Cult of Mac: Here’s almost every wallpaper Apple has ever made for Mac and iOS

Cult of Mac: Here’s almost every wallpaper Apple has ever made for Mac and iOS. “Do you want a blast of Apple nostalgia which takes you back to an earlier time in macOS or iOS history, but don’t want to go as far as actually using older hardware? If so, then you’re in for a treat, thanks to a new archive of classic Apple wallpapers which just popped up online. Dating back to the classic Mac days of System 7 and the original iPhone OS (remember when it wasn’t yet called iOS?), the archive boasts full resolution copies of most of the vintage Apple background images.”

TechCrunch: Apple is rebuilding Maps from the ground up

TechCrunch: Apple is rebuilding Maps from the ground up. “I’m not sure if you’re aware, but the launch of Apple Maps went poorly. After a rough first impression, an apology from the CEO, several years of patching holes with data partnerships and some glimmers of light with long-awaited transit directions and improvements in business, parking and place data, Apple Maps is still not where it needs to be to be considered a world-class service. Maps needs fixing. Apple, it turns out, is aware of this, so it’s re-building the maps part of Maps.”

NBC: Apple, Google cashed in on Pizzagate-offshoot conspiracy app

NBC: Apple, Google cashed in on Pizzagate-offshoot conspiracy app. “An app promoting a conspiracy theory featuring Hillary Clinton and a child sex ring lingered at the top of Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store for months, with both tech giants receiving a cut of the revenue in the process.”

BetaNews: Apple releases iOS 11.4.1 with passcode cracking blocker — that can be easily bypassed with an accessory it sells

BetaNews: Apple releases iOS 11.4.1 with passcode cracking blocker — that can be easily bypassed with an accessory it sells. “Apple is working away on iOS 12 at the moment, but it’s still pushing out updates for iOS 11. As promised just a few weeks ago, a new update aims to block the use of iPhone passcode cracking tools, such as those used by law enforcement. But the patch has already been found to be flawed.”

Yahoo Finance: 5 ways Apple maps can improve to compete with Google

Yahoo Finance: 5 ways Apple maps can improve to compete with Google. “By gathering information from mapping vehicles and anonymized snippets of route data from individual iPhones, Apple aims to provide users with a more comprehensive, current guide to the world—beginning this fall for iOS 12 users across northern California. That would be a decent start to redeeming Apple Maps from a legacy of errant routing. But if Apple wants to overcome the enormous lead of Google (GOOG, GOOGL), more accurate lines and dots can only be the start.”

CNET: Tech giants met with US intelligence officials over midterm elections

CNET: Tech giants met with US intelligence officials over midterm elections. “Representatives from Amazon, Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Oath, Snap and Twitter, met last month with representatives of the US intelligence community to discuss preparations for the midterm elections, The New York Times reported Monday. The meeting, which Facebook confirmed it hosted, was the first discussion between tech companies and intelligence officials on the topic since Russian operatives used social media to sow seeds of discord among Americans during the 2016 election.”