Apple’s WiFi routers left off CIA’s Cherry Blossom list of hackable equipment

Posted by:
Date: Monday, June 19th, 2017, 05:24
Category: Apple, Hack, Hardware, News, wireless

At least this will make you feel better about your AirPort router.

Per a series of recently-published documents from WikiLeaks, the CIA has has has apparently been hacking WiFi routers for years to secretly spy on Americans’ internet activity, but Apple’s AirPort Base Stations aren’t on the list. Plenty of other popular basestations are, however, which means the public, home, and business WiFi networks you use could’ve been surveillance targets.

Reports surrounding the CIA’s tool kit used to monitor Internet activity passing through WiFi routers, known as “Cherry Blossom,” mention a variety of hackable router models. Manufacturers of these devices include 3Com, Aironet/Cisco, Asustek, Belkin, Buffalo, D-Link, Linksys, Netgear, US Robotics, and more. Apple’s AirPort Base Station lineup is not mentioned on this list.

(more…)

Apple nixes Target Display Mode support for 2017 4K and 5K iMacs

Posted by:
Date: Friday, June 16th, 2017, 05:34
Category: Hardware, iMac, News, Thunderbolt

You might be irked about this.

While the 2017 iMacs are getting good reviews, they’re currently unable to support Target Display Mode, a feature that previously allowed some iMac models between 2009 and 2014 to use their built-in display as an external monitor for another Mac connected via Mini Display Port or Thunderbolt.

Target Display Mode, which first debuted on the 2009 27-inch iMac, allowed users to turn an iMacs internal display into an external monitor, a feature some users felt would help prolong the life of the iMac after it went obsolete.

The feature was continued in the Mid-2010 refresh of the iMac, and then extended across the entire iMac lineup etween releases in Mid 2011 and Mid 2014. However, the feature was not supported in the Late 2014 5K iMac, apparently due to the fact that a single Thunderbolt 2 cable could not drive the full resolution of the new ultra high resolution display. No iMacs since have supported Target Display Mode.

(more…)

European Commission abolishes roaming charges, changes en route

Posted by:
Date: Friday, June 16th, 2017, 05:25
Category: iPhone, Legal, News, retail, wireless

This’ll come in handy if you’re hitting the road soon.

A new European Union law came into effect on Thursday that abolishes roaming charges for people using mobile phones abroad. The new rules mean that European citizens traveling within the EU that call, text, and browse the internet on their mobile devices will be charged the same price they pay in their home country.

Prior to this, roaming charges were added to the cost of calls, SMS text messages, and web browsing when outside users traveled in the EU and had to connect to another cellular network. This, in turn, led to what amounted to notorious/exorbitant fees for relatively moderate data usage.

(more…)

Apple looking to make HealthKit an industry standard for sharing of medical data

Posted by:
Date: Thursday, June 15th, 2017, 05:13
Category: HealthKit, iOS, iPhone, News, Software

Apple wants to build a comprehensive database for every iPhone user that can be accessed for doctors visits, lab results, medications, and more.

According to CNBC, Apple is said to have a “secretive team” within its health unit that has been communicating with developers, hospitals, and other industry groups about storing clinical data on the iPhone. With all of their medical data at their fingertips, iPhone users would have a better overall picture of their health, which could also be readily shared with doctors.

The aforementioned team has been hiring developers familiar with the protocols surrounding the transfer of electronic health records as well as negotiating with assorted health IT industry groups. One group that’s apparently been contacted, the “Argonaut Project”, promotes the adoption of open standards for health information, and “The Carin Alliance,” a group aiming to give patients more control over their medical data. It’s been noted that Apple VP of software technology Bud Tribble has been working with the latter group.

(more…)

Wistron CEO hints at improved waterproofing, wireless charging features for next-gen iPhone

Posted by:
Date: Thursday, June 15th, 2017, 05:05
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

Sometimes an executive blathers and gives something interesting away.

In this case, Winstron CEO Robert Hwang, Apple’s primary iPhone manufacturer in India, confirmed that the upcoming iPhone will be waterproof and feature wireless charging.

Per Nikkei, Hwang’s comment noted that Apple’s next-gen iPhones will feature additional waterproofing as well as wireless features:

(more…)

Apple CEO Tim Cook confirms company’s efforts towards autonomous car systems

Posted by:
Date: Wednesday, June 14th, 2017, 05:28
Category: Apple, CarPlay, Hardware, iOS, iPhone, News

Following years of Apple being characteristically tight-lipped as to whether it’s been working on an autonomous car project, CEO Tim Cook is finally ready to admit to the world that yes, Apple is working on a self-driving car system.

In an interview with Bloomberg Television following the WWDC keynote, Cook described the autonomous driving system as “a core technology that we view as very important,” but stopped well short of saying Apple was actually building its own car. “We’ll see where it takes us,” he said.

The project, which is said to have been dubbed “Project Titan”, shows that Apple seems to be serious about its effort in this field.

(more…)

Apple’s 2017 10.5-inch, 12.9-inch iPad Pro tablets now available at Apple Store, other retail locations

Posted by:
Date: Wednesday, June 14th, 2017, 05:49
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPad Pro, News, Processors

You can now snag Apple’s new iPad Pro models in an Apple Store retail location near you.

The new 2017 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models have gone live and customers can check stock at local Apple Stores.

Apple began accepting iPad Pro orders just after the WWDC keynote event, and the first iPad Pro models began shipping out over the weekend with most offering June 13 delivery dates.

(more…)

Leaked component images hint at next-gen iPhone features

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, June 13th, 2017, 05:34
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Touch ID

The world may have gotten a glimpse of the next-gen iPhone’s components.

A redditor who shared some images from “a friend in the industry” has posted what appear to be assorted components and glass back panels for the iPhone 7s, 7s Plus and iPhone 8 designs.

The iPhone 8 front panel features top-to-bottom glass for the display, with a cut-out near the top for the camera and earpiece. The rear glass panel includes a vertical dual-camera cutout with what appears to be the camera’s external component nearby. The camera component includes a top and bottom camera with spacing in the middle for what has been rumored to be the camera’s flash.

(more…)

Apple now offering the largest dividends of any corporation in the world, possesses $257 billion in cash reserves

Posted by:
Date: Tuesday, June 13th, 2017, 05:00
Category: Apple, Finance, Microsoft, News

It looks like Apple is now paying the largest dividends of any company in the world.

Apple is now the world’s largest payer of dividends after increasing its quarterly payout by 10.5% to 63 cents a share, according to data compiled by Howard Silverblatt, senior index analyst at S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC. Now boasting $13.2 billion in annual distributions, Apple has dethroned Exxon Mobil, the previous global dividend king.

At present, Apple is now distributing more in quarterly dividends than the entire market cap of US Steel, Silverblatt points out.

(more…)

iFixit offers 32GB RAM upgrade kit for Apple’s 2017 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display

Posted by:
Date: Monday, June 12th, 2017, 05:40
Category: Hardware, iMac, News

This will definitely come in handy.

iFixit recently noticed that the RAM in Apple’s new 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display was upgradable and is already offering a kit to take advantage of this fact.

It’s been noted that the base 3.0 GHz model tops out at 16GB of RAM and that the only way to jump to 32GB of RAM is to purchase the pricier 3.4 GHz model. In order the snag the 32GB configuration, you’d have to pay an extra $200 for the faster model, plus another $600 to scale up to 32GB of RAM.

iFixit’s 32GB RAM kit is available for $299.95 before delivery and includes the following items:

(more…)