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  WikiLeaks dropped a huge bombshell over two weeks ago when it revealed that it gained access to a treasure trove of the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA’s) hacking tools. Documents detailed numerous tools at the agency’s disposal including viruses, trojans, zero-day exploits and other avenues to monitor or infiltrate devices ranging from iPhones to Smart TVs to computers running Windows or Mac operating systems. In the case of Apple devices, the CIA has its own dedicated team within the Mobile Device Branch (MDB) that specializes in exploiting iOS-based devices like the iPhone and the... Read more...
For whatever reason, Apple continues to drag its feet in offering a true laptop with a touchscreen display. However, it hasn't abandoned touch functionality on laptop systems completely. Apple introduced the Touch Bar on its latest MacBook Pro model, which replaces the row of Function keys at the top, and now it's been discovered that Apple filed a patent to dock an iPhone or iPad onto a MacBook-looking laptop.Apple's application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office is for an "electronic accessory device" that can "extend and expand usefulness of a portable computing device." Put... Read more...
Apple is not going to play ball with a group of hackers that is threatening to remotely wipe hundreds of millions of iPhone devices if the Cupertino outfit refuses to pay a ransom. While the hackers claim to have a large cache of iCloud and other Apple email account data at their disposal, Apple insists that its systems and servers remain secure and have not been infiltrated."There have not been any breaches in any of Apple's systems including iCloud and Apple ID," an Apple spokesperson told multiple media outlets. "The alleged list of email addresses and passwords appears to have been obtained... Read more...
Bitcoin seems to be the currency of choice when it comes to demanding ransoms, and that is because culprits demanding payment can hide behind a pseudonym (Bitcoin itself is not actually anonymous). So it is no surprise that a hacking organization has instructed Apple to fork over a Bitcoin ransom in exchange for not leaking a cache of iCloud and other Apple email accounts belonging to hundreds of millions of iPhone owners.The hackers call themselves the "Turkish Crime Family." In addition to accepting Bitcoin, the group has told Apple it would also be fine with being paid in Ethereum, which is... Read more...
Well, it’s not the highly-anticipated iPhone 8, but a few new products that we have already told you about are on the way. Apple today announced the (PRODUCT)RED iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which join an array of existing color options: Black, Jet Black, Silver, Gold and Rose Gold. This is the first iPhone with a red aluminum unibody design and marks the latest partnership between Apple and (RED). “Since we began working with (RED) 10 years ago, our customers have made a significant impact in fighting the spread of AIDS through the purchase of our products, from the original iPod nano (PRODUCT)RED... Read more...
Apple may look to the field of augmented reality to help set its upcoming iPhone 8 device apart from the competition. Perhaps just as importantly, infusing AR into the iPhone 8 would set its next flagship phone apart from previous iPhone models, a not unimportant goal after Apple faced criticism for the lack of innovation that went into designing the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. That is not to say the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are bad phones. Far from it—they're the best iPhones to date, and some would consider them the best smartphones available. But compared to previous models, Apple's latest... Read more...
Are you worried about the CIA cyber-espionage toolkit that was just revealed on Tuesday? Well, Julian Assange apparently has your back. Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, recently promised that his organization would help companies like Apple, Google and Samsung to defend themselves against the hacking tools -- the very tools that the organization is set to unleash in full to the world. Assange remarked that "We have decided to work with them, to give them some exclusive access to some of the technical details we have, so that fixes can be pushed out." Many of the exploits are currently... Read more...
Imagination Technologies introduced its next-generation PowerVR Furian architecture, which it says is an entirely new GPU architecture designed for the evolved graphics compute needs of next-generation consumer device. While not specifically stated, those future consumer devices could include Apple's forthcoming iPhone 8 handset, along with iterations that extend beyond the iPhone 8. It does not take a giant leap of faith to get there. Apple has a history of licensing GPU technology from Imagination Technologies, which the Cupertino outfit injects into its custom A-series system-on-chips (SoCs)... Read more...
Several technology firms have issued statements after Wikileaks published a massive cache of documents alleging that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had developed methods to hack popular electronics devices, including iPhones, Android handsets, and Samsung smart TVs. Dubbed "Vault 7," the data dump is considered the largest public reveal of confidential documents related to the CIA.If the documents are real, they contain detailed exploits on popular devices that would allow the CIA to snoop on users and even take control of gadgets. The documents, which are dated between 2013 and 2016, purportedly... Read more...
If you have a kiddo in the American public school system, they likely are toting around a Chromebook, which runs Google's Chrome OS. A recent study of PC sales in the K-12 sector indicate that long-running favorite Apple is losing the battle in the classroom. Apple’s iPads and Mac notebooks were once kings of the playground and accounted for roughly half of the devices used in American classrooms in 2013. This number has steadily dropped, however, due to the affordability of Chromebooks. In 2016, Chromebooks accounted for 58% of the 12.8 million shipped devices, while macOS devices fell to... Read more...
Mac users that prefer to browse the Internet with Google Chrome (instead of Safari) can now sleep more peacefully at night. Google’s “Safe Browsing” is working to increase its protection of computers running macOS. Google is now focusing more on macOS-specific malware and unwanted software. The most common abuses are unwanted ad injection and manipulation of Chrome user settings. macOS users will start to see more warnings when they navigate to dangerous websites or download questionable files. Developers are able to make sure their users maintain control of Chrome settings through the... Read more...
The primary criticism surrounding the iPhone 7 is that Apple did not do enough to innovate—it feels more like an incremental update with faster hardware than a new generation handset. Apple disagrees with that notion, at least outwardly. Looking ahead, it's now rumored that Apple will use a flexible curved organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display on one of its iPhone 8 models. People supposedly familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal that Apple's been putting in research on flexible OLED panels similar to the ones that Samsung uses in its flagship Galaxy phones, and that it had... Read more...
Samsung may have been the poster child for electronics battery fires in 2016 with its Galaxy Note 7, but Apple is taking quick action to ensure that one incident involving an iPhone 7 Plus is just a fluke. An Arizona teen recently posted a video to Twitter which showed her iPhone 7 Plus in a bathroom with white smoke billowing from its casing. In the video, which has since gone viral and contains NSFW language, Brianna Olivas is in disbelief at what is unfolding before her eyes. According to Olivas, the phone was charging next to her head while she was asleep, until her boyfriend walked over and... Read more...
There has been a weird bug attached the past few iPhone models in which owners of affected devices have complained that their handsets sometimes suddenly turn off for no obvious reason. Apple even opened up a battery replacement program for certain iPhone 6 models that were manufactured between September and October 2015. The company claimed that a "very small number" of devices were affected by what it deemed to be a faulty battery component, though now it is saying that installing iOS 10.2.1 can alleviate the issue. In a statement provided to TechCrunch, Apple claims the latest version of iOS... Read more...
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