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Apple approves Telegram app update, a day after being accused of halting them

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Apple has reportedly approved to update the cloud-based instant messaging app “Telegram” on iOS after its CEO, a Russian internet entrepreneur, Pavel Durov complained about the iPhone-maker blocking the app updates in a public “Telegram” message.

“Apple has been preventing ‘Telegram’ from updating its iOS apps globally ever since the Russian authorities ordered Apple to remove ‘Telegram’ from the app store,” Durav wrote on Friday.

“While Russia makes up only 7 per cent of Telegram’s userbase, Apple is restricting updates for all Telegram users around the world since mid-April.”

The Russian government banned Telegram in April because the messaging app company, in an ongoing court trial in Russia refused to hand over encryption keys that would allow the country’s “Federal Security Service (FSB)”, access to sensitive user data.

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Along with Amazon and Google Cloud platforms, the Russian government requested Apple also to pull “Telegram” off their respective app stores to which the Cupertino, California-headquarted did not succumb, The Verge reported.

“Thank you @Apple and @tim_cook for letting us deliver the latest version of @telegram to millions of users, despite the recent setbacks,” Durov tweeted on Saturday.

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Launched in 2013, “Telegram” was invented by Durov, who frequently clashed with the security services over his social network “VKontakte” and left Russia in 2014.

“By attempting to block the ‘Telegram’ messaging app, the Russian authorities are launching the latest in a series of attacks on online freedom of expression in the country,” Denis Krivosheev, the human rights group’s deputy director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia had said in April. (IANS)

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Apple Gets A Second Patent For Its Fold-able Phone

Chinese electronics giant Huawei could also be getting ready to be the first to launch such a device in November.

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 A second patent has been granted to Apple regarding the additions the company intends to incorporate in its originally planned foldable device.

The second patent is focused on a flexible hinge and the use of a fabric for its housing, Patently Apple, an Apple-centric blog focused on the company’s latest Intellectual Property (IP) developments, reported on Tuesday.

According to the report, the description of the second patent claim reads: “An electronic device, comprising a ‘flexible hinge’ coupled between the first and second housing portions wherein the flexible portion of the housing comprises fabric.”

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A demonstration of the newly released Apple products is seen following the product launch event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, U.S. Sept. 12, 2018. (VOA)

The iPhone-maker received its first patent to develop a foldable smartphone from the US Patent and Trademark office in November 2016 that described a display that could be opened and closed like a book, media had reported.

As smartphones continue to introduce larger and larger phablet sizes, there will come a point where introducing a foldable smartphone will make sense, especially with mobile TV on 5G networks on the way, the report added.

Earlier in September, South Korea-based electronics major Samsung released a teaser of a phone with bendable and foldable display technology that would offer the functionality of a tablet complete with multi-tasking and a big screen.

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Customers look at iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus phones at an Apple Store in San Francisco, California, Sept. 22, 2017. (VOA)

Samsung’s much awaited foldable device could debut in November at Samsung’s Developer Conference.

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Chinese electronics giant Huawei could also be getting ready to be the first to launch such a device in November. (IANS)

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