Apple’s Real User Indicator will tell developers when a new account may actually be a bot

Apple’s Real User Indicator will tell developers when a new account may actually be a bot

Apple says it’s building a new tool it calls Real User Indicator that could cut down on the number of bots secretly signing up for new accounts with mobile, desktop, and web services. The feature, announced during the company’s Platforms State of the Union event at its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), is designed to check for traits more consistent with bots than people. It then informs an app developer of the situation, so the developer…

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Day 1 of Trump’s state visit to the UK, in 21 photos

Day 1 of Trump’s state visit to the UK, in 21 photos

Trump and the first lady visited Westminster Abbey and attended a state banquet hosted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace. President Donald Trump’s state visit to the United Kingdom turned controversial before it officially even started — thanks to comments he made about Brexit and Meghan Markle in interviews with the British media and a tweet in which he called London Mayor Sadiq Khan a “stone cold loser.” This is almost certainly not the best…

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Apple is building a major defense against spam calls into iOS 13

Apple is building a major defense against spam calls into iOS 13

Apple is taking a new step to combat spam calls in iOS 13. Today, you can already install third-party spam call screeners on your iPhone, but if that’s not good enough (or something you don’t want to do), iOS 13 will add a new solution this fall: it will be able to automatically silence any calls coming in from an unknown number. Even better, it’ll automatically send them to voicemail. The new “silence unknown callers”…

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Congress finally passes $19 billion in disaster aid

Congress finally passes $19 billion in disaster aid

Lawmakers approved the package Monday after months of delays. More than a year since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, seven months since Hurricane Michael hit Florida, and two months since flooding destroyed towns in Iowa and Missouri, Congress has finally passed a $19.1 billion disaster aid package. The funding, which took Congress roughly six months to approve, is set to provide much-needed relief to millions of people recovering from a devastating onslaught of tropical storms,…

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Apple will force iOS developers to use its new Apple ID sign in option

Apple will force iOS developers to use its new Apple ID sign in option

Single sign-in can be super convenient — instead of creating a new username and password for each app and website you visit, just press a button to log in with your Google or Facebook account instead. And today, Apple announced its own, potentially even more attractive single sign-in scheme: one that doesn’t turn data about your logins into fodder for your Facebook and Google advertising profiles. But Apple doesn’t seem to be content just selling…

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House lawmakers launch antitrust investigation into Big Tech

House lawmakers launch antitrust investigation into Big Tech

The House Judiciary Committee is launching an investigation into giant tech companies like Facebook and Google to determine whether they are abusing their market dominance and violating antitrust law. “The open internet has delivered enormous benefits to Americans, including a surge of economic opportunity, massive investment, and new pathways for education online,” Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) said in a statement. “But there is growing evidence that a handful of gatekeepers have come to capture…

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Watch: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’s full trailer is scary in daylight too

Watch: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’s full trailer is scary in daylight too

The first full trailer for the nostalgic horror film teases creatures like Harold the scarecrow and the Jangly Man. Months after teasing a litany of monsters in several brief Super Bowl spots and a longer teaser trailer, the upcoming screen adaptation of the classic kids’ horror book series Scary Stories to Tell In the Dark finally has an official full trailer. And not only does it provide a more in-depth look at what to expect,…

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