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How safe is iMessage in the cloud?

Of all the problems iMessage has, Apple says it plans to solve a persistent one: having access to all your conversations on every device, instead of messages and data lying scattered across all the Macs, iPhones, and iPads you use. But is this the right problem to solve?

Apple’s Craig Federighi explained at the 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference that iMessage will be stored in iCloud with “end-to-end encryption,” but provided no other details. Later, he mentioned that Siri training will sync across iCloud instead of being siloed on each of your Apple devices, and that training and marking faces in Photos’ People album will do the same—and with end-to-end encryption.

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Apple Joins in Pride 2017 Celebrations

Apple participated in some of the LGBTQ Pride 2017 parades that took place over the weekend around the world. Company employees joined in parades that were held in San Francisco, New York, and Toronto.

Apple Joins in Pride 2017 Celebrations

Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted in support of the parades and Apple employees’ participation.

Apple participants handed out t-shirts displaying a rainbow Apple Logo to marchers, and the company erected a large “#applepride” structure at the San Francisco Pride Parade to allow visitors to write messages supporting the event.

Apple and their employees have participated in the celebrations in previous years, as the company has long expressed support for LGBTQ issues, such as same sex marriage, and speaking out against laws that are seen as negatively affecting the lives of lesbian, gay and transgender folk.

Apple CEO, who came out as gay in late 2014, has spoken out for gay rights via a number of speeches and op-ed editorial pieces.

(Via MacRumors)

First Run of ‘Assembled in India’ iPhone SE Models Appear in Bangalore

The first iPhone SE devices that have been made in India are beginning to circulate around Bangalore, according to a report today by The Indian Express. The site noted that it's still hard to come by an iPhone SE with "Assembled in India" on its back, because Apple has kicked off its Indian iPhone production with just a small trial run of limited units.

Image via The Indian Express

The India-made iPhone SE models are mostly appearing in Bangalore, which is expected since that's where Apple's assembly plant is located. Apple officially began assembling iPhones in India in the middle of May, with sources predicting that retail outlets would get the first shipments over the next few weeks.

The handsets have been assembled by Apple supplier Wistron, and Apple's plans for local production of iPhone devices began as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Make in India" initiative last year. This past weekend, PM Nodi met with Apple CEO Tim Cook and a collection of other tech CEOs to discuss the Indian government's attempts to improve the country's business climate and convince American-based companies to extend manufacturing into India.

Unfortunately, the iPhone SE hasn't seen a price reduction yet in the country, despite Apple's local manufacturing goals finally being realized after so long, which the company hopes will eventually lead to lower-priced devices. The Bangalore-made iPhone SE models are said to be "priced the same as other models manufactured in China," and it's unclear when such a price reduction might come to the iPhone SE models made and sold in India.

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Latest huge Galaxy Note 8 leak points to troubling trend in 2017

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Leak

Late last week, a blogger with a very strong track record leaked a slew of details surrounding Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 8. According to the report, Samsung's hotly anticipated new flagship phablet will feature killers specs highlighted by a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display with the same 18.5:9 aspect ratio as the Galaxy S8, 6GB of RAM, Exynos 8895 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipsets depending on region, dual 12-megapixel rear cameras, a 3,300 mAh battery, and an updated S Pen stylus with new features. All of that sounds like terrific news, but there was one other detail offered in the report that isn't very good news: The Galaxy Note 8's price.

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