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iPhone 8 Still Works After Two Months in The River Thames

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A UK woman dropped her new iPhone 8 into the River Thames. Two months later she stumbled across it, the Mirror reported. After a spell in some dried rice, she and her fiance turned the iPhone 8 on… and it worked.

At two metres beneath the surface, the phone was difficult to reach so the pair returned home to look for something to retrieve it with. After looking on Amazon, the pair eventually decided to fashion a homemade fishing net by attaching a kitchen sieve to the end of a broom. They next day they returned to the site with the contraption and spent 40 minutes fighting against the current to reach the phone.

Apple Pays Hacker Who Found Seven Zero-Days $75,000

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Dramatic interpretation of a hacker plying his trade

Apple paid hacker Ryan Pickren $75,000 via its bug bounty program (via Forbes). The former Amazon Web Services engineer found seven zero-day vulnerabilities and used three of them to hijack an iPhone’s camera.

During December 2019, Pickren decided to put the notion that “bug hunting is all about finding assumptions in software and violating those assumptions to see what happens” to the test. He opted to delve into Apple Safari for iOS and macOS, to “hammer the browser with obscure corner cases” until weird behavior was uncovered… To cut a very long and technical story short: Pickren found a total of seven zero-day vulnerabilities in Safari (CVE-2020-3852, CVE-2020-3864, CVE-2020-3865, CVE-2020-3885, CVE-2020-3887, CVE-2020-9784, & CVE-2020-9787) of which three could be used in the camera hacking kill chain.

Ne-Yo Joins Apple TV+'s Helpsters in Catchy New Song

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

Ne-Yo has teamed up with Apple TV+ children’s characters Helpsters for a new song. The pop star joins the Muppet-like creatures for a song about directions. It’s very sweet and, unfortunately for parents, very, very catchy. New episodes of Helpster arrive every Friday.

YouTube Kids Gets the Watch Time, While Netflix Gets The Installs

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Netflix was installed 59 million times in the first quarter of 2020. However, it was YouTube Kids that had the most usage, according to AppTopia and Blaze data reported on by Reuters.

Netflix Inc led rivals YouTube, Amazon Prime and Disney+ with over 59 million installs in the first quarter of 2020, but more time was spent on YouTube’s Kids service as usage boomed following the shutdown of thousands of schools in March. YouTube, owned by Alphabet Inc’s Google, collected $110 million in in-app spending during the same time period, the highest among major streaming apps globally, according to a report by analytics firms Apptopia and Braze. The report did not give actual hours of usage, but ranked YouTube Kids first, followed by Netflix. YouTube itself was in third place.

Latest iPad Pro May Not Have the U1 Chip in it

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Image of iPad Pro 2020 with Magic Keyboard

When the 2020 iPad Pro launched there was discussion about whether or not had U1 chip in it. The chip, present in the iPhone 11 series, provides Ultra Wideband support. It is not mentioned in the iPad Pro tech specs but is referred to in the iPhones’ specs. While MacRumors noted that the U1 could still be present and that Apple is waiting until it is useful to highlight it, it has compiled evidence that that is not the case.

The biggest clue of all is that FCC filings for all iPhone 11 models list operating frequencies in the 6GHz range and the 7-8GHz range, and the rules for these frequencies points to “Subpart F — Ultra-Wideband Operation.” TechInsights last year reported that the U1 chip in iPhone 11 models transmits on two different frequencies, 6.24GHz and 8.23GHz. By comparison, FCC filings indicate that all 2020 iPad Pro models operate within a max frequency range of 5GHz for Wi-Fi.

U.S. Census Goes Digital With The iPhone 8

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It’s census year in the U.S., but this time around it’s going to be different. Each enumerator tasked with getting the data is to be handed an iPhone 8 instead of a pen and paper. CNet looked into how it is all going to work, and the risks involved.

In an effort to make the door-to-door process, which is the most laborious and expensive part of the census, faster and more efficient, the bureau is arming 500,000 enumerators with the Apple iPhone 8. But as the census goes mobile, instantaneously beaming respondents’ answers to data centers and cloud servers, it opens itself up to those who may want to access or manipulate such valuable information. The stakes to pull off a census have always been high, but with this year’s adoption of new technological methods, the pressure to succeed is even higher.

New 'Share to Instagram Stories' Feature Seen in iOS 13.4.5 Beta

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Apple Music logo

Apple Music users are going to be able to share music they’re listening to on Instagram and Facebook Stories. That’s according to an iOS 13.4.5 beta, which 9to5Mac had a look into. There’s also a lovely Twitter thread from Emily Ross who, as an intern, helped start the process that made this happen.

Sharing a song on Stories with iOS 13.4.5 is very simple. You just have to open the Music app on your iPhone or iPad, choose a song, and then tap the share option. If you select Instagram, for example, it will automatically generate a vertical image with the album cover, the name of the song, and an animated blurred background. From there, you can also share these Stories directly to Facebook. After sharing a song on Instagram Stories, other people can listen to it on Apple Music with just a tap. Apple continues to improve Apple Music to make it more attractive to users. Recently, the company introduced several new curated playlists, including the “Get Up! Mix”.

Apple Doubling COVID-19 Recovery Donation to China

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Apple China flag

Apple has doubled its donation towards China’s COVID-19 recovery donations. The money is being focussed on aiding long-term recovery efforts.

Apple more than doubled its donation to China’s efforts to fight COVID-19 to over 50 million yuan ($7 million), CEO Tim Cook posted on Weibo on Wednesday, weeks after the iPhone maker said it had opened all its 42 stores in one of its largest markets. Apple will contribute the rest of the money to support longer-term public health recovery efforts, he said. “China has shown incredible spirit and resilience during the COVID-19 outbreak and we are grateful to our teams, partners and customers for their support during these challenging times,” Cook said in a message on China’s Twitter equivalent Weibo.

Happy Birthday Apple - Founded April 1, 1976

· Charlotte Henry · News

Happy Birthday Apple – founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne on April 1, 1976, in a Mountain View apartment.

The UK Limit on Contactless Payments is Now £45

· Charlotte Henry · News

Hand making a contactless payment

The UK has upped the limit on contactless payments to £45 to both hep retailers and reduce the need for contact with in-store surfaces.

Dark Sky Weather App Joins Apple - Now What?

· Charlotte Henry · Analysis

Dark Sky logo

Dark Sky, the premium, hyper-local focused, weather app has announced that is has been acquired by Apple for an unknown sum.

Tangerine Can Help You Form Good Habits

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

Tangerine app logo

Identifying and doing things that are good for you or make you happy is relatively easy. Turning that behavior into a habit is harder. That’s the point of Tangerine. It’s a habit and mood tracking app. It’s a bit like Streaks – add something you want to do regularly and see how many days in a row you can do it for. You can create reminders, designate tasks to different days and so forth. Tangerine has won various accolades form Apple, including being named App of the Month in March. The app is free to download and use, and is available for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. A Premium subscription gives you additional access to Insights and Stats as well as iCloud syncing. That costs $29.99 annually or $4.99 per month.

Office 365 is Becoming Microsoft 365

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Microsoft logo

From April 21, Office 365 will be knowns as Microsoft 365, and the suite of apps will contain a variety of new features.