FTC warns of new Apple support call scam

Scammers are once again using the biggest names in tech to pry personal information from unsuspecting consumers, with the latest gambit involving fake calls from Apple support.

Flagged by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Thursday, scammers are invoking robocalling techniques to glean credit card numbers, account passwords and other sensitive data from Apple and Amazon customers.

The scamming effort is detailed in a blog post that warns consumers of suspicious calls claiming to be from Apple or Amazon support services. Both ask users to follow prompts that ultimately divulge personal information.

In the case of Apple, call recipients are informed of supposedly suspicious iCloud account activity or an outright breach. Fake calls from Amazon are similarly worded, claiming a user’s account shows suspicious purchase activity, a lost package, or problems with a recent order, the FTC says.

Robocalls are forwarded to “customer support” personnel with user

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The Wristcam is a camera for your Apple Watch

A strap for an Apple Watch equipped with front- and rear-facing cameras is finally launching after nearly four years in development. The Wristcam has an 8-megapixel camera that can shoot 1080p video and take stills in 4K resolution and a 2-megapixel camera for selfies. The company says you’ll also be able to use it as a video walkie-talkie with real-time live-streaming.

Those might be serviceable cameras, but they’re not likely to replace your iPhone camera. The company sent over a sample of images shot by the Wristcam, which are pretty decent, if a bit underwhelming in the details.

A photo taken with the new Wristcam.
Image: Wristcam

Image: Wristcam

Image: Wristcam

Wristcam, originally called CMRA, shows images on the Watch screen but has a separate battery, which the company says can last an entire day. You can take images and video just by pressing a button on the band, and

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Apple Now Letting Developers Enroll for Reduced 15% App Store Fees

Apple in November announced a new App Store Small Business Program that lowers App Store fees for small business owners and independent developers to 15 percent, down from the standard 30 percent. The program is set to launch on January 1, 2021, and as of today, eligible developers are able to sign up.

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Apple has launched an App Store Small Business Program website that has all of the information that developers need to know, along with signup tools. The program is open to all developers who earn less than $1 million from the ‌App Store‌ in a calendar year, which applies to 98 percent of developers, according to a recent analysis.

When initially announcing the program, Apple promised to provide developers with more information, and has today done so through the ‌App Store‌ Small Business Program website. The site walks through the basics of how it works, answering questions about

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Best Cyber Week Wireless Keyboard Deals 2020: Apple, Logitech, Razer

Black Friday weekend ended a couple days ago, and with the biggest retail weekend of the year finished, now is the time for shoppers still hungry for bargains to sink their jaws into some ongoing Cyber Week sales. The vast majority of holiday shoppers are hopping online in 2020 to do their gift buying (for very good reasons), so retailers are increasingly stretching their Cyber Monday sales into a week-long event. That means that now is still the best time before the end of the year to find great discounts on brand-name gadgets and gear — including some hot Cyber Week wireless keyboard deals.

To help you find the perfect one for your needs and budget, we’ve put together a handy roundup of the best continuing Cyber Week wireless keyboard deals still up for grabs, along with a quick guide on how to choose the right model for your work

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Genshin Impact Is Apple And Google Play’s Game Of The Year

As 2020 comes to an end, stores and outlets are starting to release their game of the year lists. Both Google Play and the Apple App Store have weighed in and announced the game of the year on their platforms, and the same game has taken top honors for both storefronts–Genshin Impact.

Google Play has given the game top honors, citing the game’s size and enjoyable combat as factors “Genshin Impact blew us away with its sheer scale and ambition,” the description reads. “Combat is fast and fluid, with each fight a spectacle to behold. Quite simply, this is the best game we’ve played this year.”

Apple did not delve into their reasoning, but also selected the game as the year’s best. Several other games were honored in their app awards, too. Legends of Runeterra was declared the year’s best iPad game, Disco Elysium took the Mac award, Dandara Trials

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Apple says that Apple Pay will launch in Mexico ‘very soon’

Apple Pay is set to make its debut in Mexico “very soon” with support for some of the country’s largest banks at launch.

The company’s Mexican site detailing Apple Pay, which first appeared in October, now states that the contactless payment platform will arrive “muy pronto,” or very soon.

Additionally, some hidden code on the landing page spotted by Twitter user @urielarcia suggests that Apple Pay will be compatible with Banregio, Hey Banco, Inbursa, and CitiBanamex at launch. Some initial retailers that will support the payment platform in Mexico could also include Best Buy, Burger King, Uber, Rappi, and La Comer, among others.

The page itself details the benefits of Apple Pay’s contactless payments, including the convenience and security, as well as the ability to make payments without touching money or objects amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

An exact release date isn’t clear, but given that Apple Pay in

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Apple Watch, AirPods market expansion edges out overall segment growth

Apple’s wearables business grew 38.6% year-over-year in the third quarter of 2020, outpacing the broader market, while the Apple Watch segment grew 75% in the same period.

The Cupertino tech giant shipped an estimated 41.4 million devices in the wearables category, which includes AirPods and AirPods Pro, up 29.8 million year-over-year. Impressively, the Apple Watch segment grew 75% in the same period, from 6.8 million units shipped in Q3 2019 to 11.8 million units in Q3 2020.

Apple ranked second to Xiaomi in the wrist-worn wearables category, which includes smartwatches, fitness wristbands, and traditional watches. Xiaomi had a 24.5% share of the market in the third quarter, while Apple took 21.6%, according to new data from research firm IDC.

In the broader wearables category, which also includes wireless earbuds, Apple took the top spot by a large margin. The iPhone maker had a 33.1% share of the market, followed

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Apple faces lawsuits in Europe over slowing down older iPhones

Apple is facing new legal action in Europe over its controversial practice of slowing down older iPhones.

a stereo sitting on top of a laptop: An Iphone 6 is seen in this photo illustration made in Stuttgart, Germany on January 11, 2020 (Photo by Agron Beqiri/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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An Iphone 6 is seen in this photo illustration made in Stuttgart, Germany on January 11, 2020 (Photo by Agron Beqiri/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Euroconsumers, the advocacy group bringing the action, said in a statement Wednesday that the class-action lawsuits cover up to 2 million iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S and 6S Plus devices in Belgium, Spain, Italy and Portugal.


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Apple has faced public backlash and legal action around the world after it admitted in 2017 that software updates designed to prevent the batteries in older iPhones from crashing also slowed the devices down.

The Euroconsumers cases mirror a class action lawsuit against Apple in the United States that led to a proposed settlement of $500 million in March. Last month, Apple paid $113 million to

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