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Apple self-driving car rear ended during road testing

LOS ANGELES: An Apple Inc self-driving car was rear-ended while merging onto an expressway near the company’s Silicon Valley headquarters this month. The company said in an accident report posted on Friday that confirmed the iPhone maker is still in the race to build autonomous vehicles. Apple executives have never publicly spoken about the company’s self-driving car program, but filings in a criminal court case last month confirmed that the company had at least 5,000 employees working on the project and that it was…

Apple tells lawmakers iPhones are not listening in on consumers

Apple Inc told U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday that its iPhones do not listen to users without their consent and do not allow third-party apps to do so either after lawmakers asked the company if its devices were invading users’ privacy. Representatives Greg Walden, Marsha Blackburn, Gregg Harper and Robert Latta wrote to Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook and Alphabet Inc chief executive Larry Page in July, citing concerns about reports that smartphones could “collect ‘non-triggered’ audio data from users’ conversations near a…

Apple becomes first US company to hit $1 Trillion value

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple Inc on Thursday became the first $1 trillion publicly listed U.S. company, crowning a decade-long rise fueled by the ubiquitous iPhone that transformed it from a niche player in personal computers into a global powerhouse spanning entertainment and communications. The tech company’s stock jumped 2.9 percent to end the day at $207.39, giving it a market capitalization of $1.002 trillion. During the session, Apple’s stock market value reached as much as $1.006 trillion. Apple has rallied about…

Apple launches faster processors on MacBook Pro

Apple Inc unveiled new features on the MacBook Pro on Thursday, including faster core processors, larger memory and better security to 13-inch and 15-inch models with touch bar. The iPhone maker said the 8th-generation Intel processors will make the 15-inch model up to 70 percent faster and the 13-inch model up to two times faster. The new MacBook Pro includes support for up to 32GB of memory, an improved keyboard for quieter typing and will also be able to compile code faster. The company said that the Apple T2…

Lucky 8? $1,000 price tag dampens iPhone enthusiasm in China

CALIFORNIA: Apple Inc will launch an expected “iPhone 8” on Tuesday, hoping the number’s auspicious connotations in China will help turn around fortunes in the world’s biggest smartphone market after six quarters of falling sales. Chinese shoppers, however, are already counting the cost, with the latest model tipped to have a price tag upward of $1,000 - roughly double the average Chinese monthly salary. The success of Apple’s next iPhone in China is crucial for the Cupertino-based firm, which has seen its once-coveted…

Taiwan suffers massive power cut, affecting millions of households

TAIPEI: Taiwan suffered a massive power blackout on Tuesday evening that hit businesses and residential homes, affecting close to seven million households on the heavily industrialised island amid sweltering heat. The outage left millions of homes without power and hit offices and factories on the island of nearly 24 million people, but appeared to have a limited impact on businesses, including some of the world's leading technology manufacturers. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC), the world's largest…

Facebook’s WhatsApp adds secure video calling amid privacy concerns

SAN FRANCISCO: One of the world’s most popular means of communication, Facebook's (FB.O) WhatsApp, is adding fully encrypted video calling to its messaging app on Monday, a move that comes as privacy advocates worry about the potential for stepped-up government surveillance under a Trump administration. WhatsApp, which boasts more than a billion users worldwide, adopted end-to-end encryption early this year, making it technically impossible for the company or government authorities to read messages or listen to calls.…