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Apple released its iOS 11 operating system late last month, and users have already run into a number of problems with the operating system. There have been complaints about battery life, and two quick point releases have been issued during the first month of availability (iOS 11.0.1 and 11.0.2) to fix lingering issues. Now, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is taking Apple to task over its toggle switches for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in Control Center (blue represents on, gray means off). In previous versions of the iOS, toggling either the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth switches would actually completely... Read more...
Security researcher Will Strafach has discovered that Uber had been granted access to an undocumented, private app permission allowing its app to access the screen-recording feature on iPhones. To be able to access this screen capturing feature, Uber had to be granted special permission by Apple. That screen recording feature is said to be off limits to most app developers and is something known as an "entitlement". The screen recording feature in question is taken advantage of by screen recording apps on jailbroken iPhones, allowing apps like iRec to capture screens without needing permission... Read more...
Apple's macOS High Sierra was released to the public late last month, and very quick it was discovered that the operating system contained a very serious security exploit. In this particular case, the exploit takes advantage of the new Apple File System (APFS). A Brazilian software developer by the name of Matheus Mariano discovered that when adding a new encrypted APFS volume to a container in Disk Utility, you are asked to provide a password and a password hint (in case you manage to forget your login credentials). After going through this process, he unmounted the container, then remounted it,... Read more...
It would not be an iPhone launch without reports of manufacturing problems of one kind or another. Throughout the years, there have been complaints of yellow banding resulting from the adhesive underneath the display (iPhone 4), a purple haze when snapping photos (iPhone 5), and of course bendgate (iPhone 6)s, to name a few issues. The latest complaint applies to the recently introduced iPhone 8 Plus, and it has to do with the display busting open. As with every issue that has popped up over the years, this is not an epidemic, but an apparent defect being observed by a relatively small number of... Read more...
Perhaps Google should invest in a bumper sticker that reads, "My AI is an honor student," and then motor around Redmond and Cupertino where Microsoft and Apple are respectively headquartered. Compared to Bing and Siri, Google's artificial intelligent system is a cut above the competition, according to new research at Cornell University. Researchers Feng Liu, Yong Shi, and Ying Liu set out to test and rank the intelligence quotient (IQ) of various natural and artificial intelligent systems, including humans, Google, Bing, Baidu, and Siri. Based on the tests conducted, Google's AI has an IQ of 47.28.... Read more...
Apple and Samsung might be fierce rivals on the surface, but behind the scenes, it is a slightly different story. It actually benefits Samsung if Apple's flagship iPhone X handset racks up a bunch of sales, because if does, Samsung will see a surge in organic light emitting diode (OLED) display panel orders—Samsung is the one manufacturing for and selling OLED panels to Apple. It is a bit of an odd relationship considering the competitive landscape that exists. Apple and Samsung are the two biggest smartphone players in the world, and they happen to sit on opposite sides of the OS spectrum. Be... Read more...
In December 2015, a man in San Bernadino, California and his wife participated in a terrorist attack that left 14 people dead. In the wake of that attack, the FBI opened an investigation into the couple and ties to other potential terrorists living within the US. An iPhone 5C was discovered that belonged to one of the terrorists, and the FBI wanted Apple to create a tool that would bypass the security on the iPhone in question and allow law enforcement into the device to look for leads and other evidence. Apple refused to help the FBI develop a backdoor into the device leading the Justice Department... Read more...
Tell us if you've heard this one before. Apple, which is obsessed with bringing as much of its hardware design in-house as possible, is looking to cut out supplier like Intel and Qualcomm with its own custom chips. We've seen it happen recently with Imagination Technologies, which was dropped by Apple in favor of its own tri-core GPU that is found in the A11 Bionic SoC powering the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. Now, a new report is reigniting rumors that Apple could move away from the Intel processors that it has embraced since 2005 for its MacBook, Mac Mini, iMac and Mac Pro family of... Read more...
Around two years ago, researchers discovered serious firmware vulnerabilities in Mac laptops and desktops, and then developed a proof-of-concept worm to demonstrate how potentially damaging they could be. Since then, Apple has been pretty good about including EFI (extensible firmware interface) updates with its macOS security and software updates, though new evidence suggests it is not nearly enough. This time around, researchers at Duo Security took a detailed look at the firmware used in Mac systems, and found them to be lacking. This is the part of the system that makes a series of checks and... Read more...
Apple is under pressure from various sources to activate the FM radio in iPhone handsets, in the name of public safety. Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai is among those encouraging Apple to "step up to the plate and put the safety of the American people first." In his open letter to Apple, Pai brought up a rash of recent natural disasters, including Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. The only problem with is request is that newer iPhone models do not have an FM chip. The reason for wanting smartphone makers to activate FM chips is so that people who find themselves in an emergency... Read more...
Apple fans are not going to like this, but despite all of the hype surrounding the company's custom A11 Bionic processor, Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is faster than the iPhone 8 Plus in real-world usage, according to a series of app loading tests. The results run counter to what we have seen in previously leaked benchmarks, in which the A11 Bionic trounced the competition. In a leaked Geekbench test run, for example, the A11 Bionic-powered iPhone X posted a single-core score of 4,061 points and a multi-core score of 9,959 points, putting it well ahead of every Android phone we have tested to date,... Read more...
It used to be that Macs were thought to be nearly immune to malware, viruses, and serious security issues. That certainly isn't the case with modern Macs because as the user base has grown, the amount of malware and viruses targeting the platform has also grown. Back in June, we talked about malware-as-a-service attacks targeting Macs. This week Apple launched a new and free update to the macOS called High Sierra. Only a few days after the release of that software, Apple has acknowledged a security flaw in the update. Reports indicate that programs not approved by Apple might be... Read more...
Microsoft attempted to use its purchase of Nokia's Devices and Services division to give it a first-row seat in the global smartphone market, pitting it against the likes of the Apple iPhone and smartphones running Google's Android operating system. In addition, by developing both the operating system and hardware in-house, it would give complete control over the user experience, much like Apple and Google do with the iPhone and Pixel respectively. Hindsight is 20/20, and knowing what we know now, it's easy to see that acquisition was a mistake. In a new book that was published today – Hit... Read more...
As much as we have come to rely on our smartphones—checking mail on the go, surfing the web, posting to social media, looking up directions, and the list goes on—battery life can be viewed as paramount to the mobile experience. After all, a phone with a depleted battery is a useless one. Will the iPhone X have enough juice to get us through the day? That remains to be seen, though one thing that has come to light is that it will wield a 2,716 milliamp-house (mAh) battery. Steve Hemmerstoffer, better known as @OnLeaks on Twitter, discovered a filing by Apple with Chinese regulator TENAA. The document... Read more...
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