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  1. Should I leave my iPhone VPN app on at all times? Yes and no - let us explain (Image credit: nikkimeel / Shutterstock.com) Having a VPN on your iPhone is a great way to ensure your device is more secure when using public networks, keeping your identity hidden and your private data private. Additionally, VPNs give you more choice over the websites and content you can access online - despite where you happen to be in the world. But one question that comes up a lot is whether, once installed, you should leave your iPhone VPN app on at all times. VPN apps make your iPhone more secure There are many reasons why it’s a good idea to use a VPN app on your iPhone - especially when it comes to security. If you regularly use public Wi-Fi networks, some aren’t encrypted and could allow hackers to access your personal data. By having your VPN active in the background, it will encrypt your data and make sure it’s always protected while you use public networks. While iPhones are generally regarded as secure, that’s not to say they’ll always protect your privacy. In fact, research has shown that many iOS developers ignore Apple’s strict security roles and don’t add end-to-end encryption to their apps, while Apple has been known to give developers access to user data. VPNs add end-to-end encryption, so turning them off would make your iPhone more vulnerable. What else do iPhone VPN apps do? We spend a lot of our time online, from searching the web to chatting on social media. But what you may not realise is that as you travel the web, your internet service provider can track everything - and even sell your data to advertisers. An active mobile VPN will encrypt your internet traffic and IP address around the clock, meaning you don’t have to worry about privacy issues. If you use a VPN service to access content that isn’t available in your region, we’d recommend keeping it turned on. Once you deactivate it, the content provider will be able to see that you’ve changed IP addresses and know you’ve been using a VPN service. As a result, they could ban you from accessing their platform as it's often a direct breach of their terms of service. (Image credit: OpturaDesign / Shutterstock.com) People use their iPhones for making transactions online daily, whether it’s ordering the weekly food shop, buying a new pair of trainers on eBay or doing online banking. If that’s the case, you should definitely use a VPN and keep it turned on. It'll encrypt personal information such as credit card details and clamp down on fraud - those encrypted tunnels they utilise are perfect for keeping your private data out of the hands of hackers. Another reason to leave your VPN on is that it can stop bandwidth throttling. This is when internet service providers intentionally slow down your internet connection to control online traffic. However, by using a VPN and ensuring it’s always active, your ISP won’t be able to see your IP address and throttle it. But leaving it on all the time? However, you’ll need to make a few compromises when constantly using a VPN. First of all, there’s often a problem with speed. Because VPNs reroute your internet traffic to another server, this can result in time delays. So if you intend on gaming, downloading a long film or transferring large files, it’s probably best to turn your VPN off - as long as you're on a secured source of Wi-Fi, of course. Keeping your VPN switched on may also affect battery life, especially if you spend a lot of time surfing the web, streaming and playing games on your iPhone. It’ll constantly be working in the background, which means you’ll likely see your battery percentage drop throughout the day. For any iPhone user who spends a lot of time on their device, leaving a VPN app on at all times makes a lot of sense. It’ll allow you to protect your personal data and ensure hackers can’t compromise your device around the clock while allowing you to do even more with your iPhone VPN. But just be wary that this may affect battery life and overall internet speed. Should I leave my iPhone VPN app on at all times?
  2. Unreal’s new iPhone app does live motion capture with Face ID sensors It's another rare, killer app for the iPhone's TrueDepth sensor array. Unreal Engine developer Epic Games has released Live Link Face, an iPhone app that uses the front-facing 3D sensors in the phone to do live motion capture for facial animations in 3D projects like video games, animations, or films. The app uses tools from Apple's ARKit framework and the iPhone's TrueDepth sensor array to stream live motion capture from an actor looking at the phone to 3D characters in Unreal Engine running on a nearby workstation. It captures facial expressions as well as head and neck rotation. Live Link Face can stream to multiple machines at once, and "robust timecode support and precise frame accuracy enable seamless synchronization with other stage components like cameras and body motion capture," according to Epic's blog post announcing the app. Users get a CSV of raw blendshape data and an MOV from the phone's front-facing video camera, with timecodes. To many, the iPhone's TrueDepth sensor array seemed like a solution in search of a problem—Touch ID worked just fine for most peoples' purposes in earlier iPhones, and there weren't many clear applications of the technology besides Face ID. Sure, there were Animojis, and a lot of people enjoy them—but most wouldn't say they single-handedly justify the technology. But here's a clear selling point, albeit for a narrow audience: indie game developers and filmmakers can use apps like this on the iPhone for motion capture, bringing virtual characters to life with the facial expressions and other motions of real human actors. That's something that traditionally involved expensively equipped studios that are out of reach for all but the big players. The motion capture the iPhone's sensors can manage is not as accurate as what's used by triple-A game development studios or major motion pictures, of course, so those high-end studios won't be dropping their kitted-out mo-cap studios for iPhones right now. But now, individual creators and smaller teams can do something that was cost-prohibitive before. That's not really a consumer use case, per se, though. So far, these sensors have mainly been used by Apple and third-party app developers to make AR apps and photo filters more accurate. Apple recently added a lidar sensor to the iPad Pro, and rumors abound on the Internet that it will make its way to top iPhone models, too. While the iPad Pro's rear sensors use a different technology than the front-facing TrueDepth array, it can generate a similar result. Apple has already demonstrated the iPad Pro's rear sensors recording motion capture from a person—albeit the person's whole body, not their face. For those not familiar, Unreal Engine began life as a graphics engine used by triple-A video game studios for titles like Gears of War and Mass Effect, and it has evolved over time to be used by indies and in other situations like filmmaking, architecture, and design. It competes with another popular engine called Unity, as well as in-house tools developed by various studios. Listing image by Epic Games Unreal’s new iPhone app does live motion capture with Face ID sensors
  3. Apple makes it easier and cheaper to get your iPhone repair done by anyone Independent businesses can register free of charge to perform official iPhone repair jobs (Image credit: Future) Apple is expanding a programme which allows independent businesses to register to perform approved iPhone repair jobs into Europe and Canada. The company has been criticised in the past for making its devices difficult or expensive to repair through official channels or for third parties to gain access to genuine parts. This has increased demand for third party components and repairs which can affect device functionality. Access to repairs has become an increasingly important consideration for customers who are holding now onto their devices for longer. This is partly because of the high cost of new devices but also because of the lack of a compelling reason to upgrade. iPhone repair There is also the question of sustainability. Discarded devices may not be recycled properly, contributing to a growing e-waste problem and increasing demand for rare metals that are required for the manufacturing of new handsets. In a bid to remedy the situation, Apple introduced the Apple Independent Repair Provider Program last Autumn in the US. The programme allows businesses to register as an official repair service and gain access to official parts. There is no sign-up fee although applicants must have an Apple-approved technician. The initiative has been popular, with Apple securing 140 independent repair companies as partners and adding more than 700 locations across the US. Now the programme is being extended to 32 nations in Europe and across the border into Canada. “We are thrilled to expand our independent repair program to more locations across the US and to businesses across Europe and Canada,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. “When a customer needs a repair, we want them to have a range of options that not only suits their needs but also guarantees safety and quality so their iPhone can be used for as long as possible.” Apple makes it easier and cheaper to get your iPhone repair done by anyone
  4. iPhone users report massive battery drain issues on iOS 13.5.1 caused by Apple Music Users are reporting on Reddit and Apple’s forums (spotted by MacRumors) that Apple Music is significantly affecting their iPhones’ battery life, with some users seeing the app hog 85% of the total battery life. The original thread in the Cupertino giant’s support forum was created in April, but the responses have increased greatly in July. Apple released iOS 13.5.1 back in June that brought with it some security features, but reporting from last week suggests that the release does suffer from a bad battery drain issue. While initial responses suggested that the problem was caused by Apple Music trying to connect to the user’s Apple Watch, more reports, especially in the past few days have cited multiple reasons for the increased consumption. Interestingly, some users added that the background process was resource-intensive enough to prevent the phone from charging to 100%. The issue is also resulting in the phone heating up, as per other owners. Image: Warped (Apple Forums) There are currently no proven workarounds to this problem. Some users have had luck with uninstalling the app, while others have had to perform a hard reset. In some cases, turning off automatic downloads or disabling background app refresh helped solve the issue. It is also not clear if any recent server-side changes are causing this issue, as one of the responses hint at the recent DRM changes for Apple Music files causing this issue. The battery drain problem is affecting users on both old and new iPhone models, ruling out hardware issues. While the widespread problem has not been acknowledged by Apple yet, it is safe to assume that a fix would be rolled out with the iOS 13.6 release that is currently in beta, in case the issue is caused by an OS bug. iPhone users report massive battery drain issues on iOS 13.5.1 caused by Apple Music
  5. 5 Ways to Sell or Trade In Your Old iPhone If you're planning on upgrading to a new device, don't forget to cash in on your old one. Photograph: Getty Images Apple's newest iPhone SE suggests even Apple is aware of the need for cheaper phones. Whether you're in the market for a new SE, or still dreaming of the iPhone 11, don't just toss your aging phone in a drawer when you upgrade. Sell your iPhone! That old hunk of glass is more valuable than you might think. There are quite a few services that will give you cash or store credit for a used iPhone. We've gathered up and compared some popular services where you can trade in an old device for cash or store credit. Most of these services accept Samsung and Google devices, and all of them take iPhones. Updated for June 2020: We've tweaked phones, pricing, and removed Decluttr due to poor experiences on staff and other reports around the web. First, Some Tips to Get a High Resale Price Comparing prices on all these services highlights some tips for maximizing the resale value of your phone. First and foremost, take care of your phone. Buy a good case (check out our case recommendations) and consider a screen protector (AmFilm screen protectors work well). They'll keep your device looking new, which is the best way to ensure you get the most money possible when you sell. Make sure you always buy your phone unlocked. That will maximize your resale value. Unlocked phones work on any wireless network that they have the antenna to support. There's no reason to lock yourself to one carrier. Generally, unless a carrier tells you a phone is unlocked, it probably isn't, especially if you buy it on a payment plan. The last thing before you run off to cash in your old phone is to make sure you back up all your data using iCloud or iTunes. One gotcha to watch out for: if you back up data using iTunes, not iCloud, make sure you back up your text messages, which sometimes include photos and videos you haven't saved to your Camera Roll. Remember to unpair your Apple Watch if you have one, and wipe your phone as well. 1. Best for Pristine iPhones Swappa An eBay clone of sorts, Swappa seeks to eliminate some of the problems associated with eBay: high seller fees, poor seller-buyer communication tools, and too many poor-quality devices. You won't be able to sell your iPhone here unless it's in good shape, fully functional, with no damage. So long as your phone meets Swappa's listing criteria and you're willing to put in a little effort, this is where you'll get the most money for your old device. As you would on eBay, you'll need to put together a listing with photos. Be sure to take the case off your phone, and be honest about the condition. Remember to factor in shipping when setting your sale price. Currently an iPhone 8 64-gigabyte model sells for about $260, with the 256-gigabyte model going for $294. An iPhone XR sells for an average of $450 to $520, depending on the storage capacity. 2. Best for Reliable Cash Gazelle Gazelle is the old hand in the world of used phones. The company has been buying up phones since 2006, and it has the (simplest) process down at this point. You fill out an online form and answer some questions about your device—whether it works, which carrier it's tied to, and if there's any cosmetic damage. You'll then get an offer based on the answers you give. If you accept the offer, Gazelle will send a box complete with shipping label, and you'll ship the phone in for inspection. Once the company has looked over your device and assuming it's in the condition you said it was, you'll be paid—usually in about 7 to 10 days. Payment can be in the form of a check, PayPal, or Amazon gift card. A factory-unlocked 64-GB iPhone XR in good condition will get you $244. A 64-GB iPhone 8 for Verizon will net you $110. Gazelle sometimes runs promos around new device launches, so keep an eye out on the site for promotional offers. 3. Best for a Broken iPhone uSell If your iPhone is damaged or the battery will no longer hold a charge, uSell will still buy it. Of the send-it-in-style services, uSell offered the most for damaged devices. We were offered $70 for an iPhone XR that doesn't even power on. It's something of a hybrid service since you aren't actually selling your phone to uSell but, rather, to buyers it works with. Still, in practice it works more like Gazelle than Swappa. 4. Easiest Way to Sell Photograph: Apple Apple's iPhone Trade In Apple's Trade-In program doesn't always offer the best prices, but if you're buying a new iPhone, Apple will quickly apply your credit to the new phone. Beware that Apple will only pay top dollar for absolutely pristine phones. At the time of writing, an iPhone 8 in good condition will get you $120, while an iPhone XR can get up to $260. The other option is to trade in to get a discount on a new phone. If you have a pristine condition iPhone XR, you can trade it in to get an iPhone 11 for $399 ($300 off), or an iPhone 11 Pro at $599 ($400 off). We don't recommend it, but if you're the sort of person who just must upgrade to a new iPhone every year, you might save some money using Apple's iPhone upgrade program. Like a lease, you perpetually pay for your phone, but get a new one after 12 months, which makes it cheaper than buying a new unlocked phone every year. A Few More Options Best Buy: Best Buy will do trade-ins online or in participating stores. They won't take damaged devices and you won't get cash, just store credit. But if you need something from Best Buy anyway, it's a relatively no-hassle option, especially if you go the in-store route. Carrier Trade-Ins: Your service provider probably has a buy-back program of some sort. Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile will all buy back your device, though generally for far less than the other options in this list. eBay: There's always eBay. While personal experience has soured me on eBay lately—the number of buyer scams seems to far outweigh the number of legitimate buyers—it is still one of the most popular places to sell things online. The site even has a special form for selling your iPhone. Amazon and Others: There are also other device-centric swapping sites, like NextWorth and GadgetGone. Walmart and Amazon also have device trade-in programs, but none of them offered as good a deal as the options above. Avoid These Services Decluttr We on the WIRED Gear Team have had some bad experiences with Decluttr. It used to be a good way to get fast cash for your phone. It never paid as much as others, but it was simple and fast. Unfortunately, something appears to have changed. Our last experience dragged out for months, after the phone was flagged as having a bad IMEI (though we owned the phone). Repeated attempts to resolve the matter went unanswered and our phone was not returned for another month after we asked for it back. When it finally was returned, Decluttr shipped the bare phone in a box, with no packaging or protection whatsoever. Checking Better Business Bureau reports for Decluttr reveals a pattern of similar experiences, suggesting the service is best avoided. 5 Ways to Sell or Trade In Your Old iPhone
  6. iPhone looters find devices disabled, with a warning they’re being tracked Apple has long used digital anti-theft measures in its stores. Enlarge / The iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. Samuel Axon 50 with 39 posters participating Along with other retailers big and small, Apple Stores have been subject to looting by opportunists amid the ongoing protests around the United States. In response, Apple has again closed all of its stores in the US. Stores had only recently reopened after closures related to the COVID-19 pandemic. But looters who brought stolen iPhones home, or people who end up buying those phones in person-to-person transactions, are in for what may be a surprise: it appears that the stolen iPhones don't work and may even be tracked by Apple or authorities. This could pose a challenge for regular consumers who buy second-hand iPhones—as well as repair shops—in the coming weeks and months. Individuals with iPhones allegedly looted from Apple stores found that the phones were automatically disabled and had messages like the following (via Twitter) displayed on-screen: Please return to Apple Walnut Street. This device has been disabled and is being tracked. Local authorities will be alerted. A few examples of these messages have surfaced on Reddit and Twitter over the past day or two. That said, we don't know how many iPhones have been taken from Apple Stores and put in circulation. Apple has been known in the past to use special images of iOS on demo unit iPhones, and those demo iPhones have a sort of kill switch that disables the phones as soon as they are out of range of the store's Wi-Fi network. So none of this is surprising. Also, Apple already offers a service to users called FindMy that allows tracking of lost or stolen iPhones via the user's iCloud account. There's no apparent reason related tools and services couldn't be used by Apple itself. Anti-theft measures are not Apple's only focus amid civil unrest, though. Bloomberg acquired a memo sent by Apple CEO Tim Cook to employees that constitutes the company's official response to the killing of George Floyd and the protests in response to that killing. Among other things, Cook wrote: That painful past is still present today—not only in the form of violence, but in the everyday experience of deeply rooted discrimination. We see it in our criminal justice system, in the disproportionate toll of disease on Black and Brown communities, in the inequalities in neighborhood services and the educations our children receive. While our laws have changed, the reality is that their protections are still not universally applied. He added: Today, Apple is making donations to a number of groups, including the Equal Justice Initiative, a non-profit committed to challenging racial injustice, ending mass incarceration, and protecting the human rights of the most vulnerable people in American society. For the month of June, and in honor of the Juneteenth holiday, we’ll also be matching two-for-one all employee donations via Benevity. The New York Times reported that the environment around the protests was more peaceful last night than other recent nights, with fewer instances of looting. But it is not known when Apple might again reopen its stores. iPhone looters find devices disabled, with a warning they’re being tracked
  7. Can anybody suggest me a good software to transfer photos from windows PC to iphone. I googled a lot but most of the software are either useless or they are paid.
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  9. Google Drive adds biometric protection on iPhone and iPad Google has released a new update for Google Drive that brings support for Touch ID and Face ID on iPhones and iPad. The new update will allow users to lock their Drive files behind a Privacy Screen so if anyone tries to access the files, they will need to use Touch ID or Face ID to unlock. The feature is not exactly new as it was first announced by Google last month. A Google Spokesperson told Digital Trends that the feature is designed to give users a "little more privacy for documents stored on your phone." Privacy Screen also supports timeout allowing users to specify when they want Drive to be locked. Google currently allows users to delay it for 10 seconds, one minute, or 10 minutes. This is good for users who multi-task and might need to switch between apps. Privacy Screen, however, isn't completely secure. When enabling it, Google warns you that it can't protect some Drive notifications, Files shared with the iOS Files and Photos apps and “other system functionality.” The feature is currently rolling out to all the Apple iPhone and iPad users. You can head to the Apple App Store to grab the latest Google Drive update. Source: Google Drive adds biometric protection on iPhone and iPad (Neowin)
  10. Apple is reportedly making a 5.5-inch entry-level iPhone Apple was already rumored to release a 4.7-inch model Photo by James Bareham / The Verge Apple is reportedly planning to launch a new 5.5-inch entry-level iPhone, according to evidence found in iOS 14 by 9to5Mac. It has been rumored for some time that Apple would soon release a new 4.7-inch LCD phone that reuses the iPhone 8 design with updated internals, but this is the first indication that Apple may release a “Plus” version — and given the apparent 5.5-inch screen size, this new phone will presumably reuse the iPhone 8 Plus’ design. The new phones will also apparently have a solid state home button like the original iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, rely on Touch ID instead of Face ID, and come with Apple Pay’s Express Transit feature, which lets you just hold your phone near a transit terminal to pay for transit. The new phones will also apparently be able to scan NFC tags without requiring a user to open up an app, a feature that’s only currently available on the iPhone XS, iPhone XR, and iPhone 11. The new 4.7-inch entry-level iPhone will start at $399, will be available with either 64GB or 128GB of internal storage, and will come in gray, silver, or red, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. It’s unclear what the pricing of this new 5.5-inch model will be, but previous “Plus”-sized phones have cost $100 more than the comparable 4.7-inch version. Kuo said in October that Apple will launch the new 4.7-inch entry-level phone at the end of March, and this rumored 5.5-inch model would presumably launch at the same time. Source: Apple is reportedly making a 5.5-inch entry-level iPhone (The Verge)
  11. We can all be friends — You can now jailbreak an iPhone with an Android phone Jailbreak exploit Checkra1n now runs on Linux, which means it runs on Android, too. Enlarge / Android teaches a young iPhone all about privilege escalation. Stblr / Reddit 7 with 7 posters participating We all have our differences in the tech world—PC versus Mac, Android versus iOS, Emacs versus Vim. Occasionally, though, we can reach out to our friends across the aisle and realize that, at the end of the day, we're not all that different. Today's uplifting message of unity comes from the two main smartphone factions sharing in the joys of privilege escalation: it's now possible for a rooted Android phone to jailbreak iOS. As first spotted by XDA Developers, Reddit user Stblr put the jailbreak puzzle pieces together when iOS jailbreaking exploit "Checkra1n" gained Linux support, which means it can also run on Android. If you have a rooted phone, you can plug your Android phone into your iPhone, run a few terminal commands, and break out of the Apple sandbox. Checkra1n is the first jailbreak compatible with iOS 13, and it works on the iPhone 5 to iPhone X, running iOS 12.3 and up. It's only a temporary jailbreak, though, and will get wiped out once the phone reboots. This makes an ultra-portable device that can kick your iPhone back over into jailbreak mode pretty handy, and—for now at least—Android phones are still a bit smaller than laptops. Checkra1n exploits iOS via the Device Firmware Upgrade (DFU) mode. This is a recovery mode meant to send a new OS to the device over USB, and a few bugs in the DFU USB implementation can kick off a jailbreak exploit chain. Regular Android phones can run a Linux terminal just fine, and they have USB host capabilities, but you need root access for full control over Android's USB stack. Checkra1n does some dirty tricks like interrupting USB transfers mid-way, and there's no user-level API for that. Since this is a USB exploit, you'll need to run a wire from the Android phone to the iPhone, which usually means some way of going from Android's USB-C to the iPhone's Lightning Cable (when are those USB-C iPhones coming, Apple?). DFU mode won't turn on unless a cable is plugged in, and Stblr notes that not every USB-C to Lightning Cable out there has the right pins to put an iPhone in DFU mode (including first-party cables!). Stblr ended up using a Lightning to USB-A cable and then a USB-A-to-C adapter. Source: You can now jailbreak an iPhone with an Android phone (Ars Technica)
  12. How to delete Twitter’s storage cache from your iPhone Because every MB is precious Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Whether you’ve got an older iPhone with less internal storage or would rather save that space for music, photos, and other content, it’s always good practice to clear the data cache from various apps to make room for what you really need on your phone. Twitter currently lets iOS users do this directly from the app, which helps to prevent your iPhone from becoming bloated with preloaded videos, GIFs, and memes you don’t necessarily need to see immediately. Here’s how to wipe out your data cache and make up some extra storage space. First, open up the Twitter mobile app, and tap your profile’s avatar in the upper-left corner. This will bring out the left-hand drawer. You can also swipe to the right anywhere on your Twitter stream if you do not see your avatar on the top corner. Tap “Settings and privacy” Under the “General” category, tap “Data usage” Beneath the “Storage” subhead, you’ll see how much space your Twitter app has been using to cache web and media data To clear them, tap each one then select “Clear media storage” and / or “Clear web storage” to save some space You can choose to only clear one instead of both if you’re not super pressed for storage or just want to clear the cache that’s taking up a lot more space. To limit data usage by the Twitter app, in general, you can also toggle on “Data saver” from the same “Data usage” menu. This will disable autoplaying videos and display lower-quality images. Instead, to play a video, you’ll have to manually tap the preview image. Even with “Data saver” turned on, it’s still a good idea to clear the cache every so often if you’re worried about the Twitter app taking up precious storage space on your phone. There’s no way to schedule it to automatically clear the caches just yet, so for now, you’ll have to remind yourself to manually empty them regularly. Source: How to delete Twitter’s storage cache from your iPhone (The Verge)
  13. All new iPhones might be forced to have a removable battery Leaked EU docs suggest incoming legislation (Image credit: TechRadar) Are you constantly annoyed that your smartphone battery dies before the rest of the phone? Angry about the wastage that creates? Well, leaked EU proposals could force smartphone manufacturers to to make all batteries removable. That would mean that all brands wanting to sell in the EU would have to make sure each phone has a battery that can be removed by the user - and that even would include Apple, the company most resistant to legislation around its iPhone designs, if attempts to make it change ports in the past is anything to go by. The idea behind the change towards removable batteries is to make sure that users can more easily change one of the speediest-wearing parts of the phone without needing to take it to a specialist - thus reducing the amount of electronics wastage dead batteries can incite. However, this proposal is a long way from being confirmed - it's currently not even out in the public, as it was leaked by Dutch publication Het Financieele Dagblad, claiming to have seen leaked documents of the impending suggested change. The halcyon days of yore, where users could not only simply pop off the back cover and throw in another power pack but could also increase the capacity, don't seem to be coming back though. There would be no desire from Apple or Samsung to forgo the slimmer designs or water-resistant capabilities that the current all-in-one chassis allows, so another option would have to be found. The rumor suggests that the new proposal will be unveiled in mid-March, which makes it impossible for any phone designed this year to incorporate a removable battery. In fact, given the slow speed with which this legislation can take to come in, it's unlikely we'll even see it in the Galaxy S21 or iPhone 13 in 2021. Can the EU force this change? Well, no - it can only legislate over smartphones distributed within its territories - but every smartphone brand isn't going to be willing to give up the customer bases that the likes of Germany, France and Italy offer. Like the recent change to a single charging port on all smartphones - meaning Apple is likely to adopt the USB-C standard soon - the EU does wield massive power when it comes to the way phones should be designed, especially if there are environmental concerns attached. The leaked proposals also suggest that more should be done to recycle electronics and make sure that we're not throwing things into landfill that can be re-used and the raw materials recycled. Even if this proposal does get unveiled, it'll be much longer before this comes through - and that's assuming that the smartphone manufacturers don't fight back for their right to design phones however they please. Source: All new iPhones might be forced to have a removable battery (TechRadar)
  14. Forget foldable phones – an all-glass iPhone could be the future A future iPhone could be touch-sensitive on all sides (Image credit: Apple) The Cupertino behemoth is looking into different ways to innovate the iPhone. Not that Apple isn’t exploring the trending foldable phone route, as evidenced by the “Foldable Cover and Display for an Electronic Device” patent it filed way back in 2017. But, clearly, it’s looking at other avenues as well. AppleInsider reports that a new Apple patent shows an all-glass iPhone that will boast display and touch sensitivity on all its surfaces – front, back and all four sides. US Patent 20200057525, called “Electronic Device with Glass Enclosure” shows what this device could look like and how it will potentially work. (Image credit: Apple/US Patent & Trademark Office) With Apple recently struggling to innovate the phone that started it all, could this new design finally be what the iPhone needs to crush its rivals? This design might seem incredible, but we’re not quite sure if it’ll work in the real world, and at a price point that will prove competitive in the mainstream market. Six-sided touch-sensitive display (Image credit: Apple/US Patent & Trademark Office) According to the patent, this device will move away from the conventional front touchscreen smartphone design. Instead, it will come “with enclosures that use glass to define multiple sides of the enclosure. In such cases, the enclosure may appear visually and tactically seamless, such that the entire enclosure may appear to be formed from a single piece of glass (even though it may be formed from multiple separate pieces attached together)." This means that instead of the typical phone design we’re used to, this device will have an all-glass interface that seamlessly wraps around it, ditching apparent edges and resulting in a more rounded shape. (Image credit: Apple/US Patent & Trademark Office) This all-glass device will also boast multiple sides that “may facilitate or enable numerous additional functions and uses that are not realized with conventional enclosures." "For example, glass backs and glass sides may be transparent, allowing the electronic device to include additional displays that are viewable through the sides and/or the back. Moreover, the side- and back-viewable displays may be made touch and/or force sensitive using touch- and/or force-sensing systems, effectively turning the side and back surfaces into additional input devices or surfaces with which a user may interact to control the electronic device." In other words, while Apple still intends to utilize the front of the device as the main display, as is traditional, it will also use the other five sides of the device as additional output and input surfaces. Use cases of such a design could be anywhere from displaying graphical outputs like images and applications to spill over the sides or even wrap around the back, to having touch controls for such things like volume and mute as well as single touch toggles for WiFi and airplane mode. Though how all that is extremely necessary and life-changing, we still can’t imagine. We’re still stuck on how you can possibly hold such a device with your hand without accidentally pressing on things, since all of it is basically touchscreen. But hey, if anybody can make this into reality, it would be Apple. Source: Forget foldable phones – an all-glass iPhone could be the future (TechRadar)
  15. Federal officials have called on Apple to unlock a phone belonging to a shooter who killed three people last month at the Pensacola Naval Air Station, but the company has refused to do so, saying there’s “no such thing as a backdoor just for the good guys.” But the FBI has managed to unlock iPhones all on its own in the past, so why can’t the agency do it again? A search warrant obtained by Forbes indicates that investigators were able to use a phone-cracking tool called GrayKey to access information stored on an iPhone 11 Pro Max. An affidavit related to the search warrant and obtained by Forbes showed that the iPhone was locked, which was confirmed to Forbes by the owner’s lawyer. If federal investigators can crack a new iPhone model, then why can’t they crack the iPhone 5 and iPhone 7 belonging to the shooter? So, why the public spectacle demanding that Apple hand over a golden key to bypass security features? According to a 2018 blog post from anti-malware software company Malwarebytes, the time it takes to crack an iPhone password using the GrayKey device varied, but a six-digit passcode was able to be cracked in as few as three days at the time. Citing documents by the device’s maker Grayshift, Malwarebytes said that disabled iPhones could also be unlocked. But since Apple has issued numerous updates for iOS since 2018, and it’s likely that GrayKey has had to make changes to keep up with new security measures. The primary question presented by the records obtained by Forbes with respect to the Pensacola shooter’s phones seems to be why, if GrayKey was used recently to unlock a newer iPhone model, it would not be able to unlock an older iPhone. In statements to the press this week, U.S. Attorney General William Barr said “both phones are engineered to make it virtually impossible to unlock them without the password.” But again, the FBI has unlocked iPhones before, as with the case identified by Forbes as well as in the case of the San Bernardino terrorist attack. One possible answer is both phones are in bad shape. During his statements this week, Barr said that during a shootout, “the shooter disengaged long enough to place one of the phones on the floor and shoot a single round into the device. It also appears the other phone was damaged.” Another is that the phone is set to nuke all data after several failed passcode attempts, though that security wall was able to be bypassed in the instance of San Bernardino (of course, the FBI paid $900,000 to do it). The other possibility is that the FBI is hoping to set legal precedent in order to be able to use a single incident to pave the way to gain access in future cases, which Apple seems to understand could be a dangerous and slippery slope. “We have always maintained there is no such thing as a backdoor just for the good guys,” Apple told Gizmodo in a statement this week. “Backdoors can also be exploited by those who threaten our national security and the data security of our customers. Today, law enforcement has access to more data than ever before in history, so Americans do not have to choose between weakening encryption and solving investigations. We feel strongly encryption is vital to protecting our country and our users’ data.” Source
  16. Apple could ditch the notch on the 2020 iPhone, according to new leaks It had a good run (Image credit: Future) The notch that arrived with the iPhone X in 2017 may not make it to all of the 2020 iPhone range, according to reports based on recently published patents as well as information from inside the supply chain. LetsGoDigital suggests that the patents and leaked data that it's gathered point to the top-end 2020 iPhone having a notch-free front display, with Touch ID moved under the screen and Face ID ditched. That leaves the question of where the selfie camera will be on the iPhone 12 – it'll have to either be placed under the display like the fingerprint sensor, or packed inside the small bezel at the sides of the screen. Images from a patent filed by Apple in Japan on December 23 show an iPhone without a notch, and in fact this is a rumor that's been doing the rounds for months. Apple is certainly looking into getting rid of the notch, it's just not clear when it'll happen. (Image credit: Apple / LetsGoDigital) Several sources have previously reported that Apple wants to put a selfie camera as well as a fingerprint sensor under the display of future iPhones, but we're not sure that this tech is going to be ready in time for the 2020 iPhones. Phone makers are getting to the stage where this sort of technology is possible, but it's still early days, and image quality (not to mention facial recognition capabilities) are likely to be affected as a result. Other manufacturers including Samsung are said to be planning in-screen cameras for future flagships, while some existing phones use pop-up selfie cameras to keep the front display as uncluttered as possible. Despite these recent leaks, we'd expect at least some of the iPhone 12 handsets to keep the familiar notch – though one model may come with a smaller notch or no notch at all as Apple experiments with in-screen Touch ID. Source: Apple could ditch the notch on the 2020 iPhone, according to new leaks (TechRadar)
  17. As the title suggests, I'm looking for an app that works as smooth as AirServer. I've googled a few apps and tried Team Viewer but it's still kinda shitty 😅. Any suggestions are welcome.
  18. If you’ve been wanting to give your iPhone or iPad a little refresh, a new font can potentially be a way to do it. This week, Adobe’s Creative Cloud made 1,300 fonts available for free to anyone that downloads its Creative Cloud app from the App Store. Once you have the app installed and launch it, you’ll be able to browse through all of the fonts that are available through Adobe for your device. When you find one you like, you can install it and then use it in any iOS 13.1 app that supports custom font APIs. While everyone has access to those 1,300 fonts, if you’re an Adobe Creative Cloud subscriber you’ll actually have access to 17,000. Just a few more. Your custom font will only be available in apps that support custom font APIs. If you just want to take it out for a spin, Mail, Pages, and Keynote are great places to start. In the case of Mail, you can change the font by first tapping the angle bracket (<) at the top right side of the page and then tapping the “Aa” icon. From there you’ll be given all your font options, including that fancy new one you just picked out. And if you ever forget what fonts you’ve downloaded (or want to run a little cleanup) you can delete fonts by going into the Settings menu on your iPhone followed by General and then Fonts. From there you’ll see all the fonts you have installed on your device. Tap on one to see more information about it or to remove it from your phone if you don’t see yourself using it anymore. Source
  19. There may be multiple different players in the jailbreak community all looking to offer solutions, but we’ve always admired those who keep trying to produce great work for the benefit of device owners. That admiration is extended to CoolStar, most recently for his creation and publishing of the Electra jailbreak for iOS 11, and the fact that it’s been tirelessly updated. Well, there is now a new update available, and it’s one you’re going to want to take notice of as it features a very special addition. CoolStar and his band of highly-capable merry men have finally released the final 1.0.x version of Electra jailbreak, complete with Cydia Installer support built right in. This version of Electra jailbreak is deemed stable enough and hence is marked as 1.0 rather than any beta or RC. Just about anyone can go ahead and download it right now. For those who don’t know, Electra works with iOS 11.0-11.1.2 firmwares and is compatible with all 64-bit devices, including iPhone X, as long as those devices are running the aforementioned compatible firmwares. This is because Electra is based of Ian Beer’s exploit which was only applicable on iOS 11.0-11.1.2. Original released back as beta in January sans Cydia, this latest final version of the tool is the first jailbreak for iOS 11 which offers support for Cydia out-of-the-box. As for the jailbreak process, it pretty much remains exactly the same. Once the latest version of the Electra jailbreak is downloaded, and the IPA is sideloaded to the device, the jailbreak process will be exactly as it was previously, but this time with the added benefit of actually installing a usable version of Cydia to the device. And yes, that means that compatible tweaks and packages will be able to be installed through the Cydia interface. Here are important notes from changelog of Electra 1.0.x: An APFS snapshot is created of / so you may revert it at a later date if needed Substitute, Tweak Loader and Substrate Compatibility Layer available from Electra repo Many packages need to be updated for both Electra and iOS 11 (make sure they’re updated before installing as they may not work yet) It’s great news for device owners that CoolStar and his highly capable team have once again put the effort to the benefit of the jailbreak community even before Saurik could come up with his own “promised” jailbreak with iOS 11 Cydia update. Final version of Electra jailbreak for iOS 11 can be downloaded from coolstar.org/electra/. Once downloaded, you can follow our guide here on how to jailbreak your device using Electra: How To Jailbreak iOS 11.1.2 Using Electra With Cydia [Tutorial]. Redmondpie.com
  20. A new Apple official warning calls for immediate action on older devices. Mainly the iPhone 5 and earlier as well as the iPad 4 and earlier models. Users on these devices need to go in their settings and update the software to the latest available version prior to November 3. For some of these devices that will be iOS 9.3.6, for others iOS 10.3.4, depending on their age. Any device that is not updated prior to the November 3 deadline can expect GPS location issues as well as potential problems with keeping accurate date and time. The latter, in tern, could prevent the Apple gadgets from fetching further updates over the air and sync with certain online services like iCloud and email servers. Post November 3, a tethered update via iTunes will be required to bring them back to normal operation. Now, before you hit up the comment section with rants about poor software work on Apple's part, it is worth explaining what is actually going on here. The issue is much bigger than Apple's own domain and could actually affect pretty much any GPS-enabled device that has not bee properly patched or prepared at some point to handle what is essentially a GPS Y2K event. Again, we realise this might be a scary analogy to make, but it is a pretty accurate one. The short of it is that GPS systems in general count weeks using a ten bit variable or register. Hence, values can only go from 0 to 1023 on said counter. When a device hits week 1024, if not programmed correctly, it could restart or "rollover" said counter in a way that corrupts it and makes it no longer usable for working with GPS and its precise timing data. Absolutely precise time keeping is crucial for GPS operation. So, why is this happening now? Well, the first GPS week counter was kicked off on January 6 1980. Then, on August 21 1999 the week counter got full for the first time and needed to be restarted. That was the end of the first "GPS epoch". Counting forward, that puts the end of the second epoch on April 6 2019. And again, before you hit up the comment section pointing out that April 6 passed quite a while ago, we have an explanation for that as well. Without going into too much detail, some manufacturers and software developers might have restarted their GPS week counters at a later time. For instance, as the GPS firmware was compiled and shipped to devices. Apparently this was the case for Apple and that's where their precise calculation and the November 3 deadline come from. As a side note for anyone reading this without owning and older iPhone or iPad, it is still a good idea to check the current status on any slightly older GPS-enabled tech you might have and see if you can update those as well. That also includes specialised devices, like dedicated navigation units an in-car ones. Source: 1. Apple officially warns older iPhone and iPad users to update their software or risk a nasty GPS bug (via GSMArena) 2. Update your iPhone or iPad software to avoid issues with location, date, and time (via Apple)
  21. There's an assumption that digitizing everything is a good thing. Are we sure about that? In my world, the virtual hasn't quite taken over the physical. Tossing everything into a cloud doesn't necessarily engender quite the same sense of security and well-being as seeing, holding, and believing. Today's witness is Jemima Kelly. She's a writer for The Financial Times. Please don't let any personal thoughts about that get in the way of her story. You see, she just experienced a little technological nightmare. A cheery digital convert, she admits she often leaves the house without her wallet. But surely not without her iPhone. Apple Pay is, after all, a contemporary joy. It's right up there with Tinder in its ability to make your life easier. Kelly, indeed, hops on London buses and uses Apple Pay to tap her payment instead of buying a ticket the old-fashioned way. Which, as she cheerily described, is easy unless a ticket inspector wanders by. Just after your iPhone's battery has died. She couldn't prove that she'd paid, but gave her personal details and assumed there'd be a record of her probity on the transportation company's computers. But then she was charged with, well, not providing proof of payment. Charged as in would be forced to go to court and to plead guilty or not guilty within 21 days. A little draconian, you might think. Yes, the Brits look and act like nice people, but it's wise to remember that London seems to have more surveillance cameras than Amazon's Ring. Here's where things got (more) awkward. Kelly produced a bank statement that proved she'd paid. The transportation company -- Transport For London -- insisted this wasn't enough. It seems she'd failed another digital task -- registering her Apple Pay with Transport For London. She was edging ever closer to criminal status. But did her Apple Pay details need to be registered? Kelly revealed: "They told me, 'there is no requirement for cards to be registered, the same as paying for any goods and services in a shop'. But it's not the same, actually; in a shop, you are given a breakdown in the form of a receipt." So, here she was, contactless and receiptless. Next, she heard that her court case had happened and she'd been found guilty. Oh, and she also owed a fine of £476.50 -- around $592. Despite, she says, attempting to contact Transport For London several times, the money was removed from her paycheck. (Not a friendly court, see.) Oh, and being found guilty meant she was turned down for a US visa. We don't need more criminals here. There was, however, an uplifting ending. She managed to get back to court and persuade the magistrate to quash her conviction. It all took months. Her story, however, aptly describes how the digital world demands our complete and unyielding participation. Digital systems are designed by those who strive for complete perfection and consistency. Which doesn't describe the human condition at all. You have to follow all the rules of the system. This, sadly, requires you to do the work of discovering what they are. And, as anyone who's mindlessly clicked their agreement knows, these rules can be painfully long and twisted. Personally, I'm often vexed when someone in front of me at Starbucks tries to use Apple Pay or some other digital means. Somehow, the machine doesn't always recognize the phone. Or worse, the person is actually talking on the phone while trying to pay at the same time. And they don't even bother opening the phone until it's time to pay. The mere idea that you have to keep your phone charged at all times -- just in case -- puts the onus again on you. Kelly admits she's now invested in a portable charger. In what way is that making your life easier? It's one more thing to remember, one more thing to carry, and one more reason why I'm perfectly happy to slip my credit card into Starbucks' machine and have a 20-second chat with the barista. Phones are overburdened as it is. They're our cameras, our entertainment systems, our productivity devices and, on rare occasions, our phones. Do they really have to be our wallets too? I'm not allowed to say no, am I? Siri might overhear and take me to court. Source
  22. The latest iOS 13.1.1 patch should fix your Siri and battery life problems The update frenzy continues (Image credit: Future) Whenever a new version of iOS (or Android) gets pushed out, it's typically followed by a flurry of smaller patches designed to fix whatever problems the major update has caused – and that's proving to be the case with iOS 13. Apple just released iOS 13.1.1 for iPhones, which should fix problems you may have been having with poor battery life, as well as problems that have surfaced in regards to restoring iPhones from a backup. On the newest iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro models, iOS 13.1.1 improves Siri recognition requests, Apple says – owners of the latest handsets had been reporting problems with Siri ignoring them. A new design is coming with the iPhone 12 Apple TV Plus movies may head to cinemas Android's new default player is YouTube Music At the same time, Apple has released a corresponding update for iPads with iPadOS 13.1.1. It looks as though the two mobile operating systems will be upgraded in tandem for the foreseeable future. Patch happy Getting iPhones and iPads updated is of course a breeze these days, but if you are putting off the notification alert telling you iOS 13.1.1 is ready and waiting, we'd recommend getting it installed at your earliest opportunity. The latest patches also address problems that have been reported with third-party keyboards, slow syncing in the Reminders app, and Safari search suggestions. To force an update on your iPhone, open up Settings, tap General, and then choose Software Update. At the rate Apple is going we might well be up to iOS 13.1.2 by the time you read this. The iOS 13 roll out has been unusual, in that a number of key features were held back by Apple for the iOS 13.1 update, which arrived a week after iOS 13. Now that 13.1.1 is here, let's hope bugs and issues are kept down to a minimum. Everything you need to know about the new features in iOS 13 Via Engadget Source: The latest iOS 13.1.1 patch should fix your Siri and battery life problems (TechRadar)
  23. The Home Office is advising people to borrow an Android. The Brexit situation in Britain isn't only causing chaos in the areas of politics and business, but is causing its share of technology woes too. The latest issue is with the government app which allows EU nationals residing in Britain to apply to stay in the country, which is only available for Android and not iPhone. EU nationals who live in Britain, of whom there are 3.6 million, can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to be granted "settled status" to allow them to remain. However, only 1 million eligible people have applied thus far. The application process requires scanning documents as proof of identity, and now the app which is supposed to make the process easier won't be available on one of the two largest mobile platforms. In its instructions for applying for the Settlement Scheme, the British government says "You can only use the 'EU Exit: ID Document Check' app for Android to scan your document" and that if those who don't have access to an Android device must submit their documents by post or in person. Callers to the scheme's helpline who have an iPhone are being told they should "borrow an Android device" or visit a government center in person to complete their application, as reported by The Financial Times. The Home Office, the branch of government responsible for immigration and residency status, told the FT it is working on the iPhone app which should be ready "later this year". That won't do much good to the 2.6 million people who still need to apply for settled status, however. Last week the British government announced it would end freedom of movement for EU nationals immediately if there is a no-deal Brexit on October 31st. However, the Home Office maintains that the deadline to apply for settled status is December 31st. Source
  24. steven36

    Sure Apple, Whatever

    Apple still hasn’t set an official day for its annual fall product launch event (aka iPhone Day), but that hasn’t stopped leaks and rumors from shedding light on what we might see some time in early September. But one thing that’s still mostly a guess are the official names for Apple’s upcoming batch of iPhones. However, based on a stock list from smartphone case maker ESR (discovered by iPhonesoft.fr), the general consensus is that the next products in the iPhone family will be called the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max. While these aren’t exactly the most intriguing or eye-catching names, by simplifying its naming scheme, Apple could eliminate some consumer confusion now that the iPhone portfolio has expanded to three new phones every year instead just two. The 6.1-inch iPhone 11 looks to be the replacement for the iPhone XR, which should continue to be the “entry-level” phone in Apple’s smartphone lineup. Meanwhile the iPhone 11 Pro will succeed the iPhone XS as Apple’s smaller, but still a very premium option. The one that sort of throws a wrench into things is the 6.5-inch iPhone 11 Pro Max, which seems like a mash-up of tags and monikers from Apple’s phone and laptop lines. While this isn’t really the first time people have theorized that Apple could add the “Pro” tag to the iPhone line, an accessory maker having the confidence to list the next iPhone as the iPhone 11 in their internal records does add a little bit of weight to previous reports. Of course, none of this means much until Tim Apple, I mean, Tim Cook gets on stage and officially announces the name of the next iPhone to the world. Personally, I think this leaked naming scheme is a little boring and somewhat clunky, but it works, even if the next batch will technically be the 13th generation of Apple’s iPhones. Source
  25. LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) is offering cyber security researchers up to $1 million to detect flaws in iPhones, the largest reward offered by a company to defend against hackers, at a time of rising concern about governments breaking into the mobile devices of dissidents, journalists and human rights advocates. Unlike other technology providers, Apple previously offered rewards only to invited researchers who tried to find flaws in its phones and cloud backups. At the annual Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas on Thursday, the company said it would open the process to all researchers, add Mac software and other targets, and offer a range of rewards, called "bounties," for the most significant findings. The $1 million prize would apply only to remote access to the iPhone kernel without any action from the phone's user. Apple's previous highest bounty was $200,000 for friendly reports of bugs that can then be fixed with software updates and not leave them exposed to criminals or spies. Government contractors and brokers have paid as much as $2 million for the most effective hacking techniques to obtain information from devices. Apple's new bounties, however, are in the same range as some published prices from contractors. Apple is taking other steps to make research easier, including offering a modified phone that has some security measures disabled. A number of private companies, such as Israel's NSO Group, sell hacking capabilities to governments to target their critics. One such attack was made against a friend of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi Arabian government, who was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018. A principal component of such breaches is programs that take advantage of otherwise unknown flaws in the phones, their software or installed applications. A number of private companies, such as Israel’s NSO Group, sell hacking capabilities to governments. “NSO Group develops technology that is licensed to intelligence and law enforcement agencies for the sole purpose of preventing and investigating terror and crime,” NSO said in a statement. “It is not a tool to target journalists for doing their job or to silence critics.” Source: Reuters
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