Benny Ling

Friday Morning News

Apple’s Newsroom is telling us the story of the good work Apple is doing supporting HIV treatment via its partnership with (RED). Roughly a third of the organisation’s over $600 million raised since its inception has been via Apple, its largest corporate partner, and HIV treatment services are now available all over the world to many who did not have access to it before, thanks to Apple’s help.

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Thursday Morning News

An internal Apple Store training document obtained my MacRumors claims the ECG feature of the Apple Watch Series 4 will be available once watchOS 5.1.2 is released to the public. You’ll also need iOS 12.1.1 to be able to view ECGs within the Health app, and with both watchOS 5.1.2 and iOS 12.1.1 having been in beta testing since the end of October, we should see a release by the end of the year, if Apple’s original claim on ECG availability is to be believed.

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Tuesday Morning News

The Institute of Structural Engineers have awarded the Steve Jobs Theater at the Apple Park campus the award for structural artistry. The institute describes the award as a mark of a project which could have been otherwise perfectly adequate and worthy for the solution, transformed into something exceptional via the vision and skill of the structural engineer, calling out how the 80 tonne roof is supported only by 7 metre high glass cylinder made from four layers of 12mm-thick glass plies.

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Friday Morning News

Apple’s four-day shopping event is now live with special offers when you buy selected products. As per previous years, this doesn’t mean discounts off Apple products, but instead you can get up to a $280 Apple Store Gift Card when buying various products, none of which include any product released within the last six months, unless you count custom configurations of the recently-updated 15-inch MacBook Pro with Radeon Pro Vega graphics card.

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Thursday Morning News

Rumour has it Apple has acquired privacy-focused AI startup Silk Labs. The company developed on-device machine learning services and software, processing data without sending it over the internet, something that Apple themselves currently does. While Apple hasn’t confirmed the acquisition in their normal way, the company only had a dozen employees and was relatively unknown.

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Tuesday Morning News

The Sydney Morning Herald has the inside story on Apple News curation as it pertains to Australia, telling us about Apple News’ Australian editors that reaches 5 million Australians every month, with Australia being one of the three countries that has access to Apple News, and Sydney being one of the four international outposts of Apple news editors. But why Apple is now in the news business is a little more complex, with editors saying that while many publications can choose to publish on Apple News, its the editors jobs to surface the best, unbiased, balanced, content.

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Monday Morning News

There aren’t any third-party, MFI-certified, USB-C to Lightning cables, and that’s mostly on Apple, given that they don’t currently sell the official Lightning parts or offer MFI certification to third parties. That may change in mid 2019, but even then we might not see an untangling of the USB-C bag of hurt, with various power delivery wattages supported and different capabilities from cable to cable, meaning that it seem unlikely iPhones will make the switch anytime soon.

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Friday Morning News

A security vulnerability found in iOS 12.1 was exploited by a pair of hackers at this year’s Mobile Pwn2Own contest to retrieve a recently deleted photo. Hackers used a malicious Wi-Fi access point and leveraged an exploit found in Mobile Safari’s JIT compiler to remotely retrieve a photo that had been sent to the “recently deleted” album — something that users have access to do themselves.

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Thursday Morning News

Over at Six Colors, Jason Snell’s review of the 2018 iPad Pro has a slightly different take on the whole “iPad is a computer” conversation that’s been happening recently. Snell writes that even though Apple’s message is that the iPad Pro is in the same league as computers, it’s an altogether different sort of computer, one that introduces new paradigms and ways of working that mean it can replace your laptop — if it wasn’t let down by its software.

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Wednesday Morning News

An issue affecting some Apple IDs surfaced yesterday, where Apple device owners found that their Apple ID had become locked through no action of their own. Unlocking an Apple ID requires answering security questions and entering a phone number, although it’s unknown why the Apple IDs became locked in the first place. Apple can lock Apple IDs out for security purposes, but it’s unclear whether that has happened here.

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