Feature Request: Make the Calendar app smart enough not to duplicate events

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In general, technology gets smarter over time. New features are added that improve the functionality, or changes are made that allow a device or app to do the same thing in smarter ways.

But every now and then, a new feature can effectively end up making an app dumber – and Apple’s Calendar app is guilty of this …



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Amazon’s Alexa gaining new ‘Follow-up Mode’, no longer requires trigger word after every request

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The most annoying thing about digital assistants is that you have to say a trigger word after every request, with few exceptions. Whether it be “Hey Siri”, “Ok Google”, or “Alexa”, it can become increasingly tiresome, especially if you’re trying to have a fluid conversation.



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How to Request & Receive Cash in Apple Pay

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Requesting and receiving money on iPhone isn’t a brand new feature; there are lots of different ways to ask for and collect payments from your iPhone, including on FacebookPayPal, Venmo, and even Snapchat! With the rollout of iOS 11.2 though, there’s a new, even more convenient way to request a payment from a friend or customer who owes you money, and to receive that payment as well. Now you can quickly and securely request and receive payments right from the Messenger app on your iPhone. The great part about this is that you don’t need to set up any new accounts or download an app, you can use the Apple Pay Cash feature right within your normal text messages, as long as you already have Apple Pay set up. First things first, make sure you have Apple Pay set up, and then let’s get started learning how to request and receive money with Apple Pay Cash! 

Related: How to Send Money With Apple Pay Cash in iOS 11.2 on iPhone

How to Request a Payment in Apple Pay

You’ll need an iPhone 6 or later that is updated to iOS 11.2 or later to use this feature.

  • In the Messages app, open or start a text conversation with the person you’d like to receive a payment from.
  • Tap the App symbol to the left of the text input box.

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  • Tap the Apple Pay option and adjust the amount with the plus or minus symbols.
  • For larger amounts, or amounts including less than full dollar amounts, tap on $ 1 and an option will appear to use your keypad. 

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  • After you’ve entered the correct amount, tap Request.

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How to Receive a Payment in Apple Pay

Payments are automatically received and kept in Apple Pay Cash. Once a payment is received you should be able to spend it right away, unless Apple decides to do an account security check for some reason. Once the payment has cleared, you can keep it in your Apple Pay account, or transfer it to your bank account. 

If you’re not comfortable with the idea of accepting payments automatically, you can change your settings to Manually Accept Payments.

You only have seven days to accept the payment the first time you use Apple Pay Cash. If you’ve chosen not to accept automatic payments, keep this in mind! After you’ve accepted payment, you can check to see if the payment was received in your Apple Wallet. 

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‘Blatant, desperate’ CFIUS investigation request postpones Broadcom’s $117B Qualcomm bid

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The U.S. Treasury Department’s Committee on Foreign Investment (CFIUS) has ordered Apple supplier Qualcomm to delay a shareholders meeting 30 days, postponing — if not potentially derailing — Broadcom’s attempted $ 117 billion hostile takeover.
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Unofficial APIs will be blocked in Android P, but devs can request new APIs they need

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We’d gotten wind of this change a few weeks ago, but now it’s official: Google will be restricting access to non-public APIs in the next version of Android. This means that in Android P and going forward, APIs that are unofficially supported in Android’s SDK will (generally) not be available to developers to use in their apps.

Using unofficial APIs in an app is risky, as it can sometimes cause unexpected issues and lead to bugs and errors when a new release unintentionally changes how the API works.

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Apple’s Request to Ban Protestors From Some Stores Has Been Denied

Earlier this year, it was reported that Apple was moving forward in an effort to try and block some protestors from doing their thing at, in front of, or around some Apple Stores. Continue reading
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Apple Denied Request to Ban Tax Protestors From Its Stores in France

The High Court of Paris on Friday denied Apple’s request for an injunction that would have blocked activist group Attac from protesting at the company’s retail stores across France, as it has been doing for the past several months.

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The order states that the mere presence of protesters at Apple’s stores in France, without violence, vandalism, or customers being blocked from entering the premises, is not enough to justify limiting the group’s rights to freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly protected by human rights laws in Europe.

The court added that Attac acted in accordance with the European Union’s Statutes of the Association, and defined the protests as a matter of public interest. Apple has been ordered to pay 2,000 euros to cover Attac’s legal fees, according to the order, which was earlier reported by French website MacGeneration.

Attac is a voluntary association that has been accusing Apple of corporate tax evasion in Europe, in line with the European Commission ordering Ireland to recover around 13 billion euros in back taxes from the iPhone maker in 2016. Apple and Ireland have denied the accusations and are appealing the decision.

Apple previously said it has “a long tradition of supporting individuals and groups that peacefully express their opinions,” but it accused Attac’s activists of “vandalizing shops and endangering the security of staff and customers,” which it finds unacceptable, according to court documents obtained by The Guardian.

During a stunt at an Apple store in Aix-en-Provence last November, for example, activists painted “pay your taxes” on the glass windows. Attac also gathered in front of the High Court of Paris last week with Stormtrooper costumes and Star Wars-themed signs that equated Apple to the evil Galactic Empire.

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Attac has a different view. In a blog post published today, the association said it is “defending the public interest” with “non-violent citizen actions,” and it has previously called its actions “festive and good-natured.”

Apple has yet to comment on today’s decision, and it’s unclear if it will exercise other legal options in its fight against Attac.

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Judge rejects AT&T request for White House records on Time Warner merger

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Apple DMCA request confirms source code leak of iBoot, iOS’ key initial security app

The source code for Apple’s iBoot, the little-known but critically important secure bootloader for iOS, leaked online yesterday. Apple this morning confirmed the leak by filing a DMCA copyright takedown request with the code’s host, GitHub.

Though the publication of iBoot was enthusiastically dubbed “the biggest leak in history” in the initial Motherboard report, the source code is believed to be from three-generations-old iOS 9. It is thus likely mostly a concern for users of older iOS devices lacking the “secure enclave,” a hardware security feature found in all Touch ID devices since the iPhone 5s.

iBoot is not labeled or marketed by Apple in any way. It is, however, the first app that runs when you turn on an iOS device, silently transitioning from a black screen to the white Apple icon to iOS’ colorful Home screen.

iBoot is designed to guarantee that a valid, trusted version of iOS is being loaded. Unlike other portions of iOS that have been open-sourced, it’s been kept opaque for security reasons. Apple considers bugs in iBoot to be so important that it pays security researchers up to $ 200,000 per vulnerability.

The disclosure of iBoot’s source code could considerably improve hackers’ chances of spotting issues, and reignite a jailbreaking scene that all but dried up as iOS’s hardware and software security improved. Motherboard speculates that the leak could also enable programmers to emulate iOS on non-Apple platforms.

That said, it’s unclear how much of the iOS 9-vintage code remains in the current iOS 11 and near-future iOS 12 iBoot process, nor how improvements to the secure enclave hardware may have mitigated risks to almost all iOS devices currently being sold.

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Chase app update adds ability to request new cards, prevent card blocks when traveling, and more

Mobile banking is great. You can deposit checks and move money around, all without having to go to a physical bank location. Chase is now adding even more features to its app, including the ability to request new cards when they’re lost or stolen and to prevent card blocks when you travel.

There are actually some pretty neat additions here. Here’s the full changelog:


  • Request a new Chase credit or debit card if it was damaged or got lost.

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