The US House Judiciary Committee held a major hearing on big tech antitrust concerns last summer. That included testimony from Tim Cook, Sundar Pichai, Jeff Bezos, and Mark Zuckerberg. Now the Antitrust subcommittee has met again today and revealed more details on how legislation that could be proposed as early as this spring could aim to reform big tech like Apple.
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Apple is investigating ways to enhance its Siri voice assistant for users with atypical speech patterns, the company confirms to the Wall Street Journal. According to the report, Apple is leveraging its podcast library for speech samples that could train Siri to adapt to users who speak with a stutter.
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On February 18, hundreds of creatives from across the world joined the teams from Apple, It’s Nice That, and Studio Dumbar to build a collaborative world map animated with iPads, iPhones, and Macs. The interactive map is now available to explore.
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During an Analyst event today, Twitter revealed at least part of the paid subscription service it’s been working on for some time. It’s called “Super Follow” and will allow users to get exclusive content, deals, and community access to creators for $4.99/month. Other announcements include the testing of a new groups feature, “Safety mode,” company growth goals, and more.
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Apple has released macOS Big Sur 11.2.2. to the public today with a fix for MacBook Pro and MacBook Air users. Apple says the update “prevents” certain models from “incurring damage” when they are connected to third-party USB-C hubs and docks.
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March is Women’s History Month along with International Women’s Day landing on the 8th. And Apple has announced its wide-ranging plans to celebrate the day and month across the App Store, Apple TV app, Apple Music, Apple News, Podcasts, Fitness+, Today at Apple sessions, and more.
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John Gruber over at Daring Fireball has argued that Apple Mail should block tracking pixels in emails. I agree 100%. This seems to me to be a much-needed feature that would be completely in line with Apple’s strong privacy stance.
For anyone not familiar with email tracking pixels, these are usually links to single-pixel images hidden inside HTML emails. They are usually either transparent, or part of an email graphic in the footer, so they are invisible to the user…
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Withings has been a leader in the smart health device market for years and today the company has announced its latest releases, the Body Pro cellular smart scale and Withings BPM Connect Pro cellular blood pressure monitor. With the extra connectivity, Withings is able to offer out of the box secure transfer of patients’ data from home to health care professionals.
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Apple is teaming up with Encircle, a nonprofit that provides community resource houses to LGBTQ+ youth and their families. Apple will be donating $1 million and contributing products that “promote digital connection” to the organization, while Apple CEO Tim Cook will serve as an honorary co-chair.
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