WASHINGTON (GN) - Tech’s biggest giants will once again be in the congressional hot seat this week, facing down hearings on antitrust and Facebook’s Libra currency. In each case, though, the real question they’ll confront is whether the US government should amp up its efforts to regulate them. READ MORE: KP govt issues progress report regarding schools in tribal districts The hearings, held on Capitol Hill, have academic titles like “Online Platforms and Market Power, Part 2: Innovation and Entrepreneurship.” That one, scheduled for Tuesday with the House Committee on the Judiciary, is to discuss antitrust issues with representatives from Amazon , Apple , Facebook and Google . The Senate Banking Committee will meanwhile hold a hearing called “Examining Facebook’s Proposed Digital Currency and Data Privacy Considerations” to discuss the social network’s Libra currency that the company hopes will change the way we make everyday … [Read more...] about Google, apple, facebook to faceoff Congress
New Delhi: In what could be bad news for the tech industry, Apple has reportedly shelved plans to develop its Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) headsets. According to Taiwan-based portal DigiTimes that cited people familiar with the situation, the Apple team working on the AR/VR project has been temporarily disbanded and "reassigned to other product lines". "Supply chain-related companies said that Apple is adjusting R&D resources, and the development team for AR/VR headsets has been disbanded and transferred to other product lines," claimed the report. It suggests that the discontinuation of the AR project happened after Microsoft HoloLens co-creator Avi Bar-Zeev left as Apple's AR headset development team in January. Several reports in the past have claimed that the iPhone maker is serious about launching AR glasses as early as 2020, including the Apple famed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Apple's launch of ARkit for iOS developers has been seen as a big step for the company … [Read more...] about Apple temporarily halts its AR, VR dream: Report
Rumours about the removal of 3D Touch continue to circulate, while Apple has been managing two separate vulnerabilities relating to Zoom and the Apple Watch. Yesterday (10 July), software engineer and cybersecurity researcher Jonathan Leitschuh exposed a major vulnerability in remote video conferencing service Zoom which primarily affected Mac users. In a post on Medium, Leitschuh wrote: “This vulnerability allows any website to forcibly join a user to a Zoom call, with their video camera activated, without the user’s permission.” Leitschuh also said: “If you’ve ever installed the Zoom client and then uninstalled it, you still have a localhost web server on your machine that will happily reinstall the Zoom client for you, without requiring any user interaction on your behalf besides visiting a webpage.” Zoom’s reaction to the major vulnerability was somewhat underwhelming, with the company initially defending the flaw, describing it as a … [Read more...] about Apple fixes two vulnerabilities and looks set to scrap 3D Touch
When Steve Jobs came back to Apple, one of his early moves was to vastly simplify what had become a bloated line-up of Mac hardware. Jobs famously showed off a two-by-two product grid: pro and consumer, desktop and portable. Filling the grid were four products—iMac, PowerMac, iBook, PowerBook—each addressing one of those combinations.The two-by-two grid lasted for several years, until the debut of the category-busting Mac mini in 2005. Since then, there’s been an almost magnetic impulse to cite the grid as the holy grail of Apple product design aspirations. Every time Apple releases something a new Mac, pundits try desperately to figure out how to shove the latest addition into the already bulging grid.With this week’s rearrangement of its portable lineup, Apple has gotten both closer to and farther away from that product grid ideal—if indeed it’s even an ideal that Apple should be striving for anymore. But what the new lineup does point out is that … [Read more...] about Does Apple’s simplified Mac lineup have a hole in it?
San Francisco: To fix a faulty feature on video conferencing app Zoom, Apple has released a silent update for Mac users.To fix the vulnerability that was letting websites automatically add users to a video call without their permission, Apple’s update would now prompt users asking them if they want to open the app. According to Apple, the automatically-deployed update removes the hidden web server, which Zooms quietly installed on users’ Macs when they installed the app, TechCrunch reported on Wednesday. The video conferencing platform faced flack from users following a public vulnerability disclosure on Monday by a software engineer Jonathan Leitschuh after he described how any website could forcibly join a user to a Zoom call, with their video camera activated, without the user’s permission.On Tuesday, Zoom released a fixed app version however Apple said its actions would protect users both past and present from the undocumented web server vulnerability without … [Read more...] about Apple updates Mac to fix faulty video conferencing app