October 18, 2021
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Why lawmakers are so interested in Apple’s and Google’s “rents”

Enlarge / Maybe this textbook is from the Ma Bell era? #ThanksStockGettyImages designer491 / Getty ImagesJosh Hawley had some questions about how Apple came up with the money to buy back $58 billion in stock over the past year. “I just want to focus on one major source of that income,” the Republican senator said to Apple’s lawyer. “It’s not innova...
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Apple’s AirDrop leaks users’ PII, and there’s not much they can do about it

EnlargeAppleAirDrop, the feature that allows Mac and iPhone users to wirelessly transfer files between devices, is leaking user emails and phone numbers, and there's not much anyone can do to stop it other than to turn it off, researchers said. AirDrop uses Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Low Energy to establish direct connections with nearby devices so they c...
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What to expect from Apple’s “Spring Loaded” event on April 20

Enlarge / The teaser image on this event's invitation looks like Apple Pencil scribbles, perhaps supporting the idea this will be an iPad-focused event.AppleIt might have taken longer than expected (the event has historically taken place in March), but Apple announced its spring product unveiling event this week. Executives from the company will ta...
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iOS users—and only iOS users—face NSFW content ban on Discord app

Enlarge / This cute little pig has obviously seen some things that iOS users will no longer be allowed to see on Discord.Discord users who access the app through iOS will now face restrictions on adult content that go beyond those for other platforms. The gaming-focused social networking app—which lets users create public or private servers to chat...
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Apple, Epic Games lay out detailed arguments for upcoming legal battle

Enlarge / Fortnite seen in the App Store on an iPhone on May 10, 2018. Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesWith Epic Games and Apple set to face off before a judge in their high-profile trial in just a few weeks, new court filings from both companies outline the evidence and arguments each intends to make in detail. Unsurprisingly, each documen...