Apple CEO Tim Cook has hit out at Silicon Valley giants who are obsessed with collecting user data. In an interview with HBO's Vice News Tonight, he countered claims that companies need to siphon user data in order to make their products better. Cook didn't call out any tech firms in particular, but he seemed to be referring to the likes of Facebook and Google. “The narrative that some companies will try to get you to believe is: 'I've got to take all of your data to make any service better,’” Cook explained. “Well, I don't believe them. Whoever's telling you that, it's a bunch of bunk.” Apple has long maintained strict policies over what kinds of data it's allowed to collect from users, as well as how it handles the information.
GET READY FOR SOME LLAMA AND BAGEL EMOJIS: APPLE'S ADDING 70 NEW ICONS IN IOS 12.1 UPDATE
Apple will soon be adding 70 new emoji to its popular mobile software in an upcoming iOS 12.1 update. Among the notable new additions: an emoji with a party hat and streamer, a swan, a llama, a bagel and a cupcake. Also new are more variations on people, now adding more options with red hair, gray hair and curly hair plus a new emoji for bald people. The new emoji aren't much of a surprise. The Unicode Consortium, which is the non-profit group that makes sure emoji and other text are standard across platforms, announced 157 new emoji earlier this year including the aforementioned animals and hair variations. Although Apple hasn't provided an exact release date for iOS 12.1, the fact that it is hyping up the new release and making the update available to those in its public beta program points to a release being in the not-too-distant future.