Take a look at the secret app Apple uses to test iPhone hardware

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The iQT app is for Apple Technicians only.
Photo: Holt's iPhone Help

Ever visit the Apple store for an iPhone repair and notice the Genius Bar uses special diagnostic apps you’ve never seen before?

Apple keeps its internal-use apps on tight lockdown, but thanks to a forgetful iPhone technician, Apple nerds just got an in-depth look at a secret app called iQT that’s used to make sure every single feature on your iPhone is working properly.

Trojan using fake Flash updates infects 1 in 10 Macs

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The Shlayer Trojan hides in fake Flash update pages like this.
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A dangerous piece of Mac malware that hides as a fake Flash warning is a growing security threat to Mac users with one in 10 Macs infected, according to the security firm, Kaspersky.

The Shlayer Trojan has been active since early 2018 and so far it shows no signs of going away quietly. Shlayer has had an enormous amount of success attacking Macs, even though it’s a rather normal piece of malware.

Apple crams celebrities into first Carpool Karaoke season 3 trailer

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Carpool Karaoke is going to an all-new level this season.
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Carpool Karaoke is back for a third season and it’s packed with more celebrity appearances than ever before.

The first trailer for Carpool Karaoke season 3 was posted to show creator James Cordon’s YouTube channel this afternoon revealing some big changes coming to the show in 2020. Apple still hasn’t given an official release date for season 3, but the new slate of celebrity pairings have us hyped for its debut later this year.

See how many celebs you can name:

Why TikTok could become Apple Music’s scariest rival

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Everyone wants to be TikTok famous. In fact, TikTok could be the wave that crashes Apple Music's ship.
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It’s the year 2020 and absolutely everyone is making a streaming service, including TikTok.

The budding social network is hard at work inking licensing deals for its upcoming music streaming service, Resso, that will compete against Spotify and Apple Music. TikTok owner ByteDance reportedly struck a deal with the agency Merlin, which represents tens of thousands of artists, paving the way for the company to launch its music app globally.

Shifting focus from being a video-sharing app to creating a music platform may seem like an odd move for TikTok. But after months of binging on TikTok videos, I’m convinced it could become the biggest threat to Apple Music and Spotify.

Apple partners with gyms to reward Apple Watch wearers

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Taking Apple Watch to the gym can earn you some perks.
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Wearing your Apple Watch to the gym can now earn you some perks and in some cases, a discounted monthly membership.

Apple revealed its new Apple Watch Connected gym partnership today that is supposed to incentivize Apple Watch wearers to hit the gym more. Initial launch partners include Basecamp Fitness, Orange Theory, YMCA and Crunch Fitness with more gyms expected to be added throughout 2020.

Google finds 5 privacy vulnerabilities in Safari’s privacy tools

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Apple's innovative Intelligent Tracking Prevention feature had some big flaws.
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Google’s security researchers unearthed some huge security vulnerabilities in Safari that let users’ online behavior to be tracked.

Ironically, the researchers found the vulnerabilities in the Intelligent Tracking Prevention feature Apple added in 2017 to shield users from tracking in the first place.

Foxconn founder swears Wisconsin plant will pop up this year

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Foxconn founder Terry Gou (right) says he's making the U.S. a bigger focus in 2020.
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Apple’s top supplier is promising to start production at its Wisconsin plant sometime in 2020, even though the company already fell short of previous goals.

Foxconn founder Terry Gou made some vague promises about the plant to employees at a party in Taipei earlier this month. Gou, who secured $4 billion in tax incentives for the plant, said he plans to spend a lot of time in the United States this year and wants key employees to come with him.

iPad smart cover could get backlit scissor-switch keys in 2020

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Scissor-switch keyboards might be coming to the iPad.
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Apple’s smart keyboard cover for the iPad could get a major design upgrade in 2020.

Digitimes reported today that Apple may release an updated keyboard for the tablets featuring the new scissor-switch design that resolved Apple’s keyboard woes on the last few generations of MacBook Pros.

Cook and Trump schedule breakfast date in Davos

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Trump’s China deal may stop Apple hiking prices of iPhones and iPads
Cook has been one of the few Silicon Valley CEOs who still meet with Trump.
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President Donald Trump and Apple CEO Tim Cook are taking their awkward bromance to Davos.

Cook is reportedly slated to attend breakfast with Trump this Wednesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Trump, who used his opening speech at the international gathering to slam climate change activists, also will be briefed by IBM CEO Ginni Rometty during the breakfast meeting.