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Apple ‘sorry’ that workers listened to Siri voice recordings

Apple ‘sorry’ that workers listened to Siri voice recordings

Business
Apple has apologised following revelations that it paid third-party workers to listen to voice recordings of Siri users.The practice known as "grading" has been used by several tech firms as a way of improving the quality of speech recognition.However, Apple, Google and Microsoft all halted such work recently, following public outcry.Apple said it plans to resume grading - but only for Siri users who opt in.The firm added that in the future only its own employees will be able to access recordings, not third-party workers at contracted firms.Earlier this month, the company said it had halted grading following reports that workers had heard recordings containing intimate remarks made by Siri users.Such recordings can be made accide...
Apple profit falls 13% amid stalling iPhone sales

Apple profit falls 13% amid stalling iPhone sales

Technology
By Wale Azeez, business reporter The continued drop in sales of Apple's flagship iPhone has weighed on its latest earnings, dragging quarterly profits down 10% to $ 13bn.iPhone sales fell 12% in the quarter to $ 25.06bn. The drop is highly significant for the world's largest technology manufacturer because it derives more than half of its total revenues from the device - launched 12 years ago.This comes as customers hold on to their smartphones for longer, and competition from rivals in China offering cheaper, feature-rich handsets eats into Apple's market share.China's slowing economy also hurt Apple, where the tech giant generates around 20% of its revenue. Advertisement ...
iPhone designer praised for ‘groundbreaking’ products as he leaves Apple

iPhone designer praised for ‘groundbreaking’ products as he leaves Apple

Technology
The British man who designed the iPhone, iPod and Mac is leaving Apple after nearly three decades, saying it is a "natural" time to go.Chief design officer Sir Jonathan Ive - known widely as Jony Ive - will leave later this year to start his own design firm. But he will not cut his ties with the technology giant completely, as his new company will count Apple among its clients.He told the Financial Times: "While I will not be an (Apple) employee, I will still be very involved - I hope for many, many years to come."This just seems like a natural and gentle time to make this change." Advertisement According to the paper, his new venture LoveFrom will launch fully in 2020 and Sir Jonathan will continue to work...
Apple recalls some MacBooks over battery fire risk

Apple recalls some MacBooks over battery fire risk

Technology
Apple is recalling some of its older generation MacBook Pro laptops which contain a battery that may overheat and pose a fire risk. The recall only affects the 15-inch laptops sold primarily between September 2015 and February 2017. No other 15-inch MacBook Pro units or other Mac notebooks are being recalled.People can find out if their device is affected by visiting the Apple website and entering their product serial number.The technology giant confirmed that the laptops in question contain a battery which "may overheat and pose a safety risk". Advertisement The firm has asked people to stop using the affected devices. "If you have 'MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015)', enter your computer's serial num...
Apple charging $999 for new computer stand

Apple charging $999 for new computer stand

Technology
Apple will charge consumers $ 999 just for the stand for its new computer monitor - as much as a new iPhone XS.Reports from the company's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) on Monday suggested the audience could be heard murmuring - with a handful of boos - when the pricey stand was announced. It was a small mention during a show that confirmed Apple was ditching iTunes in favour of three separate apps for music, podcasts and films and shows. Image: Apple's Mac Pro monitor costs $ 4,999 Costs for the Mac Pro itself start at $ 5,999 while the specialised monitors themselves begin at $ 4,999 - with a mount adapter costing $ 199 - running to a total of $ 12,196.This would be £9,633 in a normal currency conversion, but Apple is known t