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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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DisplayMate studies watching displays at night, analyzes Night Shift

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Date: Wednesday, April 6th, 2016, 07:06
Category: Hardware, iOS, News

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For more than 50 years, people have been watching TV at night, often prior to going to sleep. This has only expanded in the era of devices, especially with the introduction of Apple’s iOS devices along with those of its competitors.

Worse, these devices, which tend to be set to a bright level, are now directly in front of the user, often less than two feet away at the time before use.

With that in mind, Dr. Raymond Soneira of DisplayMate has done an extended study and breakdown of Night Shift, Apple’s light shifting technology that’s recently made its way to the iOS.

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Security hole in iOS 9.3.1 could offer access passcode-free access to photos, contacts under certain conditions

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Date: Tuesday, April 5th, 2016, 08:35
Category: iOS, News, security

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If you’re running iOS 9.3.1 and gave Siri access to your Twitter information as well as yourContacts or Photos, this is something worth looking into.

A video surfaced online yesterday purporting to show a vulnerability in iOS 9.3.1 that allows anyone to access photos and contacts on a locked iPhone without having to enter a passcode.

The YouTube video, uploaded by Jose Rodriguez, depicts a user performing a Siri search followed by a series of relatively simple steps, one of which involves 3D Touch, limiting the exploit to iPhone 6s and 6s Plus devices.

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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…)

iFixit posts 9.7-inch iPad Pro teardown

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Date: Monday, April 4th, 2016, 08:33
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPad Pro, News

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The cool cats at iFixit have just torn down the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and found the typical mix of components from Samsung, Bosch Sensortec, NXP Semiconductors, and others, plus a whole lot of battery. Cutting to the chase, iFixit rates the smaller iPad Pro’s repairability at a low 2 out of 10, which is the same as the iPad Air 2 it replaces but one point below what it rated the 12.9-inch iPad Pro last year.

Comparing the two, iFixit gave the 12.9-inch iPad Proa slightly higher repairability score because its battery features pull tabs which help when removing and replacing it; the smaller iPad Pro’s battery lacks these pull tabs and can’t be easily removed due to a ton of adhesive that keeps it in place almost like soldering.

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Bay area software developer selling massive vintage Apple collection

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Date: Monday, April 4th, 2016, 06:50
Category: Announcement, Fun, Hardware, News

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If you’re a vintage Apple hardware fan, you’re going to like this.

Bay area software developer, in an effort to clear out some space in his apartment, has just placed a massive amount of his Apple hardware collection on Craigslist with most of the items at rock bottom prices as well as assorted free items in the mix.

Kaisershot, who has been collecting and enjoying Mac stuff for decades, has conceded the need to clear up some room in his apartment as well as the desire to raise money to upgrade his graphics card as well.

So, without further ado, here is the massive list of the items Keith has for sale:

1 $5 Altec Lansing external USB sound card.

1 $50 Apple Adjustable Keyboard ADB with numeric keypad. Surface cleaned and disinfected by me.

1 $10 Apple Keyboard A1048 USB. Surface cleaned and disinfected by me.

1 $10 Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad A1243 USB. Surface cleaned by me.

1 $20 AppleCD 150 external SCSI caddy-load CD-ROM drive with 2 caddies.

1 $5 AppleVision to Apple RGB monitor adapter.

1 $5 Ariston iView 1040M USB still-image capture device with driver CD.

1 $20 Asante MCiNB rev. A NuBus 10bT/AAUI Ethernet card.

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