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One week ago, we brought you news of an exploit discovered by a Google Project Zero researcher that had the potential to jailbreak iPhones. Jailbreaking allows users to install unsupported and unauthorized applications and services on an iPhone, but also leaves the devices more vulnerability to malware and other security risks. At the time, it was thought that the exploit would allow for a tethered jailbreak, meaning that the device would need to be hooked up to a computer with a USB cable each time that it was rebooted (to reinject the code). Earlier this week, the Project Zero researcher, Ian... Read more...
While Apple may be grabbing the [biometric] headlines with its Face ID authentication system in the iPhone X, one company is looking to enhance existing fingerprint sensors for a new generation of flagship smartphones. Synaptics announced that it has perfected an under-the-display fingerprint scanner with what it calls Clear ID Optical Sensors. These are the world's fingerprint sensors of its kind to enter mass production for smartphones. Synaptics says that it will have branded smartphones available for demos at CES 2018 and that mass production will start with a top five OEM. The... Read more...
Way back in the day -- dating back to just after the release of the first iPhone -- hackers chipped away at the security defenses in iOS to give users functionality that was lacking in the default software. This practice is known as jailbreaking, and it is something that Apple unsurprisingly frowns upon since it breaks through its “walled garden”. Ian Beer, a researcher working for Google's Project Zero team, announced via a tweet that he has discovered an exploit that could jailbreak devices running iOS 11.1.2 or older. Project Zero is tasked with finding bugs in competing software,... Read more...
There are rumors flying right now that Apple is working on a new lower cost iPhone, for 2018 that will ditch the glass back design of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus and use metal like last year's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Many Apple fans weren't happy with the glass back on the new iPhone models because it opens both the front and back of the device up to expensive repairs in the case of an accidental drop. According to sources claiming to be "privy to the company's product designs" the 2018 iPhone models will include two OLED models with a 6.2 or 6.3-inch screen. The LCD model with the... Read more...
Apple has rolled out an update for iOS bringing the current version to iOS 11.2, and it supports some nice new features that iPhone and iPad users will appreciate. The big new feature here is support for Apple Pay Cash. This Apple Pay Cash feature allows for peer-to-peer money transfers in a move that makes Apple Pay more like PayPal. The catch right now is that the backend support for Apple Pay Cash isn’t up and running just yet. This means that despite iOS supporting peer-to-peer payments, the back end needed to make those transfers isn't live. Presumably, it will go live soon, but there... Read more...
Apple and Qualcomm are battling in court right now over alleged patent infringement. The legal war shows no signs of letting up as Apple this week countersued Qualcomm, alleging that it was infringing on Apple patents. Qualcomm has now pulled out some old Palm patents in an attempt to get the ITC to ban Apple's fresh iPhone 8 and iPhone X. Qualcomm filed the complaint in the U.S. district Court for the Southern District of California and alleges that Apple is infringing on five patents, with four of them originating from Palm. That other patent is from a patent portfolio that was previously... Read more...
Today is Black Friday and if you are braving the crowds looking for some smoking deals on tech products, you will want to check out Walmart. The retail giant has some smoking deals on various models of iPhones for Black Friday. The retailer is offering a whopping $300 gift card on iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus smartphones. Buy any of those devices for $0 down and get a $300 gift card that you can use in store. You could use that gift card for anything you want at Walmart, so if you're not interested in spending the "cash" on more electronics, you could... Read more...
Here we go again. In 2016, authorities tried to legally compel Apple to unlock an iPhone model that belonged to one of the terrorists in the San Bernardino shooting that left more than a dozen people dead. Apple resisted, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation dropped its lawsuit before the legal matter had a chance to fully play out in court. That may still happen, as authorities in Texas have searched Apple with a search warrant for various data contained on an iPhone belonging to Devin Patrick Kelley, the person behind the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs. Kelley slaughtered 26 people in... Read more...
Apple's latest top-end iPhone may cost a cool $1,000 USD, but that hasn't stopped it from flying off of the shelves and into the hands of those who couldn't imagine not having the best possible iPhone available. Whether you like its design, its speed, or leading-edge technologies (like face recognition), the iPhone X has myriad features that comprise what is an otherwise very alluring smartphone, despite its cost. It seems that not everything is heavenly about Apple's new iPhone X, however.  There are usually a few caveats with every new device that in fact may not affect you personally, and... Read more...
Future iPhone models could go whole-hog with Intel's 5G modem, rather than splitting orders between Intel for GSM models (AT&T and T-Mobile) and Qualcomm's for CDMA phones (Sprint and Verizon). as is present the case. Citing an unnamed source, Fast Company says Apple's iPhone engineers have been working with Intel's team on hardware that uses the next generation wireless broadband technology. Likewise, Apple's communication with Qualcomm, the top supplier of modem chipsets, has been comparatively limited. That likely has to do with the ongoing legal battle between the two companies that started... Read more...
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...
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...
Amazon has become a sort of one-stop-shop when it comes to buying just about anything you can imagine from clothing to furniture to electronics to food to car parts. The company is really looking to enhance the shopping experience by allowing customers to see how certain products will look in their home before they purchase them. To achieve this, Amazon has launched a new feature for its iOS app that is called AR View. AR View works in a myriad of product categories including furniture, electronics, toys, games, home décor, and others. This new AR View feature is much better than the AR Stickers... Read more...
Apple's decision to launch three different iPhone models has been met with a bit of intrigue since the plan originally came to light. Many figured that iPhone 8 sales might be sluggish as people held off for the fancier iPhone X. In China this has proven particularly true, as two major online retailers in China are already offering big discounts on the device to try and move iPhone 8 stock. Chinese e-tailer Suning.com is offering the iPhone 8 with discounts as large as 1,100 yuan, which works out to about $165.50 off the device. That discount makes it cheaper than pricing offered on the... Read more...
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