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China: iPhone Is Threat to National Security

Beijing worried about state secrets being stolen

(Newser) - China is lashing out at Apple, claiming that the iPhone is a danger to national security because of its ability to track and record user's whereabouts, reports Reuters . A researcher who appeared on today’s CCTV state media broadcast lambasted the tech giant, saying that if China’s “... More »

Teen Dies Trying to Get iPhone Back From Mugger

Ruby Rubio had promised her mom she'd take care of new phone

(Newser) - Just a week after 15-year-old Ruby Rubio got an iPhone and promised her mother she'd treat the prized possession with care, a mugger snatched it from the girl while she was walking her 7-year-old sister home from school. The teen from Santa Ana, Calif., gave chase and managed to... More »

Phone Lost in Oklahoma Is Found in Japan

Farmer's iPhone traveled to Hokkaido and back

(Newser) - When Oklahoma farmer Kevin Whitney's phone slipped out of his pocket into a silo containing 290,000 bushels of grain, he figured it was gone for good—but it was just beginning a journey around the world. Some eight months later, he was reunited with the iPhone, and some... More »

Apple Unveils New Operating Systems

HealthKit, HomeKit, and Family Sharing among the changes

(Newser) - Apple fans, dig in: Company CEO Tim Cook today unveiled the new iOS 8 and OS X operating systems at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. The software won't be out until fall, but behold a few highlights, beginning with iOS 8:
  • A HealthKit app is
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iPhone 6 Due in September, in 2 Sizes

Get ready for 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screens: report

(Newser) - The iPhone 6 is coming in September, and it'll be available in two screen sizes—both bigger than the current four inches. At least, that's what a report from Nikkei Asian Review is suggesting, via Business Insider . The story is based on insider accounts regarding the production of... More »

Boy, 2, Uses FaceTime to Get Help for Mom

She was bleeding badly after dog bite

(Newser) - Bentley Toone, 2, had used FaceTime on his mother's iPhone to call her friend Connie Guerrero so often, Guerrero sometimes ignored the calls. But last week, "something inside of me just told me that I needed to answer this," Guerrero says. When she picked up, she saw... More »

iPhone App Wakes You With Smell of Bacon

But you have to win an Oscar Mayer device to make it possible

(Newser) - The sizzle. The smell. The promise of bacon is enough to get most of us out of bed. And Oscar Mayer knows that. So it's created an iPhone dongle that plugs into your phone's headphone jack, and with the help of a companion iPhone app, releases the sound... More »

Apple Launches 'CarPlay'

New system looks to challenge Microsoft and Google for dashboard dominance

(Newser) - Apple isn't satisfied with owning your pocket; it's coming for your dashboard, too. The company today launched "CarPlay," a new product linking up your iPhone, either via your car's dashboard or with voice control. Apple unveiled the system at the Geneva International Motor Show, with... More »

Girl's iPhone Catches Fire in Pants

Teen suffers minor burns in Maine classroom

(Newser) - A weird one from Maine, where school officials say a 13-year-old girl suffered first- and second-degree burns when her iPhone caught fire in her pants, reports WMTW . The trouble began when the girl sat down, heard a popping sound from the back pocket where her phone was located, and noticed... More »

How Celebs End Up Using Samsung Phones

The company's "White Glove" program aims to sway Hollywood elites

(Newser) - Find yourself glancing at the cellphones celebrities carry? Well if it's Jay Z or Martha Stewart carrying a Samsung device, that may be the result of the company's elite "White Glove" program, writes Shane Snow at Fast Company . Here's how it works: A celeb or high-powered... More »

Cops: Teen Who Didn't Get iPhone Pulls Knife on Dad

Massachusetts youth faces assault charges

(Newser) - Siri, what's the penalty for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon? An 18-year-old in Brockton, Massachusetts, might find out after police say he pulled a knife on his father when the iPhone he wanted didn't show up under the Christmas tree, reports the Enterprise . Cops charged Alexander... More »

Apple Cuts Deal to Offer iPhone on China Mobile

World's biggest carrier could revive iPhone sales in China

(Newser) - Apple says it has reached a deal to bring the iPhone to China Mobile, the world's biggest phone carrier. The deal could boost sales of the iPhone in China. Demand for iPhones, once hugely popular in China, have slumped there as lower-priced rival smartphones from Samsung and Chinese companies... More »

12 Key Tech Products of the Past 2 Decades

Walt Mossberg lists most important devices, software

(Newser) - Walt Mossberg has been reviewing consumer technology for the Wall Street Journal for 22 years, and now he's signing off—but not before reflecting on the most important gadgets and software in his time with the paper. And a very fruitful period it has been. A timeline of the... More »

Apple Maps: Less of a Disaster Than You Think

Has taken 23 million users from Google, despite problems

(Newser) - Remember when Apple launched its own maps app on the iPhone and iPad, a program so error-ridden the CEO apologized , the project leader was fired , it became the butt of jokes for months, and everyone celebrated when Google finally relaunched its much-loved maps app? Turns out, it hasn't been... More »

Apple: Profits Fall, iPhones Keep Selling

Tech giant's earnings decline for 3rd straight quarter

(Newser) - Apple's latest quarterly earnings fell 9% as more people bought the company's lower-priced iPhones and iPads, according to fourth-quarter results announced today. The numbers included early sales of the latest iPhones released late last month. The models, called the 5S and 5C, helped Apple Inc. increase its iPhone... More »

Couple Sells Baby, Buys iPhone

Prosecutors accuse couple of human trafficking

(Newser) - Prosecutors in China say a young couple illegally put their baby up for adoption online, accepted money for her ... and then used that money to buy an iPhone and expensive shoes, among other things. It's not clear how much the couple received, but AFP reports that online postings referred... More »

Apple Puts Brakes on iPhone 5C Production

Apple cuts orders on lower-cost option

(Newser) - Apple is telling its suppliers to scale back production on the iPhone 5C, the lower-cost iPhone model that's been criticized from day one for being too expensive. Apple's two Taiwanese assemblers were told that fourth-quarter orders would be cut, by about 20% for the larger of the two,... More »

This Woman Says She's the Voice of Siri

Apple hasn't confirmed or denied

(Newser) - A Georgia woman has come forward to CNN claiming she is the voice behind Apple’s automated voice assistant, Siri. Susan Bennett says she recorded the voices for Siri back in 2005—six years before they were even used. Apple hasn’t officially confirmed whether she’s the voice of... More »

iOS 7 Is Causing Motion Sickness

Users report headaches, nausea, dizziness

(Newser) - Some Apple users are sick of the company's new iOS 7 operating system. Literally. The new zoom and slide animations, and the 'floating" icons on the home screen, are causing motion sickness in many people with vestibular disorders—conditions that affect balance and vision, the Guardian reports. "... More »

iPhone 5S, 5C Sales Smash Record

Customers buy 9M on first weekend

(Newser) - Apple's new iPhones went on sale this weekend, and it seems customers were plenty ready: They picked up more than 9 million units of the 5S and 5C, a record for the first weekend of sales, the company notes. "This is our best iPhone launch yet," CEO... More »

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