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Google’s video calling app adds useful feature you don’t get with FaceTime

Google Duo, the FaceTime rival video calling app from Alphabet, has received an update adding an often-requested feature that FaceTime still doesn’t offer: video voicemails.<p>That means that, should you try and video call a person who doesn’t pick up, you can still record up to 30 seconds of video …

Google Duo

APFS Bug in macOS High Sierra Can Cause Data Loss When Writing to Disk Images

Apple's APFS file system included in macOS High Sierra suffers from a disk image vulnerability that in certain circumstances can lead to data loss, according to the creator of Carbon Copy Cloner.<p>In a blog post last Thursday, software developer Mike Bombich explained that he had uncovered the data …

People are trolling iPhone users with the ‘killer symbol’ that crashes their apps

Surprise! Assorted jerks on the internet have weaponized the Unicode-based bug we reported yesterday to insta-crash apps running on an iPhone or a Mac. The result is somewhere between the old Alt + F4 trick and a script kiddie stunt, and it ranges from being annoying to rendering a device unusable, …

Former Microsoft executive argues that Apple’s decision to slow down iOS development has nothing to do with bugs

Alongside the release of revamped iPhone models, Apple every year also releases a new iteration of iOS, complete with a wide array of new features …

iOS

We now know why an Apple employee decided to leak secret iPhone code

Apple had to publicly acknowledge last week that iBoot for iOS 9, the secure software that runs on iPhones and iPads before the operating system …

Qualcomm is dying to tell you how fast the Galaxy S9 is – but don’t compare it to the iPhone X

There are a flurry of reports on Monday morning detailing extensive benchmarks for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 mobile platform, the chip that will …

Galaxy S9 should be insanely fast: Snapdragon 845 speed test

We ran 12 tests on the Snapdragon 845 processor to find out.<p>The Samsung Galaxy S9 will be revealed this Sunday, February 25 and there's little doubt the upcoming phone will be fast. And on a warm, sunny day at Qualcomm's headquarters in San Diego, California, we found out exactly how fast that …

Phones

Samsung confirms new Galaxy feature that will leave the iPhone X in the dust

Will this make people forget all about the iPhone X?<p>Samsung has announced it will utilise foldable OLED screens in its 2018 smartphones.<p>Rumours have …

Google briefly broke Amazon’s workaround for YouTube on Fire TV

Another petty move in this bitter, user-hostile fight<p>Google and Amazon aren’t getting any closer to ending their bitter feud. In fact, today the user-hostile fight between them is only getting worse. YouTube briefly appeared to have blocked the Silk web browser on Fire TV from displaying the …

New MaMi macOS malware is hijacking DNS settings

The newly discovered malware can also execute code, download files, and capture screenshots from infected machines.<p>Building a slide deck, pitch, or …

New Mac malware evades anti-virus to snoop on internet traffic

Macs are less likely to be infected by malicious apps than Windows computers, but they’re not immune to malware attacks.<p>A fresh discovery details a …

In 2 years, Apple could buy 18% of its own market cap

In 3 years, under the new repatriation rules, Apple will have freed up enough cash to reduce its share count by 25%.<p>From a note to clients by UBS …

The New Communists

Nothing catches the eye like gold set against red. And in the great war of the twentieth century, the colour scheme was on both sides of the divide — …

Political Science

With WPA3, Wi-Fi security is about to get a lot tougher

Finally, a security reprieve for open Wi-Fi hotspot users.<p>At last, Wi-Fi security -- or lack of -- is about to get its day in the sun.<p>The Wi-Fi …

iPhone X users report overheating, excessive data consumption

Life with an iPhone X isn’t as rosy as it should be for some adopters. Many report that their handsets are plagued by frequent overheating and excessive data consumption. Some have even resorted to placing their handset in a freezer to cool it down.<p>iPhone X is the finest smartphone Apple has ever …

Best Smartwatches for Fitness in 2018

• Best overall<br>• Best alternate<br>• Best with Wear OS<p><i>Best overall:</i> Samsung Gear Sport<p>See at Amazon<p>The best smartwatch to pull double duty for daily use <i>and</i> …

Apple says all Macs, iPhones and iPads affected by Spectre, Meltdown security flaws

Apple admitted Friday that all iPhones, iPads and Mac computers worldwide are affected by the Spectre and Meltdown processor security flaws but said no customers so far had been affected.<p>The California-based company said it had already released a patch for the Safari web browser on its iOS-operated …

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As Apple admits all its devices are affected by Meltdown and Spectre, here's what iPhone owners should do to protect themselves

Apple has admitted that all Mac and iOS devices - including iPhones, iPads and Macs - are affected by the so-called Meltdown and Spectre security …

Apple Music chief Jimmy Iovine may leave the company in August

When his Apple shares fully vest<p>Jimmy Iovine may depart his post as head of Apple’s music streaming service in August of this year, according to a report from <i>Billboard</i> today. The timing coincides with Iovine’s Apple shares fully vesting, the report says, following Iovine and Dr. Dre’s sale of …

Apple sues French activist group ‘Attac’ for €3,000, wants to block protests in retail stores

While Apple has been hit with a number of lawsuits recently, the company has now filed one of its own against a French activist group over an episode that occurred in an Apple Store in France.<p>French publication <i>The Local</i> reports that Apple is suing Attac (the Association for the Taxation of …

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Microsoft shares pre-order details for the $319 Cortana thermostat

Microsoft unveiled its Cortana-powered thermostat, called GLAS, back in July, and now we have more details on it. The software giant partnered with Johnson Controls, the maker of the first in-room thermostat, to create the device, and it's a beauty. It also comes with a hefty price tag: $319, and …

Why on Earth did I wait so long to disable Siri on my iPhone X?

I’ve never really been a fan of voice assistants. I test solutions like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant often since staying current on their …

Samsung’s stunning Rose Pink Galaxy S8 is now available in the UK

• Samsung launched a new Rose Pink option for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus in the UK<br>• Rose Pink has been available in Taiwan and South Korea<br>• The new color does not bring any new features to the phones<p>When Samsung launched the Galaxy S8 this past April, the company was praised for the phone’s near …

Apple will lose iPhone sales with battery replacements

Apple is left cleaning up after itself after addressing how it slows older iPhones to protect the device from malfunctioning — all without telling …

Google’s Project Zero team discovered critical CPU flaw last year

In a blog post published minutes ago, Google’s Security team announced what they have done to protect Google Cloud customers against the chip vulnerability announced earlier today. They also indicated their Project Zero team discovered this vulnerability last year (although they weren’t specific …

Inside the depraved world of Silicon Valley tech bros

Clusters of naked bodies writhed in every room of the sumptuous mansion.<p>Some had brought their wives and husbands for the prospect of bedding new …

5 tips for living in harmony with the iPhone users in your life

As we begin the new year, many people like to wipe the slate clean and reconnect with friends and family members they may not have spoken to for some …

Spotify sued for $1.6bn in unpaid royalties

The music streaming service faces a claim on behalf of artists including Neil Young and Janis Joplin as it prepares a share sale<p>Music streaming service Spotify has been sued by a music publishing company for $1.6bn (£1.18bn), for hosting songs it allegedly doesn’t have the full rights to. The news …

Music

I don’t want the iPhone to be the fastest phone if Apple’s just going to throttle it in a year

Apple did the right thing last week, addressing its own iPhone slowdown mess by apologizing to users and offering battery replacements that are …

How to Ditch Apple Completely

Apple keeps giving us reasons to say goodbye. iOS 11 is buggy as hell, with the most recent error making iPhones almost unusable, and the latest …

Apps