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When it comes to smartphone vulnerabilities, we’re used to hearing about Google’s Android operating system getting raked over the coals. After all, Android has 85+ percent global market share according to Gartner and is an easy target. iOS has had its fair share of security issues as well, but not to the extent that we’ve seen on Android. However, we just recently reported on a three critical vulnerabilities that Apple patched in iOS 9.3.5, which allowed iPhones to be remotely hacked. And now we’re hearing of a new vulnerability that affects iPhones and iPads running the latest versions of... Read more...
If you have an iPhone, there's a chance that nefarious parties not affiliated with Apple could be tracking you. However, Apple’s latest update, iOS 9.3.5, eliminates several critical security and privacy exploits and should [hopefully] keep you safe. NSO Group, an Israeli startup that sells software that can track mobile phones, was responsible for the intrusion. Its software can read text messages and emails, track calls and contacts, record sounds, collect passwords, and physically locate the mobile phone user. NSO Group executives have boasted that its spyware functions like a “ghost” and... Read more...
It's pretty remarkable how popular Snapchat has become. That hasn't gone unnoticed by the tech community at large—Facebook tried on at least two occasions to buy Snapchat, first for a whopping $1 billion then again for a staggering $3 billion, both which were turned down. Now Apple appears to want in on the action, though instead of making a bid for Snapchat, it wants to build its own version.Citing people familiar with Apple's strategy, Bloomberg says the Cupertino outfit wants to develop a video sharing and editing app similar to Snapchat as part of a broader mandate to focus on integrating social... Read more...
A leaked internal order sheet from what's purported to be a NAND flash memory component supplier suggests that Apple may finally bump the base storage on its next iPhone line from 16GB to 32GB. It also indicates that the iPhone 7 will ship with 128GB and 256GB storage options, though it's not clear if that's in addition to a 64GB SKU or that might be dropped as well. Regardless of what happens to the 64GB SKU, bumping up the base model from 16GB to 32GB is a move that's long overdue, especially since the iPhone 7 isn't likely to feature expandable physical storage, such as a microSD card slot.... Read more...
As with nearly every iPhone released before it, we’ve already gotten a clear picture of the what to expect when the iPhone 7 debuts next month. Leaked schematics, mockups, and prototypes have tipped us off to its design, while it’s easy to surmise that an A10 processor and M10 co-processor will power the device. However, the most controversial design decision by far is the apparent lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Apple is instead expected to favor the existing Lightning port to connect to wired headphones. That means that customers will 1) have to go out and buy... Read more...
It seems that every generation of iPhone ends up mired in some kind of controversy, and for the original iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, it was "bendgate," the name associated with complaints of iPhones warping under normal use. While bendgate was blown out of proportion, there's another design issue with the same generation iPhone that's perhaps a bit more serious, one that's causing displays to stop working correctly. The teardown specialists at iFixIt conducted an investigation into the issue of ailing touchscreens and found that online repair shops keep themselves busy addressing a common point... Read more...
Another Apple-1 computer is up for auction, this one with an estimated value of $1 million. The current high bid is just over half that amount at $510,000 with three days to go, a handsome some for a piece of geek history, though we suspect the final bid will be significantly higher. That's because this particular Apple-1 appears to be different from all the rest. According to Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, only a few Apple-1 systems were built on blank (not green) printed circuited boards (PCBs) with manual soldering. "At this time, this is the only known Apple-1 to show the signs of starting... Read more...
You know what everyone hates? Robocalls. AT&T, Apple, Google, Verizon, and Comcast are joining together to create the “Robocall Strike Force” which will work with the FCC to eliminate the annoyance. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson will lead the effort. A robocall is a phone call with a prerecorded message, and are often used to defraud people. Time Warner Cable was actually forced to pay $230,000 USD in July 2015 for robocalling one woman 153 times. One of the worst cases of fraud is when people fall for a robocall claiming it is from the IRS. This practice is so prevalent that the IRS has... Read more...
One of the rumors floating around about the iPhone 7 is that it will sport dual cameras on its backside for depth sensing. That might still be the case with the larger size iPhone 7 Plus model, but based on a leaked shot of what's purportedly the camera component for the 4.7-inch iPhone 7, it will have a single rear-facing lens.In the absence of dual cameras, it appears the single lens design of the iPhone 7 is being upgraded with optical image stabilization (OIS), a feature that's present on the current generation 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus model, but not the smaller iPhone 6s. That's assuming the... Read more...
If you’ve been itchin’ for an upgrade to the Apple Watch that would allow you to make calls from your wrist without a wireless tether to your phone (something that Android Wear- and Tizen-based smartwatches are capable of); you’re gonna have to keep on waiting. According to a new Bloomberg report, Apple won’t be adding LTE connectivity to its second generation smartwatch, which is expected to be unveiled within the next few weeks. Sources for the publication are indicating that Apple was hard at work on an LTE version of the Apple Watch that would make/receive phone calls on its own and provide... Read more...
The rivalry between Microsoft and Apple have just been reinvigorated thanks to a rather humorous commercial from the former that pokes fun at the iPad Pro. Apple introduced the iPad Pro late last year to court professional users who need to do more than just play games and watch Netflix with their tablets. The fruit company also launched a new “Smart Keyboard” alongside the iPad Pro, which is aimed at increasing productivity. Despite the change in [tablet] direction for Apple, sales haven’t exactly rebounded for Apple. And to add insult to injury, Microsoft is openly mocking the iPad Pro following... Read more...
Apple CEO Tim Cook recently celebrated his five-year anniversary as CEO and the one billionth iPhone sold. Cook argues that his job, however, is not always a bucket of lollipops and rainbows. The self-proclaimed “lonely” CEO recently sat down with The Washington Post to discuss the difficult and controversial topics like the future of iPhones, AI, the Chinese market, possible tax evasion in Europe, Project “Titan”, and the importance of AR. Perhaps the biggest surprise in the interview was the love Cook showed for augmented reality. Apple has largely stayed away from augmented reality, however,... Read more...
Football (or American Football, for those of you outside of the U.S.) season is finally among us! Well, preseason football anyway, which is still an exciting time for fans of the sport. There are plenty of intriguing story lines leading into this season, such as Tom Brady's four game suspension that will see backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo get the start for the New England Patriots, and you may get to watch some of them play out live on Apple TV using Twitter's mobile app.Having outbid Facebook and other tech giants to secure the rights to live-stream National Football Games (NFL) games on Thursday... Read more...
Cue the Imperial March, Darth Vader's theme song, because here comes the iPhone 7 dressed in "Space Black," or whatever Apple ends up calling it. And no, that's not our veiled attempt at calling Apple the Evil Empire, we're simply noting the return of an all-black handset, at least if a series of a leaked photos from a Chinese-language website prove legit.Or maybe what we're seeing is a darker version of what Apple calls "Space Gray" in its lineup. That's a color SKU that Apple offers in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s lineups, only those handsets are considerably lighter in color than the presumed... Read more...
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