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A “bug” that let a $500 password cracking box open up iPhone 7 is patched as of iOS 11

 Apple confirmed that the behavior that lets a $500 box ‘crack’ an iPhone 7 passcode will be patched out of the final version of iOS 11 that’s due this fall. It’s also patched under iOS 11 beta 4, if you’re running that. Read More

Apple reportedly in talks with Aetna to bring the Apple Watch to millions of customers

 Apple and Aetna have held several secret meetings to discuss offering the Apple Watch to Aetna’s 23 million customers, according to CNBC. Aetna could roll out the plan as early as next year. Read More

Apple appears to be working on a yoga workout mode for Apple Watch

 News continues to leak out about what’s new in iPhone 8, and most of those rumors seem to be coming from a leaked iOS release related to the HomePod speaker. Something else we were tipped to in that same file: several references to yoga, including under a listing of workouts associated with the Apple Watch. Read More

The “attention economy” created by Silicon Valley is bankrupting us

 “The attention economy” is shaping everything about contemporary life, according to Google’s former design ethicist, Tristan Harris. That economy has brought us Donald Trump by bankrupting our intelligence and exploiting our “lower level vulnerabilities”. Read More

Apple issues statement regarding removal of unlicensed VPN apps in China

 Apple has issued a statement regarding last night’s removal of ‘most major’ VPN apps from the App Store in China. Read More

Apple removes VPN apps from the App Store in China

 The Chinese government’s crackdown on the internet continues with the news that Apple has removed all major VPN apps, which help internet users overcome the country’s censorship system, from the App Store in China. The move was first noted by ExpressVPN, a provider based outside of China, which said in a blog post “all major VPN apps” including its own had been purged… Read More

New Apple ad does some voice-first education with The Rock and Siri

 How do you teach people how to use an interface that’s invisible? That’s been the marketing communications problem for Apple since the day Siri became the first big mass-market voice assistant. They’ve taken stab after stab at it. The splash page that offers Siri suggestions if you activate it and don’t say anything. TV spots; tool tips; App Store promotions and… Read More

Apple’s Greater China business now has its own managing director for the first time

 Apple has appointed Isabel Ge Mahe as its first vice president and managing director of its business in Greater China. China-born Ge Mahe is tasked with managing Apple’s China business, and she will report into CEO Tim Cook and COO Jeff Williams when she takes up the role, which is based out of Shanghai, “later this summer.” Ge Mahe is currently located in California,… Read More

Ticwatch is back with two new alternatives to the Apple Watch

 The Ticwatch, a worthy (and more affordable) alternative to the Apple Watch, is back with two new models. You may remember the second-generation Ticwatch from last year. The watch raised over $2 million on Kickstarter and now parent company Mobvo...

Ticwatch is back with two new alternatives to the Apple Watch

 The Ticwatch, a worthy (and more affordable) alternative to the Apple Watch, is back with two new models. You may remember the second-generation Ticwatch from last year. The watch raised over $2 million on Kickstarter and now parent company Mobvo...

Apple continues Asia expansion with its first retail store in Taiwan

 Apple has continued to expand its retail footprint in Asia after the iPhone-maker opened its first store in Taiwan this weekend. The inaugural Apple Store is located in Taipei 101, a landmark skyscraper in Taipei, and it is staffed with an initial workforce of 130 employees, Apple said. Doors in Taiwan opened at 11am local time on Saturday, but eager fans had queued for as long as 68 hours… Read More

Apple just created, and killed, a generation of AR businesses

 Two weeks ago, Apple introduced ARKit, its solution for placing 3D objects realistically into a ‘real’ place. Basically, augmented reality. And, it just so happens that the holy grail of the home decor and architecture game has been, for years, being able to place decor and furniture inside a customer’s actual space. Read More