Apple agrees to cough up for $15 billion Irish tax bill

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Apple is just one of many technology companies whose tax arrangements in Europe have been criticized. Like other firms, Apple made use of Ireland to help reduce its tax bills, and this is something that the European Commission took exception to. Last year the EC said that tax benefits received by the company in Ireland were in fact illegal under EU law, and ordered that an outstanding €13bn ($15.3bn) tax bill be settled. Despite Apple not wanting to pay the bill — and the Irish Government not wanting to receive it — the two sides have now come to an… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Apple Pay Cash rolls out to iOS 11.2 users in the US

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Over the weekend, Apple pushed out iOS 11.2 a little earlier than planned to address a crashing problems affecting iPhone users. The update included a non-functioning version of Apple Pay Cash, but now Apple is flicking the switch to activate the new payment options. Apple Pay Cash makes it possible for people to send and receive payments through iMessage. It serves as an alternative to the likes of PayPal, and it’s a payment option that’s now rolling out across the US, with other parts of the world to follow in due course. See also: Has your iPhone started crashing in… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Windows Update in Windows 7 starts throwing up 80248015 error

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Despite Microsoft’s aggressive pushing of Windows 10, Windows 7 remains staggeringly popular. A growing number of users are currently reporting an issue with Windows Update at the moment — specifically error 80248015. The full error message reads: “Windows Update cannot currently check for updates, because the service is not running. You may need to restart your computer.” Needless to say, a simple restart is not enough to fix the problem, although a workaround has been discovered that solves the issue for some people. See also: Steam: Windows 7 now nearly three times more popular than Windows 10 NetMarketShare: Windows …Continue reading on BetaNews

Now you can stream Neil Young’s entire back catalog for free

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The massively prolific Neil Young has just made his entire musical back catalog available to stream free of charge. Obsessed with audio quality — you might well remember Young’s Pono music player and streaming service, as well as his hatred of the MP3 format — tracks are provided at an extremely high bit rate. Of course, this is not a completely selfless offering from the Canadian musician. The free availability of tracks is a time-limited offer — it’s really little more than an advertising stunt for his paid-for Xstream Music subscription service. The launch of the Neil Young Archives –… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Facebook launches Messenger Kids for under-13s

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In a move that’s likely to raise a few eyebrows, Facebook today opened up its messaging platform to children under the age of 13. A new app, Messenger Kids, is now available in the US for iOS users. The app is currently available as a preview, and Facebook says that it has worked with parents and groups such as the National PTA to ensure safety. The company also emphasizes the fact that parents are in full control of who their children are able to connect with. See also: Facebook may start using selfies to verify logins Microsoft to drop Facebook… …Continue reading on BetaNews

UK and EU to expand Bitcoin regulation to combat money laundering and tax evasion

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Following concerns that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are being used for not only tax evasion but also money laundering, governments in the UK and across Europe are planning to introduce new regulatory measures. One of the key proposals will bring to an end the anonymity Bitcoin users have enjoyed thus far. In an attempt to bring the digital currency with real-world currencies, the UK Treasury wants to force all traders to reveal their identities. See also: Sneaky websites continue to mine cryptocurrency even after you close them Bitcoin sets new price record above $11,000 Bitcoin mining and transactions use more… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Privacy: Google updates Safe Browsing rules so apps must warn when they collect personal data

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Google is introducing changes to its Safe Browsing policies, requiring Android apps to display their own privacy warning if they collect users’ personal data. The company says that if app developers refuse to comply, Google will display a warning of its own. Developers have been given 60 days to comply with what is described as an expansion of Google’s existing Unwanted Software Policy. Interestingly, it does not matter whether apps are featured in Google Play or they come via other marketplaces. Any apps that fail to display a custom privacy policy will find that their Play Store listing is slapped… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Apple Support now offers tips, tricks and tutorials on YouTube

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Apple’s presence on YouTube is not exactly new, but the iPhone maker has not been the most prolific of posters. All this looks set to change as Apple is now pushing its dedicated channel. Video tutorials seems to be an obvious thing for Apple to offer on the massively popular video-sharing site, and it’s something it has done to a small extent already. But now, with under 50,000 subscribers at the moment, Apple is ready to make fuller use of Google’s platform to reach out to its userbase. See also: Apple SNAFU means updating to macOS 10.13.1 could reactive root… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Apple SNAFU means updating to macOS 10.13.1 could reactive root access bug

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A few days ago, a serious security flaw with macOS High Sierra came to light. It was discovered that it was possible to log into the “root” account without entering a password, and — although the company seemed to have been alerted to the issue a couple of weeks back — praise was heaped on Apple for pushing a fix out of the door quickly. But calm those celebrations. It now transpires that the bug fix has a bug of its own. Upgrade to macOS 10.13.1 and you could well find that the patch is undone. Slow hand clap. See… …Continue reading on BetaNews

UK government turns against Russian software

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There have been concerns about Russian security firm Kaspersky in the US for some time, and now these fears have spread across the Atlantic to the UK. The director of the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has issued a warning that no Russian-made security software should be used on systems that could represent a national security threat if accessed by the Russian government. Ciaran Martin’s warning comes after the US government banned the use of Kaspersky software on its computer systems, but the UK security director says that talks are underway with Kaspersky Lab with a view to setting… …Continue reading on BetaNews

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