Edward Snowden announces forthcoming prototype of device to prevent iPhone radio transmission

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Date: Friday, July 22nd, 2016, 12:36
Category: Hack, Hardware, iPhone, News, security

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Edward Snowden may be in exile from the U.S., but that doesn’t seem to be slowing him down.

Snowden, who once met with reporters in a Hong Kong hotel room to spill the NSA’s secrets and famously asked them put their phones in the fridge to block any radio signals that might be used to silently activate the devices’ microphones or cameras, has released plans to announce a prototype for a device that could stop this kind of surveillance.

On Thursday at the MIT Media Lab, Snowden and well-known hardware hacker Andrew “Bunnie” Huang plan to present designs for a case-like device that wires into your iPhone’s guts to monitor the electrical signals sent to its internal antennas and they say it could offer a constant check on whether your phone’s radios are transmitting. They say it’s an infinitely more trustworthy method of knowing your phone’s radios are off than “airplane mode,” which people have shown can be hacked and spoofed.

In short, this could stop the transmission and thus better protect the user’s privacy.

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Intel announces Kaby Lake processors, chips may arrive too late for inclusion in next-gen MacBook Pro

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Date: Friday, July 22nd, 2016, 08:46
Category: Hardware, Intel, MacBook Pro, News, Processors

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The good news is that Intel announced its seventh-generation Core processors during yesterday’s second quarter earnings call yesterday.

The bad news is that the processors, known as “Kaby Lake”, which are made via a 14-nanometer process, might not see the Mac until 2017.

Intel’s last two chip releases have been plagued with long delays, and moving away from the tick-tock cycle will allow it to push out new chip updates on a regular basis. Apple’s Macs, such as the Retina MacBook Pro and the iMac, have been impacted by Intel’s chip delays over the last few years, resulting in long periods of time between updates and unusual update cycles.

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New report sees China overtake U.S. in iOS game revenues

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Date: Friday, July 22nd, 2016, 08:58
Category: Developer, Finance, iOS, News, Software

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The Chinese app market is the world leader at this point in time, the U.S. coming in second and Japan rounding out third place.

A few months ago, App Annie reported on China passing Japan in iOS game revenues, and the firm had predicted that China would jump over the US next. This has now happened and App Annie’s newest report on iOS revenues in Q2 has revealed even more explosive growth for the country. The site noted that China managed to generate nearly double the iOS App Store Games revenue it had just a year earlier in Q2 2015.

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Apple involved in class action lawsuit alleging refurbished units were provided under AppleCare+

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Date: Thursday, July 21st, 2016, 08:29
Category: AppleCare, Hardware, Legal, News

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Well, this is kind of a mess.

On Thursday, Apple was hit with yet another class action lawsuit, the suit alleging that the company has been replacing damaged devices under AppleCare+ with refurbished units. This isn’t the first suit of its kind in this regard and similar suits have been filed in the past.

This lawsuit, filed today in California, accuses Apple of not holding true to the AppleCare+ contract, which states that devices replaced as part of the program are the “equivalent to new in performance and reliability.” The lawsuit was initiated by Vicky Maldonado and Joanne McRight.

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Apple releases Public Beta 2 for iOS 10, macOS 10.12 Sierra

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Date: Wednesday, July 20th, 2016, 16:56
Category: iOS, macOS, News, Sierra, Software

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If you’re hankering for the new beta of iOS 10 and macOS 10.12 Sierra, you’re in luck.

Members of Apple’s Beta Software Program can now install the iOS 10 public beta 2 over-the-air from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch by going to Settings > General > Software Update. On desktop, you can download and install the macOS Sierra beta from the Updates section in the Mac App Store.

The public betas closely follow the release of the third developer beta. For iOS 10, this public beta now lets you send files to iCloud Drive from Mail or Safari, subscribe to playlists in Apple Music, and tap on App Support in Siri’s Settings. Come the fall, it’s expected that the iOS 10 final version will bring a new personalized Discovery Mix to Apple Music. This feature is still missing in the second public beta, and there are no additional third-party apps for Messages. Read here to learn about the most exciting features offered by iOS 10.

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Apple Pay arrives in Hong Kong with support for American Express, MasterCard and Visa cards

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Date: Wednesday, July 20th, 2016, 07:28
Category: Apple Pay, Finance, News, retail

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Apple Pay has just rolled out in Hong Kong in a big way.

The service, which has gone online, is supported with Visa, MasterCard, and American Express cards issued by Bank of China, DBS Bank, HSBC, Standard Chartered, and Hang Seng Bank. Additionally, cards issued directly by American Express are also supported.

In the future, Apple says that Hong Kong’s Bank of East Asia and Tap & Go cards will also be supported with Apple Pay in Hong Kong, though no timetable has been given.

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Apple releases iOS 9.3.3, watchOS 2.2.2 and tvOS 9.2.1 updates

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Date: Tuesday, July 19th, 2016, 12:51
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, security, Software, TvOS, Watch OS

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In addition to Apple’s OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan update on Monday, Apple also released updates for iOS, watchOS and tvOS.

While Apple users are looking forward to the next major operating system updates, Apple is still working on the currently released products. On Monday, the company released OS updates for iOS, OS X, watchOS, and tvOS.

The iOS 9.3.3 update includes “bug fixes and improves the security” of your iOS device. The company’s online document details updates for Calendar, CoreGraphics, FaceTime, Safari, and more.

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Apple releases OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan update

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Date: Tuesday, July 19th, 2016, 07:33
Category: News, OS X, Software

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In what might be the final major update for OS X El Capitan, Apple yesterday officially released OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 through the Mac App Store for all users.

The update adds the following fixes and changes:
– Resolves an issue that may prevent settings from being saved in accounts with parental controls enabled.

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FIS, Payment Alliance International announce plans to bring Touch ID access to 70,000 ATMs across U.S.

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Date: Friday, July 15th, 2016, 10:46
Category: Apple Pay, Finance, iPhone, News, Software, Touch ID

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Touchless transactions complete with Touch ID compatibility are en route to a point of sale station near you.

FIS and Payment Alliance International have announced a new partnership that will see cardless withdrawals with Touch ID enabled at over 70,000 ATMs at stores, gas stations, restaurants, and shopping malls across the United States.

FIS Cardless Cash is a QR code-based solution that will reduce the risk of card skimming and shoulder surfing at ATMs by allowing customers to securely withdraw their funds through an iPhone app without inserting a plastic card into the machine. All transactions will require Touch ID verification as an additional layer of security.

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Zenrez allows last-minute Yoga, Pilates, Barre, TRX, and fitness class booking

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Date: Thursday, July 14th, 2016, 11:26
Category: iOS, News, Software

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If you’re looking to work out, this could be interesting.

Zenrez Corporation has released Zenrez, an iOS app that helps you book last-minute classes at your favorite yoga, pilates, barre, and fitness studios. Users pay per class with no long-term memberships or fees and come 9 PM each night, studios affiliated with the app release a limited number of last-minute offers available for booking.

Zenrez is currently available in the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Orange County, Seattle, and Pittsburgh, PA and offers access to the following studios:

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