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Former Apple Employee Charged With Theft of Trade Secrets Related to Autonomous Car Project

The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation this week charged former Apple employee Xiaolang Zhang with theft of trade secrets, according to documents filed with the Northern District Court of California. Zhang was hired at Apple in December of 2015 to work on Project Titan, developing software and hardware for use in autonomous vehicles. Zhang …

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Some Third-Party Email Apps Let Employees Read User Emails

Some third-party email providers that work with services like Gmail are letting their employees read customer emails to create new and optimized software tools, according to an article warning about third-party email apps and services published today by The Wall Street Journal. Return Path, a service for email marketers that has 163 app partners, two …

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Car Consortium That Includes Apple Announces Digital Car Key Specification for Smartphones

The Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC), an organization that includes Apple, today announced the publication of a new Digital Key Release 1.0 specification, which is a standardized solution designed to let drivers download a digital vehicle key onto their smartphones. Described as an organization focused on enabling seamless mobile device-to-vehicle connectivity, the CCC’s new Digital Key …

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Apple Shares Latest Transparency Report Outlining Government Data Requests From July 1 to December 31, 2017

Apple today released its latest transparency report outlining government data requests for the second half of 2017, covering the dates between July 1 and December 31 [PDF]. Apple’s transparency reports are designed to provide customers with information on how many data-related requests it has received from law enforcement officials both in the United States and …

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Hundreds of Apple Screen Engineers and Execs Scoped Out New Tech at Display Week

Hundreds of Apple employees attended Display Week in Los Angeles, California this week to scout out new display technology that could be used in future products, reports Bloomberg. Display Week is an event that’s hosted by the Society for Information Display. It’s aimed at connecting startups, influencers, innovators, technical experts, and others who are in …

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Apple to Participate in Pilot Program Allowing Expanded Operation of Drones [Updated]

Apple has applied to participate in a pilot program that would allow the company to operate drones in ways that are typically restricted by the Federal Aviation Administration in the United States, according to Reuters. DJI Mavic Air The report states that the U.S. Department of Transportation will announce 10 winning state or local government …

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Five Useful Mac Apps Worth Checking Out – April 2018

Apps designed for the Mac don’t typically receive as much attention as apps for iOS devices, so we’ve launched a monthly series that highlights useful, interesting Mac apps that are worth checking out. This month’s app selection, outlined in the video and the post below, includes apps for managing and organizing your files, getting info …

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Maker of 'GrayKey' iPhone Unlocking Box Suffers 'Brief' Data Breach, Receives Money Demands

Grayshift, the company that makes the GrayKey iPhone unlocking boxes that have been sold to multiple law enforcement agencies across the United States, recently suffered a data breach that allowed hackers to access a small portion of the GrayKey code, reports VICE’s Motherboard. GrayKey box, via MalwareBytes Last week, unknown hackers leaked portions of the …

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U.S. Department of Justice Investigating Claims AT&T, Verizon and GSMA Colluded to Prevent Customers From Easily Switching Carriers [Updated]

The United States Department of Justice today launched an antitrust investigation to determine whether U.S. carriers, including Verizon and AT&T, have coordinated to prevent consumers from easily switching wireless carriers, reports The New York Times. AT&T, Verizon, and GSMA, an industry group that sets mobile standards, were asked in February for documents related to their …

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Greenpeace Criticizes Apple's 'Daisy' Recycling Robot, Says Focus Should be on 'Repairable and Upgradeable Product Design'

As part of its 2018 environmental report, Apple today unveiled the latest iteration of its recycling robot, named Daisy. Daisy is an upgraded version of Liam, the recycling robot Apple debuted in 2016. Daisy is smaller, faster, and more efficient than Liam, able to disassemble 200 iPhones per hour and obtain their component parts for …

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Leaked Apple Memo Warns Employees About Leaking Info to Media

Apple recently posted a “lengthy” cautionary memo on its internal website that uses aggressive scare tactics to warn employees against leaking details about future products to the media, reports Bloomberg. In 2017, Apple said it caught 29 leakers and that 12 of those people were arrested. “These people not only lose their jobs, they can …

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Mastercard, Discover and Amex Ending Signature Requirement for Purchases Tomorrow, Visa to Follow Later This Month

Starting tomorrow, the major credit card companies in the United States are officially eliminating the signature requirement for purchases, marking an end to a long running but increasingly unnecessary policy. American Express, Visa, Discover, and Mastercard first announced plans to end credit card signatures late last year, but have now confirmed to The Verge that …

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Apple Reminds Developers App Updates Must Support 64-Bit Starting June 2018, Warns Customers About Unoptimized Apps

Apple today reminded developers about upcoming changes being made to the Mac App Store. Starting on June 1, all new app updates submitted to the Mac App Store must support 64-bit. Apple already requires new apps submitted to the Mac App Store to offer 64-bit support, a change that went into effect in January of …

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Apple Now Powered by 100 Percent Renewable Energy Worldwide

Apple today announced that its global facilities, including retail stores, offices, data centers, and more, are powered with 100 percent clean energy. Apple’s 100 percent clean energy figure encompasses facilities in 43 countries, including the United States, UK, China, and India. In a statement, Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple is “committed to leaving the …

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Apple Facing Lawsuit Over Heart Rate Sensor in Apple Watch

Apple is facing a lawsuit from Omni MedSci, a company that says Apple is infringing on its patented technology with the Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor, reports Axios. Omni MedSci claims to have met with Apple from 2014 until 2016, but Apple ultimately ended discussions for a partnership and then reportedly used Omni MedSci’s patented …

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