Tim Cook defends using Google as primary search engine on Apple devices

By | November 19, 2018
Apple CEO Tim Cook looks on as the new iPhone X goes on sale at an Apple Store on November 3, 2017 in Palo Alto, California.

Enlarge / Apple CEO Tim Cook looks on as the new iPhone X goes on sale at an Apple Store on November 3, 2017 in Palo Alto, California. (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

In an interview with Axios on HBO, Apple CEO Tim Cook explained the decision to use Google as the default search engine on Apple products. This decision has baffled some, considering Google’s business model of making money off of users’ data—something Apple has spoken out against numerous times.

“I think their search engine is the best,” Cook said in the interview. He followed up by diving into privacy features Apple has implemented in its Safari browser.

“Look at what we’ve done with the controls we’ve built in,” Cook stated. “We have private Web browsing. We have an intelligent tracker prevention. What we’ve tried to do is come up with ways to help our users through their course of the day. It’s not a perfect thing. I’d be the very first person to say that. But it goes a long way to helping.”

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Ajit Pai isn’t saying whether ISPs deliver the broadband speeds you pay for

By | November 19, 2018
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai drinking from a giant coffee mug in front of an FCC seal.

Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai with his oversized coffee mug in November 2017. (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg)

Nearly two years have passed since the Federal Communications Commission reported on whether broadband customers are getting the Internet speeds they pay for.

In 2011, the Obama-era FCC began measuring broadband speeds in nearly 7,000 consumer homes as part of the then-new Measuring Broadband America program. Each year from 2011 to 2016, the FCC released an annual report comparing the actual speeds customers received to the advertised speeds customers were promised by Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Verizon, AT&T, and other large ISPs.

But the FCC hasn’t released any new Measuring Broadband America reports since Republican Ajit Pai became the commission chairman in January 2017. Pai’s first year as chair was the first time the FCC failed to issue a new Measuring Broadband America report since the program started—though the FCC could release a new report before his second year as chair is complete.

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fragment design Unveils Upcoming TAG Heuer Collab

By | November 19, 2018

fragment design is known for its collaborations and the latest one focuses on the accessories side of things. Joining forces with TAG Heuer, the two brands have reworked the Carrera watch in two formats. One is an all-black model with glow-in-the-dark hands and fixings, while the other has a black face and silver bezel, completed with a canvas striped strap.

Hiroshi Fujiwara revealed the models on his Instagram page, with one watch having the caption “soon @tagheuer #dotcrackunderpressure #Carrera_Fragment” while the other just tagged the watch brand. There’s no confirmed release date as of yet, but we will keep you updated when further information arises.

In other news, fragment design also teamed up with Baccarat for a hand-blown BE@RBRICK that will cost $1,500 USD.


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Convicted tax fraudster sues CNBC for defamation, says he’s not a “hacker”

By | November 19, 2018
An actor playing a simulated Daniel Rigmaiden in <em>American Greed</em>.

Enlarge / An actor playing a simulated Daniel Rigmaiden in American Greed. (credit: NBCUniversal)

Daniel Rigmaiden wants the world to know that, while CNBC’s American Greed television show may have portrayed him over two years ago as a “hacker,” a “recluse,” and more, he is none of those things.

Earlier this year, Rigmaiden sued NBCUniversal, CNBC’s parent company, and an Arizona Republic journalist shown in that episode, accusing them all of defamation.

Rigmaiden wants unspecified damages and also a permanent injunction that would stop further distribution of the episode, which is currently available on Amazon Video for $2.99.

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