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Apple Asks Developers to Disclose or Remove Screen-recording Codes

Last week, Apple banned the "Research" app from Facebook that was found to be paying teenagers to collect their data

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The Apple logo is shown outside the company's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California. VOA

In the wake of several popular iOS apps that were found recording users’ screen interaction without their knowledge, Apple has now asked app developers to properly disclose or totally remove the analytics code that leads to screen recording — otherwise the apps would be wiped off from the App Store.

“Our App Store Review Guidelines require that apps request explicit user consent and provide a clear visual indication when recording, logging, or otherwise making a record of user activity and we have notified the developers that are in violation of these strict privacy terms and guidelines, and will take immediate action if necessary,” TechCrunch quoted an Apple spokesperson as saying over an email late on Thursday.

According to what media revealed, several major companies like Expedia, Hollister and Air Canada were found in violation of privacy and security measures by secretly recording displays and reviewing how users interacted with their respective apps.

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A customer is entering the Apple store in Fairfax, Virginia. VOA

The iOS apps, that were found recording user screens, did not mention using session-replay technology in their privacy policy, subjecting sensitive data like passport numbers and credit card numbers to the risk of being leaked, the report said.

Last week, Apple banned the “Research” app from Facebook that was found to be paying teenagers to collect their data.

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“Facebook misused its Apple-issued enterprise developer certificate to build and provide apps for consumers outside Apple’s App Store. Apple temporarily revoked Facebook’s enterprise developer certificate, knocking all of the company’s internal iOS apps offline for close to a day,” the report noted. (IANS)

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Apple Unveils New AirPods Designed to Deliver More Talk Time

With this feature one would be able to change songs, make a call, adjust the volume or get directions while keeping their hands in pockets

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The Apple logo is shown outside the company's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California. VOA

Introducing its second generation of wireless headphones, Apple on Wednesday launched new AirPods designed to deliver more talk time.

The new AirPods come with either a standard charging case or a new wireless charging case.

Apple said the AirPods with standard charging case will be available for Rs 14,900 and those with wireless charging case for Rs 18,900.

They will be available to order through Apple authorised resellers later this spring, the company said.

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Powered by Apple-designed H1 chip, developed specifically for headphones, the new AirPods now feature the convenience of “Hey Siri” – meaning users could invoke the assistant without touching the earbud.

With this feature one would be able to change songs, make a call, adjust the volume or get directions while keeping their hands in pockets.

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“The world’s best wireless headphones just got even better with the new AirPods. They are powered by the new Apple-designed H1 chip which brings an extra hour of talk time, faster connections, hands-free ‘Hey Siri’ and the convenience of a new wireless battery case,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing. (IANS)