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Apple CEO Tim Cook Urges Bloomberg To Retract Chinese Spy Chips Story

Earlier this month, FBI Director Christopher Wray warned a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security Committee to "be careful what you read" in reference to the report, BuzzFeed News said

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Apple accused of making false claims about iPhone X series. Pixabay

Apple CEO Tim Cook is urging Bloomberg to retract its story about an alleged embedded Chinese spying chips that compromised about 30 companies including the servers of Apple.

BuzzFeed News said Friday that the Apple CEO, who received an interview with the news outlet on Thursday, went on the record for the first time to deny allegations that his company was the victim of a hardware-based attack from a Chinese supplier and demanded Bloomberg retract the unfounded story, reports Xinhua news agency.

“There is no truth in their story about Apple,” Cook told BuzzFeed News. “They need to do that right thing and retract it.”Bloomberg Businessweek issued a story earlier this month alleging about 30 US companies were compromised after their servers were implanted malicious chips during their manufacture in China, which created “a stealth backdoor” into their network running on the servers.

Apple denied in an October 4 statement that it had found the “malicious chips” in servers on its network, saying it refuted “virtually every aspect of Bloomberg’ s story relating to Apple”.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, Wikimedia
Apple CEO Tim Cook, Wikimedia

“Apple has never found malicious chips, hardware manipulations or vulnerabilities purposely planted in any server,” it said.In the latest response to the Bloomberg claims, Cook said he “was involved in our response to this story from the beginning”.”I personally talked to the Bloomberg reporters along with Bruce Sewell, who was then our general counsel.

We were very clear with them that this did not happen, and answered all their questions,” said Cook. “Each time they brought this up to us, the story changed, and each time we investigated we found nothing,” he added.”We turned the company upside down… We really forensically whipped through the company to dig very deep and each time we came back to the same conclusion: this did not happen. There’s no truth to this,” Cook said.The Bloomberg’s report has been extensively questioned even by representatives of the companies it claimed to fall victim to the “backdoor” attack.

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Earlier this month, FBI Director Christopher Wray warned a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security Committee to “be careful what you read” in reference to the report, BuzzFeed News said.It quoted a high-ranking executive of a tech giant in Silicon Valley as saying that his company has conducted investigations, which didn’ t turn up any evidence of tampering.

“We couldn’t find anything,” he said. “Our assessment is that it didn’t happen.”  (IANS)

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Apple To Launch New Photography App For IOS Users

The app comes with features to capture portrait photos with automatic silhouette detection

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The app comes with features to capture portrait photos, VOA

A new photography app for iOS called “Fuzion” that would use the “TrueDepth” camera data from new iPhones and create images by blending multiple images with portrait mode shots is expected to reach iOS users this week.

“‘Fuzion’ is a photo editor that lets you take your portraits and selfies to the next level. Blend multiple images and create stunning double exposures with ease,” the “Fuzion” team wrote in a post on Monday.

The feature would work on the new iPhones — iPhone 8 Plus, X, XR, and XS.

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A new photography app for iOS called “Fuzion” that would use the “TrueDepth” camera data from new iPhones and create images by blending multiple images with portrait mode shots is expected to reach iOS users this week.-voa

The app comes with features to capture portrait photos with automatic silhouette detection, choices from a variety of backgrounds by top photographers to blend with the portrait and options to add dust overlays, light leaks and colour filters.

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“The app utilises the powerful “TrueDepth” and dual cameras of new iPhones to automatically detect a person’s silhouette and cut them out of the background,” the post added.

The editing app was released to a group of beta testers in December, 9To5Mac reported. (IANS)