Apple tells U.S. Senator Al Franken (D) that the iPhone X’s facial recognition is not raciest (no, really!)

“Shortly after Apple introduced iPhone X with Face ID biometric security in September, U.S. Senator Al Franken challenged CEO Tim Cook to address the technology’s potential impact on consumer privacy,” Mikey Campbell reports for AppleInsider. “Apple has since responded in a letter detailing the system’s built-in security features. ” “Beyond consumer privacy, Franken questioned Apple over steps taken to protect against racial, gender and age bias,” Campbell reports. “In its response, penned by VP for Public Policy Cynthia Hogan, Apple explained Face ID confirms the presence of an attentive face (via gaze detection), projects and reads a depth map of Click Here to Read more

Apple Pledges $1M to Northern California Wildfire Wine Country

“Bay Area technology firms, many of whose workers and leaders can smell smoke in their offices from distant wildfires, are donating money and services to the relief efforts for the many left without shelter by the blazes raging across Northern California,” Kate Galbraith reports for The San Francisco Chronicle. “It’s the latest round of corporate giving in the wake of natural disasters,” Galbraith reports. “Many tech companies also pledged aid in the wake of devastating hurricanes that hit the Gulf and East coasts and Puerto Rico.” Galbraith reports, “Apple said it plans a $1 million donation to fire-relief efforts and Click Here to Read more

Apple Maps vs. Google Maps

“Once upon a time, Google Maps was the go-to maps provider for Apple’s iOS. That was until iOS 6 in 2012, when it was announced that Apple was creating its own rival service – and Apple Maps is now the default option on iPhones and iPads,” Lewis Painter reports for Macworld UK. “In this article we compare the state of these two services, five years on.” “The days of major gaffes are long behind Apple Maps, and in most respects you will find it as or close to as accurate as Google Map,” Painter reports. “But while road maps seem Click Here to Read more

Apple facing production delays as it gets closer to the release of the iPhone X

“‘For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.’ These words by Shakespeare could well be applied to Apple Inc.’s iPhone X,” Debby Wu reports for Nikkei Asian Review. “A tech executive familiar with iPhone X production told Nikkei Asian Review on Thursday that manufacturers are still struggling to perfect 3-D sensors and in particular dot projectors in Apple premium handset’s TrueDepth camera system, though the person could not pinpoint exactly the problem.” “The dot projector makes up part of the transmitting module, dubbed ‘Romeo,’ of iPhone X’s new facial recognition function that allows Click Here to Read more

[Correction]: Siri has a long way to go before catching up to Google Assistant

“Google might have a long way to go before it starts selling iPhone-like numbers of Pixel phones, but there is one important area where it’s firmly in the lead, and it has nothing to do with bezels or beats,” Michael Simon writes for Macworld. “It’s about intelligence.” “At its recent iPhone X event, Tim Cook pulled out Steve Jobs’s old Wayne Gretzky quote about skating to where the puck is going, but there’s only one company that’s thinking forward right now and it’s not Apple—it’s Google,” Simon writes. “New hardware might have been the reason for the event, but machine Click Here to Read more

iOS 11: What ever you do, don’t trust turning off WiFi and Bluetooth via Command Center

Last week it was discovered that using the new Command Center in iOS 11 to turn off Bluetooth and WiFi doesn’t really give the desired result.  While it does disconnect from these services, it does not actually turn the features off, and could cause problems along the way. Here’s how to really shut them off: Bluetooth: Select Settings. Select the Bluetooth option. On the right side, slide the button (where it says Bluetooth) to OFF. That’s it. WiFi: Go into Settings. Select the WiFi option. On the right side, slide the button (where it says WiFi) to OFF. That’s it. After doing the above, both options should now Click Here to Read more

Apple vs. Google in the Smartphone A.I.

“Google has been regarded as the leading force for the development of artificial intelligence (AI) technology thanks to its AlphaGo AI computer program,” Ashley Huang and Luke Lin report for Digitimes. “While Google still holds the advantage in the cloud-AI sector, Apple appears to have outraced Google in the development of on-device AI products with the launch of its iPhone X and iPhone 8 devices.” “The built-in dual-core neural engine chip incorporated within the A11 processors, which power the iPhone X and iPhone 8 devices, integrates functionality such as machine learning, inference model and related algorithm to perform as an Click Here to Read more

Apple CEO Tim Cook remembers his friend on the 6th Anniversary of his death

Tim Cook has tweeted a message in memory of Steve Jobs, on the 6th anniversary of the Apple co-founder’s death. Along with a photo of a young Jobs, Cook chose to quote a portion of the Apple co-founder’s message to employees that was used to begin Apple’s keynote in the Steve Jobs Theater. There’s lots of ways to be as a person, and some people express their deep appreciation in different ways, but one of the ways that I believe people express their appreciation to the rest of humanity is to make something wonderful and put it out there. And Click Here to Read more

Microsoft introduces its Edge Web Browser to iOS

Early Tuesday, Microsoft introduced a beta version of its Windows 10 Edge Web Browser to iOS.  The move is intended for those users that use Windows 10 and iOS to be able to move seamlessly between the two without the major learning curve that some users have now between using Edge and Safari. A key feature in this regard is “continue on PC,” which much like Apple’s Continuity (or Pushbullet) lets people push a webpage from the mobile version of Edge to the desktop. At the moment, PCs must be running the Windows 10 Fall Creator’s Update Insider Preview. The Click Here to Read more

How to Force Reboot the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

For those who have purchased an iPhone 8 or 8 Plus, Apple has changed the way users reboot the device. Up until now, users would hold the HOME and the POWER button at the same time and wait for the Apple Logo to show up.  Now, users need to do the below: Press and then release the VOLUME UP button. Press and then release the VOLUME DOWN button. Press and then HOLD the power button until you see the Apple () logo. It’s not known if the iPhone X will follow suit, but you can be sure we’ll find out and print it here 🙂

Having trouble getting to the iOS 11 Command Center? Try this!

The Command Center in iOS 11 is a great addition.  But some iPhone cases makes it harder for a user to swipe up from the bottom to activate it.  Fortunately, Apple has made it easier for users to get to this and other most used commands.  Here’s how to activate it:   Go into SETTINGS > GENERAL > ACCESSIBILITY. Scroll down until you see the AssistiveTouch option. Flip the AssistiveTouch option ON. You’ll see a gray square with a white circle appear on the right side of the screen. By tapping it, you’ll see another menu pop-out. Tap Control Center. The Control Center will come Click Here to Read more

Consumer Cellular starts selling Apple’s iPhone 8

Sometime Thursday, leading cell carrier Consumer Cellular started selling the Apple iPhone 8.  Normally, the carrier is one of the last companies to start selling new iPhones since it is not apart of Apple’s standard cell choices and the device has to be unlocked for the phone to work properly. For more information, click here.