AppleMagazine #307

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iphone x hands-on: apple’s luxury iphone both copies and innovates

As soon as you see the iPhone X up close, you’ll realize that it’s nothing like any of the previous models that Apple has released during the past decade. But you might notice striking similarities with some of the sleek smartphones that Samsung, Google and others have been churning out during the past year or two. Like its rivals, Apple has finally gotten around to making a phone with an edge-to-edge display, a nod to consumers’ desire for more space to view their photos, watch movies and TV shows, read books and play games. In that sense, Apple is playing a game of catchup with the iPhone X - a name that refers to the Roman numeral for “10.” But the device still manages to live up to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’ mandate…

apple embarks on emmy quest with big bet on video streaming

Television is one of the few screens that has Apple hasn’t conquered, but that may soon change. The world’s richest company appears ready to aim for its own Emmy-worthy programming along the lines of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and Netflix’s “Stranger Things.” Apple lured away two longtime TV executives Jaime Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg from Sony Corp. in June and has given them $1 billion to spend on original shows during the next year, according to a Wall Street Journal report quoting unnamed people. The programming would only be available on a subscription channel, most likely bundled with the company’s existing Apple Music streaming service. Apple declined to comment. While $1 billion is a lot of money, it’s a drop in the bucket for Apple and its $262 billion cash hoard. But…

toshiba agreement on sale to bain-led consortium protested

Toshiba’s long meandering sale of its computer memory business took another turn Wednesday, as the Japanese nuclear and electronics company’s announcement of a deal with a consortium was immediately met with opposition from U.S. joint venture partner Western Digital. Embattled Toshiba Corp. needs the sale of its lucrative NAND flash-memory SanDisk joint venture to survive. But Western Digital has begun legal action, opposing the sale to anyone else. Toshiba sank into the red for the fiscal year through March. Its money-losing nuclear business in the U.S., Westinghouse Electric Co., filed for bankruptcy protection in March. In the latest move, Toshiba said it entered a memorandum of understanding with Bain Capital Private Equity, which leads the consortium that also includes South Korea’s SK Hynix, and hoped to enter a final decision by the end…

austria domain registry rejects us neo-nazi website

An Austrian company has revoked the domain name of an American neo-Nazi website that previously was rejected by internet hosts in the United States. Monika Pink-Rank, a spokeswoman for Austrian domain registry, said The Daily Stormer’s domain was removed on Monday after Austrian politicians reported the white supremacist platform’s presence. The website has been looking for a home since its publisher mocked the counter-protester who was killed during the Confederate monument protests in Charlottesville, Virginia last month. Publisher Andrew Anglin said four domain registration companies refused to service the site. Pink-Rank says the Austrian domain was set up at the end of August, after the Charlottesville violence.…

rogue korean child-monitoring app is back, researchers say

A South Korean child-monitoring smartphone app that was removed from the market in 2015 after it was found to be riddled with security flaws has been reissued under a new name and still puts children at risk, researchers said Monday. The app “Cyber Security Zone” is part of government efforts to curb what authorities consider excessive cellphone use by young people. Parents are required by law to install monitoring software on smartphones for all children 18 and under. The app is almost identical to a previous system, “Smart Sheriff,” which left children’s private information vulnerable to hackers, according to Internet watchdog Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto. Both were developed under the auspices of MOIBA, the industry association for South Korean cellphone service providers. “The flaws in the apps open the door…

box office top 20: ‘it’ devours competition with $123.4m

No movie stood a chance against “It” this weekend, which took in an otherworldly $123.4 million making it the biggest September opening of all time and the highest horror debut ever by over $70 million. The Warner Bros. production based on Stephen King’s novel cost only $35 million to produce and sets up a sequel that is expected to come out in 2019. In a very distant second place was the Reese Witherspoon romantic comedy “Home Again,” which earned only $8.6 million in its first weekend in theaters. Holdovers populated the rest of the top five, with “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” in third with $4.8 million, “Annabelle: Creation,” in fourth with $4 million and “Wind River” in fifth with $3.1 million. The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed…