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US Government Still Wants an iOS Backdoor

· Jeff Butts · Product News

US Government Still Wants an iOS Backdoor

Some thought efforts to force an iOS backdoor were over. In fact, Cupertino may have won the battle in 2016, but the war wages on. Jeff Butts outlines the latest stalled efforts, and how they are probably just a setback for the government.

‘IScanner’ App Update Can Make Use of iPhone 12 LiDAR Scannning

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

The iScanner document scanning app received an update recently that lets it make use of the iPhone 12 LiDAR sensor. After that the user can easily convert the resulting calculations in PDF or JPG format. Also with the main functionality of the iScanner app it’s possible to add it in any other document or plan and edit it with OCR tool. For example, interior designers can measure the space of an apartment, windows, doorways or furniture and change or add it in two taps to the existing PDF design-project. The team released a short video on YouTube showing the LiDAR scanning.

‘IScanner’ App Update Can Make Use of iPhone 12 LiDAR Scannning

Today at Apple Looping Video Session

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

In a new video, Jahmyra from Today at Apple and director Romain Laurent explain how to direct, shoot, and edit looping video clips on an iPhone. They talk through how to make a loop, match a person’s movement, add a little something extra, and then export the clip.

FEMA to Test Emergency Alert System on August 11, 2021

· Andrew Orr · Link

Emergency alerts in iOS settings

On Wednesday, August 11, 2021 FEMA will test its Emergency Alert System as well as the Wireless Emergency Alerts system. It will happen at 2:20 ET.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, runs the test every year or two to ensure the system is working properly. It’s no small task: A national emergency alert system that can broadcast a message to potentially hundreds of millions of people at any given time is fraught with technological hurdles that require close co-operation from the cell carriers and broadcast networks.

On the iPhone you can see if you have these alerts enabled in Settings > Notifications, and scrolling down to the bottom.

Backup Tool ‘iMazing’ Updated to Detect Pegasus Spyware

· Andrew Orr · Link

Detect pegasus with iMazing

The team behind iMazing has updated their tool to detect NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware. You don’t have to buy an iMazing license to scan for it.

It would therefore be possible to relatively quickly re-implement MVT’s methodology in our toolkit, and integrate a user-friendly ‘wizard’ in iMazing’s user interface. And because iMazing can already perform iOS backups and decrypt backup files, the tool we envisaged had the potential to dramatically reduce the technical barrier of entry whilst enhancing performance and promoting backup encryption.

Exploring Night Mode on iPhone

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

In a new video, Today at Apple creative Landon teams up with photographer Maria Lax to explore Night mode on iPhone. They shoot, experiment, and edit a host of interesting pictures in the clip.

PopSockets Announce Attractive ‘PopWallet+’ For iPhones

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

PopSockets has announced two products for iPhone owners called PopWallet+ and PopThirst. The PopWallet+ is a repositionable wallet that can securely hold up to 3 cards and has a PopGrip attached, providing all the benefits of the original PopGrip. It is also available in MagSafe compatible styles, making it easy for you to slip it off for wireless charging. Hold your beverage of choice, and keep it hot or cold, with the PopThirst, an insulated sleeve that comes with a PopGrip attached for better grasp. The PopThirst is available in both a can holder and cup sleeve. The standard PopWallet+ and PopWallet+ for MagSafe styles range from US$25-US$40, in a variety of colors and patterns. The PopThirst ranges from US$13-US$15, in various designs.

PopSockets Announce Attractive ‘PopWallet+’ For iPhones

Learn iPhone Filmmaking Techniques

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

Apple shared a new video on Monday that showed how various filmmaking techniques can be achieved on the iPhone. They use the Ultra Wide Lens, create a DIY crane shot, and spooky blue light effect with relatively few resources. It’s a fascinating insight into what can be achieved with a handheld device.

 

Apple and Live Events – TMO Daily Observations 2021-07-26

· Kelly Guimont · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

TMO Daily Observations Podcast Logo

Charlotte Henry and Bryan Chaffin join host Kelly Guimont to discuss Apple’s return to the NAB show, and what shape this year’s iPhone event might take.

Patent Suggests AR Functions Coming to iPhone Measure App

· Charlotte Henry · Link

Screenshot of measuring a person using iPhone 12 Pro.

Apple is looking to incorporate AR technology into the iPhone’s Measure app in a bid to improve accuracy and allow automatic annotation of the object you’re interested in. That’s according to a new patent, seen by AppleInsider.

In future, pointing your iPhone camera at an object could automatically get you an on-screen notification of its measurements. It will do it through AR, and it will do it in part through Machine Learning on different types of objects. “Automatic measurements based on object classification,” is a newly-revealed patent application. It’s concerned with how to determine which object you’re interested in, then how measure it accurately. The patent application is particularly broad, including “devices, systems, and methods that obtain a three-dimensional (3D) representation of a physical environment.” The detail generated is based on a whole series of different sensors and measurements to do with “depth data and light intensity image data.”

An iPhone 7 Photo Won the 2021 iPhone Photography Awards

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

The winners of the 2021 iPhone Photography Awards have been announced, and the grand prize winner is Istvan Kerekes from Hungary whose photo was of two Transylvanian shepherds (pictured above) shot using an iPhone 7. In first place is Sharon Shetty of India with a photo of a man and horse using an iPhone X. In second place, Dan Liu from China submitted a beautiful landscape using an iPhone 11 Pro Max. Finally, the third place photo is from Jeff Rayner in the United States, with a photo of a little girl on an iPhone X.

An iPhone 7 Photo Won the 2021 iPhone Photography Awards