Apple Centers Health Data Strategy on iPhone 2017

Apple quietly has been strategizing to expand its growing healthcare business to include the management of digital health records, with the iPhone operating as a central data hub, CNBC reported last week. Apple has been in talks with numerous health industry groups that are involved in setting standards for the storage and sharing of electronic medical records, in a way that would help consumers gain more control over their private medical information, according to the network. The plan appears to be a natural extension of Apple’s recent health industry strategy,…

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iPhone Call Logs Easy Pickings on iCloud Russian says firm

Russian digital forensics firm ElcomSoft on Thursday reported that Apple automatically uploads iPhone call logs to iCloud remote servers, and that users have no official way to disable this feature other than to completely switch off the iCloud drive. The data uploaded could include a list of all calls made and received on an iOS device, as well as phone numbers, dates and times, and duration, the firm said. Apple retains the cloud-based data for up to four months, according to ElcomSoft’s report. It includes calendars, wallet, books, notes and…

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Group Demands Apple Pay Ransom for iCloud Credentials 2017

Apple has received a ransom threat from a hacking group claiming to have access to data for up to 800 million iCloud accounts. The hackers, said to be a London-based group called the “Turkish Crime Family,” have threatened to reset passwords and remotely wipe the iPhones of millions of iCloud users if Apple fails to hand over a total of US$700,000. They have given the company an ultimatum to respond by April 7. Apple reportedly has denied that the group succeeded in hacking its systems, maintaining that it obtained the…

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Gadget Ogling: Levitating Smart Things, Making WiFi-Perfect Wine

Welcome to Gadget Dreams and Nightmares, the column that is ready to take a breather, after finally upgrading to Windows 10, to peruse the latest announcements in the world of gadgets. On our Start menu this time around are levitating smartwatch and smartphone chargers, a connected wine and cider maker, and a wearable with a safety focus. As always, these are not reviews, and the ratings reflect only how much I’d like to actually try each item. Walking in the Air A pair of Kickstarter projects plan to place your…

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Microsoft Throws the Book at Apple

Microsoft on Tuesday held an event in New York City where it unveiled a laptop, a tablet, three Lumia smartphones and a fitness band — all running Windows 10 — along with a slew of other products. It also announced new apps for Windows 10, including Box, Facebook, Instagram, Flipagram, Candy Crush Soda Saga and Uber. All of the apps will be available on the new devices. “Microsoft’s now working to showcase that it’s building out its ecosystem based on Windows 10,” said Susan Schreiner, an analyst at C4 Trends.…

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Apple AirPods Finally Good to Go On Hand

Apple’s new wireless AirPods are finally available. The company on Tuesday began taking orders for AirPods at its online store, and said it would start delivering the US$159 earphones to customers, Apple Stores, resellers and carriers next week. At the iPhone 7 launch in September, Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller said the AirPods would be available in October, but the company missed that target time frame due to unexplained delays. Missing the deadline for release of any hot product is bad news for a company, but…

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Apple Unveils Budget-Friendly iPad, Dresses iPhone in Red 2017

Apple on Tuesday announced an iPad update, a red iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, and a new video-editing app for iOS. The iPad upgrade has a 9.7-inch, 2048 x 1536-pixel Retina display with 264 pixels per inch, and Apple’s A9 64-bit processor. The unit will come in silver, gold and space gray with a starting price of US$329 for 32 gigabytes of storage and WiFi-only support. It will cost $459 for a 32-GB unit with WiFi and cellular support. As with prior models, the battery life for the new iPad…

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Galaxy S8 vs. iPhone 8: Winning Has Little to Do With Phones 2017

The new Samsung Galaxy S8 has launched, and its target of choice is the as yet unlaunched Apple iPhone 8 Anniversary Edition. These phones are critical for both companies. Apple survives largely off the iPhone today, and Samsung is trying to recover both from its burning phone problem and from its top executive being arrested on bribery charges. Neither firm can afford a big loss to the other, and Samsung just came out of the gate with one hell of an opening salvo. A big difference is that Apple can…

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The iPhone Model’s Impending Obsolescence 2017

It is easy to look back on technology changes and see that we had plenty of warnings that we clearly missed at the time. VCRs gave way to DVD players, which in turn have given way to streaming services. Brick cellphones evolved into flip phones, which were swapped out for two-way pager phones and then wiped out by the iPhone model. Tape players gave way to the Walkman CD player, which gave way to the iPod, which also ended up in the iPhone model. Sometimes, trends that seem obvious fail…

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Apple’s iOS 11 Makes Siri a More Natural

New voices for Siri and peer-to-peer payments are among the new features in the next version of Apple’s mobile device operating system iOS 11, previewed at the company’s annual Worldwide Development Conference on Monday. “With the new operating system, Apple has doubled down on many of the applications it has developed for iOS,” said Ross Rubin, the principal analyst at Reticle Research. “Much of the enhancement of the OS has come via those core applications versus general new functionality,” he told TechNewsWorld. How Apple has improved Siri for the upcoming…

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Audio Focus Apple Smart Speaker

Apple raised the curtain on HomePod, its upcoming smart speaker, during Monday’s keynote presentation at its Worldwide Developers Conference. The company also announced some desktop OS features for the iPad, and revealed its plans to become an augmented reality powerhouse. “Just like iPod reinvented music in our pockets, HomePod is going to reinvent music in our homes,” Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president for worldwide marketing, told an enthusiastic crowd at the San Jose Convention Center in California. HomePod, which will sell for US$350, is slightly less than 7 inches…

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