Twitter brings useful data saver feature to iOS


Don't waste all your data on tweets.
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The official Twitter app for iPhone and iPad can now help you cut down on your data usage.

Its new data saver feature takes steps to reduce the amount of data required to load tweets in your timeline. It’s also a blessing for those who like to avoid auto-playing videos.

Apple tells Senate privacy is a ‘fundamental human right’


Bud Tribble has been with Apple longer than any other employee.
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Apple’s VP of software technology, Bud Tribble, made an appearance before the U.S. Senate’s Commerce Committee today to advocate for an overhaul of privacy laws in the country.

During the hearing, Apple was joined by other figures from tech giants like Google, Amazon, Twitter, and others to advise lawmakers on the current state of internet privacy. Tribble told lawmakers that Apple views privacy as a “fundamental human right,” but the company went short of offering solutions.

Twitter brings back the chronological timeline


Will Facebook and Instagram follow suit?
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Twitter’s chronological timeline is back.

The algorithmic timeline that was first introduced in 2016 remains the default, but users can now revert to the non-algorithm sorting method that Twitter originally offered for years.

Huawei tweets knock new iPhones for ‘staying the same’


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What could Huawei be talking about?
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Huawei, one of Apple’s biggest competitors in smartphone sales, fired off a series of tweets that mocked the iPhone maker immediately following Wednesday’s unveiling of new products.

Most of the tweets originating from Huawei’s mobile division were a kind of sarcastic appreciation, including one that said, “Thank you for keeping things the same.”

Tim Cook’s Twitter head fake was the only surprise at iPhone XS keynote


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Bloggers totally fell for Tim's tweet.
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Apple’s 2018 iPhone keynote went off without a hitch and without hardly any surprises. Except for one created by Tim Cook.

Moments before Cook was set to take the stage at the Steve Jobs Theater, the Apple CEO tweeted out what appeared to be an erroneous DM that was viewable to the entire world.

“No. Who can get it here quickly?” was all Tim wrote. The short tweet was quickly deleted but not before the entire blogosphere saw it. And totally fell for it.

iPhone XS Max is the iPhone fans lust after most


This could be the iPhone XS Plus and iPhone XS, Apple's 2018 iPhone models.
Get ready for iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max.
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The iPhone XS Max is set to be the biggest phone Apple’s ever made once it officially debuts this week. It’s also poised to be the most expensive iPhone you could ever buy, but that apparently isn’t going to deter fans from gobbling up stock as soon as it hits stores.

In a recent poll asking Cult of Mac readers which 2108 iPhone they plan to buy, the pricey iPhone XS Max had more interest than the other two new iPhones and it wasn’t even close.

Check out the results:

Apple faces lawsuit for allegedly suppressing conservative viewpoints


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Five of the biggest tech companies are mentioned in the suit.
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Apple is one of five tech companies — along with Google, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter — targeted in a new lawsuit accusing them of displaying bias against right-wing news outlets.

The lawsuit comes from Larry Klayman, founder of Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch and a former Department of Justice prosecutor. It alleges that the companies are working together to “quash and/or limit advocacy by conservative and pro-Trump public interest groups, advocates and others to further the leftist anti-conservative agendas.”

Twitter calmly explains why it broke your favorite apps


Many of the features of Tweetbot, Twitterrific, and similar apps just stopped working. Twitter's CEO tells us why.
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Despite protests, Twitter made changes today that break some features of popular third-party apps. The company’s CEO explains that all Twitter is doing is finally enforcing a 9-year-old policy.

Rob Johnson says the company will no longer devote resources to apps it didn’t want built in the first place. The situation is a bit more complex that that, though.

Popular quiz game HQ Trivia goes big with new Apple TV app


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HQ Trivia is now on Apple TV.
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One of the most popular new iPhone games of the last year is set to take over your living room.

HQ Trivia, the popular mobile trivia game that offers cash prizes to participants, is making the leap from the small screen to the big one with a new Apple TV app that launched this week.