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James Comey, director of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, has once again slammed Apple's iPhone and devices running Android that can hold secure, encrypted data that is inaccessible by law enforcement, saying that such capabilities allow users to "place themselves beyond the law." Comey's remarks came during an interview with 60 Minutes, during which he said he believes unbreakable encryption of user data has "gone too far." He said he's concerned that even...
Apple is set to expand the availability of its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus later this month, as the company announced on Monday that the handsets would begin rolling out in three dozen new countries -- including rising key markets India and China -- on Oct. 17. The small principality of Monaco will join India and China in the Oct. 17 launch, with Israel following on Oct. 23 and the Czech Republic, French West Indies, Greenland, Malta, Poland, Reunion Island and South...
Details from Apple's supplier non-disclosure agreements are beginning to leak thanks to the bankruptcy proceedings of GT Advanced Technologies, with the sapphire maker arguing that even more should be published so creditors and shareholders can see the full story behind its fall from grace. Court filings made by GT Advanced Technologies have already revealed that Apple imposes a $50 million penalty "per occurrence" for leaking any information about an upcoming,...
The largest pharmacy chain in the U.S., Walgreens, has allegedly sent out an internal corporate memo asking employees to prepare for the launch of the iPhone 6-based Apple Pay service next Saturday, Oct. 18. Photo via MacRumors. The letter allegedly sent to Walgreens store managers, published by MacRumors, simply refers to "the launch of Apple Pay on October 18." It does not indicate whether Apple plans to launch its payment service across the U.S. on that same day, or...
With only days to go before Apple's Oct. 16 event, new photos out of East Asia claim to show components bound for a next-generation iPad, including a logic board, Touch ID hardware and cover glass with incorporated digitizer. Alleged iPad part photos via Apple.club.tw. Included among the supposedly leaked parts, posted to Taiwanese website Apple.club.tw on Saturday, is a Touch ID fingerprint reader sporting a gold capacitive ring, hinting at a new iPhone-inspired color...
Apple Pay is primed to launch as one of the most secure and convenient digital payments solutions ever devised, but certain popular retailers may slow adoption by refusing to offer support due to a conservative stance on next-gen commerce or conflict with their own ambitions in the sector. When Apple announced Apple Pay at its iPhone 6 event in September, the company revealed that it had struck deals with all three major credit card networks -- Visa, MasterCard and...
Ahead of an expected OS X Yosemite debut next week, Apple on Friday rolled out a revamped iTunes Store for beta testers using iTunes 12 on the next-gen operating system, revealing a reworked user interface more in line with the flat aesthetic the company is moving toward. The new iTunes Store assets, which are slowly rolling out to iTunes 12 beta testers, feature a "flat" look inspired by Apple's upcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite operating system, which is expected to...
Apple's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus officially went up for preorder in China Friday morning and initial reports say the country's top three wireless carriers accepted one million orders in the first six hours of availability. The preliminary numbers come from China's three biggest telecoms, China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom, reports Tencent News. It is unclear if the one million unit figure includes orders placed through the Chinese Online Apple Store, which...
Premium audio company Bose and Apple-owned Beats Electronics disclosed on Friday that they have settled their patent infringement dispute out of court, preventing a potential trial between the two competitors. Bose, who first filed the complaint in July, disclosed to a U.S. District Court in Delaware that it has dismissed its patent infringement accusations against rival Beats. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Previously, Bose had accused Beats of...
Apple partner GT Advanced Technologies announced on Friday that it plans to close its sapphire producing plants in Arizona and Massachusetts operations, and decried its unsustainable contracts with Apple as "oppressive and burdensome." The details were revealed in a pair of U.S. Bankruptcy Court filings made by GT Advanced and detailed by The Wall Street Journal. In the filings, the sapphire maker said that closing the plants will cost a total of 890 jobs. In cutting...
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