Huawei arrest puts ‘bullseye’ on Apple

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You don’t need to look hard to see how the Global Times – the state-backed Chinese newspaper – is interpreting the arrest of Huawei chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou. “Washington’s move to stifle Huawei will undermine itself,” reads a headline. “Banning Chinese companies like Huawei will isolate US from digital economy of the future,” reads… Read more »

Why tech is taking a hammering

Posted by & filed under Amazon, Apple, FaceBook, Google, Netflix.

Technology stocks have had a very bad week. For the FAANGs (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google) which have led the charge in growth over the past decade, it was grim. At their lowest point, all five were down more than 20 per cent from their peaks. This translates to hundreds of billions of dollars… Read more »

Is Apple getting sloppy?

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Well, you don’t see that every day – Apple has rushed out a patch to fix a major security bug.  It had been revealed that users of its new MacOS High Sierra operating system can access it without using a password. Just use “root” as a username, leave the password field blank and hit “Enter” a few times.  It’s an… Read more »

Tim Cook blasts ‘weaponisation’ of personal data and praises GDPR

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Apple chief executive Tim Cook has demanded a tough new US data protection law, in an unusual speech in Europe. Referring to the misuse of “deeply personal” data, he said it was being “weaponised against us with military efficiency”. “We shouldn’t sugar-coat the consequences,” he added. “This is surveillance.” The strongly-worded speech presented a striking… Read more »

5 days, $1 billion: Flipkart and Amazon spur Indian smartphone bonanza

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The battle for India’s online shoppers has triggered a smartphone gold rush. Flipkart and Amazon are leading an online sales bonanza that will see Indians buy smartphones worth over $1 billion in just five days, according to tech consultancy Counterpoint Research. Bangalore-based Flipkart said it sold 1 million devices during the first hour of an online… Read more »

The New Apple Watch Heart Monitoring Only Works in the U.S.

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When Apple said its new Apple Watch heart monitoring capabilities were FDA cleared, they meant only FDA cleared, it seems. The new Apple Watch touts a fancy new ECG, or electrocardiogram, monitor. It’s the type of device that is medically advanced enough to need clearance before public consumer use. Apple actually only got FDA clearance a day before its big event… Read more »

If Canadian spies found a flaw in the iPhone, would they tell Apple?

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It’s unclear what Canada’s electronic spy agency, the Communications Security Establishment, does when it finds a security flaw in a widely used operating system or a much-loved messaging app. Source: CBC News Date: February 8th, 2018 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/cse-c59-software-vulnerabilities-disclosure-matthew-dube-1.4508703 Discussion 1) Does the Canadian CSE have a duty to protect Canadian’s from a security flaw or protect Canadian security?… Read more »

Apple, Amazon, Alphabet: The race to a trillion dollars

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When it comes to predictions for 2018, most financial analysts agree on one thing: one tech firm is likely to become America’s first ever trillion dollar company.  The question is: which one will it be? Source: BBC Technology News Date: February 1st, 2018 Link (includes a 2 min 38 sec video): http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-42901143 Discussion 1) At “$999 – the iPhone… Read more »

Here’s How Many Subscribers Shazam Could Bring to Apple Music

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Apple’s decision to acquire music discovery service Shazam last year could pay off in short order, one analyst says. The iPhone maker could add between 1.5 million and 7.5 million users to its Apple Music streaming service solely from its Shazam acquisition. Source: Fortune Magazine Date: January 26th, 2018 Link: http://fortune.com/2018/01/26/shazam-apple-music-subscribers/ Discussion 1) Why did Apple buy Shazam? 2) What might… Read more »