Craig Federighi Speaks Out Against Weakening Device Security as Encryption Debate Flares up

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Apple is not a stranger to being the center of the conversation when it comes to device encryption and security, and so its executives are usually keen on offering up soundbites on the matter when requested. Continue reading
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Tim Cook speaks out on Cambridge Analytica debacle, calling for stricter consumer privacy safeguards

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Speaking at the China Development Forum, Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke about about Facebook’s misuse of customer data, and sounded the call for stricter rules across the board on what companies are allowed to do with harvested information.
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Google Home now speaks Italian, indicating that it will soon be sold in Italy

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Currently, the only languages supported by Google Home are those for the countries where the smart speaker is officially available. However, Italian has been spotted as an option, meaning that Google should soon be bringing the Home and Home Mini to Italy very soon.

Italian is already supported by Assistant on phones, Actions on Google, and Allo, but not Home. First spotted by Italy-based site smartworld, this makes Italian the ninth available Assistant language for Google Home devices.

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शाबाश! Google Assistant now speaks Hindi

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Even though we have some gripes with it, all of us at AP love what the Google Assistant is capable of and it doesn’t look like its evolution is slowing down anytime soon. At MWC, Google announced that Assistant is coming in 30 new languages over the next few months and now, Google India has unveiled that Assistant is proficient in Hindi.

This is definitely not the first time we are seeing Assistant work in Hindi.

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Audio and Transcript: Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive speaks at The New Yorker’s TechFest 2017

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In a conversation at The New Yorker’s TechFest conference in Manhattan on Friday, Apple chief designer Jony Ive gave a small glimpse into the development of the upcoming iPhone X, and the time that it takes for technology to catch up to ideas — and AppleInsider was there.
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Tim Cook speaks to Good Morning America, discusses iOS 11, iPhone X, Face ID, Steve Jobs legacy

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Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down with Robin Roberts a few hours before the launch of iOS 11, and spoke about the iPhone 8, the iPhone X, iOS 11, ARKit, and the legacy of Steve Jobs.
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AppleInsider podcast talks ‘iPhone 8’ & OLED supply, speaks with iZotope about Spire Studio

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This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about next week’s announcement of the ‘iPhone 8’, Apple Watch, OLED technology, and Victor interviews iZotope’s Product Manager, Colin Thurmond, about their new Spire Studio recording hardware.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks about Swift curriculum during Austin tech incubator visit

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Apple CEO Tim Cook made an appearance at the Capital Factory tech incubator in Austin, Tex., on Friday, using the occasion to make the announcement that over 30 U.S. community college systems will start to offer Apple’s ‘App Development with Swift’ curriculum in the 2017-2018 school year.
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Apple Speaks out Against User Data Searches without Warrant

A slew of tech companies, Apple included, are speaking out against warrantless police searches in a high-profile U.S. Supreme Court case. The case will likely turn out to be an important milestone and will decide on key privacy rights in the digital age.

The bevy of tech giants filed an amicus brief in the case, Carpenter v. United States, late Monday night. In the brief, the tech companies argued for protecting personal user data from warrantless searches by law enforcement officials. Besides Apple, some of the firms listed in the brief include Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Mozilla, Twitter, Verizon, Dropbox, Airbnb and Snap, Inc.

Timothy Carpenter, the defendant in the case, was arrested in 2011 and convicted of robbery, the Chicago Tribune reported. Prior to his arrest, authorities were able to obtain significant amounts of location data from cell phone companies without a warrant — which is a normal occurrence during a police investigation. Carpenter later appealed his case, but an appellate court ruled that the Fourth Amendment — which protects U.S. citizens from unreasonable search and seizure — doesn’t apply to this kind of user data and that no warrant is required for police to obtain it.

The case is now set to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, and Carpenter is being represented by the American Civil Liberties Union. The companies, for their part, collectively urged the court to “refine the application of certain Fourth Amendment doctrines to ensure that the law realistically engages with Internet-based technologies and with people’s expectations of privacy in their digital data.”

Tech firms have an interest in protecting user data since many of their services and products rely on user trust and the perception that their products are secure. This is especially true as privacy advocates are increasingly placing pressure on tech companies to keep confidential data private. Apple has famously adopted a pro-user privacy stance, which culminated when it wrestled with the FBI last year. The Cupertino tech giant refused to create an iOS backdoor that would allow investigators to crack an iPhone 5c belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters. Despite increasing efforts to compel Apple to do so, the Department of Justice later dropped its efforts when it found another way to break into the device.

Carpenter v. United States will likely turn out to be a landmark case when it comes to privacy rights in the digital age. Tech companies store an increasing amount of personal and private information — data that “the government needs a good reason to get its hand on it,” the ACLU wrote. More than anything else, the case cements the fact that privacy laws haven’t caught up with technological advancement, and as more and more of our data is entrusted with tech firms, it’s incredibly important that they do.

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Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg speaks out about ‘white supremacists’ in Charlottesville

“Along with millions of others, I was so heartbroken this weekend.”

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has published a statement about this weekend’s violent protests in Charlottesville, Va., where white nationalists and those protesting them clashed.

“Every generation has to be vigilant in fighting against the type of bigotry and hatred that was displayed by the white supremacists in Charlottesville,” Sandberg wrote in a post where she also mentioned the difficulties of discussing the Holocaust with her daughter. “Along with millions of others, I was so heartbroken this weekend.”

Sandberg called out Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old demonstrator who was killed when a white nationalist rammed his car into a group of protestors.

“The brave Heather Heyer’s mother Susan Bro said she wanted her daughter’s ‘death to be a rallying cry for justice and equality and fairness and compassion,’” Sandberg wrote. “Let’s honor her by teaching all of our children how to honor and respect those values.”

Sandberg’s condemnation of white nationalism does not necessarily reflect Facebook’s official stance. The social network officially bans “organized hate groups,” and said that it is actively removing posts “that glorify the horrendous act committed in Charlottesville.”

But Facebook still operates a platform that supports all opinions, including those that support the idea of white supremacy.

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