Tag Archive for ‘Reuters’

Unencrypted iCloud Backups ➝

Joseph Menn, reporting for Reuters:

Apple Inc dropped plans to let iPhone users fully encrypt backups of their devices in the company’s iCloud service after the FBI complained that the move would harm investigations, six sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The reasoning behind why Apple dropped plans to encrypt iCloud backups might be questionable. But the reality is that iCloud backups are not encrypted. It’s pretty pathetic that a company that has pitched itself as a privacy-focused option continues to have such a major hole in the system.

If you care about your privacy, it might be a good idea to consider backing up your iOS devices locally with iTunes or Finder instead of through iCloud. This will let you have a bit more control over your data and give you the option to actually encrypt backups.

And to be clear, you don’t have to connect your device with a cable each time you perform a backup. An often forgotten feature of iOS is the ability to sync/backup with iTunes or Finder over WiFi.

➝ Source: reuters.com

Amazon Is Preparing to Launch Streaming Music Service ➝

Julia Love, reporting for Reuters:

Amazon.com Inc is preparing to launch a standalone music streaming subscription service, placing it squarely in competition with rival offerings from Apple Inc and Spotify, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.

The service will be offered at $9.99 per month, in line with major rivals, and it will offer a competitive catalog of songs, the sources said. Amazon (AMZN.O) is finalizing licenses with labels for the service, which likely will be launched in late summer or early fall, the sources said.

Apple Plans to Support Paid Content in News App ➝


Apple Inc is working to make subscription content available through its News app, giving publishers with paywalls a new way to control who sees their articles, two sources familiar with the matter said.

The move would differentiate Apple News from Facebook’s Instant Articles news offering, which does not offer subscriber-only content, and would likely give Apple a boost as it seeks to distinguish itself from a growing crowd of online news apps.

Is Apple News the next Mac App Store yet?

Top Twitter Executives Leave Company ➝

Yasmeen Abutaleb, writing for Reuters:

Four senior Twitter executives are leaving the media company, CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted late Sunday night, the biggest leadership changes since Dorsey returned as chief executive as he struggles to revive the company’s growth.

Media head Katie Jacobs Stanton, product head Kevin Weil, the head of the engineering division, Alex Roetter, and HR head Brian “Skip” Schipper will all leave the company, he said.

I sure hope these departures aren’t the canary in the coal mine. But it’s awfully suspicious when this many executives leave all at once.

Apple is ‘Close’ to OLED Screen Deal With LG and Samsung ➝


South Korea’s LG Display Co Ltd and the panel-making unit of Samsung Electronics Co Ltd will supply organic light emitting diode (OLED) screens for Apple Inc’s iPhones, the Electronic Times reported on Wednesday citing unnamed sources.

OLED displays typically offer better black levels and richer colors than LCDs. But they’re often much dimmer which makes their usefulness in bright sunlight less than ideal.

AMD Mulling Breakup, Spinoff ➝

Liana B. Baker, reporting for Reuters:

One option under consideration is separating AMD’s graphics and licensing business from its server business, which sells processors that power data centers, one of the people said.

AMD had explored such a move in the past and decided against it, the people said. Su, however, who took over as CEO last October, judged that there is merit for the company to at least consider such a possibility again, the people added. There is no certainty that a split or spin-off will occur, the people cautioned.

I was a huge fan of AMD processors during their transition to 64-bit and dual-core chips while Intel was still limping along with their Hyper-Threading technology. I probably built about a half-dozen computers with various AMD processors during that time for myself and members of my family. But, that phase in my life ended shortly after I bought my first Mac in 2006.

I haven’t paid too much attention to AMD over the past several years, but I still think of them fondly as an important company that helped me fall in love with computers. It’s sad to see them struggle and I hope their new CEO has what it takes to get them back on track.

Google Removes Privacy Feature from Android ➝

Alexei Oreskovic writing for Reuters:

Google Inc has removed an experimental privacy feature from its Android mobile software that had allowed users to block apps from collecting personal information such as address book data and a user’s location[…] A company spokesman said the feature had been included by accident in Android 4.3, the version released last summer.

Wouldn’t want to include that feature. That would be a terrible mistake.

(Via The Loop.)

Reuters: Apple to Shrink Dock Connector in 6th-Gen iPhone ➝

Clare Jim and Lee Chyen Yee reporting for Reuters:

Apple’s next generation iPhone expected to go on sale around October, will come with a 19-pin connector port at the bottom instead of the proprietary 30-pin port “to make room for the earphone moving to the bottom”, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

I’ve been calling for the end of the dock connector for three years now (I guess I’m a little ahead of the curve). So, I’m not entirely sure why Apple feels the need to keep it around. But, I guess they’re better off erring on the side of caution rather than jumping head first into a world where everything syncs over Wi-Fi and regular users don’t really know how to get the CD they just ripped onto their iPhone. At least we don’t have to look at the current — ugly — dock connector for too much longer.

That is, if Apple does update their entire lineup to the smaller dock connector as iMore’s Rene Ritchie believes they will.