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FBI director Comey says purchased hack tool will only unlock iPhone 5c units running iOS 9

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Date: Thursday, April 7th, 2016, 08:07
Category: iPhone, Legal, News, privacy, security, Software

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The tool the FBI bought to crack the San Bernadino shooter’s iPhone 5c can only be used on an iPhone 5c running iOS 9.

According to FBI director James Comey, the tool will not work on the iPhone 5s or 6 series, a statement Comey offered during a speech late Wednesday at Kenyon College.

The government is considering whether it should disclose to Apple the flaw that aided the hack: “We just haven’t decided yet,” he said at the Ohio college’s Center for the Study of American Democracy.

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FBI unsure if unlocked San Bernadino iPhone data may be useful

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Date: Thursday, April 7th, 2016, 07:14
Category: iPhone, News, security

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The good news is that the FBI was able to unlock the San Bernadino shooter’s iPhone 5c.

The bad news is that it might not be a treasure trove of information.

According to a recent report, despite having had access to all the data on the phone for more than a week, the FBI has apparently not yet found anything of value.

FBI general counsel James Baker told an International Association of Privacy Professionals conference that it was “too early” to say whether anything useful would be found, and that it may or may not choose to reveal the answer once it is certain.

“We’re now doing an analysis of that data, as we would in any other type of criminal terrorism investigation,’’ Mr. Baker said, adding: “That means we would follow logical leads.” But because the agency has only had access to the data for a short period of time, he said “it’s simply too early’’ to say whether anything found on the phone has been valuable to investigators […]

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Apple releases Safari Technology Preview for download

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Date: Wednesday, April 6th, 2016, 11:58
Category: Developer, iOS, News, OS X, Software

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It’s time to feel included.

Apple has opened its Safari Technology Preview to the public, allowing developers and non-developers alike to download the latest builds of the web browser for OS X and iOS. The Technology Preview includes the latest layout technologies, visual effects, and developer tools so you can provide input on how they are implemented and deliver a best-in-class user experience on all Apple devices.

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Apple releases server-side patch to Siri bug allowing access to photos, contacts under iOS 9.3.1

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Date: Wednesday, April 6th, 2016, 08:42
Category: iOS, News, security, Software

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A Siri-based vulnerability that allowed access to a user’s photos and contacts under the right conditions under iOS 9.3.1 has been patched server-side by Apple.

Shared recently by Jose Rodriguez, the vulnerability used Siri’s ability to access Twitter to find an email link or phone number, which could be pressed to open up an editable list of contacts even on a device that was locked. Through access to contacts, a user’s full photo library was also visible.

The vulnerability relied on Siri to perform a Twitter search and could give direct access to photos and contacts/ The method appears to have been disabled on all devices as of today.

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Apple Pay now supported by Barclays, all major UK banks

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Date: Tuesday, April 5th, 2016, 08:00
Category: Apple Pay, Apple Watch, Finance, iPhone, News, Software, Wearables

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Apple appears to have locked down Barclays and the major UK banks for Apple Pay.

Barclays has announced that the bank has finally gone live and launched its support for Apple’s mobile payments service. This means that every major bank in the UK now supports Apple Pay, a big win for a country that already has wide availability of contactless merchant terminals in many stores.

Barclays customers can open the Wallet app on their iPhone and configure Apple Pay for their account on any iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and the new iPhone SE.

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SquareTrade completes iPhone SE durability tests, finds device less durable than iPhone 6s, 6s plus

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Date: Monday, April 4th, 2016, 08:52
Category: Hardware, iPhone, iPhone SE, News

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How durable is your new iPhone SE?

The best answer might be “fair to middling”.

Recently, extended warranty provider SquareTrade subjected the iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus to a series of excessive bend, drop, tumble, and water tests, and the results show that its compact design does not necessarily make it more durable than the slimmer 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones.

The company noted that the iPhone SE bent at 160 pounds of pressure as opposed to the 170 pounds that the iPhone 6s began to bend at. Moreover, at 178 pounds, the iPhone SE reached “catastrophic failure,” whereas the iPhone 6s Plus was only beginning to bend under the pressure.

The iPhone SE permanently shut off after less than one minute when submerged under five feet of water, whereas the iPhone 6s survived for 30 minutes and only lost audio. The iPhone 6s Plus, in turn, began malfunctioning after 10 minutes. (more…)

Fantastical 2.2 features highlighted, explained

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Date: Friday, April 1st, 2016, 11:55
Category: News, Software

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The spiffy people over at Flexibits have been busy and have finished a hefty number of updates to one of our favorite applications, Fantastical.

Fantastical, which has been updated to version 2.2, adds the following updates and changes which are explained via the following YouTube masterpiece:

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iFixit posts iPhone SE teardown, notes impressive battery, silicone seals, other features

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Date: Friday, April 1st, 2016, 08:36
Category: Hardware, iPhone, iPhone SE, News

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The cool cats at iFixit have found some interesting stuff within the iPhone SE.

The company, which posted its own teardown, but also installed an iPhone 5s display into the iPhone SE, noting that the display from the older model fits and functions perfectly into Apple’s new handset. iFixit also noted that the parts are interchangeable between the loudspeaker, SIM card tray and vibration motor.

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Apple releases iOS 9.3.1 update, looks to fix iOS 9 link crashes

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Date: Thursday, March 31st, 2016, 16:25
Category: iOS, News, Software

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Following more than a week of uproar regarding the universal links bugs, Apple released iOS 9.3.1 on Thursday. The update looks to repair a web link crashing issue that has affecting many iOS 9 users.

The update is available as an over-the-air update for all iOS 9 users and it can also be downloaded through iTunes. Shortly after iOS 9.3 was released, a number of iPhone and iPad users found Safari, Mail, Messages, Notes, Chrome and some other pre-installed and third-party apps would crash or freeze after tapping or long pressing on a web link. While most users affected were on iOS 9.3, some customers on earlier versions of iOS also complained of crashing problems.

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New York case could push DOJ to tell Apple how FBI unlocked San Bernadino iPhone

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Date: Thursday, March 31st, 2016, 09:57
Category: iPhone, Legal, News, security

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Apple might be able to learn how the FBI unlocked the iPhone 5c used in the San Bernadino shooting if a New York lawsuit goes through.

To date, the FBI has remained mum as to how it unlocked the iPhone without Apple’s help, halting its court case against Apple. Interestingly, the unlocking brought a temporary halt to a second case in New York. There the Department of Justice was using the same All Writs Act argument in a Brooklyn court (above) to demand Apple help it unlock another iPhone in an unrelated drugs case.

That case was deferred in order to await the outcome of the FBI’s unlock attempt.

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