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Even More iOS Updates

Posted by rreeve | Posted in Apple News, Consumer Electronics | Posted on 10-09-2016

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We are arriving fashionably late with this information, but it is still important to know. So my fellow consumer, prepare to arm yourself with the power of a refreshed intellect.

If you are like me, and for some reason have not yet upgraded to iOS 9.3.5, you will soon have two reasons for doing so. The first ,and most obvious, reason  to update is that iOS 10 will soon be available. However; if you do not want to upgrade to iOS10, and have not yet upgraded to iOS 9.3.5, you should know that this update is essential to keeping all personal information on your Apple device secure. If your Apple device hasn’t already been updated, I strongly urge you to do so now. To update go to Settings > General > Software Update.

According to reports from New York Times and Motherboard, an undetectable malware program has been found that can install and uninstall itself without the smartphone owner even knowing, and it is able to access your camera and microphone making it extremely dangerous. If you receive suspicious texts you shouldn’t click on any links that have been put into the message.  As soon as the link is clicked the malware instantly starts tracking any personal data and with the growing dependence on smartphones, more and more people rely on them to hold key personal data. In addition to the ability to access your iPhone’s camera and microphone, the spyware was also capable of accessing messages, emails, logs, and more from apps such as Gmail, Facebook, Skype, WhatsApp, Viber, FaceTime, Calendar, and much more.

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It took merely 10 days for Apple to release an update to combat the holes pointed out to them by Citizen Lab and Lookout. Though this may seem like a long time, when compared to Android this update came out at seemingly lightspeed. This is mainly because there are tens of thousands of distinctive Android devices as opposed to a fraction of the amount of devices coming from Apple, which furthermore all run on the same core software.

This incident goes to show you that even the all-praised for security Apple devices are even vulnerable to malware and security threats from time to time. The best way to keep your device secure is to keep your phone updated. If it hadn’t been for the folks at Citizen Lab, an interdisciplinary lab based at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, this spyware would probably still exist.

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Apple’s New iOS Features

Posted by rreeve | Posted in Apple News, Consumer Electronics | Posted on 23-06-2016

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The month of June is a great time to be an Apple user. The Worldwide Developers Conference has announced many new and exciting things for people who own Apple products to look forward to.

Among the announcements made at the Worldwide Developers Conference was a reveal of 10 new features and design choices for the release of iOS 10 including the adaptation to use whatsapp plus. We’ve compiled a summary of the announced 10 new features for you, which are:

  1. Apple has designed a new look for the lockscreen, and 3D touch notifications will allow you to perform a variety of actions directly from your lockscreen.  
  2. Siri will be made open for developers, meaning that you might finally be able to make siri useful in apps you actually enjoy using.
  3. Apple will add a function called QuickType. QuickType can predict how you want to continue or finish your sentences that you are typing based on the context of the sentence.
  4. For you avid picture takers, Apple has announced two features. The first of these is called Places, which shows you where you’ve taken your pictures on a world map so that you can requiesce on memories past. The second feature is Advanced Computer Vision, which allows your iDevice to remember you and your friend’s faces and sort people into their own photo albums.
  5. Redesign for Apple Maps intended to make it easier for users to access details about locations they are going to before they get there.
  6. Apple Music has entered the music streaming field in a big way. One thing that stood out was the price point of $14.99 for a family plan of up to six people (This plan does require that you have iCloud Family Sharing for your account). However, if you happen to be flying solo, Spotify and Apple Music cost the same amount per month for your subscription: $9.99 per month excluding tax.
  7. Redesign for Apple News, including a cleaner interface and easier to sort categories. The Apple News app will also present you stories based on what you’ve already read.   
  8. Additional support added for the Homekit application involving house accessories including cameras and doorbells.  
  9. Apple has decided to make transcripts for your voicemail messages. If these transcripts work as intended they will definitely be a neat feature. Apple also announced a sort of alert system developed through third parties to help prevent you from answering unwanted phone calls.
  10. The Messages app will receive several improvements. For starters, the app will now show links that do not look like clunky garbage. Instead of your friends or family members seeing extremely long lines of text for links, they will now see a picture from the website along with a title instead. Videos will also be improved significantly, videos sent in the Messages app will now be shown and played inside of the message you sent them. Of course, we couldn’t talk about messages without at least mentioning emojis. Emojis will be displayed 3 times larger in iOS 10, and Apple has decided to give you emoji suggestions as you type your messages, and even suggestions to replace certain words with emojis after you’ve typed your message if you click on the emoji button.

These are ten new exciting iOS 10 features that Apple announced during the Worldwide Developers Conference. Application Developers already have access to iOS 10 in the form of a beta, and the general public should have access to the iOS10 beta starting in July. For those of you wanting to play it safe and wait for a final version, iOS 10 is expected to fully launch in September. 

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iPhone 7 Flop or Not?

Posted by rreeve | Posted in Consumer Electronics | Posted on 07-06-2016

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With Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference coming up, speculation and interest in the newest iPhone, the iPhone 7, is increasing, and consumers are asking an important question. Will Apple’s next iPhone be a complete bust? Based on leaked information combined with speculation by a myriad of tech journalists, reports aren’t looking favorable for Apple’s latest gadget. While online leaks can be exciting and fun for the consumer, Apple’s iPhone is perhaps the biggest victim of online leaks out of any tech device out there.

 

Due to online information leaks, consumers have access to the presumed specifications of the iPhone 7. By the time Tim Cook finally “releases” the iPhone on stage this fall, the researched consumer might not have anything left to discover about the device. That being said, don’t expect anything too exciting for the iPhone 7. Based on what leaked information and rumors suggest, the next iPhone will look very similar to the iPhone 6S. It will come in two sizes, of course have better cameras, a faster processor, run iOS 10, ditch the headphone jack and have less antenna lines on the backside. The 5.5-inch model will most likely come with two cameras and a smart connector.

 

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Apple is considering switching to a different redesign cycle. That is, instead of releasing a new redesign every two years, it may be three years until you get your hands on an iPhone 8. But don’t worry, as unexciting and old as the iPhone 7 looks, information on the iPhone 8 is already being leaked. It is rumored that the iPhone 8 will feature an all-glass design and a Touch ID sensor integrated right into the display!

 

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