the the advisory body signed off on a development agreement that allows Apple up to 15 years to build a maximum of 4.15 million square feet of space — ranging from industrial to R&D to office. The agreement is just a prelude to an actual project proposal, but represents a big milestone and potentially the largest corporate expansion in San Jose since Cisco Systems’ go-go growth in the 1990s.

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Proposed bill in New York state could allow backdoor access for law enforcement, threatens fines for non-compliance

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Date: Thursday, January 14th, 2016, 09:27
Category: Legal, News, security

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Let the arguments begin.

A new bill proposed in New York could require that all phone manufacturers be required to implement a way for law enforcement agencies to access and decrypt user devices. This bill is somewhat similar to the Investigatory Powers Bill currently being debated in the UK, which Apple has voiced its opposition towards. Apple and Tim Cook have repeatedly stated that government agencies should not have any access to user devices or data, whether be through a built-in backdoor or other means.

The bill is currently making its way through the new York state assembly and specifically states that “any smartphone manufactured on or after January 1, 2016, and sold or leased in New York, shall be capable of being decrypted and unlocked by its manufacturer or its operating system provider.” Failure to meet such a requirement would impose a $2,500 on each infringing device.

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1Password for Mac updated to 6.0

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Date: Thursday, January 14th, 2016, 08:58
Category: News, security, Software

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1Password just hit version 6.0 for the Mac.

AgileBits’ password manager has just been updated to version 6.0 and the changes are pretty massive:

All Vaults View: This allows you to see all of your items in the main app and mini app without switching vaults. Vaults can also be created for families and teams, such as when business social media accounts are shared.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook criticizes White House policies towards encryption

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Date: Wednesday, January 13th, 2016, 10:21
Category: News, security

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In spite of how well received last night’s State of the Union was, Apple CEO Tim Cook still had harsh words for the Obama administration regarding encryption last night.

Cook, who’s currently in favor of unbreakable encryption, offered the following statement:

“The White House should come out and say ‘no backdoors’ Cook said. That would mean overruling repeated requests from FBI Director James Comey and other administration officials that tech companies build some sort of special access for law enforcement into otherwise unbreakable encryption. Technologists agree that any such measure could be exploited by others.”

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Apple patent suggests move away from 3.5mm headphone jack, towards Bluetooth or Lightning connector, for next-gen iPhone

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Date: Wednesday, January 13th, 2016, 08:59
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Patents

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As frightening as the idea of an iPhone without the headphone jack may be, a recently published Apple patent suggests that the idea may be fairly likely.

A new patent awarded to Apple on Monday suggests that Apple may convert from the classic 3.5mm headphone jack to Lightning and Bluetooth. The patent seemingly describes a method of getting higher-quality and higher-volume audio from speakers built into slimmer devices.

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VLC app becomes available for Apple TV

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Date: Wednesday, January 13th, 2016, 08:48
Category: News, Software, TvOS

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The much-loved VLC app has just become available for the Apple TV.

VLC, which looks to play video files in “their native formats without conversions”, is a full port of VLC media player combined with platform specific features.

Per lead iOS developer Felix Kühne:

VLC for Apple TV integrates with a plethora of devices and services on your local network and includes a custom way of casting files directly to the TV from your other computers using a web browser!
I was able to test the VLC Apple TV app for a few hours earlier today, and whilst it is early days yet, I am pretty impressed at what the VLC team has been able to accomplish.

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