Safari in iOS sends data to Tencent

Engadget reports, that with iOS 13 Apple started checking website details against fraudulent behavior with Tencent. While Apple already uses “Google Safe Browsing” to improve security, this behavior has been difficult before. With the latest developments in Hong Kong and China, this approach is – at a minimum – questionable and overshadows trustworthiness of Apple hardware. Engadget comments accordingly:

You might not have to worry outside of China, but it’s still a concern.

Source: Safari in iOS sends some Safe Browsing data to Tencent

MacBook Air cooling.

About MacBook Air cooling.

So, I’m going to guess, that the reason that this machine is brain dead, even though it has it’s primary power rails, is because… Apple.

Louis Rossmann at 1.46 of the video.
Louis opens new Macbook Air, immediately looses mind.

Technologie Messe IFA

Nun ist es nicht so, dass ich selbst ein großer Freund des digitalen Bezahlens bin. Und neulich im Supermarkt konnte ich mir das schmunzeln nicht verkneifen, als der junge Mann vor mir an der Kasse von seiner Mutter mit Bargeld vor dem Scheitern von Apple-Pay mit der Uhr gerettet werden musste. Selbstverständlich nicht ohne laute und für alle in der Schlange wartenden zu verstehende Hinweise darauf, dass das “Neumodische Zeug” eben nicht funktioniere. Und natürlich darauf, dass Mütter eben doch immer Wissen, was gut ist.

Trotzdem ist es häufig ganz praktisch, Alternativen zu Bargeld oder vielleicht manchmal sogar zur EC Karte zu haben. Allein für den Kredit-Aspekt von manchen Karten oder auf Reisen.

Und der Supermarkt, in dem die beschriebene Szene sich abgespielt hat, schimpft sich selbst auch nicht “Technologie Supermarkt”. Aber die IFA schimpft sich eine Technologie-Messe. Im Supermarkt funktionieren wenigstens Kreditkarten mit NFC. Und mehr muss man über Digitalisierung in Deutschland auch gar nicht wissen.

Apple acquiring most of Intel’s smartphone modem business in $1B deal

After Apple only recently announced to partner with Qualcom on 5G modems, Intel quickly decided to cease their efforts in that area. In that market situation, Apple likely landed a bargain on this deal.

Apple has entered into a deal to acquire a majority of Intel’s modem business, TechCrunch has learned. The deal, valued at around $1 billion, includes Intel IP, equipment, leases and employees, with Apple bringing over 2,200 new roles and bringing its portfolio up 17,000 wireless technology patents. “We’ve worked with Intel for many years and know this team shares Apple’s passion for designing technologies that deliver the world’s best experiences for our users,” Apple SVP Johny Srouji said in a release tied to the news. “Apple is excited to have so many excellent engineers join our growing cellular technologies group, and know they’ll thrive in Apple’s creative and dynamic environment.

Source: Apple acquiring most of Intel’s smartphone modem business in $1B deal

Leap Motion acquired by Ultrahaptics

The 2010 founded AR and VR company, that was leading in hand tracking devices for VR usage had a few moments that made the tech-headlines. According to many sources, Apple tried to acquire the company twice, with the second attempt as recently as 2018. Past week, the company sold for $30 million.

Today, we’re announcing a strategic deal with Ultrahaptics that combines the two companies and solidifies our collective role as the world’s leading spatial interaction company.

Source: Leap Motion and Ultrahaptics Join Forces – Leap Motion Blog

Apple’s 2019 WWDC announcements

Good & Quick summary of everything announced at this years WWDC edition. A little bit of everything for everyone.

Apple kicked off its annual Worldwide Developer Conference in San Jose this morning with a two-and-a-half hour keynote, showing off everything the company has been working on for the past many months. Want to know everything they announced, but don’t have time to watch the whole thing yourself? We’ve wrapped it all up for you […]

Source: TechCrunch

Supreme Court rules against Apple

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 against Apple on Monday on a case involving whether or not a group of iPhone users will be allowed to bring an antitrust lawsuit against the company regarding its App Store practices. The iPhone owners allege that Apple’s 30 percent commission on App Store sales is passed along to […]

The supreme court ruling against Apple allows an App Store antitrust case to proceed, possibly having huge impact for customers and the App Store business.

Source: Supreme Court rules against Apple, allows an App Store antitrust case to proceed | TechCrunch

Apple considering offline mode for Siri

Not sure about how you use Siri or other voice assistants. For me, it’s in the car mostly or in other locations that just don’t have connectivity in that moment I’d need assistance. Local voice processing – in other words no cloud required – would indeed be a huge step for Apple or the technology as such. It’d also be an improvement looking at it from the privacy perspective.

If only Siri became better in understanding me.

Apple wants Siri to become more useful to users when not connected to the internet, including the possibility of an offline mode that does not rely on a backend server to assist with voice recognition or performing the required task, one that would be entirely performed on the user’s device.

Source: Apple considering offline mode for Siri that could process voice locally on an iPhone

John Oliver talks about Encryption

John Olivers ‘Last Week Tonight’ on encryption in general and the the case Apple vs. FBI in particular.