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Several major US companies have expressed their concern over the effects of the Trump administration’s executive order targeting WeChat, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. “More than a dozen” companies including Apple, Ford, Walmart, and Disney are all said to have taken part in a call with White House officials on Tuesday where the companies detailed the adverse consequences that a ban on WeChat could have on their own businesses. The executive order was signed on Thursday night and explicitly blocks “any transaction that is related to

Some of the US’s largest tech companies, including Apple, Facebook, Twitter, and Microsoft, are speaking out against Trump’s suspension of guest worker visas. In an amicus brief filed Monday, the companies argue the new restrictions could dramatically affect how the country’s economy recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. “The President’s suspension of nonimmigrant visa programs, supposedly to ‘protect’ American workers, actually harms those workers, their employers, and the economy,” the amicus reads. In June, President Donald Trump issued a proclamation suspending guest worker entry into the US in response to the

The Twitter accounts of major companies and individuals have been compromised in one of the most widespread and confounding hacks the platform has ever seen, all in service of promoting a bitcoin scam that appears to be earning its creator quite a bit of money. We don’t know how it’s happened or even to what extent Twitter’s own systems may have been compromised. The hack appears to have subsided, but new scam tweets were posting to verified accounts on a regular basis starting shortly after 4PM ET and lasting more

The CEOs of Amazon, Facebook, Apple, and Google will testify before Congress later this month to answer questions related to its broad antitrust investigation of Big Tech. The plans were first reported by Kara Swisher, before a spokesperson for the House Judiciary Committee confirmed the plans to The New York Times. Apple’s Tim Cook, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Alphabet/Google’s Sundar Pichai, and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos have all agreed to testify. News of the July hearing marks a significant step in the House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee’s inquiry, which is investigating different alleged

Amazon, Target, and Apple all made modifications to their business operations over the weekend in light of demonstrations in cities across the US, Bloomberg reported. Apple kept many of its retail stores closed on Sunday, including some that had just reopened after weeks of being shuttered due to the pandemic. Target closed 32 of its stores in the Minneapolis area and said Sunday it would temporarily close several more across the country. Amazon told Bloomberg that it had scaled back and adjusted routes “in a handful of cities” to ensure

Companies based totally in Santa Clara County, California — which includes Cupertino, Mountain View, Palo Alto, and San Jose — will have to steer clear of trip and delay or cancel mass gatherings, the county really useful on Thursday. The recommendations come after six new instances of the unconventional coronavirus were identified within the space, bringing the full number of other people confirmed in the community to have the disease to twenty. The county’s steering affects several prime Silicon Valley employers. Apple, for instance, is based in Cupertino; Google in

Sponsored Links Apple’s original iPad went on sale 10 years ago today, which means that it’s been 10 years since people finally started taking tablets seriously. Hyperbole? Not really.  The idea of a tablet computer had been kicked around for years, fueled in large part by science fiction (Star Trek’s PADD immediately springs to mind) and ever-shrinking components. A handful of companies gambled on the concept, too, and Microsoft’s late-’90s attempt was easily the most ambitious of the bunch. It languished, as did all the others, for similar reasons. They

Sponsored Links Chris Velazco/Engadget These days, any connected device with a microphone could arguably be treated with suspicion, from smart speakers to phones to computers. Apple helped to address privacy concerns in 2018 by adding a feature that disconnects MacBook microphones when the laptops’ lids are closed. The documentation of the latest iPad Pro models (as spotted by 9to5Mac) shows that the company’s new tablets sport a similar capability. When a user closes the cover of a compatible case, the iPad’s security chip will cut the mic, which should help

Companies the world over are scrambling to figure out how to deal with coronavirus and its associated impacts, and Apple is no exception. According to one insider, the company still plans to launch the iPhone SE 2 (rumored to be called the iPhone 9) in upcoming weeks, but that the iPhone 12 debut will be delayed. Analyst Jon Prosser has published a series of tweets in which he predicts that the iPhone SE 2/iPhone 9 has entered production, that there will be a 5.5-inch version(!) of the phone, and that

You wouldn’t expect people to be passionate about a weather app, but Dark Sky’s user base certainly qualifies. This “hyperlocal” weather client originated on iOS, but launched on Android in 2016. Now, it’s going back to an iOS exclusive following an unexpected Apple acquisition. If you’ve been enjoying the app, it’s probably time to check out alternatives.  Dark Sky was a popular app on iOS, but it emerged at a time when the business model for weather apps was changing. These services aren’t cheap to run, and many apps that

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