LONDON – The Apple Store in Bordeaux, France, was robbed and vandalized on Saturday by rioters involved in the ‘Gilets Jaunes’ movement. These protests were originally against a new motoring tax but have morphed into a larger movement. There have been protests in France over the last 4 weekends. 9to5Mac reported that protestors also damaged two Apple Stores in Paris, including the new Champs-Élysées flagship.
Apple Sainte-Catherine in Bordeaux, France was robbed and looted Saturday night by French “yellow vest” protestors. The vandals smashed the store’s windows before flooding through the building and ripping MacBooks, iPhones, iPads and more from product tables. While the rioters refrained from completely destroying the property, the damage done will require extensive and time consuming repairs. By Sunday morning, plywood sheeting had been placed over the store’s windows to prevent further attacks.
LONDON – The introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Europe brought the issue of data transparency to the fore. Not all firms handled this change as well as others. Apple, however, is an example of a company that improved its data transparency, launching a portal that made it easier for customers to find out what data the company has on them. The stance also had commercial benefits, according to IT Pro. Here’s a snippet:
Apple is a prime example of a major tech giant taking steps to improve data transparency for its users. It recently launched a portal where customers can sift through all the data the company has on them, and CEO Tim Cook has been very vocal about data protection. He recently called it a “fundamental human right” and commended the implementation of GDPR, calling on tech companies to not only embrace the spirit of the EU laws, but to support the introduction of similar legislation across the US.
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B&H Holiday Apple Sale: $279 iPads; 2018 MacBook Airs $1,059; 13" MacBook Pros from $1,129; 15" MacBook Pros $2,099
B&H Photo has launched aggressive holiday discounts on Apple's latest hardware with free expedited delivery in time for Christmas. Find 2018 MacBook Airs on sale from $1,059 ($130 to $150 off), 15" MacBook Pros for $2,099 ($300 off), Apple Watches from $274 (up to $110 off), 2018 iPads for $279 and more.
Apple has restarted the beta testing cycle once more after its latest batch of public releases, providing developers the first builds of iOS 12.1.2, tvOS 12.1.2, macOS 10.14.3, and watchOS 5.1.3.
Are you in Canada and looking for the ECG feature of the Apple Watch? You may be in for a long wait.
In celebration of "Green Monday," B&H Photo is offering a mini price drop on the 2018 Mac mini. The discounts range from $70 to $100, which are enough to push the newer models closer to the retail prices for the high-end models from 2014.
And the 2014 models are on sale, too. If you’re not interested in the latest and greatest units, today’s sale lets you walk away with a 2014 Mac mini for a mere $399.
You can view the entire sale here, but we’ve listed the standout deals below:
2018 Mac mini for $724Remove non-product link (down from $799)
If improving your heath is part of your new year's resolutions, a fitness tracker needs to be on your holiday wish list. And today's a great day to buy one. Amazon is running a fantastic sale on some of Fitbit's best trackers and smartwatches, most of which are at all-time lows.
Most notably, the flagship Ionic is on sale for $150, $120 off its $270 list priceRemove non-product link and $50 less than its Black Friday pricing. With a five-day battery life, the Ionic is built for athletes, and is the only Fitbit to feature built-in GPS to keep track of locations and distances without having to use your phone. It also features full smartwatch features, with notifications, calls, and quick replies for messages, as well as on-board storage for phone-free music listening, on-screen coaching and routines, 50M water resistance, and of course, sleep, activity, and heart rate tracking. We gave the Ionic 3.5 out of 5 for its long battery life, detailed movement tracking, and comfortable design.
After one of the most conspicuous gaps in Apple Pay's European coverage, Germany may finally be getting access to the payment platform this week.
A new form of Snapchat portrait mode could be coming soon. App researcher Jane Manchun Wong reverse engineered the app and found some details.
Portrait photos are in vogue, and Snapchat users will surely want to have this feature in the app as soon as possible. Wong posted a tweet that shows Snapchat‘s redesign camera UI to place these functions on the right-hand side.
As a small side note, what I find strange is TNW’s defense of Instagram, because apparently it had these features first. Instagram, the app from the company that punched a hole through OS app restrictions via literal spyware.