News round-up: China forces tourists to install text-stealing malware on phones (and more)

Since Steve and I can’t cover everything, at the end of each week day, we’ll offer this wrap-up of news items you should check out. 

Well, that’s not very nice. According to Vice, China is forcing tourists to install text-stealing malware at its border. For iPhones, Vice reports that border officials appear to be using equipment to download data from iPhones.

Image courtesy of KissPGN

Image courtesy of KissPGN

Apple has released its newest transparency report, which outlines the government data requests that the company received during the second half of 2018. 

Earth Alliance, a new organization to help address the urgent threats to our planet’s life support systems, launched today – born out of the shared passion of its founding co-chairs: environmental activist and actor Leonardo DiCaprio; businesswoman and philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs (Steve Jobs’ widow); and investor and philanthropist Brian Sheth.

According to 9to5Mac, HomePod owners are taking to Twitter to complain that the Hey Siri feature is being activated by Apple’s new AirPods commercial.

On the new MacVoices, Charlotte Henry discusses her new book, Not Buying It,  examination of “fake news” and the effect it is having on almost everything. She defines and identifies fake news, what talks about makes it different from simple rumor mongering, and why it isn’t necessarily politically motivated.