iOS researcher finds WhatsApp leaves traces of conversations behind

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Date: Friday, July 29th, 2016, 16:05
Category: iOS, News, privacy, security, Software

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Well, at least the world of tech security isn’t boring.

Upon examining disk images taken from the most recent version of the app, iOS researcher Jonathan Zdiarski discovered that the software retains and stores a forensic trace of the chat logs even after the chats have been deleted, creating a potential treasure trove of information for anyone with physical access to the device. The same data could also be recoverable through any remote backup systems in place.

In most cases, the data is marked as deleted by the app itself — but because it has not been overwritten, it is still recoverable through forensic tools. Zdziarski attributed the problem to the SQLite library used in coding the app, which does not overwrite by default.

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Rumor: Apple to open iPhone 7 preorders on Friday, September 9th

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Date: Thursday, July 28th, 2016, 07:05
Category: iPhone, Rumor

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Friday, September 9th might be the first day the next-gen iPhone is available for preorder.

Noted blogger Evan Blass on Wednesday stated that Apple is looking to start preorders for the device on Friday, Sept. 9.

Blass reported the supposed “iPhone 7” preorder date through Twitter without attribution. Last week, the blogger claimed Apple’s next iPhone would ship out to stores the week of Sept. 12, or more specifically by Friday, Sept. 19.

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Microsoft releases Pix, goes toe to toe with built-in iOS camera app

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Date: Wednesday, July 27th, 2016, 16:26
Category: iOS, Microsoft, News, Software

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Microsoft is attempting to hone in on the iPhone camera’s turf.

The tech giant’s research arm has launched Pix, which enhances the photos that users take in a variety of ways, on Wednesday morning. The app is designed to make photos look better and even improves on Apple’s Live Photos ability to capture scenes that have moving elements in them.

The free app is now available on the iOS App Store and is particularly well-suited to take pictures of people, and is built to make adjustments to a photo on the fly as the scene changes. That way, the exposure of an image should always be tuned to the right conditions. It recognizes faces and uses Microsoft’s Hyperlapse technology to stabilize video shot with the app as well.

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Rumor: Next-gen iPhone to feature Space Black color option, capacitative Home button

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Date: Wednesday, July 27th, 2016, 08:16
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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The next-gen iPhone could feature a capacitive Home button as well as a Space Black color option.

A new report from Macotakara which cites supply chain sources states that the iPhone 7 will feature a capacitive Home button with support for 3D Touch. This means that the home button would not actually be a moving part, though users would still feel as if they were pushing a button thanks to haptic feedback similar to that of the Force Touch trackpad on recent MacBooks.

The updated Home button would also be flush with the front of the iPhone. This, paired with the removal of the headphone jack, would go a long way towards seeing that the next-gen iPhone was even more sealed and waterproof.

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Apple announces $42.4 billion in revenue, $7.8 billion profit for Q3 2016

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Date: Tuesday, July 26th, 2016, 14:42
Category: Apple Pay, Finance, iOS, iPad, iPad Pro, iPhone, macOS, News, Sierra, Siri

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You know, in most businesses, a quarterly profit of $7.8 billion would be considered a good thing.

In Apple’s frame of mind, this isn’t that stellar.

In today’s Q3 2016 conference call, representatives from Apple cited revenues of $42.4 billion, a profit of $7.8 billion with a margin of 38 percent.

Apple CEO Tim Cook cited the successful launch of the iPhone SE, wherein demand outstripped capacity at first. Additional capacity was brought online to handle this.

Cook cited an 8 percent decline in iPhone sales from Q3 2015.

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Prisma app becomes unavailable, rumors swirl as to potential buyout

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Date: Tuesday, July 26th, 2016, 11:09
Category: iOS, News, Rumor, Software

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The rumors have begun circulating.

Prisma, the insanely popular photo filter which adds powerful and pretty easily used art and rendering tools via neural networks and an artificial intelligence configuration to photographs, appears to have crashed under the weight of its aforementioned popularity.

A series of error messages have stated that the app is over the capacity as to what it can handle for its user base, which has given rise to speculation as to the future of the app.

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CarPlay, Android Auto functionality included in all 2017 vehicles with SYNC 3

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Date: Tuesday, July 26th, 2016, 07:37
Category: Android, CarPlay, Google, iOS, iPhone, News

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You’ll be able to use CarPlay as well as Android auto in Ford’s entire line of 2017 cars, SUVs, light trucks and electric vehicles.

On Monday, the company announced that it will bring CarPlay to already-released 2017 models such as the Fusion, Mustang, and Explorer, while other models like the 2017 F-150, Focus, Edge, and Super Duty will arrive at U.S. dealerships later this year.

Ford confirmed in January that it would be adding CarPlay and Android Auto to all of its 2017 vehicles in North America equipped with BlackBerry’s QNX-based SYNC 3 platform, starting with the 2017 Escape in May.

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Rumor: Apple to release next-gen iPhone on Friday, September 16th, “iPhone 6SE” name in the running

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Date: Monday, July 25th, 2016, 08:19
Category: iPhone, Rumor

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The latest iPhone 7 rumors are in, complete with reporter and leak enthusiast Evan Blass claiming the next-gen handset will be released the week of September 12th. Blass specifically cited that the new iPhone will hit the shelves on Friday, September 16th.

This would put it a bit earlier than usual, as the previous generation of iPhone was released on September 25th last year, the iPhone 6 debuted on September 19th in 2014 and the 2013 iPhone 5s was September 20th.

With a sooner-than-usual release date for retail availability, this also pushes the expected date for Apple’s media press announcement.

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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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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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