Apple Caves to Russia and Begins Showing Russian Government-Approved Apps During iPhone Setup

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After reportedly calling the requirements of a new Russian law a security threat and threatening to pull out of the country, Apple caved and decided to let Russia have its way, saying it would allow users to install government-approved Russian apps during iPhone setup.

Tim Sweeney Warns VR Could Make Tech Companies ‘More Powerful Than Any Government’


” During his address on stage, Sweeney urged the audience to consider that, “if we ever allow one company to own the meta-verse, then that company would have more power than any government that has ever existed.” Sweeney’s ultimate example of a distressingly closed platform is Apple’s app store. The question is if they’ll build it into a walled garden like Apple or keep it open.


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Report: Apple Acquires Motion Capture Firm IKinema

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According to a MacRumor report and regulatory filings with the UK government, Apple may have quietly acquired UK-based motion capture firm IKinema. The report has thus far gone unsubstantiated by both companies, however a number of filings with the UK government shows that Apple’s director of corporate law, Peter Denwood, has been recently appointed the director of IKinema, listing Apple’s HQ address.

Apple’s dangerous path

TechCrunch VR

This week, we’re talking about something that’s a little bit more impactful on the current state of the web — Apple’s NeuralHash kerfuffle. This announcement was not coordinated with other major consumer tech giants, Apple pushed forward on the announcement alone.

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Ex-Apple Engineer Says U.S. Government May Have Built a Top-Secret Geiger Counter Out of an iPod

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Back in 2005, before the iPhone, Apple purportedly helped a U.S. The exact reason why remains a mystery, but an ex-Apple engineer involved in the project thinks it could have been a surreptitious Geiger counter.

FTC Unanimously Backs New Policy Supporting Your Right to Repair Your Own Devices

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Apple Purges 39,000 Games From China's App Store

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In its biggest single-day purge, Apple removed 39,000 games from its China store as part of a crackdown on games without a government license in the country.

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Apple Reportedly Booting Thousands of Video Games From Its China App Store

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Apple is getting ready to remove thousands more video games from its App Store in China due to pressure from the Chinese government, reports the Wall Street Journal. apple app store china censorship video games

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Biden Summons Masters of the Universe to Help Solve America's Cybersecurity Problem

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Bloomberg was first to report that Biden has plans this Wednesday to meet with the CEO’s from Apple, Microsoft and Amazon to… Read more. After over a year where the U.S.

Spatial Beats: Apple, Magic Leap & Oculus

AR Insider

This week, we look at Apple’s moves across the spatial spectrum, Magic Leap 2, And Oculus Quest game sales among other items. Let’s dive in… Apple VR rumors mounting up. Apple Maps ‘Look Around’ Feature expands to more cities.

First Apple VR headset could be expensive and bulky

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Apple’s first entry into virtual reality could be an expensive VR headset with limited AR capabilities, according to a Bloomberg report. “Apple Inc.’s Current consumer VR headsets cost from $300 to $900, and the Apple headset reportedly could cost a lot more.

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The Ghost Howls’s VR Week Peek (2019.09.22): Oculus working on AR glasses with Luxottica, Apple glasses FOV discovered and much more!

The Ghost Howls

We may know the field of view of Apple AR headset. Of course, since he has not an Apple HMD, the only thing he could obtain was the screen splitting in two on his phone, showing that view that we XR developers know very well. Then, he has also been able to get the nicknames and the fields of view of the headsets that Apple is currently testing! It is now sure that Apple is going to release an AR headset , the questions are just when and what.

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Apple fixes major bug in macOS that left users 'at grave risk' to malware

Mashable VR

The latest version of Apple's macOS comes with more than just a slew of fancy new features. This means that, yes, hackers or criminals or governments around the world were using this previously unreported bug for their own malicious ends. Apple Cybersecurity Macos Tech

Apple just released a security update for your iPhone. Download it now.

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Keeping all your gadgets up to date is a never-ending pain, but a Tuesday announcement from Apple reminds us exactly why it's so important. And, much to everyone's consternation, Apple's also seen evidence that those vulnerabilities "may have been actively exploited."

The XR Week Peek (2020.05.25): new rumors on Apple Glasses, Oculus Quest anniversary, HP Reverb G2 and more!

The Ghost Howls

Apple Glasses may release in 2021 for $499. In the end, technologist Jon Prosser has revealed the main details he knows about the Apple Glasses. It is weird that Apple wants to create a new standard even there. Apple is doing a great job of masking what it is actually doing.

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What to know about storing 'verifiable' COVID vaccine records in your Apple Wallet

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As more governments require people to show proof of their COVID-19 vaccines to engage in public life, needing easy access to your proof of vax is only going to become more common, and important. With iOS 15, Apple users can add digital records of their vaccines to Apple Health Records.

Xiaomi pushes Apple down to become the number two smartphone maker

Mashable VR

And now, according to new data from Canalys , the company has overtaken Apple to become the number two smartphone vendor globally. According to the report, Samsung held a 19 percent share of the global smartphone market in Q2 2021, followed by Xiaomi's 17 percent and Apple's 14 percent.

Apple Says It Won't Let the Government Turn Its Child Abuse Detection Tools Into a Surveillance Weapon

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After facing a whole lot of criticism, Apple has doubled down and defended its plans to launch controversial new tools aimed at identifying and reporting child sex abuse material (or CSAM) on its platforms.

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Valve Ends SteamVR Support For macOS


In 2016, founder Palmer Luckey claimed this was due to Apple’s lack of priority on GPU power. Apple Went All-In. Support for macOS was announced by Apple itself during its annual developer conference in 2017. Valve just ended SteamVR’s support for macOS.

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Apple and Google block UK COVID app update for breaking data-sharing rules

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Google and Apple have blocked an update to the UK government's COVID-19 contact tracing app for breaching privacy terms, the BBC reports.

So, This Is What It Takes to Get Tim Cook to Say ‘F*ck’

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Apple CEO Tim Cook is not known for losing his cool. He’s had stern words for Facebook , and people trying to make a TV show based on Gawker for Apple TV+ , but generally speaking?

Apple delays controversial plan to check iPhones for child exploitation images

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The pushback against Apple's plan to scan iPhone photos for child exploitation images was swift and apparently effective. The digital rights organization fight for the future said Apple should focusing on strengthening encryption.

The Most Infamous Story in Tech Returns With New Details—but No Hard Evidence

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TikTok clone Zynn has been kicked out of Apple's App Store

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Just a week after Google removed the Chinese short-form video sharing app from its Play Store following accusations of plagiarism from TikTok content creators, Zynn no longer seems to be available on Apple's App Store. Zynn's luck atop the app charts seems to have run out (for now).

Facebook Could Soon Be the Latest Big Tech Company Hit With Antitrust Charges

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Such a lawsuit would mark the government’s latest crackdown on the biggest names in the tech industry, including Apple, Google, and Amazon, for … Read more. another one bites the dust facebook google antitrust antitrust laws ftc federal trade commission amazon apple mark zuckerberg

Mystery of Who Cracked the San Bernardino Shooter's iPhone for the FBI Solved After 5 Years

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government wanted to crack into a dead terrorist’s iPhone several years ago, they turned to a little-known cybersecurity startup in Australia to help them do it, a Washington Post investigation has revealed. When the U.S.

Steve Bannon Might Regret Calling for Acting Government Officials to Be Murdered

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Have an old iPhone? You should really download this security update.

Mashable VR

That's according to Apple, which on Monday released a security update specifically targeted to older devices. The update fixes three vulnerabilities that allowed for potential arbitrary code execution (that's not good), two of which Apple says "may have been actively exploited."

Australia Scraps Plan to Ban Cash For Large Purchases But Idea Isn't Going Away

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The cash ban proposal was set in motion back in 2017 after a government report suggested the idea as a way to crack down on organized crime and tax cheats. cashless society cashless australia apple pay cash

UK Launches New Watchdog to Police Big Tech's Ad Market Monopoly

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The UK government launched a new watchdog agency on Wednesday that will be tasked with keeping an eye on Big Tech companies like Google and Facebook, according to an announcement published online.

Confused users in search of Parler push the app 'Parlor' to top of app store charts

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Online spaces in which one can freely talk of overthrowing the government in the name of Q and white supremacy are getting harder to come by. Now, the number two most downloaded free app in both Apple's App Store and the Google Play Store is an app called Parlor.

Antitrust hearing with Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, and Sundar Pichai indefinitely postponed

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Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Apple's Tim Cook, Google's Sundar Pichai, and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg were scheduled to testify on the topic via a video call on Monday at 12 p.m. More about Facebook , Google , Apple , Amazon , and Tech. Facebook Google Apple Amazon Tech

The XR Week Peek (2020.08.24): Facebook login gets imposed on Quest and the community riots, and much more!

The Ghost Howls

Apple threatens future support in Unreal Engine. According to an evidence presented by Epic Games, Apple has not only removed Fortnite from the Apple Store, but it has also revoked the status of developer to Epic Games. All Apple software, SDKs, APIs, and developer tools ?—?Pre-release

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The XR Week Peek (2021.09.06): A week full of VR events, Chinese headsets are on the rise, and more!

The Ghost Howls

And I know that other brands want to follow the same path, so I guess that the Chinese government is pushing in this sense. Apple AR/VR headset may rely on a nearby iPhone to work. This week came with two great pieces of news for me.

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EON Reality Launches New Knowledge Metaverse Project to Transform XR Learning


It’s a global project that requires millions of people, which is why the XR giant is recruiting all sizes of governments, academic institutions, and entrepreneurial businesses to participate and help add their own experiences to the knowledge metaverse.

A running list of American antitrust lawsuits against Google and Facebook

Mashable VR

Christmas has come, like, a week early for anyone who cares about the American government enforcing its antitrust laws. In the last quarter of 2020, states and the federal government have filed multiple lawsuits against Big Tech companies Google and Facebook for abusing their monopoly power.

My predictions for augmented reality in 2021

The Ghost Howls

Regarding the glasses, I have not big hopes for true AR glasses, but I think that thanks to Facebook and Apple, finally we’ll have some important smartglasses entering the market , making the mainstream think about wearing something on their face to enjoy notifications from the phone.