Lawmakers want proof Apple’s COVID-19 app protects privacy

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The new COVID-19 app and website provide the latest information and guidance from the CDC for users across the US.
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A group of U.S. Senators is requesting assurances from CEO Tim Cook that Apple has privacy protections built into the company’s new COVID-19 screening app and website.

Senators Kamala Harris, Richard Blumenthal, Bob Menedez and Cory Booker sent a letter addressed to Cook on Friday voicing concerns about the private health data of Americans.

Apple leaks new Logic Pro X Live Loops feature

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This screenshot shows an as-yet unreleased version of Logic Pro X.
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Sometime before this past weekend, Apple posted a screenshot of what is presumably an upcoming new version of Logic Pro X, its pro music-creation app, onto its education page. It shows a brand new feature, previously only seen in the iOS version of GarageBand: Live Loops. Live Loops is a way to trigger music clips live, on-the-fly, so you can create music like a DJ.

And the Logic version looks great. And more importantly, it finally adds Apple’s take on the Session View from Logic’s biggest rival, Ableton Live.

February smartphone shipments hit historic low

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Smartphone shipments, including iPhones, were significantly down in February.
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Worldwide smartphone shipments took a much-anticipated nosedive in the month of February as the COVID-19 outbreak began to spread around the globe.

Strategy Analytics reported Friday a 38% drop in shipments, the worst ever since smartphone sales began more than a decade ago.

Small Apple-related companies grappling with COVID-19 impact

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Self-isolation orders in San Francisco emptied this studio at WaterField Designs.
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Gary Waterfield should be collaborating with colleagues today over the hum of sewing machines producing an elegant leather crossbody laptop bag.

The small-batch tech backpacks and shoulder bags of WaterField Designs since 1998 have attracted discerning Apple users. Waterfield likes to time a new production run with an Apple product launch.

But when Apple unveiled the new MacBook Air and iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard this week, the handful of WaterField employees were stuck in their San Francisco-area homes on one of the strictest lockdowns since the coronavirus invaded American soil.

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Mobile device management is a crucial element of IT security.
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iPhone shipments soar in India during first two months of 2020

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Demand for Apple's iPhone is up in India.
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Apple’s iPhone shipments in India grew by more than 55 percent during the first two months of 2020, a positive piece of news for the tech giant in what is an otherwise constant barrage of coronavirus-related stories about setbacks.

Apple has invested heavily in India, one of the few remaining growing smartphone markets. Over the last couple of years, the iPhone maker has established manufacturing in the country and will soon open its first Apple Store.

Apple pays up in patent case involving FaceTime technology

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Jony Ive and Steve Jobs talk during the first public FaceTime demo, which took place at WWDC 2010 in San Francisco.
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Out of appeals, Apple cut a check to VirnetX for more than $454 million to end a lengthy patent infringement case.

VirnetX, which sued Apple over patents relating to FaceTime, iMessage and VPN technologies, announced the payment in a one-paragraph press release Friday.

‘Behind the Mac’ ad salutes accomplished women

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Alicia Keys on the keys of her MacBook Pro.
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Apple’s salute to International Women’s Day is a black-and-white montage of cool portraits of powerful women and the Mac computers that play a role in their work.

Apple released the “Behind the Mac” video on YouTube Wednesday morning.