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Tech Giant Apple Unveils AR Artworks in World’s Six Cities

All three sessions are available beginning August 10

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

Visitors to the worlds six mega cities — San Francisco, New York, London, Paris, Hong Kong and Tokyo — will soon be able to experience artworks in augmented reality (AR), thanks to an upcoming Apple initiative.

The experiential art walks are among the three sessions Apple recently announced as part of its art-based ‘Today at Apple’ augmented reality experiences, called [AR]T.

The AR artworks live as a visual layer on the cityscape and are experienced via a walk with an iPhone in these major cities.

They include works by some of the world’s premier contemporary artists — Nick Cave, Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg, Cao Fei, John Giorno, Carsten Höller and Pipilotti Rist.

The interactive walks that seek to connect participants to public spaces such as London’s Trafalgar Square, San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Gardens or New York’s Grand Army Plaza in Central Park are co-curated by Apple and US-based New Museum.

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Customers walk past an Apple logo inside of an Apple store at Grand Central Station in New York, Aug. 1, 2018. VOA

Another free session, available at all Apple Stores, will get attendees hands-on with whimsical objects and immersive sounds. “Using Swift Playgrounds, anyone can learn how to create their own AR experiences in this free 90-minute [AR]T Lab,” Apple said in a statement.

The third session spans all Apple stores worldwide.

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Visitors can experience artist Nick Cave’s intricate AR artwork “Amass”. Using the [AR]T Viewer in the Apple Store app, they can collect ‘Ikon Elements’ — all in the middle of an Apple Store.

All three sessions are available beginning August 10. (IANS)

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Social Networking Giant Facebook Blames Apple iOS for Bezos’ Phone Hacking

WhatsApp provides end-to-end encryption by default, which means only the sender and recipient can view the messages

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The social media application, Facebook is displayed on Apple's App Store, July 30, 2019. VOA

Facebook has blamed Apple’s operating system for the hacking of Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos’ phone, saying WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption is unhackable.

Investigators believe that Bezos’s iPhone was compromised after he received a 4.4MB video file containing malware via WhatsApp – in the same way when phones of 1,400 select journalists and human rights activists were broken into by Pegasus software from Israel-based NSO Group last year.

In an interview to the BBC last week, Facebook’s Vice President of Global Affairs and Communications, Nick Clegg, said it wasn’t WhatsApp’s fault because end-to-end encryption is unhackable and blamed Apple’s operating system for Bezos’ episode.

“It sounds like something on the, you know, what they call the operate, operated on the phone itself. It can’t have been anything on the, when the message was sent, in transit, because that’s end-to-end encrypted on WhatsApp,” Clegg told the show host.

Clegg compared the hack to opening a malicious email, saying that “it only comes to life when you open it”.

According to a report from FTI Consulting, a firm that has investigated Bezos’ phone, after that the video file was received, Bezos’ phone started sending unusually large amounts of outbound data, including his intimate messages with his girlfriend Lauren Sanchez.

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Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and owner of Blue Origin. (Wikimedia commons)

According to Clegg, “something” must have affected the phone’s operating system.

“As sure as you can be that the technology of end-to-end encryption cannot, other than unless you have handset, or you have the message at either end, cannot be hacked into,” he was quoted as saying.

Apple was yet to comment on Facebook’s statement.

The NSO Group has denied it was part of Bezos’ hacking.

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WhatsApp provides end-to-end encryption by default, which means only the sender and recipient can view the messages. But the piece of NSO Group software exploited WhatsApp’s video calling system by installing the spyware via missed calls to snoop on the selected users.

According to leading tech policy and media consultant Prasanto K. Roy, end-to-end encrypted apps (E2EE) do provide security, and messages or calls cannot be intercepted and decrypted en route without enormous computing resources.

“But once anyone can get to your handset, whether a human or a piece of software, the encryption doesn’t matter anymore. Because on your handset, it’s all decrypted,” Roy told IANS recently. (IANS)