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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...
It looks as though Amazon was the first company to blink with regards to its ongoing feud with Google. Back in 2015, Amazon removed devices like the Chromecast and the Google Nexus Player from its massive online marketplace. Amazon’s reasoning at the time was that the devices, which lacked support for Amazon Video, could confuse customers and lead them to possibly return the devices after the couldn't access Amazon's streaming media services. "Over the last three years, Prime Video has become an important part of Prime," Amazon said at the time. "It’s important that the streaming media... Read more...
As promised, Apple's brand-new iMac Pro is now available for purchase. While the iMac Pro looks like the more plebeian iMac with respect to design (albeit with a darker, space gray finish), its innards are in a completely different league. The iMac Pro is available across the board with Intel Xeon W processors (available in 8-, 10-, 14- and 18-core configurations) and AMD Radeon Pro Vega graphics cards. Other specs that are common with all configurations include a 27.5-inch 5K display, SSD storage, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, 10Gb Ethernet, dual Thunderbolt 3 controllers and a UHS-II SDXC reader.... Read more...
Apple is dipping into its $1 billion Advanced Manufacturing Fund and awarding $390 million to Finisar, a leading manufacturer of optical communications components, the company announced today. With that massive cash infusion, Finisar will be able to exponentially increase its research and development spending, along with its high volume production of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) that power some of the features on Apple's iPhone X enabled by its TrueDepth camera. "VCSELs power some of the most sophisticated technology we’ve ever developed and we’re thrilled to partner... Read more...
Apple first announced its professional market-minded iMac Pro at WWDC in June, and six months later, the company is finally getting around to releasing the computer. Apple confirmed today that the all-in-one iMac Pro will be available starting December 14th, and it will have a starting price of $4,999 (which was previously known). The original iMac family has been an unabashed consumer-centric machine with admirable processing performance, and passable graphics (even offering dedicated GPUs in some configurations). However, the iMac Pro throws everything but the kitchen sink at the all-in-one form-factor,... Read more...
There is quite a controversy brewing in the Apple community today, and it is specifically related to the batteries and the performance of older iPhones. It's a given that a smartphone's battery performance will deteriorate over time, but some iPhone users are alleging that not only have their iPhones lost battery life over the years (which is to be expected), but that overall system performance has also suffered as a result. A reddit thread has popped up in which redditor TeckFire alleges that his iPhone 6 Plus had been slug-like in performance since upgrading to iOS 11. Anecdotally, iPhone users... Read more...
Apple's director of AI, Ruslan Salakhutdinov, was on hand at the Neural Information Processing Systems conference, a large AI-focused academic event held recently in California. During the chat, Salakhutdinov talked about Apple's AI projects and several of them were related to autonomous driving pursuits. One of the projects that was talked about had to do with a system trained to recognize pedestrians and other vehicles from 3D-point cloud information. This project had been disclosed by Apple previously, however, a couple of the projects that Salakhutdinov covered were not previously revealed.... 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...
It has been a rough few weeks for Apple with regards to its major software platforms. The latest black mark against the company comes in the form of a zero-day vulnerability that was discovered in Apple's HomeKit implantation in iOS 11.2. The vulnerability was first brought to public light by 9to5Mac, and is reportedly highly difficult to reproduce. Nonetheless, it allows for an unauthorized user to gain control of smart home devices connects via HomeKit. Given that the connected-accessories that are compatible with HomeKit extend to security cameras, smart locks, garage door openers and thermostats,... 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...
Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? Whoever said it was full of you-know-what, as Apple just proved by adding support for Amazon Prime Video on its Apple TV streaming set-top box. At long last, Amazon Prime Video is available in the tvOS App Store, joining the likes of Netflix, Hulu, and many other apps. So, what took so freaking long to get to this point? Call it a case of clashing titans. While the Apple TV has long supported popular streaming services such as YouTube, HBO Go, and others, Amazon Prime Video was not invited to the party, even though Apple wanted to bring as many streaming... Read more...
The iPhone X might be the flagship of Apple's smartphone family, but that doesn't mean that it comes out on top in Consumer Reports' latest round of testing. In fact, the iPhone X ranked behind two current generation flagship smartphones from Samsung and two of its newer iPhone siblings. First, let's start off with the iPhone X's positives, which include its gorgeous 5.8-inch OLED display (which is manufactured by Samsung). It was praised for its deep black tones and minimal clarity degradation when viewing the display from off angles. Although the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus were also deemed to... Read more...
Apple iPhone X production has stabilized more than a month after the flagship smartphone was initially made available to customers. Shipping times that originally were estimated at 5 to 6 weeks have now shrunk down to just one week from the time an order is placed. That tightening up of the delivery window also means that Apple has now made available a SIM-free version of the iPhone X. As with previous generation iPhones, the SIM-free version of the iPhone X is compatible with both CDMA and GSM networks. In addition, you are not tied to any particular carrier, and are free to jump from carrier... Read more...
One of the fancy new features of the iPhone X has repeatedly come under fire. We are talking about Face ID, the biometric security feature that Apple touted as being highly secure. Face ID allows iPhone X users to sign into their phones without entering a password or PIN code. However, there is growing concern about the amount of data Face ID might be sharing with third-party apps. This was a concern that surfaced several weeks ago, as it came to light that Apple's policy is to let developers access any necessary facial data if they are granted permission by the customer, and agree not to sell... Read more...
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