The lawsuit has been filed by consumer group Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband, which raises concerns over Apple requesting 'global consent' for use of customer’s data. Read the rest of this entry »
According to Wired, Apple has temporarily stopped processing changes of Apple ID passwords over the phone. This step comes as a response to the experience of reporter Mat Honan whose iCloud account was hacked, which resulted in the wipe of his MacBook Air, iPad and iPhone. Wired reports:
On Sunday Wired reporter Mat Honan said that hackers gained control of his account at iCloud and remotely wiped his MacBook Air, iPad and iPhone and as well as further gained access to his Gmail and Twitter accounts. Today he detailed the exact process of the hacking.
Starting with the iOS 6 release this fall, apps that need access to personal data (reminders, photos, contacts, calendars etc.) will have to ask users to allow them use such data. However, according to BitDefender, now about 18.6% of 65,000 apps for iPhone that was included in the study can access data in a user’s address book, while 41% of them can track location. The company also revealed that only 57.7% of apps encrypt user’s personal data.
This month Applemoved to take control of iPhone5.com that was used by domain squatter for a forum with lots of ads. The company filed a claim with WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization), who today is said to have granted its request. According to The Next Web, the squatter has ceded control of the domain that is now under control of the company called Corporation Service Company that can transfer the ownership to Apple.
Motherboard published a post (via iFixit) providing yet another reason why Apple manufactures its devices in China — rare earths. While noting that China’s lack of environmental regulations and cheap labor contribute to Apple’s choice, the report explained why use of rare earth elements may make it hard to shift manufacturing in other countries:
Time Magazine published its list of the 100 Most Influential People In The World that was compiled for this year, and Apple CEO Tim Cook included in the list alongside Salman Khan, Rihanna, Hilary Clinton and Tim Tebow. Walter Isaacson has been also included on the TIME's list thanks to the remarkable success of his book about Steve Jobs.
In December last year AFP reported that Italian anti-trust regulators fined Apple $1.2 million for misleading commercial practices relating to AppleCare warranties. According to the decision of Italian competitor regulator, Apple’s AppleCare warranties have failed to inform consumers of a 2-year mandatory warranty required by EU law.
Apple seeded its second preview version of the upcoming OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion to developers. When introducing the new OS X operating system earlier this year, Apple noted the new version brings iOS functionality to the Mac. Among this popular iOS features are Notification Center, Messages, Game Center and AirPlay Mirroring. With the release of the new beta version, a few interesting features have been spotted.
The U.S. Commerce Department has confirmed a FBI agent report who claiming that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs served on former President George H.W. Bush's Export Council during the 1990s. He was considered for appointment to the council in 1991.
The Export Council consists of unpaid members who meet a minimum of twice a year to advise the president on trade policy. Given that the Commerce Department said Jobs served during the first Bush administration, it would appear that he was on the council from 1991 to 1993.
Yesterday Apple notified members of the company’s iOS Developer Program that they will be required to provide high-resolution, Retina Display compatible screenshots. The screenshots are required when initially submitting or updating an app through iTunes Connect.
The note sent out to third-party softwaredevelopers says that any future updates will not be approved by Apple unless 960x640 pixel screenshot is included, a change from the company's earlier policy which supported Retina Display screenshots but did not require them.