China Bans Officials from Using iPhones and Other Foreign Devices at Work

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported on Wednesday that Chinese government officials have been ordered not to use Apple iPhones and other foreign devices for work, potentially inflicting a major blow on sales of those devices in China, whose titanic government bureaucracy employs a sizable portion of the population.

TOPSHOT - A Chinese couple tests the new iPhone 7 during the opening sale launch at an Apple store in Shanghai on September 16, 2016.

Consumers Win: Apple to Embrace USB-C with iPhone 15

Apple is set to introduce USB-C ports in its upcoming iPhone 15 models, a move driven by European Union regulations that many see as a win for consumers. For years, Apple has resisted USB-C in favor of its Lightning connector, but now seems to have embraced the benefits of using the same port on its laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

Apple CEO Tim Cook poses for a goofy selfie ( Justin Sullivan/Getty)

Prosecutors: Exec at Woke Apple Offered iPad Bribe for Concealed Carry Permits

Thomas Moyer, Apple’s head of global security, is back in the legal spotlight as California’s 6th District Court of Appeal reinstates a bribery charge against him, alleging the  executive offered a bribe of iPads to a sheriff’s office in exchange for concealed carry permits for his staff. Apparently, the leftist tech giant embraces the Second Amendment in some cases.

Tim Cook prays for good fortune ( Stephanie Keith /Getty)

Lawsuit: Apple and Tetris Company Stole Plot for Film About Iconic Video Game from Author’s Book

Apple and The Tetris Company are facing a lawsuit filed by author Dan Ackerman, who accuses them of adapting his 2016 book The Tetris Effect: The Game That Hypnotized the World into a film without his permission. The lawsuit, which identifies 22 “similarities” between the book and the movie Tetris which released earlier this year, requests damages of six percent of the film’s $80 million production budget, equal to $4.8 million.

Tetris projected over man

Apple iPhone Crash Detection Causes Surge of Bogus 911 Calls as Attendees Dance at Bonnaroo Music Festival

The crash detection feature on iPhones, which is supposed to contact emergency services if it detects that the smartphone has been in a car accident, has been implicated in a dramatic increase in bogus emergency calls during the recent Bonnaroo Music Festival in Coffee County, Tennessee. First responders noted that false emergency calls quintupled during the festival, caused by iPhones that equated dancing with car crashes.

crowd surfing at Bonnaroo Music Festival

Goliath Vs. Goliath: Venture Capital Titan Vinod Khosla Takes on Apple Alleging Theft of Health Tech

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Vinod Khosla is backing AliveCor, a startup specializing in heart-monitoring technology, in a protracted legal battle against tech giant Apple. AliveCor alleges that Apple stole its heart monitoring technology and stifled its capacity to offer its services on the popular Apple Watch platform. Describing Apple, Khosla said, “I think it’s really important that they not bully people and so we decided to make it a public battle.”

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Apple Bans Employees from Using ChatGPT over Security Concerns

Apple has placed restrictions on its employees’ use of generative AI tools like OpenAI’s ChatGPT and GitHub’s Copilot, citing data security concerns. According to an internal communication, Apple believes that “Generative AIs, while powerful, can potentially collect and share confidential data, leading to a breach of our security protocols.”

Tim _Apple_ Cook testifying via TV (Pool/Getty)

Tim Cook Knows if You’re Naughty or Nice: Apple Wants to Use AI to Track Your Emotions

Apple is venturing further into the health and wellness sector with the development of an AI-powered health coaching service, codenamed Quartz, and the expansion of its health app to include new features aimed at tracking emotions. Tim Cook’s creepy vision of the future includes your iPhone determining your mood based on analyzing your speech, typed words, and other data from their devices.

Tim Cook CEO of Apple laughing

Global Computer Market Crashes in Q1, Apple Hit Hardest

Computer manufacturers have suffered a double-digit decline in sales for the first quarter with analysts expecting a recovery in late 2023 and 2024. Multiple analysts reported a 30 percent or higher decline in global desktop and laptop shipments year-over-year. Apple suffered the largest decline of more than 40 percent.

Tim Cook prays for good fortune ( Stephanie Keith /Getty)