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A Friday afternoon report from China Central Television, the Asian nation's dominant state-run broadcaster, said the location tracking features found in Apple's iOS are a "national security concern" and worried that they could be used to expose Chinese state secrets. Apple Store in Beijing's Sanlitun neighborhood CCTV pointed at iOS's "Frequent Locations" functionality, a feature that tracks the geographic coordinates to which a user most frequently travels -- their...
Apple on Thursday seeded to developers new builds of Safari for OS X 10.9 Mavericks and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion featuring new WebKit modifications including WebGL tweaks, which should see wider adoption in OS X 10.10 Yosemite and iOS 8. Safari 7.1 for Mavericks and Safari 6.2 for Mountain Lion brings WebGL-powered 3D rendering to Apple's browser, as well as other WebKit engine features like IndexedDB, JavaScript Promises and CSS Shapes and Compositing. Apple is asking...
Apple late Thursday issued a security message saying it has blocked old versions of Adobe's Flash Player plug-in for Safari, citing a recent flaw that could potentially allow hackers to harvest browser data like cookies. As noted in an updated support document regarding the issue, Apple has taken action against a recently discovered Flash vulnerability by restricting plug-in access through its Safari Web browser. Users with out of date plug-ins will be met with a...
Misfit wearables, makers of the Shine activity monitor, announced on Thursday a partnership with Beddit, an ultra-sensitive sleep tracking system that slips under a user's sheets to measure everything from respiration to movement. Billed as one of the least intrusive sleep sensors available, the Misfit Beddit Sleep System is a "paper-thin" device that can be placed on a bed's mattress just below the sheets to measure a wide spectrum of sleep metrics. As the user is...
Industry consensus holds that Apple's so-called "iWatch" will see manufacture in September ahead of wide distribution in December, but one well-connected analyst believes mass production is to be pushed back to November, meaning only small quantities will be available at launch. iWatch concept by Todd Hamilton In a research note obtained by AppleInsider, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says the iWatch represents a new level of difficulty for Apple in regard to both hardware and...
It appears that Apple has recently changed its iTunes Music Store policy regarding song samples, reverting preview times for certain tracks from 90 seconds to the old 30-second standard. The 30-second preview has been applied to Judas Priest's new release and an older album from Neil Diamond. The exact timing of Apple's apparent reversion to shorter clips is not clear, though Twitter users have been reporting the change for at least one day. As noted by MacRumors,...
In a return of the blurry cam, a photo published to the Web on Thursday purports to show the front cover glass of Apple's next-generation "iPhone 6" with installed mounting hardware for the LCD and Touch ID home button. Coming via Taiwanese website Apple.Club.Tw, the single photo purportedly shows a 4.7-inch display cover bound for Apple's next-generation iPhone 6. Unlike recent "leaks," Thursday's includes what appears to be metal bracket hardware and EMI shielding...
In an update to its website on Thursday, Apple announced it will soon bring bulk app and iBook purchases to 16 new countries through its Volume Purchase Program, which will include support for both businesses and educational institutions. Added to the Volume Purchase Program webpages for business and education, the announcement notes upcoming availability in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore,...
Last week, Samsung issued a Sustainability Report just like Apple has been doing for years. But Samsung's report was just worthless advertising according to China Labor Watch, which says the company both uses child labor and underpays the children who build its Android phones. Samsung didn't initially appear to be whitewashing conditions in its report. It recounted that 48 percent of its suppliers in China had "minors involved with chemical handling processes" and 59...
Two popular iOS titles released notable updates Thursday as the weekend approaches, with Minecraft adding a number of new features -- including infinite worlds -- while Plague, Inc. takes advantage of a new 20th Century Fox partnership to let players control colonies of apes. Minecraft Pocket Edition Minecraft developer Mojang says the iOS edition's update is its largest ever, packing a slew of new features for mobile gamers. Players can now enjoy infinite worlds, for...
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