Does Apple Have Too Much Control Over Your iPhone?

Recode is working on a series that examines Big Tech and antitrust. Sara Morrison covers Apple in the first installment, asking “How much control should Apple have over your iPhone?” One paragraph in particular grabbed my attention:

In her book Monopolies Suck, antitrust expert Sally Hubbard described Apple as a “warm and fuzzy monopolist” when compared to Facebook, Google, and Amazon, the other three companies in the so-called Big Four that have been accused of being too big. It doesn’t quite have the negative public perception that its three peers have, and the effects of its exclusive control over mobile apps on its consumers aren’t as obvious.

Apple Begins to Alert Victims of NSO Group's Pegasus Spyware

On Tuesday Apple revealed it is suing NSO Group for its Pegasus spyware that attacks iPhone users. TechCrunch writes that the company has begun alerting victims.

The alerts — which Apple says are designed to inform and assist users who may have been targeted by state-sponsored attackers — were also sent to a number of users in El Salvador. This includes 12 employees from El Faro, an online digital newspaper that has been notoriously critical of the government, as well as two leaders of civil society organizations and two opposition politicians.

How Thieves are Stealing Apple ID Credentials for Stolen iPhones

A report from India Today shares the story of how thieves tricked an Apple user to steal his credentials in order to unlock the iPhone they stole.

Vedant narrated his ordeal on Twitter and urged users to be aware of the types of attacks that can be used to extract sensitive information from users. He revealed that the first thing he did after losing his phone was log in to the Find My app with his Apple ID using his MacBook and try to get the phone’s exact location through the Find My app.

Classic phishing attack.

'Zero' Introduces Line of Wireless Charging Devices for iPhone

Zero announced the launch of its Qi-certified wireless charging solutions that can keep mobile devices powered for the whole day. Wireless Qi Pad: The patented Zero Qi-certified Pad battery magnetically attaches itself to the back of a Qi-enabled phone with the included magnetic pad over rubber or plastic phone cases up to 4mm thick. It provides 3000 mAh power capacity for a 60%-80% greater charge than standard battery packs. Travel Cube: This Qi Pad charging Travel Cube provides power wherever the user goes. It can simultaneously charge up to two Zero Qi pads and one additional mobile device (with an extra USB C port). In addition, it comes with LED lights that indicate the remaining charge level in the Travel Cube at a glance. Home Docking: The Zero Home Dock gives users a place to recharge their Wireless Qi pads after a full day’s usage. It can charge up to two Zero Qi pads and one additional mobile device (with an extra USB C port) simultaneously. In addition, the Home Dock works with rubber or plastic phone cases up to 4mm thick, allowing for charging without removing your case.