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There seems to be no limit to the number of ways that exist to trip up an iPhone or other iOS device. The latest method involves a rather simple text message consisting of just three characters, and unfortunately for the recipient, just receiving the text message is enough to freeze an iPhone running iOS 10 or later. The good news is that it will only cause the phone to crash rather than brick it or otherwise result in more permanent damage. What's scary about this particular exploit is that it works instantly and does not require any interaction by the recipient. All it involves is sending an... Read more...
One of the biggest fears of companies that say they can hack virtually anything is to be found out that they've been hacked themselves. Case-in-point: Israeli firm Cellebrite. We've reported on the company multiple times in the past, notably after it aided the FBI in cracking open a terrorist's iPhone 5c. Since then, the company has boasted lots, even going as far to say that it can crack "nearly any smartphone". Fast-forward to the present time, and we learn that Cellebrite itself wasn't just hacked; it had a staggering 900GB worth of data stolen. The firm says in a statement: Cellebrite recently... Read more...
Apple recently celebrated the 10-year anniversary of when it introduced its first iPhone model, which took place at Macworld 2007 in San Francisco. It was an ambitious product that ultimately shaped the smartphone sector into what it is today, and part of the reason is because Steve Jobs gambled on a design that was very different from the iPod touch. It was a design featured on one of two early prototype iPhone handsets, the P1 and P2, from two competing teams—one led by Tony Fadell, the Godfather of the iPod, and the other by Scott Forsall, a software engineer who had been working with Jobs since... Read more...
Say what you will about the management style of Steve Jobs and the many accounts of his character, behind all the personality quirks was a marketing genius, one that truly understood what would excite the consumer. That was more evident than ever when Apple unveiled its first iPhone model 10 years ago to the day. There was Jobs, on stage at Macworld 2007 in San Francisco excitedly introducing the world to a game changing product. The iPhone was not the first smartphone on the market, though Jobs used that to his advantage. Using a quadrant separated by two lines, a horizontal one going from "hard... Read more...
When it comes to questions swirling around Apple’s Mac division, there’s the corporate speak, and then there’s the commentary from the folks down in the trenches deep within Apple. Earlier today, we heard from Apple CEO Tim Cook that users need not be worried about the direction of the Mac. "Some folks in the media have raised the question about whether we're committed to desktops,” said Cool in a post to Apple’s employee message board. “If there's any doubt about that with our teams, let me be very clear: we have great desktops in our roadmap. Nobody should worry about that.” However, a new report... Read more...
Over the past few years, it has seemed like the advancement of smartphone tech has slowed, with some wondering whether or not it is actually worth upgrading from one flagship model to the next. We saw the same thing on the desktop: over time, CPUs were "good enough", so some people stopped fussing over needing the latest and greatest. Well, that concept of being stuck in limbo is one even Apple can't escape. Its beloved iPhone continues to get better and better with each iteration, but again, we're at a time when it's becoming ever-harder for companies like Apple to "wow" us. So what's that mean... Read more...
An appeals court in Florida has overturned a previous ruling that stated a man suspected of voyeurism should not be compelled to give up the passcode to his iPhone as it violate the Fifth Amendment and force him to testify against himself. The appeals court disagreed with that ruling and has ordered the iPhone owner to provide his four-digit passcode to law enforcement.Police arrested Aaron Stahl after a woman who was out shopping allegedly saw him bend down and extend and an illuminated mobile phone under her skirt. Court records say that when she confronted Stahl about the incident, he claimed... Read more...
VR and AR startup, Occipital just unveiled its Bridge Virtual Reality headset. The San Francisco-based firm's VR headset has been created exclusively for iPhones and it packs in both mixed reality and 6DoF (degrees of freedom) positionally-tracked virtual reality technologies. The device has various camera enhancements built-in, expanding the iPhone's capabilities significantly for mixed reality applications.  Occipital remarked, “This is what we've always dreamed of. This is the bridge between fantasy and reality. Where virtual characters can enter our world and interact with our environment... Read more...
Hot on the heels of Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 exploding in certain cases came a number of stories of other smartphones following suit. The biggest of those is with Apple's iPhone, and in particular, the two-year-old iPhone 6. At least eight cases in China arose from consumer iPhones that caught fire, and as you'd expect, Apple took the complaints very seriously (especially given the timing). After its research, the Cupertino company established that the phones only caught fire due to external physical damage, not a fault of the product itself. The company's official statement reads, "The units we've... Read more...
Samsung scored another victory today its long-running legal fight with Apple over patent infringement. Apple originally won the case against Samsung way back in 2012, with the latter being ordered to pay nearly $1 billion in damages for infringing on iPhone design patents across 11 products. Samsung eventually had the damages reduced to $548 million, and then decided challenge a lower court ruling ordering it to pay $399 million. The Supreme Court heard Samsung’s arguments and in an 8-0 ruling agreed the South Korean company is not liable for the $399 million judgement. With its ruling, the eight... Read more...
It's no secret that Apple places a high value on customer security and privacy, and the company goes to great lengths to make sure that it's a market-leader in both regards. However, even the most careful companies can be exposed to crippling security vulnerabilities. If software contains a previously unidentified bug or exploit, it just sits there waiting for some enterprising user to spot it. And that's just what happened with Apple's Activation Lock. When an iPhone or iPad is lost, the user has the ability to enable "Find My iPhone", which can immediately locks the device, requiring correct... Read more...
It can be a punch to gut having to pay a premium price for a genuine accessory from Apple (or any company for that matter). The alternative is to save a few bucks by going with a knockoff or a supposedly certified accessory from a third-party at a discount, but doing so is a gamble. A new study in the U.K. found that almost every single fake Apple charger is a safety hazard. U.K.'s Chartered Trading Standards Institute commissioned UL safety specialists to purchase 400 counterfeit Apple charges online and test them for any safety risks. Out of all those 400 samples, just three had enough insulation... Read more...
Apple introduced a bunch of new features with iOS 10 when it released a couple of months ago, but more recent incremental updates have given iPhone users more than they bargained form. There are complaints that installing the iOS 10.1.1 update is somehow making batteries drain faster than they normally would, as well as giving inaccurate readings of battery life.That's an annoying combination to deal with. Some users report having ample battery life before going to bed—well over half and sometimes even close to full—yet waking up to a dead phone. That shouldn't happen if there are not any apps... Read more...
If you’re tired of the same old, same old when it comes to iPhone display technology, there might be much to look forward to in 2017. According to a new report, Apple is planning to make a big splash with the iPhone 8, which will arrive in fall 2017, coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the original iPhone. The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple is working on at least ten different iPhone 8 prototypes, one of which features a curved OLED display. This move would finally bring Apple in line with display technology that Android flagships adopted years ago. Samsung has been a leader in... Read more...
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