Report: Amazon working on new Echo speaker to directly compete against HomePod and Sonos

According to Bloomberg, Amazon is working on a new addition to the Amazon Echo smart speaker lineup to more directly compete against Apple’s HomePod and Sonos speakers in terms of sound quality. The new model is purportedly set to release “by next year” and current prototypes feature at least four internal tweeters. The HomePod cylinder […]

Apple allegedly lobbied against another right to repair bill citing consumer safety concerns

A new report tonight from Motherboard claims that an Apple spokesperson lobbied against California’s latest right to repair legislation by talking up consumer safety risks to lawmakers, an approach the company has used multiple times before. more… The post Apple allegedly lobbied against another right to repair bill citing consumer safety concerns appeared first on […]

FTC reportedly planning ‘record-setting’ fine against Facebook for mishandling user data

Following a report last weekend that Germany was planning to punish Facebook, a report from The Washington Post now says the Federal Trade Commission in the U.S. is planning “record-setting” fines against the social media giant. The report cites three people familiar with the matter and says regulators plan to punish the company for failing […]

Law firm explores class action against Apple for potential securities fraud, cites recent earnings cut

Self-professed "nationally acclaimed investor rights law firm" Bernstein Liebhard on Wednesday said it is investigating allegations of potential securities fraud violations on behalf of Apple shareholders, noting the company’s recent earnings forecast cut runs counter to comments made on the health of its Chinese business. AppleInsider – Frontpage News

Qualcomm dealt early blow in second ITC action against Apple

Qualcomm’s second U.S. International Trade Commission complaint against Apple is not going as planned. Staff for the agency this week issued a recommendation that found none of the chipmaker’s remaining patents-in-suit infringed, adding that an iPhone import ban would adversely impact the cellular modem market. AppleInsider – Frontpage News

2018 MacBook Pro keyboards include silicone membrane, might protect against key failure

Apple is advertising the new MacBooks as having an updated, "quieter" keyboard, but has said little about the new design. A teardown of the hardware on Friday, however, reveals a new silicone membrane encases each key that potentially serves as a dust-repelling feature to protect against malfunctions. AppleInsider – Frontpage News

Firm that won $450M iBooks pricing case against Apple files class action lawsuit over iPhone throttling

Despite its apology and cheaper battery replacement pricing, Apple is still facing scrutiny for how it slows down older iPhones in conjunction with battery wear. Joining the growing number of cases against Apple, consumer-rights law firm Hagens Berman has filed a class action suit against Apple for “secretly” installing a “feature to intentionally slow down” […]

Boston Red Sox caught using Apple Watch to steal signs in games against the Yankees & others

A new detailed report from The New York Times says that the Boston Red Sox have been using Apple Watches to steal signs. It all began about two weeks ago when the general manager of the New York Yankees, Brian Cashman, filed a complaint with the MLB commissioner’s office alleging that the Red Sox were […]

Apple Watch latest target in Uniloc’s quickly growing legal barrage against Apple

Notorious non-practicing entity Uniloc continued its legal attack against Apple on Friday with a new filing claiming infringement of three related patents covering motion tracking, or more specifically technology applicable to fitness devices like Apple Watch. AppleInsider – Frontpage News

Report: DOJ to issue indictments on Wednesday against suspects involved in Yahoo data breach

According to a reports from Bloomberg and Reuters, the U.S. Justice Department plans to announce indictments on Wednesday against suspects involved in one the Yahoo data breaches. The indictments come after Yahoo suffered two massive hacks, one affecting 500 million users and another affecting 1 billion users. more… Filed under: Apple 9to5Mac