Hacker group claims iPhone X Face ID feature can be fooled with mask technique

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Date: Tuesday, November 14th, 2017, 03:16
Category: Face ID, Hack, Hardware, iPhone, News, security

It’s been noted that Apple’s the iPhone X’s Face ID feature can be fooled by an identical twin. Now it looks like a mask might do the trick as well.

On Friday, Vietnamese security firm Bkav released a blog post and video showing that—by all appearances—they’d cracked Face ID with a composite mask of 3-D-printed plastic, silicone, makeup, and simple paper cutouts, which in combination tricked an iPhone X into unlocking. That demonstration, which has yet to be confirmed publicly by other security researchers, could poke a hole in the expensive security of the iPhone X, particularly given that the researchers say their mask cost just $150 to make.

The hack stands as a proof-of-concept for the time being, so the average iPhone owner isn’t at grave risk.

Bkav, offered the following comments:

“Apple has done this not so well. Face ID can be fooled by mask, which means it is not an effective security measure.”

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Some users experiencing “crackling earpiece” issue with iPhone X units

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Date: Monday, November 13th, 2017, 03:34
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

There are always going to be some issues with a brand new handset and the iPhone X doesn’t seem to be exempt from this rule.

A number of users have reported what appears to be crackling and buzzing coming from the iPhone X’s earpiece speaker.

One commenter reported that he notices the crackling when playing stuff at “near max volume or when putting people on speakerphone.” Another commenter references the same issue and says he’s experiencing “fidelity issues and cracking when using the speakerphone at high volumes.”

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Some iPhone X units showing mysterious green lines on OLED display

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Date: Monday, November 13th, 2017, 03:44
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Samsung

Some users of the new iPhone X have been encountering what could be a hardware-related glitch with the OLED.

A number of users haver reported green lines along the left or right side of the OLED display, according to various accounts on social media.

The lines appear to be developing after use, in at least one case just the space of a day. Complaints have arisen on Reddit, Twitter, Apple’s support forums and elsewhere.

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Forbes posts initial Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals on Apple products

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Date: Friday, November 10th, 2017, 03:43
Category: Apple Watch, iPad, iPhone, MacBook Pro, News, retail, Wearables

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are almost upon us.

That being said, Forbes’ Gordon Kelly has put together a list of shopping tips to help you save this year.

The guide veers away from the Apple Store, which typically doesn’t offer enormous savings, and focuses heavily on Walmart, Best Buy, Target, Kohl’s and Sam’s Club. In the case of Kohl’s, Kelly points out that Kohl’s Cash helps provide additional savings, especially after you’ve spent a given amount of money within the store.

Kelly also points out that there are savings to be had through B&H Photo Video, MacMall, and Newegg.

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Rumor: Apple working on augmented reality headset for 2020 release

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Date: Thursday, November 9th, 2017, 03:42
Category: Augmented Reality, Developer, Hardware, Processors, Rumor

It looks like Apple may be betting on an augmented reality headset.

The company is said to be working to have the technology ready for an augmented-reality headset in 2019 and could ship a product as early as 2020.

Unlike the current generation of virtual reality headsets that use a smartphone as the engine and screen, Apple’s device will have its own display and run on a new chip and operating system, according to sources close to the story. The development timeline is very aggressive and could still change, said the people, who requested anonymity to speak freely about a private matter.

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Warby Parker’s Glasses app for iOS uses iPhone X camera to map your face, recommend glasses for you

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Date: Thursday, November 9th, 2017, 03:47
Category: Hardware, iOS, iPhone, News, Software

Ok, this is pretty neat.

Even if the iPhone X has been out for less than a week, a few apps are already taking advantage of the handset’s face mapping technology.

In the case of glasses retailer Warby Parker, the company is combining its app with the iPhone X’s camera to take maps of people’s faces, and use that data to recommend styles of glasses that will best fit your face. This goes a step beyond the digital try on system the company had previously offered, which made an effort to place a virtual pair of glasses on the user’s face to let them see how they might look.

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Following tax investigation, Apple shelters billions in profits via Irish channels

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Date: Wednesday, November 8th, 2017, 03:32
Category: Finance, Legal, News

Apple has apparently found the mother of all tax shelter combinations.

Despite company CEO Tim Cook having stated that “We pay all the taxes we owe, every single dollar. We don’t depend on tax gimmicks, we don’t stash money on some Caribbean island” during a a United States Senate investigative subcommittee hearing in 2013, the company has apparently begun hoarding tax revenue through a connection in Ireland.

Within five months after Cook’s testimony, Irish officials began to crack down on the tax structure Apple was thought to be using. Apple had parked billions of dollars into multiple Irish jurisdictions before settling on the small island of Jersey, which typically does not tax corporate income.

In short, it seems that Apple has placed more than $128 billion in profits offshore, nearly all of these profits having been made since 2007 and the continued extraordinary success of the iPhone.

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Apple Pay Cash now available to try out in iOS 11.2 Public Beta

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Date: Wednesday, November 8th, 2017, 03:14
Category: Apple Pay Cash, Finance, iOS, News, Software

If you’ve looking to play around with Apple Pay Cash, now’s your chance.

Apple Pay Cash is now included in the iOS 11.2 public beta, which was released on Tuesday morning. Some developers running iOS 11.2 are also seeing Apple Pay Cash appear as an option in the Messages app this morning.

Since the beginning of October, Apple employees have been testing Apple Pay Cash in a special version of iOS 11.1 that allowed the feature to be enabled through an internal device certificate. The test was initially limited to corporate employees, but later expanded to retail employees. Apple Pay Cash did not end up shipping in iOS 11.1, but it is apparently ready for iOS 11.2.

The Apple Pay Cash feature is also incorporated into the Messages app and is designed for quick person-to-person money transfers, as seen with Square Cash or Venmo. Though most Apple Pay Cash coverage has focused on the iPhone, money can also be sent using an Apple Watch.

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iFixit publishes iPhone X teardown, finds logic board that’s been folded in half, other interesting changes

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Date: Wednesday, November 8th, 2017, 03:57
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, News

Once again, the cool cats at iFixit have gotten their mitts on the new iPhone and published a full teardown of their findings.

Some of the highlights of the teardown included the following:

Battery: The iPhone X uses a two-cell 10.35 Wh battery. Previous iPhones use a single-cell battery.

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Some users experiencing errors activating iPhone X units, Apple assigns blame to wireless carriers

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Date: Tuesday, November 7th, 2017, 03:18
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Software, wireless

There might be a hiccup for some users when it comes to activating their new iPhone X devices.

A number of users have reported that the iPhone X isn’t completing the first step of connecting and thus activating through their wireless carrier.

The error message they’ve received has read as follows:

“Your iPhone could not be activated because the activation server is temporarily unavailable. Try connecting your iPhone to iTunes to activate it, or try again in a couple of minutes.”

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