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Apple continues crackdown on leaks, sends warning letters to prominent sources

9to5Mac - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 09:52

Apple is taking action against some of the most prominent leakers in the Apple community. “Kang,” one of the most reliable and well-known Apple leakers, posted on Weibo this week that he received a letter from a law firm representing Apple about information he had previously leaked. This comes after 9to5Mac recently reported that Apple also made changes to its internal development process to crack down on leaks.


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Laravel Transporter

Hacker News - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 09:39
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Apple TV+ announces its first French language original production, thriller series ‘Liaison’

9to5Mac - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 09:31

Apple TV+ today announced its first French original production, a contemporary thriller drama named Liaison. The series will star actress Eva Green and actor Vincent Cassel, as reported by Le Figaro.


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Listen to Apple Music and Spotify on this iPod Classic web player

9to5Mac - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 09:11

Even 15 years after its release, Apple fans are still missing the iPod Classic. And every now and then, we find apps and web-based apps that indulge in the nostalgia of using an iPod Classic.

This time, a GitHub project has emerged that lets you play Apple Music or Spotify songs on an iPod Classic web player.


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9to5Mac Daily: June 24, 2021 – iPhone 14 and new iPhone SE rumors

9to5Mac - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 09:01

Listen to a recap of the top stories of the day from 9to5Mac. 9to5Mac Daily is available on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, Stitcher, TuneIn, Google Play, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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EU roaming charges begin for Brits as first carrier breaks its Brexit promise

9to5Mac - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 09:01

Act surprised: Some Brits will face EU roaming charges for the first time since 2017, as EE is the first carrier to break its promise that nothing would change after Brexit…


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Scientist Finds Early Virus Sequences That Had Been Mysteriously Deleted

Slashdot - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 09:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Times: About a year ago, genetic sequences from more than 200 virus samples from early cases of Covid-19 in Wuhan disappeared from an online scientific database. Now, by rooting through files stored on Google Cloud, a researcher in Seattle reports that he has recovered 13 of those original sequences -- intriguing new information for discerning when and how the virus may have spilled over from a bat or another animal into humans. The new analysis, released on Tuesday, bolsters earlier suggestions that a variety of coronaviruses may have been circulating in Wuhan before the initial outbreaks linked to animal and seafood markets in December 2019. As the Biden administration investigates the contested origins of the virus, known as SARS-CoV-2, the study neither strengthens nor discounts the hypothesis that the pathogen leaked out of a famous Wuhan lab. But it does raise questions about why original sequences were deleted, and suggests that there may be more revelations to recover from the far corners of the internet. The genetic sequences of viral samples hold crucial clues about how SARS-CoV-2 shifted to our species from another animal, most likely a bat. Most precious of all are sequences from early in the pandemic, because they take scientists closer to the original spillover event. As [Jesse Bloom, a virologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center who wrote the new report] was reviewing what genetic data had been published by various research groups, he came across a March 2020 study with a spreadsheet that included information on 241 genetic sequences collected by scientists at Wuhan University. The spreadsheet indicated that the scientists had uploaded the sequences to an online database called the Sequence Read Archive, managed by the U.S. government's National Library of Medicine. But when Dr. Bloom looked for the Wuhan sequences in the database earlier this month, his only result was "no item found." Puzzled, he went back to the spreadsheet for any further clues. It indicated that the 241 sequences had been collected by a scientist named Aisi Fu at Renmin Hospital in Wuhan. Searching medical literature, Dr. Bloom eventually found another study posted online in March 2020 by Dr. Fu and colleagues, describing a new experimental test for SARS-CoV-2. The Chinese scientists published it in a scientific journal three months later. In that study, the scientists wrote that they had looked at 45 samples from nasal swabs taken "from outpatients with suspected Covid-19 early in the epidemic." They then searched for a portion of SARS-CoV-2's genetic material in the swabs. The researchers did not publish the actual sequences of the genes they fished out of the samples. Instead, they only published some mutations in the viruses. But a number of clues indicated to Dr. Bloom that the samples were the source of the 241 missing sequences. The papers included no explanation as to why the sequences had been uploaded to the Sequence Read Archive, only to disappear later. Perusing the archive, Dr. Bloom figured out that many of the sequences were stored as files on Google Cloud. Each sequence was contained in a file in the cloud, and the names of the files all shared the same basic format, he reported. Dr. Bloom swapped in the code for a missing sequence from Wuhan. Suddenly, he had the sequence. All told, he managed to recover 13 sequences from the cloud this way. With this new data, Dr. Bloom looked back once more at the early stages of the pandemic. He combined the 13 sequences with other published sequences of early coronaviruses, hoping to make progress on building the family tree of SARS-CoV-2. Working out all the steps by which SARS-CoV-2 evolved from a bat virus has been a challenge because scientists still have a limited number of samples to study. Some of the earliest samples come from the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan, where an outbreak occurred in December 2019. But those market viruses actually have three extra mutations that are missing from SARS-CoV-2 samples collected weeks later. In other words, those later viruses look more like coronaviruses found in bats, supporting the idea that there was some early lineage of the virus that did not pass through the seafood market. Dr. Bloom found that the deleted sequences he recovered from the cloud also lack those extra mutations. "They're three steps more similar to the bat coronaviruses than the viruses from the Huanan fish market," Dr. Bloom said. This suggests, he said, that by the time SARS-CoV-2 reached the market, it had been circulating for awhile in Wuhan or beyond. The market viruses, he argued, aren't representative of full diversity of coronaviruses already loose in late 2019.

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This web app brings the classic iPod interface to your Spotify or Apple Music library

iDownloadBlog - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 08:21

A Mac screenshot showing Tanner Villarete's web app that simulates the iPod classic interface running in Safari

Apple never created a streaming-capable iPod, but this nicely done web app lets you stream Spotify or Apple Music using an iPod classic interface complete with click wheel navigation.
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Some of the best jailbreak tweaks for iOS 14’s keyboard

iDownloadBlog - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 08:00

There are so many ways that you can customize the keyboard on a jailbroken iPhone or iPad running iOS or iPadOS 14. In this piece, we'll show you a few of the best ways you can do that.
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Upgrade the boring low power banner on jailbroken iOS with Surge

iDownloadBlog - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 07:30

The low power banner in iOS isn’t as robust as it could be, but a new jailbreak tweak called Surge can change that.
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House committee approves bill which poses significant antitrust threat to Apple

9to5Mac - Thu, 06/24/2021 - 07:14

The House Judiciary Committee has this morning approved a bill that potentially poses a significant antitrust threat to Apple.

The American Choice and Innovation Online Act would make it illegal for companies to give preferential treatment to their own products over those of competitor products hosted on the same platform. The debate began yesterday morning, and only reached a vote in the early hours of this morning …


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