App Store ‘Monopoly’ Case Goes To Supreme Court

The Supreme Court will rule in a seven year battle over claims the iOS App Store is an illegal monopoly. The case was originally based on two facts: that iOS users can’t (officially) download apps from any other source, and that Apple takes a cut of the app revenues. The plaintiffs say the former point […]

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The History of The Mac Startup Sound (RIP 1984-2016)

The startup sound has been an iconic part of the Macintosh since 1984. With Apple discontinuing the sound, Jim Reekes, the creator of the sardonic sound we know today—voiced his opinions. To pay homage, let’s time travel through Mac startup sound history. [Computer Clan]

iPhones Getting Harder To Crack

Police will find it harder to read a suspect’s iPhone without permission thanks to a security change. They’ll have to be much quicker to access the data on the phone. The change means that the data connection in the Lightning port will be disabled after a set period if the phone is locked, a feature known […]

Apple Adds ‘Download Your Data’ Tool

Apple has launched a one-stop shop to download all the data it has stored about you. It’s European-only but will be available worldwide at some point. The “Data and Privacy portal” covers 11 categories of information including Apple ID accounts, game center activity, iCloud contacts and calendars and even activity in retail stores. Users can […]

The iMac Turns 20

It’s 20 years since Steve Jobs publicly unveiled the iMac. While today it looks every bit as dated as Ally McBeal and the Teletubbies, it was arguably the first step in Apple surviving and thriving as a mainstream consumer tech firm. As hideous as the shape and color may have been in retrospect, the original […]

Cook: MacOS And iOS Will Stay Separate

Tim Cook says Apple has no plans to merge MacOS and iOS. He says the move would water down both systems. The comments, made in a Sydney Morning Herald interview, come after rumors of a project codenamed Marzipan that would let developers easily make apps that work for both systems. It’s hardly surprising that Apple […]

Luxury Watchmaker Welcomes Smartwatch Competition

The head of a luxury watch firm says his industry should welcome smartwatches rather than seeing tech firms as a threat. Jean-Claude Biver, head of several watchmaking firms including Tag Heuer was speaking to the BBC at an industry trade event. He said the likes of Apple, Google and Samsung should be invited to exhibit […]

Apple Proposes Disability Emoji

Apple has proposed nine new emoji to better represent people with disabilities. It says the selection is based on the quantity of online searches for particular terms. According to Apple: The current selection of emoji provides a wide array of representations of people, activities, and objects meaningful to the general public, but very few speak […]