This Could Be A Good Time To Change Your Apple ID

Posted by Kirhat | Saturday, March 25, 2017 | | 0 comments »

Apple iPhone ID
Apple’s iPhones and Apple IDs are supposed to be tough nut to crack for hackers, but it’s not be impossible. At least that’s what a group of hackers seem to suggest, as they're currently attempting to blackmail Apple for up to US$ 100,000 before they start remotely wiping millions of iPhones.

Can they actually do it? Should you be worried? It’s unclear at this point.

The hackers apparently engaged in conversations with the media to force Apple’s hand. The Turkish Crime Family hacker group, which spoke to Motherboard, want either US$ 75,000 in Bitcoin or Ethereum, or US$ 100,000 worth of iTunes gift cards.

"I just want my money and thought this would be an interesting report that a lot of Apple customers would be interested in reading and hearing," one of the hackers said.

Apparently, the hackers have been in contact with Apple's security team for quite a while now. They even posted a video on YouTube to prove they have actual access to iCloud accounts, access which can be used to remotely wipe iPhones.

Apple, understandably, doesn’t appear to be willing to pay up the ransom. "We firstly kindly request you to remove the video that you have uploaded on your YouTube channel as it’s seeking unwanted attention, second of all we would like you to know that we do not reward cyber criminals for breaking the law," a screenshot of a message purportedly coming from an Apple security team member reads.

The hackers say they have access to more than 300 million Apple email accounts, including @icloud and @me domains. The number is the source of some confusion though, because a different hacker from the group claimed they had 559 million accounts in all. They have not explained how they gained access to Apple ID credentials.

The hackers are threatening to move forward with remotely wiping Apple devices on April 7th, unless Apple pays up. Apple has not publicly commented on the matter at this point.

On the off-chance that the hackers are indeed holding access to millions of iCloud accounts, you might consider changing your password to protect your Apple ID.

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New Apple iPad Revealed

Posted by Kirhat | Friday, March 24, 2017 | | 0 comments »

New iPad
The red iPhone wasn’t the only thing Apple had up its sleeve this week. Last 21 March, the Cupertino, California company announced a new 9.7-inch iPad that’s intended to replace the iPad Air 2, which has been discontinued. It starts at US$ 330.

The new entry-level new iPad, which Apple is simply calling "the iPad," features the firm’s speedy A9 processor, a Retina (2,048 x 1,536 pixels) display, a battery that lasts about 10 hours on a charge, and virtually the same specifications as the outgoing iPad Air 2.

It also boasts an 8 MP rear iSight camera, a 1.2 MP front-facing FaceTime camera, two speakers, a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, support for Apple Pay, and accouterments you’d expect — namely, a 3.5mm headphone jack, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, and Bluetooth 4.2.

"iPad is the world’s most popular tablet. Customers love the large, 9.7-inch display for everything from watching TV and movies to surfing the web, making FaceTime calls, and enjoying photos, and now it is even more affordable," Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, said in a press release.

"New customers and anyone looking to upgrade will love this new iPad for use at home, in school, and for work, with its gorgeous Retina display, our powerful A9 chip, and access to the more than 1.3 million apps designed specifically for it."

The new 9.7-inch iPad will be officially available on Friday, 24 March in Apple's online and brick-and-mortar stores. The first batch of launch countries include Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. The second wave, which includes Denmark, India, Mexico, Norway, Russia, Turkey, and other countries, will follow in April. Finally, Brazil, Taiwan, and others will get it in May.

Compared to the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, the new iPad is a step down in terms of raw processing power. The Pro features a 12 MP camera and a faster chip. But this time around, affordability seems to be the focus, and at US$ 330, the new iPad is significantly less expensive than the US$ 600 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

That could help spur lagging iPad sales. Last fiscal quarter, Apple sold 13.1 million iPads, compared to 16.1 million from the same time last year. The company still dominates the tablet industry with an estimated 21-percent market share, according to Strategy Analytics, but the market overall is on a downswing. A recent report from market research firm IDC showed that table vendors shipped 52.9 million tablets in the fourth quarter of 2016, down 20.1 percent from a year ago.

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Apple Launches The Red iPhone

Posted by Kirhat | Thursday, March 23, 2017 | | 0 comments »

Red iPhone
Apple unveiled last 21 March a red iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus, refreshing its most profitable device mid-cycle one week before rival Samsung releases its Galaxy S8.

Like earlier red hued products on the Cupertino-based company's lineup, a portion of sales from the red iPhones will be used to help fund HIV/AIDS research, Apple said on its website.

The red iPhones will have the same internals and pricing tiers as the black, gold, silver, rose gold and jet black that were launched late last year. The base storage, however, will start at 128 gigabytes like the jet black version.

It will be available in the United States starting on 24 March 2016. There was no immediate word on local availability.

Samsung's Galaxy S8 is expected to launch with a screen that occupies almost the entire front of the device and face recognition technology for mobile payments, features that are missing from the current iPhone line.

Phone manufacturers have been launching more colorful flagships. Google's Pixel and Pixel XL comes in a bright "really blue" option while Huawei's P10 and P10 Plus will be avialable in "greenery" and "dazzling blue," designed by Pantone.

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Will Apple Introduce New Products?

Posted by Kirhat | Wednesday, March 22, 2017 | | 0 comments »

New Apple Product
The Apple online store was down starting at last 21 March, displaying the banner: "We've got something special in store for you. And we can't wait for you to see it."

According to Apple's status page, the store was down for maintenance, as were photo print products. The store also went down for some users, Apple blog 9to5Mac noted.

However, many tech blogs are claiming that this could signify the launch of the new iPads from the Cupertino giant. The downtime is believed to give Apple sufficient time to update its storefront to include or introduce the new iPad devices.

According to MacRumors a few days ago, while Apple typically introduces its new products at a prepared Special Event in front of the media and a large crowd, it does not have any scheduled event as of this time.

Nevertheless, this does not stop fans from surmising that Apple could just be introducing the new products via a press release. Then, it could just promote them with a modified storefront, so visitors of its online store can easily learn about the company’s new products.

Apple has yet to make an official statement, but many are already excited and patiently waiting for the online store to get back up. All are hoping that when it does return, new products are being shown at the online storefront. Previous rumors have stated that a 128-GB iPhone SE is part of the products that will be introduced this week.

Additionally, the Red variants of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are expected soon. There is also mention of new bands for the Apple Watch smartwatch, but specific details about them remain scarce. Last week, analysts stated that Apple is introducing three new iPads to the market: a 9.7-inch model, a 12.9-inch variant and an all-new 10.5-inch tablet.

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Spotify To Follow Apple Music's Lead

Posted by Kirhat | Tuesday, March 21, 2017 | | 0 comments »

Music streaming giant Spotify is expected to make one of its most controversial moves soon by not having all of the music in its library available to both free and paid users.

The Verge claims the Sweden-based service, which recently celebrated reaching 50 million paying subscribers, is now discussing restricting some new releases to its premium paid tier as part of its new licensing negotiations with record labels.

It's unlikely that any changes will be coming in the short-term but an eventual shift to making some releases exclusive seems inevitable given that Spotify’s biggest rivals are already doing it – and having success with the model.

Apple Music and Jay Z's Tidal both have no free tier but have been able to draw in new users thanks to exclusives on their platforms from the likes of Rihanna, Drake, Kanye West and Frank Ocean.

As a result, Apple Music has been able to pull in 20 million paying subscribers in just over two years – significantly less than Spotify but an impressive growth rate nonetheless.

Spotify has also seen some artist backlash over offering music for free. Taylor Swift infamously pulled her entire back catalogue from the service in 2014, citing that she did not believe art should be given away for nothing.

Those on Spotify’s free tier are played adverts between songs as an alternative revenue stream for the service.

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iOS 11 Will Not Feature Screenshot Alerts

Posted by Kirhat | Monday, March 20, 2017 | | 0 comments »

iOS Updates
Apple users on social media have been freaking out ever since tweets and retweets are claiming that Apple with the iOS 11 plans to notify them when someone screenshots their chat messages.

Something similar exists on Instagram but only for its stories posts that disappear after a stipulated period. The said feature claims that users will get notified when any user tries to take a screenshot of iMessages.

Business Insider, however, traced the unverified claim to a vlogger back in December named Jay Way who claimed to have told Apple about his idea for screenshot alerts. There is absolutely no evidence that Apple is actually going to implement Way's idea or that any trustworthy source has made this claim. Apple itself has not commented on the matter so far.

Although it's not surprising for old claims, especially related to upcoming devices and software to resurface on Twitter, many on the social media site expressed grave concern if such a thing were ever to happen.

The iOS 11 is slated to be unveiled towards the end of the year most likely on board the iPhone 8 series, but before that the company is likely to release several beta versions some time soon to give users an idea what the new version will be like.

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