Apple claims it isn’t scanning customers’ faces, after teen sues for $1 billion
- According to the lawsuit, NYPD detective John Reinhold first noticed that Bah “looked nothing like” the suspect in the surveillance video of a Manhattan Apple Store that was robbed.
- According to the lawsuit, the detective then explained that Apple’s security technology identifies suspects of theft using facial recognition technology.
- The lawsuit states that Bah was presented with a police report which claimed a SIS loss prevention employee caught him stealing Apple Pencils on security video from a Boston Apple Store.
- The lawsuit tries to justify the $1 billion claim by alleging that Apple and SIS caused harm to Bah by their wrongful actions, including causing him to be arrested by the NYPD at his home in four in the morning, forcing him to miss school and a midterm exam, which then hurt his grades.
Apple-Qualcomm 5G settlement isn’t a simple case of winner and loser
- A this point, Qualcomm has achieved a near monopoly in the commodity market for 5G modems – at least in mid- to high-end devices.
- Getting out of the commodity business of modem supply is the right move as Intel pivots towards the data center market and less dependency on devices.
- Samsung – Samsung will continue to use Qualcomm chips and modems in its high end devices in the US and some other parts of the world, as it understands that it needs that level of performance to compete.
- Others (e.g., Mediatek) – the change in market will have some limited effects as Intel/Infineon did sell modem chips to a variety of smaller players and its likely many will seek the up and comers for next generation Smartphone products, particularly in emerging markets like China and India.
If you're thinking of buying Apple's newest MacBook Air, spend the extra $100 and get the 13-inch MacBook Pro instead
- The MacBook Air features a wide color display, which offers more colors and better accuracy.
- The MacBook Air screen maxes out at 400 nits of brightness, but the 13-inch MacBook Pro display can get much brighter, and is capable of 500 nits.
- The 2018 MacBook Air features eighth-generation processors from Intel, which can achieve Turbo Boost up to 3.6 GHz. The 13-inch MacBook Pro features older processors — Intel's seventh-generation chips — but they have a better Turbo Boost of up to 4.0 GHz. The MacBook Pro can also be upgraded to include a beefier Intel i7 processor, in case you want to do heavier tasks like video editing.
- The 2018 MacBook Air weighs 2.75 pounds, while the 13-inch MacBook Pro weighs just a little more than that, at 3.02 pounds.
- And the difference in display quality between the 13-inch MacBook Pro and the new MacBook Air is pretty noticeable.
Apple CEO Tim Cook Speaks Out About Doing 'What's Right' Despite the Backlash
- But Cook said it’s not Apple’s place to play a role in every political conversation.
- Apple, under Cook, has faced off against President Donald Trump on topics as far-ranging as immigration, China trade policies, and other social issues.
- The attacks include Cook, who said last year that Trump’s proposed tariffs would hurt Apple’s overseas business.
- Cook said he’s a “deeply a free-market person in mindset,” yet he strongly believes that the tech industry needs to be regulated.
- Although Cook didn’t cite examples, the tech industry is facing intense criticism over its sharing of vast troves of customer information, as well as concerns that it’s not doing enough to secure services from bad actors looking to steal sensitive personal information.
- The tech giant may be a hardware and services company today, Cook said, but all of that could pale in comparison to what it will do in the future.
New Sesame Street-themed PSA encourages kids to reduce mobile device use
- A new PSA from Sesame Workshop and advocacy organization Common Sense aims to address kids’ unhealthy use of mobile devices by focusing on one particular problem: devices at the dinner table.
- While Common Sense puts out a lot of material for children and families like this, Sesame Workshop’s involvement on the new PSA is particularly interesting given the company’s recent connection with Apple.
- A new Sesame Workshop-produced show set to air on Apple’s soon-to-launch streaming service will teach kids coding basics — an agenda Apple regularly pushes to get its programming language, Swift, into the hands of the next generation of coders.
- On the one hand, parents want to encourage their children to pursue STEM subjects — which often requires kids to regularly use computers and other devices to practice new skills, like coding with MIT’s Scratch or building for Minecraft.
Apple CEO Tim Cook says he made one simple change that helps him avoid becoming addicted to his iPhone
- Cook was asked about how ordinary people are touching their phones thousands of time a day during an on-stage interview at the Time 100 Summit.
- He agreed that many kids may be using their phones too much, and that this was the impetus for Apple's Screen Time reports, which rolled out in early 2018.
- Cook said he learned that lesson personally by reading his own Apple Screen Time reports, which lead him to make another simple change that keeps him from being distracted by his phone thousands of times of day: He turned off app notifications.
- These include disabling notifications on each app through the "Notifications" tab in "Settings"; using "Do Not Disturb" both manually (while at dinner or the movies) and setting it up automatically (like at bedtime); and selectively earmarking contacts or email strings as VIPs, so you are alerted to their emails and don't need to constantly check your phone for them.
Apple's new 2019 iPhones are expected to get a major camera upgrade. Here's everything we know so far.
- Apple's new flagship iPhones are expected to come with three rear-mounted cameras just like the Samsung Galaxy S10, according to reports from The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo among others.
- Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal report that this feature will be reserved for Apple's most expensive new phone, likely the successor to the iPhone XS Max. However, reports from Macotakara and Kuo (via 9to5Mac) indicate another model might get it as well.
- That third lens could be a super-wide-angle camera similar to the one found on Samsung's Galaxy S10, reports from Bloomberg and Kuo indicate.
- Apple may coat the new iPhone's super-wide-angle camera and its front-facing camera in black to make them more seamlessly blend in with the rest of the device, according to Kuo. Apple's selfie camera is reportedly getting an upgrade.
Tim Cook says tech needs to be regulated or it could cause ‘great damage to society’
- He pointed to Europe’s stringent GDPR data privacy rules as an example that US lawmakers could slowly emulate, while suggesting that Europe could continue to improve on those rules as well.
- “Europe is more likely to come up with something.
- GDPR is a step in the right direction,” Cook added.
- Cook says he believes individual donations are more transparent than a PAC, saying that he personally makes donations to causes he believes in.
- As one example, he described how 300-plus Apple employees were allowed to stay in the US because of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, and as the CEO, he publicly supported these people.
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Tim Cook says that Apple donates $0 to political candidates and that he refuses to have a PAC because they 'shouldn't exist'
- Apple is the rare corporation that keeps its pocketbook out of political elections by having no formal political action committee (PAC), CEO Tim Cook said on Tuesday, speaking at the Time 100 event.
- A PAC is an organization that raises and donates money to candidates' political campaigns.
- Although people from Apple are credited with donating $2.4 million total to Democrats and Republicans in 2016, and nearly $1.7 million in 2018, these donations came almost entirely from individuals, not from a formal PAC, Open Secrets says.
- Apple does have its share of hired lobbyists, and spends "dark money," too, according to Open Secrets.
- Dark money is when a company hires an agent that acts as a go-between, Open Secrets explains.
- All told, Open Secrets says Apple directly spent nearly $6.7 million on lobbying in 2018, plus it was affiliated with five other lobbyists, for a bit over another $1 million.
Apple is working to speed up repairs of its bad MacBook keyboards
- Apple’s attempt to expedite the keyboard repair process is just the latest development in the ongoing saga of the much-maligned butterfly keyboards that are found on all modern Mac laptops.
- The keys are vulnerable to sudden failure and unpredictable behavior if dust or outside debris makes its way into the mechanism.
- Apple has a repair program in place for MacBooks with the butterfly-style keyboard that might be out of warranty, and the company recently apologized for the fact that “a small number” of customers continue to experience problems even with its most recent products.
- Speeding up repairs is a nice customer service move — especially for machines that are otherwise excellent products.
- But there are still plenty of people who’ve been holding off on upgrading their Apple laptops until the company finally introduces a totally redesigned keyboard without any of this reliability baggage.