Apple inks deal with A24 studio to produce original, feature-length films

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Apple has lined up another partnership to boost its video-content offerings. According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, Apple signed a deal with A24 studio, a New York-based production company responsible for movies, including the 2017 Oscar winner for Best Picture, Moonlight.

Details of forthcoming projects haven’t been disclosed, but Apple reportedly signed a “multi-year partnership” to make “independent, feature-length films” with A24. Apple has numerous production partnerships and deals in the works already, but most are for serialized shows and other video content.

For the past year, Apple has focused on gleaning talent for its original content offerings. It began with the Carpool Karaoke and Planet of the Apps series, both of which are exclusively available on Apple Music.

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Native Union Launches New MacBook Sleeve and Accessory Organizer, Available Exclusively From Apple

Native Union this week announced the launch of a new Stow collection, which is being sold exclusively in Apple retail stores and the Apple online store.

The collection includes both a soft sleeve designed for Apple’s Mac notebook lineup, and a matching accessory organizer.



The Native Union Stow Sleeve, priced at $79.95, is available for the 12-inch MacBook, the 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, and the 15-inch MacBook Pro.

It features a form-fitted design made from a soft, stylish gray fabric to keep from adding too much bulk to your notebook, and it includes a soft quilted interior that’s padded to protect your Mac. A quick-access pocket at the exterior of the case can be used for accessories, and a waterproof zipper keeps everything inside safe.



The matching Stow Accessory Organizer, priced at $59.95, is made from the same gray fabric and is designed to hold a number of different accessories. A padded interior is included to keep your accessories from getting damaged.



Two main slots at the top can hold cables and dongles, while an elastic band holds an Apple Pencil in place. There’s room for a power adapter that’s up to 85W (for the 15-inch MacBook Pro), along with elastic bands for holding additional accessories like chargers and AirPods.

An interior zipper pouch is ideal for storing money or cards, and there’s an exterior pocket for items that you need to access quickly.

Both of Native Union’s new products can be purchased today from the online Apple Store.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook to Accept ADL Courage Against Hate Award on December 3

At the annual Never is Now Summit on Anti-Semitism and Hate, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) will present Apple CEO Tim Cook with its inaugural Courage Against Hate Award.

Cook, says the ADL, has been “led by a strong moral compass” and has demonstrated that the business community has a responsibility to make the world better for all people.

He recently said, “We advocate for human rights because Apple has always been about making products for everyone. And, arguably, if people are treated as second-class citizens in any part of the world, then it’s kind of hard to accomplish that objective.”

Tim has been led by a strong moral compass. In his role as Apple CEO, Tim is committed to leading by example in tackling critical social issues that are also core to ADL’s mission including immigration and refugee rights, LGBTQ rights, cyberhate and civil rights.

The ADL also highlighted Apple’s donations to ADL and other civil rights groups, along with Cook’s inspiring letter to employees following the events of Charlottesville, where he wrote: “We’ve seen the terror of white supremacy and racist violence before. It’s a moral issue — an affront to America. We must all stand against it.”

For all of the reasons listed above, the ADL chose Cook as its award recipient.

Cook will be in attendance at the Never is Now Summit in New York City on December 3, where he will speak after receiving his award.

Tickets for the event are available for $150.

(Thanks, Joseph!)
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Apple and Barclays Offering $50 Gift Card Bonus for New Customers Who Sign Up for a Barclaycard Visa With Apple Rewards

Apple and Barclays have teamed up to offer a special promotion that will reward Apple customers who sign up for an Apple Rewards Barclaycard Visa with two $25 Apple Store Gift Cards or App Store Gift Cards.

The promotion, outlined on Apple’s financing page, states that new cardmembers that apply for and are approved for a Barclaycard Visa with Apple Rewards can get a total of $50 in Apple or App Store credit as a bonus.



The Barclaycard Visa with Apple Rewards allows cardholders to rack up points when using the card to purchase products at Apple locations. The card rewards users with 3 points for every $1 spent at Apple, 2 points for every $1 spent at restaurants, and 1 point for every $1 spent on other purchases.

For every 2,500 points accumulated, customers can get a $25 Apple Store Gift Card or a $25 App Store Gift Card.

The Barclaycard Visa with Apple Rewards also provides special financing on purchases made at Apple within the first 30 days after opening an account. No interest is required if the total is paid in full during the promotional period, which is based on purchase amount.

  • 6 months: less than $499
  • 12 months: $499 to less than $999
  • 18 months: $999 and over

Apple customers who want to apply for a Barclaycard Visa with Apple Rewards can do so on the Barclays website.
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Instagram Rolling Out ‘Your Activity’ Feature Detailing Amount of Time Spent Using the App

Instagram parent company Facebook said in August said that it would introduce tools to let users know how much time they’re spending in the Instagram app, and as of today, that feature is rolling out to Instagram users.

As noted by The Verge, Instagram has a new “Your Activity” section accessible by tapping the hamburger button on your profile page.



“Your Activity” displays the time that you’ve spent in the Instagram app over the course of the last week, providing a daily average.

There are options to set a daily time limit with a reminder to be sent when that time limit is reached, useful for those who want to cut down on their social media usage. This section also allows includes controls for managing notifications, with toggles for customizing the notifications that you receive.

Apple also natively monitors time spent in various apps like Instagram through the Screen Time feature that was introduced in iOS 12. Screen Time info can be accessed in the Settings app on iPhones and iPads.

Facebook, like Instagram, is supposed to be gaining an activity monitoring feature, but it hasn’t yet been introduced.
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Hackers Win $60,000 for Finding iPhone Safari Exploit at Tokyo Pwn2Own Contest

Richard Zhu and Amat Cama, two white hat hackers, recently teamed up at the Mobile Pwn2Own contest in Tokyo and ended up earning a $60,000 prize after finding an iPhone exploit, according to a blog post on the Zero Day Initiative website.



The duo used a Safari weakness on an iPhone X running iOS 12.1 to retrieve a photo that had recently been deleted from the device. The hackers used a malicious Wi-Fi access point to exploit a just-in-time (JIT) compiler vulnerability.



The exploit the two hackers discovered can also be used to access additional files beyond deleted photos; the deleted photo just happened to be the first file the two came across and so it was used as a demonstration.

Next up, Amat and Richard returned to the Short Distance category. This time, they were targeting the iPhone X over Wi-Fi. They used a pair of bugs – a JIT vulnerability in the web browser followed by an Out-Of-Bounds write for the sandbox escape and escalation. The successful demonstration earned them $60,000 USD more and 10 additional Master of Pwn points. This ends their first day of competition with $140,000 USD and a commanding lead for the Master of Pwn with 31 points.

With the prize money and points awarded from the iPhone vulnerability along with other exploits shown off at the event, Zhu and Cama won the “Master of Pwn” title.



Apple has been informed of the vulnerability and will likely address it in an upcoming iOS update.
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Apple Wins Stop Slavery Award From Thomson Reuters Foundation for Its Supply Chain Efforts

Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts today accepted the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s Stop Slavery Award on behalf of Apple at the Trust Conference, an annual human rights gathering.

Apple received the award for its efforts to stop forced labor in its supply chain. Apple has long banned suppliers from requiring workers to pay off debt or withholding passports.



Ahrendts told attendees that Apple is teaming up with the UN’s International Organization for Migration for an initiative that may eventually help victims of human trafficking to get jobs behind-the-scenes at Apple retail locations.

Apple will not know which individuals are being hired through the program, with participating people set to be hired by Apple suppliers rather than Apple directly to start with.



Apple will, however, monitor the initiative, and the company may eventually extend the program to allow human trafficking victims to be hired in Apple retail locations, according to the BBC.

“Though we have only just started, we see huge opportunity to be a beacon of hope for trafficking survivors integrating them into our retail team,” Ms Ahrendts said in her acceptance speech.

“These efforts are just a part of a broader set of initiatives to eliminate modern slavery from every part of our company, in every part of the world.”

Apple conducts ongoing audits of its supply chain partners and punishes those who are found to be defying the protections put in place for workers. Suppliers who repay fees are put on probation, and those that do not are banned.

More information on Apple’s human rights efforts can be found on the company’s Supplier Responsibility website.

Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.
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Apple Wins Stop Slavery Award From Thomson Reuters Foundation for Its Supply Chain Efforts

Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts today accepted the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s Stop Slavery Award on behalf of Apple at the Trust Conference, an annual human rights gathering.

Apple received the award for its efforts to stop forced labor in its supply chain. Apple has long banned suppliers from requiring workers to pay off debt or withholding passports.



Ahrendts told attendees that Apple is teaming up with the UN’s International Organization for Migration for an initiative that may eventually help victims of human trafficking to get jobs behind-the-scenes at Apple retail locations.

Apple will not know which individuals are being hired through the program, with participating people set to be hired by Apple suppliers rather than Apple directly to start with.



Apple will, however, monitor the initiative, and the company may eventually extend the program to allow human trafficking victims to be hired in Apple retail locations, according to the BBC.

“Though we have only just started, we see huge opportunity to be a beacon of hope for trafficking survivors integrating them into our retail team,” Ms Ahrendts said in her acceptance speech.

“These efforts are just a part of a broader set of initiatives to eliminate modern slavery from every part of our company, in every part of the world.”

Apple conducts ongoing audits of its supply chain partners and punishes those who are found to be defying the protections put in place for workers. Suppliers who repay fees are put on probation, and those that do not are banned.

More information on Apple’s human rights efforts can be found on the company’s Supplier Responsibility website.

Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.
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