USB 3.2 Type-C Specification Announced, Doubles Data Transfer Speeds

August 19, 2017

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group has now announced a new USB Type-C specification – USB 3.2. It brings along double the data rates – with up to 20Gbps. However, while the aim of USB Type-C was to end the saga of multiple ports, this new added one defeats that purpose. The specification is expected to be finalised later this year, and we could expect the first devices next year. USB…

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Windows Bug Bounty Program Announced With Payouts Up to $250,000

August 19, 2017

To ensure Windows 10 is secure and bug-free, Microsoft has announced a fresh round of Windows Bounty Programme that will reward the bug finders up to $250,000 (roughly Rs. 1.6 crores) if they are able to discover exploits in Microsoft’s Hyper V virtualisation software. Bounty payouts will range from $500 to $250,000. Microsoft has been running the bounty programme since 2012 but the company is expanding it to cover more ground in Windows…

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Apple Changes Maps, App Store Icons in iOS 11 Beta

August 18, 2017

Since the announcement of iOS 11 in its Worldwide Developers Conference in June, Apple has been tinkering with app icons in the beta version of the operating system with latest changes being made in the Maps and the App Store. The Maps icon now has a sliver of the Cupertino-based giant’s new spaceship campus, known as the Apple Park, The Verge reported on Monday. The other change was made in the App Store logo and replaced pen and brush to…

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iOS 11 Beta Allows Users to Quickly Disable Touch ID Easily to Improve Privacy

August 18, 2017

User privacy is an important issue for Apple and the company has previously gone to great lengths to prove this thing. With iOS 11, the Cupertino-based company has introduced a new feature that allows users to quickly disable Touch ID by simply tapping the power button five times, in situations where they can be physically forced to unlock their device using their fingerprint. As pointed out in a report by The Verge, some users have discovered that when you…

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Apple’s iCloud Facility in China to Be Overseen by Guizhou Province

August 18, 2017

China’s Guizhou province, where Apple has set up its first data centre in the country, plans to create a working committee chaired by communist party members to oversee the US company’s iCloud facility. China has started to police the Internet more closely and introduced a new cyber-security law on June 1 that imposes tougher controls over data than in Europe and the United States, including mandating that companies store all data within…

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Apple to Spend $1 Billion on TV Programming: Report

August 18, 2017

The potential move of Apple into streaming video could reshape an industry which is already feeling the impact from new players like Netflix. While Apple has not revealed any plans publicly, a report that the iPhone maker could spend a billion dollars on its own shows suggested more disruption for a sector seeing rapid changes. The move by deep-pocketed Apple would challenge entrenched services such as Netflix, YouTube, and Amazon Prime, which have been increasingly…

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to Sport ‘Force Touch’ Pressure Sensitive Display, Pre-Orders Start September 1: Reports

August 14, 2017

We may be few weeks away from the launch of Samsung’s next Galaxy Note smartphone but there has been no shortage of leaks and reports around the upcoming device. The latest in the series claim that the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 may come with its own version of 3D Touch, a pressure sensitive display feature introduced by Apple on its iPhones. Another report says that the new Galaxy Note 8 may go up for pre-orders…

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Apple Faces Antitrust Complaint by Developers in China

August 14, 2017

A Chinese law firm has filed a complaint against Apple on behalf of 28 local developers alleging the firm breached antitrust regulations. The complaint, lodged by Beijing-based Dare & Sure Law Firm, accuses Apple of charging excessive fees and removing apps from its local store without proper explanation, Lin Wei, an attorney at the firm told Reuters on Thursday. “During its localisation process Apple has run into several antitrust issues … after…

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Apple starts rolling out first WatchOS 3.2 developer beta with Theater mode, SiriKit

June 20, 2017

Apple has announced the availability of the first beta build of the upcoming WatchOS 3.2 operating system for Apple Watch. The software update, WatchOS 3.2 (14V5205d) is available for registered developers so that they can build watchOS applications for the next major release of the Apple Watch operating system. The beta reveals some pretty significant features for the upcoming update of the WatchOS. The most notable addition in the beta…

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Apple’s augmented reality glasses could be coming this year: Report

June 20, 2017

Apple may be developing a pair of AR glasses, which could launch by the end of 2017. Noted tech evangelist Robert Scoble has predicted the company is planning to release an AR headset in partnership with Germany’s Carl Zeiss. During a recent appearance on “This Week in Tech” podcast, he admitted sources at the “highest levels” have strongly tipped that a pair of smart glasses are in the works. He…

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