Europe rules U.K. ‘snooper’s charter’ is illegal

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It seems that European courts agree with Apple about government spying.
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The European Union’s highest court has ruled that the U.K.’s Investigatory Powers Act, aka the “snooper’s charter,” is illegal.

The EU objects to the government’s “general and indiscriminate” retention of emails and other electronic communications. While the EU acknowledges that this information can be helpful, they argue that it should only be gathered in specific targeted instances to stop terrorism or serious crime.

Apple’s Irish data center is getting fast-tracked

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A mock up of Apple's proposed data center in Ireland.
A mock up of Apple's proposed data center in Ireland.
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Lonely red balloon stars in Apple’s new iPhone 7 ad

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Meet the star of Apple's new ad.
Meet the star of Apple's new ad.
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Apple has been quick to tout all of its amazing new hardware in its iPhone 7 ads, but the company’s latest spot is all about software. And balloons.

The new expressive messaging features of iOS 10 take the spotlight in Apple’s new ad that features a lonely red balloon drifting across the globe before meeting up with hundreds of its balloon friends to throw an iMessage party for one special person.

Check it out:

Should Apple bring iMessage to Android? [Friday Night Fights]

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Who wouldn't want to see this?
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iMessage is the only major messaging service that’s exclusive to one platform. According to Tim Cook, that’s because iMessage helps sell Apple devices — but does anyone actually buy an iPhone for iMessage alone?

Friday Night Fights bugWould it really hurt Apple if its popular messaging service went cross-platform? Lots of iPhone and iPad owners also use Android devices, and bringing the service to Google’s platform would provide them with a more seamless messaging experience.

Join us in this week’s Friday Night Fight as we throw virtual hands over whether Apple should bring iMessage to Android.

iMessage and WhatsApp security flaw means deleted chat logs aren’t really erased

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Your deleted chat logs could come back to haunt you.
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WhatsApp and iMessage may be examples of end-to-end encryption in action, but there are still potential security flaws which can leave your data exposed.

As discovered by iOS researcher Jonathan Zdziarski, both messaging services have been found to not completely delete messages when erasing them — meaning that a person with physical access to your phone, or backups of data in the cloud, may be able to retrieve “deleted” conversations.

iOS 10’s ‘Raise to Wake’ only works on new iPhones

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Not everyone is getting Raise to Wake.
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One of the best new features of iOS 10 won’t be available for all devices that are compatible with Apple’s jam-packed mobile update.

Raise to Wake is such a simple and transformative new feature in iOS 10 that it feels like iPhones should have had it for years. Turning on the lock screen by just picking up your iPhone makes getting to notifications and apps quicker, but unless you have an iPad or iPhone released in the last year, you won’t get to enjoy it.