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Amazon Made A Deal With Apple To Sell New iPhones And iPads

Amazon has made a deal with Apple that will see the Cupertino tech company sell its products — including iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches — directly on Amazon.

Amazon has sold Apple products before, but those have been from third-party sellers, which means that the prices are often variable (and wildly different from the “official” Apple prices) and that sourcing isn’t as reputable.

Apple products will start rolling out on Amazon sites in the US, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, and India over the next few weeks, including both Apple’s devices and those sold under the Apple-owned Beats brand.

The deal doesn’t include every Apple product, though. For example, Apple’s Echo-competing HomePod is notably not going to be sold on Amazon.




In a statement released, an Amazon spokesperson commented, “Amazon is constantly working to enhance the customer experience, and one of the ways we do this is by increasing selection of the products we know customers want.

We look forward to expanding our assortment of Apple and Beats products globally.”

As part of the deal, only Apple or Apple-authorized resellers will now be allowed to sell Apple and Beats devices through Amazon’s site.

Any companies that are currently selling Apple products on Amazon will see their listings taken down starting on January 4th, and they’ll need to apply to Apple to become official resellers before they’ll be allowed to sell them again on Amazon.

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The Foldable Phones Are On Their Way!

Futuristic-looking bendable tablets and smartphones have captured our imagination for years.

Whether it’s the folding tablets found in Westworld or the many book-like slates with foldable pages in Microsoft’s future vision videos, a phone that folds out into a much larger device is dreamlike.

Samsung is now trying to make these wild concepts a reality.

The Galaxy maker showed off its new Infinity Flex Display yesterday, a display technology that will allow a tablet-sized screen to fold into a device that approximates the size and shape of a smartphone.

While we’ve seen flexible and bendable wearable devices, this is one of the first times we’ve seen such a display in a phone that’s rumored to ship in 2019.

Samsung’s device was “disguised” by what appears to be a chunky case, and shown only under dim light, but it’s far more than just concept art.




Samsung is actually using two separate displays to create its foldable phone — one on the inside, and a smaller display on the outside — unlike Royole’s FlexPai, which uses a single folding display on the outside of the device.

Samsung’s internal display is 7.3 inches with a 1536 x 2152 resolution (4.2:3). It folds in half to reveal a second display on the front of the device.

This second “cover display,” as Samsung calls it, functions as a 4.58-inch phone interface with a resolution of 840 x 1960 (21:9).

It’s also flanked by much larger bezels at the top and bottom compared to the internal display. Although it looks very stocky, Samsung says the device hiding inside the disguise is actually “stunning.”

This combination of displays has given us an early glimpse at what to expect from foldable phones in 2019 and beyond. As glass is not pliable, Samsung has had to develop new materials to protect its new display.

The Infinity Flex Display uses a polymer that Samsung says is both “flexible and tough,” meaning it can keep its strength even when folded and unfolded “hundreds of thousands of times.”

Samsung has combined this with a new adhesive that laminates the various display layers together to allow them to flex.

None of this is glass, though, so it could feel a little different than what we’re used to with modern phones, tablets, and touchpads.

Foldable phones are the obvious initial market for this screen technology, but manufacturers will get far more ambitious as the display technology matures. Samsung is also promising rollable and stretchable OLED displays in the future.

Imagine folding or rolling a 55-inch TV into something that will fit into your bag, or finally replacing pen and paper with a foldable tablet. It sounds unbelievable right now, but we’re only at the very beginning of our flexible future.

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How To Unsend Messages You’ve Sent in Your Top Apps

Whether it’s a typo, automatic spell check, or wrong video, most of us have experienced the situation where we can’t unsend incorrect messages on apps.

You might be talking with your boss, mom, or friend, when you realize that your message is messed up. If you’re already thinking “no turning back now,” don’t sweat it.

There are actually ways to navigate tech (yes, no kidding), so you can save yourself from embarrassing message mistakes.

Facebook Messenger

Version 191 of Facebook Messenger in the Apple App Store comes with all the tech fixings, including the capability to send voice messages, chat with businesses, and show message reactions with stickers.

Currently, you can only remove messages you send on your own device, but that will change soon.

According to Facebook Messenger, there are new features on the way, including the option to remove a message from a chat thread after you send it.




For example, if you accidentally send incorrect information or message the wrong thread, you can fix it by removing the message up to 10 minutes after you sent it.

Instagram

Instagram might be the easiest app for message troubleshooting. Removing a previously sent message only takes three steps: Tap the arrow on your Instagram feed, choose the conversation to find the message you would like to unsend, then tap and hold the message to select “unsend.”

Your bad message will disappear from your conversation feed in a pinch. The one downside though is people might see your message error before your correct it, so be mindful of that when you’re using the app.

WhatsApp

WhatsApp makes it easy to remove a bad message. On the app, you can delete messages for everyone in a few easy steps.

To delete messages you’ve sent in an individual chat or group, open the app, go to the chat with the message mistake, tap and hold the message, and then tap “delete” at the top of the screen.

A benefit of this feature is that you have up to 60 minutes to delete previously sent messages, but your recipients might see your message before it’s deleted or if you can’t remove it right away.

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Here’s How To Find Out How Much Data Apple Has About You

Last October 17, Apple updated its privacy website, adding details about iOS 12 and the ability for more users to download any and all data linked to an Apple ID.

In May, Apple made it possible for users in the EU to download their own data. However, with the update, users in the US are now able to download and view the data Apple collects.

What’s included

  • Your Apple ID account details and sign-in records.
  • Data that you store with iCloud such as contacts, calendars, notes, bookmarks, reminders, email, photos, videos and documents.
  • App usage information, as it relates to use of iCloud, Apple Music, Game Center and other services.
  • A record of the items you have purchased or downloaded from the App Store, iTunes Store and Apple Books, as well as your browsing history in those stores.
  • Records of your Apple retail store and support transactions.
  • Records of marketing communications, preferences and other activity.




How to request your data

The process of requesting your data can be done on almost any Apple device and takes just a few minutes. Start by visiting Apple’s Apple ID management page and signing into your Apple ID account.

Next, scroll down to the Data & Privacy section and click on Manage Your Data and Privacy. Sign into your Apple ID when prompted. Click Get Started under the section labeled Get a copy of your data.

“Get a copy of your data” sounds promising.

The next screen will present you with a list of data categories. Select which data you want to download, and then click Continue when you’re done.

The next page will ask you to select a file size that’s easy for you to manage, and Apple will split up your data into files of that size.

That’s it. Once you complete the process, Apple will begin working on your request. It can take up to seven days, according to the company, for your request to be completed.

When your data is ready, Apple will send an email to your Apple ID with instructions for downloading and viewing your data.

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Tim Cook Calls For US Federal Privacy Law To Tackle ‘Weaponized’ Personal Data

Apple’s chief executive, Tim Cook, called on Wednesday for a federal privacy law in the US to protect against voracious internet companies hoarding so much digital data that the businesses know citizens “better than they know themselves” – and then often sell the information on.

Cook warned in a keynote speech that personal data was being “weaponized” against the public and endorsed tough privacy laws for both Europe and the US.

The iPhone and Mac computer giant has stood out in its explicit declarations that Apple prefers to protect its customers’ personal data.

Speaking at an international conference in Brussels on data privacy,Cook applauded European Union authorities for bringing in a strict new data privacy law in May, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).




This gives consumers more control over their personal information and imposes greater restrictions and transparency rules on all companies, with the threat of fines, but particularly affects the chains of companies that exploit digitally acquired data, including tech leaders such as Google and Facebook and middlemen marketers and data brokers.

The conference featured brief video comments from the Facebook chairman, Mark Zuckerberg, and Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, asserting various steps they are taking to give users greater protection, in moves observers saw as a jostling by tech giants to curry favor in Europe as regulators intensify their scrutiny.

Cook warned that the trade in personal information “has exploded into a data industrial complex”.

Data protection has become a major political issue worldwide and European regulators have led the charge in setting new rules for the big internet companies.

The GDPR requires companies to change the way they do business in the region, and a number of headline-grabbing data breaches have raised public awareness of the issue.

Cook warned that technology’s promise to drive breakthroughs that benefit humanity is at risk of being overshadowed by the harm it can cause by deepening division and spreading false information.

In the first big test of the new rules, Ireland’s data protection commission, which is a lead authority for Europe as many big tech firms are based in the country, is investigating Facebook’s data breach, which let hackers access 3m EU-based accounts.

Google, meanwhile, shut down its Plus social network this month after revealing it had a flaw that could have exposed personal information of up to half a million people.

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According To A Report, Apple And Government Contractors Were Hacked Using Tiny Chinese Chips

 

Apple, Amazon, and government contractors were all hacked by China, according to a report from Bloomberg Business Week.

Though no consumer data is thought to have been stolen, China allegedly leveraged tiny microchips as part of the hack, which targeted trade secrets and other intellectual property of American companies.

The chips used in the alleged attack were the size of a pencil head, and were reportedly added to Supermicro server motherboards purchased and used by Amazon Web Services and Apple.

This moved past typical software-based hacks, as the chips had networking, memory, and processing power, and looked like signal-conditioning couplers.

In Supermicro, China’s spies appear to have found a perfect conduit for what U.S. officials now describe as the most significant supply chain attack known to have been carried out against American companies,” the original report explains.

Apple is officially denying the report and any claims that it worked with the FBI on an investigation in 2015.  In a statement, the company said it never found the chips and believes in being transparent.




Amazon had a similar tone, saying it “found no evidence to support claims of malicious chips or hardware modifications.

The company also denies notifying authorities and notes that is “untrue that [Amazon] knew about a supply chain compromise, an issue with malicious chips, or hardware modifications.”

Supermicro also denies being involved, and says it was unaware of any government investigation.

Supermicro, which is a small server component manufacturer in China, instead echoed claims about defending cybersecurity: “Supermicro doesn’t design or manufacture networking chips or the associated firmware and we, as well as other leading server/storage companies, procure them from the same leading networking companies.

According to the report, the chips were apparently inserted at some point in the production chain by operatives from the People’s Liberation Army, better known as the armed forces of the People’s Republic of China.

This could lead to companies shifting manufacturing out of China, doubling down on concerns over the Trump administration’s trade tariffs and their effect on the supply chain of computer and other electronic components.

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Apple Watch Series 4 Will Have FDA-Cleared ECG, Fall Detection

Well, we finally know what cardiac project Apple was talking with the FDA about two years ago.

Apple Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams announced today at Apple’s special event in Cupertino that the company has received FDA clearance for both an atrial fibrillation-detecting algorithm and an ECG that will be built into the company’s Series 4 Apple Watch, due to start shipping September 21.

Williams announced several other new health features as well, most notably fall detection, which takes advantage of the device’s new accelerometer and gyroscope.

I’m also pleased to say we’ve received clearance from the FDA,” Williams said at the event. “This is a De Novo clearance, so it’s the first of its kind.

The irregular heart rhythm alert has also received FDA clearance. Both of these features will be available to US customers later this year and we’re working hard to bring them to customers around the world.

MobiHealthNews was half right when we predicted in February of this year that an algorithm for detecting atrial fibrillation could be the Apple’s first FDA-cleared product.




The company did receive clearance for such an algorithm, likely using data from the recently-concluded Apple Heart Study to submit the application.

Williams also announced that the Watch will alert users to low heart rates in addition to high ones. But the far bigger news is the ECG, which is accomplished by adding electrodes to the digital crown and the back of the Watch.

In addition to an optical heart sensor there is a new, Apple-designed electrical heart sensor that allows you to take an electrocardiogram, or ECG, to share with your doctor, a momentous achievement for a wearable device,” designer Johnny Ives said in a prerecorded video played at the event.

“Placing your finger on the digital crown creates a closed circuit with electrodes on the back, providing data that the ECG app uses to analyze your heart rhythm.”

It takes about 30 seconds for a user to take an ECG, which is then stored in Apple’s Health app. This means, via Apple Health Records, some users will also be able to send readings directly to their doctors.

It’s amazing the same watch that you wear every day to make phone calls and respond to messages can now take an ECG,” Williams said.

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Dark Mode And A Preview Of The Mac’s Future

The latest operating system update for Mac includes Dark Mode.

If you own an iPhone, there’s good reason to look forward to the new version of iOS every year.

It usually comes with meaningful improvements to the interface, useful new apps and features — like this year’s Screen Time option that monitors how much you use your apps — and even the occasional performance improvements.

But if you’ve owned a Mac in recent years, there’s been little reason to get excited for new releases of macOS.

Some hidden corner of the operating system might get a new feature, a sharp edge or two will be rounded out, and maybe another feature from iOS will appear on the desktop.

macOS Mojave, the new version coming out today, is a prototypically 2010s macOS release: filled with minor improvements, some additions from iOS, and little to praise or complain about.

I like it, and I think there are things that make it worth installing. But more than ever, it has me wondering: where is this platform going?

There are some changes inside Mojave that start to answer that Big Question. But in day-to-day use, they’re not actually fun or helpful updates, so I’m going to dive into those first.




Among the things that do affect your day-to-day use are some real crowd-pleasers. First and foremost: there’s finally a dark mode.

I don’t know what it is that gets people going about dark modes, but everyone loves them. So including one in macOS has long been a popular request and low-hanging fruit for Apple.

This year, Apple’s finally done it. You’ll be asked on startup whether you want to go with light or dark mode, and you’ll even be given a wallpaper to match.

Dark mode is not going to change the way you use your computer. And because developers need to add support to all of their apps, it won’t even work everywhere yet.

Take note: the Voice Memos app is now on the Mac.

But there’s really nothing bad I can say about it. If you’ve been waiting for it, it’s here. I think the biggest quality-of-life improvement in Mojave is directly on the desktop.

Apple has a new idea about how organizing files should work, and it’s actually really handy for keeping your desktop from turning into a complete mess.

The feature, called Desktop Stacks, automatically groups items on your desktop into “stacks” (basically fancy folders) of similar types of things.

So one stack collects images, another collects screenshots, another collects PDFs, and so on.

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Here Are All The Major Changes Coming To iPhones and iPads with iOS 12

On Monday, iOS 12 will arrive for iPhones and iPads.

Apple announced the upgrade to its mobile operating system in June, at its annual developer conference, WWDC.

iOS 12 includes some major new features, along with several changes designed to make using your iPhone or iPad a lot easier.

Among the notable additions: a standalone Measure app that’s like a virtual tape measure, tools to combat smartphone addiction, grouped notifications, and customizable animated avatars called “Memoji.”




iOS 12 Gives Older Devices A Performance Boost.

With iOS 12, older iPhones and iPads could feel like new again.

Apple is giving older devices a performance boost when the new software rolls out on Monday. It says apps will launch 40% faster, the camera will open 70% faster, and the keyboard will display 50% faster.

iOS 12 will be available for devices as old as the iPhone 5S.

Apple Has A Brand-New App Called Measure.

Measure helps you take measurements of real-world objects. The app uses your iPhone’s camera to virtually take accurate readings, letting you see the width, length, and height of things just by tapping your screen.

Plus, if you point Measure at a photo, it’ll automatically detect it and tell you the dimensions.

Apple’s Photos App Is Smarter And More Interactive Than Before.

Apple made a bunch of subtle updates to the Photos app, putting it on par with apps like the popular Google Photos:

Search suggestions. The Photos app can recommend searching for people, places, categories, business names, sporting events, or concerts. When you select a term, the app will pull up all photos related to that term.

Search refinements. You can search with multiple search terms too.

“For You.” The Photos app will automatically generate personalized items like memory movies, features photos, and “on this day” images.

Sharing suggestions. The Photos app will suggest photos and videos to share with the people who are in them.

When someone accepts the images from you, they’ll get a recommendation to share their photos back with you. Apple says that sharing is end-to-end encrypted and works via iMessage.

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The Apple Watch Is Inching Toward Becoming A Medical Device

Apple is trying to turn its smartwatch from a niche gadget into a lifeline to better health by slowly evolving it into a medical device.

In its fourth incarnation, called the Series 4 and due out later this month, the Apple Watch will add features that allow it to take high-quality heart readings and detect falls.

It’s part of Apple’s long-in-the-making strategy to give people a distinct reason to buy a wrist gadget that largely does things smartphones already do.

Since the Apple Watch launched in April 2015 , most people haven’t figured out why they need to buy one.

Apple doesn’t release sales figures, but estimates from twoanalysts suggest the company shipped roughly 18 million of the gadgets in 2017.

Apple sold almost twelve times as many iPhones — 216 million — that year. Apple shipped another 7.3 million during the first half of this year, according to Canalys Research, compared to more than 93 million iPhones.




Worldwide, about 48 million smartwatches are expected to be sold this year compared to nearly 1.9 billion phones, according to the research firm Gartner.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has long aimed to emphasize the health- and fitness-tracking abilities of the smartwatch.

The original version featured a heart-rate sensor that fed data into fitness and workout apps so they could suggest new goals and offer digital “rewards” for fitness accomplishments.

Two years later, Apple called its watch “the ultimate device for a healthy life,” emphasizing water resistance for swimmers and built-in GPS for tracking runs or cycling workouts.

In February, the company announced that the watch would track skiing and snowboarding runs , including data on speed and vertical descent.

The latest Apple Watch version unveiled Wednesday is pushing the health envelope even further — in particular by taking electrocardiograms, or EKGs, on the device, a feature given clearance by the US Food and Drug Administration, Apple said.

The watch will also watch for irregular heartbeats and can detect when the wearer has fallen, the company said.

EKGs are important tests of heart health that typically require a doctor visit.

The feature gained an onstage endorsement from Ivor Benjamin, a cardiologist who heads the American Heart Association, who said such real-time data would change the way doctors work

This is enormous,” Gartner analyst Tuong Nguyen said of the Apple Watch’s EKG feature. It could turn smartwatches “from something people buy for prestige into something they buy for more practical reasons,” he said.

It could also lead some health insurance plans to subsidize the cost of an Apple Watch, Nguyen said.

That would help defray the $400 starting price for a device that still requires a companion iPhone that can now cost more than $1,000.

The watch will use new sensors on the back and on the watch dial.

A new app will say whether each reading is normal or shows signs of atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heart rate that increases the risk of heart complications, such as stroke and heart failure.

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