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AceDeceiver trojan surfaces on iOS devices in Chinese marketplace, exploits weakness in FairPlay DRM

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Date: Thursday, March 17th, 2016, 08:31
Category: Hack, iOS, News, security, Software

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A new variant of iOS trojan has been found in the wild.

The trojan, named “AceDeceiver”, has been found to infect non-jailbroken iOS devices, was discovered by Palo Alto Networks and is currently affecting iOS users in China.

The malware exploits a flaw in Apple’s FairPlay digital rights management system. It apparently uses a technique called “FairPlay Man-in-the-Middle,” which has been used to spread pirated iOS apps in the past by using fake iTunes software and spoofed authorization codes to get the apps on iOS devices. The same technique is now being used to spread the AceDeceiver malware.

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Rumor: iPhone 7 Plus could incorporate 256GB SanDisk NAND flash memory chip

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Date: Wednesday, March 16th, 2016, 09:12
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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It’s been speculated that Apple could sell an iPhone 7 Plus with 256GB of storage, the NAND flash memory chip hailing from SanDisk.

Italian website HDblog has shared pictures of a SanDisk 256GB NAND flash memory chip that could be appropriate for the next-generation smartphone.

Apple has used SanDisk flash memory chips in a number of previous iPhone models, including the iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus, while other models have used NAND flash chips from Samsung, SK Hynix, and Toshiba.

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Evidence begins to point towards Energous’ development of long-range wireless charging technology for upcoming iPhone models

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Date: Wednesday, March 16th, 2016, 08:22
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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There’s evidence that Apple is looking towards a wireless charging feature for its upcoming iPhone models, albeit it’s been a bit scattered.

It was reported in January that Apple has been working on a wireless-charging technology with partners that would allow its devices to siphon power from “further away from than the charging mats used with current smartphones.”

A Morgan Stanley analyst note from February says the same thing: It expects wireless charging to be added to the iPhone in the next year or two, based on industry experts.

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iPhone 7 Plus leaked images go live, point towards hardware changes

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Date: Tuesday, March 15th, 2016, 16:45
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Pictures, Rumor

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This may just be the iPhone 7 Plus.

A leaked photo of the upcoming handset has leaked onto Chinese website Bastille Post.

The centerpiece of the photo is what appears to be a dual-lens camera as well as a protruding, pill-shaped enclosure for it, which breaks from the two separate circular openings that were rumored for the component.

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Rumor: Possible dual-camera component images surface for iPhone 7 Plus handset

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Date: Tuesday, March 15th, 2016, 09:42
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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The next-gen iPhone 7 could feature a dual-lens camera system.

A series of leaked images has indicated that the iPhone 7 Plus will feature a dual-camera component.

This morning, Taiwanese site Apple.club.tw shared images of a dual-camera module potentially destined for the iPhone 7 Plus, which matches earlier images of a dual-camera module shared in January by highlighted over the weekend by French website Nowhereelse.fr. Similar camera module photos have also been spotted on Chinese social networking site Weibo.

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Justice Department mentions that it could compel Apple for iOS source code to create back door to unlock San Bernadino iPhone 5c

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Date: Tuesday, March 15th, 2016, 08:00
Category: iPhone, Legal, News, security

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The Justice Department is now stating that it could potentially demand Apple hand over iOS source code and a signing key in the San Bernadino iPhone case.

A recent court filing states that the Justice Department made the proposal as a footnote in a recent rebuttal of Apple’s arguments in the case. In the brief, government laywers said they have so far pursued their current strategy — asking Apple to build a passcode limit break for the FBI — because they thought handing over code would be “less palatable” to the company.

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Possible 4-inch iPhone SE – or detailed knockoff – seen in wild in Chinese marketplace

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Date: Monday, March 14th, 2016, 09:48
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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Just one week before the Apple media event, the staff members of Beeep caught what might have been the 4-inch iPhone SE – or a very detailed knockoff – in the wild over in Huaqiangbei Shenzhen China, the so-called “silicon valley of hardware”.

They sent along pictures and video.

Take a gander.

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Intel’s 3D Xpoint architecture could find its way into Mac notebooks fairly quickly, be significantly faster than NAND Flash storage

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Date: Monday, March 14th, 2016, 08:37
Category: Hardware, Intel, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, News

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This could lead to something really nifty for your Mac notebook.

Last summer, Intel announced 3D Xpoint, a new class of memory labeled as a “major breakthrough in memory process technology.” 3D Xpoint is 1,000 times faster and more durable than NAND Flash storage, as well as 10 times denser than the DRAM chips used in computers.

The transistor-free cross point architecture essentially creates a three-dimensional checkerboard withers memory cells sit at the intersection of word lines and bit lines, allowing the cells to be addressed individually. As a result, data can be written and read in small sizes, leading to faster and more efficient read/write processes.

Intel had stated that the first 3D Xpoint product would be solid in early 2016 and marketed under the product name of its “Octane solid state drives”. Interestingly enough, 3D Xpoint is compatible with NVM Express (NVMe), an SSD protocol that offers improved latency and performance over the older AHCI protocol.

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Apple announces media event for Monday, March 21st at 10 AM

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Date: Friday, March 11th, 2016, 08:00
Category: Apple TV, iOS, iPad, iPhone, News

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Give it enough time and eventually Apple catches up to the rumors.

Apple has announced a special event for members of the press at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 21st, at the company’s headquarters in Cupertino.

The event will be streamed via apple.com and can be accessed from any Mac running OS X 10.8.5 or later with Safari 6.0.5 or later, any PC running Windows 10 with Microsoft’s Edge browser, any iOS device running iOS 7 or later or any Apple TV from the second-gen on.

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Proposed California State Assembly Bill could work against smartphone encryption

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Date: Friday, March 11th, 2016, 07:22
Category: Android, Google, iPhone, News, security, Software

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For California smartphone users, this hits pretty close to home.

Assembly Bill 1681, a California State Assembly bill, would ban default encryption on all smartphones. The bill, introduced in January by Assemblymember Jim Cooper, would require any smartphone sold in California “to be capable of being decrypted and unlocked by its manufacturer or its operating system provider.” This could be even more drastic than what’s going on with Apple’s legal showdown in the San Bernadino iPhone unlocking case.

Both Apple and Google currently encrypt smartphones running their iOS and Android operating systems by default. A.B. 1681 would undo this default, penalizing manufacturers and providers of operating systems $2,500 per device that cannot be decrypted at the time of sale.

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