Analyst: Google Pays Apple Up to $20 Billion a Year to Protect Search Engine, 16% of iPhone Maker’s Profits

According to a stock market analyst firm, the massive annual payment from Google to Apple to secure its status as the default search engine on iPhones and other Apple devices is now in the range of $18 to $20 billion, representing an incredible 14 to 16 percent of Apple’s annual operating profits. Market analyst Bernstein warned its clients that Apple’s Google gravy train may be altered forever by the landmark antitrust case against the internet giant.

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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.

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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.

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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

Thanks, Apple: Colorado Emergency Services Bombarded with Automated 911 Calls from Skiers’ iPhones

Dispatchers at the Summit County 911 Center have reportedly been fielding huge numbers of automated notifications from local skiers’ iPhones and Apple Watches at the county’s four ski areas last weekend. New iPhones feature “crash detection” and “fall detection” that automatically call 911 when the device thinks its user has been in a car wreck or other accident, which skiing apparently sets off as well.

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