FBI Says iPhone Hack is Limited, but Won’t Give it Up

2:49 PM, Apr. 7th, 2016 · · News

The FBI says the big iPhone exploit it bought is safe, so they don't need to tell Apple about it

FBI director James Comey has a couple revelations about the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone unlock hack. The first is that it doesn't work on phones newer than the iPhone 5c, and the second is that he doesn't want Apple to fix the exploit they used to get in.

Google Play Store Fail lets Taliban App Slip Through

9:55 AM, Apr. 5th, 2016 · · News

Oops! Google lets Taliban propaganda app on Play Store

Google unintentionally showed why Apple maintains the App Store's walled garden after it was alerted to a Taliban-made propaganda app on the Play Store. Of course Google pulled it down, but the point is that the Taliban was able to publish and sell its app to Android phone users because there wasn't a screening process in place to catch it earlier.

iPhone SE More Fragile than iPhone 6s in SquareTrade Testing

5:38 PM, Apr. 4th, 2016 · · News

iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus in SquareTrade Testing

SquareTrade released the results of its iPhone SE testing, and it turns out the device was less strong than its larger siblings, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. The iPhone SE bent, cracked, shattered, and drowned before the larger models in most of the tests.

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My gut expected the smaller iPhone SE to be sturdier than its larger counterparts. That wasn't the case, which really just makes me respect iPhone 6s all that much more.

FBI goes Quiet with iPhone Unlock Fight in Boston

3:30 PM, Apr. 4th, 2016 · · News

The FBI has another iPhone unlock case, this time in Boston

The Department of Justice's fight to force Apple to sidestep iPhone security features in San Bernardino isn't over, and in fact is still very much alive in Boston. Like the San Bernardino case, the FBI is citing the All Writs Act from 1789 as grounds to force Apple to find a way to bypass the iPhone's lock screen, but this time they're doing all under sealed records instead of in the open.

Siri gets Smarter about Baseball, Crisis Responses

9:30 AM, Apr. 4th, 2016 · · News

Siri gets smarter about baseball and crisis responses

Siri is getting smarter and more sensitive. Apple's mobile device voice recognition system now knows a lot more about baseball just in time for opening day, and can respond much more appropriately to statements about abuse and sexual assault.

iOS 9.3.1 Fixes Problem with Tapping Links

6:59 PM, Mar. 31st, 2016 · · News

iOS 9.3.1 Screenshot

Apple released iOS 9.3.1 Thursday, a release that corrected a problem some users had when tapping links. It was an issue many noticed with iOS 9.3, but was likely present in earlier versions of iOS, too.

Apple TV Takes a Hit, Loses Disney Infinity Support

10:00 AM, Mar. 31st, 2016 · · News

Disney gives Apple TV gaming a thumbs down

Disney's endorsement of Apple TV as a legit gaming platform was short lived. Only six months after the fourth generation Apple TV launched Disney has dropped support for Disney Infinity, and that's going to make it hard for other big name game makers to take the platform seriously.

Foxconn Buys Sharp in $3.5B Deal

11:23 AM, Mar. 30th, 2016 · · News

Foxconn buys Sharp for $3.5 billion

Foxconn announced it's buying Sharp on Wednesday for US$3.5 billion, ending speculation surrounding whether the deal would come through. Foxconn originally offered over $5 billion for Sharp, and the buyout looked like it might fall apart for a while thanks to surprise Sharp liabilities.

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This looks like good news for Sharp because it needs a way to grow faster outside of Japan, and Foxconn may be able to make that happen. For Foxconn, the deal takes it beyond manufacturing for other companies, and turns it into a parts supplier for Apple—which could be a lucrative proposition.

Apple Invents Stackable Ports for MacBook

11:06 AM, Mar. 29th, 2016 · · News

Apple's magnetic expansion port patent

It's still only a patent, but Apple has a clever way to overcome the need for more ports on laptops: magnetic stackable expansion ports. Apple was just granted a patent for the idea, and it could find its way not only to the MacBook, but to the iPad, too.

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This looks like a cool way to address expandability on the MacBook and iPad. Bonus: it closes up another place where dust and other gunk can get inside.