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Apple Debuts Screening App for COVID-19

Website also assesses users' answers and offers information

(Newser) - You can now ask Apple your coronavirus questions. A website and a free app that launched Friday provide general information about the disease and a COVID-19 screening tool that can lead the user to next steps, the Verge reports. It asks about possible contact with infected people, travel and symptoms,... More »

Apple Adds Trackpad to New iPads

Change moves tablet closer to being a laptop

(Newser) - Apple's new iPad brings PC-like trackpad capabilities for the first time, as the company seeks to make its tablet even more like a laptop computer. Apple says the trackpad will offer more precision than fingers in selecting text and switching between apps, the AP reports. Older iPads will also... More »

Disney Gives the World Good Coronavirus News

But sadly the world has its youngest coronavirus case: a newborn

(Newser) - Amid all the negative COVID-19 stories, a good one from Disney: Frozen 2 will be available for streaming three months earlier than expected, CNN reports. New Disney CEO Bob Chapek says the movie's "powerful themes of perseverance and the importance of family" are "incredibly relevant during this... More »

Apple Makes a Big Change to Cleaning Instructions

Yes, you can use disinfecting wipes on your iPhone

(Newser) - Concerned about keeping your phone free of coronavirus germs without destroying it ? Apple wants you to know that it's fine to use disinfectant wipes on your iPhone. In fact, per Engadget , the tech giant actually changed the cleaning section of its website to reflect that. "Using a... More »

Apple Settles Suit for $25 per iPhone Owner

Company slowed older phones to keep batteries going

(Newser) - Owners of iPhones could receive $25 from Apple after the company agreed to pay up to $500 million to settle claims over intentionally slowing down older phones to preserve older batteries. Apple and lawyers representing iPhone consumers agreed to a deal stemming from Apple's 2017 admission that it was... More »

This Is Why Movie Bad Guys Never Have iPhones

Knives Out director spills the beans

(Newser) - In the version of the world that Apple wants to see on the big screen, only the good guys have iPhones, according to Knives Out and Last Jedi director Rian Johnson. In what may be a spoiler for Knives Out and numerous other films, Johnson tells Vanity Fair that "... More »

Apple Responds to Guy Who Rang Tim Cook's Doorbell

Rakesh 'Rocky' Sharma slapped with restraining order

(Newser) - Apple has secured a temporary restraining order against a man said to be harassing CEO Tim Cook. In one incident described in court documents first spotted by Dave Gershgorn at OneZero, Rakesh "Rocky" Sharma allegedly snuck past a closed gate at Cook's home in Palo Alto, Calif., after... More »

Coronavirus Throws Apple, iPhone for a Loop

Plants have reopened, but second-quarter results will take a hit

(Newser) - Apple is warning investors that it won't meet its second-quarter financial guidance because the viral outbreak in China has cut production of iPhones. The company based in Cupertino, Calif., said Monday that all of its iPhone manufacturing facilities are outside Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak, and all... More »

Apple, Broadcom Ordered to Pay CalTech $1.1B

Jury decides they infringed on Wi-Fi patents

(Newser) - A federal jury decided Wednesday that Apple and Broadcom must pay $1.1 billion to the California Institute of Technology for infringing on patents. Apple was on the hook for nearly $838 million of the damages awarded in a lawsuit that said Broadcom used its patented Wi-Fi data transmission technology... More »

Google Owner Hits $1T Mark

Alphabet joins Apple, Amazon and Microsoft with 13-figure valuation

(Newser) - A good day for internet company shares ended with Alphabet as the fourth American company to have achieved a market value of $1 trillion. Google's parent company joined Apple, Amazon and Microsoft on Thursday, CNN reports; Amazon since has slipped to about $930 billion. This marks the first time... More »

Apple Won't Unlock Mass Shooter's iPhones

The California company refuses to fully unlock iPhones

(Newser) - Should federal agents be hacking into iPhones? The issue came up before in a mass shooting case, and now, with the Pensacola shooting under investigation, it's back in the headlines. Attorney General William Barr asked Apple to help unlock two iPhones used by terrorist suspect Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani—who... More »

The Top Mac Pro Costs ... You Don't Want to Know

Is this tower computer just 'conspicuous consumption'?

(Newser) - The new Mac Pro tower is available and starts at $5,999—off the charts, right? Well it's nothing compared to this: Buy a fully pimped-out version and you'll lay down $52,599, or 56% more than the median annual US income of $33,700, CBS News reports.... More »

Apple to Russia: Don't Like Our Map? We'll Fix It

Apple agrees to label Crimea as part of Russia

(Newser) - Using the Russian edition of Apple's App Store? Your Apple Maps and Weather apps, when used in Russia, show Crimea as being part of Russia. This after Russian authorities persuaded Apple to alter its maps and make the hotly contested territory part of Russia, the BBC reports. Seems Apple... More »

Apple Abruptly Cancels Premiere of New Movie

Sources say company is investigating sexual abuse allegations

(Newser) - Apple's move into the movie business isn't off to a promising start: The company has abruptly canceled the world premiere of The Banker, which was set to debut at the American Film Institute's annual festival in Los Angeles Thursday, the Guardian reports. The film—which had a... More »

After Dozens of Deaths, Apple Nixes 181 Apps

You won't find vaping-related products on the App Store anymore

(Newser) - Don't bother with Apple for your vaping-related apps: Axios reports the company is removing all 181 apps related to e-cigarettes and vaping from its App Store. "We take great care to curate the App Store as a trusted place for customers, particularly youth, to download apps," Apple... More »

His Profane Tweets About the Apple Card Went Viral

And are leading to a probe of Goldman Sachs' credit card practices

(Newser) - David Heinemeier Hansson says his wife has the superior credit score. They file their taxes jointly. And while the tech entrepreneur didn't provide any other personal financial information, he did disclose an alleged financial injustice on Thursday. In a series of tweets that have continued through Monday, the Ruby... More »

Apple Puts Its Money Where California's Housing Crisis Is

$2.5B plan includes donation of Apple-owned land

(Newser) - Apple on Monday said it will put up $2.5 billion toward easing California's housing crisis. The sum from Apple eclipses pledges by fellow Silicon Valley giants Google and Facebook for addressing the lack of affordable housing in a region where affluent tech workers have helped drive up the... More »

You May Want to Check Your iPhone Before Sunday

Without a software upgrade, some older iPhones, iPads may stop working

(Newser) - If your old reliable iPhone or iPad has been chugging along just fine, allowing you to avoid ponying up money for a new one, you might want to check just how old it is before Sunday. Apple is now warning that versions of both devices that came out in 2012... More »

In a $2.1B Deal, Google Will Try on Fitbit for Size

Cash deal takes search giant deeper into consumer electronics

(Newser) - Google is stepping up its competition with Apple by spending $2.1 billion to acquire Fitbit. The deal is for $7.35 a share in cash, the Wall Street Journal reports, a price 19% above closing Thursday and a solid 70% higher than before negotiations were reported last week. Owning... More »

Apple's Streaming Service Launches Friday. Here Are Its Offerings

Oprah Winfrey is among earliest offerings; Steven Spielberg to come

(Newser) - As the streaming wars near a fever pitch and viewers are targeted from every vantage point—Disney Plus has the Marvel and Star Wars brands! HBO Max counters with Game of Thrones and DC superheroes!—Apple TV Plus could be cast as the highly pedigreed and improbable underdog. While... More »

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