Microsoft goes after Apple users with sleek Surface desktop

The company showed off a collection of shiny new tech products Wednesday morning ahead of the holiday shopping season.

As expected, Microsoft (MSFTTech30) debuted an all-in-one Surface PC called Surface Studio ($2,999), which has a strong focus on creativity. It's clear the company wants users to start thinking of its products as more than just productivity tools.

Apple unveils MacBook Pro

At an event held at its headquarters, the company showed off new 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro notebooks. Both include a new display called the Touch Bar at the top of the keyboard.

The display, positioned where the function keys used to be, allows you to control Mac apps with your fingertips. It will adjust in real time based on what software, such as Photoshop, you're using.

'Facebook 'most secure' for instant messaging services, says Amnesty

"We are already in an age where incredible amounts of people's personal data is online and that is rapidly increasing," says Joe Westby, a technology researcher for the human rights group.

Snapchat and Skype were much lower down the list and Westby warns that "there won't be any privacy in the future".

Part of the research looked at how open companies are to requests for data from governments.

Apple fires staff amid claims intimate photos shared in Australia store

Brisbane's Courier-Mail, said dozens of photos were taken without knowledge or consent and that other images were stolen from customer phones.

Apple confirmed an inquiry and said "several" jobs had been terminated.

But it said its inquiry had so far not shown that any photos had been stolen.

Apple Tracks who you're chatting using iMessage — and shares that data with police

End-to-end encryption doesn't mean that your iMessages are secure enough to hide your trace because Apple not only stores a lot of information about your iMessages that could reveal your contacts and location, but even share that information with law enforcement via court orders.

Apple thinks “Everyone can code”, What do you say?

It is a new program called Everyone Can Code. Apple will help students how to code in Swift which is their home-baked programming language. For this, an app called Swift Playgrounds, demonstrated at WWDC 2016, would debut on iPads this fall.


Here’s why Apple’s decision to kill 3.5mm headphone jack is terrible

Last month, Apple sent the “See you on the 7th” invites and as always, the world went crazy about the launch of the new iPhone which continued Apple’s legacy of making their hardware more proprietary, removing the scope for “open” things to exist in Apple’s ecosystem. It’s true, such things don’t deserve to be there, where people just buy any device flaunting a bitten Apple logo on its back.

Mozilla, Apple, and Google join Microsoft’s army to fight against US gagging orders

Mozilla, in coalition with Apple, Lithium, and Twilio, has filed anamicus brief to fuel the lawsuit against the DOJ.

Microsoft filed the lawsuit in April in order to put a bar on gag orders issued by the courts. The orders prohibit a company to make public disclosure or even notify the concerned person when a security agency requests for the data in the name of criminal investigation.

Apple releases 'Emergency' patch after advanced spyware targets human rights activist

One of the world's most invasive software weapon distributors, called the NSO Group, has been exploiting three zero-day security vulnerabilities in order to spy on dissidents and journalists.

The NSO Group is an Israeli firm that sells spying and surveillance software that secretly tracks a target's mobile phone.

The zero-day exploits have allowed the company to develop sophisticated spyware tools that can access the device location, contacts, texts, calls logs, emails and even microphone.

With Galaxy Note 7, is Samsung getting too far ahead of Apple?

The Galaxy Note 7 is miles ahead of the iPhone.” That recent headline at tech site TechnoBuffalo may strike some as clickbait. (It’s not.) Rather, it’s a gadget-savvy writer – Todd Haselton — simply expressing his chagrin at the widening technological gap between Samsung andApple AAPL +0.21%.