Apple bans developers from selling user contacts

Apple has strengthened its App Store guidelines for developers, explicitly stating they are not allowed to share user contacts. If an Apple developer creates a database of any user’s contacts and shares or sells that information without their consent, they will be banned from the developer programme and their content will be removed from the App Store. Applications will still be able to collect this data, but they must prompt the user for consent and tell them exactly what they will do with the data. Developers are responsible for ensuring…

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Apple unlikely to switch to all-OLED iPhone lineup next year

Analysts are pouring cold water on a report that Apple Inc. plans to use next-generation, OLED screens for all of its new iPhone models next year. The article in South Korea’s Electronic Times, if true, would be negative for major manufacturers like Japan Display Inc. and Sharp Corp., which build LCDs that are used in many phones, but a positive for OLED technology makers like Universal Display Corp. Japan Display shares fell 8 percent Tuesday, while Sharp declined 3 percent. Universal Display shares climbed 4 percent. Representatives for Apple, JDI…

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Apple HomePod launching in more countries

Apple has stated it will sell its HomePod smart speaker in Canada, France, and Germany from 18 June 2018. The HomePod is currently available in the US, UK, and Australia, and sells for $349 – available in white and space grey. Apple also announced that iOS 11.4 supports HomePod stereo pairs and a new multi-room audio system. “This free software update introduces the most advanced, easy to use, wireless multi-room audio system using AirPlay 2 to play music in any room from any room,” said Apple. The HomePod is compatible with the iPhone 5s or later…

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Why I use a Mac computer, but an Android phone

When people see my MacBook, they assume that I have an iPhone. With Apple’s ecosystem so tightly integrated, why wouldn’t they? However, I have used an Android smartphone since the launch of the HTC Desire in 2010 – and a MacBook laptop as my work machine since 2011. While iPhones and non-Mac laptops are fine devices, I will never go back to Windows or Linux on my work PC, or switch to iPhone. That’s not to say it hasn’t been tempting, but there are many small things which when added…

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Apple rejects Steam Link app for iOS

Apple has blocked Valve’s Steam Link app from being released on its App Store. Steam Link allows users to stream gameplay from their PC and play on supported devices with minimal latency. SteamDB posted a tweet containing Valve’s press statement concerning the rejection of the app. The Steam Link app was initially approved for iOS release on 7 May, but following the announcement, Apple revoked its approval for the app – citing business conflicts not originally realised by the original review team. Valve then appealed the decision, stating that the…

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iStore Annual Sale – All the top deals

The iStore has launched its Annual Sale, which will run from 24 May until 10 June 2018. The sale features discounts on a range of Apple products – including MacBooks and iPhones – and accessories. The special deals are available in-store and online, and stock will vary from store to store, said iStore. It added that stock is also “extremely limited”. Deals are also not valid at the iStore factory store, it added. The top deals from the sale are shown below. Apple TV 4K Apple Watch Series 3 Beats…

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MacBook keyboard switches the target in second class action lawsuit

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Apple in California over the butterfly switches it uses in its MacBook keyboards, with claims the company knows they are defective, AppleInsider reported. According to the complaint, the butterfly mechanism Apple launched with the 2015 MacBook is prone to failure. The same switches were introduced to the MacBook Pro range in 2016. It stated that when dust or other particles build up beneath keys, the switch fails in certain cases, forcing owners to take their computer in for repairs. Due to the design of MacBooks,…

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Designer on the original Macintosh testifies in Samsung patent case

Graphic designer Susan Kare, known for giving the Macintosh its smile through the “Happy Mac” icon, has been called to testify in the patent case between Apple and Samsung, CNET reported. Samsung was found guilty of infringing Apple’s intellectual property in the iPhone six years ago. Apple has asked for over $1 billion in damages, and the court is hearing subsequent arguments. The arguments are centred around “articles of manufacture,” a legal term to describe the portions of a device covered by a patent. Samsung won a case in the…

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Investors cut Apple holdings by most since at least 2008

Institutional investors haven’t been this skeptical on Apple since at least the financial crisis. They reduced their holdings in the iPhone maker by about 153 million shares in the first three months of the year, an analysis of 13F filings showed. That’s the biggest decrease since at least the first quarter of 2008 when Bloomberg started tracking the data. It’s also the most among any S&P 500 stock in the first quarter. The drop in holdings is the third such reduction in the last four quarters, with the outlier being…

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Apple leaves overseas cash out of its latest quarterly report

A key figure disappeared from Apple latest quarterly report. It’s also gone from the regulatory filings of Netflix, Microsoft, Google’s Alphabet Inc. and Oracle. Cash held overseas. There’s nothing rule-breaking about leaving it out – some tax experts say it makes perfect sense — but the move could make it more difficult to gauge whether one of the federal tax changes enacted last year is stoking corporate investment in the US, as the Trump administration said it would. Cupertino, California-based Apple, which at one time had $252 billion stockpiled abroad,…

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