Busted! Samsung uses stock photos as proof of camera quality

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Samsung Brazil said it accidentally used stock photos when trying to show off on Twitter the camera of the Galaxy A8.
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When Apple wants to show off the camera quality of its latest iPhone, it mines social media for user photos by searching the hashtag “Shot on iPhone.” Apple then has plenty of actual iPhone images it then licenses for advertising.

But when Samsung tried to tout the camera of the Galaxy A8 in a recent Twitter campaign, it used stock photos most likely shot with DSLR cameras.

Apple could face new encryption fight in Australia

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A bill in Australia could force tech companies to give law enforcement a "backdoor" to encrypted data that is part of a suspected crime.
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Apple executives could face jail time and multi-million dollar fines if they refuse to hand over private encrypted data linked to suspected crime under a law proposed today in Australia.

The proposed change in telecommunication intercept law will be presented to parliament by Australia’s Ministry for Law Enforcement and Cybersecurity. The law would require all technology companies, from Apple and Google to Microsoft and Facebook, to essentially create a so-called “backdoor” to access encrypted data.

Cult of Mac Magazine: iOS 12 vs. Android 9 Pie, and more!

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In this week's Cult of Mac Magazine: Which wins the features arms race, Android 9 Pie or iOS 12? Here's how they compare.
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In this week’s Cult of Mac Magazine: How does Apple’s upcoming mobile operating system compare to the new Android platform? We give you a blow-by-blow comparison of all the best (and worst) features.

You’ll find that top story and much more. See why you should use Do Not Disturb at Bedtime 24/7. Plus: Learn how to connect an external keyboard to your iPad. Get your free subscription to Cult of Mac Magazine from iTunes. Or read on for this week’s top stories.

Alex Jones ‘patriots’ rush to App Store to download Infowars app

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Alex Jones' media empire is falling, but his followers can still get their fix from iOS and Android apps.
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Fans of Infowars radio host Alex Jones have flocked to the Apple App Store to grab what’s left of his voice on social media.

The iOS app Infowars Official was ranked the fourth most popular news app earlier today, less than 48 hours after Apple and other tech companies booted Jones off its social media platforms.

Cult of Mac Magazine: Apple snatches the $1 trillion crown, and more!

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In this week's Cult of Mac Magazine: The long race to see which U.S. tech giant will become the first company worth $1 trillion is finally over. Apple won.
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In this week’s Cult of Mac Magazine: It’s official. Apple beats Amazon to the coveted $1 trillion valuation. Tim Cook plays it cool, telling staffers it’s “not the most important measure of our success.”

You’ll find that top story and much more. Check out the the biggest takeaways from Apple’s Q3 earnings call. Feast your eyes on the iPhone X Plus and new LCD iPhone. Plus: Learn how to use the iPhone camera’s manual controls. Get your free subscription to Cult of Mac Magazine from iTunes. Or read on for this week’s top stories.

On Apple’s trillion-dollar day, Guy Kawasaki wishes he was there

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Apple reaching a $1 trillion value gives Guy Kawasaki a lot to think about.
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Guy Kawasaki made history with Apple. So you would expect he would have a lot to say today when stock prices surged high enough to make his old employer the first trillion dollar company.

For one thing, the marketing guru behind the success of the Macintosh computer wishes he hadn’t turned down an offer from founder Steve Jobs to return to Apple.

This SD card reader will satisfy the Apple user’s need for speed

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This card reader will make you forgive Apple for taking away the SD card slot on the MacBook Pro.
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Some frustrated creatives believe Apple is abandoning them and will point to the removal of the SD card slot on the MacBook Pro as one example. A new high-speed card reader by Satechi could ease that anxiety.

The brushed aluminum Type-C Micro/SD reader will be especially valuable to photographers and videographers routinely pausing their workflow to transfer large, high-resolution files. This reader is equipped with UHS-II, which carries a transfer rate of 312 MB/s.

Luxury Adam and Eve iPhones will tempt you in the best way

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For a few thousand dollars, you can give into temptation.
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Every time Vladimir Putin so much as sneezes, Russian luxury brand Caviar commemorates the occasion with a gold-plated iPhone sporting the president’s intimidating mug.

But the designers and meticulous jewelers took a pause of Putin for its latest blinged out iPhones to tell a Biblical story about temptation in the Garden of Eden.

$10,000 gold AirPods aren’t a sound decision

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Spend like a rock star these 24K yellow gold AirPods.
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Lose one of your AirPods and you might be mad that you have to pay the Apple Store for a replacement.

But basic anger and $69 won’t begin to cover the loss of an AirPod when the set was purchased through accessory company Brikk, which offers a pair in 24K yellow gold for $10,000.

Future iPhones may pack moving camera sensors for external lenses

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Future iPhone cameras could better support third-party lenses.
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A lens attachment can extend the view of your native iPhone camera. It can also botch an otherwise nice image if not attached properly.

Apple is suggesting hardware and software changes to the iPhone and iPad camera systems that can reduce operator error and aid an extra lens in delivering that promised DSLR quality.