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Apple Shutting Down Acquired Texture Magazine App Next Month

Apple to kill 'Texture' Windows app

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The Windows “Texture” application — a digital magazine service — that Apple purchased in March, in an attempt to get in on an uncluttered media provider niche, is being killed by the iPhone maker.

“‘Texture’ is an all-access pass to the world’s best magazines. To keep things working smoothly, older versions of the app sometimes need to be retired. After June 30, 2018, the ‘Texture’ Windows app will no longer be available,” the company posted on its website.

The digital magazines’s Android, Amazon Fire, and iOS apps will continue to be supported.

“Your Texture subscription will continue to be available on compatible phones or tablets running iOS or Android and on Fire HD tablets along with ongoing access to all the magazines you have selected as your favourites,” the company added.

Users were informed of the discontinuation this week through emails and a note inside the app, according to The Verge.

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“Texture” is not available on the web, so subscribers on Windows OS will have to pick up another device running either Android or iOS platforms to continue using the services.

The iPhone maker acquired “Texture”, also known as the “Netflix of magazines”, for an undisclosed amount.

The digital magazine subscription service lets readers access over 200 magazines for a monthly fee. (IANS)

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Huawei Involved in Stealing Apple Trade Secrets

Huawei also reportedly copied a component of the MacBook Pro. The company built a connector for its MateBook Pro that was just like the one used in Apple’s MacBook Pro from 2016

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Chinese tech giant Huawei has been involved in “a pattern of dubious tactics” to steal technology from its rivals, particularly Apple’s China-based suppliers, The Information has claimed.

While the theft of trade secrets is nothing new among technology firms, the new allegations against Huawei represent “a more brazen and elaborate system of seeking out secret information”, said the report on Monday.

According to the report, a Huawei engineer in charge of the smartwatch project tracked down a supplier that makes the heart rate sensor for Apple Watch that has approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The engineer arranged a meeting and questioned the supplier about the Apple Watch.

“The Huawei engineer attended the supplier meeting with four Huawei researchers in tow. The Huawei team spent the time pressing the supplier for details about the Apple Watch.

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“They were trying their luck, but we wouldn’t tell them anything,” the supplier was quoted as saying.

According to the US Justice Department, Huawei is said to have a formal programme that rewards employees for stealing information, including bonuses that increase based on the confidential value of the information gathered.

The Department has filed a host of criminal charges, including bank fraud, obstruction of justice and theft of technology against Huawei and its detained Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou. Both Huawei and Meng have denied the allegations.

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A Huawei spokesperson replied to the report, saying that “In conducting research and development, Huawei employees must search and use publicly available information and respect third-party intellectual property per our business-conduct guidelines”.

Huawei also reportedly copied a component of the MacBook Pro. The company built a connector for its MateBook Pro that was just like the one used in Apple’s MacBook Pro from 2016. (IANS)