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Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple told to turn over internal documents | Technology

The US government’s investigations into big tech widened on Friday as lawmakers announced they were seeking internal documents from Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple. Letters went out to the four companies on Friday from the leaders of the House judiciary committee and its subcommittee on antitrust, which has been conducting a sweeping antitrust investigation of […]

Apple to launch most expensive iPhone ever in UK next week | Technology

Apple is set to release the most expensive iPhone ever in the UK next week against the backdrop of a Brexit-battered pound, just two years after the company broke its own records with the iPhone X. The iPhones 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, revealed during a press event on Tuesday, will hit the US […]

iPhone 11: Apple launches new Pro smartphones with better cameras | Technology

Apple has launched its latest iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max featuring new cameras, improved screens, faster processors and longer battery life. Announced at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California on Thursday, the iPhone 11 series of smartphones carries on where the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR left off last year. […]

iPhone launch live: new Apple phones, watches and laptops expected | Technology

11.58am EDT11:58 Hello and welcome to the Guardian’s liveblog of Apple’s autumn press conference. We’ll be kicking off at 10am Pacific Time – that’s 6pm UK time, and 3am in New South Wales if you’re staying up for all the latest news. If you want to watch along live, Apple is streaming the event on […]

Apple rewrote Siri to ‘deflect’ questions about feminism | Technology

An internal project to rewrite how Apple’s Siri voice assistant handles “sensitive topics” such as feminism and the #MeToo movement advised developers to respond in one of three ways: “don’t engage”, “deflect” and finally “inform”. The project saw Siri’s responses explicitly rewritten to ensure that the service would say it was in favour of “equality”, […]

What’s the best tech to take to university? | Money

Tablet iPad mini – £399 Tablets can be a handy addition to any student’s toolset, often lasting far longer on a charge than a computer or phone, with a big enough screen to get things done or catch up on the latest episode of The Expanse. Apple’s recently updated 7.9in iPad Mini is my pick. […]

Google says hackers have put ‘monitoring implants’ in iPhones for years | Technology

Hackers have been using compromised websites to install “monitoring implants” in iPhones for years, according to researchers at Google. The malicious software gathers users’ images, contacts and other information. Ian Beer, from Google’s Project Zero, said in a blogpost that the hacked sites had received thousands of visitors each week. Beer said: “There was no […]

Apple apologises for allowing workers to listen to Siri recordings | Technology

Apple has apologised for allowing contractors to listen to voice recordings of Siri users in order to grade them. The company made the announcement after it completed a review of the grading programme, which had been triggered by a Guardian report revealing its existence. According to multiple former graders, accidental activations were regularly sent for […]

Apple lays off hundreds of contractors hired to listen to Siri | Technology

Hundreds of Apple workers across Europe who were employed to check Siri recordings for errors have lost their jobs after the company announced it was “suspending” the programme earlier this month. More than 300 employees have had their contracts ended in the company’s Cork facility alone, according to former employees, with more sent home from […]

Click, whir, ping: the lost sounds of loading video games | Games

The first time I ever put a ​5¼-inch disk into an Apple II drive to play Lode Runner, I was hooked. It seemed wildly futuristic – this was in the early 1980s – but there was also something pleasingly analogue about the process. You had to slide the disc from its sleeve like a vinyl […]