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Build your own personalized panopticon — and maybe save your life

“The future of health is on your wrist,” Apple tweeted in December alongside a 15-second ad for its Apple Watch Series 7, which features LTE connectivity. In the clip (longer versions of which were released on January 1st), the artificially intelligent voice of Siri states, “The owner of this Apple…

Charging cables look like gasoline hoses — and that’s a problem

“Close-up of a charging station cable plugged into an electric car,” by Ivan Radic

Recently I was watching someone recharge their electric car and it struck me: It looks exactly like someone refueling a gasoline car.

They pulled their car up to the charging station, grabbed the big nozzle on the charging cable, lifted the cap on their car’s recharge port, and shoved the…

Here’s what developers need to know about plans to reshape app store standards and put user trust first

Apple Google new app store privacy rules
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“Technology does not need vast troves of personal data, stitched together across dozens of websites and apps, in order to succeed. Advertising existed and thrived for decades without it. If a business is built on misleading users, on data exploitation, on choices that are no choices at all, then it…

The European Commission is about to force vendors to standardize connectors. But will Apple add USB-C to the iPhone?

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When people ask me what my hobby is, I tend to say something CV-appropriate like reading books or watching films. But to be honest, I’m starting to wonder if my main interest isn’t cables and adapters.

I don’t know how this started, but I wander around the cable section in…

What does that mean for our (real and virtual) lives and afterlives?

Green numbers and letters on a black background, simulating computer generated zeros and ones
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In October, Apple ID announced a new “Digital Legacy” program designed to designate “legacy contacts” for users, in the event of their demise. The statement carried with it an asterisk (*) meant to alert customers that the new tech was not yet online. The result can be seen here, a…

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…


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