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Apple confirms it does not hold your Apple ID hostage due to missed Apple Card payment

9to5Mac - Wed, 03/03/2021 - 16:01

Yesterday, we covered a story regarding Dustin Curtis’s experience with his Apple ID getting disabled when a payment to his Apple Card failed. Apple has today shared a statement with 9to5Mac clarifying the situation. The company says that Apple Card and Apple ID are not linked in the way that the blog post alleged, and the company does not disable Apple ID services because of missed Apple Card payments.

The situation arose because the trade-in process was left unresolved, and Apple was following its standard procedures in matters of money owed; this is not anything specific to the Apple Card. When an account is marked as in bad standing, use of Apple ID services is restricted; things like Apple Music or App Store purchases. iCloud is wholly separate and is not disabled at all. You can read Apple’s full statement on the matter after the break.

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Apple launches a service to transfer your iCloud Photos collection to Google Photos

iDownloadBlog - Wed, 03/03/2021 - 15:47

Apple has launched a dedicated service to transfer a user's iCloud Photos collection to Google Photos.
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Navajo Nation Hospital Targeted By Large-Scale Ransomware Hack

Slashdot - Wed, 03/03/2021 - 15:41
An anonymous reader shares a report: When Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services in Gallup, New Mexico, was hit with a cyberattack earlier this year, the hospital's staff had to revert to pen and paper to keep things running. Publicly available details about the hack are scarce, and the hospital has declined to comment beyond confirming that the security breach briefly forced its staff off its computers. But sensitive employee files posted online by a hacker group known for ransomware attacks and seen by NBC News indicated just how deep an attack the hospital had suffered: files on everything from job applications and background checks to staff injury reports. Ransomware attacks, in which hackers gain access to a private system to hold it hostage for payment, have been a problem for businesses for more than three years. Some hospitals have poor cybersecurity, and unscrupulous gangs see them as potentially flush with cash and easily coerced with the threat of leaked patient data. Last year, at least 560 health care facilities were infected with ransomware, according to a survey from the cybersecurity company Emsisoft. In October, amid a particularly brutal wave of attacks, several federal agencies issued warnings of "an increased and imminent cybercrime threat" to hospitals. An advisory from the American Hospital Association laid out how the Covid-19 pandemic had encouraged cybercriminals "to exploit, victimize and profit" from ransomware attacks.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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How to restore your deleted Instagram posts and stories

iDownloadBlog - Wed, 03/03/2021 - 15:30

Confirm Restore Recently Deleted Instagram Post

Learn how to restore deleted Instagram posts and stories. You have 30 days to get an item back and put it on your profile again, here’s how.
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Woolly Mammoth Revival

Hacker News - Wed, 03/03/2021 - 15:27
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Concept imagines an ‘iPad Pro mini’ with 8.9-inch display, Face ID, and USB-C

9to5Mac - Wed, 03/03/2021 - 15:25

Earlier today, a sketchy report suggested that Apple could have an ‘iPad mini Pro” in the works. While this report should be treated with quite a bit of skepticism, a new concept imagines what that iPad Pro-style iPad mini could look like…

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Unc0ver jailbreak updated to v6.0.2 with more bug fixes for iOS 14 users

iDownloadBlog - Wed, 03/03/2021 - 15:24

The unc0ver jailbreak has been updated to version 6.0.2 with additional bug fixes for iOS & iPadOS 14.0-14.3 devices.
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Parler Sues Amazon Again, After Dropping Original Lawsuit

Slashdot - Wed, 03/03/2021 - 15:05
Social media app Parler has dropped its federal case against Amazon.com for cutting off its web-hosting services and filed a separate lawsuit against the company and its web services unit in a Washington state court, according to court documents from late Tuesday. From a report: The new lawsuit filed by Parler accused Amazon of defamation and breach of contract. Parler, an app popular among American right-wing users, came back online last month after going dark in January as many service providers pulled back support, accusing it of failing to monitor violent content related to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, the nation's legislative seat, by supporters of then-President Donald Trump. Parler sued Amazon, accusing it of making an illegal, politically motivated decision to shut it down to benefit Twitter but a U.S. judge rejected its demand that Amazon restore services for the platform later in January. A month later, Parler re-launched its services online and said the new platform was built on "sustainable, independent technology."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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Autofocus and sensor-shift stabilization may be coming to the next iPhone’s ultra-wide camera

iDownloadBlog - Wed, 03/03/2021 - 14:58

Expect being able to take closer wide-angle shots than before (which remain in focus) along with crisper, steadier low-light photographs when using the ultra-wide camera.
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Arizona advances bill that could force Apple to add alternative payment options in the App Store

9to5Mac - Wed, 03/03/2021 - 14:30

The Arizona House of Representatives has narrowly advanced a bill that could require Apple to allow alternative payment methods in the App Store. Apple had been lobbying against this bill, but it passed in a 31-29 vote on Wednesday, and it could have major consequences for iOS and the App Store.

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Arizona Advances Bill Forcing Apple and Google To Allow Fortnite-style Alternative Payment Options

Slashdot - Wed, 03/03/2021 - 14:22
The Arizona House of Representatives just passed landmark app store legislation in a 31-29 vote on Wednesday that could have far-reaching consequences for Apple and Google and their respective mobile operating systems. From a report: The legislation, a sweeping amendment to Arizona's existing HB2005 [PDF], prevents app store operators from forcing a developer based in the state to use a preferred payment system, putting up a significant roadblock to Apple and Google's ability to collect commissions on in-app purchases and app sales. It will now head to the state senate, where it must pass before its sent to Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey. The amendment specifically prohibits stores exceeding 1 million downloads from requiring "a developer that is domiciled in this state to use a particular in-application payments system as the exclusive mode of accretive payments from a user." It also covers users living in Arizona from having to pay for apps using exclusive payment systems. The bill specifically exempts game consoles "and other special-purpose devices that are connected to the internet," and it also bars companies like Apple and Google from retaliating against developers who choose to use third-party payment systems.

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Best Buy launches a new health and safety service with Lively app and Apple Watch

iDownloadBlog - Wed, 03/03/2021 - 14:14

Best Buy Health is teaming up with Apple and the Lively app to offer up health and safety features for elderly individuals with an Apple Watch.
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Hacker News - Wed, 03/03/2021 - 14:09
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[Update: March 2021] Working out with Apple Watch? These smart scales sync weight with iPhone

9to5Mac - Wed, 03/03/2021 - 14:00

Apple Watch can help you stay motivated to exercise and improve your health, and smart scales that sync data to the iPhone can be a fun and useful way to track your progress. If you want to easily collect your weight and other measurement data in the Health app on iPhone, the trick is to find a scale that works with HealthKit. Here are some of the current options on the market:

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Best Buy using Apple Watch as basis for new ‘Lively’ health and safety service

9to5Mac - Wed, 03/03/2021 - 13:54

Best Buy has stepped further into the health and technology market with a new partnership with Apple. The move sees the retailer also partner with the Lively app to offer both emergency and non-emergency support for elderly Apple Watch users along with up to $200 off the Series 6 or SE wearable.

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