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AppleMagazine #324

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United States
Ivan Castilho de Almeida
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26 Issues


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why cable bills are rising again and what can you do

Cable and satellite TV providers are ringing in the new year with an unwelcomed gift: higher cable bills.Comcast, for instance, says customer bills will rise 2.2 percent, on average, in 2018. AT&T is raising DirecTV’s prices by up to $8 a month in mid-January. Smaller providers are planning increases, too.Over the past decade, prices for TV service have risen almost twice as fast as inflation, according to an analysis of government data. Data provider S&P Global Market Intelligence says customers’ cable and satellite TV bills have soared 53 percent since 2007, to $100.98 in 2017.Annual rate hikes are as guaranteed as death and taxes. But you can push back and trim your bill. (Image: Roberto Machado Noa) WHY PRICES RISE Cable companies point to rising fees they pay…

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apple investors urge action to curb child gadget addiction

Two major Apple investors have urged the iPhone maker to help curb smartphone addiction among children, highlighting growing concern about the effects of gadgets and social media on youngsters.New York-based Jana Partners LLC and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System said in open letter to Apple that the company must offer more choices and tools to help children fight addiction to its devices. The two investors collectively control $2 billion worth of Apple shares.“Apple can play a defining role in signaling to the industry that paying special attention to the health and development of the next generation is both good business and the right thing to do,” the letter said. Among their proposals to Apple: Establish a committee of experts, including child development specialists; offer Apple’s“vast information resources”to researchers;…

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border inspections of electronic devices hits record high

The government inspected a record number of international travelers’ electronic devices last year, expanding a practice that has drawn alarm from privacy advocates.U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced last week that its border agents inspected 30,200 phones and other electronic devices in fiscal year 2017, which ended in September — a nearly 60 percent spike from 2016, when 19,051 devices were searched. But the agency stressed the searches represent just a tiny fraction — 0.007 percent of arriving international travelers — out of more than 397 million.“In this digital age, border searches of electronic devices are essential to enforcing the law at the U.S. border and to protecting the American people,” CBP’s deputy executive assistant commissioner John Wagner said in a statement. The searches are aimed at combatting…

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fx networks chief: even peak tv can be a ‘sideshow’ to internet

Television keeps churning out record numbers of original series but is being overshadowed by the internet’s dubious distractions, FX Networks CEO John Landgraf said.Technology entrances people with “hourly doses of bite-size half-truths and click bait come-ons,” Landgraf told a TV critics’ meeting.“To be honest, as incredible as television’s become, it sometimes feels to me like a sideshow in what has become a daily three-ring media circus,” he said.Given concerns over society’s shrinking attention span and “dwindling intolerance for dissent,” he’s glad when even his competitors’ worthy and enlightening shows draw viewers, he said.The veteran TV executive, who has made FX the unofficial accountant for so-called “Peak TV” numbers, said that the total number of cable, broadcast and streamed series hit an estimated high of 487 in 2017, a 7…

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who’s affected by computer chip security flaw

Technology companies are scrambling to fix serious security flaws affecting computer processors built by Intel and other chipmakers and found in many of the world’s personal computers and smartphones.The two hardware bugs discovered can be exploited to allow the memory content of a computer to be leaked. Such a leak could potentially expose stored passwords and other sensitive data, including personal photos, emails and instant messages.Researchers at Google’s Project Zero and academic institutions including the Graz University of Technology in Austria discovered the problem last year and disclosed it last week. There’s no evidence that bad actors have yet exploited the bugs, but companies from Microsoft to Mozilla said this week they have worked to patch up vulnerabilities to their operating systems and browsers to protect against one of…

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swiss apple store evacuated after iphone battery emits smoke

Swiss authorities say smoke from an overheating iPhone battery prompted the evacuation of some 50 staffers and customers at an Apple store in downtown Zurich. A store employee sustained minor burns and seven people received medical treatment.Marco Bisa of the Zurich police office says store staff “responded well and correctly” by sprinkling quartz sand on the overheating battery to contain the smoke, then opening ventilation systems to release it.Bisa said police, firefighters, several ambulances and an emergency vehicle were deployed in response to the incident in the store’s workshop — not the showroom — on Tuesday.The injured staffer sustained light injuries to the hand when the battery he was removing from the phone overheated.Police forensic experts were examining what caused the battery to overheat. ■…