Tag: Apple Inc

No, That Mac Factory in Texas Is Not New

President Trump on Wednesday toured a Texas plant that makes high-end Apple computers, chatting with Apple’s chief executive, Timothy D. Cook, and accepting a plate with the words “Assembled in USA.” It was a pretty typical publicity event, until the end. Mr. Trump walked in front of the news cameras and took credit for the […]

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Trump Floats Tariff Exclusions for Apple at Texas Manufacturing Plant

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Wednesday that China had not yet made enough concessions to secure a trade deal with the United States and suggested that he might exempt Apple from an upcoming round of tariffs as he toured a Texas plant that assembles Mac Pro computers. Mr. Trump, who was joined in Austin […]

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What Is End-to-End Encryption, Back as a Bull’s-Eye on Big Tech?

SAN FRANCISCO — A Justice Department official hinted on Monday that a yearslong fight over encrypted communications could become part of a sweeping investigation of big tech companies. While a department spokesman declined to discuss specifics, a speech Monday by the deputy attorney general, Jeffrey A. Rosen, pointed toward heightened interest in technology called end-to-end […]

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Silicon Valley’s Biggest Foe Is Getting Even Tougher

BRUSSELS — Margrethe Vestager spent the past five years developing a well-earned reputation as the world’s top tech industry watchdog. From her perch overseeing Europe’s competition rules, she fined Google more than $9 billion for breaking antitrust laws, and forced Apple to pay about $14.5 billion for dodging taxes. Now she says that work, which […]

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The Streaming Era Has Finally Arrived. Everything Is About to Change.

LOS ANGELES — Every three decades, or roughly once a generation, Hollywood experiences a seismic shift. The transition from silent films to talkies in the 1920s. The rise of broadcast television in the 1950s. The raucous “I Want My MTV” cable boom of the 1980s. It is happening again. The long-promised streaming revolution — the […]

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Apple to Ban Vaping Apps From Its Store

Apple said on Friday that it would ban vaping apps from its online store, affecting 181 apps in total. “We take great care to curate the App Store as a trusted place for customers, particularly youth, to download apps,” Apple said in a statement. Apple said health authorities “have attributed a variety of lung injuries […]

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Apple’s Reach Reshapes Medical Research

In 1976, the Harvard School of Public Health and two other major medical institutions started a study on nurses that has become one of the largest and longest research efforts ever conducted on women’s health. They have so far enrolled more than 275,000 participants. On Thursday, the Harvard school announced an even more ambitious women’s […]

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Steve Jobs Was Right: Smartphones and Tablets Killed the P.C.

I got an iPad Pro recently, and I’ve fallen madly in love with it. This was unexpected. I’ve had iPads before, but like a lot of people, I hadn’t found them to be very useful. Tablets were good for surfing the Web and watching Netflix, but they’ve always been dogged by the charge that you […]

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Powerful Coalition Pushes Back on Anti-Tech Fervor

WASHINGTON — Thomas Lambert, a professor at the University of Missouri’s law school, gave his former colleague Josh Hawley a warning before Mr. Hawley became a senator in January. Mr. Lambert had been wary of Mr. Hawley’s decision in 2017, as Missouri’s attorney general, to open an antitrust investigation into Google, saying he didn’t see […]

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Tech Giants Pledge Billions for Housing, but Will It Matter?

SAN FRANCISCO — A mile from Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino lies the sun-faded carcass of the Vallco Shopping Mall. At the moment it consists of empty, buff-colored buildings, acres of black asphalt and a pile of rubble where the parking garage used to be. About a year ago, a developer submitted a proposal to build […]

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The Great Streaming Space-Time Warp Is Coming

This may be TV’s biggest fall ever. It could also be its last. By “biggest,” I mean as measured by volume. In addition to the usual slate of broadcast premieres — still operating on a back-to-school schedule like half a century ago — and the cable premieres, and the Netflix season drops, two entire new […]

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California Attorney General Is a No-Show on Tech Investigations

WASHINGTON — When numerous state attorneys general gathered last month on the steps of the Supreme Court to announce an antitrust investigation into Google, one was conspicuously absent: Xavier Becerra, California’s attorney general. He was also missing from a list of state attorneys general publicly signing on to a joint antitrust investigation into Facebook, released […]

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16 Useful Gems in Apple’s New iOS 13

Every September, Apple offers the world a new update of its iOS software for iPhones. This year’s version, iOS 13, didn’t exactly have a graceful landing; since its release in September, Apple has produced no fewer than five follow-up versions intended to fill feature holes and fix bugs. A sixth version, 13.2, is in beta […]

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China Sharpens Hacking to Hound Its Minorities, Far and Wide

SAN FRANCISCO — China’s state-sponsored hackers have drastically changed how they operate over the last three years, substituting selectivity for what had been a scattershot approach to their targets and showing a new determination by Beijing to push its surveillance state beyond its borders. The government has poured considerable resources into the change, which is […]

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When You Take a Great Photo, Thank the Algorithm in Your Phone

Not too long ago, tech giants like Apple and Samsung raved about the number of megapixels they were cramming into smartphone cameras to make photos look clearer. Nowadays, all the handset makers are shifting focus to the algorithms, artificial intelligence and special sensors that are working together to make our photos look more impressive. What […]

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Apple Removes App That Tracked Hong Kong Police

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple removed an app on Wednesday that enabled protesters in Hong Kong to track police, a day after facing intense criticism from Chinese state media for it, plunging the technology giant deeper into the increasingly politicized atmosphere in China. Apple said it was removing the app, called HKmap.live, from its iPhone App […]

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The World’s Wokest Sports League Bows to China

The national editor of this newspaper last year asked the commissioner of the N.B.A. at a conference how it felt “to be the wokest professional sports league.” It was a fair description: While Colin Kaepernick has been unable to find a job in the N.F.L. after kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality, […]

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Barr Pushes Facebook for Access to WhatsApp Messages

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr is set to press Facebook on Friday to create a so-called back door to its end-to-end encryption on WhatsApp and other messaging platforms, which would give investigators access to now-secret communications, including from terrorists and other criminals as well as whistle-blowers, journalists and others. Mr. Barr and his […]

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Facebook Encryption Eyed in Fight Against Online Child Sex Abuse

An explosion in reports of child sexual abuse imagery on the internet is prompting the authorities to step up pressure on technology companies over their use of encryption — and Facebook, which flags by far the largest amount of the material, is drawing outsize attention. The tension is part of a growing debate over privacy […]

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Apple Steps Into the Movie Business

LOS ANGELES — Apple is going to the movies. The company, which is set to unveil its Apple Plus TV streaming service on Nov. 1, will enter the film business this fall with theatrical releases of three movies it acquired this year, Apple said on Friday. The effort will expand in 2020, when Apple plans […]

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How to Make the Most of Apple’s New Privacy Tools in iOS 13

To get the latest security protections against viruses, exploits and whatever other nasty stuff is out there, it’s wise to keep the software for our devices updated. For iPhones, that’s especially true now. That’s because Apple’s iOS 13, the most recent mobile software for iPhones, arrived last week. Similar updates to iPadOS, the operating system […]

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Apple Keeps Making Computer in Texas After Tariff Waivers

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple will make its new Mac Pro computer in Texas after the Trump administration agreed to waive tariffs on some of its Chinese-made parts, the company said on Monday. The United States on Friday granted Apple’s requests for tariff exemptions for 10 Chinese parts in its new $6,000 Mac Pro. The announcement […]

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