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A hacker has discovered a way to permanently disable the built-in Messages app on any Apple device running iOS 8 through iOS 10. That pretty much covers every iPhone handset and iPad tablet out there, including the recently released iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, save for models that are woefully outdated for whatever reason. Just as frightening, the sinister exploit is rather simple to pull off. The exploit involves sending a bloated vCard, or virtual business card, which are used to share contacts on mobile phones. A hacker who goes by the name Vincedes3 found that sending a vCard laced with thousands... Read more...
Apple's AirPods launched to some seriously mixed reaction when they were unveiled a couple of months ago, but it's seemed that since then, some have warmed up to the idea of having a cordless experience when listening to music. Many who've adopted AirPods early generally have good things to say about them - at least those who've managed to not lose half of the pair yet (yes, it's happened)! When AirPods launched, their niche-ness led some to wonder if we'd ever see a second iteration. Well, based on a newly-granted patent, there's almost no doubt that we will in fact see a follow-up. An obvious... Read more...
It would appear that Apple is having a tougher time than expected selling iPhone 7 models. This is in part due to a backlog of iPhone 6s models, which has supposedly led Apple to cut production of its flagship handset. As the story goes, Apple gave its suppliers a heads up that it will be slashing orders of its iPhone handsets by around 10 percent starting in the first quarter of 2017.This is according to Nikkei Asian Review, an English-language business journal that says Apple first slashed output of its handsets in the January to March period due to a buildup of iPhone 6s inventory. That led... Read more...
It seems as though the hits keep coming for Apple with regards to its 2016 MacBook Pro notebooks. The notebooks were announced in October, and customers began taking delivery shortly afterwards. It didn’t take long for customers to start complaining about poor battery life, which shouldn’t be too surprising given the fact that Apple dramatically reduced the battery capacity of the new notebooks while not making a similar reduction in overall power consumption. Consumer Reports’ backed up user complaints of wildly fluctuating battery life with its own testing, and for the first time ever failed... Read more...
The parents of a five-year-old girl who lost her life in a car accident involving another motor vehicle in which the driver was using Apple's FaceTime app have filed a lawsuit against the Cupertino outfit. Filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court, the lawsuit holds Apple accountable for the girl's death for not utilizing technology that would prevent people from using FaceTime while operating a vehicle, or at the very least issue a warning as to the potential hazards. "Plaintiffs allege Apple Inc.'s failure to design, manufacture, and sell the Apple iPhone 6 Plus with the patented, safer, alternative... Read more...
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 was one of the most spectacular flops to hit the tech circle during 2016. What looked to be a promising flagship device was ultimately undone by internal batteries that had a tendency to overheat, causing the Galaxy Note 7 to burst into flames. With all the negativity surrounding Samsung over the past few months, you would think that Apple would have been able to take advantage of the situation and nudge some irate customers over to the iPhone camp. However, Stephen Baker, primary hardware analyst for NPD Group Inc., says that Galaxy Note 7 customers stayed within the brand... Read more...
If the 4-inch iPhone SE and 4.7-inch iPhone 7 are too small, and the hulking 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus is too big, Apple just might have a “tweener” phone to satisfy your smartphone needs in the future. Frequent Apple leaker Macotakara reports that a 5-inch iPhone 7s will launch during the fall of 2017 alongside the highly anticipated iPhone 8. Besides the 5-inch display size (which will completely supplant the 4.7-inch model), the iPhone 7s is also expected to feature a rear dual-camera setup similar to that of today’s iPhone 7 Plus. But whereas that phone has its dual cameras situated horizontally,... Read more...
Machine learning and artificial intelligence are two intertwined and fast-growing fields that are getting attention from some of the world's biggest technology companies, including Microsoft, IBM, Facebook, Google, and now Apple. The latter joins the fray after having published its first AI paper this month (it was submitted in November) that describes a technique on how to greatly improve computer vision and pattern recognition in machines. This is a pretty big deal, and not just because of the technology involved in the paper. Unlike many other companies involved in AI research and machine learning... Read more...
If for no other reason than inflation, at some point there will be a company that is worth a trillion dollars. Apple is nearly two-thirds of the way there and considered by some the favorite to reach that mark. But will it? Talk of the Cupertino outfit hitting a $1 trillion market capitalization kicked up in earnest four years ago, but things have changed since then and now at least one analyst is predicting that Microsoft will get to $1 trillion first. Analyst Michael Markowski believes that the first company to reach a $1 trillion market cap will be an online or digital firm, and given the current... Read more...
Apple is a company that rarely likes to admit to faults with its products. The company is often dragged kicking and screaming to public disclosures, and even when it does fess up, it often states that the issues affect a “small number” of users. However, even Apple couldn’t ignore the clout of Consumer Reports, which holds a lot of sway over consumer buying decisions. The MacBook Pro has won Consumer Reports’ “Recommended” rating ever since it was first introduced, but that winning streak ended yesterday. The publication stated that incredibly inconsistent battery performance with the new 13-inch... Read more...
It seems as though Apple’s 2016 MacBook Pro refresh just can’t catch a break these days. When the notebooks were first unveiled in October, Apple fans complained about the lack of Kaby Lake, the 16GB RAM limit, lack of legacy ports like HDMI and USB 3.0, high price tag and the reduction in battery capacity in order to satisfy a never-ending quest for thinness. It appears that the last bullet-point was the tipping point for Consumer Reports’ decision to no longer recommend the MacBook Pro. In fact, this is the first time that the organization has denied Apple’s MacBook Pro a “Recommended” rating.... Read more...
Nokia, once the top seller of cellular phones in what feels like a lifetime ago, is suing Apple over claims that its popular iPhone handsets infringe on several mobile patents owned by the Finnish company. The lawsuit is a result of Nokia failing to convince Apple to renew licensing agreements inked in 2011 that are about to expire. Nokia sought to extend those agreements, and had Apple been willing, there would be no lawsuit. Having sold off its handset business, many wondered if Nokia would turn to more aggressively pursuing patent agreements and litigation. A sign of things to come might have... Read more...
Everyone knows about the dreaded blue screen of death (BSOD) that was popularized by earlier versions of Microsoft Windows, but what about a black screen of death? Some Apple iPhone 7 Plus owners are running into this issue when attempting to use the rear cameras on their flagship smartphones. Unlike the iPhone 7, the iPhone 7 Plus actually has two 12MP camera sensors on the rear, offering both wide-angle and telephoto shooting options. The camera pair allows for 2x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom, but it appears that a hardware defect is causing the cameras to fail unexpectedly. Owners who attempt... Read more...
What happens if you break your Apple AirPods? It looks like you will have to just buy another pair. A teardown of the Bluetooth earbuds revealed that the AirPods are almost impossible to repair, difficult to recycle, and are held together mostly by glue. The iFixit team had a heck of time getting the AirPods to open up. In order to get to the insides of the AirPods’ heads, they used a heated knife and a pick opener. They attempted to then go through the bottom of the stem of AirPods to no avail. They finally resorted to a scalpel and pliers in order to fully open the stem. The charging station... Read more...
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