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AppleMagazine #362

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7 Min.
coming attractions: how apple can take a bite out of the tv business

UNCERTAIN PICTURE OVER APPLE’S EMERGING ‘VISION’ FOR TV Apple has dominated several product categories such as the smartphone, the smartwatch and the portable music player when it has been the founding member of the market or has joined at a preliminary stage. However, results have been more mixed when it has joined a more crowded marketplace, such as TV and streaming – so what are the Cupertino firm’s chances of success in this notoriously well-contested industry? The Apple TV is a great case in point of the company’s mixed success in this arena thus far. Yes, it is a great device, but it doesn’t necessarily compare as well as it could against such rivals as Android TV, Google Chromecast, Roku and even Amazon – and it’s the lack of native content that…

4 Min.
new tesla chair must rein in ceo musk at key moment

It won’t be an easy job. Whoever becomes the new chairman of Tesla Motors will face the formidable task of reining in Elon Musk, the charismatic, visionary chief executive with an impulsive streak, while also helping Musk achieve his dream of turning Tesla into a profitable, mass-market producer of environmental-friendly electric cars. Musk is giving up the chairman’s role under a settlement announced Saturday (29) with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Besides a new chairman, Tesla was also ordered to appoint two new, independent members to its board. A more assertive board could provide the kind of tighter oversight that many legal experts, and Tesla investors, say is overdue for a company of Tesla’s market value. The settlement stemmed from a lawsuit the SEC filed charging Musk with misleading investors in August with a…

4 Min.
what comes next in facebook’s major data breach

For users, Facebook’s revelation of a data breach that gave attackers access to 50 million accounts raises an important question: What happens next? For the owners of the affected accounts, and of another 40 million that Facebook considered at risk, the first order of business may be a simple one: sign back into the app. Facebook logged everyone out of all 90 million accounts in order to reset digital keys the hackers had stolen — keys normally used to keep users logged in, but which could also give outsiders full control of the compromised accounts. Next up is the waiting game, as Facebook continues its investigation and users scan for notifications that their accounts were targeted by the hackers. What Facebook knows so far is that hackers got access to the 50 million…

6 Min.
screenless: free, light and connected

Over the past several years, Apple engineers have been hard at work perfecting the iPhone. In many ways, the company has already achieved its mission, with the 2018 launch of the iPhone XS bringing the most advanced hardware of all time to consumer technology. But as sales of the iPhone have plateaued and innovations like the HomePod have failed to make the impact many had predicted, critics and analysts alike are pondering the next step for personal tech. After generations of the iPhone and iPad, some predict that we’re on the cusp of a technological revolution: a world where the iPhone no longer matters. We’re now seeing the dismembering of the iPhone, with the Cupertino firm literally tearing apart the device into smaller pieces, and creating technology that allows us…

2 Min.
longtime facebook exec adam mosseri new head of instagram

Facebook has named Adam Mosseri, a 10-year veteran at the company, as the head of Instagram. The appointment comes after the photo-sharing app’s co-founders resigned last week without giving a clear reason. Kevin Systrom, Instagram’s CEO, and Mike Krieger, its other co-founder, announced Mosseri’s appointment Monday on the company blog. Mosseri was named as Instagram’s head of product in May. He began as a designer at Facebook and most recently led its news feed. The founders, and Mosseri himself, sought to reassure users that Mosseri will “hold true” to Instagram’s values and community. Some users have worried since last week’s surprise departures that Instagram will become more like its parent company, becoming getting cluttered with features and sucking up personal data. In a statement, Mosseri reiterated his desire to keep Instagram’s unique culture that…

1 Min.
child experts file ftc complaint against facebook kids’ app

Children’s and public health advocacy groups say Facebook’s kid-centric messaging app violates federal law by collecting kids’ personal information without getting verifiable consent from their parents. The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and other groups asked the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday to investigate Facebook’s Messenger Kids for violating the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA. The complaint says the app does not meet COPPA requirements because it doesn’t try to ensure that the person who sets up the kids’ account and gives consent to have their data collected is the actual parent. In fact, the groups say, someone could set up a brand new, fictional account and immediately approve a kid’s account without proving their age or identity. Facebook said Wednesday it hasn’t yet reviewed the complaint letter. The company has…