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Beijing: Apple CEO Tim Cook has been appointed chairman of the advisory board of the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management.

He will have a three-year tenure and recently chaired a meeting, according to a statement released by the university.

At the meeting, Cook said as chairman he hoped to promote development of the college and improve its economic curriculum, CNET reported on Monday.

He succeeds Breyer Capital founder and CEO Jim Breyer, who was appointed in 2016.

In 2018-19, the university’s 70-member advisory board included Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Foxconn CEO Terry Gou, Dell CEO Michael Dell, General Motors CEO Mary Barra, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, Alibaba executive chairman Jack Ma and Pepsi CEO Ramon Laguarta.

Cook’s appointment comes at an interesting time in the Apple-China relations with rising tension between China and Hong Kong.

Earlier this month, the multinational tech giant removed an app called HKmap.live from its iOS App Store. Apple said it had removed the app allegedly used by anti-government protesters in Hong Kong to track and attack police.


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iPhone 12 may arrive in October, Apple Watch and iPad in Sept

While the iPhone 12 models will ship in October, Prosser claimed the iPhone 12 Pro models will not be available until an unspecified date in November.

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Apple is reportedly planning to hold its iPhone 12 event in the second week of October, with pre-orders to take place later that week and shipments to start the week after that.

In a recent tweet, Jon Prosser, a reliable Apple insider said that the iPhone maker may hold an event on Tuesday (October 13) and would accept pre-orders for new iPhone 12 models from October 16, and will deliver the new devices starting on October 23.

While the iPhone 12 models will ship in October, Prosser claimed the iPhone 12 Pro models will not be available until an unspecified date in November.

In addition, Prosser also said that Apple will release the Watch Series 6 and an unspecified new iPad during the week of September 7.

Earlier, Prosser said there is also the possibility that a later iPhone 12 launch event could allow more people to attend in-person.

The late announcement will give the Cupertino-based tech giant time to reopen more stores in different markets that are closed due to pandemic.

Apple is expected to launch four new iPhones under the iPhone 12 series which would include two premium variants.

iPhone 12 Pro will come in 6.1-inch or 6.7-inch sizes and may feature a high refresh-rate 120Hz ProMotion display, as presently seen on iPad Pro.

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Apple Watch future models to use micro-LED display: Report

Micro LED has the double advantage of offering less power consumption than the current Apple Watch screens, and of being thinner, too.

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San Francisco, Aug 12 : Apple is reportedly planning to use a micro-LED display instead of an OLED panel in its future Apple Watch.

Apple could be using the MicroLED Display panel for the seventh-generation Apple Watch.

However, the upcoming Apple Watch, the sixth-generation model, will continue to have an OLED panel, reports DigiTimes.

Apple is investing around $330 million in the Taiwan-based company for a micro-LED factory that will manufacture displays for future iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, and other devices from Apple.

According to the report, Lee Biing-jye, chairman of Epistar which is the largest LED manufacturer in Taiwan, said that smartwatches will become the first major applications of Micro-LED. But the time for mass adoption may be 3-4 years.

A watch’s 300 x 300 pixels would require around 300,000 micro LEDs, he was quoted as saying.

Micro LED has the double advantage of offering less power consumption than the current Apple Watch screens, and of being thinner, too.

The main barrier to adoption is the micro-LED manufacturing process, which is complicated – glass substrates are used which need a lot of testing.

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TikTok monitored device data in violation of Google policies: Report

While it is not clear why TikTok used the tactic to collect device data, it could be linked with its advertising goals.

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San Francisco, Aug 12 : TikTok secretly collected device data for months via its Android app using a technique that Google prohibits developers from using without consent of users, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Although the practice came to an end in November, the finding could add to the woes of the short video-sharing platform which is facing threat of a ban in the US over its data protection practices.

TikTok’s Android app tracked MAC (media access control) addresses — unique hardware identifiers for networked devices — for at least 15 months over 2018-19, according to the WSJ report on Tuesday.

TikTok managed to hide the tactic through an “unusual added layer of encryption”, according to the report.

The short video-sharing platform owned by Chinese unicorn ByteDance reportedly took advantage of a security hole to collect the data.

It is not known if iOS users also fell prey to such tactics which were banned several years ago by both Google and Apple.

When the Journal reached for a reaction, TikTok said that MAC addresses are not collected by the current version of the app.

While it is not clear why TikTok used the tactic to collect device data, it could be linked with its advertising goals.

While Google did not comment on the loophole, it said that it was investigating the finding.

The news of TikTok collecting MAC addresses of Android users comes after iOS 14 revealed that the app was accessing iPhone clipboards more than necessary, Android Authority reported.

The finding comes in the same month the US President issued an executive order, prohibiting transactions by any entity in the country with its Chinese owner within 45 day.

TikTok was among the 59 apps that India banned in June.

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