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Tech companies and consumers alike are rightfully concerned about government agencies seeking backdoors into smartphone operating systems. Agencies like the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have exclaimed that backdoors can help themcrack smartphones that belong to criminal or child predators. On the other hand... Read more...
In what is a humorous turn of event, an 8-year-old has seemingly found a bug in Apples parental controls that allowed her to view YouTube videos despite the fact that Screen Time was enabled. Screen Time allows parents/guardians to block off access to certain apps, or all apps on an iPhone or iPad after a set amount... Read more...
Google has been on a mission to improve the texting experience on Android. Following up on its Rich Communication Services (RCS) protocol, which is supposed to bring functionality akin to what's available on iMessages on iOS devices, Google is rolling out a Verified SMS feature to combat the rising annoyance of... Read more...
Android smartphone users who want to enjoy RCStext messaging or Rich Communicator Services -- read receipts, high resolution imagery, the ability to see when someone is typing -- on any Android device with any carrier can enable it now. The trick to enable RCS is reliant on Google's implementation. Google had announced in the past that it Read more...
Google continues to make its comparatively low-cost Google Fi wireless service a more intriguing option. It already has the advantage of friendly billing versus what the four major wireless carriers in the US charge, those being AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. Now on the usability side, Google Fi is enabling RCS... Read more...
Google and Samsung are partnering to make text messaging on Android a similar experience to Apple's iMessages on iPhone devices, the company's announced. The two tech giants will do this by embracing RCS (Rich Communication Services) messaging, which enables advanced features like the ability to chat over... Read more...
iOS 11.4 is rolling out to iPhone and the iPad today, and it will bring with it support for Messages in the Cloud and AirPlay 2 (among other things). The first feature will allow all of your text messages and iMessages (which can often be quite large in size) via iCloud. The latter is a bigger deal for those... Read more...
Apple today released iOS 11.3 for iPhone and iPad users, and with it comes a number of welcome updates. The most important update for users -- especially those with older iPhones -- is the inclusion of a "Battery Health" feature, which Apple promised following the revelation that the company was secretly throttling... Read more...
There are forces in the universe that are working to prevent us mere mortals from communication with one another via text messaging, or so it seems. Earlier this week it was reported that Google is working on a fix for an issue that is preventing some Pixel handset owners from receiving text messages after upgrading... Read more...
After months of anticipation, the moment has finally arrived for Apple fans around the globe. The iPhone X(pronounces iPhone Ten) has just been announced, and for better or worse, it's just as we expected. If you've been following HotHardware at all over the past few months (and especially during the past week), then... Read more...
Google rolled out Chrome 59 for desktop platforms earlier this week, and now its time for Android to get the same treatment. While Chrome 59 for Android (59.0.3071.92) obviously doesnt have the native desktop notification improvements found in the macOS version or Headless Chromium, it does bring changes that make your browsing experience Read more...
Apple has just announced the latest iteration of its long-running iOS software platform, which powers hundreds of millions of iPads and iPhones around the globe. While iOS 11 doesnt rewrite playbook with regards to the all-important user interface, there are a lot of thoughtful additions that have been made to make it... Read more...
If youre one of those folks that lollygags around when it comes to updating your iPhone to the latest version of iOS, you might want rethink that strategy. Apple released iOS 9.3.3 last week, and tucked inside the software update were some operating system tweaks and the usual bevy of security patches. One security... Read more...
Apple today announced the latest version of its popular mobile operating system: iOS 10. If you were looking for a drastic design overhaul of the iOS UI like we saw with iOS 7, youre going to be disappointed. However, Apple has added a wealth of features to iOS 10 that are sure to please the faithful, but likely wont... Read more...
The U.S. Government isnt too happy about efforts by Silicon Valley to enable device encryption, which keeps user data protected and out of the reach of law enforcement agencies. FBI Director James Comey abhors smartphone encryption, and has come out against it on numerous occasions. The notion that people have... Read more...
When it comes to device encryption that is supposed to protect user data, it appears that tech companies just cant catch a break. Not only do companies like Apple and Google have to contend with domestic law enforcement agencies and the political machine, but they are now facing pressure from foreign governments to... Read more...
The debate over smartphone encryption is a contentious on these days in tech circles. On one side, you have companies like Apple and Google which employ full device encryption to secure user data and keep it out of prying eyes even if those eyes belong to law enforcement. On the other side, you have politicians in... Read more...
The tensions between device makers like Apple and Google against law enforcement shows no signs of slowing down. As you may recall, the U.S. government is hell-bent on forcing Apple to unlock encrypted iPhone that are involved in criminal cases. Apple contends that the encryption that it provides on iPhones via the... Read more...
It looks as though tech firms have gotten a reprieve on forcefully decrypting data at the behest of law enforcement officials; at least for now. FBI Director James Comey, who has been an outspoken voice against tech companies that have implemented system wide encryption for their mobile operating systems, delivered... Read more...
Its no secret that Obama Administration doesnt think too highly of smartphone encryption. Officials for the Department of Justice and the FBI have railed against encryption, likening it to obstruction of justice. The notion that we would market devices that would allow someone to place themselves beyond the law... Read more...
The FBI came aknockin at Apples doorstep this past summer, but instead of opening the door to welcome in the agency, Apple simply turned its back and went about its business. This standoff between Apple and the Justice Department has gotten a bit testy in recent months, with the latter imploring the former to hand... Read more...
If you're one of the millions who made the early jump to Mountain Lion just as soon as it became available from Apple's server farm, you've got an update waiting for you. OS X 10.8.1 has just popped out, marking the first released update for the latest build of Apple's desktop OS. The v10.8.1 update resolves an issue... Read more...