Niantic announces crackdowns, bans on Pokémon Go hackers, cheaters

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Date: Monday, August 15th, 2016, 05:06
Category: Fun, Hack, iOS, News, Software

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Pokémon Go players who are found to be cheating have begun facing both punishment and permanent bans.

Game maker Niantic, the developer behind mobile sensation Pokémon Go, is now issuing permanent bans to players who violate its terms of service. Though TOS violations vary, these bans appear to be directed at cheaters who rely on GPS spoofing, bots, and other software techniques that allow Pokémon Go to be played beyond the realm of Niantic’s design parameters.

For instance, GPS spoofing lets you trick a smartphone into thinking you’re located in a different country, allowing you to catch pokémon that may be more easily located in that area or restricted to certain regions. Bots, on the other hand, let you automate portions of the game.

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Google submits FCC filing, looks to expand wireless Fiber testing to 24 U.S. cities

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Date: Monday, August 15th, 2016, 05:18
Category: Google, News, wireless

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Speedy wireless broadband is coming your way via Google.

In a recent Federal Communications Commission filing, Google noted that it has been testing a new wireless-transmission technology using the 3.5-GHz band in Kansas City, but the heavily redacted FCC filing suggests that it wants to dramatically expand to testing “experimental transmitters” at up to 24 US locations, including Provo, Utah, Omaha, Nebraska, and Boulder, Colorado, for a period of 24 months.

Google is requesting authorization to operate between the 3.4 and 3.8 GHz band.

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Iran may begin allowing iPhone imports, timeline for this yet to be be announced

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Date: Friday, August 12th, 2016, 07:07
Category: iPhone, News, retail

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It looks like the iPhone may finally be coming to Iran.

The local media has reported that Iran is preparing to allow local retailers to import iPhones legally for the first time. Just last month, the country was threatening to ban the devices in what it was calling an anti-smuggling move. All that threat did in turn, however, was drive up the price of iPhones already in the country and actually increase smuggling.

The nation’s trade industry has requested licenses from the Traded Promoted Organization and requested licenses for nine Iranian companies to import the iPhone. Apple does not have any kind of presence within Iran itself, so this is a bit strange.

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Apple patent hints at wearable device sporting electrocardiographic features

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Date: Thursday, August 11th, 2016, 14:20
Category: Apple, Hardware, News, Patents

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Apple may in fact be working on an EEG device or functionality.

A recently published Apple patent application filing for an electrocardiogram device suitable for consumer use reinforces the company’s continued moves into the healthcare monitoring business.

The patent application addresses a wearable, not specifically the Apple Watch, that can be used on any limb of the body, and compensates automatically for differences in electrocardiographic measurements on side of the body, or distance from the heart. The measurement is started by the user pressing a surface electrode on the device, with the measurements and data correction necessary taking place after a period of measurement.

There’s no direct sign of the Apple Watch within the filing and the device is replaced by a generic graphic of a wearable technology in the diagrams.

A rumor on Tuesday suggested that Apple was looking at developing an entirely new piece of health-tracking hardware for a launch in 2017. The report pointed to a product that would “accurately collect users’ personal daily life including heart rate, pulse, blood sugar changes and other information.”

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Exodus Intelligence announces bounties up to $500,000 for zero-day vulnerability flaw discoveries in iOS 9.3 and higher

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Date: Thursday, August 11th, 2016, 13:18
Category: Hack, iOS, News, security, Software

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Forget the $200,000 bounty Apple is offering for information regarding zero-day vulnerabilities in iOS, a new security firm is offering up to $500,000 per discovery.

On Tuesday, Texas-based Exodus Intelligence said it will give between $5,000 and $500,000 for zero-day vulnerabilities relating to iOS version 9.3 and higher.

These zero-days are software flaws that have gone undetected by Apple, making them potentially very valuable, especially for cyber criminals who can use them to hack iOS devices.

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Netflix releases FAST Speed Test app for iOS, Android

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Date: Wednesday, August 10th, 2016, 14:02
Category: Android, iOS, News, Software

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This could come in handy.

Netflix has just released an iTunes and Android app for fast.com, its Internet speed test web site. With this, Netflix members and non-members alike can test their Internet connection speeds that offer accurate, reliable scores from just about any device.

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Apple releases fifth iOS beta to developer community

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Date: Tuesday, August 9th, 2016, 12:14
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software

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They’re getting closer to an iOS 10 release.

On Tuesday, Apple released its fifth beta for iOS 10 developers.

Registered developers can go to Settings > General > Software Update and snag it as needed.

The fifth beta releases include mostly bug fixes for iOS 10. For example, it fixes an issue iPhone 6s users were having when connected to the Smart Battery Case, and third-party apps can play music even if the Music app has been hidden.

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Pokemon Go updated, adds experimental new Tracker feature among changes

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Date: Tuesday, August 9th, 2016, 07:18
Category: iOS, News, privacy, security, Software

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The good news is that Pokemon Go just received a hefty update and is now up to version 1.3.0.

The bad news is that this game seems to be tracking its players in impressive new ways.

A series of leaked screenshots from the new experimental “Tracker” program seems to be showing Pokemon Go players near specific PokeStops.

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Samsung patent caught using Apple Watch figures in descriptions

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Date: Friday, August 5th, 2016, 16:38
Category: Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Patents, Samsung, Wearables

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Ok, well, this is just plain embarrassing.

After years of legal patent-based squabbles between Apple and Samsung, a recently published Samsung patent application surfaced entitled “Wearable Device” featuring form factor patent figures that were actually Apple Watch designs

The Samsung patent, first discovered by Patently Apple, presents patent figures that are clearly Apple Watch designs with its classic backside charging mechanism that Samsung doesn’t incorporate and various Apple band styles. Nowhere in the patent do they reference the designs as being from Apple.

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Apple to launch Bug Bounty program, will pay up to $200,000 to hackers, cryptographers and researchers depending on bugs found

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Date: Friday, August 5th, 2016, 07:27
Category: Developer, Hacks, iOS, macOS, News, security, Software, TvOS, Watch OS

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Ok, this is pretty neat.

Yesterday at the Black Hat conference, an annual event designed for the global InfoSec community, Apple’s head of security engineering Ivan Krstic announced the launch of a bug bounty program that will see Apple paying money to individuals who discover major bugs and security flaws in the company’s software.

Many major technology companies like Google and Microsoft offer bug bounty programs to encourage people to discover and report major vulnerabilities, but until now, Apple has declined to provide a similar program.

The new program is part of an effort to open Apple’s software up to hackers, researchers and cryptographers who want to improve upon it and Apple will be offering up to $200,000 to researchers depending on the bug discovered. Secure boot firmware components will earn $200,000 at the high end, while smaller vulnerabilities, like access from a sandboxed process to user data outside of the sandbox, will earn $25,000.

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