Facebook and Twitter Put Political Ad Policies Into Effect

Two of the largest social networks are doing more to call out political advertisements. Both Facebook and Twitter today outlined their new policies, which should increase the visibility of ads that are purchased for political purposes. On Facebook, all election-related ads must be clearly labeled as such with a "Paid for" disclosure so viewers know what entity sponsored the ad. Moreover, advertisers that wish to run political ads will need…

BlackBerry Teases More of the BlackBerry Key2

BlackBerry today provided another speak peak at the forthcoming Key2 smartphone. Like the original, the phone will include a touch screen and physical QWERTY keyboard. The teaser video released today shows that the phone will include two cameras on the rear along with a dual-LED flash. The device is scheduled to be unveiled at an event on June 7. Source: phonescoop

Court documents reveal Apple knew iPhone 6 was bendy

Bendgate is back in the news and this time, court documents show Apple knew about structural problems with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus prior to release. Apple’s own tests revealed the handsets might have a bending problem but publicly defended the structural soundness despite widespread customer complaints of frozen or unresponsive touchscreens. As the […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Refurbished iMac Pro units just as powerful, cost less

Got your eye on the powerful iMac Pro but don’t want to pay full price? Apple just began selling refurbished units for 15 percent off. iMac Pro is Apple’s first all-in-one machine for professionals who need serious capabilities. The only problem? It starts at $5,000. But refurbished units start at $4249 instead. That’s not lunch […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

Congressman Wants Hearings Over Securus and LocationSmart Data Leaks

Representative Frank Pallone of New Jersey has asked Greg Walden, chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, to hold a hearing concerning the recent location leaks from LocationSmart and Securus. Both companies were able to access real-time location data from wireless carriers and then allowed that data to be exposed. Pallone believes the leaks may have violated the Communications Act of 1996, which requires carries and their partners to safeguard…

Google, PayPal Extend Mobile and Online Payment Partnership

PayPal today said it has deepened its relationship with Google and Google Pay in order to make it easier for people to make payments from their mobile devices and on the web. PayPal says people who add PayPal to any of Google's services will be able to pay across the entire Google ecosystem anywhere PayPal is offered as a payment option. For example, if a person adds PayPal to Google…

Apple teams with VW for self-driving bus project

Apple’s self-driving shuttle bus project has finally found a car manufacturer to work with. After being spurned by BMW and Mercedes, Apple has inked a deal with Volkswagen that will allow the iPhone-maker to turn some of its T6 vans into self-driving shuttles for employees. Apple has been researching self-driving car technology for about four […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

iOS 12 concept dreams of grouped notifications and more

The grand unveiling of iOS 12 is just a few weeks away and there’s one feature on everybody’s wishlist: grouped notifications. iOS 11’s notification screen is a mess when you get multiple notifications from the same app, but developer Matt Birchler has created a simple concept that shows how Apple could make the lock screen […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac

The best iPhone photography app just got a complete makeover

One of the best original iPhone photography apps is about to make a comeback. Camera+ was one of our favorite camera apps in the early days of the iPhone thanks to its streamlined UI and unique features. Now the developers behind have given it a complete overhaul in time for the summer. Camera+2 is a […] (via Cult of Mac - Tech and culture through an Apple lens) Source: cultofmac