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It's pretty incredible what today's smartphones can do, even if we mostly use them to upload lunch and dinner photos to Facebook. They can do so much more, though. For example, Epic Games just released a Live Link Face app for iOS that lets developers capture and stream high quality facial animation in real time from iPhone and iPad devices. This data can be imported onto characters in Unreal Engine 4.25. The actual tracking leverages Apple's ARKit and an iOS device's TrueDepth front-facing camera. "Designed to excel on both professional capture stages with multiple actors in full motion capture suits as well as at a single artist’s desk, the app delivers expressive and emotive facial performances... Read more...
Earlier this week, TikTok found itself in hot water for snooping clipboard data on iPhone handsets, which it tried to justify as a fraud detection feature. Following the backlash, TikTok said it would patch out the behavior. Fantastic, but are there other mobile apps that do the same sort of thing? There is at least one, and that app is LinkedIn. This kind of unwanted behavior has come to light because of a change Apple made to its upcoming iOS 14 update. While not yet being pushed out to the public at large, iOS 14 is available as a beta release, and it sports a new privacy function that tattles on apps that poke their heads into clipboard data. That is how TikTok was caught, and now LinkedIn.... Read more...
Dealing with the Coronavirus is challenging enough, from the rising death toll and negative economic impact, to the stay-at-home orders and everything involved with social distancing. One thing we do not have to worry about, however, is the supposed silent installation of a COVID-19 "track and trace" app on Android and iPhone devices. Claims to the contrary have surfaced on social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter, with seemingly convincing screenshots. A similar message has also been spreading through forwarded messages on WhatsApp, leading to concern that Apple and Google are taking matters into their own hands and sneakily installing software. However, the claims are simply not true.... Read more...
iPhone users who want to jailbreak their devices have a new option that reportedly works with all iPhones and iPads running iOS 13.5. The jailbreak is called Unc0ver 5.0.0, and its developers say that it works with iOS 11.0 through 13.5 with a couple of caveats. The jailbreak won't work on iOS 12.3-12.3.2 or 12.4.2-12.4.5. Unc0ver 5.0.0 promises to use "proper and deterministic techniques" for guaranteed stability. It's also secure with native system sandbox exceptions allowing security to remain intact while enabling access to jailbreak files. Security layers are preserved with developers promising that personal information is protected, allowing users to run jailbreak apps and tweaks while... Read more...
There aren't many things that Apple can do that really get the Android community fired up and angry. Sure, Android fans might get annoyed when Apple tries to act as if it is the first to "perfect" hardware or software features that appeared on Android devices years before, but nothing has struck a chord quite like the announcement yesterday that it would purchase popular app Dark Sky. What is Dark Sky? Dark Sky is a weather app that can be installed on both iOS and Android devices, and has gained quite a following since its initial Kickstarter campaign launched back in 2012. Since then, it has grown into a software giant that provides API access to other weather apps and websites.... Read more...
Today is March 31st, which in the tech world means that it is World Backup Day. We always stress here at HotHardware that you should backup all of your data frequently, because you never know when disaster will strike, be it an act of god or malware attack that renders your system unusable.  Backups on Android and iOS devices In the smartphone realm, backups are pretty much taken care of for you automatically. Many Android OEMs offer automated mechanism that will backup your entire phone automatically at set interval. For iPhones, Apple allows for automated daily backups as long as your device is connected to a power outlet and Wi-Fi. These automated backups are also only possible... Read more...
It should come as no surprise that video conferencing software is seeing a sudden uptick in usage—more people are telecommuting in order to social distance themselves amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Zoom is among the beneficiaries of the current situation, though not without controversy. New research indicates that Zoom's iOS app is sending analytical data to Facebook on the sly. Apps sending information to Facebook is not the least bit uncommon. Many apps and services tie their offerings into Facebook, and it can be convenient for users who do not want to juggle yet another account. But when it comes to sharing analytical data, that sort of thing should be made clear to users, and require... Read more...
iPhone users should be aware that there is an unpatched security vulnerability that impacts iOS 13.3.1 and later versions of the operating system (including the newly released iOS 13.4). This unpatched security vulnerability prevents VPN networks from encrypting all traffic and can cause some Internet connections to bypass VPN encryption exposing the user's data or IP address. Connections that are made after connecting to a VPN on the iOS device are unaffected by the bug, but previously established connections bypass the VPN secure tunnel. The security vulnerability was discovered by a security consultant that is part of the Proton community, and ProtonVPN disclosed the issue. ProtonVPN said... Read more...
Apple iPhones and Macs go together like peanut butter and jelly, but Dell is looking to improve the experience of using an iPhone with a Windows PC. The company is achieving this with an update to its Dell Mobile Connect iOS app, which has now been bumped to Version 3.0.  Dell Mobile Connect for iOS has now gained screen sharing functionality, which was previously only available for users of the Android app. With this feature, whatever is currently displayed on your iPhone is mirrored on your Dell computer’s desktop. You can fully interact with the apps and navigate the UI using your computer's mouse and keyboard (or touch display), just as you would with your fingers if... Read more...
Apple is notorious for not letting other kids get near their sandbox. Their restrictions have frustrated users who want to take greater control over their device, but there now appears a way for users to run the Android OS on their iPhones. Cybersecurity startup Corellium recently found a way to exploit the checkra1n jailbreak to install Android on older iOS devices.  Corellium launched “Project Sandcastle” to “provide an opportunity to create something new from the limitless bounds of your imagination.” Users can download a beta that will allow them to install the Android OS on a iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, or iPod Touch. Corellium promises to add more devices, but... Read more...
When Apple introduced the first iPhone way back in 2007, it was a device that was very much married to a PC or Mac. You needed a computer to activate the device, perform OS updates, install music, transfer contacts, etc. However, over the years, the iPhone has grown so independent that it doesn't need a computer for much of anything at all. Well, unless you need to restore the firmware of your device in the case of a system failure, or if you want to rid yourself of beta software and get back on a "production" iOS track. Fortunately, the code sleuths over at 9to5Mac have uncovered evidence that Apple is working on over-the-air (OTA) mechanism for restoring iOS/iPadOS software/device... Read more...
Ever since Microsoft efforts to rule the mobile world with Windows 10 Mobile fizzled out, the company has been on a mission to bring many of its software products to Android and iOS. The latest move by the company to spread its wares around comes with the announcement that it will make Defender software available on both popular mobile platforms. The company has previously made Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) available to both desktop-based Windows and macOS platforms. By extending support to Android and iOS, Microsoft taps into an install base that is measured in the billions. As you're well aware, Android has particularly been a focal point for frequent malware attacks,... Read more...
The number of preinstalled apps on iPhone devices has steadily risen over the years—it started out at 16 on the original iPhone, and has skyrocketed to 38 on the latest models. Users have never been able to change certain default apps, like Safari and Mail, but after all these years, Apple may finally allow users to choose third-party alternatives. If this comes to pass, Safari and Mail would likely be the most affected, as they are the two most widely used apps on iPhone and iPad devices. As things stand, when a user clicks on a link, iOS devices automatically fire up the built-in Safari web browser. Users can download other browsers, like Chrome and Firefox, but are not able to set them... Read more...
“Dark mode” or “night mode” has long been popular with tech users. It is also now increasingly being adopted by major apps and operating systems. However, is dark mode simply an aesthetic preference or can it provide benefits to users? Companies and services like Google, Apple, and Facebook offer or plan to offer dark mode to help reduce eyestrain, increase battery life, and decrease display flickering.  Many apps and operating systems tend to prefer light user interfaces (UI). This brighter interface or “dark-on-light color scheme” was originally introduced in word processors to mimic the look of dark ink on light paper. A light UI is generally considered... Read more...
Microsoft launched its Project xCloud game streaming for Android devices back in October, but at the time it left out those running iOS (i.e. iPhones and iPads). Apple is notorious for placing a lot of restrictions on app developers for acceptance into its App Store walled garden, so Microsoft had to navigate those landmines before launching on the platform. Today, Microsoft is ready to make available a beta version of Project xCloud for iOS users, and it’s doing so through Apple’s TestFlight service. Given that Project xCloud is still in beta; that it is only available right now through TestFlight; and that this is Apple that we’re dealing with, there are some key... Read more...
Apple has found itself in trouble more times than we could count over privacy issues with its iPhones and other products. Apple recently issued an iOS 13.3.1 beta that is aimed in part at patching a flaw in location tracking on the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. Apple had promised to bring a toggle switch to allow customers to turn off this tracking feature specifically. The toggle can be found in Privacy > Location Services > System Services, and it is labeled "Networking & Wireless." Apple warns that turning off location services for Networking & Wireless could affect Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and ultra wideband performance. Those particularly concerned about having their location tracked... Read more...
A company that develops digital forensics tools for businesses and law enforcement specialists has found a way to hack into locked Apple iPhone devices running the latest version of iOS. The method is said to work on most iPhone models, from the iPhone 5s through the iPhone X, and is effective on iOS 12 through iOS 13.3. The company is called Elcomsoft, and the newly expanded ability comes by way of an update to its iOS Forensic Toolkit. Specifically, the update allows the software to extract select keychain records in the BFU (Before First Unlock). That means it can pluck sensitive data from affected iPhone devices that have been powered off or rebooted, without having to enter in a passcode.... Read more...
The Google Fi MVNO service has been around for a few years now, and it aims to give customers a reasonably-priced alternative to traditional carriers like AT&T and Verizon while offering a few of its own perks. While Google Fi is technically supported on a broad range of Android and iOS devices, Google has reserved the complete Google Fi experience to Pixel devices and what it calls "Designed for Fi" smartphones (like those from Motorola). Today, Google announced that all smartphones that are supported on Google Fi will receive a number of features previously reserved for a select few. Now, all Google Fi devices, including the iPhone, support spam call warnings... Read more...
Facebook is a company that is no stranger to controversy, privacy lapses, or downright bizarre behavior that has drawn the ire of users and politicians on Capitol Hill. The company's latest misstep is likely to further tarnish the company, which just hasn't been able to catch a break during 2019. There is apparently a "bug" in the current version of the Facebook app for iOS that results in some pretty atypical behavior. According to Joshua Maddux, who first discovered the oddity and posted video evidence to Twitter, the Facebook app is actively querying the iPhone's camera in the background when scrolling through the News Feed.  If you have an iPhone, and have given the app access... Read more...
Microsoft Office and its various iterations is perhaps the most well-known and widely used office productivity suite on the planet. That popularity extends to smartphone and tablet platforms, as Office apps are available for both Android and iOS. However, in order to use the various apps within the Office family, you previously had to download each separately. Microsoft is currently testing a new version of Office that will combine all of the major software components into a single app. In this case, perennial favorites Word, Excel, and PowerPoint will be combined into a single Office Mobile app Instead of having your documents siloed within their respective apps, all of your Office documents... Read more...
Anyone who owns an iPhone 5 is being advised by Apple to apply the latest iOS update available to their handset, or else lose access to several critical features and services. Starting on November 3, iPhone 5 owners who have not applied the update will not be able to use the App Store or iCloud, and will lose various other functions. These restrictions are not heavy-handed punishments by Apple. Instead, they have to due to a "GPS time rollover issue that began affecting GPS-enabled products from other manufacturers on April 6, 2019." Certain Apple devices are affected as well, though not until just before 12:00 am UTC on November 3, 2019. "Starting just before 12:00 am UTC on November 3, 2019,... Read more...
Back in the early days of the iPhone, jailbreaking was an incredibly common practice for enthusiasts. With an iOS jailbreak and third-party app stores like Cydia, iPhone users were able to add software features and apps to their devices that Apple had yet to provide (sometimes years prior). Two things happened to shrink the jailbreak community over the years: 1) Apple became more adept at patching up security holes in a timely fashion and even began employing hackers to improve its defenses and 2) Apple has added tons of functionality to iOS that made jailbreaking not worth the time or added security risk. For those that are still adamant about jailbreaking, there is some... Read more...
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