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Apple's Shazam takeover facing competition probe

Apple's Shazam takeover facing competition probe

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The European Commission has launched an in-depth investigation into Apple's takeover of UK-based music app Shazam after finding the deal could raise competition concerns.Apple revealed in December that it was snapping up the song recognition tool in a deal reportedly worth $ 400m (£286m).Shazam allows users to identify songs by pointing a smartphone or tablet at speakers playing music.The European Commission said it was concerned that the takeover could see rivals' music streaming services put at a competitive disadvantage to Apple Music.This is because Apple would obtain commercially sensitive data about its rivals' customers by owning Shazam, according to the EC's initial findings.Those rivals include Spotify, the global market leader."Access to such data could allow Apple to directly ta
Facebook's Zuckerberg fires back at Apple's Tim Cook

Facebook's Zuckerberg fires back at Apple's Tim Cook

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Facebook's chief executive has defended his leadership following criticism from his counterpart at Apple.Mark Zuckerberg said it was "extremely glib" to suggest that because the public did not pay to use Facebook that the firm did not care about them.Last week, Apple's Tim Cook said it was an "invasion of privacy" to traffic in users' personal lives.And when asked what he would do if he were Mr Zuckerberg, Mr Cook replied: "I wouldn't be in that situation."Facebook has faced intense criticism after it emerged that it had known for years that Cambridge Analytica had harvested data from about 50 million of its users, but had relied on the political consultancy to self-certify that it had deleted the information.Channel 4 News has since reported that at least some of the data in question is s...
Apple's iPhones slowed to tackle ageing batteries

Apple's iPhones slowed to tackle ageing batteries

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Apple has confirmed the suspicions of many iPhone owners by revealing it does deliberately slow down some models of the iPhone as they age.Many customers have long suspected that Apple slows down older iPhones to encourage people to upgrade.The company has now said it does slow down some models as they age, but only because the phones' battery performance diminishes over time.Apple said it wanted to "prolong the life" of customers' devices.The practice was confirmed after a customer shared performance tests on Reddit, suggesting their iPhone 6S had slowed down considerably as it had aged but had suddenly sped up again after the battery had been replaced."I used my brother's iPhone 6 Plus, and his was faster than mine? This is when I knew something was wrong," wrote TeckFire.Technology webs...
Apple's Tim Cook prefers augmented reality to VR

Apple's Tim Cook prefers augmented reality to VR

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceApple's chief executive has suggested he is not very enthusiastic about virtual reality.Tim Cook said that he felt that the technology could isolate users and voiced a preference for augmented reality instead.AR involves mixing graphics and real-world views together rather than solely filling a person's view with computer-generated images.One expert suggested Mr Cook's view was becoming more popular in tech circles.Mr Cook expressed his opinion at an event hosted by the University of Oxford, in response to a student's question about what technologies would prove transformative."I'm incredibly excited by AR because I can see uses for it everywhere," Mr Cook replied."I can see uses for it in education, in consumers, in entertainment, in sports. I c...
Apple's iOS 11 kills old 32-bit iPhone and iPad apps

Apple's iOS 11 kills old 32-bit iPhone and iPad apps

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Owners of iPhones and iPads who install the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system will find that some older apps will stop working.The move will generally affect apps that have not been updated in the past two years. Although many will have been abandoned by their developers, owners will still use some of them frequently.It is a consequence of iOS 11 being restricted to running apps written in what is known as 64-bit code.The number signifies how much data a processor can handle at once - the larger the figure, the faster a computer can potentially operate.Dropping support for 32-bit software lets Apple streamline its operating system and helps it run more quickly since it no longer needs to load software libraries to make sense of the older programs.Apple has explained in the ...