Twelve South’s HiRise Wireless is a super versatile wireless smartphone charger

Wireless charging has been a wonderful addition to mainstream flagship smartphones, including the iPhone, Samsung’s Galaxy lineup and Google’s Pixel phones. But there hasn’t been a really great option for bringing the benefits of wireless charging with you on the road, while keeping your desktop setup tidy — until now, …

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Internet group brands Mozilla ‘internet villain’ for supporting DNS privacy feature

An industry group of internet service providers has branded Firefox browser maker Mozilla an “internet villain” for supporting a DNS security standard. The U.K.’s Internet Services Providers’ Association (ISPA), the trade group for U.K. internet service providers, nominated the browser maker for its proposed effort to roll out the security …

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The best Fourth of July tech deals we’ve seen so far

July Fourth is upon us. It’s a celebration of US independence, and if you’re like me, you’ll be spending it with family, eating lots of grilled food and staying up to watch the fireworks light up the sky at night. Like most US holidays, this is also an opportunity to …

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There’s only one important question to ask about Apple’s future

It’s been a wild few days for Apple, as the company’s famed chief design officer Jony Ive announced his departure, a number of media outlets reported that he’d been disconnected from day-to-day work for some time, and Apple CEO Tim Cook fired back at The Wall Street Journal, in particular, …

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Proposed Law Would Force Big Tech to Reveal Value of Consumer Data

A Democrat and a Republican on Monday filed a U.S. Senate bill to require companies to report to financial regulators and to the public what consumer data they collect and how they leverage it for profit. “When a big tech company says its product is free, consumers are the ones …

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NSA Admits Improper Collection of Phone Data, 2nd Time Around

The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday released documents showing the United States National Security Agency improperly collected Americans’ call and text logs in November 2017 and in February and October 2018. The unauthorized collections occurred just four months after the agency announced it was deleting more than 620 million …

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Can’t download photos from your iPhone to your Mac? It could be a trust issue

Your Mac needs to trust your iPhone or iPad—and vice-versa. Apple added a Trust button to iOS years ago that appears when a device is connected to a computer, requiring a phone or tablet be unlocked and the connection confirmed. This was another layer in attempting to ensure that a …

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Apple issues voluntary recall of 15-inch MacBook Pro

Apple on Thursday announced a voluntary recall for owners of the 15-inch MacBook Pro. If you bought such a laptop between September 2015 and February 2017, it could have a battery that is at risk of overheating. Apple will replace the battery in these laptops for free. To see if …

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Apple reveals App Store takedown demands by governments

For the first time, Apple has published the number of requests it’s received from governments to take down apps from its app store. In its latest transparency report, published Tuesday, the tech giant said it received 80 requests from 11 countries to remove 634 apps from its localized app stores …

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TikTok is being investigated in the UK for how it handles children’s data and safety

TikTok is being investigated in the U.K. for how it handles the safety and personal data of underage users. According to The Guardian, information commissioner Elizabeth Denham told a parliamentary committee that the probe started in February after the U.S. Federal Trade Commission levied a $5.7 million fine against TikTok …

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