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Teen Who Found FaceTime Bug Will Get a Reward

Apple isn't saying how much Grant Thompson will get for discovering eavesdropping flaw

(Newser) - Apple has fixed a FaceTime privacy glitch uncovered by a 14-year-old—and the teen is getting a reward for his effort. The glitch could let someone hear live audio on another person's phone, even though that person hadn't answered the FaceTime group call, reports CNN . It was also... More »

Woman Tried to Warn Apple About 'FacePalm' Bug

She says she tried everything 'short of smoke signals'

(Newser) - A mother in Arizona says her teenage son uncovered a major security hole in FaceTime more than a week ago—but it was very difficult to get Apple to take it seriously. Michelle Thompson tells the Wall Street Journal that her 14-year-old son, Grant, discovered the bug, which allows users... More »

Massive FaceTime Privacy Flaw Revealed

Apple bug let users eavesdrop in secret

(Newser) - Anyone might've gained access to a FaceTime user's conversations and live camera footage via a bug Apple is now racing to fix. The website 9to5Mac first reported Monday that a bug in Apple's Group FaceTime feature allowed an iPhone or iPad user to call another user and... More »

Apple's 'Darkest Day' Just Turned Into Dark 3 Months

Market capitalization loss of $452B since Oct. 3 is larger than the entire value of Facebook

(Newser) - Thursday was called the "darkest day" for Apple under Tim Cook. Now the bigger picture from the end of 2018 is emerging, and it's similarly stunning. CNBC reports that in the three months since Oct. 3, Apple's market capitalization losses have reached $452 billion, with Apple shares... More »

iPhone Tweet Means Demotion for Workers at Rival

A big whoops for Huawei

(Newser) - Falling solidly under the "you had one job" umbrella this week is a story out of China. If you're responsible for updating Huawei Technologies' social media pages, highlighting a rival tech company probably isn't the best idea—which is exactly what two Huawei employees just discovered. Reuters... More »

How Apple Got Into Trouble in China

For one thing, it may have underestimated what local rivals were up to

(Newser) - Apple is having a brutal day in the stock market, with shares down 9% in the first hours of trading. Unless the stock rallies, that would mark the biggest single-session drop for the company since a 12% decline in 2013, reports MarketWatch . It all stems from Apple's surprisingly grim... More »

Apple Shares Dive After CEO's Bad News

'This is Apple's darkest day during the Cook era'

(Newser) - Apple shares are in store for a bruising after CEO Tim Cook's warning to shareholders on Wednesday. The share price dived 8% in after-hours trading and is now down by a third from its October peak. The price is expected to plunge further on Thursday, bringing other tech stocks... More »

Apple Made a $30B Promise. It Just Started Delivering

Company is planning a $1B campus in Austin, smaller-scale campuses in other cities

(Newser) - Apple will build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas; break ground on smaller locations in Seattle, San Diego, and Culver City, Calif.; and over the next three years expand in Pittsburgh, New York, and Colorado. The tech giant said Thursday that the new campus in Austin, less than a... More »

Apple Is No Longer Most Valuable Public Company

Microsoft just surpassed it, thanks to the cloud

(Newser) - Microsoft's big bet on cloud computing is paying off as the company has surpassed Apple as the world's most valuable publicly traded company, per the AP . The software maker's prospects looked bleak just a few years ago, as licenses for the company's Windows system fell with... More »

How TV Streaming Has Hurt the Middle Class

Seems Netflix doesn't pay most creatives very much

(Newser) - Think the streaming wars are a boon for Hollywood types? Creatively, maybe so—but it turns out the current system leaves many working writers and actors struggling in ever-pricier Los Angeles, Fast Company reports. With shorter seasons, lower pay, and no residuals, many mid-level creatives with Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and... More »

'Made in China' May Have High-Tech Spying Implications

Bloomberg reports Beijing implants tiny devices in electronics destined for US

(Newser) - Beijing seems to have figured out a relatively simple way to spy on government contractors and some of the biggest businesses in the US: Implant tiny microchips in the tons of electronic equipment being assembled in China and destined for America. A story by Bloomberg Businessweek reports that the US... More »

Apple Releases Hefty New iOS Update

It landed in iPhones, iPads, and iPods on Monday

(Newser) - Apple has released the newest edition of its mobile operating system. As the tech behemoth promised last week while unveiling several new devices , the iOS 12 update was made available for iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch on Monday, USA Today reports. The new iOS will be supported by the new... More »

Here's What Apple Debuted at Today's Event

Including 3 new iPhones, among them the company's most expensive one yet at $1.1K

(Newser) - Apple unveiled three new iPhones on Wednesday, including its biggest and most expensive model yet, as the company seeks to widen the product's appeal amid slowing sales. CEO Tim Cook showed off the iPhone XS Max, which has a bigger screen than the one on last year's dramatically... More »

New iPhone Names Leaked by Apple's Own Site

ATH spotted names in sitemap file

(Newser) - Some of Apple's thunder may have been stolen by ... Apple. The company is slated to reveal its new line of iPhones at 1pm ET Wednesday, and the expectation has been that three new ones are coming, including its most expensive model to date, reports the AP . In advance... More »

More Bad News for Alex Jones

This time, his Infowars app is removed from the App Store

(Newser) - Silicon Valley thwacked Alex Jones again when Apple permanently yanked his Infowars app from the App Store on Friday, the Verge reports. Apple had no comment but pointed Buzzfeed to its app guidelines, which forbid a whole host of content including "defamatory, discriminatory, or mean-spirited" material or anything "... More »

Guy Who Invented iPhone's Autocorrect Apologizes

But Ken Kocienda isn't really that sorry, as he explains

(Newser) - You may not know the name Ken Kocienda, but you've likely cursed him. Or at least one of his inventions. As Kocienda explains in a piece at Wired , he worked as an engineer at Apple back when the iPhone was being invented, and he played a crucial role in... More »

Amazon Just Joined Apple in Elite Club

It's the second trillion-dollar company

(Newser) - Less than a month after Apple became the first US company to reach a valuation of $1 trillion, Amazon has become the second. Shares gained 2% to hit a record high of $2,050.27 Tuesday, and with nearly 488 million shares outstanding, that puts the 24-year-old company’s value... More »

$666 Apple Computer Worth About 450 Times That Now

Working Apple-1 goes up for auction next month

(Newser) - A piece of computer history that helped launch a trillion-dollar company is hitting the auction block, per the AP . A fully functioning Apple-1 being auctioned by Boston-based RR Auction in September is one of only 60 or so remaining of the original 200 that were designed and built by Steve... More »

Teen Hacks Apple, Has Excellent Folder Name

Australian 16-year-old saved stolen files in one called 'hacky hack hack'

(Newser) - A 16-year-old kid in Australia managed to hack into Apple's computer systems multiple times over the course of a year and steal secure data, and the best part of the story is the name of the folder in which he saved instructions and stolen files on his laptop: "... More »

Silicon Valley Swap: Apple Gets Back Top Engineer From Tesla

Doug Field rumored to be working on Project Titan autonomous-car initiative

(Newser) - One Silicon Valley wheel just circled back to its starting point. A top Apple engineer who left in 2013 to join Tesla as its chief vehicle engineer is back with his former employer. The Verge reports that Doug Field, who'd been the VP of Mac hardware for the Cupertino... More »

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