FBI director reveals that 6,900 devices have yet to be unlocked/decrypted

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Date: Tuesday, October 24th, 2017, 05:18
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, News, security

If you were looking to live in an era of digital privacy, it may have just arrived.

According to a statement shared by FBI Director Christopher Wray at the International Association of Chiefs of Police on Sunday, the FBI has been unable to retrieve data from 6,900 mobile devices that it attempted to access over the course of the last 11 months.

“To put it mildly, this is a huge, huge problem,” Wray said. “It impacts investigations across the board — narcotics, human trafficking, counterterrorism, counterintelligence, gangs, organized crime, child exploitation.”

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Apple offers early iPhone X pre-order access to iPhone Upgrade Program members

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Date: Monday, October 23rd, 2017, 05:18
Category: iPhone, News, retail

This is one of the perks of being part of Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program.

Apple is now enabling IUP members to ‘get a head start on your upgrade to iPhone X’ starting Monday, October 23, ahead of pre-orders on Friday, October 27.

The ‘head start’ on Monday appears to only apply to customers already enrolled in the iPhone Upgrade Program and doesn’t necessarily guarantee launch day inventory. The process instead is intended to let upgraders complete the loan eligibility process through Apple, which partners with insurance firm Citizens One, before the official pre-order period kicks off at 12:01 am PDT on Friday, October 27.

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Apple, AT&T partner to activate Band 8 to help improve communication following Hurricane Maria

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Date: Monday, October 23rd, 2017, 05:56
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, wireless

This could definitely come in handy.

Apple and wireless carrier AT&T have joined forces and are apparently enabling LTE Band 8, a provisional LTE band that’s been approved but not activated or licensed in the United States or Puerto Rico, to help with communications within the territory following Hurricane Maria.

LTE Band 8 will work with the iPhone 5c and up on iOS 10 or higher in Puerto Rico following a carrier update. Band 8 is a 900Mhz band with improved range to better reach cell towers that are located further away.

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Apple TV universal search expands to Canada, Australia, other countries

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Date: Wednesday, October 18th, 2017, 05:34
Category: Apple Music, Apple TV, News, Software, TvOS

Apple has expanded the universal search options on the Apple TV and Apple TV 4K, improving coverage in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and elsewhere.

U.S.-based customers can now search for TV show and movie titles through the Classix, Oxygen and BBC America app. New Canadian listings include Classix, Treehouse, FXNOW Canada, ICI Tou.tv and CBC TV, the country’s national broadcaster.

Australians will see results for 9Now, SBS, and Tenplay. In Norway and Sweden, Viaplay has been added.

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Rumor: iPhone X component suppliers report improved yields, greater ability to meet shipment demands

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Date: Wednesday, October 18th, 2017, 05:54
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

The supply stream for the iPhone X may be where it needs to be.

Per sources close to the story, yield rates for some iPhone X have improved and become more stable, allowing for shipments of the upcoming smartphone to grow substantially after October.

The sources also reported that yield rates for key parts such as 3D sensing modules have improved as well.

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Apple may have nixed Beddit, could be working to incorporate sleep tracking into its own product line

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Date: Tuesday, October 17th, 2017, 05:55
Category: Hardware, News, retail, Software

Apple has apparently nixed Beddit.

Beddit, the sleep monitoring system company purchased by Apple earlier this year, has had its product pulled from everywhere except Apple’s own retail stores and website.

The Beddit sleep tracker included a special sensor strip for your mattress that tracked your movement and respiration while you slept. It included a companion iPhone app where your sleep activity was logged.

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Apple confirms fix against “KRACK Attack” WPA-2 exploit in macOS, iOS, tvOS, and watchOS betas, has yet to comment on AirPort firmware

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Date: Tuesday, October 17th, 2017, 05:08
Category: Android, iOS, macOS, News, security, Software, TvOS, watchOS

Following the recent “KRACK Attack” Wi-Fi WPA-2 exploit, Apple has cited that it has addressed the issue in its macOS, iOS, tvOS and watchOS betas, but has yet to officially state as to whether a patch is en route for its AirPort series of routers.

Sources within the company have stated that the patch to remove hardware susceptibility was included in a “previous” beta of the current range of operating systems, indicating a release before Monday’s batch.

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak announces Woz U, looks to bring affordable tech education to wider audience

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Date: Monday, October 16th, 2017, 05:48
Category: Education, iOS, News, Software

The Woz is endeavoring to bring more affordable tech education your way.

Last week, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak announced the formation of Woz U, an online university designed to make tech education more affordable.

He stated that while the current plan is for web-based classes in the near term, the long-term plan is to bring physical campuses to more than 30 cities throughout the U.S. and around the world.

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Apple expands Apple Pay Cash beta testing to employee base

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Date: Monday, October 16th, 2017, 05:21
Category: Apple Pay, Apple Pay Cash, Finance, iOS, News, Software, watchOS

Apple has reportedly expanded an internal test of its forthcoming Apple Pay Cash technology to include its retail employees, which suggests that it may be ready for public release in the near future.

Apple began rolling out the feature to retail employees today, asking workers to install the latest iOS 11.1 beta and a special device certificate in order to enable the P2P function. Employees taking part in the internal evaluation are required to whitelist iCloud accounts in order to use the service.

Signs of the expanded Apple Pay Cash test emerged last week when select corporate staff were granted access to the upcoming feature.

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Rumor: Apple to abandon Touch ID in favor of facial recognition for next-gen iPhones

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Date: Friday, October 13th, 2017, 05:07
Category: Android, Face ID, Hardware, iPhone, News, Software, Touch ID

A new KGI Securities investor note has stated that Apple’s Face ID may be the way of the future for upcoming iPhones and could leave Touch ID in the dust.

KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo, in a recently published note, said that Apple is likely to go all-in on 3D sensing.

The analyst writes that 3D sensing will be a “key selling point” of all new 2018 iPhone models. While Apple currently faces manufacturing difficulties with 3D sensing, Kuo says TrueDepth cameras and Face ID will help Apple “capitalize on its clear lead in 3D sensing design and production for smartphones.”

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