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Passengers on a recent United Airlines flight departing from San Francisco, California and bound for Orlando, Florida, had to exit the plane and be re-screened because of an ill-advised iPhone prank. A teenager on board the aircraft had used Apple's AirDrop feature to send an unsolicited photo of an airsoft gun to other passengers on board the plane. In today's climate, that is a big no-no. While some may see the de-boarding and re-screening as an overreaction, an abundance of caution is to be expected when taking to the skies on a commercial airline. The boneheaded teen who sent the photo was likely not born yet during the terrorist events of 9-11, or if they were, they would have been less... Read more...
Apple's AirDrop can be an incredibly useful utility or just something to send memes to friends sitting nearby. Either way, it is possible that you could be sending more than you bargained for, as researchers have found that an attacker could glean the phone number and email of AirDrop users. Evidently, the researchers reported this privacy issue in 2019, but a reported 1.5 billion users are still vulnerable as Apple has seemingly done nothing. Earlier this week, researchers at the Technical University of Darmstadt published a blog outlining their findings about AirDrop. To preface, AirDrop allows users to share files with address book contacts. To verify that someone is in an address book, AirDrop... Read more...
There have been numerous leaks regarding Samsung's next round of flagship phones, and namely the Galaxy S20 series, and they do not appear to be slowing down. Ahead of the launch, it has come to light that Samsung will bring a file sharing feature to Galaxy owners, likely starting with the introduction of the Galaxy S20+. The file sharing feature is called Quick Share, and it is similar to AirDrop on iOS, in that it will allow Galaxy owners to easy transfer photos and files to nearby Galaxy handsets. It conjures up memories of S Beam introduced with the Galaxy S III, but without necessitating bumping phones (or holding them real close to one another). According to the folks at XDA Developers,... Read more...