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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been unable to access data on a locked smartphone that belonged to Devin Patrick Kelly, the individual who opened fire in a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, leaving 26 people dead and several others injured. In a subsequent press release, the FBI identified the handset as an iPhone and said it had not been able to access the data on it. Unfortunately, it might be too late to do anything about it. "They're in the process of looking at the phone," Christopher Combs, the special agent leading the investigation, told reporters earlier this week. "Unfortunately,... Read more...
Virtual reality is proving to be more than a passing fad. Things could have fizzled after the Oculus Rift finally came to market following a hyped up (and successful) Kickstarter run, but what happened instead is that it started a movement. Everybody seems to be jumping on board, from HTC to Microsoft. You can add Apple to the list as well, and not just because of fancy camera technologies in its newest iPhones. Apparently Apple is looking at creating a standalone augmented reality headset within the next two years.Augmented reality (AR) is a form of VR that blends virtual objects into real world... Read more...
Apple and Samsung have been battling in court for years now over patents having to with slide-to-unlock and quick links. That quick links patent is the one that turns things like phone numbers into tappable links, so that you can quickly dial them. Apple was originally granted a $120 million award by a jury who found that Samsung did indeed infringe on its patents. Then on appeal, a judge threw out the ruling calling two of the patents granted to Apple invalid, and stating Samsung didn’t infringe on a third. That appeals court did all that while upholding the judgment against Apple for violating... Read more...
More Black Friday ads continue to roll in ahead of time, giving shoppers a chance to plan out a strategy to nab the best deals. The latest Black Friday ad to emerge is from Target. It is a whopping 40-page flyer filled with discounted items across a wide range of categories, everything from game systems and large screen televisions, to clothes and bedding. Among the more interesting deals is an Xbox One S for $165, if you factor in the $25 gift card that comes with it. The console will be marked down on Black Friday to $190, which is $90 off its regular price. On top of that, Target will be tossing... Read more...
It has been a tradition over the years for Apple fans to stand in long lines for the privilege of buying a newly released iPhone model on launch day. For rival Samsung, it has its own iPhone tradition—poking fun at Apple, while pointing out the strengths of its latest Galaxy handsets, strengths that oftentimes elude the newest iPhone. Like a 3.5mm audio jack. Well, Samsung is at it again with a new ad campaign that mocks the new iPhone X, and several iPhone models that came before it. Samsung's ad starts off with a camera capturing tired customers standing in a line outside of an Apple store for... Read more...
Google has been taking some heat over the LG-manufactured OLED display used on the Pixel 2 XL smartphone, which was shown to suffer from screen burn-in problems, sometimes only with a few hours of use. Google stepped up and stated that this was normal with an OLED screen such as the one used on the smartphone. Apple is heading off future complaints about the new iPhone X and its Super Retina OLED screen with a support document that was recently published. The warnings include an attempt to inform users that with an OLED screen there are a few potentially annoying norms you must live with.... Read more...
Unless you've been living under a rock for the past month or so, you know that today marks the official retail release of Apple's iPhone X. The first hands-on reviews began filtering onto the internet earlier this week, and the iPhone X has been featured on national and local TV news broadcasts to spread the word. Given that the iPhone X is in short supply and that scalpers are selling the smartphones for hundred over MSRP, it should come as no surprise that nefarious actors are looking to get in on the action. In fact, that appears to be the case in San Francisco, where thieves methodically stalked... Read more...
The iPhone 8 looks similar to the iPhone 7, which itself looks similar to the iPhone 6, and on down the line. In some respects, smartphone design finds itself in a state of stagnation. In an attempt to buck that trend, Apple launched an iPhone X model alongside its new iPhone 8 phones. It is a celebratory product in recognition of the iPhone's 10-year anniversary, and it a features a bit of a different design than the iPhone 8 and previous iterations. Putting it under the knife, however, reveals that not much is different in terms of do-it-yourself repairability. Apple's highly sought-after iPhone... Read more...
The legal spat between Apple and Qualcomm has just taken an interesting turn, and this time around, Intel has been drawn into the mix. Qualcomm has just sued Apple (again) and it alleges that the company violated a chip software license agreement by sharing that code with Intel. If you recall, Apple began using Intel as a secondary supplier for iPhone LTE modems when the iPhone 7 launched in 2017. The modems are features in GSM iPhone models that are available for AT&T and T-Mobile networks. Given that Intel is a rival to Qualcomm with regards to winning lucrative contract dollars from Apple,... Read more...
Technology is great, wonderful, groovy, and every other kind of positive adjective, except when it isn't. There are always downsides to be found, and the iPhone X with its fancy facial recognition technology—Face ID, as Apple calls it—is no exception. The problem raised by privacy advocates is that even though facial data used to unlock the iPhone X is securely stored on the handset, Apple's privacy policies do not cover apps that give developers access to such data. App developers can tap into the iPhone X's facial data to build various different experiences for users, such as having a game character... Read more...
Best Buy did not earn itself any brownie points by overcharging customers for Apple's newly minted iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X handsets, each of which carried a $100 premium for the privilege of buying one from the electronics chain instead of direct from Apple, and its explanation as to why it has now pulled the unlocked SKUs from its store shelves is just lame. Summed up, the marked up phones did not sell in part because of "noise in the media" and "confusion" with its customers. Really, Best Buy? "Although there was clearly demand for the un-activated iPhone X, selling it that way... Read more...
Over the last few weeks you might have seen a video floating around from a girl whose father worked for Apple. The first video that started all the hubbub centered on the girl and her father, who at the time was employed at Apple as an RF engineer (and states in the video he worked with Apple Pay on the iPhone X). That video shows her sitting in the Mac Cafe on the Apple campus with her father and filming a video hands on of her father's company-issued iPhone X. Presumably the father had one because he was on the engineering team working on the internals of the device. How exactly the father thought... Read more...
Earlier this morning at 12:01 AM PST, Apple opened up pre-orders for the highly anticipated iPhone X. But as is often the case with a new Apple flagship, actually securing one for delivery on launch day was difficult for some customers. The online Apple Store and the Apple Store app were inaccessible for some fans for extended periods of time, and by the time they did get to order, shipping times had slipped from launch day delivery (November 3rd) to "Ships: 2-3 weeks". Those looking into place an order now will have to end up waiting a month or longer for their fancy new iPhone X. Going to Apple's... Read more...
For many people, the most important aspect of a smartphone is the camera performance. That is why phone makers put so much focus on the camera, with each new generation handset upping the ante with better photo-taking capabilities. But what if these cameras were used to spy on you? According to a software developer, the permissions granted to iPhone apps gives them the ability to take pictures and record video without the user's knowledge. Felix Krause, a developer who obtained a Software Engineering degree from the University of Central Lancashire in the UK and currently works at Google, wrote... Read more...
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