iPhones secretly storing call data in iCloud, allows later access for law enforcement (Updated)

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Date: Friday, November 18th, 2016, 05:43
Category: iOS, iPhone, privacy, security, Software

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This definitely qualifies as a mess between privacy, security and law enforcement.

While Apple emerged as a guardian of privacy earlier this year, fighting the FBI’s demands to help crack San Bernadino shooter Syed Farouk’s iPhone, implementing improved encryption for all its handsets and refusing to undermine that encryption, it appears that private data is being sent to the iCloud without user consent.

Russian digital forensics firm Elcomsoft has found that Apple’s mobile devices automatically send a user’s call history to the company’s servers if iCloud is enabled — but the data gets uploaded in many instances without user choice or notification.

“You only need to have iCloud itself enabled” for the data to be sent, said Vladimir Katalov, CEO of Elcomsoft.

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Some newer MacBook Pro units arriving with System Integrity Protection feature disabled

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Date: Friday, November 18th, 2016, 05:06
Category: MacBook Pro, macOS, News, OS X, security, Software

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This is kind of strange.

Since the days of OS X El Capitan, Apple has activated a protection feature called System Integrity Protection, which is designed to keep your Mac safe from malware by restricting the permissions of the root user account and preventing unauthorized access to protected files and folders.

The program runs behind the scenes and is generally enabled by default in Mac running OS X El Capitan. Developer Jonathan Wight noticed that the System Integrity Protection feature has been disabled on newer Macs, prompting developer Steven Troughton-Smith to do an informal Twitter survey asking users about the status of their new machines.

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Rumor: Apple could see OLED supply constraint prior to inclusion in next-gen iPhone

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Date: Thursday, November 17th, 2016, 05:37
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Touch Bar, Touch ID

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One popular rumor for the next-gen iPhone is the adoption of OLED screen panels for the handset, especially given that both the Apple Watch and the Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro now use OLED components.

Unfortunately, supply constraints may keep OLED panels further down the road.

A new report says that the four main suppliers for OLED displays won’t have enough production capacity to meet demand next year and further into 2018. This is primarily due to OLED screens being more difficult to produce than LCD panels. Right now, the four top suppliers for OLED panels are Samsung Display, LG Display, Sharp, and Japan Display. But at this point, Apple expects Samsung to be sole supplier in 2017.

Apple apparently plans to ship at least one new iPhone with an OLED screen next year, the 10th anniversary of the smartphone’s debut according to sources close to the story.

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iFixit completes first Touch Bar-equipped 13-inch MacBook Pro teardown, finds interesting new changes in hardware

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Date: Thursday, November 17th, 2016, 05:23
Category: battery, Hardware, MacBook Pro, News, Touch Bar, Touch ID

The cool cats at iFixit have finished their teardown of the new 13-inch Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro and discovered some neat differences when compared with the MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar. First, both 13-inch models have the exact same dimensions, but the Touch Bar machine weighs 20 grams less, which iFixit puts down to the laptop’s smaller battery.

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The new MacBook Pro is not designed to be user-serviceable, which iFixit commented on by giving it a repairability rating of 1/10. During the teardown, the firm found that the internal layout of the components has been redesigned to make space for the new Touch Bar, which broke as it was removed from the chassis and was deemed difficult to replace. The flex cable connecting the Touch Bar to the mainboard also wraps underneath it, making removal even more difficult.

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Google releases PhotoScan app, brings scanning-level features to photography app

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Date: Wednesday, November 16th, 2016, 05:19
Category: Android, Google, iOS, News, Software

This smacks of the spiffy.

Google has just released PhotoScan, its new app for Android and iOS that allows you to scan your prints, eliminate any glare you’d get from taking a picture of them and organize them in digital form.

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The PhotoScan app allows you to take an initial photo of a photo, wherein it recognizes the four corners of the frame and displays circular overlays on each corner of the scanned image. You then point your phone camera at each circle, create a robust scan of the image, and PhotoScan gets to work from there.

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Some iPhone 6, iPhone 6s units experiencing random shutdowns in Chinese marketplace

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Date: Wednesday, November 16th, 2016, 05:40
Category: Apple, battery, Hardware, iOS, iPhone, News

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A number of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s units have been strangely – and automatically – shutting off over in China.

Recently, iPhone customers in the country have been complaining about the problem to the China Consumers Association, the group said in a statement on Tuesday. The shutdowns occur when the phone’s battery charge drops to between 60 and 50 percent.

The issue continues to persist in spite of updating to the latest version of iOS and has occurred in both cold environments and at room temperature. After the automatic shutdown, the phones will also fail to turn on without connecting to a power supply.

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Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pros sport new AMD GPUs, can drive dual 5K displays

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Date: Tuesday, November 15th, 2016, 05:27
Category: Hardware, Intel, MacBook Pro, News, Processors, Thunderbolt

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Apple apparently dropped a killer GPU into the 2016 Touch Bar-equipped 15-inch MacBook Pro and it shows.

The company, which switched from Intel’s integrated Iris Pro graphics in favor of dedicated AMD graphics, has opted for AMD’s Polaris-based Radeon Pro 450, Radeon Pro 455, and build-to-order Radeon Pro 460 GPUs in the new 15-inch notebooks. The GPUs support up to six displays, whereas Intel’s integrated GPUs affixed to the logic board can drive a total of three displays.

The expanded support enables the new MacBook Pro to drive two of Apple and LG’s new UltraFine 5K displays at 60Hz simultaneously. Intel’s GPUs can’t because, due to bandwidth limitations of the DisplayPort 1.2 spec, the two 5K displays technically function as four displays. This method is known as Multi-Stream Transport (MST).

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Microsoft hints at bringing Visual Studio to macOS, launch date unknown

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Date: Tuesday, November 15th, 2016, 05:12
Category: Developer, Microsoft, News, Software

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It’s a sign of both Microsoft and Apple growing up to the point that they’re sharing development tools for each other’s platforms.

Microsoft has announced that it will be launching Visual Studio, its primary coding interface, for macOS. This has been a long time coming, but it’ll allow developers to easily write for platform-independent cloud services like Microsoft’s Azure and Amazon’s Amazon Web Services.

The software is based on app development platform Xamarin Studio, and the change could encourage Mac and iOS developers to make more apps for Windows, as these users will no longer have to buy a Windows computer or set up a virtual machine to access Visual Studio.

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Rumor: AirPods could hit the shelves come December in limited quantities

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Date: Monday, November 14th, 2016, 05:11
Category: AirPods, Hardware, retail, Rumor

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It looks like the AirPods are about to hit the production line.

Following the delayed launch of the new wireless headphones in late October, Apple said it needed “a little more time” before they are ready for customers.

The latest word comes from investment bank Barclays, which in a research note we saw said AirPods should enter production in December. That means AirPods could still feasibly be released in time for the final weeks of the holiday shopping season, although a January 2017 launch as previously rumored, or later, is possible.

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1Password updated to 6.5, adds Touch Bar, Touch ID support among other changes

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Date: Monday, November 14th, 2016, 05:38
Category: MacBook Pro, News, security, Software, Touch Bar, Touch ID

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One of our favorite applications just got Touch Bar and Touch ID support.

AgileBits has released version 6.5 of its 1Password password storage utility. The new version now features support for the Touch ID and Touch Bar features on 2016 MacBook Pros.

Touch ID must be enabled from 1Password’s Security Preferences menu, but will then let people unlock the app with a quick fingerprint scan. Touch Bar support should make it easier to run searches, add new items, and switch between vaults as well as lock them down.

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