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Uber tracked iPhones even after wiping

uber-logo Uber has quickly become the villain of a still ongoing drarma. It’s the typical story of a successful company willing to do anything and everything to stay that the top, even when that means breaking the rules. And break the rules Uber did, according to this new report. Uber has allegedly been “fingerprinting” iPhones, identifying them even after they have been fully erased. It was a gross violation of Apple’s privacy policies and a practice that went on for almost a year until Apple CEO Tim Cook put a stop to it.

Drivers who wanted to take advantage of Uber’s incentives for raking up the trips would register multiple iPhones as fake passengers. Uber needed a way to fight this system and chose to fingerprint iPhones as its countermeasure.

Fingerprinting a device means identifying it as something unique, like an unchanging serial number. The difference is that identification isn’t physical but digital. In Uber’s case, this meant that the Uber app could identify it has been installed on an iPhone, presumably a banned or blocked one, already. And that happens even after the iPhone has been wiped clean of any data.

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick supposedly instructed software engineers to identify users who are likely to be reviewing the app for Apple. The app would then hide the code responsible for fingerprinting and, thus, make it pass the review process. In other words, Kalanick knowingly and actively tried to fool Apple.

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Rumors what iPhone 8 handset may look like

iphone-6-458153_960_720 Designer Benjamin Geskin has published a series of high quality renders revealing what the iPhone 8 may look like.

5.8-inch OLED display on the renders, something mentioned in many leaks, as well as Touch ID that is, in this case, embedded underneath the display rather than presented with a physical sensor. The elimination of that sensor means the display stretches to the bottom of the phone, a first for Apple.

Touch ID sensor moved to the back of the handset. The difficulties in figuring this issue out could result in Apple delaying mass production of the handset, at least if these reports are correct.

Geskin claims his renders are ‘based on real blueprints,’ and they include things like 4mm bezels and a metal frame. Though you can’t exactly see it in the photos, the iPhone 8 (or iPhone Pro or iPhone X, if you prefer) will supposedly include wireless charging, as well as a dual-camera setup on the back with a protruding, vertical arrangement. Such a camera design has been seen on many, many iPhone 8 leaks.

 

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Apple iOS 10.3 is here

ios.png The update is being pushed to iPhones and iPad right now, and offers a lot of new functionality for AirPods, Siri, and even iTunes.

iOS 10.3. Once the update has been applied, you’ll be able to locate your AirPods via Find My iPhone. Just like with an iPhone or iPad, Find My iPhone will show you either the current or last known location of your AirPods.

Assuming they’re still powered on, you can also make one or both sound a tone to help you find them. Considering many folks we were worried about how easy it would be to lose these wireless earbuds when they first launched, this will probably prove to be a handy feature indeed.

Siri is getting quite the boost in this update as well. Apple has added a lot of different functionality, making Siri play nice with payment apps so you can pay bills and check the status of those bills by summoning her. There’s also new support for scheduling rides through apps like Uber and Lyft, along with support for checking all sorts of statistics about your car through apps from car manufacturers.

There are a number of miscellaneous new features being added in this release as well, and one of the coolest is some new functionality for iTunes. Starting today, you can rent a movie in iTunes once and then watch it across all of your devices, which is a huge addition if you find yourself renting from iTunes frequently.

You should be seeing the notification for iOS 10.3 either now or shortly, so if you want to take advantage of these new features, make sure you apply it once it appears

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RED iPhone 7 IS NOW AVAILABLE

red-iphone-7 A Special Edition of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have been made available by Apple in collaboration with PRODUCT RED. In addition to the main metal body of the iPhone coming in a brand-spot-on red tone, the antenna plastic is red as well. As are the buttons, and the mute switch. The SIM card tray is also the same lovely red tone as the rest of the iPhone 7 Plus’ body. This is an exercise in quality control, to be sure – even more than usual, that is to say.

The official statement from Apple on the proceeds reads as such: “A portion of the proceeds from every (PRODUCT)RED purchase will go to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa.” Two versions of the iPhone 7 Plus are available for the PRODUCT RED Special Edition. One is the 128GB internal storage capacity version, the other has 256GB of internal storage.

iPhone 7 Plus PRODUCT RED Special Edition devices will cost around $869 delivered sim-free and off contract. The larger of the two will cost $969 USD. These are the same prices that the same internal storage capacity models cost with any other color available from Apple for the iPhone 7 Plus. The same is true of the iPhone 7 (not plus) in PRODUCT RED – that’ll cost $749 or $849 for 128GB or 256GB internal storage.

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Rumors iPhone Could Have a New Name

iphone-1067989_960_720.jpg Apple has been the topic of countless rumors—most centered on its plans for the next iPhone and even what it might call the handset. And speculation has run rampant after CEO Tim Cook was spotted having dinner this week with Google CEO Sundar Pichai.

Apple might call a rumored handset the company has planned that could commemorate the iPhone’s 10th anniversary.

Still, Apple (AAPL, +0.33%) has remained silent all week, leaving all the speculation and guesswork to the rumor mill. But that doesn’t mean it was a dull week for Apple. In fact, it shed a bit more light on what the future might look like for the company’s critical handset division.

Apple is rumored to be working on a big new iPhone update that could feature an all-glass design, curved screen, and wireless charging, among other features. The device has been rumored to be named the iPhone 8 or iPhone X. But a new report this week says Apple might actually call it the iPhone Edition. And although it’s believed it will come with an all-glass design.

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GBoard for iPhone gets new languages

gboard   GBoard since it was first introduced back in May, then you’ll probably like what’s coming today. Google has announced a new update for GBoard that adds a lot of new functionality and support, including support for iOS 10 emoji at long last. On top of that, the number of supported languages is getting a pretty big expansion, giving you plenty more options when it comes to picking your language of choice.

Google is adding support for 15 languages in all: Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Polish, Romanian, Swedish, Catalan, Hungarian, Malay, Russian, Latin American Spanish, and Turkish.

Today, the number of emoji supported by that search functionality is expanding, as GBoard now allows you to search for all of the ones added with iOS 10.

You can now view the Google Doodle within GBoard as well. If there’s a new doodle for you to check out, the Google button on your keyboard will be appear animated.

New microphone button appearing in the message panel. Simply tap the microphone button, say your message, and then send it off. It’s more or less like any other keyboard voice-to-text you’ve used.

 

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Apple iPhone 5S 16 GB Valentine’s Day offer

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If you have been waiting to get your hands on an iPhone, then Apple’s Valentine’s Day offer might come in handy.

Apple is offering cashbacks up to Rs 6,000 on various bank credit and debit cards. The maximum amount of cashback (Rs 6,000) is available on all HDFC Bank Debit and Credit cards. According to the terms and conditions, the cashback will be credited to a customer’s accounts within 90 days of the purchase. The offer is live and will be valid till February 14, 2017.

First the iPhone 5S 16GB variant has too less space for apps and other things such as music that you would want to store on the phone. The 16GB variant quickly runs out of space.

Second, iPhone 5S is old and so essentially it will slow down on updating to newer iOS versions. Apple is soon expected to launch the 11th edition of iOS.

Third the specifications of the iPhone 5S is worn out. It comes with a 1GB RAM, 8-megapixel camera and a meagre 1,560 mAh battery. The 5S has a 4-inch display which is quite small compared to its successors.

 

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Beats by Dr. Dre BeatsX

 

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Beats by Dr. Dre BeatsX headphones, delayed from last year, will finally be hitting store this month wireless headphones were meant to land in the fall, but were postponed for unexplained reasons. Now, Apple-owned Beats has confirmed exactly when we’ll be able to buy them, and the good news is that there’s not long to wait.

BeatsX should be on sale February 10. They’ll be priced at $149.95, and offer up to eight hours of use on a single charge. A five-minute recharge, Apple and Beats say, will be sufficient for a further two hours of use; Beats calls it Fast Fuel.

BeatsX particularly special is what’s inside them, however. Just like Apple’s AirPods, the new Beats earbuds use Apple’s W1, the homegrown wireless chipset that promises – and, as  discovered, delivers – easier pairing, connection and re-connection, and management of Bluetooth headphones. They’ll also automatically connect across any device signed into the same Apple ID, such as your Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.

BeatsX still have a cable. That tethers the two earbuds together, and includes an in-line microphone block with a button to control playback together with answer and end calls, plus volume buttons. While that’s slightly less ergonomic than AirPods buttonless-design, it does mean you won’t have to rely on Siri all the time; however, you can still activate the virtual assistant from the physical controls.

 

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Indian minister says Apple will start making iPhones in Bangalore

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Indian government official has revealed plans for Apple to start manufacturing iPhones at a new facility in Bangalore, which may commence operations as early as April.

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Priyank Kharge, Minister of IT for the Indian state of Karnataka, said on Twitter that Apple’s plans would “foster cutting-edge technology ecosystem and supply chain development” for Bangalore.

Wistron had been roped in to drive the production in Bangalore, which Kharge said would make the Apple smartphone for the local market. The minister told Bloomberg he met with the company’s representatives last month, confirming that production at the plant would begin by end-April.

Apple shipped 2.5 million iPhones into India last year, while some 78.3 million units of the smartphone were sold globally in the fourth quarter of 2016.

The vendor’s other manufacturing partner, Foxconn, operated several facilities in its domestic market China, with Apple generating half of its parent Hon Hai Precision Industry’s business.

The Indian government in May rejected Apple’s application to sell refurbished units of iPhone and iPad in the country, saying this would violate its Hazardous Waste Rules and generate e-waste. It did, however, relaxed local sourcing policies to allow Apple to open retail stores in India, where it currently sold its products through local resellers.

According to local laws, foreign entities looking to set up shop in India must sell products containing components of which at least 30 percent were sourced within the Asian country.

Several mobile phone makers already operated production facilities in India, including Chinese vendors Xiaomi, Lenovo, Vivo, and Gionee as well as Korean smartphone giant Samsung.

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Apple’s next iPhone rumored to have facial recognition

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Apple’s next iPhone could include some “form of facial/gesture recognition.

The note includes several new details about Apple’s upcoming iPhone, which is expected to launch in September.

“Other features appear to include some form of facial/gesture recognition supported by a new laser sensor and an infrared sensor mounted near the front-facing camera and, as expected, should also finally include wireless charging,” Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri wrote.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has talked about his company’s interest in augmented reality technology in public several times in the past year. Apple is integrating its augmented reality technology into the iPhone’s camera, and faces will be one of the first things its technology should be able to recognize.

Arcuri and his team cite “field work” from Apple’s supply chain for its findings. Most of what they’ve uncovered line up with the current rumors about the upcoming iPhone.

He also expects:

  • “A feature-rich launch w/three models” – a new 5.8-inch iPhone in addition to existing 4.7- and 5.5-inch models
  • The 5.8-inch iPhone will have an OLED screen, a new kind of screen technology that uses less power and produces deeper blacks
  • The 5.8-inch model will have a “wraparound” design and will integrate the Touch ID fingerprint sensor “integrated under the glass and in the active display area.”