A Bug in the Apple

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A Bug in the Apple
Number 3457
Broadcast Date JANUARY 29, 2019
Episode Length 30:16
Hosts Sarah Lane, Roger Chang
Guests Patrick Beja

A serious bug in Apple’s FaceTime allowing anyone to hear the recipient of a call’s microphone even before they accept. Is this a simple bug or sign of a deeper flaw in Apple’s software development?

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Quick Hits

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California rejected Yahoo’s proposed settlement with millions of people whose email addresses and other personal information were stolen in the largest data breach in history, citing Yahoo's lack of transparency, such as not citing how much victims could expect to recover. Yahoo's settlement illustrated a $50 million payout, plus two years of free credit monitoring for about 200 million people in the United States and Israel adding up to 1 billion accounts.
Nvidia’s Quadro Virtual Machine Workstation will now be available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. The virtualized workstations will offer Nvidia’s high-end to mid-level cloud GPUs for High Performance Computing applications. The benefit to users is that they only pay as needed while leaving the underlying infrastructure management to someone else. The company believes these virtual workstations will be a special interest for firms involved with architecture, entertainment, oil and gas and manufacturing.
Gmail's rolling out new interfaces based on the Material design language for Gmail on Android and iOS in the coming weeks. Changes include shifting the user’s profile picture to the right-hand side, attachments like photos and documents will be visible from the main inbox view, switching between multiple Gmail accounts can be done by tapping the profile picture in the main screen, and giant red warning signs will appear on emails that are suspected of phishing.

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CNBC reports Amazon is launching a new marketplace focused on Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and asking sellers to move to Amazon over Souq.com, which Amazon bought for $580 million back in 2017. Sources say Amazon has been reaching out to large third-party sellers in North America about the middle eastern expansion.
U.S. prosecutors have filed criminal charges against Huawei, alleging it stole trade secrets from T-Mobile and committed bank fraud by violating sanctions against doing business with Iran. The 13-count indictment filed in New York claims both Huawei, two affiliated companies and Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou engaged in bank and wire fraud, and conspiracy in connection with business in Iran. Additional charges filed in Washington State accuse the company of stealing trade secrets from T-Mobile and offering bonuses to employees who also did so. In a statement, Huawei said “The company denies that it or its subsidiary or affiliate have committed any of the asserted violations of U.S. law set forth in each of the indictments, is not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms. Meng, and believes the U.S. courts will ultimately reach the same conclusion."
The PC version of the highly anticipated first-person shooter Metro Exodus is bypassing Steam and releasing exclusively on the Epic Games Store. The release on Epic will also see a price drop $10 to $49.99 although this is for US buyers only. The CEO of Deep Silver, the game’s publisher, said the move reflects, “Epic’s generous revenue terms are a game changer that will allow publishers to invest more into content creation, or pass on savings to the players.” The company added, “Any customer with an outstanding pre-order for Metro Exodus on PC through any digital retailer will receive their game as expected.”
Facebook and Nick Clegg, head of global affairs, are accused by Brussels of taking a “patchy, opaque, and self-selecting” approach to tackling disinformation. Facebook was one of several companies this description applied to by the EU commissioner, Sir Julian King. Tuesday, the commission published the first reports submitted by Google, Firefox's Mozilla, Facebook and Twitter on their adherence to the voluntary code of practice all signed back in October. The code states that all are obliged to disrupt revenue for accounts and websites misrepresenting information, clamp down on fake accounts and bots, give prominence to reliable sources of news and improve the transparency of funding of political advertising.
CNBC reports Apple earnings for its December quarter are in. Apple earnings are $84.3 billion, vs. $83.97 billion estimated. iPhone revenue was $51.98 billion, vs. $52.67 billion estimated. Services revenue was $10.9 billion, vs. $10.87 billion estimated. Services is a catch-all category that includes Apple Pay, Apple Music and iCloud storage — marked a 29 percent year-over-year increase. Overall in line with expectations especially with Tim's statement earlier in the month about slowdown in sales in China could possibly be a drag on revenue.

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