Japan joins US and Europe in Apple & big tech antitrust scrutiny efforts

Japan will be working with regulators in the United States and Europe to put Apple and other major tech companies under greater scrutiny, as part of an international effort to curb antitrust violations.

The Apple Store in Kyoto, JapanThe Apple Store in Kyoto, Japan

Announced on Monday by the Japanese Fair Trade Commission chairman Kazuyuki Furuya, the regulator is starting its own efforts to try and regulate the operators of major platforms, including Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google. The effort would also take an interest in any acquisition or merger of sufficient size that could sway the balance of markets further in favor of the tech giants.

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HomePod mini Intercom, new HomeKit cameras & lights, and more on HomeKit Insider

The HomeKit Insider podcast goes in depth on the new HomePod mini, plus new HomeKit cameras and lights devices from Aqara and Nanoleaf.

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Apple took one of its biggest steps forward in HomeKit with the announcement of the HomePod mini and we answer all of your questions about what this means for our homes. That includes how you set up the new Intercom feature so that you can talk to your HomePod mini and have it relay your voice to an iPhone, iPad — and Apple Watch.

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Peak Design launches first iPhone case with mounting system & MagSafe support

Mobile iPhone case and accessory system is perhaps the most ambitious and polished product from Peak Design yet. It is poised to make an impact with a whole new accessory ecosystem that even supports Apple’s MagSafe — and we’ve been using it for a few days.

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Peak Design’s first iPhone case

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New and classic Charlie Brown & Snoopy series to exclusively stream on Apple TV+

Everything from brand-new animated “Peanuts” specials to the famous “A Charlie Brown Christmas” will stream exclusively on Apple TV+.

Following its Daytime Emmy-winning success with “Peanuts in Space: Secrets of Apollo 10,” and its series “Snoopy in Space,” Apple TV has signed a new deal to bring more Charlie Brown to Apple TV+. Working with production companies including WildBrain and Peanuts Worldwide, Apple TV+ is to see a mix of new shows and classic specials.Starting on October 19, those classics include “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” This Halloween show from 1966 will be stream for free from October 30 to November 1. Similarly, the 1973 “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” will be on Apple TV+l, and freely stream from November 25 to November 27.

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Apple Glass & iPhone combo may react to gestures like nodding and shaking your head

Where a user is wearing “Apple Glass” or other head-mounted device, their iPhone may be able to recognize and respond to head gestures.

Future iPhones may know when you’re wearing “Apple Glass,” and the two devices can communicate

It’s not that long since Steve Jobs showed us the Multi-Touch iPhone screen we’re all so familiar with — and it’s truly not very much time at all since Apple brought Siri to the iPhone. Yet in a newly revealed patent, Apple suggests both touch and voice are now too old-fashioned, and what we really need is for our iPhones to recognize when we’re shaking our heads at them.

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Apple releases iOS 14.1 and iPadOS 14.1 with bug fixes & iPhone 12 support

Just as the iPhone 12 is shipping to customers, Apple released the iOS 14.1 and iPadOS 14.1 updates with support for the latest devices and some bug fixes.

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The updates can be installed on the iPhone and iPad via the usual update processes. While it can be set to run automatically, a manual update can be performed on the iPhone and iPad by opening the Settings app, selecting General, then Software Update.

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Low-light performance of iPhone 12 Pro aided by wider ISO range & aperture

The wide-angle cameras in the iPhone 12 Pro have improved low-light photography, with a readout of the new iPhone’s cameras showing an improvement to the ISO, paired with a wider aperture.

The iPhone 12 Pro camera arrangement, with LiDAR. The iPhone 12 Pro camera arrangement, with LiDAR.

During Apple’s “It’s Speed” iPhone event, the company spent time highlighting the low light capabilities of the 12-megapixel cameras on the back of all of the models, in part driven by a 27% wider aperture. A technical readout of the cameras on the iPhone 12 Pro by camera app Halide goes into more technical detail about the changes photographers can expect when they get their hands on the new model.

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The Upfiring Dapp: Full-Scale Project Launch, Upfiring 1.2.2 Dapp Release & Upcoming Events for 2020

With Upfiring 1.2.2, seamless decentralized P2P file-sharing is now possible on the Ethereum blockchain. With our product ready for user adoption, the project’s focus will be shifting towards towards community growth and marketing for the second half of 2020. Upfiring 1.2.2 Release — August 24th, 2020 Upfiring 1.2.2 has been deployed and is available for download … Continue reading The Upfiring Dapp: Full-Scale Project Launch, Upfiring 1.2.2 Dapp Release & Upcoming Events for 2020

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Google, Ubisoft & Microsoft Swell the Ranks of the Maiden NFT Awards Judges Panel

The first edition of the annual NFT (non-fungible token) Awards, Co-hosted by Enjin and DEA is set to have a stellar cast of judges high-ranking members of Ubisoft and Microsoft joining the panel. The award ceremony is yet another pointer to the growing popularity of NFTs especially within the emerging collaborations between the gaming industry and […]

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NEAR Protocol Transitions to Fully Decentralized & Permissionless Network

Near Protocol

NEAR Protocol has completed the deployment of Phase 2 of its mainnet which has seen the network become fully decentralized and permissionless. The news is the latest development for the community-driven project that aims to democratize the development of the emerging Open Web architecture via blockchain technology. Despite concerted efforts to improve the adoption of […]

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