Ars Technica: Antitrust 101: Why everyone is probing Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. “Dozens of probes are going on right now under the auspices of dozens of state, federal, and international bodies using dozens of state, federal, and international statutes. What all of these antitrust laws have in common at their core, though, is the concept of playing fair—especially when it comes to the biggest player in the room.” Good, extensive, informative, thorough. READ THIS NOW.
Popsugar: Apple’s New Gender-Neutral Emoji Are Here to Make Your Keyboard More Inclusive. “Your iPhone keyboard is about to get a whole lot more diverse, thanks to Apple’s new iOS 13.2 software. The update boasts a whole host of inclusive emoji, including couples and families with different skin tones and tons of gender-neutral variations of existing human characters.”
BetaNews: Apple warns users to upgrade their old iPhones and iPads or face GPS and time issues. “Apple has issued a warning to owners of some iPhones and iPads, advising them to update their operating system within the next two weeks. The company warns that devices that do not upgrade iOS will experience problems with GPS and incorrect date and times — which in turn could cause problems with iCloud, email and other services.”
Digital Trends: Apple might be sending your browsing data to China’s Tencent by default. “A safe browsing feature, intended to increase online security within Apple’s Safari app, has instead raised privacy concerns as it has been recently discovered that the app is sending user browsing data to a company headquartered in China.” The Verge has an update to the story with a more thorough explanation of what is really happening here.
Ars Technica: Attackers exploit an iTunes zeroday to install ransomware. “Attackers exploited a zeroday vulnerability in Apple’s iTunes and iCloud programs to infect Windows computers with ransomware without triggering antivirus protections, researchers from Morphisec reported on Thursday. Apple patched the vulnerability earlier this week.”
CNET: Apple pulls HKmap.live app used in Hong Kong protests. “Apple has removed HKmap.live, a mapping app that crowdsources the location of police and protesters in Hong Kong, from the App Store, saying it violated the store’s guidelines and local laws. The move comes after the iPhone maker was sharply criticized by the Chinese state newspaper and accused of facilitating illegal behavior by allowing the app.”
Washington Post: Everyone’s AirPods will die. We’ve got the trick to replacing them.. “Cupertino, we have a problem: AirPods are comfortable and convenient headphones that have attracted tens of millions of customers. But each one of those white sticks contains a rechargeable battery marching toward an untimely death in as little as two years. Apple’s plan to deal with that reality is just to sell us new ear buds. When your AirPods’ day comes, the only option is to ask Apple for discounted replacements — but you’ll need to know its code word to even get that.”