US orders Apple to identify users of rifle scope app

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Justice officials have their sights set on a lot of private data.
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The Department of Justice has ordered Apple and Google to turn over names, phone numbers and IP addresses for users of a gun scope app that allows gun owners to calibrate scopes and capture video.

Data privacy activists say the government’s ask would set a “dangerous precedent,” giving officials access to data on thousands of innocent people.

The Morning Show logo may seem Boring to Elon Musk

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similar logos for Boring Co. and Morning Show
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Graphic: The Boring Company/Apple

Use the image of an apple in a logo and the tech company Apple calls its patent attorneys.

Now Apple finds itself on the other side of a design patent question with the logo for the upcoming series The Morning Show, which looks strikingly similar to the logo for Elon Musk’s The Boring Company.

Foxconn recruits thousands to assemble 2019 iPhones

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Foxconn is recruiting temporary workers to build new iPhones.
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Foxconn is on a hiring spree in China as it gets ready for mass production of the 2019 iPhones.

Apple typically sells millions in the first week of a new iPhone launch and reports suggest the 2019 lineup will have three handsets, including two featuring a three-camera array on the backplate.

Apple buys Intel’s phone modem business in $1 billion deal

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This Intel modem will likely power the first 5G iPhone.
This modem may soon bear the Apple name.
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Apple will pay $1 billion to acquire Intel’s smartphone modem business in a deal that was announced by the two companies this afternoon..

Apple will absorb patents, equipment and about 2,200 Intel employees if the deal meets regulatory approval. The two companies hope to close the deal by the end of the year.

U.S. launches huge antitrust investigation into major tech companies

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Are Apple and other tech companies too big?
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Stock prices of the major U.S. stock companies all took a tumble in after-hours trading today after the U.S. Justice Department revealed that it is launching a broad antitrust investigation into tech companies.

The department has not said which companies will be investigated specifically but it’s pretty likely that Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook will be swept up in the case.

watchOS 5.3 restores Walkie-Talkie, expands ECG

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The Apple Watch Walkie Talkie app is a great way to chat with family and friends.
Apple restored the Walkie-Talkie function with a watchOS update.
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Apple brought the Walkie-Talkie app back online today with a watchOS update after disabling it earlier this month with an undisclosed vulnerability that might have allowed eavesdropping.

The release of watchOS 5.3 also brings the ECG app for users in Canada and Singapore.

Fear of iPhone chip shortage spurs Apple trip to Korea

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Apple does not want to run short on chips for its newest iPhones.
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Apple reportedly flew a team to Seoul as the tech giant sweats a trade dispute between South Korean and Japan that could lead to a shortage in iPhone chips and OLED panels.

The meeting with Samsung, the main supplier of memory chips for iPhone, also included executives from Google, Microsoft and Amazon. Those three companies contract with Samsung for memory chips used in data centers for cloud services.

Your iPhone could handle 120 million moon missions at once

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It was no iPhone, but the Apollo guidance computer got the job done.
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My father worked on an engineering team that designed the housing that held the components for the guidance computer onboard Apollo 11.

Just this morning, I read an article looking back on the 50 years since man first landed on the moon. I read the story on my iPhone, which delivers 100,000 times the processing power of the computer that got Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the lunar surface.