Apple and Google have told the “free speech” social media app Parler that it must begin moderating its users content, following violence at the US Capitol this week. The app — a Twitter alternative popular among Donald Trump supporters and the far-right — has faced renewed scrutiny for its role in the planning of the attacks.
After months of rumors, we finally have confirmation. Apple officially (and quietly) announced its first over-ear headphones today. The AirPods Max offer active noise cancellation (ANC), hands-free access to Siri and all the current elements of Apple design for $549. Apple says these pricey headphones offer “incredible high-fidelity audio,” Adaptive EQ and spatial audio on top of their noise-cancelling abilities.
During a company-wide meeting Friday, the Facebook CEO accused the tech giant of having a “stranglehold” on apps that are available for iPhones. Zuckerberg claimed the App Store policies allowed Apple to “charge monopoly rents” on third-parties, which ultimately harms innovation and user experience. Continue reading Mark Zuckerberg Accuses Apple of Having a ‘Stranglehold’ on Apps
While accelerometers and gyroscopes are generally how smartwatches detect hand movements, a newly-released patent hints that Apple may be considering scanning veins in your wrist via the Apple Watch to detect non-touch gestures in the future.
Companies have tried smartwatches with cameras built into their bands before (hello Galaxy Gear), but the fixed position usually leads to you contorting your wrist to get a good shot — and you can forget about video chats. Apple might have a solution to the problem. The company just received a patent for an Apple Watch band whose built-in camera is designed to be positioned almost any way you like. It looks like one of the company’s loop bands, but includes an extended segment with at least one camera on the end. You’d just have to pull, retract and twist this section to capture your ideal shot.
Apple’s highly anticipated, celebrity-studded services event didn’t disappoint in two specific regards. One, there were a lot of celebrities present. Two, there were also a lot of new services announced. It’s hard to say which was more exciting. Continue reading Everything Apple Announced Today