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Students working overtime to build Apple iPhone X: Report

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Beijing, Nov 22: Struggling to meet the demand after production delays, Apple supplier Foxconn has reportedly employed thousands of students to assemble iPhone X who are being forced to work overtime, media reported.

According to The Financial Times, students in the age group 17-19 were hired as interns in September and were told to work at the assembling unit in Zhengzhou, China, to work for three months to get “work experience in order to graduate”.

“The work has nothing to do with our studies. We are being forced by our school to work here,” Yang who assembles 1,200 iPhone X cameras a day was quoted as saying in the report.

She is among a group of 3,000 students from Zhengzhou Urban Rail Transit School who are working at a local Foxconn facility.

“Apple and Foxconn acknowledged they had discovered cases of student interns working overtime and said they were taking remedial action. But both companies said the students were working voluntarily,” the report added.

According to Foxconn, its internship programme was “carried out in co-operation with local governments and a number of vocational schools in China”.

Three other Foxconn plants in China were found to be in breach of numerous health and safety regulations, exceeding working hours, five years ago, The Guardian reported.

“When Apple’s production demands it, Apple completely ignores the labour standards they have set. Apple allows factories to make workers put in overtime hours without restriction… and for student workers to work night shifts and put in excessive overtime hours,” Li Qiang, Executive Director of New York-based nonprofit China Labour Watch, was quoted as saying in the Guardian report.

After facing a lacklustre response to iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus globally, including in India, Apple placed its bet on successful delivery of “super premium” iPhone X.

However, several media reports claimed that Apple is facing a huge supply gap primarily for two reasons: difficulties in assembling the new facial identification software and 3D camera, and “off the charts” pre-orders for iPhone X after the Apple fraternity didn’t make the expected beeline for iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.

Analysts had warned that the stock on hand is scarce, owing to constrained supply of key iPhone X components.

The iPhone X, which marks the 10th anniversary of the device, costs Rs 89,000 for a 64 GB model and Rs 1.02 lakh for the 256 GB variant.

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16-year-old Apple fan hacks into its secure systems

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Sydney, Aug 17: An Australian teenager pleaded guilty to charges of hacking into Apple’s secure systems and said that he was a fan of the technology giant and hoped to work there one day, the media reported.

The 16-year-old boy is facing criminal charges after the technology giant called in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

“The teen, who cannot be named for legal reasons, broke into Apple’s mainframe from his suburban home on multiple occasions over a year because he was such a fan of the company, according to his lawyer,” The Age reported late on Thursday.

The teenager, who studies in a private school, reportedly stored the saved information in a folder titled “hacky hack hack”.

He was able to access authorized keys, view customer accounts and download 90GB of secure files before being caught.

“The teen’s defence lawyer said his client had become so well known in the international hacking community that even mentioning the case in detail could expose him to risk,” the report added.

The magistrate has acknowledged the teenager’s guilty plea and he is set to be sentenced next month due to the “complexities” of the case.

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Google justifies tracking users even if location data is turned off

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San Francisco, Aug 17: After witnessing flak over tracking users even if location data is turned off in users setting, the tech giant has madder changes in its Help Page. 

Earlier, the Help Page said “You can turn off Location History at any time. With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored.”

After editing, it stated “This setting does not affect other location services on your device, like Google Location Services and Find My Device.

“Some location data may be saved as part of your activity on other services, like Search and Maps”.

The new language confirms that location data is, indeed, being tracked by only certain  Google apps.

“We have been updating the explanatory language about Location History to make it more consistent and clear across our platforms and help centres,” CNET reported on Friday, quoting a Google spokesperson.

The Associated Press earlier this week ran a story saying an investigation found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store users’ location data even if the users explicitly used a privacy setting forbidding that.

Researchers from Princeton University confirmed the findings.

In an earlier statement, Google had said: “Location History is a Google product that is entirely opt in, and users have the controls to edit, delete or turn it off at any time.

“As the (AP) story notes, we make sure Location History users know that when they disable the product, we continue to use location to improve the Google experience when they do things like perform a Google search or use Google for driving directions.”

But just turning off Location History doesn’t solve the purpose. In Google Settings, pausing “Web and App Activity” may do the trick.

However, according to the information on Google’s Activity Control page, “Even when this setting is paused, Google may temporarily use information from recent searches in order to improve the quality of the active search session”.

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Twitter removes key features in third-party apps

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San Francisco, Aug 17: Aiming to deliver better experiences for its users, Mirco blogging platform Twitter has removed support for some outdated but key featured in third-party applications. 

In a blog post yesterday, Twitter said it will remove access to application programme interfaces (APIs) needed to power push notifications and an auto-refreshing timeline.

“We’ve chosen to stop investing in other products a” including two legacy developer tools used by about 1 per cent of third-party developers. This means that some Twitter-like apps will not be able to function the exact same way as before,” asserted  Rob Johnson, Director of Product at Twitter.

Third-party Twitter apps such as Tweetbot, Twitterrific, Talon and Tweetings will be affected by the recent development.

Now instead of tweets automatically streaming in like they once did in some third-party applications, users will now need to pull to refresh like they do in Twitter-owned apps and sites.

“We’ve removed support for Twitter for Apple Watch and Twitter for Mac, wea¿ve replaced our previous Twitter for Windows app with our Progressive Web App, and now, we’re removing support for some outdated developer tools,” Johnson further said.

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