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Nike was the brand that Marty McFly wore on his feet in the classic science fiction flick Back to the Future II. Next to the hoverboard he rode in that film, the shoes that lace themselves are what many fans wanted. Fast forward a few decades and Nike launched a version of those self-lacing sneakers that consumers could buy with the first pair landing in 2016. The catch was that the first pair of self-lacing shoes were very expensive, but a cheaper pair came later. The most recent self-lacing Nike shoes are the Adapt BB sneakers, and they work with an Android or iOS app. The Android version of... Read more...
We've been hearing rumors of merger between Apple's iOS and macOS apps for a while now, but a new report suggests that that efforts to make this possible are well under way. In fact, these so-called universal apps could be made available to the public starting in 2021. This reporting comes from Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, he in particular seems to have the pulse on the inner workings at Apple. The program has been underway using the codename Marzipan, and would see apps originally designed for the iPhone and iPad make their way to macOS devices. According to the report, Apple will initially... Read more...
Where there is a will, there is a way, and that is proven time again when it comes to pirated software. In earlier days, that entailed cracking copyright protections on an assortment of programs—games, productivity tools, and so forth. That still exists, of course, but nowadays some of the focus has shifted to mobile. Case in point, software pirates have found a way to dole out hacked versions of popular apps to iPhone devices. Apple has mechanisms in place to prevent this sort of thing, but several software distributors are using digital certificates to push hacked apps through Apple's Enterprise... Read more...
Although it's arriving later than originally promised, Apple has just issued iOS 12.1.4, which fixes the widely publicized Group FaceTime bug that was revealed early last week. In short, the bug allowed anyone to eavesdrop on your iPhone's microphone by initiating a FaceTime call, and video could even be obtained (without the receiver’s permission) via the exploit. Apple initially disabled Group FaceTime on its servers to immediately shutdown the exploit, and last Friday it instituted a server-side fix for the problem. The release of iOS 12.1.4 now brings relieve on the consumer... Read more...
Google released the latest update to its popular Chrome web browser that has a notable change in feature set. This new version has a handful of improvements, but unfortunately it also removes one feature from the web browser. Starting with Chrome 72, you can no longer setup Chromecast devices using the Google Chrome web browser. You will still be able to stream content from your web browser to your Chromecast device, but you will first need to initialize and setup your Chromecast with an Android or iOS device. It's unclear why Google opted to remove this feature from the Chrome web browser,... Read more...
Over the past year, Google has put considerable effort into bolstering its Gmail service on the web with new features and capabilities. For example, Gmail now utilizes machine learning techniques to help draft emails with Smart Compose, and it can remind you to follow up on emails that still need attention. That's all well and good, but what about the mobile experience? Rest assured, Google has not forgotten about Gmail on mobile devices. In a recent blog post, Gmail product manager Nikolus Ray explained that Gmail is getting a fresh new look on Android and iOS. "As part of the new design, you... Read more...
Epic Games just pushed out the v7.30 update for its hugely popular Fortnite battle royale game, which brings with it a number of changes, new weapons, bugfixes and performance improvements. However, the most important update is for mobile users, and that comes in the form of official support for Bluetooth gaming controllers. Just the fact that Fortnite is able to run reasonably well on Android and iOS smartphones is quite the achievement; especially so with the iPhone XR, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max which can run the game at a steady 60 fps. But controlling the game -- even with... Read more...
We're sure that all of you have encountered this scenario at some point. You have guests over that need access to your Wi-Fi network to download a large file quickly quickly to avoid hitting their metered LTE connection. You then have to go fishing around for your network password that they would need to input. A new device called Wifi Porter is looking to make hopping on to your network dead simple for folks that come over to your house for a visit. The relatively small block of wood houses an embedded NFC chip. All you have to do is program the Wifi porter once with your login in credentials,... Read more...
Remember the Windows 10 Mobile operating system? Just a few years ago, Microsoft was billing it as a credible alternative to Android and iOS and delivered some relatively cool features like Live Tiles on the lock screen and its Continuum mode that allowed users to extend their smartphone to a desktop experience. However, Microsoft has for the most part abandoned new feature update to Windows 10 Mobile and long shuttered production of its Lumia line of smartphones. So, it should come as no surprise that Microsoft has announced a final end date support: December 10th, 2019. The last major release... Read more...
Christmas has come and gone, but there's a good chance that many Americans received some form of Amazon Echo device under the tree. With so many new Echo owners joining the fray for the first time, they are inevitably heading to the iOS App Store to download the companion app so that they can get started with the setup process on their iPhone. However, an unofficial app has somehow made it near the top of the charts in the App Store, and it is by no means harmless. The app is called "Setup for Amazon Alexa" and was first spotted by 9to5Mac earlier this morning. As of this writing, the... Read more...
Whether you primarily use Siri or Google Assistant (assuming you use a digital assistant) likely comes down to which platform you're invested in—Android or iOS. It doesn't have to be one or the other, though. Google recently updated its Assistant app for iOS to support Siri Shorcuts, which allows users to call up Google's virtual assistant without having to fire up the app. Once the app is updated, the best way to take advantage of the feature is to record a familiar phrase like "OK Google" or "Hey Google." After you do that, you can tap into Google Assistant without having to open up the... Read more...
When it comes to big data, Apple CEO Tim Cook has drawn a line in the sand with regards to what it will and will not do when it comes to customer data. Apple vows not to share its customer data with third-parties and takes great pain to store as much customer user data in a secure enclave on-device with products like the iPhone instead of sending information to its servers. Because of this policy, Cook has been rather outspoken about criticizing tech giants like Google and Facebook for their lapses in protecting user data. With that in mind, in an interview with Axios... Read more...
Apple recently began pushing out a new update to its mobile operating system, iOS version 12.1, and unfortunately it comes with a bug that allows an attacker to access an iPhone's full contact information without ever having to enter a passcode. It's a rather simple exploit that doesn't require any programming experience. All it does require is physical access to the phone that is being targeted. The exploit is rather simple—an attacker just needs to initiate a phone call and then switch to FaceTime as soon as it connects. From there, they can go to the bottom of the screen and select "Add... Read more...
To say that Apple and law enforcement around the world have a contentious relationship is an understatement. Each time law enforcement gets a tool that allows accessing iPhones with a court order when the owner can't be compelled to unlock the device, Apple works hard to break that tool. Such is the case with the GrayKey iPhone cracking tool that police around the world have been using to gain access to iPhone devices. Until iOS 12 launched, the GrayKey tool allowed the unlocking of iPhone devices by law enforcement. On any device running iOS 12 or higher, the tool reportedly no longer works. Multiple... Read more...
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