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.
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.
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.
It’s a rumor, but it’s got some interesting elements to it.
Following Apple’s acquisition of LinX Imaging last year, Apple could be in line to use the Huawei P9 dual-lens camera system in its next-gen iPhone. The P9, created in a partnership with Leica, users two 12-megapixel cameras. One camera captures a normal color image, while the second takes a monochrome image that allows for more focus on the lighting of a scene. The advantage, Huawei claims, is a better overall image with higher clarity and professional camera-like quality.
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.
Apple may be dropping Samsung as the manufacturer for its next-gen iPhone processors in favor of TSMC.
Back in February, it was rumored that TSMC would be the sole supplier of the A10 chip in the iPhone 7. A new report from Korea claims that the same is true of the A11 chip destined for next year’s iPhone.
At present, TSMC is already the exclusive provider of the A10 chip slated to power the next-gen iPhone. TSMC is also rumored to be the sole supplier for the A11 processor for future iOS devices.
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.
On Thursday, a set of leaked pictures shows an alleged iPhone 7. While there’s a chance this might be a clone that tends to emerge before a new iPhone launch, a video posted on Chinese website Weibo shows a similar design to previous leaks.
The device in the video below shows many of the characteristics we’ve seen in previous photos allegedly showing next-gen iPhone components. Most notably, those include a larger camera opening — the iPhone 7 is rumored to include a new and improved camera system —the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack, and redesigned antenna lines that are repositioned from across the back of the device to along the edge.
Other leaks have shown an even larger camera opening than the one shown in the video as well as other features like a Smart Connector and the removal of the classic mute switch. The larger camera opening could possibly be reserved for the dual-camera system expected to arrive on only some of the new models. In the video, the mute switch is once again present.
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: