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iOS cracking tools reportedly used by FBI released to public

Last year, the FBI ordered Apple to help crack the iPhone 5c owned by Syed Farook, one of the shooters in the 2015 attacks in San Bernardino. Apple refused, and the FBI reportedly worked with Cellebrite, an Israeli firm that specializes in mobile security. According to a statement from Celelbrite last month, a hacker breached one of its legacy servers. Now the hacker has released some of that data as a warning to the FBI. The data released includes code that seems to relate to Cellebrite's Universal Forensic Extraction Device (UFED), and can allegedly crack older iPhones like the 5c as well as Android and Blackberry devices. Speaking anonymously to Motherboardthe hacker explained that simply creating these tools makes their release inevitable, where they can be used by anyone with technical knowledge, including oppressive regimes around the world. "It's important to demonstrate that when you create these tools, they will make it out. History should make that clear,"…

Android Apps win downloads, iOS apps win money

Google there are a growing number of users, Apple continues to grow sales

of the established narrative with mobile technology is that Google's Android dominates in terms of the sheer number of users and devices, but Apple iOS collects the lion's share of the profits. Nothing changed on this situation in the year 2015, after app Annie's annual report, with the trends are actually always more exaggerated. Android its flight path of amazing growth and reaches approximately twice the app downloads of the nemesis plateaued iOS, seems to have in the last few years.


The Google App Annie explains expansion as driven by the emerging countries such as India, Mexico and Turkey, which is always more access to cheaper and more powerful Android handsets. The Google games store has also shown strong in the United States says the app analytics company. Apple is still very much in the lead when it comes to the economically important metric of App revenue. In 2015, 75 percent of iOS collec…

Apple’s iOS code indicates Li-Fi wireless data may work on future iPhones

Li-Fiis a concept you may not be familiar with, but there are indications Apple is toying with it for inclusion on future iPhones.Using pulses of light to transmit information, Li-Fi receivers (like a future iPhone, if Apple has its way) will take in that transmission, then translate it into an electric signal. Because it uses light to send data, Li-Fi may be found in the connected home via accessories like lightbulbs.
Li-Fi testing is already imminent. May appear in the next iPhone 7 according to iOS code in iOS 9.1 firmware. pic.twitter.com/MPK65QwLvp — Chase Fromm (@kyoufujibaya) December 31, 2015

Apple’s work with Li-Fi compatibility has been spotted in code for iOS 9.1, which simply notes Li-Fi capabilities. There’s no indication elsewhere that Apple is working with Li-Fi. But, there’s indication Apple has had Li-Fi in mind for a while. AppleInsider points to a 2013 patent application for a device that sounds an awful lot like a Li-Fi transmitter. While I’m not expecting Apple to in…

How to choose a new cell phone

Now is a good time to get a smartphone. The latest devices hitting shelves in time for the holiday shopping season, and there is likely to be a lull in new versions until next spring. So why wait?
Here are some things to consider before you hit the stores. If you are upgrading from an older model, you can skip the first part for smartphone buyers first.

Need a smartphone?
Maybe you've been doing fine with just a basic cell phone, but many people who buy smartphones discover things they never thought they could do. You can install applications from a museum for a map or learn about current exhibitions, or you can catch up on e-books with a scanning application. You can also check email and Facebook more easily and take great pictures and share them quickly.

But you have to pay more - not just for the device. The monthly fees for voice, text and data tend to be higher compared to basic telephony plans.

What system should you choose?
This is the most important decision that will inf…

Apple introduces new iPhones, SmartWatch, software

For the firsttime in years,AppleiPhoneswere not thestar of the show. Applereleased aSmartWatchTuesday, aportable devicethat marksthe first majorentry of the companyinto anew product categorysince the debut oftheiPadin 2010.
The move issignificant dueto recentquestions about whetherApplestill has theability to innovateafter the deathof 2,011co-founder SteveJobs.

The introduction oftwo newdeviceeclipsedtheiPhones, largercompany thatdoes not quite havelarger screens; they will havea newlandscape modeto take advantage ofthe larger screen.

TheiPhone 6will have ascreen that measures4.7 inches, while theiPhone 6Pluswill be 5.5inches.In both cases,application developerscan designapplicationsthat can be vieweddifferently whenthe phone ishorizontal.

Apple also introduceda systemto use the phoneto makecreditcard paymentsinretail stores.

Appleis turningto the past,as it exposestheir future.The companyis holdingthe event at theFlintCenterfor the PerformingArts,the same location whereJobs introducedt…