Apple’s AirDrop, the feature that lets iOS users seamlessly transfer files across the company’s devices, has been the envy of Android users for a while. Don’t worry: Google listened, and is working on its own version of AirDrop called Nearby Sharing. Although the feature hasn’t been released yet, we now have an idea of what Android’s file-sharing system could look like.
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A San Diego jury ruled this week that Apple must pay Quarter Hill Inc.’s Wi-LAN a cool $US85 ($124) million in a patent infringement case that’s been ping-ponging around the courts since 2014, Bloomberg reports.
In early 2018, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman took a sweeping tour of the U.S. as part of a strategy to rebrand Saudi Arabia’s ruling monarchy as a modernising force and pull off his “Vision 2030” plan—hobnobbing with a list of corporate execs and politicians that reads like a who’s who list of the U.S. elite. The trip was so heavily promoted by the Saudis that 200,000 copies of a suspiciously pro-prince magazine hit U.S. newsstands.
Despite having rather overwrought lyrics and being kind of annoying to listen to, people love the hell out of the Bard Jaskier’s tune “Toss a Coin to Your Witcher” from The Witcher’s first season, and it would seem as if Netflix has been listening to the public’s desperate cries for more.
As tensions escalate in a public spat between Apple and federal officials over the company’s apparent refusal to unlock two iPhones belonging to the Pensacola shooter, a new report claims that Apple recently killed a plan to fully encrypt iPhone backups in iCloud following pressure from government agencies.
Siri is apparently having a really hard time figuring out what’s going on in Spain lately. Apple’s voice assistant made headlines in the European country today for providing two answers to the question, “Siri, who is the king of Spain?” The first answer, Felipe VI, is indeed the real king of the country. However, the second answer is actually Spain’s prime minister, Pedro Sánchez.
To celebrate this
three-day weekend, we’re going to share some pretty adorable news: Wolf
puppies can play fetch. Isn’t that cool? Yes, I know, these are wolf puppies. They’re probably a lot
more dangerous when they grow up when compared to normal puppies, but the idea
of cute little wolf puppies playing fetch still makes me go “aww.”
U.S. officials have called on Apple to unlock a phone belonging to a shooter who killed three people last month at the Pensacola Naval Air Station, but the company has refused to do so, saying there’s “no such thing as a backdoor just for the good guys.” But the FBI has managed to unlock iPhones all on its own in the past, so why can’t the agency do it again?
Following comments by U.S. Attorney General William Barr that Apple has not provided “substantive assistance” in its investigation related to the shooting last month at a naval airbase in Pensacola, Florida, Apple has addressed the issue by stating that there’s “no such thing as a backdoor just for the good guys.”
The MTA, New York City’s monument to dysfunction and grime and anguish, is overcharging people again, the bastards. Riders have reported seeing $US2.75 ($4) charges on their Apple Pay accounts after walking past contactless OMNY fare readers, even when using the physical MetroCards. Like most of the city’s public transit woes, this is apparently happening in no other city.
Apple just entered an exclusive partnership with Richard Plepler, one of the chief architects of HBO’s last two decades of success. According to the New York Times, Plepler’s new production company has a five-year exclusivity deal with Apple’s TV+. If Apple’s entertainment executives aren’t worried about what the incoming titan’s arrival means for their jobs and the platform’s future yet, they probably should be. At least from where I’m sitting.