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Hello eSIM: Apple moves the iPhone away from physical SIMs | Ars Technica
eSIMs are physically attached to the iPhone's motherboard, measure just 6mm×5mm.
Throw away your ejector pins and paper clips, iPhone users.
On Wednesday, Apple announced that its new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max will use an eSIM—a purely electronic SIM that allows users to maintain a secondary phone line in a single device. That line could be a secondary domestic line (say you’re a journalist and don't want to have separate personal and work iPhones), or the phone could have an American and Canadian number (if you travel across the border frequently).
These handsets will have a new "dual SIM dual standby" option, one of which will be a nano SIM. In other words, they will have two distinct phone numbers. (Chinese models will have two SIM slots instead of the eSIM option.)
Since their debut in 1991, traditional, physical SIM cards have decreased dramatically in size. eSIMs have already been around for nearly a year, since they were introduced into the Apple Watch and Google Pixel 2, among other devices.
The tiny, reprogrammable SIM card—at just 6 millimeters by 5 millimeters—is soldered onto the iPhone's motherboard directly.
Earlier this year, The New York Times reported that the Department of Justice was investigating whether AT&T and Verizon colluded to make it tougher for customers to switch carriers—a move that Apple did not like.
As someone who previously tried numerous foreign and domestic providers and has swapped SIMs more times than I can count, this is a welcome development—it will make switching carriers easier.
apple  iphone  SIM  eSIM 
6 days ago by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: How Apple Got Screwed Assembling the 2013 Mac Pros in the U.S.
Jack Nicas, reporting for The New York Times:
But when Apple began making the $3,000 computer in Austin, Tex., it struggled to find enough screws, according to three people who worked on the project and spoke on the condition of anonymity because of confidentiality agreements.
In China, Apple relied on factories that can produce vast quantities of custom screws on short notice. In Texas, where they say everything is bigger, it turned out the screw suppliers were not.
Tests of new versions of the computer were hamstrung because a 20-employee machine shop that Apple’s manufacturing contractor was relying on could produce at most 1,000 screws a day.
This is a perfect example of how Apple’s China-centered supply chain, built over two decades, is going to be hard to replicate anywhere else in the world — and even if it happens, it’s going to take time.
This part of the story I don’t get:
Another frustration with manufacturing in Texas: American workers won’t work around the clock. Chinese factories have shifts working at all hours, if necessary, and workers are sometimes even roused from their sleep to meet production goals. That was not an option in Texas.
All sorts of industries in the U.S. operate around the clock. Hospitals, police and fire departments, diners, and, yes manufacturing plants. Surely The New York Times itself has staff on duty 24/7/365. My dad spent his entire career, over three decades, working third shift as a train dispatcher for Conrail. There are people in the U.S. who work weekends, who work holidays, and who work overtime. I don’t know how this statement that “Americans won’t work around the clock” passed the Times’s copy desk.
apple  business  mac  china  manufacturing  usa  daring_fireball 
21 days ago by rgl7194
Two-factor authentication: Everything you need to know! | iMore
How do you protect your photos, messages, and more from being hacked or stolen online?
Hackers are too good, and security systems flawed. Longer complicated passwords created by generators like Safari's iCloud Keychain or third-party apps like LastPass or 1Password can help, but the best way to lock down your accounts is to add extra security options for a two-step verification or two-factor authentication (2FA). Here's how to go about it.
How to set up two-factor for Apple and iCloud
How to set up two-factor for Google and Gmail
How to set up two-factor for Dropbox
How to set up two-factor for Amazon
How to set up two-factor for Twitter
How to set up two-factor for Facebook
How to set up two-factor for Instagram
How to se up two-factor for Tumblr
How to set up two-factor for Skype
How to set up two-factor for Nest
How to use Authy to manage two-factor
What is two-factor authentication?
Two-factor authentication asks you to authenticate that you are who you say you are by supplying not only your password, but also a unique code supplied from your phone or an external app. It ensures that those accessing your accounts have access to your physical devices as well as your virtual passwords, and makes a simple password crack or social engineering hack a lot more insufficient when it comes to accessing your personal data.
security  privacy  2FA  apple  icloud  google  gmail  dropbox  amazon  twitter  facebook  instagram 
23 days ago by rgl7194
How to use Apple's data and privacy portal | iMore
Apple's Data and Privacy portal lets you get a copy of your data report, request changes to the data you've shared with the company, and delete your Apple ID and associated data. Here's how to use it!
Apple is an outspoken proponent of privacy and security of our personal data. Its CEO Tim Cook has gone on record, calling privacy a "fundamental human right." When you visit the Data and Privacy portal, you can learn about what Apple does to protect your privacy. You can also use the site to correct any erroneous personal information stored by Apple, delete your Apple ID along with its associated data, and get a copy of your data report.
How to use Apple's data and privacy portal
How to correct your data using Apple's data and privacy portal
How to delete your account using Apple's data and privacy portal
How to request a copy of your data using Apple's data and privacy portal
You can learn more about how Apple protects your data and your privacy here:
apple  privacy  data  download  howto  appleID  security 
23 days ago by rgl7194
Why Apple is giving Maps the big reboot | iMore
The new Apple Maps is starting its Bay Area, California roll out today. Here's why that's so important to Apple, us, and our collective future.
This is what Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of services, told Matthew Panzarino of TechCrunch, who scored the exclusive sneak preview of Apple's all-new, next-generation Maps:
"We have been working on trying to create what we hope is going to be the best map app in the world. Taking it to the next step. That is building all of our own map data from the ground up."
apple  maps 
23 days ago by rgl7194
Share your best photos shot on iPhone - Apple
Apple is kicking off 2019 by celebrating the most stunning photographs captured on iPhone, the world’s most popular camera, by inviting iPhone users to submit their best shots.
From January 22 to February 7, Apple is looking for outstanding photographs for a Shot on iPhone Challenge. A panel of judges will review worldwide submissions and select 10 winning photos, to be announced in February. The winning photos will be featured on billboards in select cities, Apple retail stores and online.
apple  iphone  photography  contest 
27 days ago by rgl7194
Apple’s ‘1984’ Super Bowl Commercial Launched The Macintosh 35 Years Ago
The technology we use daily is so integrated into our routines that it’s hard to remember that a Macintosh computer was groundbreaking. It’s almost surreal that an advertisement that aired during Super Bowl XVIII changed life as we knew it. The commercial, named “1984,” first aired on January 22 a full 35 years ago.
Directed by Ridley Scott, the commercial shows people marching in unison in grey uniforms. Then, we see a shot of a woman — not in a uniform — sprinting from police officers with a giant hammer in her hand. She comes across a large screen, which many uniformed people are entranced by, that shows a “Big Brother” figure talking to the audience about creating a “pure ideology” and join as one. The runner smashes the screen with the hammer, and the trance is broken.
“On January 24th, Apple Computer will introduce Macintosh,” the screen then reads.
“And you’ll see why 1984 won’t be like ‘1984.’”
As NPR notes, the commercial is clearly referencing George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984, where humanity is ruled by a dictator. The commercial was trying to convey that the actual year 1984 would not be anything like the novel, as the Macintosh would be around to completely change the information age — and it did.
apple  mac  superbowl  commercials  anniversary  80s 
28 days ago by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Tim Cook: 'It's Time for Action on Data Privacy'
Tim Cook, in an op-ed for Time:
Last year, before a global body of privacy regulators, I laid out four principles that I believe should guide legislation:
First, the right to have personal data minimized. Companies should challenge themselves to strip identifying information from customer data or avoid collecting it in the first place. Second, the right to knowledge — to know what data is being collected and why. Third, the right to access. Companies should make it easy for you to access, correct and delete your personal data. And fourth, the right to data security, without which trust is impossible.
Steve Jobs in 2010: “Privacy means people know what they’re signing up for — in plain English, and repeatedly.”
privacy  apple  business  tim_cook  op-ed  security  daring_fireball 
4 weeks ago by rgl7194
Tim Cook Calls for US Privacy Regulations in Time Op-Ed – MacStories
User privacy is one of the social drums Tim Cook has been consistently beating for years now, and today that's continuing in an even stronger way with a new op-ed by Apple’s CEO published by Time. Cook writes...
In addition to outlining these four principles, Cook gets more specific in calling for a particular organization to be formed that counteracts a “shadow economy that’s largely unchecked” whereby people’s data is sold by retailers and other companies without express knowledge or consent. He writes...
Apple has established a consistent practice of standing for user privacy, partly owing to its highly publicized standoff with the FBI in 2016, but it seems that in 2019 the company wants that value to be even more pronounced. First there was the unavoidable banner at CES touting the iPhone's privacy advantage, and now today's op-ed. It will be interesting to see if any of the ideas Cook pushes bring about productive discussion on this issue, leading to practical change in US policy.
apple  business  op-ed  privacy  security  tim_cook 
4 weeks ago by rgl7194
Complete transcript, video of Apple CEO Tim Cook's EU privacy speech | Computerworld
Apple CEO, Tim Cook spoke up for privacy at a conference of European privacy commissioners in Brussels this morning.
'AI must respect human values'
The themes of this year’s conference is “Debating Ethics: Dignity and Respect in Data Driven Life", Cook is the first tech CEO to serve as the keynote speaker for the conference and was invited to speak.
He talked about data, put in a bid for a bill of U.S. digital rights, slammed competitors for profiting while unleashing powerfully negative forces, and spoke up for a GDPR-style privacy protection in the U.S.
What follows is the transcript of his speech.
Read on too to find the complete speech in video form...
privacy  apple  business  tim_cook  security  speech  transcript  europe 
4 weeks ago by rgl7194
'We need new privacy laws' urges Apple CEO, Tim Cook | Computerworld
Apple's Tim Cook is urging government regulation to regulate shady data brokers and to protect user privacy.
In a sidelong slap at the business model of Facebook, Google and others, Apple CEO Tim Cook has published an article in which he urges the U.S. government to put surveillance capitalists/data brokers under transparent legal oversight.
Stand up for your rights
“In 2019, it's time to stand up for the right to privacy - yours, mine, all of ours.” Cook writes in an article for Time Magazine.
“Consumers shouldn't have to tolerate another year of companies irresponsibly amassing huge user profiles, data breaches that seem out of control and the vanishing ability to control our own digital lives.”
To put this into context, it is worth reminding ourselves of a 2014 Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigation into nine data brokers.
This found them to hold vast amounts of data on every U.S. household, one broker had records of over 1.4 billion transactions and 700 billion data elements.
privacy  apple  business  tim_cook  op-ed  security 
4 weeks ago by rgl7194
Apple CEO Tim Cook: It's Time for Action on Data Privacy |
In 2019, it’s time to stand up for the right to privacy—yours, mine, all of ours. Consumers shouldn’t have to tolerate another year of companies irresponsibly amassing huge user profiles, data breaches that seem out of control and the vanishing ability to control our own digital lives.
This problem is solvable—it isn’t too big, too challenging or too late. Innovation, breakthrough ideas and great features can go hand in hand with user privacy—and they must. Realizing technology’s potential depends on it.
That’s why I and others are calling on the U.S. Congress to pass comprehensive federal privacy legislation—a landmark package of reforms that protect and empower the consumer. Last year, before a global body of privacy regulators, I laid out four principles that I believe should guide legislation:
First, the right to have personal data minimized. Companies should challenge themselves to strip identifying information from customer data or avoid collecting it in the first place. Second, the right to knowledge—to know what data is being collected and why. Third, the right to access. Companies should make it easy for you to access, correct and delete your personal data. And fourth, the right to data security, without which trust is impossible.
privacy  apple  business  tim_cook  op-ed  security 
4 weeks ago by rgl7194
Tim Cook pens op-ed on privacy regulations - Six Colors
Apple CEO Tim Cook has taken to the pages of Time magazine to argue for comprehensive digital privacy legislation...
Cook and Apple have, of course, made privacy one of their major selling points over the last several years, especially as data breaches and privacy intrusions have become regular occurrences. So there’s obviously a vested interest for the company to push such legislation: it’ll hurt its competitors much more than it will hurt Apple itself.
But, be that as it may, it also has the benefit of being the right thing to do. The other month I came home from vacation to find a note that my application for a credit card had been rejected—a credit card I had, of course, never applied for. But what’s worse than that is that there is nothing remotely shocking about that news to anybody reading this site: we’ve all either been the victim of people trying to steal (or successfully stealing) our identity or know someone who’s been a victim, and it’s largely due to these kinds of personal data breaches.
I’d argue, to take a step further, that simply protecting our information isn’t enough. Put simply, the federal identity system needs to be overhauled. Relying on a nine-digit “secret” number—or worse, knowledge of easily obtainable information like your birth date or mother’s maiden name—to establish your identity is a dangerously outmoded concept that might have been fine in the early 20th century, but it’s far from sufficient these days. A more secure cryptographic-based system is a must in this day and age.
privacy  apple  business  tim_cook  op-ed  security 
4 weeks ago by rgl7194
DuckDuckGo Taps Apple Maps to Power Private Search Results
We're excited to announce that map and address-related searches on DuckDuckGo for mobile and desktop are now powered by Apple's MapKit JS framework, giving you a valuable combination of mapping and privacy. As one of the first global companies using Apple MapKit JS, we can now offer users improved address searches, additional visual features, enhanced satellite imagery, and continually updated maps already in use on billions of Apple devices worldwide.
With this updated integration, Apple Maps are now available both embedded within our private search results for relevant queries, as well as available from the "Maps" tab on any search result page. Let's see it in action…
apple  maps  search 
5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: DuckDuckGo Is Now Using Apple Maps
We’re excited to announce that map and address-related searches on DuckDuckGo for mobile and desktop are now powered by Apple’s MapKit JS framework, giving you a valuable combination of mapping and privacy. As one of the first global companies using Apple MapKit JS, we can now offer users improved address searches, additional visual features, enhanced satellite imagery, and continually updated maps already in use on billions of Apple devices worldwide.
With this updated integration, Apple Maps are now available both embedded within our private search results for relevant queries, as well as available from the “Maps” tab on any search result page.
I have more to say about this, but I wanted to link to the announcement as soon as it was up. This is huge news (particularly for DuckDuckGo) and really interesting for Apple strategically.
apple  maps  search  daring_fireball 
5 weeks ago by rgl7194
DuckDuckGo Switches to Apple Maps for Location Searches – MacStories
Today, DuckDuckGo, the privacy-focused web search engine, began using Apple Maps for location-based searches. The company, which previously used OpenStreetMap, switched to Apple's MapKit JS framework, which Apple introduced at WWDC in June 2018.
General search results and DuckDuckGo's Maps tab both embed Apple Maps' familiar UI with options to display street, satellite, and hybrid views of locations combined with Yelp data for businesses and other destinations. According to DuckDuckGo, users can search by address, geographical place, business name and type, and nearby. Clicking or tapping on the map preview in search results expands the map while selecting a location highlights it on the map.
apple  maps  search 
5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Automator command for workflow to vacuum … - Apple Community
Q: Automator command for workflow to vacuum apple mail
In order to have apple mail work more crispy once a month I cleaned the Library with this Automator script:
sqlite3 ~/Library/Mail/V5/MailData/Envelope\ Index vacuum;
Unfortunately this does not work anymore under Mojave.
Can anyone help me to adapt it to work under Mojave?

Thank you Frederico, the issue was that i gave permission to terminal, while using Automator.
After I gave permission to Automator this script ran well:
sqlite3 ~/Library/Mail/V6/MailData/Envelope\ Index vacuum;
Thank you for your help!
macosxhints  macOS  10.14  email  terminal  forum  apple  support  performance  scripts  utilities  security  privacy 
5 weeks ago by rgl7194
It’s the Ecosystem, Stupid* | The Mac Security Blog
(*Note: the title of this article is a riff on a statement made by Bill Clinton’s campaign manager during the 1992 presidential race: "It’s the economy, stupid.")
We saw recently how Apple’s profit warning caused the company's stock to tank. This is because the iPhone, whose sales are down, represents about 60% of the company's revenue, and any disruption to that leading product has a strong effect on the bottom line. But at the same time, Apple's services revenue is increasing, as Apple is morphing from a hardware company to a services company.
Apple is a lot more than just the iPhone; its products represent an ecosystem. In a recent interview with Jim Cramer on CNBC, Tim Cook said that the "virtuous ecosystem is probably under-appreciated," and that "the ecosystem has never been stronger."
apple  business  iphone  stock_market  ecosystem  sales 
5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Samsung and Apple, Sitting in a Tree, K–I–S–S–I–N–G
Samsung press release from CES:
“We look forward to bringing the iTunes and AirPlay 2 experience to even more customers around the world through Samsung Smart TVs, so iPhone, iPad and Mac users have yet another way to enjoy all their favorite content on the biggest screen in their home,” said Eddy Cue, senior vice president of Internet Software and Services at Apple.
Clark Griswold, Christmas Vacation:
Oh, Eddie, if I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn’t be more surprised than I am now.
airplay  apple  apps  itunes  movies  press_release  tv  daring_fireball 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Apple’s Errors – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
As rare as last week’s Apple revenue warning from CEO Tim Cook may have been — the company last issued a revenue warning in June 2002 — the company has had other bad quarters in the iPhone era. Look no further than the stock chart...
Three troughs stand out...
In fiscal year 2013 (the iPhone 5 cycle), Apple’s year-over-year revenue growth slowed to 18%, then 11%, 1%, and 4%; this was a dramatic slowdown from 73%, 59%, 23%, and 27% the year before. Worse, net income growth actually went negative (0%, -18%, -22%, -9%) thanks to a significant drop in margin.
In fiscal year 2016 (the iPhone 6S cycle), Apple’s year-over-year revenue growth went negative (2%, -13%, -15%, -9%); again, net income was worse (2%, -22%, -27%, -19%), thanks in part to a $2 billion inventory write-off.
This year does project to be the worst first quarter of all three: a -5% revenue decline, and -1% net income decline; this decline comes after last quarter’s announcement that Apple would no longer disclose unit sales, which precipitated the current slide in the stock price.
What makes this quarter seem so much worse was both the already negative sentiment surrounding the shift in Apple’s reporting (the presumption being the company wanted to hide declining unit sales), and also the fact that Apple’s management forecast was so off: here is CFO Luca Maestri on last quarter’s earnings call:
As we move ahead into the December quarter, I’d like to review our outlook, which includes the types of forward-looking information that Nancy referred to at the beginning of the call. We have the strongest lineup ever as we enter the holiday season and we expect revenue to be between $89 billion and $93 billion, a new all-time record.
In fact, the only record, such that there was, was the size of the miss. So what went wrong?
apple  iphone  china  sales  stock_market  business 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Ben Thompson on Apple's forecast error - Six Colors
Here’s a great piece by Ben Thompson about how Apple missed its mark on iPhone sales:
Secondly, thanks in part to the lack of information, this miss is catnip for confirmation bias: everyone has their pet theory about what Apple is doing wrong or how they will ultimately fail, and it has been striking the degree to which this revenue warning has been breezily adapted to show that said critics were right all along (never mind that many of those critics trotted out the exact same explanations in 2013 and 2016).
The whole thing is great. The smell of confirmation bias is strong, but there are lots of underlying reasons why Apple should’ve predicted this better.
apple  iphone  sales  stock_market  china  business 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
New Samsung Smart TVs will soon have iTunes built in, support AirPlay 2 | Ars Technica
Reaching more eyeballs ahead of Apple's impending streaming service debut.
Two of tech's biggest rivals are working together: Apple and Samsung partnered to make it easier for people to watch iTunes content. In an announcement coming out of CES 2019, the companies stated that 2018 and 2019 Samsung Smart TVs will gain the ability to play iTunes movies and TV shows this year, along with AirPlay 2 support. Last year's Samsung Smart TV models will get these new features via a firmware update, while all 2019 models will come with them built in.
A new, dedicated app for iTunes holds all users' movies and TV shows purchased through Apple's service. The app will appear in a carousel along with other services including Netflix, YouTube, and Amazon Prime Video.
airplay  apple  apps  itunes  movies  press_release  tv 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Kirkville - Hell Freezes Over for Apple (Again)
In October, 2003, Steve Jobs announced that hell froze over when the company announced its release of iTunes for Windows. (Go to 18:45 in the video.)
Yesterday, Apple announced that an iTunes Movies & TV Shows app will becoming to Samsung TVs (and eventually to other brands as well). In addition, Samsung TVs will support AirPlay 2 (as will other brands’ devices).
Hell is freezing over for Apple because the company has finally accepted that it cannot make enough money from its video offerings just with Apple devices (ie, the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV). This also suggests that the Apple TV has seen its last iteration. If Apple can put the same apps on any smart TV – which is, of course, not complicated – why have a separate device? I suspect we’ll also see an Apple Music app on these TVs before long (as is already the case for Android phones and tablets).
airplay  apple  apps  itunes  movies  press_release  tv 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Apple Taunts Competitors on Lack of Privacy With CES 2019 Ad
Every January, technology companies flock to Las Vegas to show off their latest gadgets, TVs, phones, and hardware for the yearly CES exhibition and conference. Apple, though, has always made it a habit to not bother going as they are large enough and popular enough to create their own buzzworthy events that focus entirely on their own products.
This year Apple came to CES in the form of a giant ad near the CES 2019 conference center that takes a swing at its competitors, such as Google and Amazon, by taunting them about their privacy concerns.
First reported by Engadget, this ad takes a spin on Vegas's slogan "What happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas" by displaying a picture of an iPhone and stating "What happens on your iPhone stays on your iPhone". It then shows an URL to Apple's new privacy site at
Privacy has been an issue for both Amazon Alexa and Google this year, with numerous reports coming out that their devices are prone to privacy risks or tracking us more than we thought.
For example, researchers found a way to eavesdrop on a room using Alexa and Alexa mistakenly sent a room's recordings to an unauthorized third-party. There have also been reports that Google is collecting huge amounts of tracking data from Android users.
What may the most amusing part of this ad, though, is the fact that it is posted on a Marriott build who had a data breach in November that leaked closed to 400 million member's information and over 5 million users unencrypted passport numbers.
apple  advertising  privacy  trade_show  google  amazon 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
iPhone Back Up to External Hard Drive OSX… - Apple Community
iPhone Back Up to External Hard Drive OSX 10.14 Mojave
Help Please.... Im backing my iPhone X up to my Mac Book Pro using iTunes 12.9. Also Im running Mojave. I watched all the videos on how to get to the "Library" then "Application Support" and then to "Mobile Sync." I then copied the "Backup" folder to my External Hard Drive. I then Erased the "Backup" folder from the Mobile Sync folder. After that I was told to paste something like this:
ln -s /Volumes/mac1tb\ 1/Backup /Users/djtee1tb/Library/Application\ Support/MobileSync/Backup
It was created with my external direction as well as my internal HD name. after 100 different variations and toys pasting it into TERMINAL I get this:
"Operation Not Permitted"
I see older posts where this worked. Is it not working for me because I updated to Mojave? Am I doing something wrong? Im confused. Anyone have any idea how to accomplish this task using Mojave? Thanks in advance.
iphone  backup  howto  macosxhints  storage  macOS  10.14  apple  support  forum  terminal  unix 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
How to Back Up iPhone to External Hard Dr… - Apple Community
How to Back Up iPhone to External Hard Drive via iTunes?
Hi there,
I want to be able to backup my iPhone 4 to an external harddrive since I don’t have enough space on my MacBook Pro hard drive, how do I dothat? I have already moved all the iTunes libraries and media folder to that externaldrive and need to know how to default the IPhone4 backup to the external drive.I am using iTunes 10.
iphone  backup  howto  apple  support  forum  macosxhints  storage  terminal  unix 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Samsung will offer iTunes/AirPlay compatible TVs - Six Colors
The question about whether Apple would allow its video services (and presumably its new video streaming service) on other people’s devices has been answered. Samsung announced Sunday that it’s going to support iTunes and AirPlay 2:
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced today it will offer iTunes Movies and TV Shows and Apple AirPlay 2 support on 2019 Samsung Smart TV models beginning this spring. Support on 2018 Samsung Smart TVs will be made available via firmware update. In an industry first, a new iTunes Movies and TV Shows app will debut only on Samsung Smart TVs in more than 100 countries. AirPlay 2 support will be available on Samsung Smart TVs in 190 countries worldwide…
“We look forward to bringing the iTunes and AirPlay 2 experience to even more customers around the world through Samsung Smart TVs, so iPhone, iPad and Mac users have yet another way to enjoy all their favorite content on the biggest screen in their home,” said Eddy Cue, senior vice president of Internet Software and Services at Apple.
I would expect to see Apple made deals with other TV vendors eventually (I don’t know if Samsung’s got some sort of exclusivity period or if they just got to be the first vendor to announce support), and it wouldn’t surprise me if Apple’s stuff ends up on standalone streaming boxes this year too, so that Apple can reach the largest possible audience with its services.
tv  itunes  movies  apple  apps  airplay  press_release 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Samsung TVs are getting iTunes and AirPlay 2 | iMore
Yeah, you read that right.
Pack it in, folks. It's doubtful we'll see anything else out of CES (whether it's news in Vegas or from the companies showing there) that's more unexpected — and frankly just more weird than this.
Samsung is putting Apple's iTunes on its televisions. Or is it that apple is putting iTunes on Samsung's 2019 televisions?
In any event, it's happening. And props to Samsung's presser for not making us wait for it:
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced today it will offer iTunes Movies and TV Shows and Apple AirPlay 2 support on 2019 Samsung Smart TV models beginning this spring. Support on 2018 Samsung Smart TVs will be made available via firmware update. In an industry first, a new iTunes Movies and TV Shows app will debut only on Samsung Smart TVs in more than 100 countries. AirPlay 2 support will be available on Samsung Smart TVs in 190 countries worldwide.
For those who prefer bullet points, here's what you need to know:
Samsung's 2019 televisions will launch with iTunes for movies and TV shows.
Samsung's 2018 televisions will get it via a software update.
AirPlay 2 is coming, too.
tv  itunes  movies  apple  apps  airplay  press_release 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Samsung Announces iTunes Movies and TV Shows App and AirPlay 2 Support for Its Smart TVs – MacStories
In a first among TV manufacturers, Samsung has announced that its 2019 TVs will ship with an iTunes Movies and TV Shows app in over 100 countries as well as AirPlay 2 support in 190 countries. 2018 models will receive the same support via a firmware update.
With the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas just around the corner, Samsung's US newsroom site issued a press release stating...
The press release also reports Apple's Eddy Cue as saying...
Apple's partnership with Samsung, one of the largest global TV manufacturers, is particularly notable given Apple's efforts to amass a stable of original content for a long-rumored video streaming service. By making existing and future content available directly within Samsung's Smart TV system and providing a means for iOS device and Mac owners to easily play content on Samsung TVs, Apple greatly expands the potential viewership for the content it offers.
tv  itunes  movies  apple  apps  airplay  press_release 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Widespread Apple ID Phishing Attack Pretends to be App Store Receipts
A widespread and sneaky phishing campaign is underway that pretends to be a purchase confirmation from the Apple App store. These emails contain a PDF attachment that pretends to be a receipt for an app that was purchased by your account for $30 USD and tells you to click a link if the transaction was unauthorized. Once a user clicks the link, down the rabbit hole they go.
I first learned about this campaign this weekend when three different people during the course of a single weekend told me that they had received an email stating that they purchased an app from the Apple App Store when they know that they did not. It was not until I started researching this campaign that I learned how widespread it is.
apple  apps  store  phishing  email  security  privacy  appleID 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
GarageBand Turns 15 – 512 Pixels
In 2003, iLife was a huge selling point for the Mac. It made managing photos, making movies and burning DVDs all easy (and even fun!) for users who found more pro-focused apps difficult to approach.
At Macworld 2004 — 15 years ago this weekend — Steve Jobs introduced GarageBand.
I’ve watched this keynote section before, but in reviewing it this week, I was struck by how underrated it is. I think it’s in the top handful of Jobs performances on stage.
He opened the section citing research that said half of U.S. households had at least one person who currently played a musical instrument. That number seemed surprising to me at the time, but he argued that this meant GarageBand had huge market potential.
The program was designed for who weren’t trained as audio engineers. Users could mix up to 64 tracks, blending digital instruments and loops with their own music and vocals to create songs right at home. The loops Apple included were smart; their pitch and tempo were adjusted automatically to better blend with any given project.
apple  music  apps  anniversary  steve_jobs  trade_show  video  audio  podcast 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Appleocalypse: An unfashionable view – On my Om
We have become so accustomed to our leaders — political and corporate — lying to us, that when someone actually shares the facts, we choose to overlook them, instead of trying to read between the lines, even if there isn’t much. I am obviously talking about Appleocalypse — which arrived on the first working day of 2019. Apple CEO Tim Cook, (who unlike others didn’t hide behind a faceless press release and instead came out and) addressed the issues directly. And here is what he said that is worth noting:
While we anticipated some challenges in key emerging markets, we did not foresee the magnitude of the economic deceleration, particularly in Greater China. In fact, most of our revenue shortfall to our guidance, and over 100 percent of our year-over-year worldwide revenue decline occurred in Greater China across iPhone, Mac, and iPad. China’s economy began to slow in the second half of 2018. The government-reported GDP growth during the September quarter was the second lowest in the last 25 years.
apple  business  stock_market  iphone  china 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Apple’s Precarious and Pivotal 2019 – 500ish Words
Yesterday’s updated guidance wasn’t just about China…
The results are in. Actually, they’re not in. And that was a major problem yesterday for Apple.
You see, the company had to do something they almost never do. They had to revise their earnings guidance.¹ Downward. The stock was halted. Yikes.
Today, the stock is down nearly 10%. Tens of billions of dollars have been shaved off of Apple’s market cap, literally overnight. The company is now the 4th most valuable corporation in the world. That sounds like a great thing until you remember that until recently, it was the most valuable company in the world — and for much of the past several years, this was the case by far.
Yesterday was a nightmare scenario for any public company. But it’s almost unfathomable that this happened with Apple. For years and years, this is the company that not only beat their earnings guidance (not to mention Wall Street’s expectations) quarter after quarter, they crushed them.²
I mean, this is the company which celebrated becoming the first trillion dollar company just this past August. What a difference a few months makes.
apple  business  stock_market  china  iphone 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Apple stock plummets 8% on news of grim Q1 2019 outlook | Ars Technica
CEO Tim Cook's letter to investors attempts to explain problems and quell fears.
The beginning of 2019 isn't proving to be as fruitful as Apple anticipated. CEO Tim Cook released a letter to investors yesterday that revised the company's guidance for its Q1 2019 performance. Apple now expects a minimum of $84 billion in revenue, down from the $89 billion it projected at the end of the last fiscal year. In response to the news, Apple's stock fell eight percent in after-hours trading yesterday and remains down since the markets opened today.
So what happened? Cook cited a number of factors, including the timing of the newest iPhone launches and supply constraints across some product categories. The new iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR began shipping in Q4 2018, leading to fewer sales to be counted in the first quarter of 2019. As for supply issues, the letter claims that sales of the Apple Watch Series 4, iPad Pro, AirPods, and the MacBook Air were all constrained during "much or all" of the quarter.
apple  business  stock_market  tim_cook  china 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Steve Jobs and Apple’s Last Previous Earnings Warning
Apple’s last earnings warning before today’s, on 18 June 2002...
That’s it — that’s the entirety of this warning. Two paragraphs, under 200 words. Tim Cook’s “letter to investors” today was about 1,400 words. Part of this is just the nature of Apple being an industry titan blue chip today vs. being an outlier in 2002. The iPod was Mac-only in June 2002. And just look at the numbers: their 10 percent adjustment was just $200 million in revenue. Apple adjusted revenue today by about $7 billion (and that was only 7 percent — less on a percentage basis than the 2002 warning).
But man, delivering bad news was one area where Steve Jobs really shined in a way that Tim Cook just can’t. Look at the tight construction of that message from Apple in 2002. First paragraph: put out the numbers. Second paragraph: it’s an industry-wide problem, but Apple has “amazing new products” coming. And then the kicker, the dagger: “As one of the few companies currently making a profit in the PC business…”.
We’ve got some short term bad news but don’t worry, we have this.” And… out. Short and sweet. Rip off the bad news Band-Aid, express quiet confidence that Apple is in great shape, and that’s it. Message over.
Even if Jobs were still around I don’t think Apple could get away with a message so short with today’s news. But Cook’s letter was just too long. There was no story to it, no narrative. It should have been something along these lines (paraphrasing for succinctness, obviously — well, maybe not obviously):
We all know the Chinese market is fucked up — half because China is China and half because of you-know-who’s dumbass trade war. This quarter that fucked-upped-ness hit iPhone harder than we expected. But China is the whole problem — everything else is noise. Customers around the world love the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR, and iPhones account for 90 percent of the profits in the entire handset industry. We expect that to grow as our competitors struggle to differentiate themselves from each other.
Boom, drop the mic.
Jobs’s arrogance got him into trouble at times, but at other times it was his saving grace. One of the finest moments in Apple’s history, at least from a messaging standpoint, was the company’s response to the iPhone 4 antennagate controversy. That press conference was a masterstroke. But underlying its success were two things: (1) the story truly was vastly overblown — the iPhone 4 antenna did have a weakness but it was a terrific product overall; (2) Jobs knew this and took a “I can’t believe I have to waste my time with this bullshit, but OK, I’ll explain it to you” attitude into dealing with it.
I think Cook’s genuine and inherent humility holds Apple back on days like today. Apple needed less “I’m sorry, let me explain” and more “Fuck you, this is bullshit, let me explain”. What people took away from Cook’s letter and TV appearance today is that the iPhone laid a turd last quarter. Properly delivered, the takeaway should have been that China is crazy but the iPhone is still kicking the shit out of the entire rest of the handset industry and is only pulling further ahead.
apple  business  press_release  stock_market  steve_jobs  tim_cook 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Apple’s Social Network – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
While the saying goes that “No news is good news,” in the case of Apple it turns out that “News about no news is bad news.” From Bloomberg:
Apple Inc. shares had their worst day since 2014 amid concerns that growth in its powerhouse product, the iPhone, is slowing. In the fiscal fourth quarter, Apple said iPhone unit sales barely grew from a year earlier, even though new flagship devices came out in the period. At the same time, Apple said it would stop providing unit sales for iPhones, iPads, and Macs in fiscal 2019, a step toward becoming more of a services business. While some pundits praised the move as a way to highlight a potent new business model, many analysts complained it was an attempt to hide the pain of a stagnant smartphone market.
Apple has long been an exception in the smartphone space when it comes to reporting unit sales, so deciding not to is not that out of the ordinary; Apple, though, has always positioned itself as the extraordinary alternative — the best — and that approach paid off for years with sales numbers that were worth bragging about.
apple  social_networking  business  iphone  services  apple_store 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
​Apple privacy update: Now it's easier to download all the data it has about you | ZDNet
New data and privacy tools for Apple users go live ahead of strict GDPR privacy regulations.
Apple has made it easier for customers to download the data the tech giant holds about them and the devices they use.
The updated Data and Privacy tools allow Apple users to download a version of the data the company holds on their usage of its apps and services. Apple said this may include purchase or app usage history and data stored with Apple, such as calendars, photos or documents.
To find the site, sign in to your Apple ID account page on a Mac, PC, or iPad. Then scroll down to Data and Privacy and select 'Manage your data'.
apple  data  privacy  GDPR  download 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
More on the Supermicro Spying Story - Schneier on Security
I've blogged twice about the Bloomberg story that China bugged Supermicro networking equipment destined to the US. We still don't know if the story is true, although I am increasingly skeptical because of the lack of corroborating evidence to emerge.
We don't know anything more, but this is the most comprehensive rebuttal of the story I have read.
amazon  apple  china  chip  hack  privacy  security  server  supply_chain 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Apple’s China Problem Redux
This Ben Thompson column from May 2017 is worth a re-link given today’s no good very bad earnings warning, which Tim Cook made clear was almost entirely about slow sales in China:
That, though, is a long-term problem for Apple: what makes the iPhone franchise so valuable — and, I’d add, the fundamental factor that was missed by so many for so long — is that monopoly on iOS. For most of the world it is unimaginable for an iPhone user to upgrade to anything but another iPhone: there is too much of the user experience, too many of the apps, and, in some countries like the U.S., too many contacts on iMessage to even countenance another phone.
None of that lock-in exists in China: Apple may be a de facto monopolist for most of the world, but in China the company is simply another smartphone vendor, and being simply another smartphone vendor is a hazardous place to be. To be clear, it’s not all bad: in China Apple still trades on status and luxury; unlike the rest of the world, though, the company has to earn it with every release, and that’s a bar both difficult to clear in the abstract and, given the last two iPhones, difficult to clear in reality.
By Thompson’s logic the iPhone X should have done well in China, because it looked new, and the XS/XR would disappoint in China because they didn’t. And, well, here we are.
apple  business  stock_market  iphone  china  daring_fireball 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Apple’s Terrible No Good Very Bad Earnings Warning
I called “bullshit” (literally the word I used on my latest podcast) on the last two months of “iPhone sales are slower than Apple expected” stories and clearly I was wrong. I still think most of the reports were bullshit — particularly the ones based on reports from Asian suppliers — just bullshit that happened to turn out right for once, like a stopped watch getting the time right twice a day.
One analyst who definitely got it right, though, was Rod Hall at Goldman Sachs. His research note downgrading Apple back on November 20 looks remarkably prescient today.
apple  business  stock_market  iphone  china  daring_fireball 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Independent review finds no spy chips in Super Micro servers - Six Colors
Reuters reports on the latest findings—or lack thereof—in the Bloomberg spy chip story from October:
Computer hardware maker Super Micro Computer Inc told customers on Tuesday that an outside investigations firm had found no evidence of any malicious hardware in its current or older-model motherboards.
It seems pretty clear by now that Bloomberg—either knowingly or unknowingly—published a story that was demonstrably false. There has been no corroborating evidence from any other source or publication, and Apple, Amazon, and officials from both the U.S. and UK governments have all said there is nothing to back up the allegations.
This is extremely damaging for Bloomberg’s credibility, especially as the publication has made no move to retract the article, offer a correction, or indeed say anything publicly about the story. I certainly wouldn’t put any stock in anything that it reports in the information security realm—and perhaps not in technology in general—until it explains exactly how this story got published.
amazon  apple  china  chip  hack  privacy  security  server  supply_chain 
7 weeks ago by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: John Giannandrea Named to Apple’s Executive Team
Apple Newsroom:
Apple today announced that John Giannandrea has been named to the company’s executive team as senior vice president of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Strategy. He joined Apple in April 2018.
Giannandrea oversees the strategy for AI and Machine Learning across all Apple products and services, as well as the development of Core ML and Siri technologies. His team’s focus on advancing and tightly integrating machine learning into Apple products is delivering more personal, intelligent and natural interactions for customers while protecting user privacy.
Giannandrea, you will recall, came to Apple from Google, where he was in charge of AI and search. It is quite possible that he is the best person in the world Apple could have hired to head up artificial intelligence and machine learning. Apple’s goal, obviously, is to meet or exceed Google in these areas — which is to say to lead the industry.
apple  AI/ML  google  daring_fireball  press_release 
7 weeks ago by rgl7194
Audit: No Chinese surveillance implants in Supermicro boards found | Ars Technica
In letter to customers, company declares no evidence supporting Bloomberg report.
In a letter to customers issued December 11, Supermicro President and CEO Charles Liang and other top executives announced that an audit conducted by an outside investigating team had found no evidence of any malicious hardware incorporated into motherboards currently or previously manufactured by the company. The letter is the latest rebuttal to Bloomberg reports in October that claimed tiny chips that provided a backdoor for China's intelligence agencies had been integrated into boards provided to major Internet and cloud providers—a report also refuted by the companies the report claimed were targeted.
"After a thorough examination and a range of functional tests, the investigative firm found absolutely no evidence of malicious hardware on our motherboards," the letter signed by Liang, Supermicro Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer David Weigland, and Senior VP and Chief Product Officer Raju Penumatcha stated. "These findings were no surprise to us... We appreciate the industry support regarding this matter from many of our customers, like Apple and AWS. We are also grateful for numerous senior government officials, including representatives of the Department of Homeland Security, the director of National Intelligence, and the director of the FBI, who early on appropriately questioned the truth of the media reports."
amazon  apple  china  chip  hack  privacy  security  server  supply_chain 
10 weeks ago by rgl7194
Thoughts on (and pics of) the original Macintosh User Manual –
I recently purchased an original Macintosh User Manual (thanks eBay!). I had seen one at a garage sale, and was struck by how it had to explain a total paradigm shift in interacting with computers. I figured I could learn something about helping make innovation happen.
It’s been an intriguing read. It’s a remarkably handsome manual, beautifully typeset, which, considering par for the course at the time was probably Courier with few illustrations, is saying something.
Also, even back in 1984, there was no definite article. You get phrases like “With Macintosh, you’re in charge.” No “the”s or “a”s.
One of the more striking things was how every
Chapter is introduced with a full-color photo of Macintosh being used. Here they are (click on them to see bigger sizes)...
apple  mac  80s  history 
10 weeks ago by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Gaming the App Store
David Barnard...
None of this is news, but it continues to surprise me that Apple hasn’t cracked down on all of these scams, especially the ones that trick people into paying for subscriptions. That’s just outright theft. The apps that sell your location data to third parties are a head-scratcher too — surely Apple doesn’t want this going on.
Apple should put together an App Store bunco squad. A small team that polices the store for scammy apps and nips them in the bud. They could start just by combing the lists of top-grossing apps. It’s not just about protecting users and punishing bad actors — these scams keep good honest apps from rising to the top, and they undermine trust in the system. It’s in no one’s interest for “subscriptions” to be equated with “scams”. And I actually think it would be a fun and satisfying job — who wouldn’t enjoy busting bad guys?
apple  apps  store  scam  security  subscription  data  sharing  daring_fireball 
11 weeks ago by rgl7194
Optimizing Siri on HomePod in Far‑Field Settings - Apple
The typical audio environment for HomePod has many challenges — echo, reverberation, and noise. Unlike Siri on iPhone, which operates close to the user’s mouth, Siri on HomePod must work well in a far-field setting. Users want to invoke Siri from many locations, like the couch or the kitchen, without regard to where HomePod sits. A complete online system, which addresses all of the environmental issues that HomePod can experience, requires a tight integration of various multichannel signal processing technologies. Accordingly, the Audio Software Engineering and Siri Speech teams built a system that integrates both supervised deep learning models and unsupervised online learning algorithms and that leverages multiple microphone signals. The system selects the optimal audio stream for the speech recognizer by using top-down knowledge from the “Hey Siri” trigger phrase detectors. In this article, we discuss the machine learning techniques we use for online signal processing, as well as the challenges we faced and our solutions for achieving environmental and algorithmic robustness while ensuring energy efficiency.
apple  AI/ML  research  report  homepod  siri  audio 
11 weeks ago by rgl7194
Apple research paper outlines how Apple has optimized Siri to work on HomePod | iLounge News
Apple has published a new entry in its Machine Learning Journal providing in-depth technical information on how Apple designed Siri on the HomePod to deal with hearing and understanding a user’s voice in the larger spaces in which HomePod is intended to operate. Titled Optimizing Siri on HomePod in Far‑Field Settings, the paper explains how Siri on HomePod had to be designed to work in “challenging usage scenarios” such as dealing with users standing much farther away from the HomePod than they typically would be from their iPhone, as well as dealing with loud music playback from the HomePod itself, and making out the user speaking despite other sound sources in a room like a TV or household appliances. In the article, Apple goes on to outline how the HomePod’s six microphones and multichannel signal processing system built into its A8 chip work together to adapt to a variety of changing conditions while still making sure that Siri can hear the person speaking and respond appropriately. Machine learning algorithms are employed as part of the signal processing to create advanced algorithms for common features like echo cancellation and noise reduction, improving Siri’s reliability across a wide variety of frequently changing environments.
apple  AI/ML  research  report  homepod  siri  audio 
11 weeks ago by rgl7194
Apple published a surprising amount of detail about how the HomePod works | Ars Technica
Machine learning is a big focus at Apple right now—a blog post explains why.
Today, Apple published a long and informative blog post by its audio software engineering and speech teams about how they use machine learning to make Siri responsive on the HomePod, and it reveals a lot about why Apple has made machine learning such a focus of late.
The post discusses working in a far-field setting where users are calling on Siri from any number of locations around the room relative to the HomePod's location. The premise is essentially that making Siri work on the HomePod is harder than on the iPhone for that reason. The device must compete with loud music playback from itself.
Apple addresses these issues with multiple microphones along with machine learning methods—specifically:
Mask-based multichannel filtering using deep learning to remove echo and background noise
Unsupervised learning to separate simultaneous sound sources and trigger-phrase based stream selection to eliminate interfering speech
apple  AI/ML  research  report  homepod  siri  audio 
11 weeks ago by rgl7194
That Bloomberg Supply-Chain-Hack Story - Schneier on Security
Back in October, Bloomberg reported that China has managed to install backdoors into server equipment that ended up in networks belonging to -- among others -- Apple and Amazon. Pretty much everybody has denied it (including the US DHS and the UK NCSC). Bloomberg has stood by its story -- and is still standing by it.
I don't think it's real. Yes, it's plausible. But first of all, if someone actually surreptitiously put malicious chips onto motherboards en masse, we would have seen a photo of the alleged chip already. And second, there are easier, more effective, and less obvious ways of adding backdoors to networking equipment.
amazon  apple  china  chip  hack  privacy  security  server  supply_chain 
11 weeks ago by rgl7194
Apple's small Silk Labs purchase pushes AI to the edge | Computerworld
Apple’s AI push into on-device machine learning continues with news of its acquisition of Silk Labs breaking just as the U.S. heads into its annual holiday season.
The Information states Apple quietly acquired Silk Labs earlier this year.
Apple’s new purchase seems a good one.
The acquisition closely matches Apple’s feelings about the need to put AI/machine intelligence at the edge. Devices must be smart enough to function when they are offline and secure enough not to damage the privacy of customers.
apple  M&A  business  AI/ML  privacy 
12 weeks ago by rgl7194
Tim Cook Calls for Strong Privacy Protections – MacStories
On Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke at the International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in Brussels. Cook, who has stated many times that Apple believes privacy is a fundamental human right, called for federal privacy legislation. As transcribed in Ars Technica’s post on the speech, Tim Cook said:
We at Apple are in full support of a comprehensive federal privacy law in the United States. There, and everywhere, it should be rooted in four essential rights: First, the right to have personal data minimized. Companies should challenge themselves to de-identify customer data—or not to collect it in the first place.
Second, the right to knowledge. Users should always know what data is being collected and what it is being collected for. This is the only way to empower users to decide what collection is legitimate and what isn't. Anything less is a sham.
Third, the right to access. Companies should recognize that data belongs to users, and we should all make it easy for users to get a copy of, correct, and delete their personal data. And fourth, the right to security. Security is foundational to trust and all other privacy rights.
apple  privacy  tim_cook  europe  speech  data  security 
12 weeks ago by rgl7194
Apple News’s Radical Approach: Humans Over Machines - The New York Times
Many of Apple’s employees moved into a glistening new $5 billion glass headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., this year. A mile west, at Apple’s old campus on 1 Infinite Loop, a project antithetical to Silicon Valley’s ethos is now underway.
In a quiet corner of the third floor, Apple is building a newsroom of sorts. About a dozen former journalists have filled a few nondescript offices to do what many other tech companies have for years left to software: selecting the news that tens of millions of people will read.
One morning in late August, Apple News’s editor in chief, Lauren Kern, huddled with a deputy to discuss the five stories to feature atop the company’s three-year-old news app, which comes preinstalled on every iPhone in the United States, Britain and Australia.
apple  news  curation  nytimes 
12 weeks ago by rgl7194
The Journalists and Processes That Drive Apple News – MacStories
Today Jack Nicas of The New York Times published a first-of-its-kind in-depth look behind the curtain of how the Apple News journalistic team operates. The piece highlights Apple's distinct handling of the news, where human curation is a larger driving factor than at other major tech companies. Nicas writes:
Apple has waded into the messy world of news with a service that is read regularly by roughly 90 million people. But while Google, Facebook and Twitter have come under intense scrutiny for their disproportionate — and sometimes harmful — influence over the spread of information, Apple has so far avoided controversy. One big reason is that while its Silicon Valley peers rely on machines and algorithms to pick headlines, Apple uses humans like Ms. Kern.
The former journalist has quietly become one of the most powerful figures in English-language media. The stories she and her deputies select for Apple News regularly receive more than a million visits each.
apple  news  curation 
12 weeks ago by rgl7194
Phil Schiller and Anand Shimpi Discuss the iPad Pro’s A12X Chip – MacStories
Ars Technica interviewed Phil Schiller, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, and Anand Shimpi, from Apple’s Hardware Technologies group, about the new iPad Pro’s A12X system on a chip. The article also benchmarks the iPad Pro against other iOS devices, Macs, and competing products. The results of Ars Technica’s tests are impressive. The iPad is not only the fastest iOS device available, but it also compares favorably with Apple’s pro Mac lineup.
In the interview, Samuel Axon of Ars leads off by asking about the iPad’s CPU. Shimpi explains how the chip outperforms the A10X:
“We've got our own custom-designed performance controller that lets you use all eight at the same time,” Shimpi told Ars. “And so when you're running these heavily-threaded workloads, things that you might find in pro workflows and pro applications, that's where you see the up to 90 percent improvement over A10X.”
apple  phil_schiller  chip  ipad_pro  overview 
12 weeks ago by rgl7194
Apple walks Ars through the iPad Pro’s A12X system on a chip | Ars Technica
Apple's Anand Shimpi, Phil Schiller talk silicon—"This is really an Xbox One S class GPU."
BROOKLYN—Apple's new iPad Pro sports several new features of note, including the most dramatic aesthetic redesign in years, Face ID, new Pencil features, and the very welcome move to USB-C. But the star of the show is the new A12X system on a chip (SoC).
Apple made some big claims about the A12X during its presentation announcing the product: that it has twice the graphics performance of the A10X; that it has 90 percent faster multi-core performance than its predecessor; that it matches the GPU power of the Xbox One S game console with no fan and at a fraction of the size; that it has 1,000 times faster graphics performance than the original iPad released eight years ago; that it's faster than 92 percent of all portable PCs.
apple  phil_schiller  chip  ipad_pro  overview 
12 weeks ago by rgl7194
Facebook-linked PR firm Definers pushed criticism of Apple, Google, and Bird - The Verge
Facebook has cut ties with the group
As Facebook reels from a bombshell New York Times report published this week, much of the focus has been on a controversial public relations firm hired by the company. Definers Public Affairs, a DC organization, pressed reporters with information favorable to Facebook, including by linking liberal billionaire George Soros to the funding of anti-Facebook activities.
Since the report was published, a fuller scope of the group’s activities has been established. The group also pitched reporters on negative articles about other tech companies: the Times and Business Insider have noted that the firm sought to portray Google and Apple in a negative light, and similar emails were also received by The Verge. According to CNN, one pitch about Apple attempted to question whether there may be a liberal bias in Apple News. The firm also pitched The Verge on a story about the scooter company Bird, encouraging a reporter to question the number of cities the company was operating in at the time.
facebook  social_media  propaganda  fake_news  apple  google  soros 
november 2018 by rgl7194
Who Created The Original Apple Emoji Set?
Apple's emoji font — Apple Color Emoji — is iconic. It wasn't the first emoji set in existance, but it is certainly the most recognizable.
First debuting as part of iPhone OS 2.2 on November 21, 2008, this font is now ten years old. The original set of 471 characters have seen outsized influence over the design of emojis on many platforms in the years to come.
apple  emoji  fonts  unicode  japan  2000s 
november 2018 by rgl7194
Apple Emoji Turns 10
On November 21, 2008 Apple released a free software update for iPhone users in Japan which contained Apple's first emoji font and keyboard.
Ten years later, it's clear that this release paved the way for the widespread emoji support we see around the world today.
When entering the Japanese market in 2008, one key area of focus for Apple was including emoji support on the newly released iPhone 3G.
This emoji support came in the form of a software update known as iPhone OS 2.2 (iPhone OS is what is now known as iOS) that was released globally, although the emoji keyboard was restricted to the Japanese market only.[1]
Apps soon began including Easter Eggs which unlocked the emoji keyboard for users outside of Japan. This was not supported or endorsed by Apple but nonetheless emoji use outside of Japan initially spread via these workarounds.
At the time emoji support was first implemented, this was done in a way that was compatible with SoftBank (Apple's iPhone release partner in Japan), but emoji support had yet to come to Unicode which would make the characters universally interchangable between devices, carriers and software platforms for the first time.
apple  emoji  anniversary  fonts  unicode  japan 
november 2018 by rgl7194
Tech giants that lifted stock market to historic highs now leading the way down - The Washington Post
The decade-long bull market that emerged from the Great Recession has produced jaw-dropping wealth from just a handful of megastar technology companies.
But the powerful tech wave has crashed in the past two months, shedding more than $1 trillion in value from the “FAANGs” — Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google — out of the $18 trillion in overall wealth created by stocks after the market’s bottom on March 9, 2009.
The Nasdaq composite index, where many tech companies trade, ended trading Tuesday down 1.7 percent, which is nearly 15 percent off its recent peak, on Aug. 30.
The Dow Jones industrial average lost 551 points, or 2.2 percent, to finish at 24,465. And the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index fell 1.8 percent. Both have seen their 2018 gains erased.
Shaken investors are wondering whether the tech plunge represents a temporary re-pricing or some more serious vulnerability. In the worst case, it signals deeper trouble in the global economy.
stock_market  technology  economics  facebook  apple  amazon  netflix  google  money 
november 2018 by rgl7194
Justin O’Beirne Evaluates Apple’s New Maps and How They Stack Up Against Google Maps – MacStories
Justin O'Beirne has written about the evolution of Apple Maps and how the app compares to Google Maps several times in the past, which we’ve covered on MacStories. In his most recent analysis, O’Beirne asks whether Apple’s new efforts to update Maps has closed the gap with Google Maps. Backed up by over 100 images comparing the two sets of map data, the answer appears to be a qualified yes. In some respects, Apple has caught up and even passed Google, but in other areas, it remains behind.
Apple also has a long way to go before its Maps update is complete. As O’Beirne notes, the currently-updated map data covers a small fraction of the globe consisting of Northern California and a slice of Nevada. However, those 48 California and 4 Nevada counties contain a lot of new details.
One of the primary differences documented by O'Beirne is the amount of new vegetation detail in Apple Maps. The changes aren’t limited to parks and forests preserves. The new maps add significant greenery detail to cities and towns too. The differences and level of detail are striking. Vegetation has even been added to road medians.
apple  maps  mapping  google  comparo 
november 2018 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Apple’s New Map
Justin O’Beirne has a detailed look at what’s new in Apple’s limited rollout (big parts of California, a few counties in western Nevada) of all-new maps in iOS 12:
Unless they’re already listed on Yelp, none of the shapes Apple has added appear in its search results or are labeled on its map. And this is a problem for Apple because AR is all about labels — but Apple’s new map is all about shapes.
So is Apple making the right map?
O’Bierne’s keen observation is this: even in the areas where Apple’s new maps have rolled out, Google is still far ahead in correctly identifying places and specific destinations. And that might be the most important thing for maps to get right going forward. As usual, his piece is exquisitely well-written, designed, and illustrated.
apple  maps  mapping  daring_fireball  comparo  google 
november 2018 by rgl7194
Apple’s New Map
Has Apple closed the gap with Google’s map?
Perhaps the biggest surprise about Apple’s new map is how small it is...
Four years in the making, it covers just 3.1% of the U.S.’s land area and 4.9% of its population...
But don’t let its size fool you—it’s a dramatically different map from before, with a staggering amount of vegetation detail.
apple  google  maps  mapping  comparo 
november 2018 by rgl7194
Around the Watercooler: Bloomberg “Big Hack” Edition
What do a former NSA hacker, a former defense contractor, and an expert in microcontroller hardware all have in common?
They now all work here at Cylance, and they are among a number of security experts we asked to weigh in on the still-unfolding, bombshell news article first reported by Bloomberg in early October.
For the unaware, Bloomberg’s cover story, The Big Hack, alleged the existence of a Chinese government espionage operation which sought to compromise the supply chain of a motherboard manufacturer called Supermicro by inserting microchips into them that would allow them to spy on American technology giants, including Apple and Amazon.
amazon  apple  china  chip  hack  privacy  security  server  supply_chain 
october 2018 by rgl7194
iOS - CarPlay - Apple
Available on select cars, CarPlay is a smarter, safer way to use your iPhone in the car. CarPlay takes the things you want to do with your iPhone while driving and puts them right on your car’s built-in display. You can get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music, all in a way that allows you to stay focused on the road. Just connect your iPhone and go.
apple  carplay  overview 
october 2018 by rgl7194
Apple Completes Acquisition of Shazam – MacStories
Late last year, Apple announced that it had agreed to purchase Shazam, the music-discovery service. The acquisition was held up for a time by an investigation by the European Commission, which ultimately said the deal is not anti-competitive and could go forward. Today Apple announced that the deal had been completed.
In a press release, Apple said:
Shazam has been downloaded over 1 billion times around the world, and users identify songs using the Shazam app over 20 million times each day. With pioneering innovation in music identification, Shazam helps people discover, interact with and share video, audio or printed content across devices and mediums — and allows music fans to follow their favorite artists and share in the thrill of discovery.
Apple also announced that Shazam would soon be offered ad-free to all users.
apple  M&A  shazam  business  press_release 
october 2018 by rgl7194
Two new supply-chain attacks come to light in less than a week | Ars Technica
As drive-by attacks get harder, hackers exploit the trust we have in software providers.
Most of us don’t think twice about installing software or updates from a trusted developer. We scrutinize the source site carefully to make sure it’s legitimate, and then we let the code run on our computers without much more thought. As developers continue to make software and webpages harder to hack, blackhats over the past few years have increasingly exploited this trust to spread malicious wares. Over the past week, two such supply-chain attacks have come to light.
The first involves VestaCP, a control-panel interface that system administrators use to manage servers. This Internet scan performed by Censys shows that there are more than 132,000 unexpired TLS certificates protecting VestaCP users at the moment. According to a post published last Thursday by security firm Eset, unknown attackers compromised VestaCP servers and used their access to make a malicious change to an installer that was available for download.
amazon  apple  china  chip  hack  privacy  security  server  supply_chain 
october 2018 by rgl7194
Another Bloomberg Story about Supply-Chain Hardware Attacks from China - Schneier on Security
Bloomberg has another story about hardware surveillance implants in equipment made in China. This implant is different from the one Bloomberg reported on last week. That story has been denied by pretty much everyone else, but Bloomberg is sticking by its story and its sources. (I linked to other commentary and analysis here.)
Again, I have no idea what's true. The story is plausible. The denials are about what you'd expect. My lone hesitation to believing this is not seeing a photo of the hardware implant. If these things were in servers all over the US, you'd think someone would have come up with a photograph by now.
EDITED TO ADD (10/12): Three more links worth reading.
amazon  apple  china  chip  hack  privacy  security  server  supply_chain 
october 2018 by rgl7194
TaoSecurity: Network Security Monitoring vs Supply Chain Backdoors
On October 4, 2018, Bloomberg published a story titled “The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies,” with a subtitle “The attack by Chinese spies reached almost 30 U.S. companies, including Amazon and Apple, by compromising America’s technology supply chain, according to extensive interviews with government and corporate sources.” From the article:
Since the implants were small, the amount of code they contained was small as well. But they were capable of doing two very important things: telling the device to communicate with one of several anonymous computers elsewhere on the internet that were loaded with more complex code; and preparing the device’s operating system to accept this new code. The illicit chips could do all this because they were connected to the baseboard management controller, a kind of superchip that administrators use to remotely log in to problematic servers, giving them access to the most sensitive code even on machines that have crashed or are turned off.
Companies mentioned in the story deny the details, so this post does not debate the merit of the Bloomberg reporters’ claims. Rather, I prefer to discuss how a computer incident response team (CIRT) and a chief information security officer (CISO) should handle such a possibility. What should be done when hardware-level attacks enabling remote access via the network are possible?
amazon  apple  china  chip  hack  privacy  security  server  supply_chain 
october 2018 by rgl7194
More commentary on China, Apple, and supply-chain hacking | Mac Virus
Following up the previous story Supply chain hacking: bull in a China shop? [updated]…
[Additional: Motherboard – The Cybersecurity World Is Debating WTF Is Going on With Bloomberg’s Chinese Microchip Stories]
Paul Ducklin for Sophos: Apple and Amazon hacked by China? Here’s what to do (even if it’s not true) – more useful than most of the commentary I’ve seen!
amazon  apple  china  chip  hack  privacy  security  server  supply_chain 
october 2018 by rgl7194
Government Perspective on Supply Chain Security - Schneier on Security
This is an interesting interview with a former NSA employee about supply chain security. I consider this to be an insurmountable problem right now.
amazon  apple  china  chip  hack  privacy  security  server  supply_chain 
october 2018 by rgl7194
Bloomberg blunder highlights supply chain risks - Malwarebytes Labs | Malwarebytes Labs
Ooh boy! Talk about a back-and-forth, he said, she said story!
No, we’re not talking about that Supreme Court nomination. Rather, we’re talking about Supermicro. Supermicro manufacturers the type of computer hardware that is used by technology behemoths like Amazon and Apple, as well as government operations such as the Department of Defense and CIA facilities. And it was recently reported by Bloomberg that Chinese spies were able to infiltrate nearly 30 US companies by compromising Supermicro—and therefore our country’s technology supply chain.
If you’ve been trying to follow the story, it may feel a bit like this...
amazon  apple  china  chip  hack  privacy  security  server  supply_chain 
october 2018 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: 'Your Move, Bloomberg'
Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple:
Sources tell the Erik Wemple Blog that the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and The Post have each sunk resources into confirming the story, only to come up empty-handed. […]
The best journalism lends itself to reverse engineering. Though no news organization may ever match the recent New York Times investigation of Trump family finances, for instance, the newspaper published documents, cited sources and described entities with a public footprint. “Fear,” the recent book on the dysfunction of the Trump White House, starts with the story of a top official removing a trade document from the president’s desk, an account supported by an image of the purloined paper.
Bloomberg, on the other hand, gives readers virtually no road map for reproducing its scoop, which helps to explain why competitors have whiffed in their efforts to corroborate it. The relentlessness of the denials and doubts from companies and government officials obligate Bloomberg to add the sort of proof that will make believers of its skeptics. Assign more reporters to the story, re-interview sources, ask for photos and emails. Should it fail in this effort, it’ll need to retract the entire thing.
amazon  apple  china  chip  hack  privacy  security  server  supply_chain  daring_fireball 
october 2018 by rgl7194
Should Bloomberg retract? | Mac Virus
John Gruber cites Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy’s tweet while considering Bloomberg’s decreasingly convincing insistence on the Apple/Amazon/etc. supply chain story: AWS CEO ANDY JASSY: ‘BLOOMBERG SHOULD RETRACT’
I have to agree: Bloomberg’s position is not looking very tenable.
amazon  apple  china  chip  hack  privacy  security  server  supply_chain 
october 2018 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: AWS CEO Andy Jassy: 'Bloomberg Should Retract'
Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy on Twitter:
@tim_cook is right. Bloomberg story is wrong about Amazon, too. They offered no proof, story kept changing, and showed no interest in our answers unless we could validate their theories. Reporters got played or took liberties. Bloomberg should retract.
If you want a taste of Bloomberg’s attitude toward Apple’s and Amazon’s protestations, check out this video from Bloomberg TV from the day after the story was originally published. Jordan Robertson, co-author of the story, says this:
In addition, there is no consumer data that is alleged to have been stolen. This attack was about long term access to sensitive networks. So by that logic, companies are not required to disclose this information, so there’s no advantage for these companies in confirming this reporting.
This shows their dismissive attitude toward Amazon’s and Apple’s strenuous, unambiguous denials. Rather than give them pause, they blew it off.
I would argue that Amazon and Apple have a tremendous amount to lose — their credibility. If they wanted to hide something, whether for publicity or national security reasons (or both), the way to do it without risking their credibility is not to comment at all. Both Amazon and Apple have instead vigorously denied the veracity of this story.
amazon  apple  china  chip  hack  privacy  security  server  supply_chain  daring_fireball 
october 2018 by rgl7194
Apple CEO Tim Cook calls on Bloomberg to retract its Chinese spy story | Ars Technica
"We were very clear with them that this did not happen," Cook tells BuzzFeed.
Apple CEO Tim Cook is calling on Bloomberg Business to retract a story that said his company was the victim of a hardware-based attack carried out by the Chinese government. It's the first time Apple has ever publicly demanded a retraction, according to BuzzFeed.
Since Bloomberg published the exclusive article 15 days ago, a gaggle of companies, well-placed government officials, and security researchers have publicly challenged its accuracy. Apple and Amazon have said they have no knowledge of ever finding or removing servers that contained the kind of spy chips Bloomberg alleged were found in the companies’ networks. Supermicro has also denied knowing anything about malicious chips being secretly implanted into any of its motherboards during the manufacturing process, as Bloomberg reported.
amazon  apple  china  chip  hack  privacy  security  server  supply_chain  tim_cook 
october 2018 by rgl7194
Apple CEO Tim Cook Is Calling For Bloomberg To Retract Its Chinese Spy Chip Story
"I feel they should retract their story. There is no truth in their story about Apple. They need to do that right thing."
Apple CEO Tim Cook, in an interview with BuzzFeed News, went on the record for the first time to deny allegations that his company was the victim of a hardware-based attack carried out by the Chinese government. And, in an unprecedented move for the company, he called for a retraction of the story that made this claim.
Earlier this month Bloomberg Businessweek published an investigation alleging Chinese spies had compromised some 30 US companies by implanting malicious chips into Silicon Valley–bound servers during their manufacture in China. The chips, Bloomberg reported, allowed the attackers to create “a stealth doorway” into any network running on a server in which they were embedded. Apple was alleged to be among the companies attacked, and a focal point of the story. According to Bloomberg, the company discovered some sabotaged hardware in 2015, promptly cut ties with the vendor, Supermicro, that supplied it, and reported the incident to the FBI.
amazon  apple  china  chip  hack  privacy  security  server  supply_chain  tim_cook 
october 2018 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Apple CEO Tim Cook Is Calling for Bloomberg to Retract Its Chinese Spy Chip Story
John Paczkowski and Joseph Bernstein, reporting for BuzzFeed News...
I’m calling it now. Bloomberg is fucked on this story. The longer they drag this out before a full retraction, the more damage they’re taking to their long-term credibility. Read their statement closely — they’re not saying their story is true or that Apple and Tim Cook are wrong. All they say is they spent a year on the story and spoke to 17 sources multiple times.
And the bottom half of BuzzFeed’s story is even more damning than the top — no one in the security community has been able to verify anything in Bloomberg’s story. Anything at all. And no other news publication has backed the story. Bloomberg is all alone on this.
amazon  apple  china  chip  hack  privacy  security  server  supply_chain  daring_fireball  tim_cook 
october 2018 by rgl7194
FBI security expert: Apple are “jerks” about unlocking encrypted phones | Ars Technica
"Apple is pretty good at evil genius stuff," FBI official laments at conference.
Federal Bureau of Investigation officials are continuing to voice their displeasure with Apple's approach to iPhone security, with one FBI official reportedly calling the company "jerks" and an "evil genius" this week.
Apple has repeatedly made it more difficult to access data on encrypted iPhones, making Apple customers safer from hackers but also preventing the FBI from breaking into phones used by suspected criminals.
"At what point is it just trying to one-up things and at what point is it to thwart law enforcement?" FBI forensic expert Stephen Flatley said yesterday while speaking at the International Conference on Cyber Security in Manhattan, according to a report by Motherboard. "Apple is pretty good at evil genius stuff."
apple  privacy  security  encryption  gov2.0  politics  FBI  iphone 
october 2018 by rgl7194
FBI expert calls Apple "jerks" over encryption - Six Colors
Ars Technica’s Jon Brodkin:
“At what point is it just trying to one-up things and at what point is it to thwart law enforcement?” FBI forensic expert Stephen Flatley said yesterday while speaking at the International Conference on Cyber Security in Manhattan, according to a report by Motherboard. “Apple is pretty good at evil genius stuff.”
Flatley also used the word “jerks” to describe Apple and its approach to iPhone security, according to Motherboard.
I guess it’s like the old saying goes: one person’s “evil genius” is another’s “champion of personal privacy.”
apple  privacy  security  encryption  gov2.0  politics  FBI  iphone 
october 2018 by rgl7194
Jobs and Woz's first product: Blue Boxes - Six Colors
Stephen Hackett talked to Kristen Gallerneaux, curator at the Henry Ford Museum, about the unheralded first Jobs-Wozniak collaboration, an illegal Blue Box used for phone phreaking:
I think Jobs’s business and marketing mind really took flight with the Apple 1 in 1976, but the blue box was the foundation for that in 1972. It was the origin point for Woz and Jobs working together on a commercial product, and to learn about one another’s working style. Jobs saw potential to monetize the blue box-I believe they cost around $40 to produce, and were marked up to around $150. To meet sales demands, a few helpers were brought in to help out with assembly for large orders.
This was all spectacularly illegal, but they never got caught—and a few years later they were selling Apple I computers instead.
apple  history  steve_jobs  70s  hack  telephone 
october 2018 by rgl7194
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