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Innovator or laggard? Do you hold back because you have refined tastes or because you are late to see the potential?

There’s a part of me that thinks one day I’ll have to get an Apple Watch. I don’t want one. I don’t need one. I don’t even use a regular watch, so it wouldn’t make any sense to strap several hundred dollars of tech to my wrist and commit myself…

Epic got some of what it was hoping for — but not all of it

The following is a selection from Big Technology, a newsletter by Alex Kantrowitz. To get it in your inbox each week, you can sign up here.

When Epic Games sued Apple in August 2020 over iPhone maker’s 30% cut of in-app payments, it did so with a splashy media blitz…

Apple announced a streaming event that might not focus on the iPhone 13

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Will Tim Cook unveil an iPhone 13? That’s the million-dollar (or multi-billion-dollar) question circling next week’s big Apple product event.

Just as we were still shaking off the sleepy vestiges of a long Labor Day Weekend, the Cupertino technology giant sent out invites early Tuesday for a “Special Apple Event…

It’s not a picture, it’s your real license

Scanning in your real license to create a digital one (Credit: Apple)

Apple’s promise of adding driver’s licenses and state IDs to Apple Wallet is coming to fruition and bringing with it a wallet-full of questions.

As soon as I posted the news, people expressed concerns about holding up their phone or, worse, handing it over so an official can ogle your…

I don’t agree with the “slippery slope” and “backdoor” arguments

I work in cryptography. I’ve published a paper on the topic and hold patents as well. To undersell a bit: I care a great deal about privacy and security. And there’s very rarely any daylight between the opinions I hold and the position of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Yet, everyone…

Apple has been talking and talking and talking about how its upcoming system for protecting children will also leave our privacy intact

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What a week it’s been for Apple. It’s trying to do something important: protect children from abuse. But in doing so, revealing its plans well in advance of launching the tools and technology, the normally unflappable Cupertino tech giant opened a Pandora’s Box of questions and concerns.

Since then, it’s…

Protecting our children is the right thing to do, but is this the way to do it?

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Apple, the company that famously fought the FBI on backdoor access to anyone’s encrypted iPhone, may be working on a plan to automatically scan photos in the cloud and on your phone for child abuse images.

This, on the face of it, sounds like a solid plan: automated technology that…

In the beginning, the web was a free bonanza. Now every site tries to sign you up for a monthly subscription.

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There was a time when it seemed like everything was free on the internet.

Free email. Free hosting. Free software. Free cloud storage. Free photo storage. Every social media site was free as was every search engine and every news site. The software that powered the servers running the web…

It’s Apple’s world. We all just have to try and live in it.

Apple’s glitzy developer conference this June, WWDC, gave us our annual peek at the latest and greatest software the company is bringing to our devices, from iOS 15 to major updates to macOS, iPadOS, and more.

This year, as with other years, privacy improvements across Apple’s operating systems were front-and-center…

The old model is dying

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Earlier this year, Apple announced sweeping changes to their privacy policies, which sent shockwaves through the online advertising world. Beginning with iOS 14.5, which was released in April, Apple implemented Ad Tracking Transparency (ATT), a feature that requires apps that wish to track users for advertising purposes to ask for…


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