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How to Preemptively Block Ad-Tracking on Your Android

How to Preemptively Block Ad-Tracking on Your Android

Later this year, Google will begin blocking advertisers and developers from accessing a device’s advertising ID if users opt-out of personalized ads, mirroring the controversial changes (controversial to advertisers, anyway) that Apple introduced in iOS 14.5. While you’re waiting, though, you can opt-out of personalized ads right now on all Android devices by preemptively turning…
What to expect from WWDC 2021: iOS 15, M2, and more

What to expect from WWDC 2021: iOS 15, M2, and more

Behold, the Steve Jobs auditorium on Apple's campus in 2017. This is where Apple often hosts its events. Samuel Axon The surface-level waiting area has a minimalist design with slight accents, like many Apple products and retail spaces. Samuel Axon You can see the now-famous spaceship campus through the window. Samuel Axon The elevator from…
Apple’s “homeOS” slip fits with prior rumors about new smart home products

Apple’s “homeOS” slip fits with prior rumors about new smart home...

Enlarge / Apple's discontinued HomePod. A reference to "homeOS" was recently found in an Apple job listing, suggesting that the company may have plans to change how it classifies and presents the software running on devices like the HomePod mini in the future. Twitter user Javier Lacort discovered the terminology in an Apple Music-related job…
Apple’s M1 is a fast CPU—but M1 Macs feel even faster due to QoS

Apple’s M1 is a fast CPU—but M1 Macs feel even faster...

Enlarge / The Apple M1 is a world-class processor—but it feels even faster than its already-great specs imply. Howard Oakley did a deep-dive investigation to find out why. Apple's M1 processor is a world-class desktop and laptop processor—but when it comes to general-purpose end-user systems, there's something even better than being fast. We're referring, of…
Apple Music subscribers will get lossless and spatial audio for free next month

Apple Music subscribers will get lossless and spatial audio for free...

Apple Music on an iPhone with these new audio features enabled. Today, Apple announced that its Apple Music streaming app will get two major new audio features next month: lossless audio support and spatial audio with Dolby Atmos for a wide range of supported headphones and speakers. Apple Music will play songs in Dolby Atmos…
Why Roblox’s definition of “games” is key to the Epic vs. Apple case

Why Roblox’s definition of “games” is key to the Epic vs....

Enlarge / Just some of the characters that don't star in games anymore, according to Roblox. Epic vs. Apple/Google View more stories Roblox, the massively valued user-created gaming platform, has removed any mention of "games" from its user interface. It's a seemingly small semantic change that nonetheless could have some major implications in the ongoing…
Security researcher successfully jailbreaks an Apple AirTag

Security researcher successfully jailbreaks an Apple AirTag

After permanently bricking two AirTags, stacksmashing succeeded in breaking into and reprogramming a third. stacksmashing used segger.com's J-Link flash download utility to extract firmware from the AirTag's nRF52 Bluetooth Low Energy SoC. Here's the loot—AirTag firmware files extracted from their nRF52 SoC, in .bin format. This weekend, German security researcher stacksmashing declared success at breaking into,…
Apple invests $45 million more in Gorilla Glass-maker Corning

Apple invests $45 million more in Gorilla Glass-maker Corning

Corning's glass products, close-up. Glass panels destined for iPhones. A worker inspects a sheet of glass at Corning's Kentucky plant. Another worker at the plant wears a photo-op-friendly Kentucky t-shirt. Apple has invested an additional $45 million in US-based Corning Incorporated, the maker of Gorilla Glass, the companies announced today. A news release from Apple…
Apple brass discussed disclosing 128-million iPhone hack, then decided not to

Apple brass discussed disclosing 128-million iPhone hack, then decided not to

Getty Images In September 2015, Apple managers had a dilemma on their hands: should, or should they not, notify 128 million iPhone users of what remains the worst mass iOS compromise on record? Ultimately, all evidence shows, they chose to keep quiet. The mass hack first came to light when researchers uncovered 40 malicious App…
96% of US users opt out of app tracking in iOS 14.5, analytics find

96% of US users opt out of app tracking in iOS...

Enlarge / The Facebook iPhone app asks for permission to track the user in this early mock-up of the prompt made by Apple.Apple It seems that in the United States, at least, app developers and advertisers who rely on targeted mobile advertising for revenue are seeing their worst fears realized: Analytics data published this week…

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