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The HomePod Is Slated to Debut in Japan

Apple’s HomePod smart speaker is headed to Japan, indicating that Apple is far from giving up on it, despite its small market share.

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What It’s Like to Be Banished from Apple’s Garden

Can you imagine what life would be like if Apple locked you out of your Apple ID? Unfortunately, it can happen through no fault of your own and may not be easy to fix.

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FAA Warns Airlines about 2015 15-inch MacBook Pros

You may have trouble flying with a recalled 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro due to its potential fire hazard. It remains to be seen how airline and airport staff will distinguish between affected and unaffected units and those whose batteries have been replaced.

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Apple Music for Artists Opens to All Artists

Apple has opened up its Apple Music for Artists program for all musicians who have music on Apple Music and iTunes.

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Apple Starts Locking iPhone Batteries to Thwart Independent Repair

Apple has made it so that if the batteries in the latest iPhones are replaced by their owners or independent repair shops, iOS displays an ominous message questioning the battery’s authenticity, even if it’s a genuine Apple battery.

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Disney Will Bundle Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ for $12.99 Per Month

Disney says it will bundle Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ for the same price as Netflix’s standard streaming plan. Is this essentially just an introductory rate to be followed by a price hike or is Disney setting a new low mark that competitors will have to match?

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FileMaker Retakes the Claris Name after 21 Years

FileMaker Inc. has announced that it will once again be known as Claris, indicating a larger vision for the Apple subsidiary.

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Apple Suspends Siri’s “Response Grading” Eavesdropping

Apple has temporarily suspended its Siri “response grading” program that had contractors listen in on Siri recordings. That’s good, but it’s unfortunate that it took media coverage to push the company to change its practices.

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Social Engineering for Fun and Profit. And Other Stuff

A search engine marketing consultant has shown that it’s simple to use Google AdWords and YouTube videos to further a specific agenda. That might be a good thing, such as by encouraging suicidal people to call a hotline, but it could equally as easily be used for evil.

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Capital One Data Breach Reveals Information on 106 Million

Capital One has announced a security breach that affects approximately 100 million people in the United States and 6 million in Canada.

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Apple Offering Augmented Reality Art Installations and Sessions

To promote its augmented reality technologies (and drive Apple Store traffic), Apple has announced a trio of augmented reality art initiatives that will launch in August.

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Here We Go Again: GCHQ’s Ghost User Proposal to Circumvent Encryption

Security expert Jon Callas has written a four-part series for the ACLU on problems with the latest government proposal—this time from the UK’s GCHQ—to allow the government to listen in on encrypted communications. Spoiler: it won’t work.

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Apple Workers May Be Listening to Your Siri Conversations

Apple has increasingly used its stance on privacy as a selling point, but The Guardian has revealed that, like Amazon, Apple lets contractors listen in on conversations held while Siri is active. The audio may be difficult or impossible to trace back to the individuals who are speaking, but Apple should still find a better way to improve Siri.

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Amazon Using Police Departments to Sell Ring Cameras

Amazon subsidiary Ring is partnering with police departments around the United States to distribute security cameras to communities, but in return, police must agree to promote Ring’s products.

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A Look at Jeff Williams, Tim Cook’s Number Two and Likely Successor

With Apple’s COO Jeff Williams taking over from Jony Ive, Williams is now officially the second most powerful man at Apple and the heir-apparent to the aluminum throne.