European iPhone Charger Adapters Overheating, Apple Offers Replacements

9:39 AM, Jun. 13th, 2014 · · iPhone

Apple launched a European iPhone charger adapter replacement program on Friday after finding that the device could dangerously overheat. The company isn't saying the charger adapters pose a fire threat, but did say it is a "safety risk."

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Safety issues are a big deal, so it's good to see Apple proactively addressing the problem even though there aren't any reports of related fires or injuries.

iOS 7: The “Summarize Photos” Feature

8:50 AM, Jun. 13th, 2014 · · iPhone

The Years, Collections, and Moments views in iOS 7’s Photos app can be a bit overwhelming to scroll through. Luckily, there’s a “Summarize Photos” setting you can use to cut down on the number of images you’ll see within Years and Collections, so you can more quickly find exactly the time period you want. In this article, we’ll figure out how to use it (and how to turn it off if you don’t like it)!

Starbucks Announces Wireless Charging On Tables

12:44 PM, Jun. 12th, 2014 · · iPhone

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Starbucks announced Thursday that wireless charging is being rolled out nationwide. In a partnership with Duracell, the company said it was installing Powermat charging spots at all locations, starting in San Francisco.

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Cool! I don't usually need to charge my phone at Starbucks, but all those dangling chargers at the Starbucks next to Moscone center show it's pretty common to need a boost during the day.

NSA Eavesdropping: Your iPhone isn’t Safe Even when it’s Off

10:24 AM, Jun. 11th, 2014 · · iPhone

The NSA has a reputation for spying on whoever they please and mass data collection from people who aren't suspects in crimes, and the agency can listen in on your conversations through your iPhone's built-in microphone even if the device is turned off. That trick can't, however, happen unless the NSA has gained physical access to your iPhone and installed either a hardware or software implant designed to make it appear your smartphone is off even though it isn't.

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It says a lot about the level of trust people have in the U.S. government when the discussion turns to ways to prevent the NSA from eavesdropping on our personal conversations.

Apple Products Slated To Return To Costco Warehouses

3:53 PM, Jun. 10th, 2014 · · iPhone

Four years ago, Apple's iPods and gift cards slowly disappeared from Costco, but are going to make a comeback. An internal company memo said that iPhones and iPads are returning to the warehouse chain, while separate sources said that gift cards are already reappearing.

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This generally means a permanent deal on gift cards, which is awesome for anyone. Not to mention getting a crack at being one of the devices at those displays in Costco, which is one of the few places left that doesn't seem to sell anything from Cupertino. 

Kloqe Aluminum Case for iPhone 5/5s is Sturdy, Majestic

3:23 PM, Jun. 10th, 2014 · · iPhone

Kloqe All-Aluminum case for iPhone 5/5s review

The Kloqe aluminum case for iPhone 5/5s is sleek, minimalist, and beautiful. Well designed plastic caps on each end allow the radios to work effectively. It is the most beautiful iPhone case John Martellaro has ever seen, but it does have one possible annoyance. John sizes up this generally amazing case.

Apparent Oleg Pliss iPhone Hackers Arrested

10:20 AM, Jun. 10th, 2014 · · iPhone

Two Russian men apparently linked to the iPhone lockout scam that hit Australia in May have been arrested. The two have been accused of remotely locking victim's iPhones and then demanding a ransom, and while authorities stopped short of saying they were involved on the Oleg Pliss attacks, their actions sound exactly the same.

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Regardless of whether or not the real Oleg Pliss attackers are in custody, this is a great reminder to avoid offers that are too good to be true, and to stay away from websites that you think aren't trustworthy.

Apple’s iOS 8 Protects Mobile Privacy from Wi-Fi Data Collection

2:49 PM, Jun. 9th, 2014 · · iPhone

One of the improved privacy features of iOS 8 could also foil marketers tracking smartphone data. A Swiss scientist has revealed that MAC address tracking—a common method marketers (and also malware) can use to monitor mobile phones (and therefore customers) as they move through a store—is foiled by Apple's latest iOS 8 beta releases.

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It's nice to see this baked into iOS, rather than it being a separate utility. It would be nice if this became the norm.