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Apple bug crashes apps that display Telugu character

Company is working to fix glitch in software update that can put devices into bootloop

Apple is working urgently to fix a bug in its latest software update that crashes applications that display a particular letter from the south Indian language Telugu.

Typing or receiving a message that contains the letter causes apps such as Gmail, Instagram or WhatsApp to crash.

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'Don’t tell me to oil my wood': users angry at marks left by Apple HomePod

White rings formed due to oils and polish in the wood reacting negatively with the silicone foot on the bottom of £319 speaker

Early adopters of Apple’s new £319 HomePod smart speaker have started complaining that the “new sound of home” is leaving white ring marks on wooden surfaces that are difficult to remove.

One user tweeted Apple that the new speaker left “etched circles” on their wooden furniture within 20 minutes of use, while others found the speaker left deeper and more obvious marks in several places and on several different types of wooden surface.

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Apple HomePod review: Siri lets down best sounding smart speaker

It’s the wifi speaker to beat in terms of audio but being locked in to Apple services is frustrating and its voice assistant is lacking

After much anticipation, and speculation that Apple has missed the boat and handed victory to Amazon’s champion Echo, the HomePod smart speaker is finally here. But is it actually any good? And why exactly does it cost four times as much as an Echo?

The HomePod is a voice-controlled speaker that listens out for its wakeword “Hey, Siri” and then starts streaming what you say to Apple to interpret your commands and play whatever it is you wish. The fabric-covered cylinder stands an iPhone X-and-a-bit tall (172mm) with a diameter of an iPhone X (142mm), weighing 2.5kg (14.4 times the iPhone X).

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Apple asks court to ban tax campaigners from its French stores

Firm claims French NGO Attac’s stunts ‘vandalises’ its shops and ‘endangers’ staff and customers

Apple has gone to court in Paris to prevent French tax campaigners from staging stunts at its French stores.

A French court will rule later this month on an unusual case brought by the tech firm, which aims to ban the French NGO Attac from its premises.

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Global smartphone market drops 9% in biggest ever fall

Demand for new phones appears to be waning with collapse in China market and Apple shipping 5m fewer devices

The global smartphone market fell 9% in a year this quarter, the biggest fall in smartphone history, with even Apple’s iPhone sales down 1% as users hang on to their phones longer.

For Apple, which is shipping 5m fewer smartphones than a year ago, the decline is offset by an increase in the average sale price of its iPhone, thanks to the popularity of its £1,000 iPhone X.

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Jeff Bezos adds billions to his fortune as Amazon reports profit surge

Amazon’s share price soared over 4%, while Apple shares wobbled despite quarterly revenues, and Alphabet announced a loss

Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, added another couple of billion to his fortune on Thursday as Amazon, the company he founded, announced it had made close to $2bn in profits in the three months running up to Christmas.

Related: Amazon fulfillment centers don’t boost employment, analysis finds

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The big tech backlash

Tech giants are drawing political fire over fake news and Russian meddling

Nicholas Terry understands the internet’s darker side better than most. A history lecturer at Exeter University, Terry is an expert on antisemitism and runs a blog examining Holocaust denial and its dissemination online.

“You’ve got three separate phenomena converging,” he says. “One is the fake news stuff, promulgated by the likes of Facebook and Twitter, which is trying to promote specific false stories in real time for immediate impact; second, there’s the ideological bubble – people only reading leftwing or rightwing news sites; and then there’s this effort by fringe movements on Holocaust denial to make their websites look respectable and to hoodwink readers into thinking what they’re reading is OK.”

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Qualcomm fined €997m by EU for paying Apple to exclusively use its chips

US chipmaker paid billions of dollars to monopolise iPhones and iPads and shut out rivals such as Intel, investigators say

US chipmaker Qualcomm has been fined €997m (£872m) by EU antitrust regulators for paying Apple to use only its chips in the iPhone, locking out rivals such as Intel.

The European commission launched an investigation in July 2015, covering the period from 2011 to 2016, looking at Qualcomm’s dominance within the market for modems and chips required to connect handsets to 4G mobile phone networks. It issued a charge sheet five months later.

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Apple HomePod finally available to buy, three years after the Echo

Company’s delayed, £319 smart speaker pitched as music-first wireless speaker that can be voice-controlled via Siri

Apple’s delayed £319 HomePod smart speaker will finally be available to buy on Friday in the UK, US and Australia.

The 17.8cm tall HomePod is pitched as a music-first wireless speaker that can be controlled by voice using Apple’s Siri assistant, which can also set timers, reminders, check the weather and control smart home devices.

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Tim Cook: 'I don't want my nephew on a social network'

Apple chief talks about tax affairs and overuse of tech at launch of school coding initiative

The head of Apple, Tim Cook, believes there should be limits to the use of technology in schools and says he does not want his nephew to use a social network.

Cook was talking at Harlow college in Essex, one of 70 institutions across Europe that will use Apple’s Everyone Can Code curriculum, it was announced on Friday.

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