iPhone Messages app will warn parents if kids send, receive nude photos

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iPhone Messages app will warn parents if kids send, receive nude photos
Children and parents will be alerted by the Messages app of sexually explicit photos.
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Apple will soon offer a new tool to protect children from sexual predators. The Messages application will be able to detect if an iPhone or iPad user gets or sends sexually explicit photos.

The process will use on-device machine learning so that Apple does not have access to the images.

Apple plans to scan iPhones and iCloud for child abuse imagery [Updated]

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Apple reportedly will scan images in iPhones and iCloud for hints of child abuse.
Apple reportedly will scan images in iPhones and iCloud for hints of child abuse.
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Reports today indicate Apple plans to scan photos stored on peoples’ iPhones and iCloud accounts for imagery suggesting child abuse. The effort may aid in law-enforcement investigations, but it could also invite controversial access to user data by government agencies.

Apple’s update to its web page “Expanded Protections for Children” — see under the “CSAM Detection” subheading — appears to make the scanning plan official. CSAM stands for “child sexual abuse material.”

Prepare for an epic adventure in Baldo, coming soon to Apple Arcade

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Prepare for an epic adventure in ‘Baldo’ coming soon to Apple Arcade
Baldo: The Guardian Owls is an adventure game with a lot of influence from Studio Ghibli movies like Spirited Away.
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Baldo: The Guardian Owls is a Zelda-like puzzle adventure that’ll soon be on Apple Arcade. Players explore an open world meeting quirky characters but also fighting ferocious foes.

And this is just one of nine games launching on Apple’s gaming service in the near future, like Super Leap Day.

AirPower makes a comeback in new video showing off working prototype

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AirPower appears in first video
The first time we've seen a working AirPower.
Photo: Giulio Zompetti

Remember AirPower? How could any of us forget it? Apple’s all-in-one charging solution may be long dead and buried, but the dream is alive. And we can’t help be fascinated by the product that was announced and never delivered.

If you share similar feelings, you might want to take a look at this short video that shows off a working AirPower prototype for the first time.

C2G’s new docking kits help turn a laptop into a desktop

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C2G's new docking station kits strive to simplify your work-from-home networking.
C2G's new docking station kits strive to simplify your work-from-home networking.
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Many folks are working from home a lot, but setting up a proper computer workstation frustrates them. C2G wants to help make it easy with a bunch of new docking kits ready-made to solve connectivity woes, especially if you want your laptop to be more like a desktop computer.

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App Store scam slime apps
Don't be fooled by these pricey slime simulators.
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