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Uber responds to report that it tracked users who deleted its app

 Uber tracked former users even after they deleted the app from their iPhones, a practice that eventually earned CEO Travis Kalanick a scolding from Apple chief executive Tim Cook, the New York Times reports. Uber is pushing back on the allegations, saying that the tracking is a common industry practice used to prevent fraud and account compromise. Uber allegedly used a practice called… Read More
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Apple threatened to drop Uber’s app over iPhone tracking (updated)

Uber is no stranger to trouble, but it may have landed in some especially hot water two years ago. New York Times sources claim that Apple CEO Tim Cook held a face-to-face meeting in early 2015 to call out Uber's Travis Kalanick (and threaten to remo...
boy CEO, once had a very uncomfortable confrontation with Apple CEO Tim Cook, who is a grown-up. 

Back in 2015, Uber tried to disguise the fact that the company was secretly tracking iPhones, even if the ride-hailing app had been deleted. 

As a new, oh-so-juicy profile in the New York Times points out, the scheme didn't go over well with Cook. 

Obviously, losing the iPhone market would have been disastrous for Uber, so Kalanick promised to cut it out. 

Before, he had tried to hide the practice—called fingerprinting—by geofencing Apple's headquarters, "a way to digitally identify people reviewing Uber’s software in a specific location. Uber would then obfuscate its code from people within that geofenced area, essentially drawing a digital lasso around those it wanted to keep in the dark." Read more...

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Tim Cook once scolded Uber’s Travis Kalanick into submission

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Travis Kalanick, Silicon Valley's bad boy CEO, once had a very uncomfortable confrontation with Apple CEO Tim Cook, who is a grown-up. 

Back in 2015, Uber tried to disguise the fact that the company was secretly tracking iPhones, even if the ride-hailing app had been deleted. 

As a new, oh-so-juicy profile in the New York Times points out, the scheme didn't go over well with Cook. 

Obviously, losing the iPhone market would have been disastrous for Uber, so Kalanick promised to cut it out. 

Before, he had tried to hide the practice—called fingerprinting—by geofencing Apple's headquarters, "a way to digitally identify people reviewing Uber’s software in a specific location. Uber would then obfuscate its code from people within that geofenced area, essentially drawing a digital lasso around those it wanted to keep in the dark." Read more...

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Earth Day festivities. 

Early Saturday, Apple CEO Tim Cook posted a photo of a new special edition achievement badge on the Apple Watch designed to get people outside and active. 

"Get outside, enjoy our planet and complete a 30-minute workout today," said Cook on Twitter

If you open the Apple Watch-associated Activity app, you'll now see a badge that comes with a message dedicated to Earth Day.  Read more...

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Apple adds Earth Day fitness badge to Apple Watch

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Just a couple of days after releasing its new NikeLab version of the Apple Watch, Apple is leveraging the device's reputation as a fitness tool to join in the Earth Day festivities. 

Early Saturday, Apple CEO Tim Cook posted a photo of a new special edition achievement badge on the Apple Watch designed to get people outside and active. 

"Get outside, enjoy our planet and complete a 30-minute workout today," said Cook on Twitter

If you open the Apple Watch-associated Activity app, you'll now see a badge that comes with a message dedicated to Earth Day.  Read more...

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Apple fills new hardware team with ex-Google satellite execs

Apple has hired two people with intriguing backgrounds in the field of satellite technology: John Fenwick, the former head of Google's spacecraft business, and Michael Trela, the ex-lead of Google's satellite engineering group. Bloomberg reports the...
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Can the iPhone 8 avoid the Samsung Galaxy S8’s one big mistake?

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Samsung has a winner on its hands. The Samsung Galaxy S8 and its big brother, the S8+, are two exquisite slabs of glass-covered technology. Instantly lust-worthy devices, yet both are nearly upended by one terrible decision.

The fingerprint reader. 

Samsung's decision to put it on the back next to the camera to make way for the incredible 5.8-inch infinity display is an awful one. It takes an exquisite piece of technology and makes it awkward. Samsung averts disaster by jamming the Galaxy S8 full of biometric options: there's also facial recognition and an iris scanner. For me, the latter is my go-to unlocking and payment authentication option. Read more...

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Can the iPhone 8 avoid the Samsung Galaxy S8’s one big mistake?

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Samsung has a winner on its hands. The Samsung Galaxy S8 and its big brother, the S8+, are two exquisite slabs of glass-covered technology. Instantly lust-worthy devices, yet both are nearly upended by one terrible decision.

The fingerprint reader. 

Samsung's decision to put it on the back next to the camera to make way for the incredible 5.8-inch infinity display is an awful one. It takes an exquisite piece of technology and makes it awkward. Samsung averts disaster by jamming the Galaxy S8 full of biometric options: there's also facial recognition and an iris scanner. For me, the latter is my go-to unlocking and payment authentication option. Read more...

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Google and Snapchat. Oh, and as we saw recently, Facebook is as well.  

AR has thoroughly trounced virtual reality in the battle for developers' hearts and minds, and with the amount of money behind the technology, it's only a matter of time before even the Luddites of the world are forced to grapple with it in some form or another.

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Get ready for augmented reality *everything*

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The hottest thing in Silicon Valley is coming soon to ... well, pretty much everything.

Augmented reality is shaping up to be the next big digital gold rush, and consumers should ready themselves for the onslaught. Apple's doing it. So are Google and Snapchat. Oh, and as we saw recently, Facebook is as well.  

AR has thoroughly trounced virtual reality in the battle for developers' hearts and minds, and with the amount of money behind the technology, it's only a matter of time before even the Luddites of the world are forced to grapple with it in some form or another.

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Apple Watch NikeLab edition.  

The new design pairs a Space Gray Apple Watch casing with a "Light Bone/Black" band, giving the device a more laid-back vibe than Nike and Apple's previous collab, the Apple Watch Nike+. The NikeLab edition will be available in both 38 mm and 42 mm sizes, just like other versions of the device.

There's no new hardware or software perks with this new edition — and, as we noted in our review of the Nike-centric version of the device, not much difference from the Series 2 in general — so this release is mostly targeting hypebeasts searching for an exclusive new look.  Read more...

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Nike and Apple are about to drop this collaboration on the public

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The Apple Watch just got a sporty boost of refined style, courtesy of Nike.

NikeLab, the sportswear company's creative arm for exclusive collaborations with top designers and fashion labels, just announced the Apple Watch NikeLab edition.  

The new design pairs a Space Gray Apple Watch casing with a "Light Bone/Black" band, giving the device a more laid-back vibe than Nike and Apple's previous collab, the Apple Watch Nike+. The NikeLab edition will be available in both 38 mm and 42 mm sizes, just like other versions of the device.

There's no new hardware or software perks with this new edition — and, as we noted in our review of the Nike-centric version of the device, not much difference from the Series 2 in general — so this release is mostly targeting hypebeasts searching for an exclusive new look.  Read more...

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Apple Watch NikeLab edition.  

The new design pairs a Space Gray Apple Watch casing with a "Light Bone/Black" band, giving the device a more laid-back vibe than Nike and Apple's previous collab, the Apple Watch Nike+. The NikeLab edition will be available in both 38 mm and 42 mm sizes, just like other versions of the device.

There's no new hardware or software perks with this new edition — and, as we noted in our review of the Nike-centric version of the device, not much difference from the Series 2 in general — so this release is mostly targeting hypebeasts searching for an exclusive new look.  Read more...

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Nike and Apple are about to drop this collaboration on the public

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The Apple Watch just got a sporty boost of refined style, courtesy of Nike.

NikeLab, the sportswear company's creative arm for exclusive collaborations with top designers and fashion labels, just announced the Apple Watch NikeLab edition.  

The new design pairs a Space Gray Apple Watch casing with a "Light Bone/Black" band, giving the device a more laid-back vibe than Nike and Apple's previous collab, the Apple Watch Nike+. The NikeLab edition will be available in both 38 mm and 42 mm sizes, just like other versions of the device.

There's no new hardware or software perks with this new edition — and, as we noted in our review of the Nike-centric version of the device, not much difference from the Series 2 in general — so this release is mostly targeting hypebeasts searching for an exclusive new look.  Read more...

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